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acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. | This Colleft is to be read every Day in Lent, after

the Colle&t appointed for the Day.

The Epistle. Joel ii. 12. TURN

ye even to me, faith the Lord, with all your b art, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, flow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meatoffering and a drink-offering unto the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, fan&tify a fast, call a solemn assembly: gather the people, fanétify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that fuck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. . Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore Mould they say among the people, Where is their God?

The Gospel. St. Matth. vi. 16.
HEN ye faft, be not as the hypocrites, of a fad

countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, apoint thine head, and wash thy face, that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret, fhall reward thee openly. Lay pot up for your. selves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up tor yourlelves treasures in heaven, where neither moth por rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do por

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break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

The first Sunday in Lent.

The Colleet. O

nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that our felh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. 1.
E then, as workers together with him, beseech you

also, that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he faith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have 1 fuccoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of falvation.) Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed; but in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; by pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and not killed; as forrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet pofféffing all things.

The Gospel. St. Matth. iv. I. THEN was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilder.

And when he bad fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward

The Collect] This collect or prayer for ability to govern the carnal part of our nature was composed and introduced into the litany in 1549. The introitus was pfalm xxxii.

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an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made hread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man Thall not live by bread alone, but by every word that procer deth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil takeih him up into the holy city, and serteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and faith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee, and in their hands they shall bear thee up, left at any time thou dah ıhy foot agaiuft a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and faith unto bim, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then faith Ji sus unto him, Ger thee hence, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou ferve. Then the devil leaveth him, and behold angels came and ministered unto him.

The second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect.
Lmighty God, who seest that we have no power

ourselves to help ourlelves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our fouls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may affault and hurt the soul, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Epistle.

i Theff. iv. 1. E beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the

Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk, and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For

ye

know what commandments we

The Colleen This prayer for divine assistance, and God's grace in our Chriftian course, is found in the Sacramentarium of St. Gregory; its or. thograpày and grammar were lightly altered at the review 1662. The introitus was pfalm cxxx.

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gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your fan&tification, that ye should abstain from fornication; that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in fan&tification and honour; not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: that no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter; because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forwarned you and tertified. For Gd hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath allo given unto us his Holy Spirit.

The Gospel. St. Matth. xv. 21. ESUS went thence, and departed into the coasts of

Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan caine out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and befought him, saying, Send her away, for the crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the loft sheep of the house of Israel. Then came the and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

The third Sunday in Lent.

The Colle Er.
TE beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the

hearty desires of thy humble servants, and To dogs' Jesus used this strong proverbial expression, knowing the woman's exemplary faith, and what would follow. Compare John vi. 6.

The Colleft] This prayer for the divine protection against our enemies is found in Greg. Sacrament. The introitus was pfalm xliü.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, rejoicerb not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth : beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they thall fail; whether there be longues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanilh away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abidech faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

The Gospel. St. Luke xviii. 31. THE 'HEN Jesus took unto him the twelve, and said unto

them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Genuiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: and they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken. And it came to pass, that as he was çome nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man fat by the way. fide begging: and hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jefus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on

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