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that had heard them laid them death, to guide our feet into the up in their hearts, saying, What way of peace. And the child manner of child shall this be? grew, and waxed strong in spiAnd the hand of the Lord was rit; and was in the deserts till with him. And his father Za- the day of his shewing unto Ischarias was filled with the holy rael. Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Saint Peter's Day. Blessed be the Lord God of Is

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O Almighty God, who by thy deemed his people, and hath rais- Son Jesus Christ didst give

for in the house of his servant Da- excellent gifts, and commandedst vid; as he spake by the mouth him earnestly to feed thy flock; of his holy prophets, which have Make, we beseech thee, all Bibeen since the world began ; that shops and Pastors diligently to we should be saved from our ene- preach thy holy Word, and the mies, and from the hand of all people obediently to follow the that hate us; to perform the same, that they may receive mercy promised to our fathers, the crown of everlasting glory; and to remember his holy cove-through Jesus Christ our Lord. nant; the oath which he sware Amen. to our father Abraham, that he For the Epistle. Acts xii. 1. would grant unto us, that be

king stretched forth his of our enemies, might serve him hands to vex certain of the without fear, in holiness and Church. And he killed James righteousness before him all the the brother of John with the days of our life. And thou, Child, sword. And, because he saw it shalt be called the Prophet of the pleased the Jews, he proceeded Highest: for thou shalt go be- further to take Peter also. (Then fore the face of the Lord to pre- were the days of unleavened pare his ways; to give know- bread.) And when he had

appreledge of salvation unto his peo- hended him, he put him in prison, ple, by the remission of their and delivered him to four quatersins, through the tender mercy of nions of soldiers to keep him, inour God, whereby the day-spring tending after Easter to bring him from on high hath visited us; to forth to the people. Peter theregive light to them that sit in fore was kept in prison; but darkness and in the shadow of prayer was made without ceasing

ing delivered out of the hands ABOUT that time Herod the

of the Church unto God for him. he asked his disciples, saying, And when Herod would have Whom do men say that I, the brought him forth, the same night Son of man, am ? And they said, Peter was sleeping between two Some say that thou art John the soldiers, bound with two chains; Baptist, some Elias, and others and the keepers before the door Jeremias, or one of the prophets. kept the prison. And behold, the He saith unto them, But whom angel of the Lord came upon him, say ye that I am ? And Simon and a light shined in the prison ; Peter answered and said, Thou and he smote Peter on the side, art Christ, the Son of the living and raised him up, saying, Arise God. And Jesus answered and up quickly. And his chains fell said unto him, Blessed art thou, off from his hands. And the an- Simon Bar-jona : for flesh and gel said unto him, Gird thyself, blood hath not revealed it unto and bind on thy sandals : and so thee, but my Father which is he did. And he saith unto him, in heaven. And I

say

also unto Cast thy garment about thee, and thee, That thou art Peter, and follow me. And he went out and upon this rock I will build my followed him ; and wist not that Church ; and the gates of hell it was true which was done by shall not prevail against it. And the angel ; but thought he saw a I will give unto thee the keys vision. When they were past the of the kingdom of heaven: and first and the second ward, they whatsoever thou shalt bind on came unto the iron gate that earth shall be bound in heaven ; leadeth unto the city, which open- and whatsoever thou shalt loose ed to them of his own accord ; on earth shall be loosed in heaand they went out, and passed on through one street, and forthwith the angel departed from him.

Saint James the Apostle.
And when Peter was come to

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, O
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thine his angel, and hath delivered me Saint James, leaving his father out of the hand of Herod, and and all that he had, without defrom all the expectation of the lay was obedient unto the calling people of the Jews.

of thy Son Jesus Christ, and folThe Gospel. St. Matth. xvi. 13. lowed him ; so we, forsaking all

HEN Jesus came into the worldly and carnal affections, may coasts of Cæsarea Philippi, be evermore ready to follow thy

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holy commandments; through what ye ask. Are ye able to drink Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. of the cup that I shall drink of, For the Epistle. Acts xi. 27, and part tism that I am baptized with ?

and to be baptized with the bapof Chap. xii. IN N those days came prophets They say unto him, We are able.

from Jerusalem unto Antioch. And he saith unto them, Ye shall And there stood up one of them drink indeed of my cup, and be named Agabus, and signified by baptized with the baptism that I the Spirit, that there should be am baptized with : but to sit on great dearth throughout all the my right hand, and on my left, is world; which came to pass in the not mine to give; but it shall be days of Claudius Cæsar. Then given to them for whom it is

prethe disciples, every man accord- pared of my Father. And when ing to his ability, determined to the ten heard it, they were movsend relief unto the brethren ed with indignation against the which dwelt in Judæa. Which two brethren. But Jesus called also they did, and sent it to the them unto him, and said, Ye elders by the hands of Barnabas know that the princes of the and Saul. Now about that time Gentiles exercise dominion over Herod the king stretched forth them, and they that are great exhis hands to vex certain of the ercise authority upon them. But Church. And he killed James it shall not be so among you : but the brother of John with the whosoever will be great among sword. And, because he saw it you, let him be your minister; pleased the Jews, he proceeded and whosoever will be chief afurther to take Peter also. mong you, let him be your ser

vant: even as the Son of man The Gospel. St. Matth. xx. 20.

