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The Epiftle. Colof. i. 3.


E give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jefus Chrift, praying always for you, fince we heard of your faith in Chrift Jefus, and of the love which ye have to all the faints; for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the Gofpel; which is come unto you, as it is in all the world, and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth alfo in you, fince the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth. As ye alfo learned of Epaphras our dear fellow-fervant, who is for you a faithful minister of Chrift; who alfo declared unto us your love in the Spirit. For this caufe we alfo fince the day we heard it, do not ceafe to pray for you, and to defire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleafing, being fruitful in every good work, and increafing in the knowledge of God; itrengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long-fuffering, with joyfulnefs, giving thanks unto the Father, who hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the faints in light.

The Gospel. St. Matt. ix. 18.


HILE Jefus fpake these things unto John's difciples, behold, there came a certain ruler and worfhipped him, faying, My daughter is even now dead; but come and lay thy hand upon her, and fhe fhall live. And Jefus arofe and followed him, and fo did his difciples. (And behold a woman who was difeafed with an iffue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For the faid within herfelf, If I may but touch his garment, I fhall be whole. But Jefus turned him about, and when he faw her, he faid, Daughter, be of good comfort, thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.) And when Jefus came into the ruler's houfe, and faw the minstrels and the people making a noise, he said unto them, Give place; for the maid is not dead, but fleepeth. And they laughed him to fcorn. when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her E e



by the hand, and the maid arofe. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.

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 Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epiftle. Jer. xxiii. 5.

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raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King fhall reign, and profper, and fhall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah fhall be faved, and Ifrael fhall dwell fafely and this is his Name whereby he shall be called, The Lord our Righteoufnefs. Therefore behold, the days come, faith the Lord, that they shall no more fay, The Lord liveth, who brought up the children of Ifrael out of the land of Egypt: but, The Lord liveth, who brought up, and who led the feed of the houfe of Ifrael out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them and they fhall dwell in their own land.


The Gospel. St John vi.


THEN Jefus then lift up his eyes, and faw a great company come unto him, he faith unto Philip, Whence fhall we buy bread that these may eat? (And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do) Philip anfwered him, Two hundred penny worth of



On the COLLECT for the five and twentieth Sunday after Trinity. We beseech thee, O Lord, that thou wouldst be pleased by thy heavenly grace, fo to influence the wills and affections of all chriftian people, that their good works may prove a credit to their holy profeffon, and that they may hereafter be admitted to the eternal joys of beatific vifion in heaven; and this we beg for Jefus Chrift his fake. Amen.


bread is not fufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his difciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, faith unto him, There is a lad here, who hath five barley-loaves, and two fmall fishes: but what are they among fo many? And Jefus faid, Make the men fit down. Now there was much grafs in the place. So the men fat down, in number about five thoufand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he diftributed to the difciples, and the difciples to them that were fet down, and likewife of the fishes, as much as they would. When they were filled, he faid unto his difciples. 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 barely-loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had feen the miracle that Jefus did, faid, 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 fome of thofe Sundays that were omitted after the Epiphany, fhall be taken in to supply so many as are bere wanting. And if there be fewer, the overplus may be omitted: Provided that this laft Colle, Epiftle and Gospel ball always be used upon the Sunday next before Advent.

Saint Andrew's day.

The Collect.


Lmighty God, who didft give fuch grace unto thy holy apostle St Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jefus Chrift, and followed him without delay; Grant unto us all, that we being called by thy holy word, may forthwith give up ourselves obediently to fulfil thy holy commandments, through the fame Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen..


On the COLLECT for St Andrew's Day.

O Almighty God, who didft favour St Andrew, when he was called to the. Apostleship, with fuch powerful affiftance of thy holy fpirit, that he, without hesitation, followed our Saviour at his command, and became his difeiple, (Matt. iv, 16.) give us grace, with the fame readiness to obey that


The Epiftle. Rom. x 9.



F thou fhalt confefs with thy mouth the Lord Jefus, and fhalt believe in thine heart, that God hath raised him from the dead, thou fhalt be faved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteoufnefs, and with the mouth confeffion is made unto falvation. For the fcripture faith, Whosoever believeth on him, fhall not be afhamed: For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: For the fame Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whofoever thall call upon the Name of the Lord, shall be saved. How then fhall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how hall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how fhall they hear without a preacher? and how fhall they preach, except they be fent? 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 fay, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their found went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. But I fay, Did not Ifrael know? First, Mofes faith, I will provoke you to jealoufy 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 fought me not; I was made manifest unto them that afked not after me. But to Ifrael he faith, All day long I have ftretched forth my hands unto a difobedient and gainfaying people.

The Gofpel. St Matth. iv. 18.

ESUS walking by the fea of Galilee, faw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, cafting a net into the fea: (for they were fifhers) And he faith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.


'call of thine, which thou art pleased to make unto us, when we hear thy holy word read or preached, and that we may live according to thy holy laws, which fhall therein be laid before us, this we pray for Jefus Christ his fake. PARA


And they ftraightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he faw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee, their father, mending their nets; and he cal led them. And they immediately left the fhip and their father, and followed him.

Saint Thomas the Apoftle.
The Collect

Lmighty and everlasting God, who for the more confirmation of the faith, didft fuffer thy holy Apoftle Thomas to be doubtful in thy Son's refurrection; Grant us fo perfectly, and without all doubt, to believe in thy Son Jefus Chrift, that our faith in thy fight may never be reproved. Hear us, O Lord, through the fame Jefus Chrift, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, now, and for evermore. Amen.

The Epiftle. Ephef. ii. 19.


TOW therefore ye are no more ftrangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the faints, and of the houfhold of God, and are built upon the foundation of the Apoftles and Prophets, Jefus Chrift 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 alfo are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.


On the COLLECT for St Thomas's Day.

O Almighty and everlasting God, who didft fuffer the holy apostle, St Thomas, to doubt for fome time of the truth of our Saviour's refurrection, fo that by the recording of that circumftance in the Holy Scripture, together with the compleat fatisfaction which he obtained therein, thou haft given us a more full confirmation of our faith; grant us fuch a steady belief in thy Son our bleffed Lord, and in every particular of his holy religion, that our faith may be unexceptionable in thy fight. We befeech thee, O Lord, to hear thefe our prayers, through the merits of the fame Jefus Chrift out Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for evermore. Amen.


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