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unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret, and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall 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.

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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.

Tbe Epistle, 2 Cor. vi. 1,
E then as workers cogether with him, beseech you

also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain (For he saith, I have heard thee in a cime accepted, and in the day of salyation have I succoured thee : behold, now is 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 minif

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for the firf Sunday in Lent. O Lord Jesus Christ, who, to set us an cxample of abstinence, and teach us to resist the temptations of the devil, didit fait forty days and forty nights, (Matt. iv. 2.) give us grace to imitate thee in this virtue as far as our nature is capable, that when soever the Aeth riseth against the {pirit, (Gal. v. 14.) we may be enabled, by thy asistance, to furmount its temptations, and may act according to those holy fuggestions which thou doft infuse into our minds, by leading virtuous and holy lives, agrecable to the dictates of thy holy Spirit, so that our conduct, for the time to come, may tend to the honour of thee, O blessed Saviour, who liveft and reigneit, &c. Amen.

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117 ters of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distreffes, 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 poffeffing all things.

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The Gospel. St Matth. iv. 1.
WHEN was Jesus led up of the spiric into the wilderness,

to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fafted
forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
And when the tempter came to hịm, he said, If thou be the
Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
But 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 shalt not tempt
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 shalc worthip the Lord thy
God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth
him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

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The Second Sunday in Lent.

The ColleET.
Lmighty God, who seest that we have no power of our.

selves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls ; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the foul, through Jesus Christ our Lord.' Amen.

The Epijle. i Thess. iv. 1.
E beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the

Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how you ought to walk, and to please God, so ye would abound more

For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus, For this is the will of God, even your fanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication, that every one of you should know how to poffess his vefsel in fanétification and honour ; not in the lult of concupiscence, 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 such, as we also have forwarned you, and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit.

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The Gospel. St Matth. xv. 21. ESUS went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came out

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On the COLLECT for the second Sunday in Lent. O Lord, who feeit that we are not suficient of ourselves to think, mock less to do, any thing of ourselves, but our fufficiency is of thee, (1 Cor. iii. 5.) we intreat thee, by thy providential care, to defend both out fouls and bodies, the former from all temptations and evil fuggeftions, by which we may be betrayed into lin, and the latter from unhappy accidents and hostile attacks; and this we beg for the sake of Jesus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

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of the fame coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou fun of David: my daughter is grievoudly vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and befought him, saying, Send her away, for the crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the loft sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters table. Then Jefus answered and said unto her, o O woman, great is thy faich : be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

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The third Sunday in. Lent.

The Colleft.
E beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty

desires of thy humble servants: and stretch forth the sighe hand of thy Majesty to be our defence against all our enemies, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epifle. Ephef. v. 1.
ye therefore followers of God, as dear children ; and

walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling favour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousnels, let it not be once named amongst you, as becometh faints : neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jefting, which are not convenient ; but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath

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On the COLLECT for ebe third Sunday ir Leni. We beseech thee, almighty God, favourably to hear the prayers of the church which they with fervour put up unto thee, and to Atretch forch the tight hand of thy power and majesty to defend us from all our enemies, gåaktly and bodily, for the sake of our blessed Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

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any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ, and of God. Let no man deceive you with 'vain words : for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them ; for ye were fometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord : walk as children of light (For the fruit of the spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth) proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them: for it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved, are made manifest by the light : for whatsoever doch make manifelt, is light. Wherefore he faith, Awake thou that fleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

The Gospel St Luke xi. 14. ESUS was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And

it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb ipake; and the people wondered. But some of them said, He cafteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. And others tempting him, fought of him a sign from heaven. But he knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself, is brought to defolation ; and a house divided against a houle, falleth. If Saran also be divided against himself, how shall his king. dom stand? because ye say that I cait out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub calt out devils, by whom do your lons cast them out ? therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace; but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcoire him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his fpoils. He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking reft : ani finding none, he faith, I will return unto my house whence 1 came out. And when he coneth, he findeth it iwept and

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