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punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be.. relieved, through our Lord and Savicur Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Epistle. Gal. iv. 21. "ELL me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye
not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two fons, the one by a bond-maid, the other by a free-woman. But he who was of the bond-woman, was born after the fleth; but he of the free-woman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerufalem which is above, is free; which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest pot; break forth and cry, thou that travailelt nor: for the defolate hath many more children ihan she which hath an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the chil
Ali/-lent Sunday, though formerly it had the name of Dominica refeftionis, the Sunday of refreihment, from the circumitances recorded in the gospel at the day, which gave rise to the custom retained in fome counties of mid-lenting, or mothering on this day. The 5th Sunday in Lent is called Palion Sunday; and the 6th, or Sunday before Easter, has the name of Palm Sunday, in commemoration of ourblefled Lord’striumphantentryinto Jerufalem; in remembrance of which palms were used to be borne here with us upon this day, till the fecond year of King Edward Vith.
The fiel] Without a divine promise and interposition. Allegory] Or, which things are here allegorized by me; that is, which things I may instructively consider, as if they had a further meaning than the historian gave them.
Two covenants] For these, the bond-woman and the free, may be use fully considered as retembling or representing the Jewish and Christian covenants; the former given from mount Sinai, bearing children to servitude, which covenant is denoted by Agar.
Is florent S:1227! For Agar, (the mother of the Ismaelites) represents the slavilh and temporary difpenfation of the Jewish law, which was given 2t mount Sinai, in the dcfert of Arabia; and that people (the Jews) who were to be kept under the severe discipline of it.
Is free) Represents Sarah, the mother of us Christians in general: you gentiles, converts, being the tons of Abraham, by imitating his faith ; and Sarah bearing children to freedom from the law, and to the inheritance of God's promics in the Jewith converts descended from her.
dren of promise. But as then, he that was born after the felh, persecuted him that was born after the Spirit; even so it is now. Nevertheless, what faith the Scriprure? Caft out the bond-woman and her son; for the fon of the bond-woinan shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bond-woman, but of the free.
The Gospel. St. John vi. 1. (ESUS went over the sea of Galilee, which is the real
of Tiberias. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he fat with his disciples. And the paffover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and faw a great company come unto him, he faith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove hiin; 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, faith a to him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley-Soaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men fit down. Now there was much grass in the place. . So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus 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 nobing be loit. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley-loaves, which remained over and
Children of promise) The application of this allegory then is plain; Chriftians, whether circumcised or not, whether gentile or Jewish, are the members of this bleffed covenant, intended in the promise to Abraham; and are the Spiritual offspring of laac.
Of the free] Being therefore members of the free, gracious, and spiritual religion of the gospel; as laac was the promised teed of Abraham, we are not obliged to the heavy bondage of the canonical law of Moles. 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.
WE beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look
The fifth Sunday in Lent.
upon thy thy they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soul, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Heb. ix. 11.
come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood; he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, fanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the Mediator of the new testa. ment, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
The Gospel. St. John viii. 46. ESUS said, Which of you convinceth me of fin? And
if I fay the truth, why do ye nor believe me? that is of God, heareth God's words: ye therefore hear
The Colleft] This prayer for heavenly protection was introduced at the reformation from the Sacramentarium of Gregory. The introitus was part of Ixvith pfalm. This Sunday is called Paffion Sænday; for now begins the commemoration of the passion of our Lord, and after a long funcral pomp and train, the corps follows upon Good Friday-Sp
them not, because ye are not of God. Then answere the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well, that thou art a Samaritan, and halt a devil? Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Facher, and ye do dithonour me. And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never fee death. Then said the Jews upto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil: Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou fayeft, If a man keep my faying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me, of whom ye say, that he is your God: yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I thould say, I know liim not, I should be a liar, like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and halt thou feen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jefus hid himself, and went out of
The Sunday next before Easter.
The Collect. Almighty and everlafting God, who of thay tender love Jesus Christ, to take upon him our fiesh, and to fuffer
Colle?! This prayer for grace to enable us to follow Christ's example, and to become worthy of partaking his returre&tion, is found in Gregory's Sacramen, and Ambrose's Liturgy. The irtroitus was the Ixiit pfalm. * This week was called of old the great week, because it hath a larger fervice than any other week, every day having a fecond service. It was also called the holy week, because men gave over all worldly employments, and betook themselves wholly to devotion this week. The courts were fhut up, and civil affairs laid alide; and prisoners that were confined for Imall debts, were liberated.--Ghrys. kom. XXX. C. 1o.
death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. men. The Epistle. Phil. ii. 5.
, who, being in the form of God, thought it not rob. bery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a Name which is above every name ; that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earıh ; and that every tongue should confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The Gospel. St. Matth. xxvii. 1.
and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus, to put him to death. And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas, who had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have finned, in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is
The Gospeh Till the review 1662, both the xxvith and xxviith chapters were appointed for the gospel, viz, the whole of the xxvith, and the xxviith to verse 56.
Pontius Pilate] He was procurator of Judea ten years; and then de prived of his office. After having fuffered many misfortunes, he killed himself at Vienne in Gaul, to which place he had been exiled.