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Morning Prayer

Prayer, Bible Reading and Devotional Thoughts

First Sunday in Lent

Usage Note:

The Collect for the First Day in Lent (Ash Wednesday) may be used following the weekly Collect throughout Lent.

Design for Worship:

This week's Design for Worship reminds us of Christ's wilderness experience of denying himself and by resisting temptation living a godly life as exemplified by Paul's experience related in the Epistle Lesson.

Epistle Lesson:

2 Corinthians 6: 1-10

Gospel Lesson:

Matthew 4: 1-11

Revised Collect:

Lord Jesus Christ, You fasted forty days and forty nights for our sake; Give us grace to likewise deny ourselves so that we may be subdued to Your Spirit and obey Your will in righteousness and true holiness, to Your honor and glory, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Original 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 honor and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.