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to be the way, the truth, and the life; that following the fteps of thy holy Apoftles, Saint Philip, and Saint James, we may steadfastly walk in the way that leadeth to eternal life, through the fame thy Son Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
The Epiftle. St. James 1. 1.
AMES a fervant of God, and of the Lord Jefus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are fcattered 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 wifdom, let him afk of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him afk 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 unftable in all his ways. Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted; but the rich, in that he is made low; becaufe as the flower of the grafs he fhall pass away. For the fun is no fooner rifen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grafs, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perifheth: fo alfo fhall the rich man fade away in his ways. Bleffed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he fhall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promifed to them that love him. The Gospel. St John xiv. 1.
ND Jefus faid unto his difciples, Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe alfo in me. In my Fathers houfe are many manfions; if it were not fo, I would have told you. go to prepare a place for you:
truth, and the life, (John xiv. 6.) and that following the steps of thy holy Apofties, St Philip, and St James, and all holiness of living, we may fhun the broad way which leadeth to deftruction, and enter the narrow way which leadeth unto life; (Matt. vii. 13, 14.) and this we pray for the fake of Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myfelf, that were I am, there ye may be alfo. And whither I go, ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas faith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest, and how can we know the way? Jefus 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 alfo; and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip faith unto him, Lord, fhew us the Father, and it fufficeth us. Jefus faith unto him, Have I been fo long time with you, and yet haft thou not known me, Philip? He that hath feen me, hath feen the Father; and how fayeft thou then? Shew us the Father? Believeft thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I fpeak unto you, I fpeak 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 elfe believe me for the very works fake. Verily, verily I fay unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do, fhall he do alfo, and greater works than thefe fhall he do; because I go unto my Father And. whatsoever ye fhall afk in my Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye fhall ask any thing in my Name, I will do it.
Saint Barnabas the Apoftle.
Lord God Almighty, who didft endue thy holy Apostle Barnabas with fingular gifts of the holy Ghoft; Leave us not, we beseech thee, deftitute of thy manifold gifts, nor yet of grace to use them alway to thy' honour and glory, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
PAR A PHRASE.
On the COLLECT for Saint Barnabas.
O Lord, the almighty God who by thy holy Spirit, didft confer upon the apoltle Barnabas fuch extraordinary and fupernatural gifts, as made the heathens acknowledge that they were poffeffed of a divine power; we G %
Acts xi. 22.
For the Epiftle. Idings of these things came unto the ears of the Church which was in Jerufalem: and they fent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had feen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpofe 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 Tarfus for to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pafs, that a whole year they affembled themselves with the Church, and taught much people; and the difciples were called Christians first in Antioch. And in these days came prophets from Jerufalem unto Antioch. And there ftood up one of them, named Agabus, and fignified by the Spirit, that there fhould be great dearth throughout all the world; which came to pass in the days of Claudius Cefar. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to fend relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea. Which alfo they did, and fent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
The Gospel. St John xv. 12.
HIS 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 fervants; for the fervant 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 chofen me, but I have chofen you, and ordained you, that ye fhould go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit fhould remain; that whatfoever ye fhall afk of the Father in my Name, he may give it you.
befeech thee to impart to as a fhare of the diverfity of gifts of thy hely Spirit, as far as thou fhalt judge them requifite and neceffary for our falvation, and give us grace likewife to make a proper ufe of thofe talents with which thou haft endowed us; all which we afk for the fake of Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen. PARA
Saint John Baptift's Day.
Baptift was wonderfully born, and fent to prepare the way of thy Son our Saviour, by preaching of repentance; Make us fo 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 fuffer for the truths fake, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Epiftle. Ifaiah xl. 1.
Omfort ye, comfort ye my people, faith your God.
that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned; for the hath received of the Lord's 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 defart a high-way for our God. Every valley fhall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked fhall be made ftraight, and the rough places plain. And the glory of the Lord fhall be revealed, and all flesh fhall fee it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. The voice faid, Cry. And he said, What fhall I cry?
On the COLLECT for Saint John Baptift.
O almighty God, whofe all-wife providence caufed John Baptift to be miraculously born of an aged father, his birth being accompanied by the miniftry of an angel, and other wonderful accidents, (Luke i. 13.) who didft likewise send the fame John to prepare the way to the Gofpel of our bleffed Saviour, by preaching the doctrine of repentance, give us grace to copy after those excellent rules, which his holy doctrine and exemplary life have reached out to us, grant that we may fincerely repent of all our fins, as he conftantly exhorted us by his preaching, that like him we may not be afraid to declare the truth for the fake of any errors, but boldly reprove a finful conduct, even in perfons of the first rank; and if thou art pleased to call us to it, we may with intrepidity lay down our lives for righteousness fake; and this we pray for the fake of Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
All flesh is grafs, and all the goodlinefs thereof is as the flower of the field. The grafs withereth, the flower fadeth, because the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: furely the people is grafs. The grafs withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand for ever. O Zion, that bringeft good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain: O Jerufalem, that bringeft good tidings, lift up thy voice with ftrength, lift it up, be not afraid: fay unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God. Behold, the Lord God will come with ftrong hand, and his arm fhall rule for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He fhall feed his flock like a fhepherd, he fhall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bofom, and fhall gently lead thofe that are with young.
The Gospel. St Luke i. 57.
Lifabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and fhe brought forth a fon. And her neighbours and her coufins heard how the Lord had thewed great mercy upon her, and they rejoiced with her. And it came to pals that on the eighth day they came to circumcife the child, and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. And his mother anfwered and faid, Not fo; but he fhall be called John. And they faid unto her, There is none of thy kinded that is called by this name. And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. And he asked for a writing-table, and wrote, faying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loofed, and he spake and praised Go.!. And fear came on all that dwelt round about them; and all thefe fayings were noifed abroad throughout all the hill-country of Judea. And all they that had heard them, laid them up in their hearts, faying, What manner of child shall this be? And the hand of the Lord was with him. And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghoft, and prophefied, faying, Bleffed be the Lord God of Ifrael, for he hath vifited and redeemed his people, and hath raifed up an horn of falvation for us in the houfe of his fervant David; as he fpake by the mouth of his holy prophets,