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his angels; and prevailed not, neither was there place found
The Gospel. St Matth. xviii. 1.
Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven ? And Jelus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himfelf as this little child, the came is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my Name, receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a milftone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Wo unto the world because of offences : for it must needs be that of fences come ; bur wo to that man by whom the offence cometh. Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast chein from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee : . it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell-fire. Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you,
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Saint Luke the Evangelift.
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praise is in the Gospel, to be an Evangelist and Physician of the foul ; May it please thee, that by the wholsome medicines of the doctrine delivered by him, all the diseases of our souls may be healed, through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 2 Tim. iv. 5.
work of an Evangelist, make full proof of thy miniftry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge shall give me at chat day : and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica ; Crescens to Galaţia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. The cloke that I left at Troas with Çarpus, when thou comest,
PA RA PHRASE.
On the COLLECT for Saint Luke ibe Evangelig. O Almighty God, who wast pleased to appoint Luke, that beloved phyfician, mentioned (Col. iv. 14.) and whose praise is said to be in the gospel, (2 Cor. viii, 18.) to be, by writing his evangelical history, a Ipiritual physician to heal the fouls of men; we increat thee to grant that by the faletary truths and doctrines contained in his facred book, our fins, those diseases of our souls, may be cured, and the conduct of our lives reformed; and this we ask for the sake of the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,
bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. Alexander the copper-Imith did me much evil : the Lord reward him according to his works. Of whom be thou ware also, for he hath greatly withstood our words.
The Gospel. St Luke x. I.
two and two before his face into every city and place whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto <them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would fend forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways, behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes, and falure no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it : if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire.
Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles.
foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Chrift himself being the head corner-stone; Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made an holy temple acceptable unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord." Amen.
PA RA P H R AS E.
On the COLLECT for Saint Simon and Saint Jade, O all-powerful God, who hak erected thy church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Chrift himfelf being the chief corner ftone, (Eph. ii. 20.) grant that by the efficacy of the do&rine by them delivered, we may be joined in the unity of the spirit, (Epb. iv. 3.) and in the profession of the same catholic doctrine, that we may be made the temple of the living. God, (2 Cor. vi, 16.) and that we may present our bodies a living facrifice, holy and acceptable to him, (Rom. xii. ..) this We pray for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
The Epiftle. St Jude i. UDE the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,
to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and prelerved in Jesus Christ, and called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love be multiplied. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you, that ye fhould earnestly contend for the faith which was once deliVored unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation; ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousnels, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you brance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afcerward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first eltate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them, in like manner giving themselves over to fornicacion, and going after ftrange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the Aesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
The Gospel. St John xv. 17. THESE things I command you, that ye love one ano
ther. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own : but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The fervant is not greater than the Lord: if they have persecuted me, they will also perfecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my names fake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had fin: but now they have no cloke for their fin. He chat batech me, hateth any Father also. If I had
not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had fin; but now have they both seen, and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. But when the Comforter is come, whom I send unto you, from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. And ye also shall bear witness, because ye
have been with me from the beginning.
All Saints Day.
one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace lo to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys, which thou hast prepared for them that unfeignedly love thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Epiftle. Rev. vii. 2.
having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth, and the sea, saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and
PA RA PHRASE.
On the COLLECT for all Saints Day. all-powerful God, who hast united all the members of Christ's myftical body, the church, who according to the faith are Gods elect, (Tit. i. 1.) by bands and joints, with Christ the head, (Col. ii 19.) grant us thy grace, that in pursuance of the examples, set us by thy blefied faints, we may exercise all the christian virtces in this world, and attain to the ineffable joys of the other ; which eye hath not seen, nor ear hath heard, and which God hath prepared for them that love him, 1 Cor. ii.9. Amen.