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either we defire or deferve; Pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy, forgiving us thofe things whereof our confcience is afraid, and giving us thofe good things which we are not worthy to afk, but through the merits and mediation of Jefus Chrift thy Son our Lord.


The Epiftle. 2 Cor. 3. 4.


UCH truft have we through Chrift to God-ward. Not that we are fufficient of ourfelves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our fufficiency is of God. Who also hath made us able minifters of the new Teftament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life. + But if the miniftration of death written and engraven in ftones was glorious; fo that the children of Ifrael could not ftedfaftly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance, which glory was to be done away; how fhall not the miniftration of the Spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteoufnefs exceed in glory.

The Gofpel. S. Mark 7. 31.


Efus departing from the coafts of Tyre and Sidon, came unto the fea of Galilee, through the midft of the coafts of Decapolis. And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his fpeech; and they befeech him to put his hand upon him. And he took him afide from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, § he fighed, and faith unto him, Ephphatha,

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that is, Be opened. And ftraightway his cars were opened, and the ftring of his tongue was loofed, and he fpake plain. And he charged them that they should tell no man; but the more he charged them, fo much the more a great deal they published it, and were beyond measure astonished, faying, He hath done all things well; he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

The thirteenth Sunday after Trinity.
The Collect.


Lmighty and merciful God, of whofe only gift it cometh, that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable service; Grant, we beseech thee, that we may fo faithfully ferve thee in this life, that we fail not finally to attain thy heavenly promises, through the merits of Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen. The Epiftle. Gal. 3. 16.


Abraham and his feed were the promises made. He faith not, And to feeds, as of many; but as of one; And to thy feed, which is Chrift. And this I fay, that the covenant that was confirmed before of God in Chrift, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot difannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promife; but God gave it to Abraham by promife. Wherefore then ferveth the law? It was added becaufe of tranfgreffions, till the feed fhould come, to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if

Paraphrafe on the Call for the All powerful and gracious God, by whom alone we are enabled to fe ve thee acceptably; give us Grace we beseech thee fo truly to obey thy bleffed Will in this

He fighed. Perhaps there were circumstances to us unknown, which made this dumb Perfon a peculiar object of pity. Or by this example of bodily Deafnefs and Dumbnefs our Lord might be led to reflect on the fpiritual defects of Mankind. But whatever was the

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World, that we may at last be made partakers of the
eternal joys of another, through the merits of Jeras

caufe, Chrift figbing on this occafion evidently difplayed the tender regard which he bore to our fpecies. For certainly it could be nothing lefs which moved him to compaffionate our Miferies, in so affectionats a manner.

there had been a law given, which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the Scripture hath concluded all under fin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

The Gofpel. S. Luke 10. 23.


Leffed are the eyes which fee the things that which fee the things that ye fee. For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have defired to fee thofe things which ye fee, and have not seen them; and to hear thofe things which ye hear, and have not heard them. And behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Mafter, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He faid unto him, What is written in the law? how readeft thou? And he answering, said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy foul, and with all thy ftrength, and with all thy mind, and thy neighbour as thyfelf. And he faid unto him, Thou haft anfwered right; this do, and thou shalt live. But he willing to justify himself, faid unto Jefus, And who is my neighbour? And Jefus anfwering, faid, A certain man went down from Jerufalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way, and when he faw him, he paffed by on the other fide. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him and paffed by on the other fide. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was; and when he faw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil, and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow, when he departed, he took out § two pence, and gave them to the host, and

Two pence. Equal to about Fifteen-ience sterlig. The mallnefs of the Sum feems to denote the Samaritan's Poverty and if fo, greatly heightens his Charity.

But the Scripture hath concluded, &r. That is, all


Men were fhut up as Prifoners, coud mne by the Law to Death, the punishment of Sin, till that Faith came to be revealed, by which we obtain an happy freedom from Condemnation.

faid unto him, Take care of him, and whatsoever thou fpendeft more, when I come again I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkeft thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he faid, He that fhewed mercy on him. Then faid Jefus unto him, Go and do thou likewife.

The fourteenth Sunday after Trinity.
The Collect.


Lmighty and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou doft command, through Jefus Chrift our Lord.. Amen.

The Epifle.

Gal. 5. 16.


Say then, *Walk in the Spirit, and ye fhall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lufteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and thefe are contrary the one to the other; fo that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifeft, which are thefe, Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lafcivioufnefs, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, ftrife, feditions, herefies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and fuch like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time paft, that they who do fuch things fhall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-fuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no

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fectionately to reverence, and faithfully to perform, thy
Commandinents upon Earth through Jefus Chrift our

Paraphrafe on the Collect for the All powerful and eternal God increase our Faith in thy Word, our Hope in thy Promifes, and our Love towards thee, and all Mankind; and that we may attain thy promised Happiness in Heaven, teach us af

Then faid Jefus unto him Go, &c. By this beautiful Parable our Lord has powerfully recommended univerfal benevolence; and has taught us to fhew Mercy and Kindness to every one that ftandeth in need of our affiftance, whether he be a near Relation or a Stranger, a Countryman or a Foreigner, a Chrif

tian or a Pagan: and that when a neceffitous object re quires our relief, we ought to confider him as our Neighbour, not inquiring where he was born, or what he believes, but what he fuffers.

*Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not, &c. By this is meant, leading a Life of Purity and Virtue in oppofi.

law. And they that are Christs, have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lufts.

The Gospel. S. Luke 17. 11.


ND it came to pafs, as Jefus went to Jerufalem, that he paffed through the midft of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices, and faid, Jefus, mafter, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he faid unto them, Go fhew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that as they went, they were cleanfed. And one of them, when he faw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks; and he was a Samaritan. And Jefus answering, faid, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, fave this ftranger. And he said unto him, Arife, go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole.

The fifteenth Sunday after Trinity.
The Collect.


EEP, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy. And because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our falvation, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Epiftle. Gal. 5. 16.


Paraphrafe on the Collect for the Mercifully protect, we beseech thee, O Lord, the whole body of Chriftians throughout the World; and because through our natural Weaknefs we are continually liable to fall into Sin, without thy fupport; pre

tion to brutish and carnal Lufts-Living by Faith and Grace, in oppofition to any confidence in our own natural ftrength-the governing oarfelves by the Word of Chrift, and the holy motions of his good Spirit with

in us.

✦ There are not found that returned, &c. By the ap

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ferve us from all Things that may injure us, and leftow upon us whatsoever will be conducive to our Salvation, through Jefus Chrift our Lord.

probation which our Lord fhewed of this Samaritans behaviour in preference to that of the nine others who were Jews, he plainly declared that an outward profeffion of Religion, (however excellent that Religion may be in itself) is of no value before God, in com parifon of piety, aud inward holy difpofitions.

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