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a great calm. But the men The Epistle. Col. iii. 12. ner of man is this, that even the PUT on therefore (as the

elect of God, holy and be And when he was come to the loved) bowels of mercies, kind.

humbleness of mind, other side, into the country of messi the Gergesenes, there met him meekness, long-suffering for {wo possessed with devils, com

bearing one another, and for fierce, so that no man might even as Christ forgave you, so ing oat of the tombs, exceeding giving one another, if any man pass by that way. And behold, also do ye. And, above all

these they cried out, saying. What things, put

on Charity, which is have we to do with thee, Jesus, the bond of perfectness. And thou Son of God? art thou let the peace of God rule in come hither to torment us before the time? And there was

your hearts, to the which also a good way off from them a ye are called in one body; and

be ye thankful. Let the word herd of many swine, feeding. So the devils besought him; of Christ dwell in you richly in saying, If thou cast us out, suf all wisdom; teaching and adfer us to go away into the herd

monishing one another in of swine. And he said unto

psalms, and hymns, and spirithem, Go. And when they

tual songs; singing with grace were come out, they went into whatsoever ye do in word or

in your hearts to the Lord. And the herd of swine ; and behold, deed, do all in the name of the the whole herd of swine ran Lord Jesus ; giving thanks 10 violepily down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the God and the Father by him. waters. And they that kept The Gospel. St. Matt. xiii. 24. them fled,

and went their ways Tile kingdom of heaven.ch thing, and what was befallen to sowed good seed in his field. the possessed of the devils. But while men slept, his eneiny And behold, the whole city came and sowed tares among came out to meet Jesus; and the wheat, and went his way, when they saw him, they be- But when the blade was sprung sought him, that he would de- up, and brought forth fruit,then part out of their coasts.

appeared the tares also. So the servants of the houscholder

came and said unto him, Sir, THE FIFTH SUNDAY AF- didst not thou sow good seed TER THE EPIPHANY. in thy field ? from whence then

hath it tares? He said unto The Collect.

them, An enemy bath done tiris. O

to keep thy Church and Wilt thou then that we go and Household continually in thy gather them up? But he said, true religion, that they who do Nay; lest, while ye gather up lean only upon the hope of thy the tares, ye root up also the heavenly grace, may evermore wheat with them. 'Let both be defended by thy mighty grow together until the har power, through Jesus Christ vest; and in the time of harvest ou Lord. Amen.

I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and as he is righteous. He that bind them in bundles to burn committeth sin is of the devil; them ; but gather the wheat for the devil sinneth from the into my barn.

beginning. For this purpose

the Son of God was manifest! THE SIXTH SUNDAY AF-ed, that he might destroy the TER THE EPIPHANY. works of the devil. The Collect.

The Gospel. St. Matt. xxiv. 23. 0

GOD, whose blessed Son

was manifested that he THEN if any man shall say might destroy the works of the 1. unto you, Lo, here is Christ, devil, and make us the sons

of or there; believe it not. For

there shall arise false Christs God, and heirs of eternal life; grant us, we beseech

thee, that and false prophets, and shall having this hope, we may puri: insomuch that (if it were possi

show great signs and wonders fy ourselves, even as he is pure ble) they shall deceive the very that when

he shall appear again elect. Behold, I have told you with power and great glory, we may be made like unto him in before. Wherefore, if they shali his eternal and glorious king-say unto you, Behold, he is in dom; where, with thee, O Fa- he is in the secret chambers ther, and thee, O Holy Ghost, believe it not. For as the light he liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen. ning cometh out of the east, and

shineth even unto the west ; so The Epistle. 1 John iii. 1. shall also the coming of the Son EHOLD what manner of of man be. For wheresoever

