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terred by Maximilla, a Lady of great Quality Hieron. and Estate. Afterwards it was removed to Con adv. Vigi
lan. Tom. Bantinople by Constantine the Great, and buried
2. p. 41. in the great Church, which he had built to the Honour of the Apostles.
Q. What may we learn from the Observation of this Festival?
A. To labour what we can in our Stations to make all our Relations, Friends, and Dependents, true Followers and Servants of the blerfed Jesus. To shew our Dislike of any Evil that reigneth among them, and courageously to reprove what we know deserves it. TO venture the promoting their eternal Welfare, though at the Danger of their Displeasure. To lay hold on all favourable Opportunities to infinuate the Necessity and Happiness of being religious. To prepare our Minds by Mortification and Repentance for the receiving all those heavenly Graces which are enjoined in the Gospel Institution. To bear all the Afflictions and Calamities of this Life with a patient and courageous Mind, entirely resigned to the Will of God. Chearfully to take up the Cross, and to rejoice when we are counted worthy to suffer for the Name of Jesus ; that 1 Pet. 4. when bis Glory shall be revealed, we may be glad 13. also with exceeding Joy.
Q. Wben may Men be said to suffer really for the sake of Jesus, or for the Cause of Religion?
A. Not only when they suffer rather than renounce the Christian Religion, or the publick Profession of it; but when they suffer for any necessary Point of Faith or Practice, wherein the Ellence or Purity of the Christian Religion is concerned ; and when they suffer rather
than disclaim any undoubted Trutb of God whatsoever.
Q. How does the Providence of God bear good Men out in such Sufferings ?
A. Either by securing them from those violent Degrees of Temptation, which would be too strong for human Strength and Patience ; or in Cale of extraordinary Trials, by giving them the extraordinary Supports and Comforts of his Holy Spirit : Either by not suffering them to be tempted above what they are able, or with the Temptation, by making a Way for their Escape.
Q. Wben may we in our Sufferings for Religion, expeet with Confidence the particular Support of God's Providence ?
A. When we are careful to perform our own Duty, and do what is required on our Part : And when, neither to avoid Sufferings, nor to rescue ourselves out of them, we do any thing contrary to our Christian Obligations and a good Conscience. It is an eternal Rule from whence we must in no Case depart : That Men must do nothing contrary to the Rules and Precepts of Religion, no not for the Sake of Religion itself.
Q. With what Temper of Mind ought good Men to suffer for the Cause of Religion ?
A. With Patience, that they may not grow faint and weary: With Meekness, that they may not grow angry and bitter against their Persecuters : With Charity, that they may overcome Evil with Good : With Truft in God's Providence, that they may be supported under their Sufferings by his Grace, and delivered in his good Time : With Yoy and
Tbankfulness, inasmuch as they are Partakers of Christ's Sufferings ; and when his Glory shall be revealed, they shall be made glad with exceeding Joy.
The PRA Y ER S.
I. Lmighty God, who didst give such Grace For Conto thy holy Apostle St. Andrew, that he version
from Sin. readily obeyed the Calling of thy Son Jesus Cbrift, and followed him without Delay; grant unto me and all Christians, that we being called by thy holy Wosd, may forthwith give up ourfelves obediently to fulfil thy holy Commandments, through the same Yesus Cbrift our Lord. Amen.
tl. GOD, merciful Father, that despiseft not ForAftO
the Sighing of a contrite Heart, nor the ance in Desire of such as be sorrowful, mercifully af- Adverdifist our Prayers that we make before thee, in
ty. all our Troubles and Adversities whenfoever they oppress us; and graciously hear us, that those Evils, which the Craft and Subtility of the Devil or Man worketh against us, may be brought to nought, and by the Providence of thy Goodness they may be dispersed, that we thy Servants, being hurt by no Persecutions, may evermore give Thanks unto thee in thy Holy Church, through Jesus Cbrift our Lord. Amen.
Mr. Ket Blessed Jesus, who in thy wise Providence tlewell.
thinkelt it fit sometimes to call thy faithFor Grace to fufferful Servants to bear their Cross, and to suffer as a good for thy Sake who didft fuffer a moft ignominious Christian. Death for them; bring me not to suffer, till
thou hast fitted and prepared me for it ; and lay no more upon me than thou wilt enable me willingly and thankfully to endure. Let me not ralhly expose myself to Danger without thy Call, nor suffer for my own Fancy or Folly, or for any wilful or effected Error. Give me Grace to live according to the Rules of my most holy Faith, that I may have Courage and Comfort in suffering for it. Preserve me stedfast in the Belief of thy heavenly Truths, and undaunted in the Profeffion of them. Give me Patience to bear my Cross; and Meekness to bear with my Persecutors ; Charity to forgive their Wrongs, and to pray to thee for their For. giveness. Enable me to trust in thy Goodness for Support and Deliverance, and to fix my Faith upon those heavenly Joys, with which the Sufferings of this Life are not worthy to be compared; that being made Partaker of thy Sufferings, I may be glad with exceeding Joy when the Glory Thall be reveal’d. To whom with the Father and the Holy Ghost, be all Honour and Glory, World without End. Amen.
For the Almighty Lord, who haft purchased to Church
thyself a Church with thine own Blood, under Perfecution. look in Mercy upon the same, however distrer
throughout the World. Pity all its Calamities, and in thy due Time give it a happy Deliverance out of them. Keep it in thy Truth, and preserve it from Heresies and false Doctrines, either about Faith or Practice, and from Schisms that tear it in Pieces. And when thou art pleased to try it with Tribulations, let them only purge it, but not lay it wafte. Revive a suffering Spirit among all the Members of it when it labours under a luffering State ; that they may be ready to quit all worldly Interest, and be enabled contentedly and joyfully to take up the Cross, and bear it after thee : That carefully avoiding all Ways of Error and Wickedness, for preventing or rescuing themselves from Sufferings, they may either be delivered by thy mighty Arm, or rewarded in thy Heavenly Kingdom, where with the Father and the Holy Ghost, thou livest and reignest one God, World without End. Amen.
CH A P. IV.
Saint Thomas, December 21.
HAT Festival doth the Church celem
brate tbis Day? A. That of St. Thomas the Apostle. Q. Wbat was be called beside Thomas ?
A. Didymus; which, according to both the Greek and Syriac Sense of his Name, signifieth a Twin ; as Thomas also doth among the Hebrews. It being customary with the Jews, when