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

The Gospel. St. Marth. ix. 18.
THILE 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 handupon 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 iffue 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 Deepeth. 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 all that land.

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The twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity.

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

faithful people; that they plenteously 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 fupposed that Josephus was flain, great lamentations were made, and many hired pipers or minfrels, who led the way in these lamentations.

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

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

, I 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 Ifrael shall dwell fafely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Therefore behold, the days come, faith the Lord, that they shall no more say, 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 seed 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 faith unto Philip, Whence Thall we buy bread, that these may ear?' (And this he faid 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, saith 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 fit down. Now there was much grafs 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 set 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 here wanting; and if there be fewer, the Overplus may be omitted: Provided, that this last Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, Shall always be used upon the Sunday next before Advent.

St. Andrew's Day.
The Collefr.

grace unto 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 forthwith 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 Sundays that were omitted between thie Epiphany and Septuagefima."

St. Andrew's Day) This saint's day is the first that is kept folemn, 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 ascension, is as follows:—When the Apostles, in consequence of this event, distria buted 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 Eulebius inform us.-Orig. lib. iii. in Gen. Eufeb. Hift. lib. i. cap. 1. Afterwards he came back and preached the gospel in Epirus.--Greg. Naz. Orat. in Ar. Chryf. Hom. xii. Ap.

The modern Grecks 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 grcat miracles. At last he glorified God by his martyrdom, being crucified at Agea, (where he last preached) by the Procontul of the place, a great bigot to the heathen superitition. He was only tied to the cross after his scourging, 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 fullering, being pleased that he ihould undergo the fame death as his bleiled Master did.

The Colleft! This prayer, for ability to fultil God's commandments, was composed in 1549. The introitus was pfalm cxxix.

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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 upto falvation. For the fcripture faich, Whosoever believeth on him, fhall not be ashamed. 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 shall 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 seni? 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 found went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses faith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. But Efaias 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 faith, 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, Jame he son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ihip wiil Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and

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

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St. Thomas the Apostle.

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

confirmation of the faith didst suffer thy holy Apostle Thomas to be doubtful in thy Son's resurrection; Grant us so perfe&tly, 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 same Jesus Christ, to whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for evermore.

Amen.
The Epistle. Ephes. ii. 19.
OW therefore ye are no more strangers and fo-

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 firly 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 dil. St. Thomas] After Chrift's ascension, 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 says, “ And Thomas bas whitened the Æthiopians.”—Chryf. Hom. xii. Apoft. Theodoret 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 (lince in the last ages commerce has been eftablished there) do contirm, 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, occafioned 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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