« PreviousContinue »
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 Epiftle. S. Jude 1. | 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 you, that 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 condemnation; 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 eftale, 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, suffering the vingeanceof eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the Aesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. .
The Gospel. S. John 15. 17. IT Hese things I command you, that ye love one another. * If
1 the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated
+ For there are certain Men crept in, &c. These were fideration of our Lord's fofferings fhould be a mrtive 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 persecution for conscience fake, but also in all worldly themselves in the practice of the most -abonyinable affli&tions. Because, if he chearfully so endured fuch lewdness: and of the former that he declared himsorrows for our sake, who was without blemish ; howself 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 Lord God, and ents of Heaven when our fins have deserved far more our Lord Jesus Christ.
than God is pleased to lay upon us. * If ibe World bate you, we know, &c. The con
you. If ye 'were of the world, the world would love his owni 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 Lord: if they have persecuted 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 fin. 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 my 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 truih, 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.
The Collect. - Almighty God, who haft knit together thine elect in one
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 un speakable joys, which thou haft prepared for them that unfeigned ly love thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
i For the Epifle. Rev. 7. 2. A ND I saw another angel ascending frcm the east, having the A seal of the living God; and he cried with a loud voice to the four argels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth, and the
Paraphrafe on the Colleå for All Saints Day.
O allpowerful God, who haft united all true Chrif- in all Piety and Richteousness, that we may attai sians through Faith and Charity into one spiritual bo- 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 whoe through chce so to imitate the examples of holy Men departed, Jesus Chrif ons Lorde in .
dians through the God, who hamaraphra
fea, faying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed; and there were fealed 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 fitteth 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. $. Matth. 5. 1. TESUS feeing the multitudes, went up into a mountain; and J when he was set, his disciples came unto him. And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in fpirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be conforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.it Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they fall 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. Bleffed are they which are persecuted 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 falsly 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.
* After ibis I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, &c. ftancy under 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 clerbed, andıbe Palms in their Hands, over, their Tryalso are an emblem of their innocence and victorious con
+ Bleled are they which do bunger and thirft &c. That which he hath forbidden-By the affittance of God's is, they who have a vehement defire after Holiness Glace they shall obtain what they defire, and in the Who lincerely endeavour to practise all those Duties Practice of Righteousness shall be greatly blefied, as which God requires of us, and to eschew that Evil well as in the Fulness of its future Rewards.
N UR 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 trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation ; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
The Collect. A Lmighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires H 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.
Minister. M OD spake these words, and said, I am the Lord thy God: U 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 fins of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and shew mercy 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 hím 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 Chrift, and munions in order that every Man iray examine his fast with all true Believers. See I Cor. x. 16. 17. conduct by God's Law,alk pardon for his Transe
Ś God spake these Words, t. The ten Command grellions of it, -and Grace to obey it for the future.