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pour inco our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace, and of all virtues; without which, whofoever liveth is counted dead before chee. Grant chis for thine only Son Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
Tbe Epifle. 1 Cor. xiii. 1. THOUGH I speak with the tongues of men, and of
I angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a cinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I beltow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profitech me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not ; charity vaunteth not itfelf, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, chinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth: beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endurech'all things. Charity never faileth i but whether there be prophecies, they shail fail'; whether there be congues, they hall ceale; whether there be knowledge, it fall vanish iway. 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 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 see through a glass darkly; but then face to face : now I know in part; but then shall I krow even as allo I 201 known. And now abidech faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of thele is charity.
PA RA PHRASE.
On the COLLECT for the Sunday before Lent. O Lord, who balt taught us, that our belt actions, if we have not charity, profit us nothing, (1 Cor. xiii. 2.) pour into our hearts that excellent gift of thy holy spirit, which is the bond of peace and of perfettuon, without which, every one is dead whilst he liveth, (1 Tim. v, W grant this for the fake of thy only begottan Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Gospel. St Luke xviii. 31. THEN Jesus took unto him the twelve, and said unto
I them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets, concerning the Son of man, shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and Thall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on. And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things; and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they 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 para feth 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 light. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight : thy faith hath saved thee. And imme diately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God : and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
The firft Day of Leni, commonly called Afp-wednesday.
The Colleet. . . . ALmighty and everlasting God, who hacest nothing that M thou hast made, and doit torgive the lins of all chem that are penitent; create and make in us new and contrite
PARA P H R AS E.
On the COLLECT for the first Day of Leni. Q omnipotent and eternal being, who are so far from hating thy crea tures, that thou lovelt chose whom thou chastiseft, (Heb. xii.) and doft always few mercy to those who turn upto thee ; ( 30sl iii. 14.) we be
hearts; that we worthily lamenting our sins, and acknow" ledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. This Colle&t is to be read every Day in Lent, after the Colleet
appointed for the Day.
For the Epiffle. Joel ii. 12. TURN ye even to me, faith the Lord, with all your
1 heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. And rent your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, Duw to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blefling 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 affembly; gather the people, fanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breafts : lat the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet; let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them lay, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them : wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
The Gospel. St Matth. vi. 16. W HEN ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a rad
Y countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to falt. Verily, I say unto you, they have their reward. But chou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face, that thou appear not
PA RA P H R AS E. feech thee to make us clean hearts, and to renew right spirits within us, Psal. x.) that we, being touched with a godly sorrow that worketh repestance, (2 Cor. i. 10.) and acknowledging our own wretchedness, may obtain from thee, the Father of mercies, such an entire remission of our pus, that thou mayest retain the memory of them no longer, and this we bez for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
unto' men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret, and thy Father, which seech in secret, fhall reward thee openly. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor ruft doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The first Sunday in Lent.
nights ; Give us grace to use such abftinence, that our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness and true holiness, to thy honour and glory; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle, 2 Cor. vi. 1. TITE then as workers cogether with him, beseech you VV also 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 salvation have I succoured thee : behold, now the accepted time ; behold, now is the day of salvation ;? Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed; but in all things approving ourselves as the minil
- PA RA PHRASE.
On the COLLECT for the firf Sunday in Leni. O Lord Jesus Christ, who, to set us an example of abftinence, ang teach us to resist the temptations of the devil, didit fait forty days and forty nights, (Mart. iv. 2.) give us grace to imirațe thee in this virtue. far as our nature is capable, that when soever the flesh riseth againlt the spirit, (Gal. v. 14.) we may be enabled, by thy asistance, to lurmo... its temptations, and may act according to those holy suggestions WT thou dost infuse into our minds, by leading virtuous and holy, lives: agreeable to the dictates of thy holy Spirit, so that our conduct, for time to come, may tend to the honour of thee, O blessed Saviour, wild liveft and reigneit, &c. Amen.
ters of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distrefles, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; by pureness,, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, 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 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 chastened, and not killed; as forrowful, yet alway rejoicing ; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet pofleffing all things.
The Gospel. St Matth. iv. 1. THEN was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness,
1 to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fafted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempier came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Bur he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and faith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee, and in their hands they shall bear thee up, left at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shall not tempe the Lord thy God. Again the devil takech him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth 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 Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leavech him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.