righteous, even as he is righteous. with thee and the Holy GHOST, He that committeth sin is of the ever one God, world without end devil; for the devil sinneth from the Amen. beginning. For this purpose the Son The Epistle. 1 Cor. ix. 24. of God was manifested, that he might

KNOW ye not, that they which destroy the works of the devil.

run in a race, run all, but one reThe Gospel St. Matt. xxiv. 23. ceiveth the prize? So run, that yo THEN if any man shall say unto may obtain.

And every man that you, Lo, here is CHRIST, or there, striveth for the mastery, is temperate believe it not. For there shall arise

in all things. Now they do it to

obtain false Christs and false prophets, and

a corruptible crown, but we an shall show great signs and wonders,

incorruptible. I therefore so ruo, insomuch that (if it were possible) they one that beateth the

air: but I keep

not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as shall deceive tbe

elect. Behold,

under I have told you before. Wherefore,

my body and bring it into subif they shall say unto you, Behold, jection, lest that by any means, when he is in the desert; go not forth; be: should be a cast-away.

I have preached to others, I myself hóll, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning The Gospel. St. Matt. xx. 1. cometh out of the east, and shineth THE kingdom of heaven is like even unto the west ; so shall also the unto a man that is a householder, coming of the Son of man be. For which went out early in the morn. wheresoever the carcase is, there will ing to hire laborers into his vineyard. the eagles be gathered together. Im And when he had agreed with the mediately after the tribulation of those laborers for a penny a day, he sent days, shall the sun be darkencd, and them into his vineyard. And he went the moon shall not give her light, out about the third hour, and saw and the stars shall fall from heaven, others standing idle in the niarket. and the powers of the heavens shall place, and said unto them, Go ye also be shaken. And then shall appear into the vineyard, and whatsoever is the sign of the Son of man in heaven; right I will give you. And they went and then shall all the tribes of the their way. Again he went out about earth mourn, and they shall see the the sixth and ninth hour, and did Son of man coming in the clouds of likewise. And about the eleventh heaven, with power and great glory hour he went out, and found others And he shall send his angels with a standing idle, and saith unto them, great sound of a trumpet, and they Why stand ye here all the day idle 1 shall gather together his elect from They say unto him, Because no man the four winds, from one end of hea: hath hired us. He saith unto them, ven to the other.

Go ye also into the vineyard, and

whatsoever is right that shall ye re. THE SUNDAY CALLED SEPTUAGE. ceive. So when even was copie, the SIMA, OR THE THIRD SUNDAY lord of the vineyard saith unto his

steward, Call the laborers, and give The Collect.

them their hire, beginning from the

last unto the first. And when they O LORD, we beseech thee favora. came, that were hired about the bly to hear the prayers of thy people, eleventh hour, they received every that

we, who are justly punished for man a penny. But when the first our offences, may be mercifully de- came, they supposed that they should livered by thy goodness, for the glory have received more; and they likeof thy name, through JESUS CHRisT wise received every man a penny. vur Saviour, who liveth and reigneth And when they had received it, thev




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murmured against the good man of men; in perils by the heathen; in the house, saying, These last have perils in the city; in perils in the wrought but one hour, and thou hast wilderness; in perils in the sea; in made them equal unto ns, which perils among false brethren; in wea. have borne the burden and heat of riness and painfulness; in watchings the day. But he answered one of often; in hunger and thirst; in fastthem, and said, Friend, I do thee no ings often; in cold and nakedness; wrong ; didst not thou agree with me besides those things that are without, for a penny? Take that thine is, and that which cometh upon me daily, go thy way; I will give unto this last the care of all the Churches. Who eyen as unto thee. Is it not lawful is weak, and I am not weak? who is for me to do what I will with mine offended, and I burn not? If I must own?

Is thine eye evil, because I needs glory, I will glory of the things am good? So the last shall be first, which concern mine infirmities. The and the first last; for many be called, God and Father of our Lord JESUS but few chosen.

CHRIST, which is blessed for ever. more, knoweth that I lie not.

The Gospel. St. Luke viii. 4. MA, OR THE SECOND SUNDAY

WHEN much people were gather

ed together, and were come to him The Collect.

out of every city, he spake by a paraO LORD God, who seest that we ble: A sower went out to sow his put not our trust in any thing that we seed; and as he sowed, some fell by do ; mercifully grant that by thy the way-side, and it was trodden power we may be defended against down, and the fowls of the air de. all adversity, through Jesus CHRIST voured it; and some fell upon a rock, our Lord. Amen.

and as soon as it was sprung up, it

withered away, because it lacked The Epistle 2 Cor. xi. 19.

