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shall then appear before thee : That I and all the World shall give a strict Account of all our Thoughts, Words, and Actions; that the Books will be then opened ; that out of those dreadful Registers we shall be judged: that Satan and our own Confciences will be our Accusers. O let the last Trump be ever founded in my Ears, that I may ever be mindful of my great Accounts; and that I may neither speak, or do, nor think any Thing that may wound my own Conscience, or provoke thy Anger, or make me tremble at the awful Day. I know, O Lord, that Love only shall then endure that terrible Test, that Love only shall be acquitted, that Love only shall be eternally bleft; and therefore I will ever praise and love thee, Glory be to thee, O thou beloved Son of God, to whom the Father bas committed all Judgment. How can they that love thee, O Jesu, ever despond, though their Love in this Life is always imperfect, when at laft they shall have Love for their Judge, Love that hath felt and will compassionate all their Infirmities? and therefore all Love, all Glory be to thec. Amen.

CH A P. III. Saint Andrew, November 30.

HAT Festival doth the Church cele& WHAT Eestival doth the Church cele

A. That of the Apostle St. Andrew.

Q. Of what Parentage and Country was be? John1.44. ' A. He was born at Bethfaida, a City of Ga

Mat.2.23.

lilee, standing upon the Banks of the Lake of Gennefaretb, Son to Jonas, a Fisherman of that Town, and Brother to Simon Peter. It is not decided by the Antients, whether he was elder or younger; the major part think St. Andrew to have been the younger.

Q. How came our Saviour to cbuse bis Disciples out of Galilee?

A. Because it was the chief Scene of our Saviour's Ministry; a Circumstance noted by all the Evangelifts; and St. Peter also stamps it with this Character in his Sermon to Cornelius, the Word wbicb began from Galilee. Our Saviour Ats. 10. was both conceived and brought up at Naza- 37;

Luk.1.26. Teth a City of Galilee ; he began his folemn Publication of the Gospel at Capernaum, the

4. 13, 23.' Metropolis of Galilee ; he preached all round the Region of Galilee ; he began his Miracles at Cana in Galilee; he was transfigured at Mount

Joh. 2.11. Tabor, a Mount of Galilee ; our Saviour's ordi- Mat

. 17.2. nary Residence was in Galilee ; and he appoint- Mat. 26. eth his Disciples to come to see him in Galilee, 32. when he was risen from the Dead.

Q. Was our Saviour's vouchsafing bis principal Abode to the Province of Galilee any Testimony of bis being the Meflias ?

A. The Prophecy of Isaiah, ix. 1, 2, 3. plainly relateth to this Matter : And to this Purpose it is quoted by St. Matthew, when our Saviour made Mat.4.14. Capernaum the Seat of his Preaching. The Land of Galilee, or of Zebulon and Nephibali, had the Misfortune to be first in that Calamity which befel their Nation hy the Assyrian ; by Occasion of which Calamity, then newly happened, Ifaiab 2 Kings comforteth them with this Prophecy, that in Re-15. 29. compence of that Misery they suffered above

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the rest of their Brethren, they should have the first and chiefeft Share of the Presence and Conversation of the Mefiah that was to come.

Q. How was St. Andrew awakened to expeet

ibe Meffiah ? Joh. 1.40. A. By being a Disciple of John the Baptift;

who trained up hisProfelytes under the Discipline of Repentance, which prepared them to entertain the Doctrines of the Messias ; whose Approach he told them was near at Hand, representing to them the Dignity of his Person, and the Importance of the Defgn be was come upon.

Q. How came St. Andrew acquainted with our Saviour ?

A. Being with John the Baptist one Day as ver. 36, Jesus passed by, and hearing him say, that he 37 was the Lamb of God that taketh away the Sins

of the World, he follows our Saviour, upon this Testimony, to the Place of his Abode; hearing his Instructions, and improving his Faith by conferring with him ; upon which Account by feveral of the Antients he is styled the first called Disciple, though in a strict Senfe he was not fo ; for though he was the first of the Dirciples that came to Cbrijt, yet he was not called til afterwards.

Q. What was the first Effeet of bis Faith in tbe Messias ?

A. He went to his Brother Simon, and imparted to him the joyful News, that he had

found the Desire of the World, and their longJoh.1.40.

expected Happiness, the Christ who was promised by the Prophets; and carried him immediately to Jefus ; where after a short Stay they returned again to their own Houses, and exercised their Calling.

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Q. When

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Q. When did St. Andrew become our Saviour's
Disciple and constant Attendant ?

A. About a Year afterwards, when being
fully convinced of the Greatness and Divinity
of our Saviour's Person, by the miraculous
Draught of Fishes, our Saviour commanded Mat. 4.
him, with his Brother Peter, to follow him,
designing to make them Fishers of Men; who
accordingly left all, and constantly attended our
Seviour's Person, and was afterwards called
by him to the Office and Honour of the Aposto-
late.

Q. What became of St. Andrew after our Sa-
viour's Ascension ?

A, It is generally affirmed by the Antients, Socrat.
that the Apostles agreed among themselves by Hift. Eccl.
Lot, say some, probably not without the spe- lib.1.c.19.
cial Guidance and Direction of the Holy Ghost,
what Parts of the World they should severally
take. And that in this Division St. Andrew Eufeb.lib.
had Scythia, and the neighbouring Countries, 3. c. 1.
allotted him for his Province.

Q. How and where did St. Andrew suffer
Martyrdom?

A. After this blessed Apostle had planted the
Gospel in several Places, and by his indefatiga-
ble Labours had converted many to the Faith;
he came at last to Patre in Achaia, where by
laying down his Life he confirmed the Truths
he had taught. For by endeavouring to con-
vert Ægeas the Proconsul of Achaia, and to
preserve his new Converts from Apostacy, whom
the Governor strove to reduce by all Arts to
their old Idolatry, he engaged the Proconful a-
gainst him; who commanded him to be scourg-
ed, and then to be crucified, and that his Death

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might be more lingering, he was fastened to the Cross, not with Nails, but with Cords.

Q. What Account is there of the Manner of bis Crucifixion?

A. That as he was led to Execution, he shewed a chearful and composed Mind, and that being come within Sight of the Cross, he saluted it with this kind Address, That be had long expected and desired that happy Hour ; that tbe Cross bad been consecrated by bearing the Body of Christ; that be came joyful and triumpbing to it, ibat it might receive him as a Difciple and Follower of bim who once hung upon it, and be the Means to carry bim safe unto bis Master, having been the Instrument upon which bis Master did redeem bim. Having prayed and exhorted the People to Constancy and Perseverance in their Religion, he was fastened to the Cross, whereon he hung two Days, teaching and instructing the People all that Time; and when great Importunities were used with the Proconsul to spare his Life, he earnestly begged of our Lord, that he might at that Time depart, and seal the Truth of Religion with his Blood, which accordingly happened.

Q. What was the Form of St. Andrew's Cross?

A. The Instrument of his Martyrdom is commonly said to have been something peculiar, in the Form of the Letter X, being a Cross decusate, two Pieces of Timber crossing each other in the Middle : And hence usually known by the Name of St. Andrew's Cross.

Q. Wbat became of his Body?

A. Being taken down from the Cross, it was embalmed, and decently and konourably in

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