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that had heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be? And the hand of the Lord was with him. And his father Zacharias was filled with the holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: for he hath visited and redeemed his people, and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; as he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began; that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; the oath which he sware to our father Abraham, that he would grant unto us, that we, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life. And thou, Child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; to give knowledge of salvation unto his people, by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us; to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of
death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit; and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel. Saint Peter's Day. The Collect. Almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy Apostle Saint Peter many excellent gifts, and commandedst him earnestly to feed thy flock; Make, we beseech thee, all Bishops and Pastors diligently to preach thy holy Word, and the people obediently to follow the same, that they may receive the crown of everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. For the Epistle. Acts xii. 1. BOUT that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the Church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And, because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him, intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison; but prayer was made without ceasing of the Church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains; and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison; and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals: and so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city, which opened to them of his own accord; and they went out, and passed on through one street, and forthwith the angel departed from him. And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. The Gospel. St. Matth. xvi. 13. HEN Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi,
he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist, some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaVeil.
Saint James the Apostle.
The Collect. RANT, O merciful God, that as thine holy Apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, without delay was obedient unto the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him; so we, forsaking all worldly and carnal affections, may be evermore ready to follow thy * P
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
and to be baptized with the bapof Chap. xii.
tism that I am baptized with ? TN 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, THEN came to him the mo- but to minister, and to give his
I 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,
The Collect. What wilt thou ? She saith unto 0 Almighty and everlasting him, Grant that these my two U 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 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 :)
The Collect. insomuch that they brought forth
| 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