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and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort, through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the vility of the fame Spirit, one God, world without end, Amen.

For the Epistle. Acts 2: -1,
THEN the day of Pentecost. was fully come, they were all

with one accord, in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rufhing mighty wind, and it filled all ihe house where they were fitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling' at Jerufalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every. man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed, and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue wherein we were born ? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Afia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya, about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and Profelytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

The Gospel. S. John 14. 15. Esus faid unto his difcipless If ye love me, keep my command

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Paraphrafe on the Collect for Whitsunday. O God, who as at this Time didît enlighten and in handing of the Things that pertain to Salvation, and fruct the Apostles by the miraculous descent of the be filled with all joy in believing, through the Merits Holy Spirit upon them. Grant that we also, by the of Jesus Christ, who reigreth with thee, and the fame influence of the fame Spirit may gain a right under. Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

When the Day of Pentecoft. It was so called from at the same tim: hy Chriftians, is supposed to have been its being the fiftieth Day after the second Day of the fo. called from the white Garments which the Persons Feast of the Passover. It was observed by the Jews as baptized in the ancient Church at this season, were used a Feast of Thanksgiving for the gathering in their to wear as an emblem of that Purity which became Harveft, and reaping it in freedom from Egyptian their profeffiona tervitude. This Festival of Whitsunday which is kept

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COMMON PŘAYE R. another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it feeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth with

you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you. Yet, a little while, and the world seeth me no more;: but ye see.me: becayle: I live, ye shall live also. : At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you:

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me, 'shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifeft myself to him. Judas faith unto him, (not Iscariot) Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifeft thy felf- unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered, and said unto him, If a man love' me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.j.(He that loveth me not, keepeth not my fayings: and the word which you hear, is not mine, but the Father's which fent me. These things have I spoken ùnto you, being yet present with you. . But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said anto you, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto your not

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Pharma And we will come unto him, &c. i. e. by that Spi to is in Company with the greatest of Beings. Even sit whose Temple is the Body of the Saints, 1 Cor. in the Hour of Death he confiders the pains of his fii. 16.vi. 13, and by whose union with them they dissolution to be nothing else but the breaking down are made an habitation of God, Ephef. ii, 27. * How that partition, which ilands. betwixt his Soul, and

happy therefore (says an ingenious Writer) is an be the fight of that Being,, who is always present with « intellectaal Being, who

by Prayer and Meditation, him, and is about to manifelt trelf to him in ful" by Virtùe and good Works, opens this Communication nefs of joy. It we would be thus happy, and thus “ between God and his own Soul! tho' the whole “ sensible of our Mal ers présence; fiom the secret “ Creation frowns upon him, and all Nature looks effects of his mercy and goodness we muft keep fuck s black about him, he has liis light and support within " a watch over all our Thoughts, that in the language * him, that are able to cheer his Mind, and bear him of the Scripture, his soul may have pleasure in ust

in the midst of all those horrors that encompass « We mult-cake-care not to grieve his Holy Spiļje, ' him. In the midst of Calumny and Contempt, he ats « and endeavour to make the Meditations of our « tends to that Being who whispers better Things with: “ Heart always acceptable in his fight, that'he my « in his Sopl, and whom he looks upon as his Delent . delight thus to reside and dwell in ws." See Speita - der, his Glory, and the lifter up of his Head. In tor, No. 57 « his duepett folitude and retirement he knows that he

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as the world givetha, give I unto you. Let not your heart be. troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, go away, and come again unto you.. would rejoice, because I faid, I go unto the Father: for my Father is. greater than I. And now, I have told you, before it come to pass, that when it is come to pass, ye might believe, Hereafter. I will. not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in més e But that the World. may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even fol do. Monday in. Whilfun-week.

