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of the fame coafts, and cried unto him, faying, Have mercy
on me, O Lord, thou fon of David: my daughter is grie-
vouly vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word.
And his difciples came and befought him, faying, Send her
away, for the crieth after us. But he answered and faid,
I am not fent but unto the loft fheep of the houfe of Ifrael.
Then came fhe and worshipped him, faying, Lord, help
me. But he answered and faid, It is not meet to take the
children's bread and to caft it to dogs. And the faid, Truth,
Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their
mafters table. Then Jefus anfwered and faid 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.

The third Sunday in Lent.

The Collect.


beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty defires of thy humble fervants: and ftretch forth the right hand of thy Majefty to be our defence against all our enemies, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epiftle. Ephef. v. 1.


ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Chrift alfo hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a facrifice to God for a fweet fmelling favour. But fornication, and all uncleannefs, or covetoufnefs, let it not be once named amongst you, as becometh faints: neither filthinefs, nor foolish talking, nort jefting, which are not convenient; but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean perfon, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath


On the COLLECT for the third Sunday in Lent.

We befeech thee, almighty God, favourably to hear the prayers of the church which they with fervour put up unto thee, and to ftretch forth the fight hand of thy power and majefty to defend us from all our enemies, ghoftly and bodily, for the fake of our bleffed Saviour Jefus Christ. Amen.


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any inheritance in the kingdom of Chrift, and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of difobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them; for ye were fometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord : walk as children of light (For the fruit of the fpirit is in all goodness, and righteoufnels, 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 thofe things which are done of them in fecret. But all things that are reproved, are made manifeft by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifeft, is light. Wherefore he faith, Awake thou that fleepest, and arife from the dead, and Chrift fhall give thee light.

The Gospel. St Luke xi. 14.


ESUS was cafting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb fpake; and the people wondered. But fome of them faid, He cafteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. And others tempting him, fought of him a fign from heaven. But he knowing their thoughts, faid unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself, is brought to defolation, and a house divided against a house, falleth. If Satan alfo be divided against himfelf, how fhall his kingdom ftand? becaufe ye fay that I caft out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub caft out devils, by whom do your fons caft them out? therefore fhall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God caft out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a ftrong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace; but when a ftronger than he fhall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trufted, and divideth his fpoils. He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth. When the unclean fpirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, feeking reft: and finding none, he faith, I will return unto my houfe whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it fwept and


garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him feven other Ipirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in, and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the firft. And it came to pafs, as he fpake these things, a certain woman of the company lift up her voice, and faid unto him, Bleffed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou haft fucked. But he faid, Yea, rather bleffed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.

The fourth Sunday in Lent.
The Collect.


RANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deferve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved, through our Lord and Saviour Jefus Chrift. Amen.

The Epiftle. Gal. iv. 21.



ELL me, ye that defire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? for it is written that Abraham had two fons, the one by a bond-maid, the other by a free-woman. But he who was of the bond-woman, was born after the flesh but he of the free woman was by promife. Which things are an allegory; for thefe are the two covenants: the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and anfwereth to Jerufalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerufalem which is above is free; which


On the COLLECT for the fourth Sunday in Lent.

O Almighty God, grant, we beseech thee, that we who by the calamities we undergo in this world, are punished lefs than our iniquities deferve, (Ezra ix. 13.) and, on account of our numerous violations of thy divine law, do dread thy juft vengeance falling on us, may, by thy mercifal goodness be delivered from our afflictions; and by the powerful influence of thy grace, exciting us to a reformation of our lives, may avoid the eternal punishment which we have incurred by our fins; and this we beg for the fake of our Lord Jefus Chrift. Amen.

is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice thou barren that beareft not; break forth and cry, thou that travaileft not for the defolate hath many more children than fhe which hath an hufband. Now we, brethren, as Ifaac was, are the children of promife. But as then he that was born after the flesh, perfecuted him that was born after the fpirit; even fo it is now. Nevertheless, what faith the fcripture ? Cast out the bond-woman and her fon; for the fon of the bond-woman fhall not be heir with the fon of the free woman, So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

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The Gofpel. St John 6. 1.


ESUS went over the fea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. And a great multitude followed him, because they faw his miracles which he did on them that were difeafed. And Jefus went up into a mountain, and there he fat with his difciples. And the paffover, a feaft of the Jews, was nigh. When Jefus then lift up his eyes, and faw a great company come unto him, he faith unto Philip, Whence fhall we buy bread, that these may eat? (And this he said to prove him; for he himself knew what he would do.) Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not fufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his difciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, faith unto him, There is a lad here which hath five barley loaves, and two fmall fishes; but what are they among fo many? And Jefus faid, Make the men fit down. Now there was much grafs in the place. So the men fat down, in number about five thoufand. And Jefus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he diftributed to the difciples, and the difciples to them that were fet down; and likewife of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he faid unto his difciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be loft. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve bafkets with the. fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then thofe men, when they had feen the miracle that Jefus did, faid, This is of a truth that Prophet that should come into the world.


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The fifth Sunday in Lent.

The Collect.


E befeech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people; that by thy great goodness, they may be governed and preferved evermore both in body and foul, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

The Epiftle. Heb. ix. 11.


HRIST being come an high Prieft of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to fay, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls, and of goats, and the afhes of an heifer fprinkling the unclean, fanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; how much more fhall the blood of Chrift, who, through the eternal spirit, offered himself without fpot to God, purge your confcience from dead works to ferve the living God? and for this caufe he is the Mediator of the new teftament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the tranfgreffions that were under the first teftament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

The Gospel. St John viii, 46,

ESUS faid, Which of you convinceth me of fin? And

if I fay the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God, heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. Then answered the Jews, and faid unto him, Say we not well, that thou art a Samaritan, and haft a devil? Jefus anfwered, I have not a devil; but


On the COLLECT for the fifth Sunday in Lent.

Omnipotent Being, we intreat thee to look down with compaffion upon thy people who now offer up their prayers to thee, that by thy gracious providence they may have their bodies preferved from all misfortunes, and their fouls fecured from fin and temptation, which we request of thee for the fake of our blessed Lord and Saviour Jefus Chrift, Amen.


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