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fare is 'accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned; for fhe hath received of the Lords hand double for all her lins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a high-way for our God. Every valley fhall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. And the glory of the Lord Dall.be revealed, and all Aesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. The voice faid, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, because the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand for ever. O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain: 0 Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid: say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God. Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd, he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bofom, and shall gently lead those that are with young:

The Gospela S. Luke 1. 57.
Lisabeths full time came that she should be delivered; and she

brought forth a fon. And her neighbours, and her cousins. heard how the Lord had fhewed great mercy upon her, and they rejoiced with her. And it came to pass, that on the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child, and they called him Zacharias, afforsake us; and who has equal power and inclination beauty of its sentiments. to do us good!

Elisabetb's full Time came, &c. John the Baptist Comfort ze, comfort ye, &c. Tha this Prophecy was introduced into the Wild in this remarkable relates primarily to the return of the Jews from the manner, that the attention of his. Countrymen being Babylonian Captivity; yet it was completely fulfilled awakened, and nigh expectations of him rail d, he only by the million of John the Baptist to prepare the might execute the duties of his Ministry with greater Jows for the reception of the Gospel. And it can advantage, and effe&tually prepare the People to renever be fufficiently admired for the fublimity and ceiving the Mediah himself, who was foon to appear in dignity of its Language, as well as for the energy and Perfan..


ter the name of his father. And his mother answered and said, , Not so; but he shall be called John. And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. And they made figns to his father, how he would have him called. And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, +His name is John. And they marvelled all. And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loofed, and he spake and praised God. And fear came on all that dwelt round about them; and all these fayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill-country of Judea. And all they that had heard them, laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be? And the hand of the Lord was with him. And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he hath visited and redeemed his people and hath raised up ani horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; as he {pake by, the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been fince the world began; i thạt we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; the oath which he sware to our father Abraham, that he would grant unto us, that we, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousnefs before him all the days of our life. And thou, Child, Thalt be called the Prophet of the Highest; for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; to give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their fins, through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the Day-spring from on high hath visited us; to give light to them that fit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the


of peaee. - And the child grew, and waxed strong in fpirit; and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.


+ His Name is John. This Name as it signifies the to Mankind through_the Mefiah, of whom he was

the Grace of God, so it was properly bestowed upon this Fore-runner. Child; who was sent to declare God's Grace and Mercy



Saint Peters Day,

The Collect.
Almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy
Apostle Saint Peter

many excellent gifts, and commandedit him carucitly to feed thy flock; Moke, we beseech thee, all Bishops and Pastors diligently to preach thy holy Word, and the people obediently to follow the fame, that they may receive the crown of everlasting glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle. Acts 12. '1.
Bout that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to

vex certain of the Church. $ And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him, intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison; + but prayer was made without ceasing of the Church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains; and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison; and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly, And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel faid unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy fandals : and so he did. And

Paraphrase on the Colleet for St. Peter's Day. O most mighty God, who, through thy Son our Sa- thy Holy Gospel, and the People to pay a due regard viour, didit endue thy Apostle Peter with many fpi- to its Doctrines, that they may both be partakers togeritual Gifts, and ftri&ly charge him to inftru&t thy Peo-ther of eternal Happiness through Jesus Chrift our ple; give Grace to all thy Ministers faithfully to preach Saviour.

And he killed James, &c. Thus was our Lord's the consequence of this we are inttructed, how instru. predi&tion fulfilled that James should drink of his Cup, mental the intercessions of good, People are towards Mat. xx. 23. and in some sense was granted him the procuring such deliverances. Mighty indeed is the request of precedence in his Kingdom too; fiace he had efficacy of Prayer, when unanimous and publick; efpethe honour to die, firit of all the twelve, a Martyr for cially if the subject of it be somewhat eminently fervi the Chriftian cause.

ceable to the glory of God, and the benefit of Reli+ But Prayer was made without ceafing, &c. From gion.

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he faith unto him, Caft thy gárinént about thee, and follow me. And he went out and followed him, and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel ; but thought he faw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city, which opened to them of his own accord; and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. And when Peter was come to himself; he faid, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

The Gospel. S. Matth. 16. 13.
HEN Jefus came into the coasts of Cefarea Philippi, he

asked his difciples, saying, Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am? And they said, Some fay that thou art John the Baptist, some Elias; and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He faith unto them, But whom fay ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, 'Thou art Christ the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and faid unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, *and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loofed in heaven.

Saint James the Apostle.

The Colle£t. Rant, O merciful God, that as thine holy Apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, without delay was

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And upon this Rock I will build my Church. fion of three thousand Souls, Acts ii. 41. and likewise Suitabiy to this promise we find that Peter laid the firft among the Gentiles, by the conversion of Corrlaws foundation of a Chursk among the Jews by the conver- and bis Friends, Acts 10.

bedient unto the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him; so we forsaking all worldly and carnal affections, may be evermore ready to follow ihy holy commandments, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen, .

For the Epifile. Acts 11. 27. and part of the 12th Chapter. N those 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 disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren, which dwelt in Jadea. Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. Now about that time, Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the Church. And he killed James the brother of John with a sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also.

The Gospel. S. Matth. 20. 20. *HEN came to him the mother of Zebedees children, with

her sons worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may fit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye

ask. Are


able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, * but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. And

Paraphrafe on the Colle&t for St James's Day. Grant, o gracious God, that as thy blessed Apostle Christ; to we quitting all disorderly Pallons and James readily forsook all his worldly Relations and con- Affections, may be always sincerely disposed to obey cerns to become a Difciple and Follower of Jesus thy Precepts, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

But it shall be given to them, &c. This fignifies State Mall not be bestowed upon any one through par that the honours and degrees of Happiness in a future tiality, fondness, or respect of Persons; but according


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