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day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his api pearing. Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: For Demas hath forsaken mé, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Tirus unto Dalmatia. *Only Luke is with me. Take Mark and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. And Tychicus: have I sent to Ephesus. The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. Alexander, the copper-smith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works. Of whom be thou ware also, for he hath greatly withstood our words.
The Gospel. S. Luke 10. I.
and two before his face into every city and place whither he
himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest
tion of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himtelf
upon the founda
Paraphrafe on the Colleet for St. Simon and June's Day. O moft mighty God, who hart eilalfhed christianity Christians, by their doctrine, with such an unity of upon the Doctrine of the Apoitles and Prophets, Jesus Faith and Charity, as may render them a fic habitasion Chrift being its princi,le and support; inspire all for thy holy Spirit through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Only Luke is with me. In these few Words we Itanding the danger, Luke ftill adhered to him, and Have an eminent Example of this Apostles constancy in the eby proved his fincerity in both respects. his Faith and Friendship. For tho' St. Paul was at 1 This intimates that harmless fimplicity should be that time persecuted for his profesion and left or de the badge of christians. ferted by all the rest of his Companions; yet, notwiths
being the head corner-stone; Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we inay be made an holy temple acceptable unto thee, through Jesus Christ our' Lord. Amen.
The Epifile. S. Jude 1. Ude the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them
that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love be multiplied. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you
of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you, that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the faints. + For there are certain mnen crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnnation; ungodly men turning the grace of our God into lascivioufness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew his, how that the Lord having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first eftale, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them, in like manner giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, sufiering the vingeanceof eternal fire. Likewise also thefę filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
The Gospel. S. John 15. 17. *Hese things I command you, that ye love one another. * If
the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated # For there are certain Men crept in, &c. These were fideration of our Lord's sufferings fhould be a motive the Followers of Simon Magus and the Nicoiaitans. to patience and relignation, rot only in the case of Of the latter of which we are told that they allowed persecution for conscience fake, but also in all worldly themselves in the practic? of the most abominable afili Etions. Because; if he chearfully so endered fuch Icwdoess: and of the former that he declared him. fo.rows for our sake, who was without blemish ; howfelf to be God the Father to the Samaritans, and God much reason have we to bear patiently the chaftifethe Son to the fews thas denying the only Lord God, and ents of Heaven when our lins have deserved far more eur Lord Jefus Chrift.
than God is pleased to lay upon us. If ibe World bate you, ye krow,' &c. The con
you. If ye 'were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than the Jord: if they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you;
if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my Names sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their fin. He that hateth me, hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin; but now have they both seen, and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truh, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
All Saints Day.
communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys, which thou haft prepared for them that unfeignedly love thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Efifile. Rev. 7. 2.
seal of the living God; and he cried with a loud voice 10 the four argels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth, and the
Paraphrafe on the Collea for All Saints Day. O allpowerful God, who haft united all true Chrif- in all Piety and Richteousness, that we may attain sians through Faith and Charity into one fpiritual bo that inconceivable Happiness which thou haft referred dy of which Chrift. is the head; enable us we beleech for those that fincerely love and obey shee-shroogd chce fo to imitate the examples of holy Men departed, Jesus Christ of Lord.
fea, faying, Hurt not the earth, neither the fea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed; and there were fealed an hundred and forty and four thousand, of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand.
* After this, I beheld, and lo, a great multitude which no man could number of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands: And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God, which fitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about. the elders, and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen ; Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thankfgiving, and honour, and power, and might be unto our God for ever and ever. A.nen.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 5. I. ESUS feeing the multitudes, went up into a mountain; and
when he was set, his disciples came unto him. And he open
After ibis 1 bebeld, and lo, a great multi ude, &c. ftancy under Trials for the Faith, who in the presence By this is represented the universal Church of Christ of God and Christ, worship, and unanimously praise shroughout the World. The white Robes with which his Mercy for their deliverance out of, and conquelt they are said to be cletbed, andıbe Palms in their Hands, over, their Tryalso are an emblem of their innocence and vi&torious con
ed his mouth, and taught them, saying, Elcfied are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be conforted." Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for, they shall fee. God. Bleffed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Bleffid are they which are persecuted for righteousness fake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsly for my fake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
+ Blefjed are they which do bunger and thirft &c. That which he hath forbidden-By the affittance of God's is, they who have a vehement defire after Holiness-- Glace they shall obtain what they desire, and in the Who tincerely endeavour to practise all those Duties Practice of Righteousness shall be greatly blessed, as which God requires' of us, and to eschew that Evil well as in the Fulness of its future Rewards.