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feen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you he that doeth righteoufnefs, is righteous even as he is righteous. He that committeth fin, is of the devil; for the devil finneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifefted, that he might defiroy
the works of the devil.
The Gospel. Matt. xxiv. 23. HEN if any man thall fay unto you, you, Lo, here is Chrift, or there: believe it not.
For there thall arife falfe Chrifts, and false prophets, and thall thew great figns and wonders; infomuch that, if it were pofibie, they fhall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they fall fay unto you, Behold, he is in the defert; go not forth: behold, he is in the fecret chambers; believe it not. For as the light
and thineth even unto the weft; fo thall alfo the coming of the Son of man be. For wherefoever the carcafe is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of thofe days fhall the fun be darkened, and the moon.fhall not give her light, and the ftars thall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens thall be thaken: and then thall appear the fign of the Son of man in heaven: and then fhall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they fhall fee the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he thall fend his angels with a great found of a trumpet; and they thall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
livered by thy goodnefs, for the glory of thy Name, through Jefus Chrift our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghoft, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 Cor. ix. 24.
KNOW ye not, that they
which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? every man that firiveth for the So run, that ye may obtain. And maftery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an not as uncertainly; fo fight I, incorruptible. I therefore fo run, not as one that beateth the air: but I keep under my body, and bring it into fubjection; left that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself thould be a cast-away.
The Gofpel. Matt. xx. 1. ning cometh out of the east, like unto a man that is an HE kingdom of heaven is T a man is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a-day, he fent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and faw others ftanding idle in the market-place, and faid unto them, Go ye alfo into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the fixth and ninth hour, and did likewife. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others fianding idle, and faith unto them, Why ftand ye here all the day idle? They fay unto him, Because no man hath hired Rs. He faith unto them, Go ye alfo into the vineyard; and whatfoever is right, that fhall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard faith unto his fteward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the laft unto the firft. And when they came, that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when
Beptuagefima Sunday, or the
LORD, we beseech thee favourably to hear to hear the prayers of thy people; that we, who are juflly punithed for our iences, may be mercifully de
the first came, they fuppofed wreck, a night and a day I have that they thould have received been in the deep; in journeyings more; and they likewife re often, in perils of waters, in ceived every man a penny. And perils of robbers, in perils by mine when they had received it, they own countrymen, in perils by murmured against the good the heathen, in perils in the man of the houte, faying, Thefe city, in perifs in the wilderness, laft have wrought but one hour, in perils in the fea, in perils and thou haft made them equal among falfe brethren; in weariunto us, which have borne the nefs and painfulness, in watchburden and heat of the day. ings often, in hunger and thirst But he answered one of them, in faftings often, in cold and and faid, Friend, I do thee no nakednefs. Befide thofe things wrong: didit not thou agree that are without, that which with me for a penny? Take that cometh upon me daily, the care thine is, and go thy way: I will of all the churches. Who is give unto this laft even as unto weak, and I am not weak? who thee. Is it not lawful for me to is offended, and I burn not? If do what I will with mine own? I must needs glory, I will glory is thine eye evil because I am of the things which concern good? So the laft fhall be firit, mine infirmities. The God and and the firft laft: for many be Father of our Lord Jefus Chrift, called, but few chofen. which is bleffed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
E fuffer fools gladly, feeing ye yourselves are wife. For ye fuffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man fmite you on the face. 1 fpeak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinfoever any is bold, (1 fpeak foolishly,) I am bold alfo. Are they Hebrews? fo am I. Are they Ifraelites? fo am I. Are they the feed of Abraham? fo am I. Are they minifters of Chrift? (I fpeak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in ftripes above measure, in prifons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty ftripes fave one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was toned, thrice I futtered hip
The Gospel. Luke viii. 4. THEN much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he fpake by a parable: A fower went out to fow his feed: and as he fowed, fome fell by the way-fide: and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And fome feil upon a rock; and as foon as it was fprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moifture. And fome fell among thorns; and the thorns fprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and fprang up,. and bare fruit au hundred-fold. And when he had faid thefe things, he cried, He that had ears to hear, let him hear. And his difciples afked him, faying, What might this parable be? And he faid, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that feeing they might not fee, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The feed is the word of God. Thofe by the way-lide are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, left they should believe and be faved. They on
the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and thefe have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and Fiches and pleafures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which, in an honeft and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Quinquagefima Sunday, or the Sunday next before Lent.
LORD, who haft taught us that all our doings without
Ghot, worth, Send thy Holy Ghoft, and pour into our hearts that moft excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace, and of all virtues, without which whofoever liveth is counted dead before thee. Grant this for thine only Son jefus Chrift's fake. Amen.
