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which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is sec for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a figo which shall be spoken against, (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Afer: she was of a great age, and had lived with an hulband seven years from her virginity. And she was a widow of about fou:score and four years, which departed pot from the temple, bụt served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was

upon him.

St. Matthias's Day.

The Colleft.
Almighty God, who into the place of the traitor

Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve Apostles; Grant that thy church being alway preserved from false Apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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St. Matthias] This day the church keeps in memory of St. Matthias. He was, as is probably thought, one of the seventy disciples, and was a diligent attendant upon our Saviour all the time of his preaching, Acts i. 21, 22. After the death of Judas, he was by lot chofen into the number of the Apostles. Ad: i. 26. His firit preaching was in Judea, after which it is faid he went to preach in Æthiopia the Leiser, nigh the river Apsarus, and the Portus Hysti, which is in the farther part of Cappadocia; here he continued long, and it is said, was murdered by some of the barbarous peoplc-Hier: Script. Eccl.

The Colleój This prayer, for faithful pastors for the church, was com. posed 1549. The introitus was plalm éxli.

The Epi/le. A&ts i. 15. N those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples,

and said, (the number of the names together were about an hundred and cwenty) Men and brethren, this fcripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, who was guide to them that took Jesus. For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue Aceldama, thát is to say, The field of blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and, his bishoprick let another take. Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, that he may

take part

of this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by trangression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot felt upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven Apostles.

The Gospel. St. Matth. xi. 25.
T that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O

Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and haft revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy fight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

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Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and leara of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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Annunciation of the l'irgin Mary.

The Collcat.
E beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our

hearts; that as we have knowa the Incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel; so by his cross and paflion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection, through the fame Jesus Clarist our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Ifaiah vii. 10.
Oreover the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying,

Ask thee a fign of the Lord thy God: alk it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz faid, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord. And he faid,

l'irgin Mary! There is an ancient tradition, that Mary was an only child, and heir to her father's and mother's goods, Epiph. Contr. Antidic. and therefore was efpoufed to Jofeph, as next of kin, according to the Mofaical law, Numb. xxxvi. 6; which will necessarily infer her to be of the same tribe with Jofeph her husband. That Jofeph was a widower when he was elpoused to the blefed virgin, and had leveral children by his first wife, is the unanimous opinion of all the Greek fathers for the firtt ages, Orig. in Matt. 13. Eufeb. Hift. lib. ii. cap. 1. Epiph. Hæref. 28, 78. Greg. Nyis. de Resur. Christ. Or. 2: Theoph. in Matt. 27, and of many of the Latins, Bill. in Matt. 1. Ambrof. in Gal. for these generally fupposed, that those called our Lord's brethren in the gospel; were Joseph's chuldren by his first wife. There was a tradition in the church, that the Virgin travelled with St. John to Ephefus; for the fathers of that council, in an epiftle of theirs to the clergy of Conftantinople, mentioning Ephesus, lay, in which Joho the divine, and the dciparous Virgin Mary fome time dwels, Act. Eph. Conc. cap. 26. There are various opinions about the time of her death, fume placing it at the fitiy-eighth year of her age, fome in the seventy-second, but molt in the fixiy second or third year of her age, and in the year of Christ 48.

The Collect] This prayer for our participation of Christ's glorious refurrection, was composed by Gregory, vide Sac. 211; but corrupted and introduced into the mislil in this state In 1549 it was purified by the Reformers, and introduced into the first prayer-book of Edward VI. The intreitas was plalm cxxxi.

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ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a lign; Behold, a virgin fhall conceive, and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

The Gospel. St. Luke i. 26.
ND in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was fent

from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 10 a virgin espouted to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when the faw him, the was troubled at his faying, and cast in her mind what manner of falutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and thall call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for cver; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, feeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest fhall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elizabeth, she hath also conceived a fon in her old age; and this is the fixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing thall be imposible. And Mary faid, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; being it unto meʻaccording to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

The Collect.

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with the heavenly doctrine of thy Evangelist St, Mark; Give us grace, that being not like children carried away with

every blast of vain doctrine, we may be establified in the truth of thy holy Gospel, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Ephef. iv. 7.
NTO every one of us is given grace according

to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he faith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascend, ed, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He chat descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave, some apostles, and some propbets, and fome evangelists, and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tofled to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the fleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the

St. Mark] This Evangelift is supposed to have been a Jew by extraction, and that his name was Mordecai; and that he took Marcus as a Roman fame, fomething like in found, it being the custom of the Jews fo to do, when they travelled from home; as Jefus the brother of Onias was called Jain, Saul was called Paulus. He planted a Christian church at Alexandria, and was the lirit bishop of that place; Hier. Script. Eccl. Euseb. Eccl. Hist. lib. ii. cap. 15. The particularities of his martyrdom are not mentioned ja any very early writers: Beda, Ado, Nicephorus, and Metaplırastes, lay, that his death was occafioned by an insurrection of the heathen rab

upon him, as he was officiating in his church at Alexandria, who tied a tope about his neck, and dragged him up and down the craggy rocks by the sea fide, till they had killed him.

The Colle). This prayer,-for establishment in evangelical truth, was composed and inserted in Edward Ist's prayer-book, 15-49. The introitus was plalm cxli.

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