Page images
PDF
EPUB

hour is come : but as soon as she is delivered of the child, fhe remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow : but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man takech from you.

The fourth Sunday after Eafter.

The Golleet.
Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills

and affećtions of sinful men; Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the fundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ,

The Epiftle. St James i. 17.
VERY good gift, and every perfect gift, is from above,

and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, now to speak, How to wrath : for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness, and

PA RA PHRASE.

On tbe COLLECT for the fourth Sunday after Eafter. O Almighty God, we being informed by thy holy word, that every good and perfect gift cometh down fron thee the Father of lights (Jam. i. 17.) and among these, dost beltow upon us the gift of retraining our corrupt and carnal affections and inordinate love of this world ; we beleech thce to grant that we thy faithful servants, being diyelted of these earthly inclinations, may heartily love thy commands, and above all things, defire that recompence which thou hast promised us for our obedience ; and that being unmoved at all the accidents of this world, our affections may be entirely fixed upon the joys of Heaven; and this we beg for che sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Y

PARA

J

fuperfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save

your

fouls, The Gospel. St John xvi. 5. ESUS said unto his disciples, Now I go my way to him

that fent me, and none of you asketh me, Whither goelt thou ? But because I have said these things unto you, forrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away : for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of fin, and of righteousness, and of judgment : Of sin, because they believe not on me : Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more : Of judgment, becaule the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth : for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that fhall he fpeak : and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me : for he shall receive of mine, and thall shew it unto you.

All things that the Father hath are nrine : therefore faid I, that he shall take of mine, and fhall Baew

it unto you.

Tbe. fifth Sunday after Easter.

The Collett.
Lord, from whom all good things do come ; Grant

to us thy humble fervants, that by thy holy inspiration we may think those things that be good, and by thy merciful guiding may perform the fame, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

[ocr errors]

PA RA P H R AS E.

On the COLLECT for the fifth Sunday after Eafter. O Lord, from whose grace all good thoughts and virtuous a&ions do proceed, grant that we thy ardent worshippers, who are now assembled in thy presence, may, by the inspiration of thy holy Spirit, obtain such a

portion

B

The Epiftle. St James i. 22. ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving

your own felves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. For he beholdleth himfelf, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein; he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If

any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion, and undefiled before God and the Father, is this : To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

The Gospel. St John xvi. 23.
ERILY, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever

ye

shall ask the Father in my Name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my Name: Ask, and ye fall receive, that your joy may be full. These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs : the time cometh when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. At that day ye shall ask in my Name : andl say unto you that I will pray the Father for you ; for the Father himfelf loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world : Again I leave the world, and go to the Father. His disciples faid unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needeft not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camelt forth from God. Jesus antwered

VERILY

PA RA PHRASE. portion of thy grace, as may render as doers of thy word, and not hearers ooty, (Jam. i. 22.) and that whatever good resolutions we shall form in this place, thou would enable us, by thy gracious direction, to adhere to the same in the future actions of our lives; and this request we make for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PARA

them, Do ye now believe? Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered every man to his own, and fhall leave me alone : and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me, These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world

ye

shall have tribulation : but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

G

The Ascension-day,

The Collet.
RANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as

Jwe do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens ; so we may also in heart and mind chither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee, and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle. Acts i. 1.
THE former treatise have I made, o Theophilus, of

all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which he was taken up, after that he, through the Holy Ghost, had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chofen. To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God : and being affembled together with then, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which,

P' A R A P H R AS E.

On the COLLECT for Afcenfion-Day. O Almighty God, we humbly beseech thee, that, as we are firmly persuaded, that our blessed Lord Jesus Christ ascended up into heaven, from the united teftimony of thy holy word, and such a number of eyewitnesses who beheld him, (Aats i. 10.) so may we, in this life, ascend thither in our hearts, by setting our affections on heavenly things, (Cel. ji. 2.) and may, after the general resurrection, be admitted to dwell for ever there with him, who reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen,

faith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water ; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghoft not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of hin, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the Kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times, or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye ihall be witnefles unto me, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto che uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken chele things, while they beheld, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their fight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven, as he went up,' behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why ftand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manaer, as ye have seen him go into heaven.

The Gospel. St Mark xvi. 14.

ESUS appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and

upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not, shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues, they shall take up ferpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the siçk, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and fat on the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with figns following

Sunday

« PreviousContinue »