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And Jesus stood and com- sinner, but rather that hio should inanded him to be brouglit unto turn from his sin, and be saved: him: and when he was come mercifully forgive us our tresyear, he asked him, saying, What passes; receive and comfort us, wilt thou that I should do unto who are grieved and wearied thee? And he said, Lord, that I with the burden of our sins. Thy may receive my sight. And Je-property is always to have mersuis said unto him, Receive thy cy; to thee only it appertaineth sight; thy faith hath saved thee. to forgive sins: spare us thereAlid immediately he received his forc, good Lord, spare thy peosight, and followed him, glorify-ple, whom thou hast redeemed: ins God: and all the people, enter not into judgment with thy when they saw it, gave praise servants, who are vile carth, and unto God,

miserable sinners; but so turn The first day of Lent, commonly thine arger from us, who meekly called sh-Il’ednesday.

acknowledge our vileness, and The Collect.

truly repent us of our faults; and ALMIGHTY and everlasting so make baste to help us in this

God, who hatest nothing that world, that we may ever live thou hast made, and dost forgive with thee in the world to come, the sins of all those who are pe-through Jesus Christ our Lord.

.4men. mitent; create and make in us

" Then shall the People say this that new and contrite hearts, that we,

follows the after the Minister. worthily lamenting our sins and TURN thou us, o good Lord, acknowledging our wretchedness, and so shall we be turned. may obtain of thee, the God of Be favourable, O Lord, be favourall mercy, perfect remission and able to thy people, who turn to forgiveness, through Jesus Christ thee in weeping, fasting and pray: our Lord. Amen. 1 This Collect is to be read every day in God, full of compassion, long suf

ing. For thou art a merciful Lent, after the Collect appvinted for

fering, and of great pity. Thou " At Morning Prayer, the Litany being sparest when we deserve punish

ended, shall be said the following Pray, ment, and in thy wrath thinkest ers, immediately before the general Thanksgiving.

upon mercy. Spare thy people, Lord. we beseech thee, mer-good Lord, spare them; and let

cifully hear our prayers, and not thine heritage be brought to spare all those who confess their confusion. Hear us, O Lord, for sins unto thee; that they, whose thy mercy is great; and after the consciences by sin are accused, multitude of thy mercies look by thy merciful pardon may be upon us, throngli the merits and absolved, through Christ

mediation of thy blessed Son, Lord. Amen.

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. O Most mighty God, and mer For the Epistle. Joel, ii. 12.

ciful Father, who hast com- TURN ye even to me, saith the passion upon all men, and hatest Lord, with all your heart, nothing that thou hast made; and with fasting, and with weerwho wouldest not the death of aling, and with mourning. And

the decy.


fend your heart, and not your through nor steal: For where garments, and turn unto the Lord your treasure is, there will your your God: for he is gracious and heart be also. merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentethi

The first Sunday in Lent. him of the evil. Who knoweth

The Collect. if he will return, and repent, and O Lord, who for our sake didsự leave a blessing behind him, even

fast forty days and forty a meat-offering and a drink-of. nights; give us grace to use such fering unto the Lord your God? abstinence, that our flesh being Blow the trumpet in Žion, sanc-subdued to the Spirit, we may tify a fast, call a solemn assem- ever obey thy godly motions in bly, gather the people, sanctify righteousness and true holiness, the congregation, assemble the to thy honour and glory, who elders, gather the children and livest and reignest with the Fathose that suck the breasts ; let ther and the Holy Ghost, one the bridegroom go forth of his God, world without end. Amen. chamber, and the bride out of The Epislle. 2 Cor. vi. 1, her closet; let the priests, the WE then, as workers together ministers of the Lord, weep be with hin, beseech you also, tween the porch and the altar, that ye receive not the grace of and let them say, Spare thy peo- God in vain : (For he saith, I have ple, O Lord, and give not thine heard thee in a time accepted, heritage to reproach, that the and in the day of salvation have heathen should rule over them : I succoured thee: behold, now is wherefore should they say among the accepted time; behold, now the people, Where is their God is the day of salvation) giving no

