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my love. If ye keep my

ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Fathers commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. Saint Philip and Saint James's Day.

The Collect.
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life; Grant

us perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life; that following the steps of thy holy Apostles, Saint Philip and Saint James, we inay stedfastly walk in the way that leadeth to eternal life, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epiftle. S. James 1. 1. Ames a servant of God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the

twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations ; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering; for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind, and toffed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all

Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted; but the rich in that he is made low; because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

For the sun is no fooner risen Paraphrase on the Collea for Saint Philip and Saint James's Day. O most mighty God, whom rightly to acknowledge by following the examples of Saint Philip and James is the means of obtaining eternal Happ ness. Give us we may steadily pursue the Road to endless Bliss, Glace firmly to ackuowledge thy Son Jefus Christ to through the same Jesus Christ our Saviour. be the true way that liateth to everlasting Life; ihat

I My Brethren. count it all Joy, S. Thai is, be improved to its jutt height, will contribute greatly to not discouraged, but rejoice at Ami&tions: especially your Chriftian perfection. For where this perfea Work those which God sends for the sake of Religion, and of Patience is, there must be a Atrong Faith, firm Forto prove your Virtue and Conflancy: Because such titude, an exact knowledge of our Duty, a meek and Trials exercise your Patience, a Virtue, which, if quiet Spirit, a true christian Charity for our Perfecu

his ways.


with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

Bleffed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love biin.

The Gospel

. S. John 14. 1, ND Jcfus faid unto his disciples, Let not your heart be troubled;


believe in God, believe also in me. In my Fathers house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you: and if I


and prepare à place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.

And whither I go, ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas faith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goeft, and how can we know the way? Jesus faith unto him, *I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also; and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip faith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus faith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you, I speak not of myself; but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the „works. Believe me, that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works fake. Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do, shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto tors, a great Love to God, an entire truli in lum, and pole, and 1. We Truth; he is the Author, and only reliynation to his Will; and an exact Temperance as source of eternal Happiness, and so the Life; to the

I am the way, the Truth, and the Life, &c. That but by obeying and relying upon h.m, in these several is, Christ is the Guide, and Direcior, and fo the Way. capacities. He is the Teacher of the Truth, revealed for this pur

to worldly enjoymenis.

enjoyment whereof with his Father we

cannot attain,


my, Father. And whatsoever ye shall alk in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. It ye shall ask any thing in my Name, I will do it.

Saint Barnabas the Apostle.

The Collect.
Lord God Almighty, who didst endue thy holy Apostle Bar-

nabas with singular gifts of the Holy Ghost; Leave us not, we beseech thee, destitute of thy manifold gifts, nor yet of grace to use them alway to thy honour and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle. Acts 11. 22.
Idings of these things came unto the ears of the Church

which was in Jerusalem; and they fent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. · Who when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith; and much people was added unto the Lord. Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus for to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the Church, and taught much people; *and the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. "And there stood up one of them, named Agabus, and fignified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world; which came to pass in the days of Claudius Cesar. Then the difci

Paraphrase on the Collea for St. Barnabas's Day. O all powerful Jehovah who didft bestow upon thy thee with thy various fpiritual Graces, and enable us Apostle Barnabas extraordinary Gifts of the Holy to employ them to the purposes of Religion and HoliSprit, in that he was a good Man, full of the Holy Gheft nefs, through Jesus Christ our Lord. And of Faith, A&ts xi. 24. Endue us also we be cech

every one

And the Disc.ples were called Christians, &c. As the same Title in fucceeding Ages. For let the firf Believers, by assuming this Name, openly pro- says St. Paul that nametb the Name of Cbrif, (i.) let felled their faith in the Do&rines of Chrift, engaged every one that taketh upon him the Name of Christian,

themselves to obey his precepts, and imitate his exam- depart from Iniquity. pole; fo nothing less is required of all who pretend to


you, and ordained

ples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea. Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

The Gospel. S. John 15: 12. THIS is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I ! have loved you.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a . man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye

do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen



go, and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my Name, he may give it you.

Saint John Baptists Day.

The Collect. Lmighty God, by whole providence thy servant John Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the

way Son our Saviour, by preaching of repentance; Make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching, and after his example constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truths fake, through Jesus Christ our Lord. . Amen.

For the Epistle. Isai. 40. 1.
ye, comfort
ye my people, faith

your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her war


Paraphrafe on the Collea for St. John Baptist's Day. Allpo verful God, who by a miraculous act of thy taught us, we may truly Repent of our paft Sins, and, Providence didit cause John the Baptizer to be born, like as he did, always speak the Truth however and fent forth to prepare Men for the reception of Je- seemingly opposite to our worldly interest, couragioussus Christ, by exhorting them to forsake their Iniqui- ly reprove sin, and patiently endure Amiction in the ties: Give us Grace fo to follow his Instructions, and discharge of our Duty through Jefus Chrift ou: Lori. imitate his virtuous example, that, according as he

Ye are my Friends, if ye do whatsoever, &c. It is lawful. And what can be a tronger motive to do the certainly the test of fincere Friendship to conform our will of Christ, than that we shall there by gain the faselves to the Will of the Person beloved in all. Things vour and Friendthip of one who will ocver fail nog


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fate is 'accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned; for the hath received of the Lords hand double for all her fins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a high-way for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. And the glory of the Lord revealed, and all Aesh thall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. The voice faid, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All felh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, because the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand for ever. O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain: 0 Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid: say unto the cities of Judah, Behold

your God. Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd, he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bofom, and shall gently

. lead those that are with young:

The Gospela S. Luke 1. 57.
Lisabeths full time came that she should be delivered; and she

brought forth a fon. And her neighbours, and her cousins heard how the Lord had fhewed great mercy upon her, and they rejoiced with her. And it came to pass, that on the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child, and they called him Zacharias, afforsake us; and who has equal power and inclination beauty of its sentiments. to do us good!

1 Elisabetb's full Time came, &c. John the Baptist Comfort ye, comfort ye, &c. Tho' this Prophecy was introduced into the World in this remarkable Telates primarily to the return of the Jews from the manner, that the attention of his Countrymen being Babylonian Captivity; yet it was completely fulfilled awakened, and nigh expectations of him rails, he only by the million of John the Baptist to prepare the might execute the duties of his Ministry with greater Jows for the reception of the Gospel. And it can advantage, and effe&tually prepare the People for renever be sufficiently admired for the fublimity and ceiving the Mediah himfelf, who was foon to appear, in dignity of its Language, as well as for the energy and Perfon..

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