Collects, Epistles, and
for the Pre-Lenten Season.
for the Pre-Lenten Season.
The Sunday called Septuagesima,
or the third Sunday before Lent.
O 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.
KNOW ye not that they which run 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 castaway.
THE kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, 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. And 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 goodman of the house, saying, These last have wrought but 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 not thou 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 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.
Awake, awake to love and work! - Morning Song 156
Father, we thank thee who hast planted - Rendez a Dieu 195
Humbly I adore thee - Adoro Devote 204
Wherefore, O Father, we thy humble servants - Oblation 205
O saving Victim, opening wide - Martyr Dei 209
O saving Victim, opening wide - St. Vincent 209
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest - Mendon 218
Lord, pour thy Spirit from on high - Hamburg 219
God, my King, thy might confessing - Stuttgart 280
O God, our help in ages past - St. Anne 289
Immortal, invisible, God only wise - St. Denio 301
Thou didst leave thy throne - Margaret 321
Thou art the Way, to thee alone - St. James 361
City of God - Richmond 386
The Church of God a kingdom is - St. Bavon 387
Take my life, and let it be - Hollingside 408
O holy city, seen of John - Morning Song 494
O Lord, and Master of us all - Walsall 501
God of grace and God of glory - Mannheim 524
God of grace and God of glory - Cwm rhondda 783
Fight the good fight - Pentecost 560
Come, labor on - Ora Labora 576
Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve - Christmas 577
Jerusalem the golden - Ewing 597