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young mans feet, whose name was || Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this fin to their charge. And when he had said this he fell asleep.
The Gospel. St. Matth. 23. 34. DEhold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes;
D and some of them ye shall kill and crucify ; and some of them shall ye scourge in your fynagogues, and persecute them from city to city; that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel, unto the blood of Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.' Verily I say unto you, † All these things shall come upon this generation. So Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the Prophets, and stonest them which are fent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not ! Behold, your house is left unto you defolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
* Saint John the Evangelift's Day.
The Collect. A Erciful Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of IVT light upon thy Church, that it being enlightened by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist Saint John, may
#Saul. This was he who was afterwards called So Yerufalem, Ferufalem, &c. Who can read this Paul, who by the Grace of God afterwards distinguish- passage and not be deeply affected with these tender ed himself far more in the support and propagation expreßions of Christ's Love towards this ungraceful, of Christianity, than he did now in his opposition to impenitent People! Let us then take heed that we it; and became at last a glorious Martyr to that cause, abuse not those Mercies which God is continually exwhich he now persecuted.
tending towards us, left we too thould one Day suffer + Allohele Thin shall come upon this Generation. This a worse fate than the Jews. Proshecy was fulfilled about thirty-eight Years after, * The Festival of St. John the Evangelist has the sein the destruction of Jerusalein.
cond place next to our Lord's Nativity, because he was
só walk in the light of thy truth, that it may at length attain to the light of everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epifile. S. John 1. 1. *THAT which was from the beginning, which we have
1 heard, which we have seen with our Eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled of the word of life; (for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us.) That which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, thatGod is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth : but I if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all fin. If we say that we have no fin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our fins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our fins, and to cleanse us from
· Paraphrafe on the Colleet for St. John the Evangelife's Day. -Gracious God, so illuminate thy Church by the guidance and instruction of thy Holy Word it may Do&trine of thy Apostle St. John, that through the attain to the light of eternal Life, through Jesus Chrift.
the Disciple wbom Jefus particularly loved. As he was only seen his Person and Miracles,--had not only heard the youngest of our Lord's Disciples, fo perhaps it was his Doärines from his own mouth; but had also hand. his early Piety that gained him this preference: which led him, and been his bosom Friend, which was a should strongly excite us to remember our Creator and convincing proof that Christ was real Man and not a Redeemer in the Days of our Youth, and so diligently Spirit. to walk in the light of that Truth, which this Evange- 'I If we walk in the Light, &c. i. e. If we endea» lit has given us, that we may at length attain to the light vour to be holy as he is Holy, we have Communion of everlasting Life through Jesus Chrift.
with God, and God with us; and he, for the sufferings That which was from the beginning, &c. Observe of Jesus Christ, will pardon all thofe finful Infirmities here how well qualified this Apostle was to bear Tef- and Defects, which, in this state of imperfectior, timo.y concerning his divine Master, since he had not cleave to our best Adions.
all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his Word is not in us.
The Gospel. S. John 21. 19. TESUS said unto Peter, Follow me, Then Peter turning about, J seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved, following, which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that, betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him, faith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus faith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me. $ Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die : yet Jesus said not junto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that tothee? This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things, and we know that his testimony is true. . And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which if they should be written every one, I suppose, that even the World itself could not contain the books that should be written.
The Innocents Day.
The Collecta 0 Almighty God, who out of the mouths of babes and suck
Tings hast'ordained strength, and madeft infants to glorify thee by their deaths ; Mortify and kill all vices in us, and lo
$. Then went this saying abroad, &c. Notwithlation to be hyperbolical and might more properly have ftanding the care which the Apostle took to prevent been I suppose, the World would not receiver or believe ) rba any mistakes in this respect, yet some have invented a Books that should be writ-ten. For if Mankind are not fabulous Story that he did not die, but was translated sufficiently induced to believe in Jesus Christ through like Enoch, or Elias. But what our Saviour faid con- the Writings already published concerning him: neicerning his tarrying ull he came, was sufficiently fulfil ther would they believe tho they had a minute ac. led, in that he permitted him to live till he came to count of every Miracle which he wrought. take vengeance upon the Jews by the destruction of I The slaughter of the Innocents is commemorated Jerusalem. St. John living till he was above eighty in the third place after our Lord's Birth-Day, because years of Age, which was probably more than ten Years it was conseguint upon it. And let us rememle: that after that event.
