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The first day of Lent, commonly called Allwednesday. The Collect.
Almighty and everlasting God, who hateft nothing
that thou haft made, and doft forgive the fins of all them that are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts,that we worthily lamenting our fins, and acknowledging our wretchednefs, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remiffion and forgiveness, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
This Collect is to be read every day in Lent, after the Collect appointed for the day.
For the Epiftle. Joel 2. 12.
Urn ye even to me, faith the Lord, with all your heart,and with fafting,and with weeping,and with mourning. And rent your heart, and not your garments,and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gra cious 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 meat-offering and a drink-offering unto the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, fanctifie a fast, calla folemn affembly,gather the people,fanctifie the congregation, affemble the elders, gather the children, and thofe that fuck the breafts; let the bridegroom go forth of h's chamber, and the bride out of her clofet; let the priefts, the minifters of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar,and let them fay,Spare thy people, O Lord,and give not thine heritage to reproch,that the heathen fhould rule over them: wherefore fhould they fay among the people, Where is their God?
The Gospel. S. Matth. 6. 16.
VV Hen ye faft, be not as the hypocrites, of a fad countenance:for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to faft. Verily I fay unto you they have their reward. But thou,when thou fafteft, an oint thine head, and wash thy face, that thou appear not to men to fast, but unto thy father which is in fecret
and thy father which feeth in fecret, fhall reward thee openly. Lay not up for your felves treasures upon earth, where moth and ruft doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and fteal.But lay up for your felves treafures in heaven, where neither moth nor ruft doth corrupt and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treafure is,there will your heart be alfo.
Lord, who for our fake didst fast fourty days and fourty nights, Give us grace to ufe fuch abftinence, that our flesh being fubdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteoufnefs, and true holinefs, to thy honour and glory, who liveft and reigneft with the Father and the holy Ghoft, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epiftle. 2 Cor. 6. 1.
WE then as workers together with him, befeech
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 falvation have I fuccoured thee behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of falvation) Giving no offence in any thing, that the miniftry be not blamed, but in all things approving our felves as the minifters of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necefsities, in diftreffes, in ftripes, in imprifonments,in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in faftings; by purenefs,by knowledge,by long-fuffering,by kindnefs,by the holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth,by the power of God, by the armour of righteoufnefs on the right hand, and on the left, by ho mour and difhonour,by evil report and good report; as deceivers,and yet true,as unknown,and yet well known, as dying,and behold we live,as chaftened, and not killed es forrow ful, yet alwayrejoycing;as pocr, yet making ma y rich; as having nothing, and yet poffefsing all th
The Gospel. S. Matth. 4. 1.
Hen was Jefus led up of the fpirit into the wilder
fafted fourty days and fourty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he faid, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and faid,It is written, Man fhall not live by bread alone,but by every word that procecdeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and fetteth him on a pinacle of the temple,and faith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, caft thy felf down; for it is written, He fhall give his angels charge concerning thee, and in their hands they fhall bear thee up, left at any time thou dah thy foot against a stone. Jefus faid 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 fheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and faith unto him, All thefe things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and wor fhip me. Then faith Jefus unto him, Get thee hence Satan,for it is written, Thou fhalt worship the Lord thy God,and him only fhalt thou ferve. Then the devil leav eth him,and behold angels came and miniftred unto him The fecond Sunday in Lent.
Lmighty God, who feeft that we have no power of our felves to help our felves; keep us both outwardly in our bodies,and inwardly in our fouls,that we may be defended from all adverfities which may happen to the body,& from all evil thoughts which may affault and hurt the foul,through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen The Epiftle. 1 Thef. 4. 1.
E befeech you,brethren,and exhort you by the Lord Jefus,that as ye have received of us how you ought to walk, and to please God, so ye would a ound more & more.For ye know what commandments
The fasting and temtation of Christ Ma
12.And immediately the spirit deincth him into the Wilderneffe..
13 And he was there in the Wildernese fourty dayes tempted of Satan, and was with the wilde beasts and the Angells ministred vnto lumi..