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when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against : the two brethren. But Jelis called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great, exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be fo among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministred unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom:
Saint Bartholomew the Apostle.
stle Bartholomew grace truly to believe, and to preach thy word; Grant, we beseech thee, unto thy Church, to love that word which he believed, and both to preach and receive the same, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Epiftle. Acts 5. 12. Y the hands of the Apostles were many signs and wonders
wrought among the people, (and they were all with one accord in Solomons porch. + And of the rest durft no man join hime felf to them: but the people nagnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women) Insomuch that they brought forth the fick into the. streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the
Paraphrase on the Colleet for St. Bartholome w's Day. O most mighty and eternal God who didit induce ty duly to value and esteem that Gospel, and Loth. thy Avostle Bartholomew to believe and to preach thy faithfully to publish and embrace it through. Jesus holy Gospel; give Grace to all Profeffors of Christiani Christ our Lord.
to equity and striet justice : 10 that every Chriftian fhall imitation of him, who went about doing good-by be exalted to a higher degree of Bliss and Glory, in healing the fick, feeding the hungry, instructing the proportion as his Humility, his Obedience, his Suffer- ignorant, and laying down his life a ransom for the ings, his Patience, and his meek disposition have Sins of many. brought him to a near contormity with his divine † And of the rest dur/h.no Marjoin, &c. i. e. the rest
who were not of the Church, durit not associate them-# But ke that is greatest among you, &c. By this our felves with the Apostles, so as to have all Things Lord fignified that the greatness of his Disciples con- common with them; as Ananias and Sapphira had fits in doing good to Mankind with all diligence, by pretended to do; leit by committing fome crime they. a continued course of humble laborious Services, in should bring upon themselves their prnishment
shadow of Peter passing by, might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits, and they were healed every one.
The Gospel. S. Luke 22. 24.
be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them, are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: I but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that fitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that fitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.
And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Sairt Matthew the Apofile.
from the receipt of custom to be an Apostle and Evangelist; Grant us grace to forsake all covetous desires, and inordinate love of riches, and to follow the fa.ne thy Son Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epifle. 2 Cor. 4. I.
mercy, we faint not; but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word
Paraphrase on the Colleet for St Marthw's Day. O allpowerful God, who by thy son Jefus Chrift diligently to follow the Do&trine and Example of the didft call Matthew from the employment of a Pub- fume Jelus Christ, who rigneth with thee and the Holy jican to be a Preacher of the Gospel; enable us allo Spirit, one God for ever and ever. tu forti ke all avaricious and ditorderly Affections, and
of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth, commcida! ing ourselves to every mans conscience in the sight of God. *But: . if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that aie loft: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, leít the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus sake, : For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath fined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ.
The Gofpel. S. Matth. 9. 9.
Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he faith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed himn. And it came to pass, as Jesus fat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and finners came, and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth
your master with publicans and finners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy and not facrifice; for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Saint Michael and all Angels.
The Colle&t. Everlasting God, who hast ordained and constituted the fervice of angels and men in a wonderful order; Mercifully
I i Paraphrase on the Colleat for the Feast of St. Michael and a 1 Angels. O eternal God who has appointed to Men and An as thy holy Angels perform thy will in Heaven; fo, ly gels their several Offices, with wonderful propriety, thy direction, they may help and protect us on Earth, according to their stations; grant, of thy Mercy, that. through Jesus Christ our Lord.
But if our Gospel be bid, it is hid, &c. That is, tous de fires, and inordinate love of Riches, it will not be Inf.delity and Irreligion are a blindness brought upon possible for us, with him, to fellru Jesus Ch'rit. the Heart by the God of this World, by the Devil, and I But go yo and learn what ibit, &c. Thus cur the indulgence of disorderly Lusts and Affections And Lord clearly proved a capital Doctrine of lig? Ruda the true way to believe and obey the Gospel is to fon and true Religion, viz. that ceremonial indir aspire after the disposition of that Writer of it, com- tions Mould always give place to Works of Charity men.orated this Day. For till we have forsaken cove
grant, that as thy holy angels alway do thee service in heaven; fo by thy appointment they may succour and defend us on earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Epistle. Rev. 12. 7. *HERE was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought
against the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels; and prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old ferpent, called the devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice, saying in heaven, now is come salvation and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Wo to the inhabiters of the earth, and of the fea: for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath bút a short time.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 18. 1.
is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the inidst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the fame is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso thall receive one such little child in my Name, receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones, which believe in me, it were
I bere was War in Heaven, &c. This passage as perually suggest and promote; while those of Light, well as the Boo. from whence it is selected may juftly labour with equal industry to prevent and defeat be looked upon as allegorical, as well as prophetical. them. By the Devil being cafft out, &t. is probably By the War in Heaven therefore is probably meant fignified the overthrow of Vice, Error, and Idolatry the Temptations which good Men are subject to in this by the propagation and progress of the Christian Faith Hale of probation; which the powers of Darkness per.
better for him that a milftone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Wo unto the world because of offences: for it must needs be that offences come; but wo to that man by whom the offence cometh. Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee; it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell-fire. Take heed that
ye spise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that gin hea. ven their angels do always behold the face of my father which is in heaven.
Saint Luke the Evangelis.
is in the Gospel, to be an Evangelist and Physician of the soul; May it please thee, that by the wholesome medicines of the doctrine delivered by him, all the diseases of our souls may be healed, through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 2 Tim. 4. 5.
an Evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of rightę. ousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge shall give me at that
Paraphrase on the Collex for St. Luke's Day. Mot mighty God, who didit call Luke the Physician praised for his labours in the Miniftry. Grant that by to be a Preacher of the Gospel, and enabled bim to cure his falutary Doctrine all our spiritual Diseases may be phe Maladies of Mens Souls, who is deservedly to be removed through the Meries of thy Son Jefus Christ.
In Heaven their Angels de alu ays, a i.e. the ready to receive his Commandments concerning thong chiefe& Angels of Heaven, which are miniftring Spirits so highly are they valued by them. to real Chriftians, ftand always in the presence of God