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and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And goingon from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Žebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
Saint Thomas the Apostle.
on of the faith, didft suffer thy holy Apostle Thomas to be doubtful in thy Sons resurrection; Grant us so perfectly, and without all doubt to believe in thy Son Jesus Christ, that our faith in thy sight may never be reproved. Hear us, O Lord, through the fame Jesus Christ, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for evermore. Amen.
The Epifile. Ephef. 2. 19.
fellow-citizens with the saints and of the houshold of God; and are built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together, groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord; in whom yé also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. i.
F f2 Paraphrase on the Collea for Saint Thomas the Apofle. Molt mighty and immortal God, who, for the firmer of Christianity, that our Faith may, by thee, be apestablishment of our Faith, didit permit thy Apostle St.' provet. Hear us, o God, for the sake of the same Thomas to doubt the reality of thy Son's Resurrections Jesus Christ, to whom with thee and the Holy Spirit, Grant that we may be fo fully persuaded of the truth be ascribed all glory and praise both now and ever. sie what the Bujaney of God hath given us conscientiously; - I And are built upon the foundation, &c. They only to promott, and, as we can, be liberal and rich in pious i can properly be said to be built upon this foundation, and good Works; not to be guilty of any evil thing for who lead a Chriftian Life upon Christian principles; the greatest Advantage; If our dearest Enjoyments who reverence the Deity within them-keep themselves cannot be preserved with Innocence, to give them up undefiled Members of Christ's Body,--reckon 'their patiently; and how low soever reduced, to take every Persóns no longer their own—but make it their whole Appointment of Providence contentedly trusting Business, by all their Actions, Words, and Thougris, God, both for prefent supplies, and for a future Re to glorify him to whom they are dedicated."
The Gospel. S. John 20i 24.
when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto thein, Except i fhall fee in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his fide, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and ftood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then faith he to "Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and each hither thy hand, and thrust it into my fide, and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas, answered and said unto him, My Lord, and my God. Jesus faith unto him, Thomas, because thou haft seen me, thoti haft believed; bleffed are they that have not seen, and yet havę believed. And many other figns truly did Jesus in the prefence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written that ye'might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his Name.
The Canversion of Saint Paut.
The Collect. God, who through the preaching of the blessed Apostle Saint 0 Paul, hast caused the light of the Gospel to shine through out the world; Grant, we befeech thee, that we having his wonderful Conversion in remembrance, may shew forth our thankfulness unto thee for the fame, by following the holy doctrine which he taught, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Paraphrase on the Collia for the Converfion of St. Paul O God, who through the Ministry of St. Paul, haft miraculous Convertion, as will make us diligently obey extended the light of the Gospel through the World ; his heavenly Doctrine, through Jelus Chriit our impress upon our Minds fuch a thankful fense of his Lord.
+ Thomas, one of the swelve, &c. Froin this ac- only his own mind was better etablished through his count of Thomas's Unbelief, let us obferve and be doubts; but that gainsayers should be more efectuthankful for this eminent indance of the wisdom and ally put to filence by them, and out of his weakness all goodness of God, who converted the failings of an fucceeding Believers be made frong eminent Servant, to such excellent advantage; that not
The Epistle. Acts 9. 1..
the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and defired of him letters to Damascus to the fynagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound untó Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damafcus, and fuddenly there shined round about him a lighệ from hcaven. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice faying unto him, faul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jefus whom thou perfecutest: * It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished, faid, Lord, what wilt thou have ine to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but feeing ng
And Saul arose from the earth, and when his eyes were opened, he faw no man; but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without fight, and neither did eat nor drink. "And there was a certain disciple at Damascus; named Ananias, and to him faid the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here Lord. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus: for behold he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision, a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on hin, that he might receive his fight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy faints at Jerusalem; and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy Name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way; for he is a chofen vessel unto me, to bear my
It is hard for thée to kick againft, &c. This is a shofe who are luperior to them, and especially again they are like to receive who resist and fight again re
proverbial expresson, lignifying the damage and hurt Gode
name before the Gentiles; and kings, and the children of Israel. For I will thew him how great things he must suffer for my
Names fake, And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house ; and putting his hands on him, said, Brother Saul, the Lord (even Jesus that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest) hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy fight, and be filled with the holy Ghost. · And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales; and he received fight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway - he preached Christ in the fynagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed, and said, † is not this he that destroyed them which called on this Name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damafcus, proving that this is very Christ. :
The Gospel. S. Matth. 19. 27., Eter answered and said unto Jesus, Behold, we have forsaken
all, and followed thee, what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me in the regeneration, when the Son of man. Thall fit in the throne of his glory, tye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.'And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife,
I is not this ke sbat deftroyed then, it The advena time of his Converfion. So that tho’the Testimony of tages which the Chriftian Religion received by the Con- Peter and John is of great weight: yer the evidence of version of St. Paul, juftly call for our admiration, and Paul seems to carry an almost irrehftible conviction shankfulness to God the wife Author. For who was along with it. this Paul! Once a Persecutor, but afterwards a Preacher tori aljojhall fit upán twelve Thrones, &c. By this of Christ. And what made this change? Was he is signiñed, that they should rule the Christian Church bought over? No body was disposed to bribe hint to hy the Laws of the Gospel, which their Mafler would it. No, it was because he saw Chrift, was caught up inspire them to Preach, and by the infallible decisioni into Heaven, and fully convinced. And what can be relative to Faith and Manners which he would enable a stronger evidence of this than that he was an Enemy them to give in all dificuk cases, to the cause, he afterwarde en.braced, even till the very
or children or lands, for my Names sake, shall receive an hundred fold, and shall inherit, everlasting life. But many that are first thall be last, and the last shall be first.
The purification of the Virgin Mary.
jefty, that as thy only begotten Son was this day presented in the terrple in fubstance of our flesh; fo we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts, by the same ihy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Anicit., :
For the Epistle. Mal. 3. 1.
before me; and the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple; even +the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in; behold, he shall come, faith the Lord of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who fhall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiners fire, and like fullers fope. And he shall fit as a refiner, and purifier of filver; and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and filver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness, Then shall the offerings of Judah and Jerufalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years. And I will come near to you to judgment, and I will be a swift witness against the forcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that opprefs the hireling in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, faith the Lord of hosts.
Paraphrase on the Collea for the Purification of the Virgin Mary. o most mighty and immortal God, grant, we be- in token of thy right to the First-born; fo we also may. feech thee, that as thy Son Jesus Chrif, was, as this be presented unto thee with pure and holy Dispositions ; Day, in our Nature presented to thee in the Temple, : by the fame Jesus Chrift our Lord.
Ibcovia I will send my Mijenger, &c. This tigni- nent, because as St. Paul says he was the Mediator of a fed jobr the Baprif.
new, and better Covenant ihan that of Moles, becaufe: + Tbi Mellenger of the Covenant. This means the, it was eftablished upon better Promijes, Heb. viii. 6. Wefiab who is jully Ayted ibe Messenger of the Cave