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is an housholder, which went against the good-man of the out early in the morning to house, saying, These last hire labourers into his vine- have wrought but one hour, yard. And when he had and thou hast made them agreed with the labourers for equal unto us, which have a peny a day, he sent them borne the burden and heat of into his vineyard. And he the day. But he answered went out about the third one of them, and said, Friend, hour, and saw others stand- I do thee no wrong; didst ing idle in the market-place, not thou agree with me for a and said unto them, Go ye peny? Take that_thine is, also into the vineyard, and and go thy way; I will give whatsoever is right I will unto this last even as unto give you. And they went thee. Is it not lawful for their way. Again he went me to do what I will with out about the sixth and ninth mine own? Is thine eye evil, hour, and did likewise. And because I am good ? So the about the eleventh hour he last shall be first, and the went out, and found others first last : for many be callstanding idle, and saith unto ed, but few chosen. them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto The Sunday called Se.rugesima, him, Because no man hath
or the second Sunday before hired us. He saith unto
Lent. them, Go ye also into the
Lord God right, that shall ye receive.
we put not, our So when even was come, the trust in any thing that we lord of the vineyard 'saith do; Mercifully grant that by unto his steward, Call the la- thy power we may be defendbourers, and give them their ed against all adversity; hire, beginning from the last through Jesus Christ our unto the first. And when Lord. Amen. they came that were hired The Epistle. 2 Cor. xi. 19.
ing But when the first came, they wise. For
suffer if supposed that they should bring you into bondage, if a have received more; and they man devour you, if a man likewise received every man take of you, if a man exalt a peny. And when they had himself, if a man smite you received it, they murmured on the face. I speak as con
am I. Are they Israelites: WHEN much people
terning reproach, as though | Jesus Christ, which is blesswe had been weak : howbeit, ed for evermore, knoweth whereinsoever any is bold, that I lie not. (I speak foolishly,) I am bold The Gospel. St. Luke viji. 4. also. Are they Hebrews? so
were gathered togeso am I. Are they the seed ther, and were come to him of Abraham? so am I. Are out of every city, he spake they ministers of Christ? (I by a parable: A sower went speak as a fool,) I am more : out to sow his seed; and as in labours more abundant; he sowed, some fell by the in stripes above measure; in way-side, and it was trodden prisons more frequent; in down, and the fowls of the deaths oft. Of the Jews five air devoured it. And some fell times received I forty stripes upon a rock, and as soon as it save one; thrice was I beat- was sprung up, it withered en with rods; once was 1 away, because it lacked moiststoned; thrice I suffered ure. And some fell among shipwreck; a night and a thorns, and the thorns sprang day I have been in the deep; up with it, and choked it. in journeying often; in perils And other fell on good of waters; in perils of rob- ground, and sprang up, and bers; in perils by mine own bare fruit an hundred-fold. countrymen; in perils by the And when he had said these heathen; in perils in the things, he cried, He that hath city; in perils in the wilder- ears to hear, let him hear. ness; in perils in the sea ; in And his disciples asked him, perils among false brethren; saying, What might this pain weariness and painfulness; rable be? And he said, Unto in watchings often; in hun- you it is given to know the ger and thirst; in fastings of- mysteries of the kingdom of ten; in cold and nakedness; God: but to others in parabesides those things that are bles; that seeing they might without, that which cometh not see, and hearing they upon me daily, the care of all might not understand. Now the churches. Who is weak, the parable is this : The seed and I am not weak? who is is the Word of God. Those offended, and I burn not? If by the way-side are they that I must needs glory, I will hear; then cometh the devil, glory of the things which and taketh away the word concern mine infirmities. The out of their hearts, lest they God and Father of our Lord should believe, and be saved.
They on the rock are they, the gift of prophecy, and which, when they hear, re- understand all mysteries, and ceive the word with joy; and all knowledge; and though I these have no root, which for have all faith, so that I could a while believe, and in time of remove mountains, and have temptation fall away. And no charity, I am nothing. that which fell among thorns, And though I bestow all my are they, which, when they goods to feed the poor, and have heard, go forth, and though I give my body to be are choked with cares, and burned, and have not charity, riches, and pleasures of this it profiteth me nothing. Chalife, and bring no fruit to rity suffereth long, and is perfection. But that on the kind; charity envieth not; good ground, are they, which charity vaunteth not itself, is in an honest and good heart, not puffed up, doth not behaving heard the word, keep have itself unseemly, seeketh it, and bring forth fruit with not her own, is not easily propatience.
voked, thinketh no evil, re
joiceth not in iniquity, but reThe Sunday called Quinquage-joiceth in the truth, beareth
sima, or the next Sunday | all things, believeth all things, before Lent.
hopeth all things, endureth The Collect,
all things. Charity never us that all our doings be prophecies, they shall fail; without charity are nothing whether there be tongues, worth; Send thy Holy Ghost, they shall cease; whether and pour into our hearts that there be knowledge, it shall ·most excellent gift of charity, vanish away. For we know the very bond of peace and in part, and we prophesy in of all virtues, without which part. But when that which whosoever liveth is counted is perfect is come, then that dead before thee : Grant this which is in part shall be done for thine only Son Jesus
When I was a child, Christ's sake. Amen.
