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ness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the fun was darkened, and the vail of the temple was rent in the inidit. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the

Ghost. Now when the centurion faw what was done, he glorified God, laying, Certainly this was a righteous man. And all the people that came together to that fights beholding the things that

were done, smote their breasts, and returned. And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.

Good Friday.

The Collets.
Lmighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy

family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of wicked men, and to fuffer. death upon the cross, who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Lmighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole ba

dy of the Church is governed and sanctified; Receive pur supplications and prayers which we offer before thee for all estates of men in thy holy Church, that every member of the fame, in his vocation and ministry, may truly and godly serve thee, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen."

Paraphrase on the firf Colle for Good Friduy. Moft mighty and eternal God, by the influence of All powerful God, we humbly intreat thee to thew whose Spirit all Christians throughout the world, are mercy, favour, and protection, to these thy people here ruled and made Holy ; Accept our humble Petitions affembled; for whose salvation thy blessed Son patiently in Behalf of all sorts of Men who profess the Belief of Yubmitted himse it to the painful Death of Crua the Gospel ; that every one of them, according to his fixien ; who how reigneth with thee and the Holy - ability and Nation in life, may diligently serve thee Spirit, one God, through all Eternity,

with Sincerity and Piety, through our Lord and Savi. Paraphrase on the second Colleet for Good Triday. ; our Jesus Chrift. - Iniquity, and obtain an equal share of future happinels which surely can be admitted of by none but those with thor who by patient continuance in well doing whole undertandings are equally corrupt as sheis mas have fought for glory and invmortality-Is an absurdity ners.;



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Merciful God, who haft mide all men, and hatest nothing

that thou hast made, nor wouldest the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted, and live; Have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, Infidels, and Hereticks, and take from them all ignofance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word; and fo fetch them home, blessed Lord to thy flock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold under one Shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reignėth with thee and the holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle

. Hebr. 10. 1. HE law having a shadow of good things to come, and not

the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto perfect: for then would they not have ceased to be offered; because that the worshippers once purged, should have had no more conscience of fins. But in those facrifices there is a remembrance again made of fins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away fins: Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he faith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body haft thou prepared me: In burntofferings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure: Then said I, Lo, I come in the volume of the buok it is written of me) to do


Paraphrate on the thir. Collea for Good Friday. O God of infinite Mercy, the Maker of all Men, Difpofitions, that they being thus admitted into the who lovet thy Creatures, and defireft not that any one number, and privileges of thy People, may be made of them fhould perifh in his Sins, but that he should partakers of that eternal Salvation which is purchased turn from his Iniquities, and be saved; have Mercy for all real Christians by Jesus Christ our Lord, who apon all Jews, Mah metans, Pagans, and Unbelievers reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God for of every persuafion, and in every part of the World: ever and ever. enlighten their Understandings, and reform their

Il be Law having a badow, The Apftle proves reality which they only epresented, they ought to be in this paffage of Scripture that the Sacrifices which done away. Behold therefore O Sinner, what forrow's thy Fere made ude of under the Law of Moses were only Saviour endured for thy Iniquities ! Behold and Repent. types, and figårative Representations of that perfect Beboli ye truly penitent Believers how the Prince of Sacrifice, which Jesus Chrift, by his Death, offered up Peace procured for you Reconciliation with the Pathet! ence for all; and therefore that as that was come in Bebold and rejoice with Thanksgiving.

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thy will, O God. Above, when he said, Sacrifice and offering, and burnt-offerings, and * offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein, which are offered by the law: Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh


the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are fanctified, through the offering of the body of Jelus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering, and offering oftentimes the same facrifices, which can never take away fins. But this man,

after he had offered one sacrifice for fins, for ever sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his foot. ftool. + For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified: whereof the Holy Ghost, also is a witness to us: For after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, faith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their fins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for fin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the vail, that is to say, his Aesh: and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, liaving our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering: (for he is faithful that promised) and let us consider one another to provoke untoʻlove and to good works; fnot

Offering fir Sin thou wouldest not. &c. By this world; but was revealed in these last times. paffage of Scripture, which is quoted from Pfalm xl. it

