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The Gospel St. John . 24. charge. And when he had said this, le

fell asleep. THOMAS, one of the twelve, called The Gospel St. Matt. xxiii. 34.

I Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came The other disciples there

DEHOLD, I send unto you prophets fore said unto him. We have seen the

D and wise men, and scribes; and Lord But he said unto them, Except I

some of them ye shalt kill and crucily; shall see in his hands the print of the

and some of them shall ye scourge in nails, and put my finger into the print

your synagogues, and persecute them of the nails, and thrust my hand into bis

from city to city; that upon you may side, I will not believe. And after eight

come all the righteous blood shed upon days, again his disciples were within,

the earth, from the blood of nghteous and Thomas with them : Then came Je.

Abel, unto the blood of Zacharias, son sus, the doors being shut, and stood in

of Barachias, whom ye slew between the the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

temple and the altar. Venly I say unto Then said he to Thomas, Reach hither

you. All these things shall come upon

this generation. Jerusalem. Jerusa thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into

lem, thou that Aillest the prophets, and my side ; and be not faithless, but be

stonest them which are sent unto thee; lieving. And l'homas answered and said

how often would I have gathered thy unto him, My Lord, and my God. Je.

children together, even as a hen gather. sus saith unto him, Thomas, because

eth her chickens under ber wings, and thou hast seen me, thou hast believed ;

ye would not ! Behold, your house is blessed are they that have not seen, and

left unto you desolate. For I say unto yet have believed. And many other

you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till signs truly did Jesus in the presence of

ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometà his disciples, which are not written in

in the name of the Lord. this book. But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, Saint John the Erangelist's Day. the Son of God; and that believing, ye

The Collect might have life through his name.

M ERCIFUL Lord, we beseech thee

to cast thy bright beams of light St. Stephen's Day.

upon thy Church, that it being instruct. The Collect.

ed by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle CRANT, O Lord, that in all our suf

and Evangelist St. John, may so walk in U ferings here upon earth, for the tes

the light of thy truth, that it may at timony of thy truth, we may steadfastly

length attain to everlasting life, through look up to heaven, and by faith behold Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. the glory that shall be revealed ; and be.

The Epistle. I John i. 1. ing filled with the Holy Ghost, may

THAT which was from the beginning, learn to love and bless our persecutors, which we have heard, which we by the example of thy first martyr Saint

have seen with our eyes, which we have Stepben, who prayed for his murderers

looked upon, and our hands have han. to thee, O blessed Jesus, who standest

dled of the word of life; (for the life was at the right hand of God, to succour all

manifested, and we have seen it, and those who suffer for thee, our only Me.

bear witness, and show unto you that diator and Advocate. Amen.

eternal life which was with the Father, Then shall follow the Collect of the Na. and was manifested unto us ;) that which tivity, which shall be said continually we have seen and heard, declare we unto until New Year's Eve.

you, that ye also may have fellowship

with us; and truly our fellowship is For the Epistle. Acts vii. 55.

with the Father, and with his Sn Jesus STEPHEN, being full of the Holy Christ. And these things write we unto

Ghost, looked up steadfastly into you, that your joy may be full. This heaven, and saw the glory of God, and then is the message which we have heard Jesus standing on the right hand of God; of him, and declare unto you, that God and said, Behold, I see the heavens open- is light, and in him is no darkness at all ed, and the Son of man standing on the If we say that we have fellowship with right hand of God. Then they cried him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and out with a loud voice, and stopped their do not the truth : But if we walk in the ears, and ran upon him with one accord, light, as he is in the light, we have fel. and cast him out of the city, and stoned lowship one with another, and the blood him and the witnesses laid down their of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from clothes at a young man's feet, whose all sin. If we say that we have no sin, name was Saul. And they stoned Ste. we deceive ourselves, and the truth is phen, calling upon God, and saying, not in us. If we confess nur sins, he is Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he faithful and just to forgive us our sins, kneeled down, and cried with a loud and to cleanse us from all unrighteous. voice, Lord, ley not this sin to their ness. If we say that we have not sin

aed, we make him a liar, and his Word seek the young child to destroy him. á not in us.

