Collects, Epistles, and
for the Pre-Lenten Season.
for the Pre-Lenten Season.
or the second Sunday before Lent.
O 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.
YE 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 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 I. 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 journeyings
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, 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.
Beside those things that are without, 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.
WHEN much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way-side; and it was trodden 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 it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said 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 said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed 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, lest 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.
Father, we thank thee who hast planted - Rendez a Dieu 195
Come with us, O blessed Jesus - Jesu joy of man's desiring 211
Spread, O spread, thou mighty word - Lubeck 253
Awake, thou spirit of the watchman - Crasselius 255
Joyful, joyful, we adore thee - Alleluia 281
Joyful, joyful, we adore thee - Hymn to Joy 769
Give Praise and glory unto God - Elbing 287
We gather together - Kremser 315
Breathe on me, Breath of God - Swabia 375
Breathe on me, Breath of God - Nova Vite 375
Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly Dove - Mendon 378
Lamp of our feet, whereby we trace - Graefenberg 400
O Christ, the Word incarnate - Munich 402
God be in my head - Lytlington 466
Oft in danger oft in woe - University college 558
He who would valiant be - St. Dunstan's 563
How firm a foundation - Lyons 564