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THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT.
and with fasting, and with earth, where moth and rust weeping, and with mourning. doth corrupt, and where thieves And rend your heart, and break through and steal : but not your garments, and turn lay up for yourselves treasures unto the LORD your God: for in heaven, where neither moth he is gracious and merciful, nor rust doth corrupt, and slow to anger, and of great where thieves do not break kindness, and repenteth him of through nor steal : for where the evil. Who knoweth if he your treasure is, there will your will return, and repent, and heart be also. leave a blessing behind him,
a meat-offering and drink-offering unto the LORD
The Collect. your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a O LORD, who for our sake solemn assembly, gather the didst fast forty days and forty people, sanctify the congrega- nights; give us grace to use tion, assemble the elders, gather such abstinence, that our flesh the children and those that suck being subdued to the Spirit, we the breasts ; let the bridegroom may ever obey thy godly mogo forth of his chamber, and tions in righteousness and true the bride out of her closet; let holiness, to thy honour and the priests, the ministers of the glory, who livest and reignest LORD, weep between the porch with the FATHER and the Holy and the altar, and let them say, Ghost, one God, world without Spare thy people, O LORD, and end. Amen. give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should
The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. I rule over
them: wherefore WE then, as workers togeshould they say among the peo
ther with him, beseech you ple, Where is their God? also, that ye receive not the The Gospel. St. Matt. vi. 16. grace of God in vain : (For he
saith, I have heard thee in a WHEN ye fast, be not as time accepted, and in the day of the hypocrites, of a sad counte-salvation have I succoured thee: nance : for they disfigure their behold, now is the accepted faces, - that they may appear time; behold, now is the day unto men to fast. Verily I say of salvation) giving no offence unto you, they have their re- in any thing, that the ministry ward. But thou, when thou be not blamed; but in all things fastest, anoint thine head, and approving ourselves the wash thy face, that thou ap- ministers of God, in much papear not unto men to fast, but tience, in afflictions, in necessiunto thy Father which is in ties, in distresses, in stripes, in secret; and thy Father which imprisonments, in tumults, in seeth in secret, shall reward labours, in watchings, in fastthee openly. Lay not up ings ; by pureness, by knowfor yourselves treasures upon ledge, by long-suffering, by
kindness, by the Holy Ghost, of the world, and the glory of by love unfeigned, by the word them; and saith unto him, All of truth, by the power of God, these things will I give thee, if by the armour of righteousness thou wilt fall down and worship on the right hand and on the me. Then saith JESUS unto left, by honour and dishonour, him, Get thee hence, Satan; for by evil report and good report; it is written, Thou shalt woras deceivers, and yet true; as ship the LORD thy God, and unknown, and yet well known; him only shalt thou serve. as dying, and behold we live; Then the devil leaveth him, as chastened, and not killed ; and behold, angels came and as sorrowful, yet alway rejoic- ministered unto him. ing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT. yet possessing all things.
The Collect. The Gospel. St. Matt. iv. 1.
ALMIGHTY GOD, who seest THEN was Jesus led up of that we have no power of ourthe Spirit into the wilderness, selves to help ourselves; keep to be tempted of the devil: us both outwardly in our bodies, and when he had fasted forty and inwardly in our souls; that days and forty nights, he was we may be defended from all afterward an hungered. And adversities which may happen when the tempter came to him, to the body, and from all evil he said, If thou be the Son thoughts which may assault and of God, command that these hurt the soul, through Jesus stones be made bread. But he CHRIST our Lord. Amen. answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread The Epistle. 1 Thess. iv. 1. alone, but by every word that WE beseech you, brethren, proceedeth out of the mouth of and exhort you by the Lord God. Then the devil taketh Jesus, that as ye have received him up into the holy city, and of us how ye ought to walk, setteth him on a pinnacle of the and to please God, so ye would temple, and saith unto him, If abound more and more. For thou be the Son of God, cast ye know what commandments thyself down; for it is written, we gave you by the Lord Jesus. He shall give his angels charge For this is the will of God, concerning thee; and in their even your sanctification, that hands they shall bear thee up, ye should abstain from fornicalest at any time thou dash thy tion; that every one of you foot against a stone.
Jesus should know how to possess said unto him, It is written his vessel in sanctification and again, Thou shalt not tempt honour; not in the lust of conthe LORD thy God. Again the cupiscence, even as the Gentiles devil taketh him up into an which know not God: that no exceeding high mountain, and man go beyond and defraud his showeth him all the kingdoms brother in any matter; because
that the Lord is the avenger of j and stretch forth the right hand all such, as we also have fore- of thy majesty, to be our dewarned
you and testified. For fence against all our enemies, God hath not called us unto through JESUS CHRIST uncleanness, but unto holiness. Lord. Amen. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God,
The Epistle. Ephes. v. 1. who hath also given unto us his BE
therefore followers of holy Spirit.