When he arose, he took the young child The Gospel St. John in. 19.

and his mother by night, and departed

into Egypt; and was there until the TESUS said unto Peter, Follow me. death of Herod : that it might be fulfil. J Then Peter turning about, seeth the led which was spoken of the Lord by the disciple whom Jesus loved, following,

prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I (which also leaned on his breast at sup called my Son. Then Herod, when he per, and said, Lord, which is he that be

saw that he was mocked of the wise men, trayeth thee) Peter seeing him, saith was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and Lo Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man slew all the children that were in Bethle. do ? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that hem, and in all the coasts thereof, from he larry till I come, what is that to thee? two years old and under, according to Follow thou me Then went this say.

the time which he had diligently inquired ing abroad among the brethren, that that of the wise men. Then was fulfilled disciple shouid not die: yet Jesus said that which was spoken by Jeremy the Rot unto bim, He shall not die : but, If

prophet, saying, In kama was there a I will that he Larry till I come, what is

voice beard, lamentation, and weeping, that to thee? This is the disciple which

and great mourning, Raches weeping for testifieth of these things, and wrote these her children, and would not be comfort. things, and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if

The Conrersion of St. Paul. they should be written every one, I sup

The Collect. pose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.

GOD, who, through the preaching

of the blessed Apostle Saint Paul, The Innocents Day.

hast caused the light of the Gospel to

shine throughout the world; grant, we The Collect.

beseech thee, that we, having his won. O ALMIGHTY God, who out of the derful conversion in remembrance, may U mouths of babes and sucklings hast show forth our thankfulness unto thee ordained strength, and madest infants to for the same, by following the holy doe. glorify thee by their deaths : morufy and trine which he taught, through Jesus kil) all vices in us, and so strengthen us Christ our Lord. Amen. by thy grace, that by the innocency of For the Epistle. Arts ix. I. Our lives, and constancy of our faith even unto death we may glorify thy holy

AND Saul, yet breathing out threat. pame, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

11enings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the

High Priest, and desired of him letters For the Epistle. Rev. xiv. I.

to Damascus to the synagogues, that if T LOOKED, and lo, a Lamb stood on he found any of this way, whether they 1 the mount Sion, and with him an were men or women, he might bring hundredi forty and four thousand, having I them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he his Father's name written in their fore. journeyed, he came near Damascus : heads. And I heard a voice from hea and suddenly there shined round about ven, as the voice of many waters, and as him a light from heaven. And he fel the voice of a great thunder: and I to the earth, and heard a voire saying heard the voice of harper's harping with unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest their harps and they sung as it were a thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Dew song before the throne, and before Lord ? And the Lord said, I am Jesus the four beasts, and the elders : and no whom thou persecutest : It is hard for man could learn that song, but the hunthee to kick against the pricks. And he, dred and forty and four thousand, which trembling and astonished, said, Lord, were redeen.ed from the earth. These whnt wilt thou have me to do ? And the are they which were not defiled with wo. Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into men, for they are virgins : These are the city, and it shall be told thee what they which follow the Lamb whitherso. thou must do And the men which ever he goeth: these were redeemed from journeyed with him stood speechless, among men, being the first-fruits unto hearing a voice, but seeing no mani. And God, and to the Lamb. And in their Saul arose from the earth; and when mouth was found no guile; for they are his eyes were opened, he saw no man: without fault before the throne of God. but they led him by the hand, and

brought him into Damascus And he The Gospel. St. Matt. ii. 13.

was three days without sight, and nei. THE angel of the Lord appeareth to ther did eat nur drink. And there was

1 Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, a certain disciple at Damascus, named and take the young child and his mother, Ananias, and io him said the Lord in a ind flee into Egypt, and be thou there vision. Ananias : And he said, Behold, until I bring thee word; for Herod will l I am here. Lord. And the Lord said

