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Collects, Epistles, and Gospels
for the Lenten Season.

The Third Sunday in Lent.

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The Collect.


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 Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Ephesians v. 1.

BE ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 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 sweet-smelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 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. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness 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 shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

The Gospel. St. Luke xi. 14.

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. But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. 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. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 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. 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 dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 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. 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. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.



Hymn Suggestions

Kind maker of the world(office hymn) - Jesu dulci memoria 56
The glory of these forty days - Spires 61
O splendor of God's glory bright - Splendor Paternae 158
O splendor of God's glory bright - Puer Nobis 158
Very bread good shepherd, tend us - Unitas fratrum 194
O God. unseen yet ever near - St. Flavian 198
O God. unseen yet ever near - Meditation 198
Draw nigh and take the Body of the Lord - Garden 202
Draw nigh and take the Body of the Lord - Lammas 202
Humbly I adore thee - Adoro devote 204
O saving Victim, opening wide - Martyr Dei 209
O saving Victim, opening wide - St. Vincent 209
Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless - St. Agnes 213
We sing of God, the mighty source - Magdalen College 314
Glory be to Jesus - Caswall 335
I heard the voice of Jesus say - Vox dilecti 424
I heard the voice of Jesus say - The Third Melody 424
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah - St. Oswald 434
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah - Cwm Rhondda 434
My faith looks up to thee - Olivet 449
As longs the deer for cooling streams - Martyrdom 450
O love that casts out fear - Moselev 457
Rock of ages, cleft for me - Petra 471
Rock of ages, cleft for me - Toplady 471
Jesus, joy of loving hearts - Abends 485
Jesus, joy of loving hearts - Christe redemptor 485
Come labor on - Ora labora 576