Page images

The three and twentieth Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect. O ,

of all godliness; Be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully, we may obtain effectually, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Phil. iii. 17. Rethren, be followers together of me, and mark

them who walk fo, as ye have us for an enfample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who Thall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself,

The Gospel. St. Matt. xxii. 15. "HEN went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they

might entangle him in his talk. And they sent ont unto him their disciples : with the Herodians, faying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carelt thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us there fore, What thinkelt thou? Is it lawful to give tribute liito Cesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wicked ness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute-money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he faith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Cefar's. Then The Colle? This prayer for the acceptance of our petitions was


from Greg. Sac. The introitus was Pfalm cxxiv. Heredians] Friends or officers of Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galileę;. and therefore well disposed to the interest of the Roman emperor.

adopted 1549,

faith he unto them, Render therefore . unto Cefar the things which are Cesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

Col. i. 3.

The twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect. O

Lord, we beseech thee, absolve thy people from

their offences; that through thy bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from

the bands of those fins, which by our frailty we have committed. Grant this, o heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's fake, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen. The Epistle.

. WE give thanks to God and the Father of our

Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, fince we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, for the hope which is laid

up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the Gospel; which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: as ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow.servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Chrift; who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to defire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father, who hath

The Collect] This prayer for pardon of fin was adopted 1549, from Gregor Sac. The introitus was Plalm cxxv.

[ocr errors]

made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the faints in light.

The Gospel. St. Marth. ix. 18.
HILE Jesus spake these things unto John's dis-

ciples, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his difciples. (And behold a woman who was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: for she said within herself, if I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.) And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, he said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but feepeth. And they laughed him to fcorn. But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

And the fame hereof went abroad into alt that land.

The twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect. TIR up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy

faithful people; that they plenteoully bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Minstrels] When he observed the musicians who customarily attended funerals, and the noify lamentations of the multitude. When it was supposed that Josephus was lain, great lamentations were made, and many hired pipers or minfrels, who led the way in these lamentations.

The Colleti] This prayer for fruitfulness in good works was adopted 1549, from Greg. Sac. The introitus was Pfalm cxxyü.


The Epistle. Jer. xxiii. 5.
Ehold, the days come, faith the Lord, that I will raise

unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell fafely: and this is his name whereby he shall be cailed, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Therefore behold, the days come, faith the Lord, that they shall no more fay, The Lord liveth, who brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt: but, The Lord liveth, who brought up, and who led the feed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

The Gospel. St. John vi. 5.
THEN Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great

company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence hall we buy bread, that these may ear? (And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.) Philip answered him, Two hundred penny. worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, faith unto him, There is a lad here, who hath five barley-loaves, and two small filhes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men fat down, in number about five thousand And Jefus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were fet down; and likewise of the fishes, as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be loft. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley-loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that Prophet that should come into the world. . If there be any more Sundays before Advent Sunday, the

Service of some of those Sundays that were omitted afier the Epiphany, shall be taken in to supply so many as are bere wanting; and if there be fewer, the Overplus may be omitted: Provided, that this last Collect, Epistle andGospel, Mall always be used upon the Sunday next before Advent.

St. Andrew's Day.

The Colleer.

thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him without delay; Grant unto us all, that we be. ing called by thy holy Word, may forth with give up ourselves obediently to fulfill thy holy commandments, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Before Advent] There was nothing of this rubric in the common prayer-book of 1549; and in all the other old prayer-books it was only this: “ If there be any more Sundays before Advent-Sunday, to supply the same shall be taken the service of some of thote Sunday's that were omitted between the Epiphany and Septuagefima."

St. Andrew's Day This saint's day is the first that is kept solemn, because he came first to Christ, and followed him before any of the other apostles. John i. 38. The history of this faint, after Christ's alcenfion, is as follows:-When the Apostles, in consequence of this event, diftributed themselves to preach the gospel to the different parts of the world, the province which came to St. Andrew's share, was the Northern part of the then known world, which was called by the name of Scythia, as Origen and Eufebius inform us.—Orig. lib. 11. in Gen. Eufeb. Hitt. lib. iii. cap. 1. Afterwards he came back and preached the gospel in Epirus.--Greg. Naz. Orat. in Ar. Chryf. Hom. xii. Ap. The modern Greeks are more particular in relating the acts of his Apostleship; They tell us, that the Apostles casting lots for their mission, St. Andrew's lot lighted to be to preach in Cappadocia, Galatia, and Bithynia: After this he penetrated the coasts of the Anthropophagi

, going up to both sides of the Euxine sea, even to the most folitary parts of Scythia, and the very bounds of the North: Afterwards travelling backward, he preached in the country about Byzantium, (since then named Conftantinople) going through Thracia, Macedonia, and Achaia; in which provinces he continued a long time, preaching the gospel, and confirming it with great miracles. At last he glorihed God by his martyrdom, being crucified at Ægea, (where he last preached) by the Procontul of the place, a great bigot to the heathen superftition. He was only tied to the cross after his fcourging, and not nailed as the usual way was, that his death might be the more lingering. He shewed a wonderful refignation and alacrity under his futlering, being pleased that he should undergo the fame death as his blessed Master did.

The Colleft! This prayer, for ability to fulfil God's commandments, was composed in 1349. The introitus was pfalm cxxix.

« PreviousContinue »