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fupplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Rom. xii. 6. HA

AVING then gifts differing according to the grace

that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophefy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministring; or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil, cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love, in honour preferring one another: not flothful in business ; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; distributing to the neceflity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you; bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one towards another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. The Gospel. St. John ii. 1.

a Galilee, and che mother of Jesus was there. And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus faith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not The Colleft] This prayer for acceptance of our petitions, and for the peace of God, is adopted from the Sacramentarium of Gregory, and St. Ambrosess Liturgy.-Pamelius, ut fupra. The introitus was pfalm xiv.

Simplicity] That is, with liberality.–Vide Kypke. Obfer. Sac. Hospitality] By receiving strangers, and particularly preachers of the gospel. See Heb. xiii. 2. When places of reception for travellers were uncommon, this precept was seasonable. Woman} This appellation, far from being disrespectful, was, and is, an highly honourable one in the East. Christ addresses his mother by it in the moment of his death, John xix. 26; and classical writers afford instances of its application, on the most folemn occasions, to females of high rank, and venerable years.

yet come. His mother faith unto the servants, Whatsoever he faith unto you, do it. And there were set there six water-pots of stone, after the manner of the pu. rifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the water-pots with water, And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was, (but the servants which drew the water knew) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and faith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine, and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory, and his disciples believed on him.


The third Sunday after the Epiphany.

The Collect.
LMIGHTY and everlasting God, mercifully look

upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and ne· Purifying] That is cleansing, or washing themselves, and cups, pots, &c. See Mark vii. 2, 3, 4.

Governor of the feast] The Greek word here is a compound, denoting the president of the triclinium, or guest chamber, so called from its containing three couches, placed in the form of the Greek II, on which the guests reclined during the entertainment. It was the duty of this officer to prepare the feast, arrange the couches, place the dishes, and taste the wine and viands. According to Lightfoot, he also said grace, and pronounced those benedictions which were usually given on occasion of a marriage. He blessed the cup also, (the cup of blefling) prepared for the guests; and having drank of it himself, sent it round to the company. We have an account of his duties in Ecclesiasticus xxxii, 1.

Well drunk] In the original this word does not imply the least degree of intoxication. In Gen. xliii. 34, the Septuagint makes use of it in de fcribing Jofeph's feast, where it is said, “ his brethren were afraid of him," and would not confequently be guilty of excess. The same translators apply it also to Simon, the high prieit, (1 Mac. xvi. 16) whose age and station preclude the idea of inebriety.

The Collect] This prayer for aid and protection under our infirmities, dangers, and necessities, is adopted from Gregory's Sacramentarium. The introitus was pfalm xv.

cessities, stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Rom. xii. 16. BP E not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no

man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the fight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, faith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he ihirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

The Gospel. St. Matt. vii. 1.
HEN he was come down from the mountain,

great multitudes followed him. And behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will, be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus faith unto him, See thou tell no man, but go thy

thew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded for a testimony unto them. And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a Centurion beseeching him, and saying, Lord, my fervant lieth at home sick of the pally, grievously tormented. And Jesus faith unto him, I will come and heal him. The Centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst come under my roof; but speak the



Coals of fire, &c.] If he be not affected and foftened by this unex, pected and unmerited behaviour, God will punish him hereafter in proportion to his obftinacy and implacable temper.

Tell ng man] Christ gave this prohibition, not merely to avoid present inconvenience, (Mark i. 45) nor merely from humility; but from a motive of prudence, that he might not attract the attention of the Jews and Ro. mans too early, or in too great a degree. That is, before he had accomplished the work of his ministry. The latter were exceedingly jealous of any pretensions to regal or independent power in their conquered provinces; and the former were much inclined to oblige Jesus to assume a temporal dominion over them. Vide John vi. 15.

word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and i fay unto this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found fo great faith, no not in Israel. And I say unto you, that many fhall come from the east and the west, and fhalı sit down with Abraham, and Ifaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom fhall be cast ont into outer darkness: there (ball be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the Centurion, Go thy way, and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selffame hour.

The fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.

The Collcci. O

God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so

many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature, we cannot always stand upright; Grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Rom. xiii. 1.
ET every soul be subject unto the higher powers; for

ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist, shall receive to themselves damnation. Forrulers arenola terror

Under authority] “For even I, though subject to authority myself, from which so great a prophet as you must be exempt, have soldiers under me, &c. He argues from the less to the greater. A centurion commanded 100 foldiers, as the name imports.--Newcome.

The Collec?] This prayer for deliverance from and fupport under temptations was adopted from the Sacramentarium of Gregory -See above. Some slight alteration was made at the review, 1662, in the conclusion of it. Before the Reformation the epistle was the fame for the firft Sunday in Advent. The introitus was psalm ü.


to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou fhalt have praise of the same: for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience fake. For, for this cause, pay ye tribute also; for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour.

The Gospel. St. Matt. viii. 23.
ND when he was entered into a fhip, his disciples

followed him. And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, fave us, we perilh. And he faith unto them, Why are ye fearful, Oye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him? And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergefenes, there met him (wo possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine, feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

The Tombs} .“ A people, &c. who dwell among graves, and in caFerns pass the night.” Ilaiah lxv. 4. Places of refore for robbers, banditti, and melancholy persons. Dr. Shaw observes, that amongst the Moors the graves of the principal citizens have cupolas, or vaulted chambers, of four or more yards square built over them; and that they frequently lie open, and afford an occasional shelter from the inclemency of the weather."'-P. 119, quarto.

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