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head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makech increase of the body, unto the edifying of itself in love.
The Gospel St. John xv. 1.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh away: and cvery branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches : he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall alk'what ye will, and it hall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so fhall ye be my disciples. As the Fa. ther hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye lhall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
St. Philip and St. James's Day.
life; Grant us perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life; that follow
St. Philip] After our Saviour's ascension, he is recorded to have preached the Gospel in the higher Asia; Niceph. lib. ii. cap. 29. -Others will have him to have joined with Saint Bartholomew in preaching to the Scythians; Metaphr. in vit. Isidorus says, he converted de Gauls; but it is probable he means the Gallogræci, or inhabitants of
ing the steps of thy holy Apostles, St. Philip and St. James, we may stedfastly walk in the way that leadeth to eternal life
, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. St. James i. 1. AMES, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Chrift,
to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect Galatia; 16d de vita Sanct. And Eufebius expressly says, that Philip the apostle having preached the gospel
at Hierapolis was crucified, and whilft he was fastened to the cross, was killed by stones thrown at him.-Eufeb. in Chron. The later writers say, that the people of the place were worked up to this rage against him for killing, by his prayers, a great serpent which they worshipped. But this story seems to be fabulous, partly because this matter of fact is not recorded in any good author, and was never beard of till many centuries after Christ; and partly because it does not appear that the Phrygians were addicted to any such monstrous worship; they being infected by an idolatry of another kind.-Euseb. Præp. lib. i.
St. James] St. James, after our Saviour's resurrection, was constituted bihop of Jerusalem, and seems to have presided in the first council held there
, (Acts xv.) and to have directed the debates of the Apostles concerning the Jewish ceremonies. There is mention made of him, and that ico as the brother of Jesus Christ, by Josephus, who says, he was delivered up to be stoned by the cruelty of Ananus the high priest, whose death gave great dissatisfaction to the good people of the city:- Jof. Ant. lib. xx. cap. 8. There was an extraordinary opinion of his fanctity throughout all the city of Jerusalem where he lived; froin whence he got the furname of the Full. His martyrdom is recorded by the ecclesiastical historians after this manner:-The feribes and Pharisees being impatient at the great growth of Christianity in Judea, were resolved to set upon St. James, and by menaces force him to renounce that religion publicly before the people. and the better to do this, they hurry him up into a gallery of the Temple, and would oblige him to make a recantation before a multitude of people who were gathered together upon the rumour which was spread abroad concerning this matter. But instead of denying Christ, he made a public confefion of him before that great affembly, who thereupon almost tranimously cried out, “ Hofanna to the Son of David;" which fo enaged the unbelieving Jews, that they threw him down headlong from the high place which they had set him on. But being not quite killed by his fall, he prayed to God for forgiveness to his
murderers. However, this did but enrage his fpiteful perfecutors the more; and one of them being a fuller , and having in his hand a staff which he made use of in his trade
to beat his cloth in the scouring, he ftruck him over the head therewith, and killed him outright.-Euseb. Hift. lib. ii. cap. 2.
The Collect] This prayer for a true knowledge of Christ was compoled in 1549, and improved in 1662. Before this time it ran thus: “As thou hast taught St. Philip and the other Apostles,” &c. The introitus Vas psalm cxxxij.
work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing, If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind, and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A doubleminded man is unstable in all his ways. Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: but the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: fo also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. Bleffed is che man that endureth temptation : for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hack promised to them that love him.
The Gospel. St. John xiv. 1. ND Jesus said unto his disciples, Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
Father's house are many mansions : if it were not fo, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also. And whither Igo ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas faith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goeft; and how can we know the way? Jefus faith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, yo thould have knowo my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip faith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus faith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me, hath
seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you, I speak not of myself: but the Father, that dwel. leth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am
in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very work's fake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
St. Barnabas the Apostle.
Apostle Barnabas with fingulas gifts of the Holy Ghost; Leave ys not, we beseech thee, destitute of thy manifold gifts, nor yet of grace to use them alway to thy honour and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
The Epistle. A&s xi. 22. TDIEN 'IDINGS of these things came unto the ears of the
church which was in Jerusalem; and they sent forth Barnabas, that he Mould go as far as Antioch: who when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord, Then departed Barnabas 10 Tarsus, for to seek Saul: and when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church,
St. Barnabas After the feparation of Paul and Barnabas, this latter Apoftle is said to have settled the gospel in his native country of Cyprus; and failing from thence into Italy, to have planted Christianity in Milan, not being fuffered to come to Rome, by reafon of the edict of Claudius, which had prohibited all Jews to come into that city. He is the author of an epiftle which is full of pious instructions, and very full of allegories, according to the way of writing ufed by the Jews. It was allowed for a genuine piece of St. Barnabas by some of the best critics among the ancient fathers, and who lived
nighest to the apostolical times; by St. Clement of Alexandria, Strom. lib. i.; by Origen, lib. i. cont. Cell.; and by Ter.
The Collect. This prayer, for spiritual gifts and grace to apply them, was composed in 1549. The introitus was plalm cxlii.
tulian de Pudic.
and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christiaus first in Antioch. And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit
, that there should be great dearth throughout all the world : which came to pass in the days of Claudius Cesar. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelled in Judea : which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
The Gospel. St. John xv. 12. HIS is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends: for all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained
should bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
St. John Baptist's Day.
The Collect. A
Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of thy Son our Saviour, by preaching of repentance; Make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and after his example constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth's sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. John} This festival was observed in the church from great antiquity, it being mentioned as such by Maximus Taurinensis, who lived about A. D. 400. Our church formerly kept another holiday for the beheading of John the Baptift, viz. August 29th. The Collect] This prayer, for grace to imitate the conduct of John the will, was composed in 1549. The introitus was pfalm cxliii.