moisture; and some fell among thorns, YE suffer fools gladly, seeing ye and the thorns sprang up with it, and yourselves are wise. For ye suffer cloaked it; and other fell on good if a man bring you into bondage, if a ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit man devour you, if a man take of a hundred fold. And when he had you, if a man exalt himself, if a man said these things, he cried, He that smite you on the face. I speak as hath ears to hear, let him hear. And concerning reproach, as though we his disciples asked him, saying, What had been weak: howbeit, whereinso- might this parable be ? And he said, ever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) Unto you it is given to know the I am bold also. Are they Hebrews? mysteries of the kingdom of God; so am I: are they Israelites? so am I: but to others in parables: that seeing are they the seed of Abraham ? so they might not see, and hearing they am I: are they ministers of CHRIST ? might not understand. Now the pa(I speak as a fool) I am more: in la- rable is this: the seed is the word of bors more abundant; in stripes above God. Those by the way-side are measure; in prisons more frequent; they that hear; then cometh the devil, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times and taketh away the word out of their received I forty stripes save one; hearts, lest they should believe and be thrice was I beaten with rods; once saved. They on the rock are they, was I stoned; thrice I suffered ship- which, when they hear, receive the wreck; a night and a day I have been word with joy; and these have no in the deep; in journeyings often; root, which for a while believe, and in perils of waters ; in perils of rob- in time of temptation fall away. And bers ; in perils by mine own country. that which fell among thorns are


they, which, when they have heard, part. But when that which is per go forth, and are choaked with cares, fect is come, then that which is in and riches, and pleasures of this life, part shall be done away. When I and bring no fruit to perfection. But was a child, I spake as a child, I that on the good ground are they, understood as a child, I thought as a which, in an honest and good heart, child ; but when I became a man, I having heard the word, keep it, and put away childish things. For now bring forth fruit with patience. we see through a glass darkly; but

then face to face; now I know in THE SUNDAY CALLED QUINQUA- part; but then shall I know even as GESIMA, OR THE NEXT SUNDAY also I am known. And now abideth

faith, hope, charity, these three; but

the greatest of these is charity. The Collect. O LORD, who hast taught us that

The Gospel. St. Luke xviii. 31. all our doings without charity are no. THEN JESUS took unto him the thing worth; send thy Holy Ghost, twelve, and said unto them, Behold, and pour into our hearts that most we go up to Jerusalem, and all things excellent gift of charity, the very bond that are written by the prophets conof

peace, and of all virtues; without cerning the Son of man shall le ac which, whosoever livetbis counted coraplished. For he shall be delivered dead before thee: Grant this for thine unto the Gentiles, and shall be mockonly Son JESUS CHRIST'S sake. ed, and spitefully entreated, and spitAmen.

ted on: and they shall scourge him, The Epistle. 1 Cor. xiü. 1. and put him to death; and the third

day he shall rise again. And they THOUGH I speak with the understood none of these things: and tongues of men and of angels, and this saying was hid from them, nei. have not charity, I am become as ther knew they the things which sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal : were spoken. And it came to pass, and though I have the gift of pro- that as he was come nigh unto Jeri. phecy, and understand all mysteries, cho, a certain blind man sat by the and all knowledge; and though I way-side begging; and hearing the bave all faith, so that I could rernove multitude pass by, he asked what it mountains, and have not charity, meant. And they told him, that JEam nothing; And though I bestow sus of Nazareth passeth by. And he all my goods to feed the poor, and cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of though I give my body to be burned, David, have mercy on me. And and have not clarity, it profiteth me they which went before rebuked him, nothing. Charity suffereth long, and that he should hold his peace; but he is kind; charity envieth not; charity cried so much the more, Thou Son of raunteth not itself; is not puffed np; David, have mercy on me.

And JE. loth not behave itself unseemly; sus stood, and commanded him to be seeketh not her own; is not easily brought unto him: and when he was provoked ; thinketh no evil; rejoiceth come near, he asked him, saying, not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the What wilt thou that I should do unto truth; beareth all things, believeth all thee? And he said, Lord, that I may things, hopeth all things, endureth all receive my sight. And Jesus said things. Charity never faileth : but unto bim, Receive thy sight; thy faith whether there be prophecies, they bath saved thee. And immediately shall fail; whether there be tongues, he received his sight, and followed they shall cease; whether there be him, glorifying God: and all the kaowledge, it shall vanish away. For people, when they saw it, gave praise we know in part, and we prophesy in ' unto God.

THE FIRST DAY OF LENT, COM. Then shall the people say thin that followech

after the Minister. MONLY CALLED ASH-WEDNES. DAY.

TURN thou us, O good LORD,

and so shall we be turned. Be fa The Collect.

vorable, O LORD, be favorable to thy ALMIGHTY and everlasting people, who turn to thee in weeping, God, who hatest nothing that thou fasting and praying: For thou art a hast made, and dost forgive the sins merciful God, full of compassion, of all those who are penitent; create long-suffering, and of great pity. and make in us new and contrite Thou sparest when we deserve pun. hearts, that we, worthily larnenting ishment, and in thy wrath thinkest our sins and acknowledging our upon mercy. Spare thy people, good wretchedness, may obtain of thee, LORD, spare thein; and let not thine the God of all mercy, perfect remis- heritage be brought to confusion. sion and forgiveness, through JESUS Hear us, O LORD, for thy mercy is CHRIST our Lord. Amen. great; and after the multitude of thy

mercies look upon us, through the * This Collect is to be read every day in Lent, merits and mediation of thy blessed after the Collect appointed for the day.

