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sun 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 shaken. 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 Septuagesima, or the
third Sunday before Lent.
LORD, we beseech thee favourably to
hear the prayers of thy people, that we who are justly 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 Epistle. 1 Cor. 9. 24.
NOW ye not, that they which rụn in
a race, run all, but one receiveth the prize ?. So run that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things: now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air ; but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection, lest that by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast-away.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 20. 1. THE 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 saw 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. Aud they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise, And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle ? they say unto him, because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the Lord of the vineyard saith 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 should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
And when they had received it, they murmured against the good-man of the house, saying, These last have wrought hut one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong; didst thou not 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 last; for many be called, but few chosen.
The Sunday called Sexagesima,or the second
Sunday before Lent.
LORD God, who seest that we put
not our trust in any thing that we do ; mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 2 Cor. 11. 19. YE E suffer fools gladly, seeing ye your
selves 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 exalt 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 1: are they Israelites ? so am I: are they the seed of Abraham ? so am I: are they ministers of Christ ? (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 save one; thrice was I beaten with rods; once was I stoned ; thrice I suffered shipwreck; a night and a day I have been in the deep: in journeying often ; in perils of the waters; in perils of robbers ; in perils by mine own countrymen ; in perils by the heathen ; in perils in the city; in 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 fastings often; in cold and nakedness; besides those things that are without, and that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the 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 Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.