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The Second Sunday in Lent.
The Colleer. A Lmighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourA felves 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 affault and hurt the soul, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. i Theff. iv. 1. W E beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the
W Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how you 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 sanctificacion, that ye should abstain from fornication, that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in fanctification 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 testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that defpileth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit.
The Gospel. St Matth. xv. 21. TESUS went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre J and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came out
PA RA PHRAS E.
On the COLLECT for the second Sunday in Lent. O Lord, who reelt that we are not suflicient of ourselves to think, much Jess to do, any thing of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of thee, (i Car. jii. 5.) we intreat thee, by thy providencial care, to defend both our fouls and bodies, the former from all temptations and evil suggestions, by which we may be betrayed into lin, and the latter from unhappy acci. dents and hostile attacks; and this we beg for the sake of Jesus Chrift our Lord. Amen,
of the fame coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David: my daughter is grievoudy vexed with a devil. But he answered her not å word. And his disciples came and befought him, saying, Send her away, for she criech after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the loft 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 masters table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faich : be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
The third Sunday in Lent.
The Collečt. W E beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty
desires of thy humble fervants: and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty to be our defence againk all our enemies, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epifle. Ephes. v. 1. DE ye therefore followers of God, as dear children ; and D walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling favour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousnels, let it not be once named amongst you, as becometh faints : neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jefting, 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
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On tbe COLLECT for tbe third Sunday iz Lent. We beseech thee, almighty God, favourably to hear the prayers of the church which they with fervour put up unto thee, and to stretch forch che tight hand of thy power and majefty to defend us from all our enemies, Paatly and bodily, for the sake of our b'efled Saviour Jesus Chrik. Amen.
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 chem : for it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in fecret. But all things that are reproved, are made manifest by the light : for whatsoever doch make manifelt, is light. Wherefore he faith, Awake thou that neepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give the light.
The Gopel. St Luke xi. 14. TESUS was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And
it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb jpake; and the people wondered. But some of them faid, He castech out" devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. And others tempting him, sought of him a fign from heaven. But he knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself, is brought to defolation; and a house divided against a house, falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand ? because ye say that I calt out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your lons cast them out ? therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. When à strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace; but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his fpoils. He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking reft: andi finding none, he faith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he concth, he findeth it swept and garnihed. Then goeth he, and taketh to him feven other. Spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in, and dwell there ; and the last state of that man is worse than the fort. And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lift up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea, rather blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep-it.
The fourth Sunday in Lent.
The Colleet. RANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, U who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Ainen.
The Epiftle. Gal. iv. 21. ELL me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not I hear the law ? for it is written that Abraham had two lons, the one by a bond-maid, the other by a free-woman. But he who was of the bond-woman, was born after the flesh; but he of the free woman was by promise. Which things are an allegory; for these are the two covenants : the one from the mount Sinai, which genderech to bondage, which as Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and anfwereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free; which
PA RA P H R A SE:
On the GOLLEĆT* for the fourth Sunday in Lent. O Almighty God, grant, we beseech thee, that we who by the calaBities we undergo in this world, are punished less than our iniquities des lerve, (Ezra ix. 13.) and, on account of our numerous violations of thị Civine law; do dread thy just vengeance falling on us; may, by thy merci. Ta goodness be delivered from our affli&ions'; and by the powerful influ. ence of thy grace, exciting us to a reformation of our lives, may avoid the fernal punishment which we have incurred by our fins; and this we beg Bet the lake of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travaileft not: for the defolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born
after the Acrh, persecuted him that was born after the spirit; • even so it is now. Nevertheless, what faith the scripture ?
Cast out the bond-woman and her son; for the son of the bond-woman shall not be heir with the fon of the free wo. man, So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
The Gospel. Si John 6.1. JESUS went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of J Tiberias. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were difeased. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lift up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he faith unto Philip, Whence fhall we buy bread, that there may eat ? (And this he said to prove him; for he himself knew what he would do.) Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not fufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Perer's bro. ther, faich unto him, There is a lad here which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes ;' but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men fat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were fer down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the frag. ments that remain, that nothing be loft. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with che fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth chat Prophei that thould come into the world.