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DAY BEFORE LENT,
see him as he is. And every| the moon 'shall not give her man that hath this hope in him light, and the stars shall fall purifieth himself, even as he is from heaven, and the powers pure.
Whosoever committeth of the heavens shall be shaken. sin, transgresseth also the law; And then shall appear the sign fór sin is the transgression of of the Son of man in heaven; the law. And ye know that he and then shall all the tribes of was manifested to take away the earth mourn, and they shall our sins ; and in him is no sin. see the Son of man coming in Whosoever abideth in him, sin- the clouds of heaven, with neth not: whosoever sinneth, power and great glory. And he hath not seen him, neither shall send his angels with a known him. Little children, great sound of a trumpet, and let no man deceive you : he they shall gather together his that doeth righteousness is elect from the four winds, from righteous, even as he is right- one end of heaven to the other. eous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil THE SUNDAY CALLED sinneth from the beginning. GESIMA, OR THE THIRD SUNFor this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he
The Collect. might destroy the works of the
O LORD, we beseech thee devil.
favourably to hear the prayers The Gospel. St. Matt. xxiv. 23. of thy people, that we, who are
justly punished for our offences, THEN if
may be mercifully delivered by unto you, Lo, here is CHRIST, thy goodness, for the glory or there ; believe it not. For of thy name, through JESUS there shall arise false Christs Christ our Saviour, who liveth and false prophets, and shall and reigneth with thee and the show great signs and wonders; Holy Ghost, ever one God, insomuch that (if it were possi- world without end. Amen. ble
) they shall deceive the very The Epistle. 1 Cor. ix. 24. elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore, if they KNOW ye not, that they shall
say unto you, Behold, he which run in a race, run ali, is in the desert'; go not forth : but one receiveth the prize? behold, he is in the secret cham- So run, that ye may obtain. bers; believe it not. For as And every man that striveth the lightning cometh out of the for the mastery, is temperate in east, and shineth even unto the all things. Now they do it to west; so shall also the coming obtain a corruptible crown, but of the Son of man be. For we an incorruptible.. . I therewheresoever the carcase is, fore so run, not as uncertainly; there will the eagles be gather- so fight I, not as one that beated together. Immediately after eth the air; but I keep under the tribulation of those days, my body and bring it into subshall the sun be darkened, and jection, lest that by any means,
any man shall
when I have preached to others, hast made them equal unto us, I myself should be a cast-away. which have borne the burden The Gospel. St. Matt. xx. 1. and heat of the day. But he
answered one of them, and said, THE kingdom of heaven is Friend, I do thee no wrong ; like unto a man that is an house- didst not thou agree with me holder, which went out early for a penny? Take that thine in the morning to hire labour- is, and go thy way; I will give ers into his vineyard. And unto this last even as unto thee. when he had agreed with the Is it not lawful for me to do labourers for a penny a day, what I will with mine own? Is he sent them into his vineyard. thine eye evil, because I am And he went out about the third good ? So the last shall be first, hour, and saw others standing and the first last; for many be idle in the market-place, and called, but few chosen. said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever THE SUNDAY CALLED SEXAGESIis right I will give you. And MA, OR THE SECOND SUNDAY they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth
The Collect. and ninth hour, and did like
O LORD God, who seest wise. And about the eleventh that we put not our trust in any hour he went out, and found thing that we do; mercifully others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here grant that by thy power we all the day idle? They say unto versity, through Jesus CHRIST
may be defended against all adhim, Because no
our Lord. Amen. hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard,
The Epistle. 2 Cor. xi. 19. and whatsoever is right that YE suffer fools gladly, seeing shall ye receive. So when ye yourselves are wise. For even was come, the lord of the ye suffer if a man bring you vineyard saith unto his steward, into bondage, if a man devour Call the labourers, and give you, if a man take of you, if a them their hire, beginning from man exalt himself, if a man the last unto the first. And smite you on the face. I speak when they came, that were as concerning reproach, as nired about the eleventh hour, though we had been weak: they received every man a pen- howbeit, whereinsoever any
is ny. But when the first came, bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am they supposed that they should bold also. Are they Hebrews! ? have received more; and they so am I: are they Israelites ? likewise received every man so am I: are they the seed of a penny. And when they had Abraham ? so am I: are they received it, they murmured ministers of CHRIST? (I speak against the good man of the as a fool) I am more: in labours house, saying, These last have more abundant; in stripes above wrought but one hour, and thou measure; in prisons more fre
quent; in deaths oft. Of the up, and bare fruit an hundred Jews five times received I förty fold. And when he had said stripes save one; thrice was I these things, he cried, He that beaten with rods; once was I hath ears to hear, let him hear. stoned ; thrice I suffered ship- And his disciples asked him, wreck; a night and a day I have saying, What might this parabeen in the deep; in journey-i ble be? And he said, Unto you ings often; in perils of waters; it is given to know the mysteries in perils of robbers ; in perils of the kingdom of God; but to by miné own countrymen; in others in parables : that seeing perils by the heathen; in perils they might not see, and hearing in the city; in perils in the they might not understand. wilderness ; in perils in the sea; Now the parable is this : the in perils among false brethren; seed is the word of God. Those in weariness and painfulness; by the way-side are they that in watchings often; in hunger hear; then cometh the devil, and thirst; in fastings often ; in and taketh away the word out cold and nakedness; besides of their hearts, lest they should those things that are without, believe and be saved, They that which cometh upon me on the rock are they, which, daily, the care of all the when they hear, receive the Churches.. Who is weak, and word with joy; and these have I am not weak ? who is offend- no root, which for a while beed, and I burn not? If I must lieve, and in time of temptation needs glory, I will glory of the fall away. And that which things which concern mine fell among thorns are they, infirmities. The God and Fa- which, when they have heard, ther of our Lord Jesus CHRIST, go forth, and are choaked with which is blessed for evermore, cares, and riches, and pleasures knoweth that I lie not.