# For by one Offerinz be bath perfe&led, &c. Observe is plain that sacrifices were, in themselves, not ac- here that it is those who are jančtified, those who are ceptable to God: but that they were instituted for a truly obedient Chriftians, that are perfetled, and made time, and fuited to the genius of the Jews, a carnal peo- partakers in the benefiis of Christ's redemption. ple, who, without such outward rites and ceremonies INot forsaking the assembling &e. If St. Paul fo ear. in their religious worthip, would have been too apt to nestly exhorted Christians, even in times of Perfecution, fall into the idolatıous practices of the Gentiles. not to negle& the assembling themselves together for They were defigned likewife to represent that great public worship; then how much more is this duty Offering of Jesus Chrift the Lamb of God, wbich (in incumbent upon us, who are protected and supported in God's intention) was fain from the foundation of ibe our religious worship by the civil Governmenil

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forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of fome is; but exhorting one another: and fo much the more as ye see the day approaching.

The Gospel. S. John 19. 1. Ilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the Soldiers

platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, and said, Hail, King of the Jews: And they smote him with their Hands. Pilate therefore went forth a zain, and faith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate faith unto them, * Behold the man. When the chief priests therefore, and Officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate faith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; and went again into the judgment-hall, and faith unto Jefus, g Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. Then faith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? Knowest thou not, that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to reJease thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee, hath the greater fin. And from

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Bebeld tbe Man. Thus Pilate endeavoured to raise the charge laid against Jesus by the Jews was that he the compaffion of the people. He had caused Jesus to had called himself the Son of God, seems to have fup. be scourged, and in derision to be adorned with a posed that Jesus had pretended he had derived his derCrown of Thorns, and an old purple robe, in hopes cent from fome Deity; as some of the Her les of old that the people would be pacified with this punish- had done; such as Alexander, who represented hi nfelf as ment; and that Jesus' life might be spared. In the son of Jupiter ; and Romulus who was reported to this woeful condition he brought him forth to them, have been the son of Mars,.&c. Therefore he said laying Behold, the Man But their hearts were too much Whence artshox? That is, “ Which of the Deities art. hardened, and too much bent upon his deftruction, to thou sprung. from ?” Therefore it was perhaps that be satisfied with any thing less than his death. Thus Jesus did not choose to explain to him his divine origiwere the divine counsel fulfilled..

nal, because in his present state of Gentilism he was Wbence art thou? Pilate as he was a Heather, and not capable of comprehending it. the.efore not a Believer in the true God, hearing that

thenceforth Pilate fought to releafe him: but the Jews cried out saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Cesars friend: Whosoever maketh himself a king, speaketh against Cesar. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jelus forth, and sat down in the judgment-seat, in a place that is called the Pavement, but ini the Hebrew, Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the passover, # and about the fixth hour: and he faith unto the Jews, Behold your King. But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him.' Pilate faith unto them, Shall I crucify your king? The chief priests answered, We have no King but Cefar. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified : and they took Jesus, and led him away. | And he bearing his cross, went forth into a place called the place of a scull, which is called in the Hebrew, Golgotha: where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midit. And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross: And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.' This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, the King of the Jews ; but that he said, I am the King of the Jews. Pilate answered, s What I have written, I have written. Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, (and made four parts, to every soldier à part) and

And about the fixth Hour. In order to reconcile were afraid he should die under the fatigue; and they this passage with St. Mark who fays that shey Cruci- be thereby disappointed of putting him to the intended fied, or fixed him to the Cross at the third Jewish Hour, Toiture. which is about our nine o'Clock: we must obferve S Wbar I have writtesiI have written. That is, that St. John, who lived in the later l'imes of Christia- “ I am determined the Inscription shall not be altered. nity, and wrote his Gospel principally for the benefit As it was usual for Malefactors amongit the Romans to of the Gentile Converts, adapts his account of Things have the Crime for which they suffered, inscribed upon to the Roman computation of Time ; which agreed a Tablet, and carried before them to their execution : pretty much with ours. Therefore the fixth Hour here, fo Pilate, according to cuftom, made a superscription is much the same with our fex in the Morning.

for Jesus: but wrote it in fo ambiguous a manner, as .!! And he bearing his Cross 'Tis said indeed in the that it might seem either that Jesus had fally affumed Other Gospels that they obliged one Simon a Cyrenian to himself the title of King of the Jews; or that ke to bear it for him : but this it may be fuppofed was was indeed the King of the Jews. done after Jesus had carried it to long as till they


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