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the wise-men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he fent' them: to Bethlehem, and faid, Gó, and search diligently for the young child, and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and lo, the star which they saw, in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.' And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped him: And when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream, that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
* The firft Sunday after the Epiphany.
... The Collect.' Lord, we befeech thee mercifully to : receive the prayers. of. w thy people which call upon thee, and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Rom. 12. 1. . | Beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, I that 1 ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto
Paraphrase on the Collea for the first Sunday after the Epiphany. O. Lord, gracioully hear our humble petitions; and and diligently to perform it. Grant this we.befeech enable us clearly to understand our duty, and sincerely thee for the sake of Jesus Chrift,
1 And he fent them to Bethlehem, &c. How deep * We are hereby taught to acknowledge that it is of laid was the device of this Tyrant at once to impose God alone that we are enabled to understand and perupon the simplicity of these Philosophers, and to dif- form our Duty.! cover the Habitation of the Prince of Life, and effect I That ye present, &.C. God does not expect us, un, bis cruel designs against his life. But God, who bring, der the Gospel, to come before him with Sacrifices of eth the Counsels of the wicked to nought, hy a fingular flain Beasts, but to dedicate our lives to his service in Providence defeated his malicious purposes, and has all holy obedience; which is better than all whole faught us by this example that no one can hurt whom Burnt Offerings a Sacrifice most worthy of reasonable he protects, and that therefore to secure his favour, is Beings. most to consult our own intereit.
God, which is your reasonable service. And be not' conformed to this world ; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. : For I say, through the grace given unto mé, to every man that is among you, not to think, of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of Faith. $ For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the fame office; so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another...
The Gospel. S. Luke 2.41.. N O W his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast IV of the paffover. I And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem, and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they suppofing him to have been in the company, went a days journey, and they fought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, feeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days * they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them queftions. And all that heard him, were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him; they were amazed': and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us?; behold, thy father and I have fought thee forrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought med wist ye not that I must be about my Fathers business? And they understocd not this faying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, of and was subject- unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus' increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man, a
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For as we have many Members &c. St. Paul in And when he was twelve Years old, &c. Obferve this paffage compares the Christian Church, to the ňu- here the care which our Lord's reputed Parents took to man Body, in which, as he says elsewhere, Christ re- inftil into his Mind an early regard for Religion, acfembles the Head, as he is the Head of the Church. cording to the precepts of the Law of Mofcs, Exod. Therefore as all parts of the human Body, whether xxiv. 23. Deut. xvi. 16, How much is it to be wished high or low, whether more or less active or honourable, that all Parents would learn from this Exan ple to bring still bear a relation to each other, and are united under up their Children in the nurture and admonition of the One Head : So is it in the Christian Church; in which Lord; not only by instructing them in words, but also though some are placed in higher, fomein lower itations leading them by their own practice, in the discharge of life, some have greater or lesser abilities than others; of their duty, yet each is related to the whole, and should consider, '.* They found him in the Temple, &c. It seems as if that, whatever advantages he enjoys above the reit, Jefus had prefented himself to the Doctors to be catea they are the gift of God: and are therefore so far chised': and probably took occasion at this Time mofrom being a seafon for Pride, that they call for fo much destly 'to correct fome of the Errors which had then the greater diligence, and activity in the employment crept into the Jewish Church. Hence" he might justly of them for the benefit of others..no pop
be said to be about his Faber's Business.
* The fecond Sunday after the Epiphany. " ... ;13) fi. The Collect.; "hind i
A Lmighty and everlasting God, who doft govern all thino's in A heaven and earth; Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. "i '
...:: The Epiftle. Rom. 12. 6.3 iijos: IT | Aving then gifts, differing according to the grace that is ·m given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith ; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation : he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with chearfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil, cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to
. ! Paraphrase on the Collect for the second Sunday after the Epiphaný. , :
All powerful and eternal God, who ruleft over all which is fuperior to all worldly Comforts, through'lelus Things visible and invisible, graciously hear our Pray- Christ our Lord. . ers, and give us, through Life, that peace of Mind
gion, is that which is most worthy of our pursuit in + And was subject unto them, &c. If the Saviour of
this World. : i . ' the World paid a dutiful obedience to those who were
I Having then Gifti difering, &c. This is an Exonly his reputed Parents : how much stronger an obli
hortation to such as are Members of the Christian gation lies upon us to be subject to thole from whom . Church. 'not to envy thofe who are placed in Itations under Heaven we derive our being and support.
