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and spiritual songs, singing with | like unto him in his eternal and grace in your hearts to the glorious kingdom; where with Lord. And whatsoever ye do, thee, O Father, and thee, O in word or deed, do all in the Holy Ghost, he liveth and Name of the Lord Jesus, giving reigneth, ever one God, world thanks to God and the Father without end. Amen. by him.
The Gospel. St. Matth. xiii. 24. THE HE kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung np, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the housholder came, and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
The sixth Sunday after the
God, whose blessed Son was manifested that be might destroy the works of the
us the sons of God, and heirs of eternal life; Grant us, we beseech thee, that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves, even as he is pure; that, when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made
The Epistle. 1 St. John iii. 1. BEHOLD, what manner of love the Father hath be stowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know, that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil: for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
The Gospel. St. Matth. xxiv. 23. THE THEN if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here Christ, or there; believe it not. falst For there shall arise Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that (if it were possible) they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told
you before. Wherefore, if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shali also the coming of the Son of Man be. wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be ga thered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
The Sunday called Septuagesima, or the third Sunday before Lent.
The Gospel. St. Matth. xx. 1.
like unto a man that is an
The Collect. Lord, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people; that we, who are justly punished for our of fences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name; through Je
sus Christ our Saviour, who liv-yard saith unto his steward, Call
eth and reigneth with thee and
the labourers, and give them
for the mastery is temperate
The Epistle. 1 Cor. ix. 24. that
which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth
But when the first came, they
peny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong; didst not thou agree with me for a peny? Take that thine is, and go thy way, I will give unto this last even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
The Sunday called Sexagesima, or the second Sunday before Lent. The Collect.
Lord God, who seest that we put not our trust in any thing that we do; Mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
above measure; in prisons more frequent; in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one; thrice was beaten with rods; once was I stoned; thrice I suffered shipwreck; a night and a day 1 have been in the deep; in journeying often; in perils of waters; in perils of robbers; in perils by mine own countrymen; in perils by the heathen; in perils in the city; in perils in the wilderness; in perils in the sea; in perils among false brethren; in weariness and painfulness; in watchings often; in hunger and thirst; in fastings often; in cold and nakedness; besides those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern
mine The God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
The Gospel. St. Luke viii. 4,
The Epistle. 2 Cor. xi. 19.
YE E suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. For ye suffer 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 smite you on the face. I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak: howbeit, whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also. Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool,) I am more: in labours more abundant; in stripes
gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell by the way-side, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock, and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundred-fold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let hi
hear. And his disciples asked | gels, and have not charity, I am him, saying, What might this become as sounding brass, or a parable be? And he said, Unto tinkling cymbal. And though you it is given to know the I have the gift of prophecy, mysteries of the kingdom of and understand all mysteries, God: but to others in para- and all knowledge; and though bles; that seeing they might I have all faith, so that I could not see, and hearing they might remove mountains, and have not understand. Now the pa- no charity, I am nothing. And rable is this: The seed is the though I bestow all my goods Word of God. Those by the to feed the poor, and though I way-side are they that hear; give my body to be burned, then cometh the devil, and and have not charity, it profittaketh away the word out of eth me nothing. Charity suffertheir hearts, lest they should eth long, and is kind; charity believe, and be saved. They envieth not; charity vaunteth on the rock are they, which, not itself, is not puffed up, doth when they hear, receive the not behave itself unseemly, word with joy; and these have seeketh not her own, is not no root, which for a while be- easily provoked, thinketh no lieve, and in time of tempt- evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity, ation fall away. And that which but rejoiceth in the truth; bearfell among thorns, are they, eth all things, believeth all which, when they have heard, things, hopeth all things, engo forth, and are choked with dureth all things. Charity never cares, and riches, and pleasures faileth: but whether there be of this life, and bring no fruit prophecies, they shall fail; wheto perfection. But that on the ther there be tongues, they shall good ground, are they, which in cease; whether there be know
ing heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
au honest and good heart, hav-ledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake 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
The Sunday called Quinquage sima, or the next Sunday before Lent.
Lord, who hast taught us that our without charity are nothing worth; Send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtnes, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee: Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 Cor. xiii. 1.
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cerning the Son of Man shall | sins, and acknowledging our
the things which were spoken. And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way-side begging: and hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, saying, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight; thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
The first Day of Lent, commonly
This Collect is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.
For the Epistle. Joel ii. 12. TURN ye even to me, saith the Lord, with all your heart, and with fasting, 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, slow 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, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts; let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet; let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep be tween the porch and the altar. and let them say, Spare thy thine heritage to reproach, that people, O Lord, and give not the heathen should rule over them wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
The Gospel. St. Matth. vi. 16.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting WHEN ye fast, be not as
God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we worthily lamenting our
the hypocrites, of a sal countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may ap pear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and