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so 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 Epiftle.
1 S. John 1. 1: HAT which was from the beginning, which we have
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,
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 sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our fins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from
Paraphrase on the Collect for St. John the Evangehf's Day. Gracious God, fo illuminate thy Church by the guidance and instruction of thy Holy Word it may Doctrine of thy Apottle St. John, that through the attain to the light of eternal Life, through Jesus Chrift.
ebe 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 Do&rines 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 should strongly excite us to remember our Creator and convincing procf that Chrift 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, chat we may at length attain to the light vour to be holy as he is Holy, we have communion of everlafting Life through Jesus Christ.
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 those linful Infirmities here how well qualified this Apottle was to bear Tef- and Defects, which, in this state of imperfe&tior, timony concerning his divine Master, since he had not cleave to our beit Adions.
all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make
The Gospel. S. John 21. 19.
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.
lings haft 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. Notwith- lation to be hyperbolical and might more properly have itanding the care which the Apostle took to prevent been I suppose, the World would not receive or believe ) tbe 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 till he came, was sufficiently fulfil ther would they believe tho’ they had a minute acled, 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 # 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 rememler that after that event.
Christ has assured us that unless, we be converted, ard t And there are also many other Things, &c. The become as little Children, vue shall not enter into the Kingexpression in the latter part of this sentence. I suppose, dum of Heaven. Let their unambitious Simplicity, Huthat even the World itself cculd not contain the Bucks that mility, and Innocence be alyrays the object of our jhzuld be written feems 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.
gi For the Epistlé. Rev. 14: 1. Looked, and lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with
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. + 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.
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
Paraphrase on the Collect for Innocents Day. O most mighty God, who canst make the weakest stroy in us all Vices, and so alift us by thy grace, th € Beings to become powerful Instruments of thy Provi- by the harmlessness of our Lives and the likadiness of dence ; and for thy own wife purposes didît permit the our Faith even unto Death, we may promote thiy glory infants of Bethlehem to be mallacreed by Herod, de- through Jelus Christ,
+ Theje are they which were not defiled, &c. This Scriptures, is frequently represented as a kind of ipifeeres to be one of those passages of Scripture on which ritual Wlwredom. the Church of Rome has founded her Doctrine of a : * The singre of the Lord appeareth, s. The partihingle life, vowed upon a religious account; thus caft- cular care of Providence for the preservation of the halv ing a reflection upon that ftate which God has declared - Infant, shews, that Jesus was, indeed, as he represenied to be bonourable.' Whereas it seems properly to signify himself, the Son of God: and proves that the utmo't those who had preserved themselves from the pollu- endeavours of wien can never prevent the execution f tions of Idolatry and Uncleanness; which, in the , what God has purpolod, nor hurt those whom he protect.
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. 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
+ The Sunday after Christmas-day.
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 fame our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee, and the fame Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Ame
Paraphrass on the Collezt for the Sunday after Christmas-day. Most mighty God, who, for our Redemption, didst 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 same that we being born again from the Death of Sin unto holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. a life of Righteousnels, and admitted into the glori
I Then Herod when he saw. &c. Behold in Herod a whom the fullness of the Godhead dwelt bodily could lively instance of the fatal effects of Envy and Ambi- ftoop 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 glo. over our desires after worldly Honour and Greatness : rious end! Let this Mind be in us then which was also which, when indulged to excess, are so apt to produce in Christ Jefus, and let us put off concerning the former in us fuch jealoufy and torment, and to break through Conversation, 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 impresions 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 alliitance of his Spirit to help our Infirmities upon the of the Son of God, and not be filled with Gratitude, easy condition of lincere and fervent Prayer, through with Love, towards such a Benefactor ! and if he in Jesus Christ.
The Epiftle. Gal. 4. 1.
eth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors, until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world; But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, § that we might receive the adoption of fons. And becaufe ye are fons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a fervant, but a fon; and if a fon, then an heir of God through Christ.
The Gospel. St. Matth. 1. 18.
his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, (before they came together) she was found with Child of the Holy Ghost. | Then Joseph her husband, being a juft man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife ; for that which is conceived in her, is of the holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall fave his people from their sins. (Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the Prophet, saying, Behold, a Virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son,
$ That we might receive the Adoption, &c. Adoption we forfeit not that title by our own disobedience. is an act of favour, whereby the Master of an Éfate Tben Foleph ber Husband being a juft Man, &c. takes Persons of another Family, and receives them as Joseph might be said to be a jest Man in this respect, his own Children. Thus God by a marvellous act not only as he was a religious observer of the Law of kindness was pleased to admit us Gentiles, who which commanded a divorcement in the case of AdulWere Slaves to Sin, into the blessed freedom and fellow- tery; but likewise in his propof.ng to put Mary away hip of his children, through the precious Death and privately, left if that should be true which the alledged, Merits of his Son Jesus Chrift: who thereby purchased he should be a means, of bringing punishment upon an for us a citle to the glories of a blessed Immortality; if innocent Person.