The First Sunday in Lent

It is meet that we begin Lent with a contemplation of the virtue of (14) Temperance and place her card beside (9) The Hermit, whose ruling virtue is Prudence.

The Collect

O LORD, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, The Collect for the First Sunday in Lent

Old Testament Reading

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are all the issues of life

Proverbs 4: 23

New Testament Reading

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Matthew 4: 4

Liturgical Affirmation

Scindite corda vestra et non vestimenta vestra et convertamini ad Dominum Deum vestrum.

Qui biberit ex aqua quam ego dabo ei non sitiet in aeternum.

Rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God. whosoever drinks of the water which I shall give him shall never thirst for ever.

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