God, as dear children ; and
walk in love, as Christ also The Gospel. St. Matt. xv. 21. hath loved us, and hath given
JESUS went thence, and de- himself for us, an offering and parted into the coasts of Tyre a sacrifice to God, for a sweetand Sidon. And behold, a smelling savour. But fornicawoman of Canaan came out of tion and all uncleanness, or the same coasts, and cried unto covetousness, let it not be once him, saying, Have mercy on named amongst you, as becomme, O Lord, thou Son of David: eth saints ; neither filthiness, my daughter is grievously vexed nor foolish talking, nor jesting, with a devil. But he answered which are not convenient; but her not a word. And his dis- rather giving of thanks. For ciples came and besought him, this ye know, that no whoresaying, Send her away; for she monger, nor unclean person, crieth after us. But he an- nor covetous man, who is an swered and said, I am not sent idolater, hath any inheritance but unto the lost sheep of the in the kingdom of Christ, and house of Israel. Then came of God. Let no man deceive she and worshipped him, say- you with vain words : for being, Lord, help me. But he cause of these things cometh answered, and said, It is not the wrath of God upon the meet to take the children's children of disobedience. Be bread, and to cast it to dogs. not ye therefore partakers with And she said, Truth, Lord; yet them; for ye were sometimes the dogs eat of the crumbs darkness, but now are ye light which fall from their master's in the LORD: walk as children table. Then Jesus answered of light; (for the fruit of the and said unto her, O woman, Spirit is in all goodness, and great is thy faith : be it unto righteousness, and truth) provthee even as thou wilt. And ing what is acceptable unto the her daughter was made whole LORD. And have no fellowship from that
with the unfruitful works of
to speak of those things which The Collect.
are done of them in secret. But WE beseech thee, Almighty all things that are reproved, are God, look upon the hearty de- made manifest by the light; for sires of thy humble servants, I whatsoever doth make manifest
THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT.
is light. Wherefore he saith, when he cometh, he findeth it Awake, thou that sleepest, and swept and garnished. Then arise from the dead, and CHRIST goeth he, and taketh to him shall give thee light.
seven other spirits more wicked The Gospel. St. Luke xi. 14.
than himself, and they enter in,
and dwell there; and the last JESUS was casting out a state of that man is worse than devil, and it was dumb. And it the first. And it came to pass, came to pass, when the devil as he spake these things, a cerwas gone out, the dumb spake; tain woman of the company and the people wondered. But lift up her voice, and said unto some of them said, He casteth him, Blessed is the womb that out devils through Beelzebub, bare thee, and the paps
which the chief of the devils. And thou hast sucked. But he said, others, tempting him, sought Yea, rather blessed are they of him a sign from heaven. that hear the word of God, and But he, knowing their thoughts, keep it. said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself, is brought THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT. to desolation ;, and a house
The Collect. divided against a house, falleth.
GRANT, we beseech thee, If Satan also be divided against Almighty God, that we, who himself, how shall his kingdom for our evil deeds do worthily stand ? because ye say that I deserve to be punished, by the cast out devils through Beelze- comfort of thy grace may merbub. And if I by Beelzebub cifully be relieved, through cast out devils, by whom do our Lord and Saviour Jesus your sons cast them out? there- Christ. Amen. fore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God
The Epistle. Gal. iv. 21. cast out devils, no doubt the TELL me, ye that desire to kingdom of God is come upon be under the law, do ye not you. When a strong man hear the law ? For it is written, armed keepeth his palace, his that Abraham had two sons, goods are in peace; but when the one by a bond-maid, the a stronger than he shall come other by a free-woman. But upon him and overcome him, he who was of the bond-woman he taketh from him all his ar- was born after the flesh; but mour wherein he trusted, and he of the free-woman was by. divideth his spoils. He that is promise. Which things are not with me, is against me; and an allegory: for these are the he that gathereth not with me, two covenants; the one from scattereth. When the unclean Mount Sinai, which gendereth spirit is gone out of a man, he to bondage, which is Agar. walketh through dry places, For this Agar is Mount Sinai seeking rest; and finding none, in Arabia, and answereth to he saith, I will return unto my Jerusalem which now is, and is house whence I came out. And in bondage with her children.
But Jerusalem which is above, Peter's brother, saith unto him, is free; which is the mother There is a lad here which hath of us all. For it is written, five barley loaves, and two Rejoice, thou barren that bear- small fishes; but what are they est not; break forth and cry, among so many ? And Jesus thou that travailest not; for said, Make the men sit down. the desolate hath many more Now there was much grass in children than she which hath the place. So the men sat an husband. Now we, brethren, down, in number about five as Isaac was, are the children thousand. And Jesus took the of promise. But as then, he loaves, and when he had given that was born after the flesh thanks, he distributed to the persecuted him that was born disciples, and the disciples to after the spirit; even so it is them that were set down, and now. Nevertheless, what saith likewise of the fishes as much the Scripture ? Cast out the as they would. When they bond-woman and her son ; for were filled, he said unto his the son of the bond-woman disciples, Gather up the fragshall not be heir with the son ments that remain, that nothing of the free-woman. So then, be lost. Therefore they gabrethren, we are not children thered them together, and filled of the bond-woman, but of the twelve baskets with the fragfree.
ments of the five barley loaves,
which remained over and above The Gospel. St. John vi. 1.
unto them that had eaten. Then JESUS went over the sea of those men, when they had seen Galilee, which is the sea of the miracle that Jesus did, Tiberias. And a great multi- said, This is of a truth that tude followed him, because they prophet that should come into saw his miracles which he did the world. on them that were diseased. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with
The Collect. his disciples. And the pass
WE beseech thee, Almighty over, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lift God, mercifully to look upon up his eyes, and saw a great
thy people; that by thy great company come unto him, he goodness they may be governed saith unto Philip, Whence shall
and preserved evermore, both we buy bread that these may Christ our Lord. Amen.
in body and soul, through JESUS eat? (And this he said to prove him ; for he himself knew what The Epistle. Heb. ix. 11. he would do.) Philip answer
CHRIST being come an high ed him, Two hundred penny- priest of good things to come, worth of bread is not sufficient by a greater and more perfect for them, that every one of tabernacle, not made with them may take a little. One hands; that is to say, not of of his disciples, Andrew, Simon this building ; neither by the
THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT.