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The Third Sunday of Lent-2013

The Third Sunday in Lent.
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 Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.}

Old Testament Reading: Deuteronomy 6
Psalter: Psalm 56, 58 | 119.73-104
Epistle Reading: Ephesians 5.1-14
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 11.14-28

Barbee and Zahl: “The governing phrase here is “the hearty desires of thy humble servants,” in particular the word “hearty.” ( . . . ) We are not praying to a god in order to achieve our particular desires or conceits. We are not asking a dreamed divinity to do our own bidding. We are praying from the vantage of a “broken and contrite heart” (Psalm 51:17). This is the meaning that stands behind Cranmer’s “hearty.” Our heart is looking for consolation and trust, the restoration of hope. We petition the Lord from the desire that He will restore our hearts to aspire to what is good, not perform for us what is specific to our grandiose wishes for self-enhancement” (39).

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