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II. For Regeneration.

gotten Son to take our Nature upon him, and as at this Time to by born of a pure Virgin; grant that I, being regenerated and made thy Child by Adoption and Grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit, through the same our Lord Jesus Chriji, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, World without End, Amen.

For Cha. rity to

III. de or Teach me, Obleffed Fehus, to lay afide all angry

and revengeful Thoughts against my bitterest Enemics. Enemies, because thou requirest it, and haft shewn

me the Way by thy own perfect Example; who tookest Pity upon fallen Man, when he was in a State of Enmity against thee; and without Importunity or Application didft admit him to Terms of Pardon or Reconciliation, and didit

pray for thy Perfecutors under the Sense and Smart of those Sufferings they inflicted, in the very Agony and Bitterness of Death. Teach me therefore to bear all their Malice with Meekness and Patience, and to return all Offices of Charity for the Affronts and Indignities they offer to me. Make me placable and ready to forgive, and candid in interpreting all the Marks and Signs of their Repentance. And do thou, O blessed Jesus, forgive them, and recover them to a right Sense of Things, and make them ready to be reconciled; that I being enabled by thy Grace to tread in the Steps of thy first Martyr, 'St. Stephen, may receive that. Pardon from thee, which I readily grant to them, and without which I am undone to all Eternity. Grant this, O Lord Felus, to whom with the Father and the Holy Ghost, be all Honour and Glory, World without End. Amen.

IV.

Persecue tors.

thee, to all those that persecute me, though they neither shew Justice nor Mercy towards me : Pity their Ignorance, remove those Prejudices that blind their Eyes, sweeten and mollify their Spirits, that they may no longer be carried away with Malice and bitter Passions : Dispose them by Humility and Meekness, and by a finccre Love of Truth and Righteousness, to a joyful Reception and Acknowledgment thereof; that they may lay afide their Errors, and instead of persecuting, resolutely profess thy holy Religion. And by whatever Means thou shalt think fit to work their Recovery, let their Repentance prevent thine eternal Vengeance, through the Merits of our dearest Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

CHA P. VII.

Saint John the Evangelist,

December 27

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Q. WHAT Festival doth the Church celebrate this

Day?
A. That of St. John the Evangelist.
Q. Wbat was St. John's Original ?

A. As to his Country, he was a Galilean, the Mat.iv.al. Son of Zebedee and Salome, younger Brother to St. James, with whom he was brought up in the Trade of Fishing, and with whom he was called to be a Disciple and an Apostle of our Saviour. He is thought by the Ancients to be far the youngest of all the Apostles, being under thirty Years old when he was firit called to that Dignity. And his great Age

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seems to prove as much ; for dying about an hundred Years old in the third of Trajan, he must have lived above seventy Years after our Saviour's Suffering

Q. What new Name did St. John receive froin bis Master?

A. He with his Brother James were styled Boaner. ges, that is, the Sons of Thunder. This Surname is thought more especially to be attributed to St. Ichon, because he so clearly taught the Divinity of Jesus Christ in sublime Words, and delivered the Myfteries of the Gospel in a profounder Strain than the rest of the Evangelists; upon which Account he is affirmed by the Ancients not so much to Speak as to thunder.

Q. What particular Marks had St. John of our Saviour's Elieem.

A. He was not only one of the three Disciples

which our Saviour admitted to the more private John xiii. Passages of his Life, but was the Disciple whom 23.

Jesus loved, who lay in our Saviour's Bosom at the Paschal Supper, the most honourable Place of being next him, who was made Use of by St. Peter,

as the Disciple most familiar with our Saviour, to Ver. 24. enquire whom he meant, when he said, one of them

Mould betray him; and to whom our Lord comJohn xix. mitted the Care of his Mother, the blessed Virgin,

when he was leaving the World.

Q. What may we learn from this?

A. Our Saviour hath by his Example and Authority sanctified the Relation of Friendship, and those closer Bonds of Amity, which natural Affection or special Inclination may form between particular Persons, without any Prejudice to a general Charity.

Q. How did St. John Mew his Sense of this particular Kindness of our Saviour towards him? A. By Returns of Kindness and Constancy ;

staying

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staying with him when the rest of his Disciples de-
serted him. To this Cause may be attributed his
Zeal to punish the Samaritans that affronted his
Lord; and perhaps also his Defire to fit on our Sa-
viour's right Hand in his Kingdom, that he might
have a nearer Enjoyment of him in his Glory.
And hence, likewise, though upon the Surprise of
our Saviour's Apprehension he fled with the rest
of the Apostles, yet he quickly recovered himself,
and confidently entered into the High Priest's Hall,
and followedour Saviour through the several Stages
of his Trial, and at last attended upon him at his
Crucifixion, owning him, as well as being owned
by him, in the thickest Cloud of his most inve-
terate Enemies; and having received the blessed
Virgin into his House, according to our Saviour's
Recommendation, he treated her with Duty and
honourable Regard, and made her a principal
Part of his Charge and Care.

Q. With which of the Apostles did St. John seein
to have the greatest Intimacy?

A. With St. Peter. Upon the News of our Saviour's Resurrection, they two hasted together to the Joh.xx.2 3. Sepulchre. It was to Peter that St. John gave the John xxi. Notice of Christ's appearing at the Sea of Tiberias Ver. 21. in the Habit of a Stranger: And it was for St. Fohn that St. Peter was solicitous what should be. come of him. After the Ascension of our Lord, we find them both together going up to the Temple at the Hour of Prayer; both preaching to the Ads iii, 1. People, and both apprehended and thrown into Prison, and the next Day brought forth to plead Chap. v.

eir Cause before the Sanhedrim. And both sent down by the Apostles to Samaria, to settle the Plantations Philip had made in those Parts, where they aas viii. baffled Simon Magus.

Q. What other Particulars do the Siriplures mention concerning St. John?

A. Nothing

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Euseb. lib. 3. C. I.

A. Nothing more than what is recorded of him in Conjunction with his Brother James; upon whose Festival they are taken Notice of.

Q. Where did St. John exercise his Apostolical Olice?

A. The Province that fell to his Shate was Afia: Though it is probable he continued in Judea till after the blessed Virgin's Death ; which is reckoned to have happened about fifteen Years after our Lord's Ascension; otherwise we must have heard of him in the Account St. Luke gives of St. Paul's Journeys in those Parts. He founded the Churches of Smyrna, Pergamus, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadels phia, Laodicea; but his chief Place of Residence was Ephesus; where St. Paul had many Years before settled a Church. Neither is it thought he confined his Ministry merely to Asia Minor; but that he preached in other Parts of the East; probably Parthia, his first Epistle being anciently entitled to the Paribians.

Q. How was St. John persecuted by the Emperor Domitian?

A. He was represented to the Emperorasan eminent Affertor of Atheism and Impiety, and a public Subverter of the Religion of the Empire. By the Emperor's Command the Proconful of Asia fent him bound to Rome, where he received a very bar

barous Treatment; he was cast into a Cauldron of Tertul. de boiling Oil, or rather Oil fet on Fire; but the divine Hær.6.36.

Providence, which secured the three Hebrew Captives in the Flames of a burning Furnace, brought this holy Man safe out of what one would have thought an inevitable Ruin.

Q. Hory was be farther treated by the Emperor ?

A. Domitian being disappointed, considered not the Miracle; but presently orders him to be banished into the Iland of Paimos, in the Archipelago, where he remained several Years, instructing the

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