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about fourscore and four years ; which departed not from the temple, but ferved God with fastings and prayers night and day. And The coming in that instant, gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee to their own city Nazareth. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon him.
Saint Matthias's Day.
didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve Apostles; Grant that thy Church being alway preserved from false Apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true Pastors, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Epistle.' Acts 1. 15. N those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said,
(The number of the names together, were about an hundred and twenty) Men and brethren, this Scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning * Judas, who was guide to them that took Jefus: for he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward' of iniquity, and 'falling headlong he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem,
Paraphrase on the Collea for St Matthias Day. O allpowerful God, who, upon the Death of the tipually guarded against the corrupt Do&trines of false Traytor Judas, didst elect faithful Matthias into his Teachers, may be governed and instructed by wise place ; Grant that the Christian Church being con and worthy Ministers through Jesus Christ our' Lord.
Judas, who was guide to them, &c. Observe bere ple, not, with a barbarous and wicked pleasure to in what foft Lang aage St. Peter (peaks of the Trea- apbraid, expose, and insult over the faults of our chery of his fallen Brother. And tho’ we cannot sup- Brethren, but rather to pity, and be sorry for them :pose that he was wanting in a juít indignation at even, when we must condemn and detest their practices. Judas's crime: yet we fould learn from his exam
insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein; and his Bishoprick let another take. Wherefore of thefe men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection., And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Juftus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knoweft the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen; that he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven Apostles.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 11. 25.
Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these tl ing; from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto Iba jes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight. All th ngs are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth tre Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, ail ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your fouls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary.
that as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus | Dabes. Here fignify Persons who to common Docility, and all the other engaging qualities that are understandings, join the best di positions of Hart, such to be found in Children. as Meekness, Modefty, Innocence, Honeity, Humility,
Christ by the message of an angel; so by his cross and passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection, through the sanie Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Epistle. Ifai. 7. 10. (Oreover the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee
a sign of the Lord thy God; alk it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord. And he said, Hear ye now, O house of Dávid, Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign, + Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Butter and hony shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
The Gospel. S. Luke 1. 26.
unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgins name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee ; blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his faying, and cast in her mind what manner of falutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found favour with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shalt call his Name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God fhall give unto him the throne of his father David. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob
Gg Paraphrase on the Colleat for the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. O Lord, we intreat thce, fo to influence our Minds sake of his meritorious Death and Sufferings we may by thy Grace, that as the Incarnation of thy Son was be raised from the Grave to everlasting Happiness; made known by the Ministry of an Angel; so for the through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
f Behold a Virgin shall conceive, &c. This prophecy given to assure the Israelites that tho' they were then evidently relates to the Birth of our Saviour, and was powerfully beset with Ener.ies, yet that the House
of David should not be utterly deltroyed.
delivered above 700 Years before the event. It was
for ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, sHow shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost ihall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God. And behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also, conceived a fon in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary faid, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
Saint Mark's Day.
the heavenly doctrine of thy Evangelist Saint Mark; Give us grace, that being not like children carried away with every blast lof vain doctrine, we may be established in the truth of thy holy Gospel, through Jesus Chriftour Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephes. 4. 7.: 1
of the gift of Chrift. Wherefore he faith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things) And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying
Paraphrafe on the Colleet for St. Mark's Day O allpowerful God, who haft enlightened the ty and Unsteadiness in the Things of Religion, and Church of Christ by the divine Truths contained in confirm us in the true Faith of thy holy Word, througih. the Gospel of St. Mark; preferve us from childish Levi. Jesus Christ our Lord.
How shalt this be, &c. This question is not to be wonder, and a defire to be fatisfed how events.fo ftrange understood as proceeding from disbelief, but only from should be brought to pass.
of the body of Christ; till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, *unto a perfect man, untu the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: that we hence -forth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftinefs, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body, unto the edifying of itself in love.
The Gospel. S. John 15. 1.
branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh away ; and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is caft forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask -what ye. will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be
my disciples. As the Father haih loyed me, so have I loved you; continue ye in
Unto a perfiet- Man. By this is meant such a presentation, our Saviour describes the intimate union competent Knowledge of Christ and his Gospel, and which is betwixt him and his Disciples-the beneficial fuch degrees of Piety and Holiness; as may be esteemed effects of it, -the duty, manner, and necessity of preshe maturity and full growth of Chriftians, according to serving it, and the irreparable miseries of a separatie those measures of each, whereof our nature and state are on. God grant that we may so improve and become capable. But absolute freedom from Sin and Error, and fruitful under this union, that we may not be of the pertection in Holinefs,feem, not to be attainable on this number of those Branches which are cast out and lide the Grave. See 1:Joho i. 8.
burned. Iso I am the true Vine, 636. By this parabolical re