The Gospel. St. Diatt. vi. 16. offence in any thing, that the miWHEN ye fast, be not as the nistry be not blaned; but in all

hypocrites, of a sad counte- things approving ourselves as the pance: for they disfigure their ministers of God, in much pafaces, that they may appear unto tience, in afflictions, in necesmen to fast. Verily I say unto sities, in distresses, in stripes, in you, they have their reward. But imprisonments, in tumults, in lathou, when thou fastest, anoint bours, in watchings, in fastings; thine head, and wash thy face, by pureness, by knowledge, by that thou appear not untó men long-suffering, by kindness, by to fast, but unto thy Father which the Holy Ghost, by love unfeignis in secret; and thy Father which ed, hy the word of truth, by the seeth in secret, shall reward thee power of God, by the armour of openly. Lay not up for yourselves righteousness on the right hand treasures upon earth, where moth and on the left, by honour and and rust doth corrupt, and where dishonour, by evil report and thieves break through and steal : good report; as deceivers, and Bat lay up for yourselves trea- yet true; as unknown, and yet sures in heaven, where neither well known; as dying, and bemoth nor. rust doth corrupt, and hold we'live; as chastened, and where thieves do not break rot killed ; as sorrowful, yet al

that every

way rejoicing; as poor, yet mak-jourselves to help ourselves; keep ing many rich; as having nothing, us both outwardly in our bodies, and yet possessing all things. and inwardly in our souls; that

The Gospel. St. Matt. iv. 1. we may be defended from all THEN was Jesus led up of the adversities which may happen

spirit into the wilderness, to to the body, and from all evil be tempted of the devil: And thoughts which may assault and when he had fasted forty days hurt the soul, through Jesus Christ and forty nights, he was after- our Lord. Amen. ward an hungered. And when the The Epistle. 1 Thess. iv. 1. tempter carne to him, he said, if thou be the Son of God, command

WE beseech you, brethren,

and exhort you by the Lord that these stones be made bread. Jesus, that as ye have received of But he answered and said, It is us how ye ought to walk, and to written, Man shall not live by please God, so ye would abound bread alone, but by every

word that proceedeth out of the mouth what commandments we gave

more and more. For ye know of God. Then the devil taketh you by the Lord Jesus. For this hing up into the holy city, and is the will of God, even your setteth him on a pinnacle of the sanctification, that ye should ahtemple, and saith unto him, If stain from fornication ; thou be the Son of God, cast thy one of you should know how to self down; for it is written, He

possess his vessel in sanctification shall give his angels charge con- and honour; not in the lust of cerning thee; and in their hands concupiscence, even as the Genthey shall bear thee up, lest at tiles which know not God: that any time thou dash thy foot

no man go beyond and defraud against a stone. Jesus said unto his brother in any matter; behim, it is written again, Thou cause that the Lord is the avengshalt not tempt the Lord thy God. er of all such, as we also have Again the devil taketh him up forewarned you and testified. For into an exceeding high moun. God hath not called us unto un. tain, and showeth him all the cleanness, but unto holiness. He kingdoms of the world. and the therefore that despiseth, despiseth glory of them; and saith unto not man, but God, who hath also him, All these things will I give given unto us his Holy Spirit.thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus

The Gospel. St. Matt. xv. 21. unto him, Get thee hence, Satan; JESUS went thence, and defor it is written, Thou shalt wor parted into the coasts of Tyre ship the Lord thy God, and him and Sidon. And behold, a woman only shalt thou serve. Then the de- of Canaan came out of the same vil leaveth him, and behold, angels coasts, and cried unto him, say, came and ministered unto him. ing, Have mercy on me, O Lord,

thou Son of David: my daughter The second Sunday in Lent. is grievously vexed with a deyil. The Collect.

But he answered her not a word. ALMIGHTY God, who seest And his disciples came and be:

that we have no power of sought him, saying, Send her

away; for she crieth after us. cometh the wrath of God upon But he answered and said, I am the children of disobedience. Be not sent but unto the lost sheep not ye therefore partakers with of the house of Israel. Then them; for ye were sometimes came she and worshipped bim, darkness, but now are ye light in saying, Lord, help me. But he the Lord: walk as children of answered, and said, It is not meet light; (For the fruit of the spirit to take the children's bread, and is in all goodness, and righteousto cast it to dogs. And she said, ness, and truth) proving what is Truth, Lord ; yet the dogs eat of acceptable unto the Lord. And the crumbs which fall from their have no fellowship with the unmaster's table. Then Jesus an- fruitful works of darkness, but swered and said unto her, Owo- rather reprove them. For it is man, great is thy faith : be it unto a shame even to speak of those thee even as thou wilt. And her things which are done of them in daughter was made whole from secret. But all things that are that very hour.