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unto him, Arise, and go into the street our flesh; so we may be presented unte which is called Straight, and inquire in thee with pure and clean hearts, by the the house of Judas for one called Saul. same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. of Tarsus : for behold, he prayeth, and Amen. hath seen in a vision a man named Ana. nias, coming in, and putting his hand on

For the Epistle. Mal. iii. 1. Sim, that be might receive his sight. DEHOLD, I will send my messenger, Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have

D and he shall prepare the way before heard by many of this man, how much me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusa. suddenly come to his temple ; even the lem: and bere he hath authority from messenger of the covenant, whom ye de. the chief priests to bind all that call on light in: behold, he shall come, saith thy name. But the Lord said unto him, the Lord of hosts. But who may abide Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessell the day of his coming ? and who shall unto me, to bear my name before the stand when he appeareth ? for he is like Gentiles, and kings, and the children of a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap. Israel: For I will show him how great And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier things he must suffer for my name's of silver and he shall purify the sons of sake. And Ananias went his way, and Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, entered into the house; and putting his that they may offer unto the Lord an of hands on him, said, Brother Saul, the fering in righteousness. Then shall the Lord (even Jesus, that appeared unto offerings of Judah and Jerusalem be thee in the way as thou camest) hath pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of sent me, bat thou mightest receive thy old, and as in former years. And I will sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.come near to you to judgment; and I And immediately there fell from his eyes will be a swift witness against the sor. as it had been scales; and he received cerers, and against the adulterers, and sight forthwith, and arose, and was bap- against false swearers, and against those tized. And when he had received meat, that oppress the hireling in his wages, he was strengthened. Then was Saul the widow, and the fatherless, and that certain days with the disciples which turn aside the stranger from his right, were at Damascus. And straightway and fear not me, saith the Lord of bosts. he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 22. heard him were amazed, and said, Is not AND when the days of her pucifica. This he that destroyed them which called A tion, according to the law of Mo. on this name in Jerusalem, and came ses, were accomplished, they brought hither for that intent, that he might bring him to Jerusalem to present him to the them bound unto the cbief priests? But Lord, as it is written in the law of the Saul increased the more in strength, and Lord, Every male that openeth the womb confounded the Jews which dwelt at Da. shall be called holy to the Lord,) and to mascus, proving that this is very Christ. offer a sacrifice, according to that which The Gospel St. Matt. xix. 27.

is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of

turtle doves, or two young pigeons PETER answered, and said unto Je.

And behold, there was a man in Jerusa I suis, Behold, we have forsaken all,

lem, whose name was Simeon; and the and followed thee; what shall we have

same man was just and devout, waiting therefore ? And Jesus said unto them,

for the consolation of Israel: and the Verily I say unto you, that ye which

Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was have followed me, in the regeneration,

revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, when the Son of man shall sit in the

that he should not see death, before he throne of is glory, ye also shall sit up

had seen the Lord's Christ. And he on twelve thrones, judging the twelve

came by the Spirit into the temple, and tribes of Israel. And every one that

when the parents brought in the child hoth forsaken houses, or brethren, or

Jesuis, to do for him after the custom of sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or

the law, then took he him up in bis arms, children, or lands, for my name's sake,

and blessed God, and said, Lord, Dow shall receive an hundred Toid, and shall

lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, inherit everlasting life. But many thai are first shall be last, and the last shall

according to thy word: For mine eyes

have seen thy salvation which thou be first.

bast prepared before the face of all peo.

ple; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and The Presentation of Christ in the Tem

the glory of thy people Israel. And Jo. ple, commonly called The Purification

seph and his mother marvelled at those of Saint Mary the Firgin

things whird were spoken of him. And The Collect.

