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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, rejoicetb not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth: beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all thingsCharity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail ; whether there be tongues, they shall ceale; 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 abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. ::
The Gospel. St. Luke xviii. 31. '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 Thall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, 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 faying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken. And it came to pafs, 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 pafseth 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
stood, and commanded him to be sm: and when he was come near, he zing, What wilt thou that I should do unto he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. laid unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith ? thee. And immediately he received his fight, wed him, glorifying God: and all the people, ..-y law it, gave praise unto God.
:- first Day of Lent, commonly called Ah-Wednesday.
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 sins, and
Lent] This fast 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-lix.-Bingham's Antiq, vol. viii. 106. After his time, it was the caput Quadragesiinæ, 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 them. felves before the church-doors to the bishop of the place, clothed in lackcloth, 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 is 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 bishop fing the seven penitentiary psalms, proftrate upon the ground, with tears for their absolution. Then the bishop, ariling 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 alhes 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, so 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 thall thou eat thy bread;”, that these poor sinners, seeing holy church atflicted thus and disgraced for their fins, may be senlible of their penance. The Collect] This prayer for contrition of heart was composed at the ctablishment of the Liturgy in 1549. The introitus was pfalm vi.
acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. | This Colleft is to be read every Day in Lent, after
the Colleet appointed for the Day.
The Epistle. Joel ii. 12. TURN ye even to me, faith the Lord, with all your
b art, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, flow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meatoffering and a drink-offering unto the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, fan&tify a fast, call a solemn assembly: gather the people, fanétify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and thofe that fuck the breasts: let 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 say, 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.
countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, apoint thine head, and wash thy face, that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret, fhall reward thee openly. Lay pot up for your. selves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; but Jay up tor yourlelves treasures in heaven, where neither moth por rust 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.
The Colleet. O
nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that our felh 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.
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 1 fuccoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of falvation.) Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed; but in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 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 pofféffing all things.
The Gospel. St. Matth. iv. I. THEN was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilder.
And when he bad fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward
The Collect] This collect or prayer for ability to govern the carnal part of our nature was composed and introduced into the litany in 1549. The introitus was pfalm xxxii.
an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made hread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man Thall not live by bread alone, but by every word that procer deth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil takeih him up into the holy city, and serteth 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 dah ıhy foot agaiuft a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and faith unto bim, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then faith Ji sus unto him, Ger thee hence, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou ferve. Then the devil leaveth him, and behold angels came and ministered unto him.
The second Sunday in Lent.
ourselves to help ourlelves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our fouls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may affault and hurt the soul, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Epistle.
i Theff. iv. 1. E beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the
Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk, and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For
know what commandments we
The Colleen This prayer for divine assistance, and God's grace in our Chriftian course, is found in the Sacramentarium of St. Gregory; its or. thograpày and grammar were lightly altered at the review 1662. The introitus was pfalm cxxx.