is, stowed upon us, that we should gles be gathered together. Imbe called the sons of God; there-mediately after the tribulation fore the world knoweth us noi, of those days, shall the sun be because it knew him not. Be- darkened, and the moon shall loved, now are we the sons of not give her light, and the stars God; and it doth not yet appear shall fall from heaven, and the what we shall be:but we know, powers of the heavens shall be that when he shall appear, we shaken. And then shall appear shall be like him for we shall the sign of the Son of man in see him as he is. And every man heaven; and then shall all the that hath this hope in him puri-tribes of the earth mourn, and fieth himself, even as he is pure. they shall see the Son of man Whosoever committeth sin, coming in the clouds of heaven, transgresseth also the law; for with power and great glory sin is the transgression of the And he shall send his angels law. And ye know that he was with a great sound of a trummanifested to take away our pet, and they shall gather tosins; and in him is no sin. Who-gether his elect from the four soever abideth in him, sinneth winds, from one end of heaven not: whosoever sinneth, hath to the other. not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth THE SUNDAY CALLED righteousness is righteous, even SEPTUAGESIMA, or tt

the

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THIRD SUNDAY BE-Jidle, and saith unto them, Why FORE LENT

stand ye here all the day idle? 9. The Collect.

They say unto him, Because no vourably to hear the pray-vineyard, and whatsoever is

LORD webeseech theefa- wat heen, hired us He saith ers of thy people, that we, who are justly punished for our of right, that shall ye receive. So fences, may be mercifully deli

when even was come, the lord vered by thy goodness, for the of the vineyard saith unto his glory of thy name, through Je- steward, Call the labourers,and sus Christ ont Saviour, who liv- give them their hire, beginning eth and reigneth with thee and from the last unto the first. Ani the Holy Ghost, ever one God,

when they came thatwere hired world without end. Amen.

about the eleventh hour, they

received every man a penny. The Epistle. 1 Cor. ix. 24. But when the first came, they

which run in a race, run received more; and they likeall, but one receiveth the prize wise received every man a penSo run,that ye may

obtain. And ny; . And when they had receievery man that striveth for the ved it, they murmured against mastery, is temperate in all the good man of the house,

saythings. Now they do it to obtain ing, These last have wrought a corruptible crown, but we an but one hour, and thou hast incorruptible. I therefore so made them equalunto us, which run, not as uncertainly; so fight have borne the burden and heat I, not as one that beateth the of the day. But he answered air but I keep under my body one of them, and said, Friend, and bring it into subjection, lest I do thee no wrong; didst not that by any means, when I have thou agree with mefor a penny? preached to others, I myself Take that thine is, and go thy should be a cast-away.way; I will give unto this last

even as unto thee. Is it not lawThe Gospel. St. Matt. xx. 1. ful for me to do what I will with INHE kingdom of heaven is mine own? Is thine eye evil, householder, which went out shall be first, and the first last; early in the morning to hire la- for many be called, but few bourers into his vineyard. And chosen. when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he THE SUNDAY CALLED Rent them into his vineyard. SEXAGESIMA, OR THE And he went out about the third SECOND SUNDAY BEhour, and saw others standing FORE LENT. idle in the market-place, and said unto them, Go ye also into

The Collect. the vineyard, and whatsoever is O LORD God, who seest that went their way. Again he went thing that we do; mercifully out about the sixth and ninth grant that by thy powerwe may hour, and did likewise. And be defended against all adverabout the eleventhhour hewent sity, through Jesus Christ our out, and found others standing Lord. Amen.

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The Epistle. 2 Cor. xi. 19. were come to him out of every

ing ye yourselves are wise. sower went out to sow his seed; For ye suffer if a man bring and as he sowed, some fell by you into bondage, if a man de- the way-side, and it was trodvour you, if a man take of you, den down, and the fowls of the if a man exalt himself, if a man air devoured it; and some fell smite you on the face. I speak upon a rock, and as soon as it as concerning reproach, as was sprung up, it withered though we had been weak: away, because it lacked moishowbeit, whereinsoever any is ture; and some fell among bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am thorns, and the thorns sprang bold also. Are they Hebrews up with it, and choked it; and 80 am I: are they Israelites ? other fell on good ground, and so am I: are they the seed of sprang up, and bare fruit an Abraham ? so am I: are they bundred fold. And when he ministers of Christ? (I speak had said these things, he cried, as a fool) I am more: In la- He that hath ears to hear, let bours more abundant; in stripes him hear. And his disciples above measure ; in prisons asked him, saying, What might more frequent; in deaths oft. this parable be? And he said, of the Jews five times receiv- Unto you it is given to know ed I forty stripes save one; the mysteries of the kingdom thrice was I beaten with rods; of God; but to others in paraonce was I stoned ; thrice 1 bles: that seeing they might not suffered shipwreck; a night see, and hearing they might not and a day I have been in the understand. Now the parable deep; in journeyings often; in is this: The seed is the word

