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shall the fun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven': and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great found of a trumpet, and they fall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.


The Sunday called Septuagesima, or the Third before Lent.

The Collect.
Lord, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers

of thy people, that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodDess, for the glory of thy name, through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle.' i Cor. ix. 24.
NOW ye

not that they which run in a race, run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run that ye may


picturesque and sublime description of the eagle throws light on the pa{age before us:

“On the rock she dwelleth and abideth,
On the edge of the rock, and the scalp,
From thence the spiech out food,
From afar her eyes look round;
And her young ones gobble up blood;
And where the slain are, there is the.”

The Bibop of Killalla's Translation. Septuagesima] Many reasons are given for this nanre; but in my apprehenfion the best is, a consequentia numerandi, because the first Sunday in Lent is called Quadrigelima, containing about forty days from Eafter; therefore the Sunday before that being still further from Easter, is called Quinquagefima; (being the next round number above 40) five being the next number above four; and so the Sunday before that, Sexagefima, and the Sunday before that Septuagefima.--Sparrow's Rationale, 140.

The Collec?). This prayer for pardon and mercy was adopted from Greg. Sac. The introitus was psalm xxiii.

Receiveth the prize) The whole of this portion of the chapter is, as Dr. Hammond well observes, agonistical, and no way to be explained but


obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery, is temperate in all things: Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; fo fight I, not as one that beateth the air: but I keep under my body, and bring it into fubjection, left that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast away.

The Gospel. St. Matt. xx. 1.
HE kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an

housholder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market-place, and said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and faith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He faith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the Lord of the vineyard faith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had receieved it, they murmured against the good man of the house, saying, by observation of the customs in the Grecian games, or aywves.

These beautiful allusions were particularly appropriate in an epistle to the Corinthians, as the famous Isthmian grames were celebrated near that city, The Apostle's firft reference is to the scopos, or course; and his second to the navucation, or contest, compounded of boxing and wrestling; the successful candidates in both which games received a garland, or crown of leaves. For compleat illustration of this elegant metaphorical portion of scripture, I beg to refer the reader to Hammond's Notes in loc.

Third hour] Nine o'clock in the morning.
A penny) The Roman denarius; about 7 d. English.

These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burthen and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong; didit not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give imto this last even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good ? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

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The Sunday called Sexagesima, or the second Sunday before


The Collcet. O ,

any thing that we do; Mercifully grant, that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity, through. Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. 2 Cor. xi. 19. E suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. For

ye suffer if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face. I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak: howbeit, whereinsover any is bold, (I speak foolishly) I am bold also. Are they Hebrews? so am I: are they Israelites ? so am I: are they the seed of Abraham? so am I: are they ministers of Chrih? (I speak as a fool) I am more: in labours more abundant; in stripes above measure; in prisons more frequent; in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes fave one. Thrice was I beaten with rods. Once was I stoned. Thrice I suffered shipwreck. A night

They murmured] The Jews were indignant because the gospel covenant was extended to the Gentiles.

The Colleft] This prayer for protection against adversity was adopted from the Sacra. of Greg. The introitus was psalm xxiv.

Te suffer fools, &c.] This is fine irony; in the confidence of your own wisdom, you suffer yourselves to be imposed on by fools, wicked teachers, and falfe apoftles.



and a day I have been in the deep; in journeyings often; in perils of waters; in perils of robbers; in perils by mine own countrymen; in perils by the heathen; in perils in the city; in perils in the wilderness; in perils in the sea; in perils among false brethren; in weariness and painfulness; in watchings often; in hunger and thirst; in fastings often; in cold and nakedness; besides those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Chrift, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.

The Gospel. St. Luke viii. 4.
HEN much people were gathered together, and

were come to him out of every city, he fpake by a parable. A lower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way-side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, i withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundred-fold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, ler him hear. And his disciples asked him, faying, What might this parable be? And he faid, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The feed is the Word of God. Those by the way. fide, are they that hear: then cometh the devil, and taketh away the Word out of their hearts, left they should be

A lower went out to fow, &c.] In this parable Christ compares the preaching of the gospelto a husbandman's fowing corn in a field; and shews his hearers, that as the same feed produced better or worse corn, accorda ing as it was sown in better or worfe ground; fo the preaching of the doctrines of Christianity had more or leis effect upon the lives of men, according as they were heard and received by men of honest and well-ditposed hearts, or by those of an evil and contrary difpofition.

lieve, and be faved. They on the rock are they, which when they hear, receive the Word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns ate they, which when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares, and riches, and pleasures of this life's and bring no fruit co perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which is an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

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The Sunday called Quinquagesima, or the next Sunday

before Lent.

The Collect.
Lord, who haft caught us, that all our doings with

out charity are nothing worth; send thy Holy Ghost, and poor into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace, and of all virtues ; without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee.

Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Chrilt's fake. Amen.

The Epistle. i Cor. xii. 1. 'HOUGH I speak with the tongues of men and of

angels, and have not charity, I am become as founding brals, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand alt mysteries, and alt knowledge; and though I have all faith, fo that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

The Collect] This prayer for the gift of Chriftian charity was como posed A. D. 1549, and introduced into King Edward's firft book. The introitus was pfalm xxvi. The Tuefday fucceeding this Sunday is called Sbrose-T

nesday; a name derived from the Saxon word fhirive, to confess; it being the practice amongst the Roman Catholics formerly to confess their fins to their priests on that day, as a preparation for the fast on which they were about to enter.

Charity) Universal benevolence. The word is rendered love in Tina dall's New Teftament, in the bibles of 1549 and 1568, and in the Geneva version. We learn the sense of the word charity in the time of Henry VH1. from Sir Thos. More's Dialogues, b. iii. c. 8: * Charity is a good, virtuous, and well-ordered love"

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