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THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
INTROIT. Oculi mei. Ps. 25.
MINE eyes are ever looking
unto the Lord, for he shall pluck my feet out of the net: turn
thee unto me, and have mercy upon me: for I am desolate and in
misery. Psalm ibid, O Lord, will I lift up my soul: my
God, in thee have I put my trust, let me not be confounded. V.
WE beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of
thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy
Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies. [Through.]
EPISTLE. Ephesians 5:1-14
1 BRETHREN: Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given
himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let
it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which
are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person,
nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in
the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these
things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the
Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are
done of them in secret.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the
light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from
the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
GRADUAL. Ps. 9. Up, Lord, and let not man have
the upper hand: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. V. While
mine enemies are driven back, they shall fall and perish at thy
TRACT. Ps. 123. Unto thee lift I up mine
eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. V. Behold, even as
the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters. V.
And as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress: even
so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until he have mercy upon
us. V. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
GOSPEL. Saint Luke 11:14-28
14 AT that time: Jesus
was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass,
when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.
15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub
the chief of the devils.
16 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.
17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom
divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house
divided against a house falleth.
18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom
stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.
19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons
cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.
20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt
the kingdom of God is come upon you.
21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are
22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome
him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and
divideth his spoils.
23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth
not with me scattereth.
24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through
dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will
return unto my house whence I came out.
25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.
26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more
wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and
the last state of that man is worse than the first.
27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman
of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed
is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word
of God, and keep it.
OFFERTORY. Ps. 19. The statues of
the Lord are right, and rejoice the heart, sweeter also than
honey and the honeycomb: moreover thy servant keepeth them.
GRANT, O Lord, we pray thee, that this oblation may in such
wise cleanse us from all our sins: that we thy servants, being
sanctified both in body and soul, may worthily offer unto thee
this our sacrifice. [Through.]
COMMUNION. Ps. 84. The sparrow hath found
her an house, and the swallow a nest, where she may lay her young:
even thy altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God: blessed
are they that dwell in thy house: they will be alway praising
O LORD, who sufferest us to be partakers of thy wondrous mysteries:
grant, we beseech thee; that by thy mercy we may be absolved
from all our iniquities, and defended against all adversities.
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