of perils of waters;, in perils of God. Those by the way-side robbers; in perils by mine own are they that hear; then comcountrymen; in perils by the eth the devil, and taketh heathen; in perils in the city, away the word out of their in perils in the wilderness; in hearts, lest they should believe perils in the sea; in perils among and be saved. They on the false brethren; in weariness rock are they, which, when and painfulness; in watchings they hear, receive the word often; in hunger and thirst; in with joy; and these have no fastings often, in cold and na- root, which for a while believe, kedness; besides those things and in time of temptation fall that are without, that which away. And that which fell cometh upon me daily, the care among thorns are they, which, of all the Churches. Who is when they have heard,go forth, weak, and I am not weak? who and are choked with cares, and is offended, and I burn not? If riches, and pleasures of this I must needs glory, I will glory life, and bring, no fruit to perof the things which concern fection. But that on the good minc infirmities. The God and ground are they, which, in an Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, honest and good heart,

having which is blessed for evermore, heard the word, keep it, and knoweth that I lie not. bring forth fruit with patience. The Gospel. St. Luke vüi. 4. VHEN much people were THE SUNDAY CALLED

gathered together, and QUINQUAGESIMA, OR

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THE NEXT SUNDAY away. When I was a child, I BEFORE LENT.

spake as a child, I understood The Collect.

as a child, I thought as a LORD, who hast taught child; but when I became a out charity are nothing worth; glass darkly, but then face to

For now we see through a into our hearts that most excel- face: now I know in part; but lent gift of charity, the very I am known. And now abi

then shall I know even as also bond of peace, and of all vir- deth faith, hope, charity, these tnes; without which, whosoever liveth is counted dead before three; but the greatest of these thee; Grant this for thine only The Gospel. St. Luke xviii. 31. Son Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

The Epistle. 1 Cor. xiii. 1. the twelve, and said unto THOUGH I speak with the them, Behold, we go up to Je

tongues of men and of rusalem, and all things that are angels, and have not charity, 1 written by the prophets conam become as sounding brass cerning the Son of man shall be or a tinkling cymbal: And accomplished. For he shall be though I have the gift of pro- delivered unto the Gentiles, and phecy, and understand all mys- shall be mocked, and spitefully teries, and all knowledge; and entreated, and spitted on : And though I have all faith, so that they shall scourge him, and put I could remove mountains, and him to death; and the third day have not charity, I am nothing. he shall rise again. And they And though I bestow all my understood none of these things: goods to feed the poor, and and this saying was hid from though I give my body to be them, neither knew they the burned, and have not charity, things which were spoken. And it profiteth me nothing.

Chari- it came to pass, that as he was ty suffereth long, and is kind; come nigh unto Jericho, a cercharity envieth not; charity tain blind man sat by the wayvaunteth not itself; is not puff side begging; and hearing the ed up; doth not behave itself multitude pass by, he asked unseenly; seeketh not her what it meant. And they told own; is not easily provoked; him, that Jesus of Nazareth thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not passeth by. And he cried, sayin iniquity, but rejoiceth in the ing, Jesus, thou Son of David, truth; beareth all things, be- have mercy on me. And they lieveth all things, hopeth all which went before rebuked things, endureth all things. him, that he should hold his Charity never faileth: but peace; but he cried so much whether there be prophecies, the more, Thou Son of David, they shall fail; whether there have mercy on me. And Jesus be tongues, they shall cease ; stood, and commanded him to whether there be knowledge, be brought unto him: and when it shall vanish away. For we he was come near, he asked know in part, and we prophesy him, saying, What wilt thou in part. But when that which that I should do unto thee? is perfect is come, then that And he said, Lord, that I may which is in part shall be done receive my siglat, And JC's

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