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faith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he faith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a Aame of fire.' But unto the Son he faith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever ; a sceptre of righteoulness is the sceptre of thy Kingdom. Thou halt loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning, hast laid the foundation of the earth ; and the heavens are the works of thine hands. They shall perish, but thou remainest ; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment ; and as a vefture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed ; but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
The Gospel. St John i. 1. N the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God. The fame was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him, and without him was not any ching made, that was made. In bim was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The fame came for a witness, to bear witness of the light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light. That was the true light, which lightech every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him nor.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the fons of God, even to them that believe on his Name : Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth,
Saint Stephen's Day.
earth for the teftimony of thy truch, we may ftedfastly look up to Heaven, and by faith behold the glory chat shall be revealed ; and being filled with the Holy Ghost, may learn to love and bless our persecutors, by the example of thy first Martyr Saint Stephen, who prayed for his murderers to thee, O bleffed Jesus, who ftandest at the right hand of God, to fuccour all those that suffer for thee, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen. Then fall follow the Collect of the Nativity, which shall be faid continually
unio New-year's Eve.
For the Epiftle. Aêts vii. 55.
stedfastly into heaven, and faw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, and cast him out of the city, and stoned him : and the witneffes laid down their clothes at a young man's feet whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon
P. ARAP H AS E.
On the COLLECT for Saint Stephen's Day. O Lord, we humbly pray thee that, in all our sufferings in this present world, (Rom. viii. 18.) in support of the testimony of the gospel, we may, after the example of St Stephen, fed fally look up to heaven, and by the strength of oar faith, obtain a prospect of the glory which hall be revealed hereafter in ws; (Rom. viii. 18.) and being filled with the Holy Ghost, (12s víi. 55.) in like manner as that blested faint, who was first honoured with a crown of martyrdom, may learn to bless them who perfecute us, (Rom. xii. 14. Mart. v. 44.) encouraged thereto by the example of this noble martyr, who prayed for his murderers, that thou, o blefted Jesus, wouldst not say their sin to their charge, ( Aers vii. 20. who fandeft at the right hand of God, as St Stephen was then supported by beholding thee ; grant unto us all spiritual strength and fuccour, when we fater for thee our only mediator and advocate. Ainen,
God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this fin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell
The Gospel. St Matt. xxiii. 34.
scribes; and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your fynagogues, and persecute them from city to city; that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel, unto the blood of Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom ye new between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things fall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killeft the Prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and yé would sor! Behold, your houle is lett unto you desolate. For I
ay urto you, Ye Mall not fue me henceforth, till ye ihail Gay, Bleffed is he that comech in the name of the Lord,
Saint John the Evangelist's Day.
of light upon thy Church ; that it being eniightenet by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist Şaing John, may so walk in the light of thy truth, that it may al length attain to the light of everlasting life, through Jelus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PA RA P H R A $ E. On the COLLECT for St Johr the Evangelil's Day. Merciful Father, we entreat thee to enlighten the hearts of all chrißikas
, by that evangelical truth, revealed to us in the facred books of the New Teftament; particularly by those mysteries set forth unto us in the cospel of St John, that they may walk honestly as in the day ; (Rom xiii. 3.) not erring in the darkness of heathenish fuperftition, but as children
I St John i. 1.
heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled of the Word of life (for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life which was with the Father, and was manifefted unto us) that which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that
inay have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth : But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jefus Christ his Son cleanf th us from all fin. If we say that we have no fin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confefs our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our fins,' and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we fay that we have not finned, we make him a liar, and his Word is not
The Gospel. St John xxi. 19.
ing about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved, following, (which also leaned on his breast at fupper, and faid, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee ?) Peter seeing him, faith to Jelus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus
, faith unto him, If I will that he carry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple fhould not die: yet Jesus said not unto him. He shall not die ; but,
PA RA PHRASE. of light, (Eph, v. 8.) who know the truth, (John viii. 32.) and after they have led a life conformable to the holy do&rines therein delivered, sh y may have the light of everlasting life ; (Jobu viii. 12.) and this we beg for the sake of Jesus Chrif. Amen,
If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things, and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they Mould be written every one, I suppose, that even the world itself could not contain the books thar fhould be written.
The Innocents Day.
The Collect. O
sucklings haft ordained strength, and madeft Infants to glorify thee by their deachs ; Mortify and kill all vices in us; and lo strengthen us by thy grace, that by the innocency of our lives, and constancy of our faith even unto death, we may glorify thy holy Name, through Jesus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
For the Epiftle. Rev. xiv. 1.
with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's Name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder : and I heard the voice of harpers barping with their harps : and they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and
PA RA PHRASE.
On tbe COLLECT for Innocents Day. O thou omnipotent Being, who out of the mouths of babes and fucklings, haft ordained Atrength, (Psal. viii. 2.) and madelt the infants of Bethlehem, who were massacred by Herod, to glorify thee by the martyrdom which they suffered upon account of Christ, we beseech thee fo to aid us by the afiftance of thy spirit, that, by mortifying our members which are upon earth, fornication, uncleanness, &c. (Col. iii. 5.) these and all other vices may be as perfectly killed in us, as the children were by the Affins, and that by leading holy lives, and constantly hoiding All the faith, we my glorify thy holy Name; and this we beg for the lake of Jesus Chrift our Lord. Amen.