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The fifth Sunday in Lent.

The Colleet. E beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look W upon thy people; that by thy great goodness, they may be governed and preserved evermore boch in body and foul, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epiftle. Heb. ix. 11. HRIST being come an high Priest of good things to . U come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls, and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, fanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; how much more fhall the blood of Christ, who, through the eternal spirit, offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? and for this cause he is the Mediator of the new teftament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the tranfgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

The Gospel. St John viji, 46, SUS said, Which of you convincech me of fin ? And J if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God, beareth.God's words : ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. Then answered the Jews, and Said unto him, Say we not well, that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil ? Jesus answered, I have noc a devil; but

PARAPHRAS E." . On the COLLECT for the fifth Sunday in Lent." Omnipotent Being, we intreat thee to look down with compasion upon tay people who now offer up their prayers to thee,' that by thy gracious providence they may have their bodies preserved from all misfortunes, and their fools secured from fin and temptation, which we request of thee for the sake of our blessed Lord and Saviour Jefus Chrift. Amen." ".

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I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. And I seek not mine own glory : there is one that seeketh and judgeth. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he Thall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a deyil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets, and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our Father Abraham, which is dead ? and the prophets are dead : whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing : it is my Father thac honoureth me, of whom ye say, thaç he is your God: yer ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you : but I know him, and keep his saying, Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, yerily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him : but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.

The Sunday next before Eafter.

The Collect. A Lmighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love

towards mankind, haft fent thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our fesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the exămple of his great humility ; Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made par

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On the COLLECT for the Sunday next before Eafter, O all-powerful and everlasting God, who art a God of tender mency: (James v. 11.) and haft sent thy son in likeness of finful Aeth, (Rom. viii, 3.) though he was before in the form of God, &c. (Pbil. ii. 6.) and being found in fashion as a man, to humble himself and become obedient unto deach, even the death of the cross, (Pbil. ii. 8.) Thewing by this an example of humility not to be equallcd, we beseech' thes, for thy

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takers of his resurrection, through the fame Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epifle. Phil. ii. 5. I ET this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus : L who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputa: tion, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likness of men : and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a Name, which is above every name; that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confels, that Jesus Christ is Lord, to che glory of God the

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The Gospel. St Matth. xxvii. 1.
THEN the morning was come, all the chief priests

and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas, who had betrayed him, when he law that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocenc blood. And they said, What is that to us ? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the filver pieces,- and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counfel, and bought with them the

PA RA P H R A S. E. mercies fake, to give us grace, that we may take example from his humi. lity and patience whilft we continue here, and may share with him in his blested resurrection hereafter ; and this we beg for Jesus Christ his fake. Amen.

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potter's field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. (Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of hin that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value, and gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.) And Jesus stood before the governor ; and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayeft. And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word, insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus, which is called Christ ? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. When he was set down on the judgment-seat, his wife fent unto him saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man : for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. But the chief priefts and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I re

lease unto you? They said, Barabbas. Pilate faith unto · them, What shall I do then with Jelus, which is called

Chrift? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified, When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person : fee ye to it. Then answered all the people, and laid, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then released he Barabbas unto them : and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common

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hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped hin, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand i and they bowed the, knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews. And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and (mote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by riame : him they compelled to bear his cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, A place of a fkull, they gave him vinegar to drink, mingled with gall : and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments. casting lots : that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and. upon my verture did they caft lots. And fitting down, they watched him there ; and set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were there two thieves crucified with him : one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that parfed by reviled bim, wagging their heads, and saying, Thou that destroyeft the temple, and buildeft it in three days, fave thyself; If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others, himself he cannot save : if he be the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; ler hin deliver him now if he will have him ; for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also which were crucified with him cast the fame in his teeth. Now from the sixth hour there was darknels over all che land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthoni? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them chat stood there, when they heard that, laid, This man' calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it wich vinegar,

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