reproved, are made manifest by

the light; for whatsoever doth The third Sunday in Lent. make manifest, is light. WhereThe Collect.

fore he saith, Awake, thou that WE beseech thee, Almighty sleepest, and arise from the dead,

God, look upon the bearty and Christ shall give thee light. desires of thy humble servants, The Gospel. St. Luke, xi. 14. and stretch forth the right hand

JESUS was casting out a devil, of thy Majesty, to be our defence

and it was dumb. And it came against all our enemies, through to pass, when the devil was gone Jesus Christ our Lord Amen. oui, the dumb spake ; and the

The Epislle. Ephes. v. 1. people wondered. But some of BE ye therefore followers of them said, He casteth out devils

God, as dear children ; and through Beelzebub, the chief of 'walk in love, as Christ also hath the devils. And others tempting

and hath given biniself him, sought of him a sign from for us, an offering and a sacrifice heaven. But he, knowing their to God, for a sweet smelling sa- thoughts, said unto them, Every vour. But fornication and all un- kingdom divided against itself, is cleanness, or covetousness, let it brought to desolation; and a not be once named amongst you, house divided against a house, fallas becometh saints; neither filtbi- eth. If Satan also be divided ness, nor foolish talking, nor jest- against himself, how shall his ing, which are not convenient; kingdom stand ? because ye say but rather giving of thanks. For that I cast out devils through Beel. this ye know, that no whore-zebub. And if I by Beelzebub monger, nor unclean person, nor cast out devils, by whom do your covetous man, who is an idolater, sons cast them out ? therefore hath any inheritance in the king- shall they be your judges. But dom of Christ, and of God. Let if I with the finger of God cast no man deceive you with vain out devils, no doubt the kingdom words: for because of these things of God is come upon you. When

loved us,

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a strong man armed keepeth his of the bond-woman was born afpalace, his goods are in peace; ter the flesh ; but he of the freebut when a stronger than he shall woman was by promise. Which come upon him and overcome things are an allegory: for theses hiin, he taketh from him all his are the two coverants; the one armour wherein lie trusted, and from Mount Sinai, which gendiviseth his spoils. He that is dereth to bondage, which is Agar. Tot with me, is against me; and For this Agar is Mount Sinai in he that gathereth not with me, Arabia, and answereth to Jerusascattereih. When the unclean lem which now is, and is in bondspirit is gone out of a man, he age with her children. But Jewalketi through dry places, seek-rusalem which is above, is free; ing rest; and finding none, he which is the mother of us all. For saith, I will return unto my house it is written, Rejvice, thon barren whence I came out. And when that barest not; break forth and he cometh, he findeth it swept cry, thou that travailest not ; for and garnished. Then goeth be, the desolate hath many more chiland taketh to him seven other dren than she which hath an.husspirits more wicked than himself, band. Now we, brethren, as Isaac and they enter in, and dwell was, are the children of promise. there ; and the last state of that But as then, he that was born man is worse than the first. And after the flesh persecuted bim it came to pass, as he spake these that was born after the spirit ; things, a certain woman of the even so it is now. Nevertheless, company lift up her voice, and what saith the Scripture? Cast said unto him, Blessed is the out the bond-woman and her son; womb that bare thee, and the for the son of the bond-woman paps which thou hast sucked. shall not be heir with the son of . But he said, Yea, rather blessed the free-woman. So then, brethare they that hear the word of ren, we are not children of the God, and keep it.

bond-wornan, but of the free.

The Gospel St. John, vi. 1. The fourth Sunday in Lent.

JESUS went over the sea of The Collect.

Galilee, which is the sea of GRANT, we beseech thee, Al. Tiberias. And a great multitude

mighty God, that wr. who followed bim, because they saw for our evil deeds do worthily de- his miracles which he did on them serve to be punished, by the com- that were diseased. And Jesus fort of thy grace may mercisully went up into a mountain, and he relieved through our Lord there he sat with his disciples. and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. And the passover, a feast of the

The Epistle. Gai, iv. 21. Jews, was nigh. When Jesus TELL me, ye that desire to be then list up his eyes, and saw a

under the law, do ye not great company coming unto him, hear the law ? For it is written, he saith unto Philip, Wlience that Abraham had two sons, the shall we buy bread that these one by a bond-maid, the other by may eat ? (And this he said to a free-woman. But he who was prove him ; for he himself knew

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