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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.
The Epistle. S. Jude s. Ude the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them
that are fanctified by God the Father, and preserved 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
ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the faints.' + For there are certain mnen crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condeinnation; ungodly men turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew his, how that the Lord having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first estate, 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 themfelves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, sufiering the vingeanceof eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
The Gospel. S. John 15. 17.
the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated † For there are certain Men crepiin, &c. These were fideration of our Lord's fofferings should be a m tive the Followers of Simon Magus and the Nicoiaitans. to patience and resignation, rot only in the case of Of the latter of which we are told that they allowed perfecution for conscience fake, but also in all worldly themselves in the practice of the most abominable afflictions. Because; if he chearfully so endered fuch lewdness: and of the former that he declared him forrows for our sake, who was without bleinith; how. felf to be God the Father to the Samaritans, and God much reason have we to bear patiently the chaftifethe Son to the Jews thus denying the only Lurd God, and ents of Heaven when our lins have deserved far more our Lord Jesus Christ.
than God is pleased to lay upon us. * If ibe World bate you, ye krotu, &ci The con
you. If ye 'were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye 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 servant is not greater than the Jord: if they have perfecuted me, they will also persecute you;
if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my Names sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me, hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin; but now have they both seen, and hated both me and
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 will 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.
communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys, which thou haft prepared for them that unfeigncdly love thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Efisle. Rev. 7. 2.
seal of the living God; and he cried with a loud voice 10 the four argels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth, and the
Paraphrafe on the Colle& for All Saints Day. allpowerful God, who haft united all true Chrif- in all Piety and Righteousness, that we may atta tians through Faith and Charity into one fpiritual ba that inconceivable Happiness which thou haft reserved dy of which Christ is the head ; enable us we beseech for those that fincerely love and obey thue through thee fo to imitate the examples of holy Men departed, Jesus Christ of Lord.
fea, saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have fealed 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 forty and four thousand, of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand.
* After this, I beheld, and lo, a great multitude which no man could number of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands: And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God, which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about. the elders, and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen ; Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thankfgiving, and honour, and power, and might be unto our God for ever and ever. A.nen.
The Gospel. Ş. Matth. 5. I. ESUS feeing the multitudes, went up into a mountain; and
when he was set, his disciples came unto him. And he openAfter ibis I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, &c. ftancy uoder Trials for the Faith, who in the presence By this is represented the universal Church of Chrift of God and Christ, worship, and unanimously praise throughout the World. The white Robes with which his Mercy for their deliverance out of, and conquest they are said to be clotbed, and.be Palms in their Hands, over, their Tryals.
are an emblem of their innocence and vi&torious con
ed his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in fpirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blefled are they that mourn: for they shall be conforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. +Bleffed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blefied are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Bleffed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are perfecuted for righteousness fake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile
you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you fallly for my fake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
+ Biel;ed are they which do bunger and thirft &c. That which he hath forbidden-By the afliitance of God's is, they who have a vehement defire after Holiness- Grace they shall obtain what they desire, and in the Who tincerely endeavour to practise all those Duties Practice of Righteousness shall be greatly blefled, as which God requires of us, and to eschew that Evil well as in the Fulness of its future Rewards.
U R Father, which art in heaven; Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespaffes, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation ; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
known, and from whom no secrets are hid; Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thou shalt have none other gods but me. People. Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.
Minister. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them: For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, and visit the sins of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and shew niercy unto thousands, in them that love me, and keep my commandments.
People. Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.
Minister. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltlefs, that taketh his name in vain.
+ It is so called on account of its being a sacred fignments are repeated here as a preparative to the Comof our spiritual Union and Fellou ship with Christ, and muniohs in order that every Man iray examine his fast with all true Believers. See I Cor. x. 16. 17. conduct by God's Law,-ak pardon for his TransGod fpake these Words, &r. The ten Command- gressions of it,--and Grace to obey it for the future.