Christ has assured us that unlesi, we be converted, and t And there are also many other Things, &c. The become as little Children, we fall not enter into the Kingexpression in the latter part of this sentence. I suppose, dom of Heaven. Let their unambitious Simplicity, Huthat even ihe World itself could not contain the Bucks that mility, and Innccence be alyays the object of our should be written seems according to our present tranf- imitation.
strengthen us by thy grace, that by the innocency of our lives, and constancy of our faith even unto death, we may glorify thy holy Name, through Jesus Christ our Lord., Amen.
. For the Epistle. Rev. 14. 1. . . | Looked, and lo, a Lamb ftood on the mount Sion, and with I him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Fathers name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: and they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders; and no man could learn that song, but the hundred and forty and four thousand which were redeemed from the earth. f These are they which were not defiled with women, for they are virgins : these are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth: these were redeemed from among men, being the first-fruits unto God, and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile; for they are without fault-before the throne of God.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 2. 13. * T H E angel of the Lord appeareth to Jofeph in a dream,
l saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and fee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word; for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my Son. I Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise-men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and flew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise-men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
O most mighty God, who canst make the weakest stroy in us all Vices, and so allift us by thy grace, tht Beings to become powerful Instruments of thy Provi- by the harmlessness of our Lives and the leadiness of dence ; and for thy own wife purposes didît permit the our Faith even unto Death, we may promote thy glory infants of Bethlehem to be malfacreed by Herod, de through Jesus Chrift,
+ F'beje are they which were not defiled, c. This Scriptures, is frequently represented as a kind of ipi* feems to be one of those passages of Scripture on which ritual Wlivredom.
the Church of Rome has founded her Doctrine of a: * The singri of the Lord appeareth, c. The parti. fingle life, vowed upon a religious account; thus caft- cular care of Providence for the preservation of the holy ing a reflection upon that ftate which God has declared - Infant, shows, that Jesus was, indeed, as he represenied to be honourable. Whereas it seems properly to fignify himself, the Son of God : and proves that the utmo't those who had preserved themselves from the pollu- endeavours of Men can never prevent the execution f tions of Idolatry and Uncleanness; which, in the , what God has purposod, nor hurt those whoin he prorect:.
+ The Sunday after Christmas-day.
The Collect. E A Lmighty God, who hast given us thy only begotten Son
A to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin ; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit, through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee, and the fame Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Paraphrass on the Collezt for the Sunday after Christmas-day.
Most mighty God, who, for our Redemption, didit ous Liberty of the Sons God; may, by the help of cause thy Son Jesus Christ to be made Man, and, as thy Spirit, daily increase in newness of living, through at this season, to be born of the Virgin Mary, grant the same Jesus, who reigneth with thee, and the fame that we being born again from the Death of Sin unto holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. a life of Righteousness, and admitted into the glori
t Then Herod wben be law.sc. Behold in Herod a whom the fullness of the Godhead dwelt bodily could lively instance of the fatal effects of Envy and Ambi- Atoop so low for the Salvation of Man; what office can tion. This example should teach us to keep a guard we think too low that serves to promote the same gloover our defires after worldly Honour and Greatness: rious end! Let this Mind be in us then which was alle which, when indulged to excess, are so apt to produce in Christ Jefus, and let us put off concerning the former in us fuch jealousy and torment, and to break through Converjation, the old Man which is corrupt according to the all obligations of nature and duty to overturn all Laws, deceitful Lufts: and be renewed in the Spirit of our Mind; and erase the brightest impressions of Reason and Re- and put on the new Man, which after God is created in ligion.
Righteousness and true Holiness. God has promised the + Who can consider this amazing condescension affittance of his Spirit to help our Infirmities upon the of the Son of God, and not be filled with Gratitude, easy condition of fincere and fervent Prayer, through with Love, towards such a Benefactor ! and if he in Jesus Christ.