came not to be ministered unto, THE HEN came to him the mo- but to minister, and to give his

ther of Zebedee's children life a ransom for many. with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of

Saint Bartholomew the Apostle. him. And he said unto her, What wilt thou ? She saith unto Almighty and everlasting him, Grant that these my two God, who didst give to thine sons may sit, the one on thy right Apostle Bartholomew grace truhand, and the other on the left, ly to believe and to preach thy in thy kingdom. But Jesus an- Word; Grant, we beseech thee, swered and said, Ye know not unto thy Church, to love that

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Word which he believed, and chief, as he that doth serve. For both to preach and receive the whether is greater, he that sitteth same; through Jesus Christ our at meat, or he that serveth? is Lord. Amen.

| not he that sitteth at meat ? but For the Epistle. Acts v. 12.

I am among you as he that serv

eth. Ye are they which have conPY the hands of the Apostles

tinued with me in my temptaD were many signs and won

| tions. And I appoint unto you ders wrought among the people :

a kingdom, as my Father hath (and they were all with one ac- appointed unto me: that ve may cord in Solomon's porch : and of

eat and drink at my table in my the rest durst no man join him

kingdom, and sit on thrones judgself to them: but the people magnified them : and believers were

ing the twelve tribes of Israel. the more added to the Lord, mul- Saint Matthew the Apostle. titudes both of men and women :)

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| Almighty God, who by thy the sick into the streets, and laid

blessed Son didst call Matthem on beds and couches, that

thew from the receipt of custom at the least the shadow of Pe

to be an Apostle and Evangelist; ter passing by might overshadow

Grant us grace to forsake all some of them. There came also a

covetous desires, and inordinate multitude out of the cities round

love of riches, and to follow the about unto Jerusalem, bringing

same thy Son Jesus Christ, who sick folks, and them which were

liveth and reigneth with thee and vexed with unclean spirits; and

the Holy Ghost, one God, world they were healed every one.

without end. Amen. The Gospel. St. Luke xxii. 24.

The Epistle. 2 Cor. iv. l. AND there was also a strife THEREFORE seeing we A among them, which of them I have this ministry, as we should be accounted the great- have received mercy, we faint est. And he said unto them, The not; but have renounced the hidkings of the Gentiles exercise den things of dishonesty, not lordship over them; and they walking in craftiness, nor handthat exercise authority upon them ling the Word of God deceitfulare called benefactors. But ye ly, but by manifestation of the shall not be so: but he that is truth commending ourselves to greatest among you, let him be every man's conscience in the as the younger; and he that is sight of God. But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are | Saint Michael and all Angels. lost: in whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of

The Collect. them which believe not, lest the In Everlasting God, who hast light of the glorious Gospel of U ordained and constituted the Christ, who is the image of God, services of Angels and men in should shine unto them. For we

a wonderful order; Mercifully preach not ourselves, but Christ grant, that as thy holy Angels Jesus the Lord; and ourselves alway do thee service in heaven, your servants for Jesus' sake. For so by thy appointment they may God, who commanded the light succour and defend us on earth; to shine out of darkness, hath through Jesus Christ our Lord. shined in our hearts, to give the Amen. light of the knowledge of the For the Epistle. Rev. xii. 7. glory of God, in the face of Je- THERE was war in heasus Christ.

I ven : Michael and his angels The Gospel. St. Matth. ix. 9. fought against the dragon, and | ND as Jesus passed forth the dragon fought and his anA from thence, he saw a man gels; and prevailed not, neither named Matthew, sitting at the was their place found any more receipt of custom : and he saith in heaven. And the great dragon unto him, Follow me. And he was cast out, that old serpent, arose, and followed him. And it called the devil and Satan, which came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat deceiveth the whole world; he in the house, behold, many Pub- was cast out into the earth, and his licans and sinners came, and sat angels were cast out with him. down with him and his disciples. And I heard a loud voice saying And when the Pharisees saw it, in heaven, Now is come salvathey said unto his disciples, Why tion, and strength, and the kingeateth your Master with Publi- dom of our God, and the power cans and sinners ? But when Je- of his Christ: for the accuser of sus heard that, he said unto them, our brethren is cast down, which They that be whole need not a accused them before our God day physician, but they that are sick. and night. And they overcame But go ye and learn what that him by the blood of the Lamb, meaneth, I will have mercy, and and by the word of their testinot sacrifice ; for I am not come mony; and they loved not their to call the righteous, but sinners lives unto the death. Therefore to repentance.

| rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that

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