of this life, and bring no fruit
to perfection. But that on the The Gospel. St. Luke viii. 4.
good ground are they, which, in WHEN much people were an honest and good heart, havgathered together, and were ing heard the word, keep it, and come to him out of every city, bring forth fruit with patience. he spake by a parable: A sower went out to sow his seed ; and
THE SUNDAY CALLED QUINQUAas he sowed, some fell by the
GESIMA, OR THE NEXT SUNway-side, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it; and some fell upon
The Collect. a rock, and as soon as it was O LORD, who hast taught sprung up, it withered away, us that all our doings without because it lacked moisture; and charity are nothing worth ; some fell among thorns, and send thy Holy Ghost, and the thorns sprang up with it, pour into our hearts that most and choaked it; and other fell excellent gift of charity, the on good ground, and sprang very bond of peace, and of all
DAY BEFORE LENT.
virtues; without which, who- things. For
even as also I am known. And
now abideth faith, hope, charity, The Epistle. 1 Cor. xiii. 1.
these three ; but the greatest THOUGH I speak with the of these is charity. tongues of men and of angels, The Gospel. St. Luke xviii. 31. and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a THEN JESUS took unto him tinkling cymbal: and though the twelve, and said unto them, I have the gift of prophecy, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and understand all mysteries, and all things that are written and all knowledge ; and though by the prophets concerning the I have all faith, so that I could Son of man shall be accomremove mountains, and have plished. For he shall be delinot charity, I am nothing. And vered unto the Gentiles, and though I bestow all my goods shall be mocked, and spitefully to feed the poor, and though entreated, and spitted on: and I give my body to be burned, they shall scourge him, and put and have not charity, it profit- him to death ; and the third eth me nothing. Charity suf- day he shall rise again. And fereth long, and is kind; charity they understood none of these envieth not; charity vaunteth things: and this saying was not itself; is not puffed up; hid from them, neither knew doth not behave itself unseem- they the things which were ly; seeketh not her own; is spoken. And it came to pass, not easily provoked; thinketh that as he was come nigh unto no evil ; rejoiceth not in iniqui- Jericho, a certain blind man ty, but rejoiceth in the truth; sat by the way-side begging.; beareth all things, believeth all and hearing the multitude pass things, hopeth all things, en- by, he asked what it meant. dureth all things. Charity never And they told him, that JESUS faileth: but whether there be of Nazareth passeth by. And prophecies, they shall fail ; he cried, saying, Jesus, thou whether there be tongues, they Son of David, have mercy on shall cease; whether there be me. And they which went knowledge, it shall vanish away. before rebuked him, that he For we know in part, and we should hold his peace; but he prophesy in part. But when cried so much the more, Thou that which is perfect is come, Son of David, have mercy on then that which is in part shall me. And JESUS stood, and be done away. When I was commanded him to be brought a child, I spake as a child, I unto him: and when he was understood as a child, I thought come near, he asked him, say: as a child; but when I became ing, What wilt thou that I a man, I put away childish I should do unto thee? And he
said, Lord, that I may receive sin, and be saved ; mercifully
my sight. And Jesus said unto forgive us our trespasses ; reI knot
him, Receive thy sight; thy ceive and comfort us, who are I know faith hath saved thee. And grieved and wearied with the 1. And
immediately he received his burden of our sins. Thy procharity sight, and followed him, glori- perty is always to have mercy; Teatest fying Gop: and all the people, to thee only it appertaineth to
'when they saw it, gave praise forgive sins : spare us thereiii. 31 unto God.
fore, good LORD, spare thy
people, whom thou hast reTHE FIRST DAY OF LENT, com- deemed : enter not into judge ther, MONLY CALLED ASH-WEDNES- ment with thy servants, who salem
are vile earth, and miserable written The Collect.
sinners; but so turn thine ALMIGHTY and everlasting anger from us, who meekly God, who hatest nothing that acknowledge our vileness, and thou hast made, and dost for- truly repent us of our faults; give the sins of all those who and so make haste to help us are penitent; create and make in this world, that we may in us new and contrite hearts, ever live with thee in the that we, worthily lamenting our world to come, through Jesus sins and acknowledging our
CHRIST Lord. Amen.
eth, after the Minister.
favourable, O LORD, be favour-
, after the Collect appointed for the day. to thee in weeping, fasting and
long-suffering, and of great pity.
them; and let not thine heritage accused, by thy merciful par
be brought to confusion. he
Hear don may be absolved, through us, O Lord, for thy mercy is Christ our Lord. Amen.
great; and after the multitude
of thy mercies look upon us, O MOST mighty God, and through the merits and mediamerciful Father, who hast com- tion of thy blessed Son, JESUS all
CHRIST our Lord. Amen. hatest nothing that thou hast
made; who wouldest not the For the Epistle, Joel ii. 12. 1 death of a sinner, but rather TURN ye even to me, saith
that he should turn from his the Lord, with all your heart,
iner Tere pass unto