The First Sunday in Lent
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.
Also shall be said the collect from Ash Wednedsay
Isaiah 58 Psalm 50 2 Corinthians vi. 1 & St. Matthew iv. 1
It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God
Today's Gospel is the story of Jesus' fast in the wilderness for 40 days and his temptation by Satan. Jesus used the word of God to respond to every temptation. But notice that Satan used Scripture as well to try to get Jesus to turn to him. He still does use Scripture with us, so one must beware! How can we help to keep ourselves from the wiles of Satan? by knowing the Word of God and maintaining an active Spiritual defense through prayer. During this fast of Lent I recommend a discipline of structured Bible study. You may wish to begin with Lesson One of a free Bible Study Course offered by our praefectus castrorum legio Christi.
Read the rest of the homily here:http://www.orderofcenturions.org/documents/lent1.html