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will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and adore me. Then Jesus said to him: Begone, Satan, for it is written: "The Lord thy God thou shalt adore, and him only shalt thou serve." Then the devil left him; and behold angels came and ministered to him.

The second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect.

O God, who seest how destitute we are of all strength, preserve us both within and without, that our bodies may be free from all adversity, and our souls purified from all evil thoughts. Thro'.

The Epistle. 1 Thess. iv. 1. 7.

Brethren : We pray and beseech you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received of us how you ought to walk and to please God, so also you would walk, that you may abound the more. For you know what commandments I have given to you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from fornication, that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour: not in the passion of lust, like the Gentiles that know not God: and that no man over-reach, nor deceive his brother in business: because the Lord is the avenger of all these things, as we have told you before, and have testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto sanctification.

The Gospel. Matt. xvii. 1. 9.

At that time: Jesus taketh unto him Peter, and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart. And he transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun; and his garments became white as snow. And behold there appeared to them


Moses and Elias talking with him. Then Peter answering, said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him. And the disciples hearing fell upon their face, and were very much afraid. And Jesus came and

touched them, and said to them: Arise, and be not afraid. And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, but only Jesus. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man, till the Son of Man shall be risen from the dead.

The third Sunday in Lent.
The Collect.

BE attentive, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, to the prayers of thy servants: and stretch forth the arm of thy divine majesty in our defence. Thro'.

The Epistle. Ephes. v. 1. 9.

Brethren Be


therefore followers of God, as most dear children: and walk in love, as Christ also loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and sacrifice to God, for an odour of sweetness. But fornication and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints: nor obscenity, nor foolish talking, nor scurrility, which is to no purpose, but rather giving of thanks. For know ye this and understand, that no fornicator, or unclean, or covetous person (which is serving of idols) hath inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words. For because of these things cometh the

upon the children of unbelief.


anger of God ye not therefore partakers with them. For you were heretofore darkness, but now light in the Lord. Walk ye as children of the light. For the fruit of the light is in all goodness, and justice, and truth.

The Gospel. Luke xi. 14. 28.

At that time: Jesus was casting out a devil, and the same was dumb, and when he had cast out the devil, the dumb spoke: and the multitude were in admiration at it. But some of them said: he casteth out devils, by Beelzebub the prince of devils. And others tempting asked of him a sign from heaven. But he seeing their thoughts, said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself, shall be brought to desolation, and house upon house shall fall. And if Satan shall be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because you say, that through Beelzebub I cast out devils. Now if I cast out devils by Beelzebub: by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I by the finger of God cast out devils: doubtless the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed keepeth his court, those things which he possesseth are in peace. But if a stronger man than he come upon him and overcome him, he will take away all his armour wherein he trusted, and will distribute 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 places without water, seeking rest: and not finding, he saith: I will return into my house whence I came out. And when he is come, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then he goeth and taketh with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and entering in they dwell there. And the last state of that man becometh

worse than the first. And it came to pass, as he spoke these things, a certain woman from the crowd lifting up her voice, said to him: Blessed is the womb that bore thee, and the paps that gave thee suck. But he said; Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it.

The fourth Sunday in Lent.
The Collect.

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who are justly afflicted according to our demerits, may be relieved by thy comforting grace. Thro'.

The Epistle. Gal. iv. 23. 31.

Brethren: It is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bond-woman, the other by a free-woman. But he who was by the bond-woman, was born according to the flesh but he by the free-woman, was by promise. Which things are said by an allegory. For these are the two testaments. The one from Mount Sinai, engendering to bondage, which is Agar: for Sinai is a mountain in Arabia, which hath affinity to that Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But that Jerusalem which is above, is free; which is our mother. For it is written: Rejoice, thou barren, that bearest not: break forth and cry, thou that travaillest not: for many are the children of the desolate, more than of her that hath a husband." Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born according to the flesh, persecuted him that was after the spirit; even so it is But what saith the scripture? "Cast out


now. the bond-woman and her son for the son of the bond-woman shall not be heir with the son of the free-woman." So then, brethren, we are not

children of the bond-woman, but of the free : by the freedom wherewith Christ hath made us free.

The Gospel. John vi. 1. 15.

At that time: Jesus went over the sea of Gali lee, which is that of Tiberias: and a great multitude followed him, because they saw the miracles which he did on them that were diseased. Jesus therefore went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. Now the pasch, the festival day of the Jews, was near at hand. When Jesus therefore had lifted up his eyes, and seen that a very great multitude cometh to him, he said to Philip Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat? And this he said to try him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him: Two hundred penny-worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, saith to him: There is a boy here that hath five barley loaves and two small fishes; but what are they among so many? Then Jesus said: Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. The men therefore sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves: and when he had given thanks, he distributed to them that were set down. In like manner also of the fishes as much as they would. And when they were filled, he said to his disciples: Gather up the fragments that remain, lest they be lost. They gathered up therefore, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above to them that had eaten. Now these men, when they had seen what a miracle Jesus had done, said: This is of a truth the prophet that is to come into the world. Jesus, therefore, when he knew that they would come to take him by force

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