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Tke Gospel. S. Luke:2. 22. ·
of Moses, were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, *to present him to the Lord, (as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb, shall be called holy to the Lord) and to offer a facrifice according to that which is faid in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons. And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the fame man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel : and the holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen the Lords Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, then took he him
up in his arms, and bleffed God, and faid, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. For mine eyes have seen thy falvation; which thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Ifrael. And Jofeph and his mother. marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. 'And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign, which shall be spoken against
, (Yea, a sword fhall pierce through thy own fout also) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And there was one Anna a Prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser; fhe was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity. And she was a widow of
* To present him to the Lord, &c. As the First-born, Years, the sprightliness of our Youth, the flower of our under the Law of Moses, was claimed by God as his Wit, the vigour of our Bodies and Minds, to his hoproperly, in memory of his fparing the First-born of nour: to spend our Labours, our Wealth, upon sach Ifrael when those of the Fgyptians were deftroyed fo Things especially, as promote Religions and are agree: Lhould we learn from hence, as Chriftians, to confecrate able to his good pleafure; to begin every-Day, every to him the beginning and choice of all our Time, and Work with him; and to take care that he be first and Labour, and Subtance i to dedicate the prime of our uppermoft, in all our Thoughts and Delignsi.
about fourscore and four years ; which departed not from the temple, but ferved God with fastings and prayers night and day. And The coming in that instant, gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee to their own city Nazareth. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wifdom ; and the grace of God was upon him.
Saint Matthias's Day.
didit choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve Apostles; Grant that thy Church being alway preserved from false Apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true Pastors, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Epistle. Acts 1. 15.
(The number of the names together, were about an hundred and twenty) Men and brethren, this Scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning * Judas, who was guide to them that took Jesus: for he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased'a field with the reward of iniquity, and 'falling headlong he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem,
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Paraphrase on the Colle&t for St. Matthias Day.
Judas, who was guide to them, &c. Observe here 'ple, not, with a barbarous and wicked pleasure to in what soft Language St. Peter (peaks of the Trea- upbraid, expose, and insult over the faults of our chery of his fallen Brother. And tho' we cannot fup. Brethren, but rather to pity, and be sorry for them - pose that he was wanting in a juft indignation at even, when we must condemn and deteft their practices. Judas's crime: yet we thould learn from his .exam
infomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein; and his Bishoprick let another take. Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, fhew whether of these two thou hast chosen; that he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven Apostles.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 11. 25.
Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these tl ing, from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto Iba jes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy fight. All th ngs are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth tie Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me,
ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am
that as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus
give you rest.
What as a
I Dabes. Here fignify Persons who to common Docility, and all the other engaging qualities that are understandings, join the best di positions of Hart, such to be found in Children. as Meekness, Modesty, Innocence, Honetty, Humility,
Christ by the message of an angel; fo by his cross and pasfion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection, through the fanie Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Epistle. Isai. 7. 10.
a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord. And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David, Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign, of Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Butter and hony shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
The Gospel. S. Luke 1. 26.
unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgins name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee ; bleffed art thou among women.
And when she saw him, The was troubled at his faying, and cast in her mind what manner of falutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found favour with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shalt call his Name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest ; and the Lord God fhall give unto him the throne of his father David. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob
2 Paraphrase on the Colleat for the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. O Lord, we intreat thee, so to influence our Minds sake of his meritorious Death and Sufferings we may by thy Grace, that as the Incarnation of thy Son was be raised from the Grave to everlasting Happiness'; made known by the Ministry of an Angel; fo for the through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
t Behold a Virgin shall conceive, &c. This prophecy given to assure the Israelites that tho' they were then evidently relates to the Birth of our Saviour, and was powerfully beset with Enemies, yet that the House delivered above 700 Years before the event.
It was of David should not be utterly deitroyed.
for ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, sHow shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost ihall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God. And behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also, conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren, For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
Saint Mark's Day.
the heavenly doctrine of thy Evangelist Saint Mark; Give us grace, that being not like children carried away with every blast fof vain doctrine, we may be established in the truth of thy holy Gospel, through Jesus Christour Lord. Amen.
The Epiftle. Ephef. 4. 7.
of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he faith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivitycaptive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things) And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and fome evangelists, and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying
Paraphrase on the Collect for St. Mark's Day O allpowerful God, who haft enlightened the ty and Unsteadiness in the Things of Religion, and Church of Chrift by the divine Truths contained in confirm us in the true Faith of thy holy Word, througth the Gospel of St. Mark; preferve us from childish Levi- Jesus Christ our Lord.
How hali this be, &c. This question is not to be wonder, and a desire to be fatisfied how events so strange understood as proceeding from disbelief, but only from hould be brought to pass.