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ter the name of his father. And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred thal is called by this name. And they made figns to his father, how he would have him called. And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, +His name is John. And they marvelled all. And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loofed, and he spake and praised God. And fear came on all that dwelc sound about them; and all these fayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill-country of Judeà. And all they that had heard them, laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be? And the hand of the Lord was with him. And his father Zacharias was fiHed with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he hath visited and redeemed his people and hath raifed up ani horn of falvation for us in the house of his servant David; as he {pake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been fince the world began; that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember 'his holy covenant'; the oath which he sware to our father Abraham, that he would grant unto us, that we, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteoufnefs before him all the days of our life. And thou, Child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest; for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; to give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their fins, through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the Day-spring from on high hath visited us; to give light to them that fit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. --And the child grew, and waxed strong in fpirit; and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing .unto Ifrael. .. :Hh2..

His Name is John. This Name as it signifies the to Mankind through the Mefliah, of whom he was the Grace of God, so it was properly bestowed upon this "Fore-runner." Child; who was sent to declare God's Grace and Mercy

3Saint Peters Day.. .

. The Colleet." Almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy

Apostle Saint Peter many excellent gifts, and commandedit him earucitly to feed thy flock; Make, we beseech thee, all Bishops and Pastors diligently to preach thy holy Word, and the people obediently to follow the fame, that they may receive the crown of cverlasting glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. .

::. . For the Epistle. Acts 12. 1. :

A Bout that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to A vex certain of the Church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him, intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison; + but prayer was made without ceasing of the Church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeps ing between two soldiers, bound with two chains; and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison; and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly, And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel faid unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy fandals : and so he did. And

Paraphrase on the Colleet for St. Peter's Day.

O moft mighty God, who, through thy Son our Sa- thy Holy Gospel, and the People to pay a due regard viour, didit endue thy Apostle Peter with many fpi- to its Doctrines, that they may both be partakers togeritual Gifts, and ftri&tly charge him to inflru&t chy Peo- ther of eternal Happiness through Jesus Christ our ple; give Grace to all thy Ministers faithfully to preach Saviour.

$ And he killed fames, &c. Thus was our Lord's the consequence of this we are initructed, how initru. prediction fulfilled that James should drink of his Cup, mental the intercessions of good. People are towards Mat. xx. 23. and in some sense was granted him the procuriog such deliverances. Mighty indeed is the request of piecedence in his Kingdom too; since he had efficacy of Prayer, when unanimous and publick; efpe. the honour to die, first of all the twelve, a Martyr for cially if the subject of it be somewhat eminently fervi the Chriftian cause.

ceable to the glory of God, and the benefit of Reli+ But Prayer was made without coafing, &c. From gion.


he faith unto him, Caft thy gárinént about thee, and follow me. And he went out and followed him, and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel ; but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city, which opened to them of his own accord; and they went out, and passed on through one street, and forthwith the angel departed from him. And when Peter was come to himfelf, he faid, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath fent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

The Gospel. S. Matth. 16. 13. VIHEN Jesus came into the coasts of Cefarea Philippi, he

V asked his difciples, saying, Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am? And they said, Some fay that thou art John the Baptist, some Elias; and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom fay ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art Christ the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and faid unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, *and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I'will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loofed in heaven.

Saint James the Apostle.

The Colle&t. n Rant, O merciful God, that as thine holy Apostle Saint James,

leaving his father and all that he had, without delay was bedient unto the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him;" so we forsaking all worldly and carnal affections, may be evermore ready to follow ihy holy commandments, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen..

on And upon this Rock I will build my Church.- fion of three thousand Souls, Acts ii. 41. and likewife Suitabiy to this promise we find that Peter laid the first among the Gentiles, by the conversion of Coraplius foundation of a Churcb among the Jews by the conver- and his friends, Acts 1o. . . - .

For the Epiftle. Acts 11. 27, and part of the 12th Chapter. TN those days came prophets from Jerufalem unto Antioch.

And there stood up one of the named Agabus, and fignified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world; which came to pass in the days of Claudius Cefar. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren, which dwelt in Jadea. Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. Now about that time, Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the Church. And he killed James the brother of John with a sword. And because he faw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also.

The Gospel. S. Matth. 20. 20. THEN came to him the mother of Zebedees children, with

1 her fons worshipping him, and defiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two fons may fit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. And he faith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, * but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. And

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Paraphrafe on the Colleet for St. James's Day. Grant, O gracious God, that as thy blessed Apostle Chrift; to we quitting all disorderly Pallons and James readily forsook all his worldly Relations and con- Affections, may be always fincerely disposed to obey cerns to become a Difciple and Follower of Jesus thy Precepts, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

* But it shall be given to them, &c. This fignifies ftate shall not be bestowed upon any one through para that the honours and degrees of Happiness in a future tiality, fondness, or refpe&t of Persons; but according Paraphrase on the Culleet for St. Bartholomew's Day. 0. moft mighty and eternal God who didit induce ty duly to value and esteem that Gospel, and both thy Apostle Bartholomew to believe and to preach thy faithfully to pablish and embrace it through. Jesus holy Gospel ; give Grace to all Professors of Christiani- Christ our Lord..

when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against : the two brethren. But Jelis called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great, exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be fo among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministred unto, but to minister, and to give his life. a ransom: for many..

Saint Bartholomew the Apostle.

- The Collect. Almighty and everlasting God, who didst give to thine Apo. U stle Bartholomew grace truly to believe, and to preach thy word; Grant, we beseech thee, unto thy Church, to love that word which he believed, and both to preach and receive the same, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epiftle. Acts 5. 12. Dy the hands of the Apostles were many signs and wonders Dwrought among the people, (and they were all with one accord in Solomons porch. *And of the rest durft no man join hime: felf to them: but the people magnified them. And believers. were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men. and women) Insomuch that they brought forth the fick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the

to equity and strict justice : 10 that every Christian fhall imitation of him, who went about doing good, by be exalted to a higher degree of Bliss and Glory, in healing the fick,, feeding the hungry, instructing the proportion as his Humility, his Obedience, his Suffer- ignorant, and laying down his life a ransom for the ings, his Patience, and his meek disposition have Sins of many. brought him to a near conformity with his divine + And of the rest durf no Mar join, &a i. e. the rest Mafter.

who were not of the Church, durit not associate themI But be that is greatest among you, &cn. By this our felves with the Apostles, so as to have all Things Lord fignited that the greatness of his Disciples con- common with them; as Ananias and Sapphira had fists in doing good to Mankind with all diligeuce, by, pretended to do; leit by committing fome crime they a.continued course of humble laborious. Services, in Thould bring upon themselves their prnishment

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