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The Epistle. Rom. x. 9. F thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,

and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto falvation. For the scripture faith, Whosoever believeth on him, thall not be alhamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord, shall be saved. How then all they call on him in whom they have not believed ? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be feni? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good Things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Efaias faith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. But I say, Did not Israel know? First Mofes faith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. But F.faias is very bold, and faith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked noi after me. But to Israel he saith, All day long have I stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

The Gospel. St. Matt. iv. 18. ESUS, walking by the sea of Galilee, faw two brethren,

Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea : (for they were fishers :) And he faith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straight way left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, Jamehe fon of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a Thip wiili Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and

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be called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

St. Thomas the Apostle.

The Collect.
LMIGHTY and everliving God, who for the more

confirmation of the faith didft fuffer thy holy Apostle Thomas to be doubtful in thy Son's resurrection; Grant us so perfectly, and without all doubt to believe in thy Son Jesus Christ, that our faith in thy fight may never be reproved. Hear us, O Lord, through the fame Jesus Christ, to whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for evermore.

Amen,
The Epistle. Ephef. ij. 19.
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ye reigners, but fellow-citizens with the faints, and of the houshold of God; and are built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-Stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

The Gospel St. John xx. 24. "HOMAS, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was

not with them when Jesus came. The other difSt. Thomas] After Chrift's ascenlion, Thomas's apoftleship was exercised in preaching the Gospel to the Parthians.-Orig. in Gen. lib. i. Eufeb. lib. ii. cap. 1.

Nazianzen says, that he travelled in his preaching as far as India.- Greg. Naz. Hom. ad Arian. St. Chryfoftom intimates his preaching in Æthiopia, when, speaking of St. Thomas, he fays, “ And Thomas has whitened the Æthiopians.”- Chryf. Hom. xii. Apoft. Theo doret attributes the conversion of other nations to him; as of the Persians and Medes; and asserts that he preached among the Indian Brachmans. Theod. de ver. Ev. lib. ix. And indeed relations of travellers into India (since in the laft ages commerce has been established there) do confirm, that there is a tradition among the Indians of St. Thomas's preaching among them.-Ofor. Hift. lib. ii. His martyrdom is reported to have happened in India, occationed by the Brachmans, the Indian priests, who hated him for his preaching the Gospel, and therefore stirred up some of the rabble of soldiers to murder him,

The Collect] This prayer, for fincere faith, was composed in 1549. The introitus was pfalm cxxvii.

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ciples therefore faid unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his fide, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them : then came Jesus, the doors being Shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then faith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord, and my God. Jesus faith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast feen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. And many other ligas truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his Name.

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The Conversion of St. Paul.

The Colicet.
God, who, through the preaching of the blessed

Apostle St. Paul, hast caused the light of the Gof. pel to shine thronghout the world; Grant, we beseech

St. Paul This great Apoftle propagated the Gospel of Chrift throughout all Greece and the. Lciler Afia, in Italy, Spain, and Illyricum, ettablishing Christian churches in the principal towns thereof. Ancient writers athrni, that he suffered martyrdom at Rome, under Nero, at the same time with St. Peter.-Euseb. Chron. Epiph. Hæref. xxvii. Hieron. de Script. Evel. The most probable reason affigned for his condemnation was, his infeéting several Roman kodies with a foreign religion, as the Romans uled to cali Chriftianity, and particularly fome ladies with whom Nerð had had formerly an unlawiul familiarity, but who after their conver'fionto Chriftianity, refused his embraces; (Ambrof. in Auxen.) which story is not improbable, firce Suetonius, Tacitus, and Dio, and indeed all thit write of Nero, speak of his debauching numbers of ladies, as well of chic quality 25 others. : Our Apoitle for this pretended crime being Convidavned to death, he being a Roman citizen, could not be crucified by the woman laws, as his colleague St. Peter was, and was therefore beheaded by a great Lword, which gave the occation for his being pictured with in 3. l word.in his hand. Nicephorus defcribes this Apottie to be ora bitle body, ani fomeiliat crooked, of a pale face, and thewing more y cars pan, barely was of; his head was but of a moderate bize; a fparkling vigour played in lis' é yes; the hair of his eye-brows turned a

thee, that we having his wonderful conversion in remmbrance, may shew forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same, by following the holy doétrine which he taught, through Jesus Chriit our Lord. Amen.

The Epiftle. Ats ix. 1.
ND Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and

slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high-priest, and desired of him letters to Damalcus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring thein bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecuteft: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished faid, Lord, what wilt chou have me to do? And the Lord faid unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood (peechless, hearing a voice, but leeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his

eyes were opened, he saw 110 man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.' And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. And there was a certain difciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him faid the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord faid unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his fight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this little downwards; he had a handsome bending of his nose, which was fumewhai longer than ordinary; his beard was thick and long, and a little sprinkled with grey hairs, as were those of his head likewise.

The Colle) This prayer, for manifesting gratitude by obedience, was impruvid in 1549), from an ancient form in Greg Sac., and slightly altered again in 1662 to its present form. The introitus was pfalm cxxxviii.

man, how much evil he hath done to thy faints at Jeru. falem: and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy Name. But the Lord said untó him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vefsel anto me, to bear my Name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: for I will shew him how great things he must fuffer for my Name's fake. And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and purring his hands on him, faid, Brother Saul, the Lord (even Jesus that ap. peared unto thee in the way as thou cameft) hath fent me, that thou mightest receive thy fight, and be filled with the Holy Ghoft. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been fcales: and he received fight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard hin were amazed, and faid, Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this Name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests ? But Saul increafed the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is

Very Christ.

The Gospel. St. Matt. xix. 27.
ETER anfwered and said unto Jefus, Behold, tre

have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus faid unto them, Verily I fay unto you, that ye which have followed me in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall fit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall fit upon twelve thrones, judging the zwelve tribes of Israel. “And every one that hath for. Eiken houses, or brethren, or filters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my Name's sake, shall receive an hundred fold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first.

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