Son, JESUS CHRIST our Lord. At Morning Prayer, the Litany being ended, Amen. shall be said the following Prayers, immediAlely before the General Thanlasgiving.

For the Epistle. Joel ii. 12. O LORD, we beseech thee, mer.

TURN ye even to me, saith the cifully hear our prayers, and spare LORD,.with all your heart, and with all those who confess their sins unto fasting, and with weeping, and with thee; that they, wlinse consciences mourning. And rend your heart, by sin are accused, by thy merciful and not your garments, and turn untó pardon may be absolved, through the LORD your God: for he is graCHRIST our Lord. Amen.

cious and merciful, slow to anger,

and of great kindness, and repenteth O MOST mighty God, and mer. him of the evil. Who knoweth if he eiful Father, who hast compassion will return, and repent, and leave a upon all men, and hatest nothing that blessing behind him, even a meat. thou hast made, who wouldest not offering and a drink-offering unto the the death of a sinner, but rather that LORD your God? Blow the trumpet le should turn from his sin, and be in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn saved ; mercifully forgive us our assembly, gather the people, sanctify trespasses ; receive and comfort us, the congregation, assemble the elders, who are grieved and wearied with gather the children and those that the burden of our sins. Thy pro suck the breasts ; let the bridegroom perty is always to have mercy; to go forth of his chamber, and the bride ihee only it appertaineth to forgive out of her closet; let the priests, the sins : spare us therefore, gond LORD, ministers of the LORD, weep between spare thy people, whom thou hast the porch and the altar, and let them redeemed : enter not into judgment say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and with thy servants, who are vile earth, give not thine heritage to reproach, and miserable sinners; but so turn that the Heathen should rule over thine anger from us, who meekly them: wherefore should they say acknowledge our vileness, and truly among the people, Where is their repent us of our faults; and so make GOD Ž haste to help us in this world, that we may ever live with thee in the

The Gospel, St. Matt. vi. 16. world to

come, through JESUS WHEN ye fast, be not as the hy. CHRIST our Lord. Amen. pocrites, of a sad countenance: for

they disfigure their faces, that they God, by the armor of righteousness may appear unto men to fast. Verily on the right hand and on the left, by I say unto you, they have their re-honor and dishonor, by evil report ward. But thou, when thou fastest, and good report; as deceivers, and anoint thine head, and wash thy face, yet true; as unknown, and yet well that thou appear not unto men to fast, known; as dying, and behold we but unto thy Father which is in se- live; as chastened, and not killed ; cret; and thy Father which seeth in as sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as secret, shall reward thee openly. poor, yet making many rich; as hav. Lay not up for yourselves treasures ing nothing, and yet possessing all upon earth, where moth and rust doth things. corrupt, and where thieves break

The Gospel. St. Matt. iv. I. through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,

THEN was Jesus led up of the where neither moth nor rust doth Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempt. corrupt, and where thieves do not fasted forty days and forty nights, he

ed of the devil: and when he had break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your when the tempter came to him, he

was afterward a hungered. And heart be also.

said, If thou be the Son of God, com

mand that these stones be made bread. THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT. But he answered and said, It is writ The Coilect,

ten, Man shall not live by, bread alone, O LORD, who for our sake didst of the mouth of God. Then the devil

but by every word that proceedeth out fast forty, days and forty nights; give taketh him up into the holy city, and us grace to use such abstinence, that setteth him on a pinnacle of the temour flesh being subdued to the Spirit

, ple, and saith unto him, If thou be we may ever obey thy godly motions the Son of God, cast thyself down; in righteousness and true holiness, to for it is written, He shall give his thy honor and glory, who lives and angels charge concerning thee; and reignest with the FATHER and the in their hands they shall bear thee up, Holy Ghost, one God, world test at any time thou dash thy foot without end. Amen.

against a stone

JESUS said unto The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. 1. hiin, It is written again, Thou shalt WE then, as workers together not tempt the LORD thy God. Again with him, beseech you also, that

the devil taketh him up into an ex

ye receive not the grace of God in vain: ceeding high mountain, and showeth (For he saith, I have heard thee in a

hiin all the kingdoms of the world, time accepted, and in the day of sal- and the glory of them; and saith unto vation have I succored thee: hehold, him, All these things will I give thee, now is the accepted time; behold, if thou wilt fall dowu and worship now is the day of salvation) giving Get thee hence, Satan; for it is writ.

Then saith Jesus unto him, no offence in any thing, that the mi. nistry be not blamied; but in all ten, Thou shalt worship the LORD thy things approving ourselves as the God, and him only shalt thou serve. ministers of God, in much patience, Then the devil leaveth him, and be. in afflictions, in necessities, in dis hold, angels came and ministered tresses, in stripes, in iinprisonments,

unto him. in tumults, in sabors, in watchings, in fastings; by pureness, by knowledge,

THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT. by long-suffering, by kindness, by the

The Collect. Holy Ghost, by love unfeignad, by ALMIGHTY GOD, who seest that the word of truth, by the power of we have no power of ourselves to help

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