I spake as a child, I underThe Epistle. i Cor. xiii. 1. stood as a child, I thought as TH 'HOUGH I speak with a child; but when I became
a man, I put away childislı of angels, and have not cha- things. For now rity, am become as sound-through a glass darkly ; but ing brass, or a tinkling then face to face : now I cymbal. And though I have I know in part; but then shall
see on :
I know even as also I am | manded him to be brought known. And now abideth unto him : and wlien he was faith, hope, charity, these come
these come near, he asked him, three; but the greatest of saying, What wilt thou that these is charity
I should do unto thee? And The Gospel. St. Luke xviii. 31. he said, Lord, that I may reWHEN Jesus took unto ceive my sight. And Jesus
him the twelve, and said unto him, Receive thy said unto them, Behold, we sight; thy faith hath saved go up to Jerusalem, and all thee. And immediately he things that are written by received his sight, and followthe prophets concerning the ed him, glorifying God: and Son of Man shall be accom- all the people, when they plished. For he shall be de- saw it, gave praise unto God. livered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and The first Day of Lent, comspitefully entreated, and spit monly called Ash-Wednesday. ted and they shall
LMIGHTY and everscourge him, and put him to death; and the third day he
lasting God, who hatest shall rise again. And they nothing that thou hast made, understood none of these and dost forgive the sins of things : and this saying was all them that are penitent; hid from them, neither knew Create and make in us new they the things which were
and contrite hearts, that spoken. And it came to pass,
we worthily lamenting our that as he was come nigh unto sins, and acknowledging our Jericho, a certain blind man wretchedness, may obtain of sat by the way-side begging: thee, the God of all mercy, and hearing the multitude perfect remission and forgivepass by, he asked what it ness; through Jesus Christ meant. And they told him, our Lord. Amen. that Jesus of Nazareth pass
This Collect is to be read every day in Lent
after the Collect appointed for the Day. eth by. And he cried, say- For the Epistle. Joel ii. 12. ing, Jesus, thou Son of Da- TURN ye even to me, vid, have mercy on me. And saith the Lord, with all they which went before re- your heart, and with fasting, buked him, that he should and with weeping, and with hold his peace : but he cried mourning. And rend your so much the more, Thou Sonheart, and not your garof David, have mercy on me. ments, and turn unto the And Jesus stood, and com- Lord your God : for he is
gracious and merciful, slow seeth in secret, shall reward to anger, and of great kind- thee openly. Lay not up ness, and repenteth him of for yourselves treasures upon the evil. Who knoweth if he earth, where moth and rust will return, and repent, and doth corrupt, and where leave a blessing behind him, thieves break through and even a meat-offering and a steal: but lay up for yourdrink-offering unto the Lord selves treasures in heaven, your God? Blow the trum- where neither moth nor rust pet in Zion, sanctify a fast, doth corrupt, and where call a solemn assembly, ga- thieves do not break through ther the people, sanctify the nor steal: for where your congregation, assemble the treasure is, there will your elders, gather the children, heart be also. and those that suck the breasts; let the bridegroom
The first Sunday in Lent. go forth of his chamber, and
The Collect. the bride out of her
closet; O List fast forty days and let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between forty nights; Give us grace the porch and the altar, and to use such abstinence, that, let them say, Spare thy peo- our flesh being subdued to ple, O Lord, and give not the Spirit, we may ever obey thine heritage to reproach, thy godly motions in rightëthat the heathen should rule ousness, and true holiness, over them : wherefore should to thy honour and glory, they say among the people, who livest and reignest with Where is their God?
the Father and the Holy The Gospel. St. Matt. vi. 16. Ghost, one God, world withWHEN ye fast, be not out end. Amen. as the hypocrites, of a The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. 1. :
gether with him, bethey may appear unto men seech you also, that ye reto fast. Verily I say unto ceive not the grace of God you, They have their reward. in vain; (for he saith, I have But thou, when thou fastest, heard thee in a time accepted, anoint thine head, and wash and in the day of salvation thy face, that thou appear have I succoured thee: benot unto men to fast, but hold, now is the accepted unto thy Father which is in time; behold, now is the secret; and thy Father, which day of salvation ;) giving no