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Wherefore, if they shall fay unto you, Behold, he is in the desart-go not forth : behold, he is in the secret chambers, believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west : so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For whereswever the carcafe is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days, 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 Thaken. 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 sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
The Sunday called Septuagefima, or the third Sunday before Lent.
of thy people ; that we, who are juftly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, 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 Epiftle.
1 Cor ix. 24. NOW ye not that they which run in a race, run all,
ob. tain. And every man that striveth for the mastery, is tempe
P A P A P H R AS E.
On the COLLECT for Septuagefima Sunday. O Lord, we intreat thee of thy loving kindness and mercy, to hear the prayers of thy people, who are now gathered together for thy worship, that we, upon whom thou doft juftly in Rict punishments for our numerous transzceflions of the law, may, by thy mercy, be delivered from them when thy goodness shall think it fitting and profitable for ws; and this se beg for the sake of our blefed Saviour Jesus Christ, &:. Amen.
rate 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 subjection ; leit that by any means when I have preached to others, I myielf should be a cast-away.
The Gospel. St Matt. xx. I. \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 law 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 ninch hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others ftanding 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 vine. yard, 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 shoulú have received more ; and they likewile received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the good-man of the house, saying, Theie Jast have wrought but one hour, and thou haft' made them Equal unto us which have borne che burden and beat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong : didît not thou agree with me for a penny ? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto 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 laft: for many bę called, but few cholen.
The The Sunday called Sexagefima, or the second Sunday before Lent,
thing that we do; Mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity, through Jelus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 2 Cor. xi. 19. VE 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 exalc himself, if a man smite you on the face. I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak, howbeit,' whereinsoever 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 Chrift? (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 nighc
; and a day I have been in the deep: in journeying 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; ia 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 faitings often; in cold and nakedness ; belides those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the
PA RA P H R A SE. On tbe COLLECT for the fecond Sunday before Lent. O Lord, who doft penetrate the secrets of all mens hearts, and feeft eat we do not rely on any thing that we are able to do of, or for oure felves, considering our frail nature and the weakness of our abilities, mercifully grant that we may be defended by thy Almighty power from ali adversities, spiritual and lemporal, which may befall us; and this we beg for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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 Jelus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
The Gospel. St Luke viii. 4.
come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: A fower went out to low his feed : and as he lowed, some fell by the way-side, and it was troden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock, and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because is
it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprung up with it and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had laid these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And his disciples asked him, saying, 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 feeing 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-side are they that hear : then cometh the devil, and taketh away the Word out of their hearts, left they should believe, and be saved. 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 are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and, are choked with cares, and riches, and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which, in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
The Sunday called Quinquagesima, or the next Sunday before Lent.
The Collect. Lord, who hait taught us, that all our doings without charity are nothing worth, Send thy Holy Ghoft, and
pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace, and of all virtues; without which, whofoever liveth is counted dead before thee. Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 Cor. xiii. 1. THOUGH I speak with the tongues of men, and of
angels, and have not charity, I am become as founding brass, or a çinkling cymbal. And though I have the gitt of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge ; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 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 profitech 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, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth : beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never failech : but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail'; whether there be congues, they Hall cease ; whether there be knowledge, it thall vanish 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 ihaul I know even as also I am known. And now abidech faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
PA RA PHRASE.
On the COLLECT for the Sanday before Lent. O Lord, who balt taught us, that our best actions, if we have not charity, profit us nothing, (1 Cor. xiii. 2.) pour into our hearts that excellent gift of thy holy spirit, which is the bond of peace and of perfection, without which, every one is dead whilst he liveth, (1 Tim. v. 6.) grant this for the take of thy only begotten Son Jefus Chriit. Annen.