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ther that he fhould turn from Hear us, O Lord, for thy mer

his fin, and be faved; merci- cy is great; and after the mulfully forgive us our trefpaffes; titude of thy mercies look upreceive and comfort us, who on us, through the merits and are grieved and wearied with mediation of thy bleffed Son, the burden of our fins. Thy Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen. property is always to have For the Epistle. Joel ii. 12. mercy; to thee only it apper- URN ye even to me, taincth to forgive fins: fpare faith the Lord, with all us therefore, good Lord, fpare your heart, and with fafting, thy people, whom thou haft and with weeping, and with redeemed enter not into mourning. And rend your judgment with thy fervants, heart, and not your garments, who are vile earth, and mife- and turn unto the Lord your rable finners; but fo turn God: for he is gracious and thine anger from us, who merciful, flow to anger, and of meekly acknowledge our vile- great kindness, and repenteth ness, and truly repent us of him of the evil. Who knowour faults; and fo make hafte eth if he will return, and reto help us in this world, that pent, and leave a bleffing bewe may ever live with thee in hind him, even a meat-offerthe world to come, through ing and a drink-offering unto Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen. the Lord your God? Blow the Then ball the People fay this trumpet in Zion, fanctify a that followeth, after the Mi- faft, call a folemn affembly, nifter: gather the people, fanctify the congregation, affemble the elders, gather the children and thole 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



URN thou us, O good Lord, and fo fhall we be turned. Be favourable, O Lord, be favourable to thy people, who turn to thee in weeping, fafting, and praying. For thou art a merciful God, full of compaffion, long-fuffering, and of great pity. Thou the altar, and let them fay, fpareft when we deferve punifhment, and in thy wrath thinkeft upon mercy. Spare thy people, good Lord, fpare them; and let not thine heritage be brought to confufion.

Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen fhould rule over them: wherefore fhould they fay among the people, Where is their God?


The Gofpel. St. Matth. vi. 16. the Holy Ghoft, one God. world without end. Amen.


HEN ye faft, be not as the hypocrites, of a fad countenance for they

The Epiftle. 2 Cor. vi. 1.

disfigure their faces, that they then, as workers to



may appear unto men to faft. Verily I fay unto you, they have their reward. But thou when thou fastesft, anoint thine head, and wash thy face, that thou appear not unto men to faft, but unto thy Father which is in fecret; and thy Father which feeth in fecret, shall reward thee openly. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and ruft doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and fteal: But lay up for yourfelves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor ruft doth corrupt, and where in labours, in watchings, in thieves do not break through nor fteal: For where your treasure is, there will your

gether with him, befeech you also, that 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 ourselves as the minifters of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in neceffities, in diftreffes, in ftripes, in imprisonments, in tumults,

heart be alfo.

The First Sunday in Lent.
The Collect.

Lord, who for our fake didft faft forty days and forty 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 holiness, to thy honour and glory, who liveft and reigneft with the Father and

faftings; by purenefs, 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 righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by ho nour 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 alway rejoi cing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet poffeffing all things.


The Gospel. St. Matth. iv. 1.


HEN was Jefus led up of the fpirit 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

hence, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only fhalt thou ferve. Then the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came and miniftered unto him.

tempter came to him, he faid, The Second Sunday in Lent. If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be

The Collect.

made bread. But he answer-Amighty God, who feest

have no power

keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our fouls; that we may be

ed and faid, It is written, Man of ourselves to help ourselves; shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh defended from all adverfities him up into the holy city, and which may happen to the bofetteth him on a pinnacle of dy, and from all evil thoughts the temple, and faith unto which may affault and hurt him, If thou be the Son of the foul, through Jefus Chrift God, caft thyself down; for it is written, He fhall give his angels charge concerning thee; and in their hands they

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fhall bear thee up, left at any time thou dash 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 fhoweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and faith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then faith Jefus unto him, Get thee

our Lord. Amen.

The Epifle. 1 Theff. iv. 1.

thren, and exhort you E befeech you, bre

by the Lord Jefus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk, and to please 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 fanctification, that ye fhould abstain from fornication; that every one of you fhould know how to poffefs his veffel in fanctification and honour; not in the luft of concupifcence,

concupifcence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: that no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter; because that the Lord is the avenger of all fuch, as we also have forwarned you and teftified. For God hath not called us unto uncleannefs, but unto holinefs. He therefore that defpifeth, defpifeth not man, but God, who hath alfo given unto us his Holy Spirit.


The Gofpel. St. Matth. xv. 21. ESUS went thence, and departed into the coafts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan

Then Jefus answered and faid unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

The Third Sunday in Lent.
The Collect.

E befeech thee, Al

W mighty God, look

upon the hearty defires of thy humble fervants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majefty, to be our defence againft all our enemies, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epiftle. Ephef. v. 1.


ye therefore followers

came out of the fame coafts, Bof God, as dear children

and walk in love, as Chrift also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offer

and cried unto him, faying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David: my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered ing and a facrifice to God, her not a word. And his difci- for a sweet smelling favour. ples came and befought him, But fornication and all unfaying, Send her away; for the cleannefs, or covetoufnefs, let crieth after us. But he anfwer- it not be once named amongst ed and faid, I am not fent but you, as becometh faints; neiunto the loft fheep of the ther filthiness, nor foolish house of Ifrael. Then came the talking, nor jefting, which and worshipped him, faying, are not convenient; but raLord, help me. But he answer- ther giving of thanks. For ed, and faid, It is not meet to this ye know, that no whoretake the children's bread, and monger, nor unclean perfon, to caft it to dogs. And the nor covetous man, who is an faid, Truth, Lord; yet the idolater, hath any inheritance dogs eat of the crumbs which in the kingdom of Chrift, fall from their mafters table. and of God. Let no man de

ceive you with vain words: unto them, Every kingdom difor because of these things vided againft itself, is brought

cometh the wrath of God up- to defolation; and a house on the children of difobe- divided against a house, faldience. Be not ye therefore leth. If Satan alfo be divided partakers with them; for ye against himself, how shall his were fometimes darkness, but kingdom ftand? because ye fay now are ye light in the Lord: that I caft out devils through walk as children of light; (For Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzethe fruit of the Spirit is in all bub caft out devils, by whom goodness, and righteousness, do your fons caft them out? and truth) proving what is therefore fhall they be your acceptable unto the Lord. judges. But if I with the finAnd have no fellowship with ger of God caft out devils, the unfruitful works of dark- no doubt the kingdom of God nefs, but rather reprove them. is come upon you. When a For it is a fhame even to speak of those things which are done of them in fecret. But all things that are reproved, are made manifeft by the light; for whatfoever doth make manifeft, is light. Wherefore he faith, Awake, thou that fleepeft, and arife from the dead, and Chrift fhall give thee light.

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ftrong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace; but when a stronger than he fhall come upon him and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his fpoils. He that is not with me, is againft me; and he that gathereth not with me, fcattereth. When the unclean fpirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, feeking reft; and finding none, he faith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him feven other fpirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in, and dwell there; and the laft ftate of that man is worse than the first. And it came to país, as he fpake these


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