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of the body of Christ; till we all come in the unity of the faith; and of the knowledge of the Son of God, *unto a perfect man, untu the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the fleight of men, and cunning craftinefs, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Chrift: From whom the whole body fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increafe of the body, unto the edifying of itself in love.

The Gospel. S. John 15. I.
Am the true, vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every

branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh away ; and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is caft forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall alk -what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall

my disciples. As the Father hach: loved me, so have I loved you; continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments; ye fall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Fathers commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. Saint Philip and Saint James's Day.


Unto a perfia - Man. By this is meant such a presentation, our Saviour describes the intimate union competent Knowledge of Christ and his Gospel, and which is betwixt him and his Disciples-the beneficial fuch degrees of Piety and Holiness; as may be esteemed effects of it, -the duty, manner, and necessity of prethe maturity and full growth of Christians, according to serving it--and the irreparable miseries of a separacithose measures of each, whereof our nature and state are on. God grant that we may su improve-and-become. capable. But abfolute freedom from Sin and Error, and fruitfuli under this union, that we may not be of the pertection in Holiness,feem, not to be attainable on this number of those Branches which are cast out and fide the Grave. See 1 Joho i. 8.

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The Collect.

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us perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the


the truth, and the life; that following the steps of thy holy Apostles, Saint Philip and Saint James, we inay stedfastly walk in the way that leadeth to eternal life, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epiftle. S. James 1. Ames a servant of God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the

twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him afk of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering; for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind, and toffed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all

Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted; but the rich in that he is made low; because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

For the sun is no fooner risen Paraphrase on the Colled for Saint Philip and Saint James's Day. O most mighty God, whom rightly to acknowledge by following the examples of Saint Philip and James is the means of obraining eternal Happiness. Give us we may steadily pursue the Road to endless Bliss, Grace firmly to acknowledge thy Son Jetus Christ to through the same Jesus Christ our Saviour. be the true Way that lealeth to everlasting Life; that

I My Brethren.count !! all joy, ba Thai is, be improved to its jutt height, will contribute greatly to not discouraged, but rejoice at Amictions: especially your Christian perfection. For where this perfea Work the fe which God sends for the sake of Religion, and of Patience is, there must be a Atrong Faith, firm Forto prove your Virtue and Conflancy: Because such titude, an exact knowledge of our Duty, a meek and Trials exercise your Patience, a Virtue, which, if quiet Spirit, a true christian Charity for our Persecu

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with a burning heat, but it withereth, the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. Bleffed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love hiin.

The Gospel. S. John 14. I,
ND Jcfus faid unto his disciples, Let not your heart be trou-

bled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you: and if I


prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go, ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas faith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest, and how can we know the way? Jesus faith unto him, *I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also; and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip faith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you, I speak noi of myself; but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me, that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works fake. Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do, shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do; because I



tors, a great Love to God, an entire iruii ina um, and pole, and 1. We Truib; ne is the Author, and only selignation to his Will; and an exact Temperance as source of eternal Happiness, and so the Life; to the to worldly enjoyments.

enjoyment whereof with his father we cannot attain, . am the way, the Truth, and the Life, &c. That but by obeying and relying upon h.m, in these several is, Christ is the Guide, and Direcior, and so the Way. capacities. He is the Teacher of the Truth, revealed for this pur

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my, Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall aik any thing in my Name, I will do it.

Saint Barnabas the Apofle.

The Collect.
Lord God Almighty, who didst endue thy holy Apostle Bar-

nabas with fingular gifts of the Holy Ghost; Leave us not, we beseech thee, destitute of thy manifold gifts, nor yet of grace to use them alway to thy honour and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle. Acts 11. 22.
Idings of these things came unto the ears of the Church

which was in Jerusalem; and they fent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. · Who when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith; and much people was added unto the Lord. Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus for to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the Church, and taught much people; *and the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. "And there stood up one of them, named Agabus, and fignified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world; which came to pass in the days of Claudius Cesar. Then the disci


Paraphrase on the Collea for St. Barnabas's Day. O allpowerful Jehovah who didft bestow upon thy thee with thy various fpiritual Graces, and enable us Apostle Barnabas extraordinary Gifts of the Holy to employ them to the purposes of Religion and HoliSprit, in that he was a good Man, full of the Holy Gheft nefs, through Jesus Christ our Lord. and of Faith, A&ts xi. 24. Endue us also we be cech

And the Disciples were called Christians, &c. As 'the fame Title in fucceeding Ages. For het every one the firf Believers, by assuming this Name, openly pro- says St. Paul that nameth the Name of Cbrift, (i. é) tet felled their faith in the Do&rines of Christ, engaged every one that taketh apon him the Name of Christian, themselves to obey his precepts, and imitate his exam- depart from Iniquity. ple; fo nothing less is required of all who pretend to

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ples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea. Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas, and Saul.

The Gospel. S. John 15. 12. "HIS is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I !

have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, should

go, and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my Name, he may give it you.

Saint John Baptifts Day.

The Collect.
Lmighty God, by whole providence thy servant John Baptist

was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of thy Son our Saviour, by preaching of repentance; Make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching, and after his example constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truths fake, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle. Ifai. 40. 1. Yomfort ye, comfort ye my people, faith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her war

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Paraphrase on the Collea for St. John Baptist'. Day. Allpo verful God, who by a miraculous act of thy taught us, we may truly Repent of our paft Sins, and, Providence didi cause John the Baptizer to be born, like as he did, always speak the Truth however and fent forth to prepare Men for the reception of Je- seemingly opposite to our worldly interest, couragiousfus Christ, by exhorting them to forsake their Iniqui- ly reprove Sin, and patiently endure Afiction in the ties : Give us Grace so to follow his Instructions, and discharge of our Duty through Jefus Chrift ou: Lord. imitate his virtuous example, that, according as he

1 Ye are my Friends, if ye do whatsoever, &c. It is lawful. And what can be a tronger motive to do the certainly the test of fincere Friendship to conform our- will of Christ, than that we shall there by gain the faselves to the Will of the Person beloved in all Things vour and Friendihip of one who will acver fail nog


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