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The Gospel. S. John 20; 24.
Homas one of the twelve called Didymus was not with them

when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore faid unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto thein,' Except I shall fee in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger in tothe print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his fide, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and food in the midit, and faił, Peace be unto you. Then faith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and each hither thy hand, and thrust it into my fide,' and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas, answered and said unto him, My Lord, and my God. Jesus faith unto him, Thomas, because thou haft seen me; thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and yet

have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his Name.

The Conversion of Saint Paut.

The Collect. God, who through the preaching of the blessed Apostle Saint O Paul, haft caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughiout the world; Grant, we beseech thee, that we having his wonderful Conversion in remembrance, may shew forth our thankfulnefs unto thee for the fame, by following the holy doctrine which he taught, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Paraphrase on the Collies for the Converfion of St. Paul O God, who through the Miniftry of St. Paul, haft miraculous Convertion, as will make us diligently obey extended the light of the Gospel through the World ; his heavenly Do&rine, through Jelus Chrill out impress upon our Minds such a thankful fense of his Lord. + Thomas, one of the swelve, &c. From this ac- only his own mind was better eflablithed through his

. count of Thomas's Unbelief, let us obferve and be doubts; but that gainsayers should be more

effectue thankful for this eminent intance of the wisdom and ally put to filence by them, and out of his weakaits all goodness of God, who converted the failings of an fucceeding Believers be made frong eminent Servant, to such excellent advantage;

that not

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The Epistle. Acts 9. 1.,
ND Saul yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against

the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the fynagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were nen or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Dama!cus, and fuddenly there shined round about him a light from hcaven. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, faul, Saul, why perfecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jefus whom thout perfecutest: *It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished, faid, Lord, what wilt thou have ine to do? And the Lord faid unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood fpeechless, hearing a voice, but seeing ng

And Saul arose from the earth, and when his eyes were opened, he faw no man; but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without fight, and neither did eat nor drink. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus; named Ananias, and to him faid the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here Lord. And the Lord faid unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one caļled Saul of Tarsus: for behold he prayeth, and hath feen in a vision, a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on hin, that he might receive his fight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy faints' at Jerusalem; and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy Name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way; for he is a chofen vessel unto me, to bear my

It is hard for three to kick againft, &c. This is a those who are fuperior so chev, and especially again!! they are like to receive who resist and fight againn gerne

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proverbial expresoon; fignifying the damage and hurt God

name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.
For I will thew him how great things he must suffer for my Names
sake, And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house';
and putting his hands on him, said, Brother Saul, the Lord (even
Jesus that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest) hath sent
me; that thou mightest receive thy fight, and be filled with the
holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had
been fcales; and he received fight forthwith, and arose, and was
baptized. . And when he had received meat, 'he was strengihened.
Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Da-
mascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the fynagogues,
that he is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed,
and said, Iis not this he that destroyed them which called on this
Name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might
bring them bound unto the chief priests ? But Saul increased the
more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Da-
mafcus, proving that this is very Christ.
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The Gospel. 'S! Matth. 19. 27.,
Eter answered and said unto Jesus, Behold, we have forsaken

all, and followed thee, what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me in the regeneration, when the Son of man. Thall fit in the throne of his glory, tye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.' And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or fifters, or father, or mother, or wife,

I Is not this be that destroyed them, Bro The adven, time of his Conversion. So that tho' the Testimony of tages which the Chriftian Religion received by the Con. Peter and John is of great weight: yet the evidence of version of St. Paul, justly call for our admiration, and 5 Paul seems to carry an almost irresistible conviction shankfulness to God the wife Author. For who was along with it.

tre also shall fit upon twive. Thrones, &c. By this of Christ. And what made this change? Was he is signified, that they should rule the Chriftian Church bought over : No body was disposed to bribe hint to hy the Laws of the Gospel, which their Malfler would it. No, it was because he saw Chrift, was caught up inspire them to Preach, and by the infallible decifuri into Heaven, and fully convinced. And what can be relative to Faith and Manners which he would enable a stronger evidence of this than that he was an Enemy them to give in all difficult cases to the cause, he afterwards embraced, even till the very : 1

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or children or lands, for my Names sake, shall receive an hundred , fold, and shall inherit , everlasting life. But many that are first Lhall be last, and the last shall be first.

The purification of the Virgin Mary.

Tbe Collect.
Lmighty and everliving God, we humbly beseech thy Mi-

jefty, that as thy only begotten Son was this day presented in the terrple in fubstance of our ffesh; fu we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts, by the same ihy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amicit.

For the Epistle. Mal. 3: 1. Ehold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way and the Lord whom ye

seek shall suddenly come to his temple; even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in; behold, he shall come, faith the Lord of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who fhall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiners fire, and like fullers fope. And he shall fit as a refiner, and purifier of filver; and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness, Then shall the offerings of Judah and Jerufalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in farmer years. And I will come near to you to judgment, and I will be a swift witness against the forcerers, and against the adulterers, and again{t false swearers, and against those that opprefs

. the hireling in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, faith the Lord of hosts.

Paraphrase on the Colleat for the Purification of the Virgin Mary. o most mighty and immortal God, grant, we be- in token of thy right to the First-born ; so we also may. feech thee, that as shy Son Jesus Chrif, was, as this be presented unto thee with pure and holy Dispositions, Day, in our Nature presented to thee in the Temple, : by the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

brouid I will send my Mejjenger, &c. This ligni- nans, because as St. Paul says he was the Mediator of a fied John the Baprift.

new, and better Covenant than that of Moles, becaufe: + The Messenger of the Covenant. This means the, it was established upon better Promises, Heb. viii, 6. Meffiah who is jully Ayted ibe Mefienger of the Cove

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The Gospel. S. Lukc. 2. 22.
ND when the days of her purification, according to the law

of Moses, were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusaleni, *to present him to the Lord, (as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb, shall be called holy to the Lord) and to offer a facrifice according to that which is faid in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons. And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the fame man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen the Lords Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jefus, to do for him after the custom of the law, then took he him

up in his arms, and bleffed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. For mine eyes have seen thy falvation ; which thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Ifrael

. And Joseph and his mother: marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. · And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary, his mother, Behold, this child is fet for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign, which shall be spoken against, (Yea, a sword fhall pierce through thy own foul also) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And there was one Anna a Prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Afer; fhe was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity. And she was a widow of

* To present him to the Lord, &c. As the First-bornYears, the sprightliness of our Youth, the flower of our under the Law of Moses, was claimed by God as his Wit, the vigour of our Bodies and Minds, to his huproperty, in memory of his sparing the Firit-born of nour: to spend our Labours, our Wealth, upon such Ifrael when those of the Egyptians were deftroyedt fo Things-efpeeially, as promote Religions and are agrees Mould we learn from hence, as Christians, to confecrate lable to his good pleasure ; to begin every Day, every to him the beginning and choice of all our Time, and Work with him; and to take care that he be firstz and Labour, and Substance : to dedicate the prime of our uppermoft, in all our Thoughts and Deligas..

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