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was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present; but some are fallen alleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the Apostles; and last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time: For I am the least of the Apostles, that am not meet to be called an Apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me, was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore whether it were I, orthey, so we preach, and so ye believed.

The Gospel. S. Lụke 18. 9. Esus spake this parable unto certain which trusted in them

selves, that they were righteous, and despised others; Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a Publican. The Pharisee food and prayed thus with himfelf, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this Publican. I faft twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I poffefs. And the Publican ftanding afar off, would not lift


so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breaft, saying, God be merciful to me a finner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself, shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted.

The twelfth Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect. Lmighty and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear, than we to pray, and art wont to give more than

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+ For I am the least of obe Apostles, &c. &c. From provement in Holiness to the goodness of God, and St. Paul's example here we thould learn to entertain a the operations of his blessed Spirit. humble and modeft opinion of our own performances * Jesus spake this Parable, &c. The tendency of frequently to recollect even those faults from which we this Parable is to thew that pride, uncharitable cenfo

are reclaimed ; as a guard against spiritual Pride riousness, and contempt of our Brethren, are a means to endeavour to make reparation for our past misconduct 'to render our religious services an abomination to God: by future diligence and zeal in the discharge ofour Du- and that humility and self-abasement are the most

proty-and thankfully to ascribe our_Reformation, and im- pei dispositions to appear with before him.

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cither we desire or deserve ; Pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy, forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us thosi

: good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. 2 Cor. 3. 4. UCH trust have we through Christ to God-ward. Not that

we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; ; but our sufficiency is of God. Who also hath made us able minilters of the new Testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life. + But if the miniltration of death written and engraven in stones was glorious; so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold

the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance, which glory was to be done away; how shall not the ministration of the Spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

The Gospel. S. Mark 7. 31. Esus departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, came unto

the fea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis. And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, ş he fighed, and faith unto him, Ephphatha,

Paraphrase on the Collect for the twelfth Sunday after Trinity. .. Most mighty and eternal God, who art always more. Offences of whose consequences we are jusly afraid, ready to supply our neceflities than we are to alk their and beltowing upon us such Blessings 'as we could not relief, and whose benefits towards us are usually above presume to ask but through-the Merits and Intercellion our wishes, but always beyond our deserts; deal with of Jesus Christ our Lord. us according to thy abundant Mercy, pardoning those

t. But if the Ministration of Death. &c. St. Paul and success was the more to be expected on account of having declared his firm belief of the continued ef- the preeminence of the Gospel above the Law of Moficacy and success of the Gospel, through the aslistance fes: to which, God, however, gave some significant ing of God's Holy Spirit to us Minifters-He adds here, timations of his favous, though

they were not dehgned as a farther argument for this trust, that such affistance to continue..

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that is, Be opened. And straightway his ear's ' were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. And he charged them that they should tell no; but the more he charged them, so nuch the more a great deal they published it, and were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well; he maketh both the deaf to lear, and the dumb to speak.

The thirteenth Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect.
Lmighty and merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh,

that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable fervice; Grant, we beseech thee, that we may so faithfully ferve thee in this life, that we fail not finally to attain thy heavenly promises, through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Gal. 3. 16. 10 Abraham and his feed were the promises made. He

faith not, And to feeds, as of many; but as of one; And to thy feed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise. Wherefore then ferveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the feed fhould come, to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a media tor. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if

Paraphrase on the Eolla for the thirteenth Sunday after Trinity. All powerful and gracious God, by whom alone we World, that we may at lait be made partakers of the are enabled to fe ve thee acceptably; give us Grace eternal joys of another, through the merits of Jeids we beseech thee fo truly to obey thy blessed Will in this Chrift.

He sighed. Perhaps there were circumstances to cause, Christ sigbing on this occasion evidently displayad os unknown, wbich made this dumb Person a peculiar the tender regard which he bore to our species. For object of pity. Or by this example of bodily Deafness certainly it could be nothing less which moved him to and Dumbness our Lord might be led to reflect on the compasionate our Miferies, in fo affectionate a mano spiritual defects of Mankind. But whatever was the ner.

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there had been a law given, which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. * But the Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

The Gospel. S. Luke 10. 23.
Leffed are the eyes which see the things that ye sce. For I

tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. And behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering, said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind, and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou haft answered right; this do, and thou shalt live. But he willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering, faid, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil, and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow, when he departed, he took out ştwo pence, and gave them to the host, and

Two pence. Equal to about Fifteen-i ence Ster Min were fhut up as Priton rs, condemned by the Law ling. The imallness of the Sum seems to denote the to Death, the punishment of Sın, till that Faith came to Samaritan's Poverty: and if so, greatly heightens his be revealed, by which we obtain an happy freedana Charity.

from Condemnation, But the Scripture barb concluded, &c. That is, all


faid unto him, Take care of him, and whatsoever thou spendest
more, when I come again I will repay thee. Which now of these
three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the
thieves? And he said, He that thewed mercy on him. I Then faid
Jesus unto him, Go and do thou likewise.
The fourteenth Sunday after Trinity:

The Collect.
Lmighty and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of

faith, hope, and charity; and that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Gal. 5. 16. . Say then, *Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust

of the flesh. For the fleih lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the Aesh are manifest, which are these, Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, feditions, herefies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness; goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no


Paraphrase on the Collea for the fourteenth Sunday after Trinity. All powerful and eternal God increase our Faith in fectionately to reverence, and faithfully to perform, thy thy Word, our Hope in thy Promises, and our Love Commandments upon Earth through Jesus Christ out: tuwards.thee, and all Mankind; and that we may at- Lord.. tain thy promised Happiness in Heaven, teach us af

Then faid Jesus unto him Go, &c. By this beau. tian or a Pagan: and that when a neceffitoks object retiful Parable our Lord has powerfully recommended quires our relief, we ought to consider him as our universal benevolence; and has taught us to hew Neighbour, not inquiring where he was born, or what Mercy and Kindness to every one that standeth ip he believes, but what he suffers. need of our assistance, whether he be a near Relation Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not, &c. By this 03a Stranger, a Countryman or a Foreigner, a Chrif. is meant, leading a Life of Purity and Virtue in oppofi.

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