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word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say 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 Ihalı sit down with Abraham, and Ifaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall 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 fervant was healed in the selffame hour.

The fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.

Tbe Collcci. O of

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, refifteth the ordinance of God: and they that resift, shall receive to themselves damnation. Forrulers arenota 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 Collect] This prayer for deliverance from and support 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 first Sunday in Advent. The introitus was pfalm 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, save 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 Gergesenes, 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 occalional shelter from the inclemency of the weather."'-P. 119, quarto.

And he said unto them, Go And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the pofféffed of the devils. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

The fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.

The ColleEl. O

Lord, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and

houshold continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace, may evermore be defended by thy mighty power, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Col. iii. 12.
UT on therefore, as the eleet of God, holy and be

loved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering, forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Chrift forgave you, so also do ye. And above all thefe things put on charity, which is the bond of perfe&tnefs. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you fichly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in pfalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, finging with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever

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And perishedA juft punishment on the owners of the swine, whether they were Jews or Gentiles: If Jews, they were guilty of a breach of the law in keeping swine; if Gentiles, they perversely laid a fnare and ftumbling block in the way of the Jews, by feeding prohibited animals within the limits of Palestine, and in the heart of Jewish population.

The Collect] This prayer for the preservation of the church in godlinefs was adopted from Sacramentarium of Gregory. The introitus was psalm xx.

Je do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord
Jesus, giving thanks to God, and the Father by him.

The Gospel. St. Matt. xiii. 24.

a sowel good feed in his field; But while men flept, his

enemy came and lowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the housholder came, and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou fow good feed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he faid, Nay; left while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvelt; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather yetogether first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn,


The sixth Sunday after the Epiphany.

The Collect.
God, whose blessed Son was manifested, that he

might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the sons of God, and heirs of eternal life; Grant us, we beseech thee, that having this hope, we may purify ourfelves, even as he his pure; that when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like

In the name] Let every important and religious word or action be spokea or done, habitually confidering Jesus Christ as your master and mediator. For inftance: Give thanks to God through him.

The Collefr) This prayer for our admittance to the enjoyment of God in heaven was added at the review in 1662, together with the epistle and gospel; till when if there happened to be fix Sundays after the Epiphany, the collect, epiftle, and gospel for the fifth Sunday were repeated; though in the Salisbury Misfal, the service of the third Sunday is ordered to be used on such an occasion. In the modern Roman Missals, the introitus on this day consists of two verses from pfalm xcvi. The epiftle is 1 Thess. i. 2; and the gospel is Matt. xiii. 24. The printed Misal, which I have used throughout, is the Antwerp edition, ex officioa Planmpiana, A. D. 1624.

unto him in his eternal and glorious kingdom, where with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, he liveth and reigneth ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle. St. John iii. 1.
EHOLD, what manner of love the Father hath be-

ftowed upon us, that we should be called the fons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know, that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Whosoever committeth fin, transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our fins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him, finneth not: whosoever finnerh, hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil: for the devil finneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

The Gospel. St. Matt. xxiv. 23. 'HEN if any man shall fay unto you, Lo, here is

Christ, or there: believe it For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that (if it were poslīble) they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore, if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert, go not forth: behold, he is in the fecret chambers, believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. "Immediately after the tribulation of those days

The eagles, &c.] This is an allusion to the Roman standards, which, it is well known, represented these birds. It is also predictive of the dreadful licge of Jerusalem by that power. In the book of Job, the following

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