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EXPLAINED. 213 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee, their father, mending their nets; and he cal. led chem. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him. '
Saint Thomas the Apostle.
The Colleet! . A Lmighty and everlasting God, who for the more conA firmation of the faith, didit suffer thy holy A poftle Thomas to be doubtful in thy Son's 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 same Jesus Christ, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, now, and for evermore. Anien.'
The Epiftle. Ephes, ij. 19. N O W therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners,
IV but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the hourhold 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 ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
PARA P H R AS E
On the COLLECT for St Thomas's Day. O Almighty and everlasting God, who didft fuffer the holy apostle, St Thomas, to doubt for some time of the truth of our Saviour's resurrection, so that by the recording of that circumstance in the Holy Scripture, together with the compleat satisfaction which he obtained therein, thou hast given us a more full confirmation of our faith ; grant us such a steady belief in thy Son our blessed Lord, and in every particular of his holy religion, that our faith may be unexceptionable in thy fight. We beseech thee, O Lord, to hear these our prayers, through the merits of the same Jefas Christ out Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for evermore. Amen.
The Gospel. St John xx. 24.
them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore faid unto himn, We have feen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thruft my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with chem : Then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then faith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side, 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 hast seen me, thou haft believed ; blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Chrift, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life through his Name.
The Conversion of Saint Paul.
The Colle Et.
Saint Paul, haft caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world : Grant, we beseech thee, that · we having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may shew forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same, by fol. lowing the holy doctrine which he taught, through Jesus Christ our Lord. , Amen. ,
PAR A P H R AS E. On the COLLECT for the Converfion of Saint Paul. O God, who, by the preaching of Saint Paul, didft make the light of the glorious gospel of Christ to thine through the world ; (Cor. iv. 4.) grant that we being mindful of his miraculous conversion, may show our
For the Epistle. Acts ix. I. AND Saul yet breaching out threatenings and Naughter
against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the Synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus : and suddenly there shined round about him. a light from heaven, And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice, saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord ? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou perfecutest: It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished, said, Lord, what wilc thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou mult do. And the men which journeyed with him, stood Speechless, hearing, a voice, but seeing no man: 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 difciple at Damascus named Ananias, and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him, Arife, and go into the street, which is call 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 sight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerufalem : and here he hath authority from the chief priest, to bind all that call on thy Name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way : for he is a chofen vesiel unto me, to bear my Name before che Gentiles, and
PA RA P H R AS E. gztitode to thee for the great benefits received from dis labours, by adherng to the doctrine which he has taught us in his writings, which we pay for the iake of Jesus Chrif our Lord, Amen.
kings, and the children of Israel. For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my Name's sake. 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 camelt) hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy fight, and be filled with the Holy Ghoft. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales; and he received sight forthwith, and arore, 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 Synagogues, 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, thac he might bring them bound unto the chief priests ? But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
The Gospel. St Marth. xix. 27. D Eter answered and said unto Jesus, Behold, we have i 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 shall fit in the throne of his glory, ye also Thall fis upon twelve chrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hach forsaken houses, or brethren, or filters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my Names fake, shall receive an hundred-fold, and shall inherit everlasting life. but many that are first shall be last, and the last Niall be first.
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, commonly called, Tbe Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin.
. The Collect. A Lmighty and everliving God, we humbly befeech thy M Majefty, that as thy only begotten Son was this day
prepresented in the temple in substance of our flesh; so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clear hearts, by the · same day Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Epiftle. Mal. iii. 1. D Ehold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare
the way before me : and the Lord whom ye seek, thall 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 shall stand when he appeareth ? for he is like a refiners fire, and like fullers fope. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of filyer; and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem 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 oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the itranger from his right, and fear not me faith the Lord of hofts.
The Gospel. St Luke 2. 22. AND when the days of her purification, according to
f the law of Mofes, 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 chat openeth the womb, shall be called holy to the Lord) and to offer a sacrifice, ac
as in of Jud an offers gold,d he raind her he is om
PA RA P H R À S E.
Or the COLLECT for the Presentation of Christ. O almighty and everlasting God, we thy creatures do beseech thy infinite Majesty, that as thy eternal Son, having condefcended to take upon him our nature, was, according to the Mofaical inftitution, presented in the temple, in like manner the fame Jesus, our blessed Mediator, being now in heaven, may present us with pure and clean hearts to God the Father; and this we beg for the sake of the same Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.