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And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man P And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren: for with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord ; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed
measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth P. He that 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 Prophets, and some 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, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight 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 head, even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body, unto the edifying of
itself in love.
The Gospel. St. John xv. l. Saint Philip and Saint James's I Am the true vine, and my
The Collect. not fruit he taketh away; and Almighty God, whom truly every branch that beareth fruit,
U to know is everlasting life; he purgeth it, that it may bring |
Grant us perfectly to know thy forth more fruit. Now ye are
| Son Jesus Christ to be the way, clean through the word which I the truth, and the life; that, folhave spoken unto you. Abide in lowing the steps of thy holy Ame, and I in you. As the branch postles, Saint Philip and Saint cannot bear fruit of itself, except James, we may stedfastly walk it abide in the vine; no more can in the way that leadeth to eternal ye, except ye abide in me. I am life; through the same thy Son the vine, ye are the branches. Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. He that abideth in me, and I in The Epistle. St. James i. 1. him, the same bringeth forth | TAMES, a servant of God much fruit; for without me ye and of the Lord Jesus Christ, can do nothing. If a man abide to the twelve tribes which are not in me, he is cast forth as a scattered abroad, greeting. My branch, and is withered; and brethren, count it all joy when men gather them, and cast them ye fall into divers temptations ; into the fire, and they are burn- knowing this, that the trying of ed. If ye abide in me, and my your faith worketh patience. But words abide in you, ye shall ask let patience have her perfect work, what ye will, and it shall be done that ye may be perfect and enunto you. Herein is my Father tire, wanting nothing. If any of glorified, that ye bear much fruit; you lack wisdom, let him ask of so shall ye be my disciples. As God, that giveth to all men libethe Father hath loved me, so rally, and upbraideth not, and it have I loved you: continue ye shall be given him. But let him in my love. If ye keep my com- ask in faith, nothing wavering; mandments, ye shall abide in my for he that wavereth is like a love; even as I have kept my wave of the sea, driven with the Father's commandments, and a- wind, and tossed. For let not bide in his love. These things that man think that he shall rehave I spoken unto you, that my ceive any thing of the Lord. A joy might remain in you, and double-minded man is unstable in that your joy might be full. all his ways. Let the brother of
low degree rejoice in that he is exalted; but the rich in that he is made low; because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the s, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
The Gospel. St. John xiv. 1.
ND Jesus said unto his dis
ciples, Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you: and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest, and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye
know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip 2 He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father ? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself; but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me, that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also ; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing
in my Name, I will do it.
Saint Barnabas the Apostle.
Lord God Almighty, who didst endue thy holy Apostle Barnabas with singular gifts of the Holy Ghost; Leave us not, we beseech thee, destitute of thy manifold gifts, nor yet of grace to use them alway to thy honour
and glory; through Jesus Christ The Gospel. St. John xv. 12. our Lord. Amen.
THIS is my commandment, For the Epistle. Acts xi. 22. 1 That ye love one another, TIDINGS of these things as I have loved you. Greater
came unto the ears of the love hath no man than this, that Church which was in Jerusalem; a man lay down his life for his and they sent forth Barnabas, friends. Ye are my friends, if ye that he should go as far as An- do whatsoever I command you. tioch. Who, when he came, and Henceforth I call you not serhad seen the grace of God, was vants; for the servant knoweth glad; and exhorted them all, that not what his lord doeth : but I with purpose of heart they would have called you friends; for all cleave unto the Lord. For he things that I have heard of my was a good man, and full of the Father I have made known unto holy Ghost, and of faith: and you. Ye have not chosen me, much people was added unto the but I have chosen you, and orLord. Then departed Barnabas dained you, that ye should go to Tarsus, for to seek Saul. And and bring forth fruit, and that when he had found him, he your fruit should remain : that brought him unto Antioch. And whatsoever ye shall ask of the it came to pass, that a whole year Father in my Name, he may they assembled themselves with give it you. the Church, and taught much people: and the disciples were
Saint John Baptist's Day. called Christians first in Antioch.
The Collect. And in these days came prophets ALMIGHTY God, by whose from Jerusalem unto Antioch. A providence thy servant John And there stood up one of them Baptist was wonderfully born, named Agabus, and signified by and sent to prepare the way of the Spirit, that there should be thy Son our Saviour, by preachgreat dearth throughout all the ing of repentance; Make us so world ; which came to pass in the to follow his doctrine and holy days of Claudius Cæsar. Then life, that we may truly repent the disciples, every man according according to his preaching; and to his ability, determined to send after his example constantly speak relief unto the brethren which the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and dwelt in Judæa. Which also they patiently suffer for the truth's did, and sent it to the elders by sake; through Jesus Christ our the hands of Barnabas and Saul. Lord. Amen.
For the Epistle. Isai. xl. 1. come with strong hand, and his NOMFORT ye, comfort ye arm shall rule for him : behold,
U my people, saith your God. his reward is with him, and his Speak ye comfortably to Jerusa- work before him. He shall feed lem, and cry unto her, That her his flock like a shepherd; he warfare is accomplished; that her shall gather the lambs with his iniquity is pardoned: for she hath arm, and carry them in his boreceived of the Lord's hand dou som, and shall gently lead those ble for all her sins. The voice of that are with young. him that crieth in the wilderness, The Gospel. St. Luke i. 57. Prepare ye the way of the Lord, TLISABETH's full time make straight in the desert a V came that she should be dehigh-way for our God. Every livered ; and she brought forth a valley shall be exalted, and every son. And her neighbours and her mountain and hill shall be made cousins heard how the Lord had low, and the crooked shall be shewed great mercy upon her ; made straight, and the rough and they rejoiced with her. And places plain. And the glory of it came to pass, that on the eighth the Lord shall be revealed, and day they came to circumcise the all flesh shall see it together : for child; and they called him Zachathe mouth of the Lord hath spo- rias, after the name of his father. ken it. The voice said, Cry. And his mother answered and And he said, What shall I cry? said, Not so; but he shall be All flesh is grass, and all the good- called John. And they said unliness thereof is as the flower of to her, There is none of thy kinthe field. The grass withereth, dred that is called by this name. the flower fadeth, because the And they made signs to his faSpirit of the Lord bloweth upon ther, how he would have him it : surely the people is grass. called. And he asked for a writThe grass withereth, the flower ing-table, and wrote, saying, His fadeth ; but the word of our God name is John. And they marshall stand for ever. O Zion, that velled all. And his mouth was bringest good tidings, get thee up opened immediately, and his into the high mountain : 0 Jeru- tongue loosed, and he spake, and salem, that bringest good tidings, praised God. And fear came on lift up thy voice with strength; all that dwelt round about them; lift it up, be not afraid : say unto and all these sayings were noised the cities of Judah, Behold your abroad throughout all the hillGod. Behold, the Lord God will country of Judæa. And all they