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all knowledge; and though I but the greatest of these is have all faith, so that I could | charity. remove mountains, and have no The Gospel. St. Luke xviii. 31. charity, I am nothing. And THEN Jesus took unto him though I bestow all my goods 1 the twelve, and said unto to feed the poor, and though I them, Behold, we go up to Jegive my body to be burned, and rusalem, and all things that are have not charity, it profiteth me written by the prophets concernnothing. Charity suffereth long, ing the Son of Man shall be and is kind; charity envieth not; accomplished. For he shall be charity vaunteth not itself, is not delivered unto the Gentiles, and puffed up, doth not behave itself shall be mocked, and spitefully unseemly, seeketh not her own, entreated, and spitted on: and is not easily provoked, think- they shall scourge him, and put eth no evil, rejoiceth not in ini- him to death ; and the third day quity, but rejoiceth in the truth; he shall rise again. And they unbeareth all things, believeth all derstood none of these things : things, hopeth all things, endur and this saying was hid from eth all things. Charity never them, neither knew they the faileth: but whether there be things which were spoken. And prophecies, they shall fail ; whe- it came to pass, that as he was ther there be tongues, they shall come nigh unto Jericho, a cercease ; whether there be know- tain blind man sat by the wayledge, it shall vanish away. For side begging: and hearing the we know, in part, and we pro multitude pass by, he asked what phesy in part. But when that it meant. And they told him, which is perfect is come, then that Jesus of Nazareth passeth that which is in part shall be by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, done away. When I was a | thou Son of David, have mercy child, I spake as a child, I un-on me. And they which went derstood as a child, I thought as before rebuked him, that he a child ; but when I became a should hold his peace: but he man, I put away childish things. cried so much the more, Thou For now we see through a glass Son of David, have mercy on darkly; but then face to face: me. And Jesus stood, and comnow I know in part; but then manded him to be brought unto shall I know even as also I him: and when he was come am known. And now abideth near, he asked him, saying, faith, hope, charity, these three; | What wilt thou that I should
The first Day of Lent, commonly called Ash-Wednesday. The Collect. LMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
* This Collect is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.
For the Epistle. Joel ii. 12. Tulos ye even to me, saith
the Lord, with all your heart, 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, slow 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 meat-offering and a drink-offering unto the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the people, sanctify the congretion, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck 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 should they say among the people, Where is their God P The Gospel. St. Matth. vi. 16. HEN ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad 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, anoint 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, shall reward thee openly. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,
where moth and rust doth cor- | isters of God, in much patience, rupt, and where thieves break in afflictions, in necessities, in through and steal : but lay up distresses, in stripes, in imprisonfor yourselves treasures in hea- ments, in tumults, in labours, in ven, where neither moth nor watchings, in fastings; by purerust doth corrupt, and where ness, by knowledge, by long-sufthieves do not break through fering, by kindness, by the holy nor steal : for where your trea- Ghost, by love unfeigned, by sure is, there will your heart the word of truth, by the power be also.
of God, by the armour of right
eousness on the right hand and The first Sunday in Lent.
on the left, by honour and disThe Collect.
honour, by evil report and good O Lord, who for our sake
report; as deceivers, and yet didst fast forty days and true; as unknown, and yet well forty nights; Give us grace to known; as dying, and behold, use such abstinence, that, our
we live; as chastened, and not flesh being subdued to the Spi
killed; as sorrowful, yet alway rit, we may ever obey thy godly rejoicing; as poor, yet making motions in righteousness, and
many rich; as having nothing, true holiness, to thy honour and
and yet possessing all things. glory, who livest and reignest The Gospel. St. Matth. iv. 1. with the Father and the Holy THEN was Jesus led up of Ghost, one God, world without | 1 the Spirit into the wilderend. Amen.
ness, to be tempted of the devil. The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. 1. And when he had fasted forty W E then, as workers, toge- days and forty nights, he was af
✓ ther with him, beseech terward an-hungred. And when you also, that ye receive not the tempter came to him, he the grace of God in vain ; (for said, If thou be the Son of he saith, I have heard thee in God, command that these stones a time accepted, and in the day be made bread. But he answerof salvation have I succoureded and said, It is written, Man thee: behold, now is the accept-| shall not live by bread alone, ed time; behold, now is the day | but by every word that proof salvation ;) giving no offence ceedeth out of the mouth of in any thing, that the ministry God. Then the devil taketh be not blamed; but in all things him up into the holy city, and approving ourselves as the min-setteth him on a pinnacle of the
temple, and saith 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, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against 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 exceedin high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
The second Sunday in Lent.
LMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Je
sus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 Thess. 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 gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication; that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification 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 forewarned you, and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth despiseth not man, but God, who hath also 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 came 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 besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent, but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she 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 master's 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
The third Sunday in Lent.
E beseech thee, Almighty - God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephes. v. 1. E ye therefore followers of
God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a
sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named amongst you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish-talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient; but rather giving of thanks: for this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ, and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them : for ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light; (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth;) proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them : for it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.