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into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind, And the servant faid, Lord, it is done as thou hast com. manded, and yet there is room.

there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled, For I say unto you, that none of those men which were bidden thall taste of

my supper.

The third Sunday, after Trinity.

The Collect.
O , us

grant that we, to whom thou hast given an hearty defire to pray, may by thy mighty aid be defended and comforted in all dangers and adverfities, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

The Epistle. Peter v. 5.
LL of you be subject one to another, and be clothed

with humility: for God relifteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves there. fore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. Be fober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,

walkerh about, seek ing whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us into his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you per, feet, ftablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

The GospelSt. Lukę xv. 1.
HEN drew near unto him all the publicans and finners

for to hear him. And the Pharisees and fcribes mur. mured, saying, This man receivesh finners, and eatech with

The Collect] This prayer for the protection of God's providence was adopted 1549, from Greg. Sac. The introitu, was Palm ü.

them. And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you having an hundred Meep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he callerh together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, That likewise joy shall be in heaven over one finner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons which need no repentance. Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I had Jost. Likewise, I say unto you, There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one finner that repentech.


The fourtb Sunday after nrinity.

The Coileci.
God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without

whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy; Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal: Grant this, o heaveoly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake our Lord. Amen.

The Epiftle. Rom. viii. 18.
Reckon, that the sufferings of this present time are not

worthy to be compared with the glory which Nhall be revealed in us. For the carnest expectation of the crea

The Collect} This prayer for the protection and direction of God's providence was adopted in 1549, from Greg. Sac. The introitus was Pfalm iv.

For the earnest expectation, &c.] For the anxious expectation of the whole world intently looks after such a manifestation of a future state of glory, as is worthy of the sons of God. The world, I say, looks for happiness; .or mankind was involuntarily fubjected to evil, and the wiferpart of them are sensible of their present imperfect state. But this was the juft will of God, on account of man's first transgression.


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ture waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope: because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption, into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within our, felves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

The Gospel. St. Luke vi. 36.


Father also is mer.' ciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye fall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven : give, and it shall be given unto you'; good measure, pressed down, and thaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again. And he spake a parable unto them; Can the blind lead the blind ? shall they not both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his master : but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivelt not the beam that is in thinę own eye? Either how capft thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself be. holdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast our first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou fee clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.

Bondage of corruption] Death, or corruption in the grave; to which the redemption of the body is opposed, verse 23. This expectation of the world is a manifest truth, for we know &c. The words in Psalm lxxxix. 47, 48, express the general complaint of mankind in all ages.

Not only they] And not only the heathen world, but those amongst the Jews who were the earliest and most distinguished converts to Christianity. :

The redemption of our body] From the grave, to life and happiness.

The fifth Sunday after Trinity

The Collec7.
RANT, O Lord, we beseech thee, that the course of

this world may be so peaceably ordered by thy governance, that thy Church may joyfully serve thee in all godly quierness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epiftle. i Peter iii. 8. BE

another: love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blefling. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his congue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile, Let bim eschew evil, and do good; let him feek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers; but the face of the Lord is . against them that do evil. And who is he chat will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, peither be troubled; but fanctify the Lord God in your hearts.

The Gospel. St. Luke v. 1. IT T came to pass, that as the people pressed upon him to

hear the Word of God, he food by the lake of Gennesaret, and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land: and he sat down, and taught the people out of the thip. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your pets for a draught. And Simon answering, said unto bim, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless,' at thy word I will let

The Collec?] This prayer for the peace of the church was adopted 1549, from Greg. Sac.' The introitus was Pfalm v.

down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners which were in the other hip, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the thips, so that they began to fink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' kaces, saying, Depart from me; for I am a finful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: and so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their fhips to land, they forfook all, and followed him.

The sixth Sunday after Trinity.

Tbe Collect.
God, who haft prepared for them that love thee,



Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we loving thee above all things, may obtain thy proinises, which exceed all that we can desire, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. : Rom. vi. 3.
NOW ye not, that so many of us as were baptized

into. Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Chrift: was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we fhall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of fin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not ferve fin. For he that is dead, is freed from Gn. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him; knowing that Christ being raised from the dead, dieth no more; death

The Collect] This prayer for the love of God and his laws was adopted in 1549, from Greg. Sac. The introitus was plālm vi,

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