Sineon blessed them, and said unto Ma. ALMIGHTY and everliving God, we ry his mother, Behold, this child is set A humbly beseech thy Majesty, that for the fall and rising Again of many in

thy only begotten Son was this day Israel; and for a sign which shall be presented in the Temple in substance of spoken against, (yea, #sword shall

pierce through thy own soul also,) that tleship, from which Judas by transgres. the thoughts of many hearts may be re sion fell, that he might go to his own vealed. And there was one Anna, R place. And they gave forth their lots; prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of | and the lot fell upon Mitthias. And be the tribe of Aser; she was of a great was numbered with the leven Apostles. uge, and had lived with an hushand seven years from her virginity; and sbe

The Gospel. St. Matt. xi. 25. was a widow of about fourscore and LAT that time Jesus answered, and four vears, which departed not from the A said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord temple, but served God with fastings of heaven and earth, because thou hast and prayers night and day. And she, hid these things from the wise and pru. coming in that instant, gave thanks like. dent, and hast revealed them unto babes. wise unto the Lord, and spake of him to | Even so, Father, for so it seemed good all them that looked for redemption in in thy sight. All things are delivered Jerusalem. And when they had per unto me of my Father; and no man forted all things according to the law of knoweth the Son, but the Father ; neithe Lord, they returned into Galilee, tother knoweth any man the Father, save their own city Nazareth. And the child the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled ! will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye with wisdom and the grace of God was that labour, and are heavy laden, and I upon him.

will give you rest. Take my yoke upon

you, and learn of me; for I am meek Suini Matthias's Day.

and lowly in heart . and ye shall find T'he Collect.

rest unto your souls. For my yoke is ALMIGHTY God, who into the

casy, and my burden is light. place of the trailor Judas, didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias, to The Annunciation of the blessed Virgin be of the number of the twelve Apostles;

Mary. grant that thy Church, being always pre

The Collect. served from false Apostles, may be or

W E beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy dered and guided by faithful and true

V grace into our hearts; that as Pastors, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

we have known the incarnation of thy Amen.

Son Jesus Christ by the message of an For the Epistle. Acts 1. 15. angel; so by his cross and passion we TN those days Peter stood up in the may be brought unto the glory of his I midst of the disciples, and said, (the resurrection, through the same Jesus number of the names together were about Christ our Lord. Amen an hundred and twenty ;) Men and For the Epistle. Isa. vi. 10. brethren, this Scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by

M OREOVER, the Lord spake again

W unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee & sigu the mouth of David spake before con

w the Lord thy God; ask it either in cerning Judas, who was guide to them

the depth, or in the height above. But that took Jesus. For he was numbered

Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I with us, and had obtained part of this

tempt the Lord. And he said, Hear ye ministry. Now this man purchased a

now, ( house of David; Is it a small field with the reward of iniquity; and

thing for you to weary men. but will ye falling headlong, he burst asunder in the

weary my God also ? Therefore the Lord inidst, and all bis bowels gushed out.

himself shall give you a sign: Behold, And it was known to all the dwellers at

a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, Jerusalemn; insome as that field is

and shall all his name Immanuel. Bulcalled in their proper tongue, Aceldama,

ter and honey shall he eat, that he may that is to say, 'The field of blood. For it

know to refuse the evil, and choose the written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his Bishoprick let

The Gospel. St. Luke i. 26. another take. Wherefore of these men AND in the sixth month, the angel which have companied with us all the A Gabriel was sent from God unto a time that the Lord Jesus went in and out city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a among us, beginning from the baptism Virgin espoused to a man whose name of John, unto that same day that he was was Joseph, of the house of David : taken up from us, must one be ordained and the Virgin's name was Mary. And Lo be a witness with us of his resurrec the angel came in unto her, and said, tion. And they appointed two, Joseph Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the called Barsabas, who was surnamed Jus. Lord is 'with thee; Blessed art thou tus, and Matthias. And they prayed, among women And when she saw him, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest she was troubled at his saying, and cast the hearts of all men, show whether of in her mind what manner of salutation these two thou hast chosen that he this should be. And the angel said unto may take part of this ministry and apos. I her, Fear not, Mary : for thou hast found

