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gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your fanétification, that ye should abstain from fornication; that every one of you should know how to poffefs his vessel in fan&tification and honour; not in the lust 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 allo given unto us his Holy Spirit.

The Gospel. St. Matth. xv. 21. ESUS went thence, and departed into the coasts of

Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan caine out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son 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

But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the loft sheep of the house of Israel. Then came fhe 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 Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: 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.

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the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and To dogs' Jesus used this strong proverbial expression, knowing the woman's exemplary faith, and what would follow. Compare John vi. 6.

The Collect] This prayer for the divine protection against our enemies is found in Greg. Sacrament. The introitus was pfalm xliii.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, rejoicerb not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth : beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they thall fail; whether there be longues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanilh away. 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 spake 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 know even as also I am known. And now abidech faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

The Gospel. St. Luke xviii. 31. THE 'HEN Jesus took unto him the twelve, and said unto

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 Genuiles, and shall 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 çome nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man fat by the way. fide begging: and hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jefus, 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 sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his fight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

The first Day of Lent, commonly called Ath-Wednesday.

The Collect.
LMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing

that thou hast made, and doft forgive the sins of all them that are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts; that we worthily lamenting our fins, and

Lent]. This faft is called Lent from the time of the year in which it is kept, for Lent in the Saxon language is Spring.

Ab-Wednesday] Or, Dies Cinerum. Gregory the Great first added this day to Lent, to make the number of fafting-days completely forty, which before his time were, thirty-fix.-Bingham's Antiq. vol. viii. 106. After his time, it was the caput Quadragefiina, or head of Leni; on which day the penitents were admitted to their penance, according to the following directions:-“ Let all notorious finners who have been already, or are now to be, enjoined public penance, this day present there felves before the church-doors to the bishop of the place, clothed in fackdoth, bare-footed, with eyes cast down upon the ground, professing thus by their habit and countenance their guilt. There must be present the deans, or arch-presbyters, and the public penitentiaries, whole office it 13 to examine the lives of these penitents, and according to the degree of their fin, to apportion their penance, according to the usual degree of penance. After this let them bring the penitents into the church, and, with all the clergy present, let the bijbop fing the seven penitentiary psalms, proftrate upon the ground, with tears for their absolution. Then the bishop, aniling from prayer, according to the canons, let him lay his hand upon them, (that is, to ratify their penance, not to abfolve them) let him sprinkle ahes upon their head, and cover them with fackcloth: and with frequent fighs and fobs, let him denounce to them, that as Adam was cast out of Paradise, fo are they cast out of the church for their fins. After this let the bishop command the officers to drive them out of the church-doors, the clergy following them with this respond; “ In the sweat of thy brows fball thou eat thy bread;" that these poor sinners, seeing holy church atfiked thus and disgraced for their fins, may be sensible of their penance.

The Collect] This prayer for contrition of heart was composed at the ctablishment of the Liturgy in 1549. The introitus was psalm vi.

stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Ephes. v. 1.
E ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

hath given himself for us an offering and a facrifice to God for a sweet-smelling favour. But fornication and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once pamed amongst you, as becometh saints; 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 any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ, and of God. Let no man deceive you with vaio words: for because of thefe things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them; for ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light; (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodnefs, 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 fhame 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 doth make manifeft, is light. Wherefore he faith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ Mall 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 spake; and the people wondered. But some of them faid, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub, the chief of the devils. And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, faid unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house

falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom Itand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Becizebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons 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 keeperh his palace, his goods are in peace: but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. 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 rest; and finding none, he faith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. And it came to pass as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lift voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast fucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it.

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The fourth Sunday in Lent.

The Collect.
RANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we,

who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be When the unclean spirit] In this allegorical passage our blesed Lord accommodates his language to the popular opinions of the Jews; who believed that unclean Ipirits haunted deserts (dry places) and solitudesand he applies these notions to the state of a nation or individual, who may feel a transient impression of penitence and religion, but quickly returns into accustomed evil courses; which, he observes, will then acquire seven-fold force, and in the end produce hardened impenitence and inevitable destruction,

The Collect. This prayer for grace and pardon was adopted from Greg. Sacrament. The introitus was pfalm xlvi. These three last Sundays in Lent are sometimes distinguished by particular names--the 4th is called

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