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the palfy, grievously tormented. And Jefus faith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion anfwered and faid, Lord, I am not worthy that thou fhouldest come, under my roof; but fpeak the word only, and my fervant fhall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having foldiers under me: and I fay unto this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my fervant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jefus heard it, he marvelled, and faid to them that followed, Verily I fay unto you, I have not found fo great faith, no not in Ifrael. And I fay unto you, that many fhall come from the east, and weft, and fhall fit down with Abraham, and Haac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom fhall be caft out into outer darknefs; there fhall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jefus faid unto the centurion, Go thy way, and as thou haft believed, fo be it done unto thee. And his fervant was healed in the felf-fame hour.

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

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great dangers, that by reafon of the frailty of our nature we cannot always ftand upright; Grant to us fuch ftrength and protection, as may fupport us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

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On the COLLECT for the fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.

O Lord, who knoweft us to be furrounded by many and great dangers, both of enemies, and of our fins, who knoweft all our frailties, that we cannot with our utmost efforts, always perfevere in our duty, but have always fome neglects of it to answer for; we beseech thee fo to ftrengthen and protect us, by thy grace and heavenly providence, that being fupported in all the dangers to which we are expofed by the affaults of our enemies, or any unfortunate accident that may befall us, we may be enabled to refilt every temptation; and this we pray for the fake of Jefus Chrif, our Lord. Amen.

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The Epiftle. Rom. xiii. 1.

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ET every foul be fubject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be, are ordained of God. Whofoever therefore refifteth the power, refifteth the ordinance of God: and they that refift, fhall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good Works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou fhalt have praise of the fame: for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the fword in vain: for he is the minifter of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye muft needs be fubject, not only for wrath, but also for confcience fake. For, for this caufe pay you tribute alfo for they are God's minifters, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due, cuf tom to whom cuftom, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour.

The Gospel. St Matth. viii. 23.

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ND when he was entered into a fhip, his difciples followed him. And behold, there arofe a great tempeft in the fea, infomuch that the fhip was covered with the waves: but he was afleep. And his difciples came to him, and awoke him, faying, Lord, fave us, we perish. And he faith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arofe, and rebuked the winds and the fea, and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, faying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the fea obey him? And when he was come to the other fide, into the country of the Gergefenes, there met him two poffeffed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, fo that no man might pafs by that way. And behold, they cried out, faying, What have we to do with thee, Jefus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many fwine, feeding. So the devils befought him, faying, If thou caft us out, fuffer us to go away into

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the herd of fwine. And he faid unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of fwine, and behold, the whole herd of fwine ran violently down a steep place into the fea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing; and what was befallen to the poffeffed of the devils. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jefus; and when they faw him, they befought him that he would depart out of their coafts.

The fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

Lord, we beseech thee to keep thy church and houfhold continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace, may evermore be defended by thy mighty power, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Epiftle. Col. iii. 12. of God, holy and be loved) bowels of mercies, kind nefs, humbleness of mind, meeknefs, long-fuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any even as Chrift forgave you, fo alfo do ye. And above all these things, put on charity, which is the bond of perfectnefs. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which alfo ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Chrift dwell in you richly in

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PARAPHRASE.

On the COLLECT for the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.

O Lord, we beseech thee continually to watch over and protect thy holy church, which is the houthold of God, (Epb. xi. 14.) in the profeffion of the true faith, and that we, who do not rely upon our own Atrength and abilities, may be fhielded by the mighty power of thy grate which is abundantly fufficient to enable us to withstand all temptations; and this we pray for the fake of Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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all wifdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and hymns, and fpiritual fongs, finging with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jefus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

The Gofpel. St Matth. xiii. 24.

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HE kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which fowed good feed in his field: But while men flept, his enemy came and fowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was fprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares alfo. So the fervants of the houfholder came and faid unto him, Sir, didft not thou fow good feed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He laid unto them, An enemy hath done this. The fervants faid unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he faid, Nay; left while ye gather up the tares, ye root up alfo the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harveft; and in the time of harveft I will fay to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

The fixth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

God, whose bleffed Son was manifefted, that he might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the fons of God, and heirs of eternal life; Grant us, we befeech thee, that having this hope, we may purify our

PARAPHRASE.

On the COLLECT for the fixth Sunday after the Epiphany.

O God, whofe only begotten Son quitted his bleffed immortality, and was manifefted for this purpofe, that he might deftroy the works of the devil (1 John iji. 8.) and that he might make us fons of God, (Gal. iv. 6.) and heirs of falvation, (Heb. i. 14.) grant us therefore, we pray thee, thy heavenly grace, to purify ourfelves even as he is pure, (John . 3.) that when he fhall appear at his fecond coming in the clouds of

felves, even as he is pure; that when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto him in his eternal and glorious kingdom, where with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghoft, he liveth and reigneth ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epiftle. St John ii. 1.

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Ehold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we fhould be called the fons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, becaufe it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the fons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we fhall be: but we know that when he fhall appear, we fhall be like him; for we fhall fee him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Whofoever committeth fin, tranfgreffeth alfo the law: for fin is the tranfgreffion of the law. And ye know that he was manifefted to take away our fins; and in him is no fin: Whofoever abideth in him, finneth not: whofoever finneth, hath not feen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you he that doeth righteoufnefs, is righteous even as he is righteous. He that committeth fin, is of the devil: for the devil finneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifefted, that he might deftroy the

works of the devil.

The Gofpel. St Matt. xxiv. 23.

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HEN if any man fhall fay unto you, Lo, here is Chrift, or there: believe it not. For there fhall arife falfe Chrifts, and false prophets, and fhall fhew great figns and wonders; infomuch that (if it were poffible) they fhall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before.

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heaven with power and great glory, (Matt. xxiv. 30.) that our vile bodies may be fashioned like his glorious body, Ph. iii. 21. and that we may inherit his everlafting kingdom, where with thee, O Father, and with thee, O Holy Ghoft, he liveth and reigneth, one God in trinity of perfons to all eternity. Amen.

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