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favour with God. And behold thoury part, maketh increase of the body. shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring unto the edifying of itself in love. forth a son, and shall call his name Je

The Gospel St. John av. I. sus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest ; and the

I AM the true vine, and my Father is Lord God shall give unto him the throne

I the husbandman. Every branch in of his father David. And he shall reign

me that beareth not fruit, he taketh over the house of Jacob for ever; and away; and every branch that beareth of his kingdom there shall be no end.

fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring Then said Mary unto the angel, How

forth more fruit. Now ye are clean shall this be, seeing I know not a man ?

through the word which I have spoken And the angel answered and said unto

unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon

As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, thee, and the power of the Highest shall

except it abide in the vine; no more can overshadow thee: therefore also that

| ye, except ye abide in me. I am the holy thing which shall be born of thee, vine, ye are the branches. He that shall be called the Son of God. And

abideth in me, and I in him, the same behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath bringeth forth much fruit: for without also conceived a son in her old age ; me ye can do nothing. If a man abide and this is the sixth month with her,

not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, who was called barren. For with God and is withered ; and men gather them, nothing shall be impossible. And Mary

and cast them into the fire, and they are said, Behold the handinaid of the Lord;

burned. If ye abide in me, and my be it unto me according to thy word.

words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye And the angel departed from her.

will, and it shall be done unto you.

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye St. Mark's Day.

bear much fruit; so shall ye be my dis.

ciples. As the Father hath loved me, so The Collect.

have I loved you : continue ye in my ALMIGHTY God, who hast in.

love. If ye keep my commandments, structed thy holy Church with the

ye shall abide in my love; even as I heavenly doctrine of thy Evangelist Saint

have kept my Father's commandments, Mark; give us grace, that being not

and abide in his love. These things like children carried away with every

have I spoken unto you, that my joy blast of vain doctrine, we may be esta

might remain in you, and that your joy blished in the truth of thy holy Gospel,

might be full. through Jesus Christ our Lord. Anien.

Saint Philip and Saint James's Dey. The Epistle Ephes. iv. 7.

The Collect. TINTO every one of us is given

ALMIGHTY God, whom truly to grace, according to the measure of

know is everlasting lise; grant us the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith,

perfectly to know thy Son Jesns Christ When he ascended up on high, he led

to be the way, the truth, and the life; captivity captive, and gave gifts unto that following the steps of thy holy Apos. men. (Now that he ascended, what is

lles, Saint Philip and Saint James, we it but that he also descended first into

may steadfastly walk in the way that the lower parts of the earth ? He that

leadeth to eternal life, through the same descended is the same also that ascended

thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some apos.

The Epistle. St. James i. 1. tles, and some prophets, and some evan TAMES, a servant of God, and of the gelists, and some pastors and teachers; Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve for the perfecting of the saints, for the tribes which are scattered abroad, greet. work of the ministry, for the edifying of ing. My brethren, count it all jor, the body of Christ; till we all come in when ye fall into divers temptations; the unity of the faith, and of the know. knowing this, that the trying of your ledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect faith worketh patience. But let patience man, unto the measure of the stature of have her perfect work, that ye may be the fulness of Christ : that we henceforth perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If be no more children, tossed to and fro, any on' you lack wisdom, let him ask of and carried about with every wind of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cun upbraideth not; and it shall be given ning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait him. But let him ask in faith, nothing to deceive; but speaking the truth in wavering : for be that wavereth is like a love, may grow up into him in all things, wave of the sea, driven with the wind, which is the head, even Christ: From and tossed. For let not that man think whom the whole body fitly joined to that he shall receive any thing of the gether, and compacted by that which Lord. A double-minded man is unsta every joint supplieth, according to the ble in all his ways. Let the brother of effoctual working in the measure of ere. low degree rejoice in that be is exalted

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