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shadow of Peter passing by, might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing fick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits, and they were healed every one.
The Gospel. S. Luke 22. 24.
be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them, are called benefactors. But ye Thall not be fo : | but he that is greatest among you, let him be
younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that fitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that fitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye inay eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and fit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Saint Matthew the Apostle.
from the receipt of custom to be an Apostle and Evangelist; Grant us grace to forfake all covetous desires, and inordinate love of riches, and to follow the sa.ne thy Son Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epiftle. 2 Cor. 4. I.
mercy, we faint not; but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word
Paraphrase on the Colleet for St Matthew's Day. O allpowerful God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ diligently to follow the Doctrine and Example of the didit call Matthew from the employment of a Pub- fame Jesus Christ, who srigneth with thee and the Holy jican to be a Preacher of the Gospel; enable us also Spirit, one God for ever and ever. to forlike all avaricious and diforderly Affections, and
of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth, commcrida: ing ourselves to every mans conscience in the fight of God. *But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that aie loft: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, leít the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the. Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus fake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ.
. S. Matth. 9. 9. ND as Jesus passed forth from thence he saw a man named
sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed hiin. And it came to pass, as Jesus fat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and finners came, and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice; for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Saint Michael and all Angels.
The Collect. Everlasting God, who hast ordained and constituted the fervice of angels and men in a wonderful order; Mercifully
I i Paraphrase on the Collea for the Feast of St. Michael and a 1 Angels. O eternal God who has appointed to Men and An as thy holy Angels perform thy will in Heaven; fo, ly gels their feveral Offices, with wonderful propriety, thy direction, they may help and protect us on Earth, according to their itations; grant, of thy Mercy, that through Jesus Christ our Lord.
But if our Gospel be bid, it is hid, &c. That is, tous de fires, and inordinate love of Riches, it will not be Infidelity and Irreligion are a blindness brought upon posible for us, with him, to fillszu Jesus Ch'rit. the Heart by the God of this World, by the Devil, and I But go yo and learn what_tbit, Sc. Thus cur the indulgence of disorderly Lusts and Affections And Lord clearly proved a capital Doctrine of righ: Ra the true way to believe and obey the Gospel is to son and true Religion, viz. that ceremonial indicate aspire after the disposition of that Writer of it, com- tions should always give place to Works of Charit v men.orated this Day. For till we have
grånt, that as thy holy angels alway do thee service in heaven; so by thy appointment they may succour and defend us on earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Epistle. Rev. 12. 7.
against the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels; and prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old ferpent, called the devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice, saying in heaven, now is come salvation and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Chrift: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and
that dwell in them. Wo to the inhabiters of the earth, and of the fea: for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath bút a short time.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 18. 1.
is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the inidst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the fame is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso fhall receive one such little child in my Name, receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones, which believe in
* I bere was War in Heaven, &c. . This passage as petually suggest and promote ; while those of Ligbl, well as the Boo. from whence it is felected may juftly labour with equal industry to prevent and defeat be looked upon as allegorical, as well as prophetical. them. By the Devil being caff out, &t. is probably
By the War in Heaven therefore is p:obably meant fignified the overthrow of Vice, Error, and Idolatry : the Temptations which good Men are fubject to in this by the propagation and progress of the Christian Faitha
Hale of probation ; which the powers of Darknefs pero
better for him that a milftone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Wo unto the world because of offences: for it must needs be that offences come; but wo to that man by whom the offence cometh. Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee; it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell-fire. Take heed that
de spise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that gin hea. ven their angels do always behold the face of my father which is in heaven.
Saint Luke the Evangelift.
is in the Gospel, to be an Evangelist and Physician of the soul; May it please thee, that by the wholesome medicines of the doctrine delivered by him, all the diseases of our souls may be healed, through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 2 Tim. 4. 5.
an Evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge shall give me at that
Paraphrafe on the Collea for St. Luke's Day. Moft mighty God, who didft call Luke the Physician praised for his labours in the Miniftry. Grant that by to be a Preacher of ihe Gospel, and enabled him to cure his falutary Doctrine all our Spiritual Diseases may be phe Maladies of Meds Souls, who is deservedly to be removed through the Merits of thy Son Jefus Christ.
$ In Hearden their Ángels de alu ays, &c. i.e. the ready to receive his Commandments concerning them, chiefes Angels of Heaven, which are miniftring Spirits fo highly are they valued by them. to real Chriftians, fand always in the presence
day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. * Only Luke is with me. Take Mark and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comeft, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. Alexander, the copper-smith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works. Of whom be thou ware also, for he hath greatly withstood our words.
The Gospel. S. Luke 10. I.
and two before his face into every city and place whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that he would send forih labourers into his harvest. Go your ways, I behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes, and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain eating and drinking such things as they give: for the jai bourer is worthy of his hire. Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles.
tion of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himlelf
Paraphrafe on the Collea for St. Simon and June's Day. O most mighty God, who hait eta lished christianity Christians, by their D. ctrine, with such an unity of upon the Doctrine of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Faith and Charity, as may render them a fit habitarion Christ being its princi, le and support; inspire all for thy holy Spirit through Jelus chrilt our Lord.
* Only Luke is with me. In these few Words we itanding the danger, Luke ftill adhered to him, and 1 ave an eminent Example of this Apostles constancy in the eby proved his fincerity in both respects. his Faith and Friendlip. For tho' St. Paul was at 1 This intimates that harmless fimplicity should be that time persecuted for his profeflion and left or de the badge of christians. serted by all the rett of his Companions; yet, notwith