1 The Collect. und OD, who as at this time didft teach the hearts of thy faithful

people, by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the fame Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermcre to rejoice in his holy comfort, through the merits of Christ Jesu our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the fame Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle. Acts 10. 34.
HEN Peter opened his mouth, and said, I Of a truth I pero

ceive that God is no respecter of persons; but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, -is aecepted with him. The word which God sent unto the children of Ifrael, preaching peace by Jefus Christ (he is Lord of all). That word,, I say, you know, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from. Galilee, after the baptism which John preached: How God

anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost, and with power, who

Paraphrafe on the Collea for Monday in Whitfun-Week. O God who as at this Season didit inttru& the first tion; and a holy joy and confolation under all our Christians by the miraculous illumination of thy Holy Trials and Amictions, through the Merits of our Site Spirit. Give us we beseech thee by the fame Spirit, a viour, Christ Jefus, who reigneth with thee and the same right knowledge of all things pertaining to our Salva- Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. :I of a truth I perceive sbat

: Gode &c. St. Peter thus ceptable to God, not on 'aceount of their descent or re!ūtes that mistaken opinion of the Jews, that they Circumcision, but because they fear God and work Righwere the only acceptable People to God; and that teoufneys... And from the calling of Cornelius it is evia merely on account of the Nation and Anceflors to which dent that some of other Nations owning the true God, they belonged; but he here thews that Men not only not only might, but did fear God and work Righcesur of the Jewish, but of any other Nation may be aconess before their converfion to Christianity.

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went about doing good, and healing all that were oppreffed of the devil: for God was with him. . And we are witnesses of all things which he did, both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they flew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised

the third day, and shewed him openly; not to all the people, but unto witnesses cliofen before of God; even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his Name whosoever believeth in him, shall receivę remiffion of fins.

While Peter yet spake chefe words, the Holy Ghoft fell on all them who heard the word. And they of the circumcision who believed, were astonished, as many as came with Peter, becaufe, that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghoff. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then anfwered Peter, +Can any man forbid water, that thefe should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to bë baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

The Gospel. S. John 3. 16. YOD fo loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Sony

I that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting fife. ' For God fent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him, is not condemned: but he that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemdation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.. *For every one.

Can any Man forbid Water, Sc. These Words only declares that it ought to be administered to theie. contain a plain and convincing demonstration of the Persons who had received the Baptin of the spirit; aiscelery of Water Baptism; luce che Apoftle here not but commanded them to be baptized onshut acceasia's i

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that doeth evil, hateth the light neither cometh to the light; left his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth, cometh to the ligh“, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

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TOD, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faith,

ful people, by the sending to them the light of thy holy Spirit; Grant us by the fame Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort, through the merits of Christ Jesu our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end, Amen.

For the Epistle. Acts 8. 14.
HEN the Apostles who were at Jerusalem, heard that Sa,

maria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John; who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost

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was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus) Then laid they their hands on them, -+ and they received the Holy Ghost.

The Gospel. S. John 1o. I.
Erily, verily I say unto you, He that entereth not by the

door into the sheep-fold, but climbeth up fome other way, the fame is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the

Pataphrase on the Colled for Tuesday in Whitsun-Week.. O God, who, as at this season, didit enlighten the nua joy and confolation under all our Afictions, Minds of the firft Chriftians by the wonderful descent through the Merits of thy Son our Saviour, who of the Holy Spirit upon them: Grant us, by the same reigneth with thee and the fame-Spirit,- one God, for Spirit, a clear ciscernment of our duty, and a conti-, ever and ever.

For, every one that doerb evil, &c. Wicked Men wrought in the fear, and according to the will of Gode who cleave to their Sins because of the present pleaos + And ibey received the Holy Ghoft. - That is, fuch as sure they find in them, cannot endure true Doctrine, 'the Holy Ghost had pointed out to be ordained Minif because it thews their actions in a proper light, con. ters, or to do Jaered Offices in the allemblies. Upon demns them and raises qualms of Conscience that are these, by the laying on of the Apostles Hands, were con: extremely painful and not easily to be quieted. But ferred the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit, fuch every good Man desires, and rejoices in the Knowledge as speaking, in various Languages, and Prophecying of his duty: because it hews him that his deeds are Sec chap. xix. 73

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