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And he said unto them, Go And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the pofféffed of the devils. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

The fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.

The Colle El. O

Lord, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and

houshold continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace, may evermore be defended by thy mighty power, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Col. iii. 12.
UT on therefore, as the eleet of God, holy and be

loved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering, forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in pfalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, finging with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever

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And peribers A juft punishment on the owners of the fwine, whether they were Jews or Gentiles: If Jews, they were guilty of a breach of the law in keeping swine; if Gentiles, they perversely laid a fnare and ftumbling block in the way of the Jews, by feeding prohibited animals within the limits of Palestine, and in the heart of Jewish population.

The Collect] This prayer for the preservation of the church in godlinefs was adopted from Sacramentarium of Gregory. The introitus was psalm xx.

which I have used throughout, is the Antwerp edition, ex officina Plan

In the name] Let every important and religious word or action be mediator. For instance: Give thanks to God through him. spoken or done, habitually considering Jesus Christ as your master and

The Collecti. This prayer for our admittance to the enjoyment of God in heaven was added at the review in 1662, together with the epistle and the collect, epiftle, and gospel for the fifth Sunday were repeated; thoughi

gospel; till when if there happened to be fix Sundays after the Epiphany, be used on such an occasion. In the modern Roman Missals, the in.

in the Salisbury Misfal, the service of the third Sunday is ordered to troitus on this day consists of two verses from psalm xcvi. The epistle is i Theff. i. 2; and the gospel is Matt. xiii. 24. The printed Mistal,

ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God, and the Father by him.

The Gospel. St. Mart. xiii. 24.
THE kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which

fowel good feed in his field; But while men flept, his enemy came and fowed cares among the wheat, and went his

way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the cares also. So che servants of the housholder came, and said unto him, Sir, didft not thou fow good feed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy bath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; left while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvelt; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather yetogether first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barp. The fixth Sunday after the Epiphany.

The Collet.
God, whose blessed Son was manifested, that he

might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the sons of God, and heirs of eternal life; Grant us, we beseech thee, that having this hope, we may purify ourfelves , even as he his pure; that when he ihall appear power

and

great glory, we may be made like

again with

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unto him in his eternal and glorious kingdom, where with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, he liveth and reigneth ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle. St. John iii. 1.
EHOLD, what manner of love the Father hath be-

ftowed upon us, that we should be called the fons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know, that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Whosoever committeth fin, transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our fins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him, finneth not: whosoever finnerh, hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil: for the devil finneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

The Gospel. St. Matt. xxiv. 23. 'HEN if any man shall fay unto you, Lo, here is

Christ, or there: believe it For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that (if it were poslīble) they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore, if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert, go not forth: behold, he is in the fecret chambers, believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. "Immediately after the tribulation of those days

The eagles, &c.] This is an allusion to the Roman standards, which, it is well known, represented these birds. It is also predictive of the dreadful licge of Jerusalem by that power. In the book of Job, the following

fhall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven': and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Sunday called Septuagesima, or the Third before Lent.

The Collect.

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prayers of thy people, that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodDess, for the glory of thy name, through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epiftle.' 1 Cor. ix. 24.
NOW ye

not that they which run in a race, run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run that ye may

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picturesque and sublime description of the eagle throws light on the pa{age before us:

“On the rock she dwelleth and abideth,
On the edge of the rock, and the scalp,
From thence the spiech out food,
From afar her eyes look round;
And her young ones gobble up blood;
And where the slain are, there is the.”

The Bishop of Killalla's Translation. Septuagesima] Many reasons are given for this nanre; but in my apprehenfion the best is, a consequentia numerandi, because the first Sunday in Lent is called Quadrigchma, containing about forty days from Eafter; therefore the Sunday before that being still further from Easter, is called Quinquagesima; (being the next round number above 40) five being the next number above four; and so the Sunday before that, Sexagefima, and the Sunday before that Septuagefima.--Sparrow's Rationale, 140.

The Collec?). This prayer for pardon and mercy was adopted from Greg. Sac. The introitus was psalm xxiii.

Receiveth the prize) The whole of this portion of the chapter is, as Dr. Hammond well observes, agonistical, and no way to be explained but

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obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery, is temperate in all things: Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; fo fight I, not as one that beateth the air: but I keep under my body, and bring it into fubjection, left that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast away.

The Gospel. St. Matt. xx. 1.
HE kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an

housholder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market-place, and said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and faith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He faith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the Lord of the vineyard faith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had receieved it, they murmured against the good man of the house, saying, by observation of the customs in the Grecian games, or aywves.

These beautiful allusions were particularly appropriate in an epistle to the Corinthians, as the famous Isthmian grames were celebrated near that city, The Apostle's firft reference is to the scopos, or course; and his second to the navucation, or contest, compounded of boxing and wrestling; the successful candidates in both which games received a garland, or crown of leaves. For compleat illustration of this elegant metaphorical portion of scripture, I beg to refer the reader to Hammond's Notes in loc.

Third hour] Nine o'clock in the morning.
A penny) The Roman denarius; about 7 d. English.

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