The Epiftle. 1 Cor. xiii. 1. HOUGH I fpeak with the tongues of men. and of angels, and have not charity, I an become as founding brafs, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and underftand all myileries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, to that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I beftow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity lutfereth long, and is kind, charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itfelf unfeemly, feeketh not her own, is not eafily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth:
but whether there be prophecies, they fhall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall ceafe; whether there be knowledge, it thail vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophefy in part; but when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part fhall be done away. When I was a child, I fpake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we fee through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then thall I know even as alfo I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, thefe three; but the greateft of these is charity.
The Gospel. Luke xviii. 31.
HEN Jefus took unto him
the twelve, and faid unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerufalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man fhall be accomplished. For he fall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and fhall be mocked, and fpitefully entreated, and fpitted on: and they thall fcourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he thali rife again. And they underflood none of thefe things: and this faying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were fpoken. And it came to país, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man fat by the wayfide begging: and hearing the multitude pafs by, he alked what it meant. And they told him that Jefus of Nazareth palleth by. And he cried, faying, Jefus, thou fon of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he thould hold his peace: but he cried fo much the more, Thou fon of David, have mercy on me. And Jefus ftood, and commanded him to be brought unto him and when he was come near, he afked him, saying, What wilt thou that I thail do unto thee? And he laid, Lord, that I may
The Gofpel. Matt. vi. 16.
receive my fight. And Jefus faid wherefore thould they fay among unto him, Receive thy fight: the people, Where is their God? thy faith hath faved thee. And immediately he received his fight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they faw it, gave praife unto God.
The Fir Day of Lent, called
A 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 wretchedness, 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.]
HEN ye faft, be not, as
countenance for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to faft. Verily
fay unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fafteft, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fait, but unto
and thy Father, which feeth in fecret, thall reward thee openly. Lay not up for yourselves treafures upon earth, where moth and ruft doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and fteal: but lay up for yourfelves treafures in heaven, where neither moth nor ruft doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor fteal: for where your treafure is, there will your heart be alfo.
First Sunday in Lent.
RD, who for our fake didft faf forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to ufe fuch abftinence, that our fleth being fubdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteoufnefs and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who liveft and reigneft with the Father and the Holy Ghoft, one God, world without end. Amen.
For the Epistle. Joel ii. 12. TU URN ye even to me, faith the Lord, with all your heart, and with fafting, 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, flow to anger, and of great kindnefs, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a bleffing behind him; even a meat-offering, and a drink-offering, unto The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. 1. the Lord your God? Blow ther with him, befeech trumpet in Zion, fanétify a faft, WE then, as workers toge
call a folemn affembly; gather the people, fanctify the congregation, affemble the elders, gather the children, and thofe that fuck the breafts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her clofet: Let the priests, 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 reproach, that the heathen thould rule over them:
you alfo 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 ourfelves as the minifters of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in neceffities, in diffireffes, in firipes
in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in faftings; by pureness, by knowledge, by long-fuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghoft, 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 honour and dishonour, 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; as forrowful, yet al
Second Sunday in Lent.
The Collect. LMIGHTY God, who feest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourfelves; 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, and from all evil thoughts which may affault and hurt the foul, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen."
The Epifle. 1 Thefs. iv. 1. beseech you, brethren,
way rejoicing; as poor, yet mak-Wnd exhort you by the ing many rich; as having nothing, and yet poffeffing all things.
The Gospel. Matt. iv. 1. HEN was Jefus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fafted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he faid, If thou be the Son of God, command that thefe ftones be made bread. But he answered and faid, It is written, Man thall not live by bread alone, but by every word that preceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and fetteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and faith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, caft thyfelf down: for it is written, He thall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they fhall bear thee up, left at any time thou dath thy foot against a ftone. 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 theweth 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 worthip me. Then faith Jefus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only thalt thou ferve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels eame and miniftered unto him.
Lord Jefus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to pleafe God, fo ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jefus. For this is the will of God, even your fanétification, that ye thould abftain from fornication: that every one of you fhould know how to poffefs his veffel in fanctification and honour; not in the luft of concupifcence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: that no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter; becaufe that the Lord is the avenger of all fuch, as we alfo have forewarned you and teftified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that defpifeth, defpifeth not man, but God, who hath alfo given unto us his Holy Spirit.
The Gospel. Matt. xv. 21. ESUS went thence, and departed into the coafts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the fame coafts, and cried unto him, faying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou fon of David! my daughter is grievoufly vexed with a devil. But he anfwered her not a word. And his difciples came and befought him, faying, Send her away; for the crieth after us. But he anfwered and faid, I am not fent but unto the loft theep. of the houfe of Ifrael. Then came the and worthipped him,