above them, nor despise those who are below them : * Let us observe here that it is of God's Mercies in but for each, according to his abilities, faithfully and Christ Jesus that our Petitions are heard : and that the diligently to discharge the office appointed him for Peace of Mind which flows from the practice of Reli, the benefit of those whom it concerns,
another with brotherly love, in honour preferring one another: not slothful in business ; fervent in fpirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope ; patient in tribulation; I continuing inftant in prayer; distributing to the necessity of faints':; given to hospitality. Blefs them which persecute you; blefs, and curfe. not.:+Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that iweep! Be of the same mind one towards another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. !.
.: The Gospel. S. John 2. 1. . A ND the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee, A and the mother of Jesus was there. And both Jefus was called and his disciples to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus faith unto him, They have no wine. Jefus saith unto her, I Woman what have I'to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother faith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.' And there were set there fix water-pots of stone; after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins, apiece. Jesus faith unto them, Fill the water-pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto thein, Draw out now, and bear unto the Governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the waterthat was made wine, and knew not whence it was, (but the servants which drew the water knew) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and faith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine, and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse : but thou haft kept the good wine until now. **This beginning of miracles did Jefus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory, and his disciples believed on him.
Continuing instant in Prayer, &c. This does not for cur Fellow Creatures, as will make us partake in. signify that we must be continually praying, so as to fome measure in their Joys-and Sorrows, and induce us, neglect every other employment: but that according according to our abilities to promote their welfare. to our Saviour's parable of the importunate Widow, we #Wonen what have I to do with thee? The word, are not to be discouraged if our Petitions are not heard Woman seems to be a very harsh expression, according fo soon as we might defire; but constantly to persevere to our Translation: But the word in the Original apin our supplications to God for assistance; he being pears to have been made use of amongst the Greeks as sometimes pleased to defer answering our Requests, in a term of honour and respect. And what have I 10 crder to increase in us a sense of his benefits, and of do with thre might have been translated in a milder our dependence upon him.
manner, What baft thou to do with me ? which carries + Rejoice with them, r. This is one instance among in it a gentle Reproof indeed, and signifies that the many, how excellently Christianity is adapted to human acted improperly, in attempting to direct him in the Nature: fince it is not designed to root out the paßions, duties of his Miniftry : but it is plain, from the orbut to regulate them'; it does not recommend to us a der which she gave to the Servants, that the did not storical insensibility, and unconcern about the affairs interpret it as a mark of disrespecte of others, but such a benevolent sympathy and regard
The third Sunday after the Epiphany... ..
.. The Colle&t. A Lmighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our A infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistlé. Rom. 12. 16. D E not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man D evil for evil. * Provide things honest in the light of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is mine ; I will repay, faith the Lord. Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed him ; if he thirst, give him drink : || for in so doing thou shalt heap
Paraphrase on the ColleE for the third Sunday after the Epiphany.. .. Most mighty and eternal God, have pity upon the gers to which we are exposed; for the sake of Jesus
Christ our Lord.
Infirmities and Weakness of our Nature ; and allift and preserve us by thy power in all the wants and dan
* This beginning of Miracles, 30. Tho' our Lord's that we have fulfilled this Precept merely by performfurnishing Wine on this occafion by Miracle Thews ing the duties of justice in our dealings with Mankind : that a chearful use of God's Creatures, within the but we muft be careful also to act with such decency and bounds of reafyn and moderation, is lawful; yet we are discretion in general, (as the original signifies) that by no means to fuppofe, from the quantity, that it was they who are no Friends to Religion, may not take intended to promote intemperance; but probably as occafion from our Conduct to fpeak evil of our proa provision for the future occasions of the new married fedion. couple: Jefus thus modestly, tho'miraculously making For in so doing thou shalt heap, c. This exprefthem a present.
fion is evidently taken from Prov. xxv. 21. 22. and is 1 We are hence taught to trust that God will deal an allufion to the practice of Artificers in preparing mercifully with such Infirmities as cleave to our Nature; their Metals. For as by heaping Coals of Fire upon and to look upon him as our only Refuge and Pro- thein they make them yield and relent, and thereby rentection,
der them more apt to be formed for the purposes they † Provide Things honeft, &c. We are not to suppose are designed for: so by Thewing acts of Kindness and