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postle Saint Paul, hast caused | ing a voice, but seeing no man. the light of the Gospel to shine And Saul arose from the earth, throughout the world; Grant, and when his eyes were opened we beseech thee, that we, having he saw no man; but they led his wonderful conversion in re- him by the hand, and brought membrance, may shew forth our him into Damascus. And he was thankfulness unto thee for the three days without sight, and same, by following the holy doc- neither did eat nor drink. And trine which he taught; through there was a certain disciple at Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Damascus, named Ananias, and
For the Epistle. Acts ix. 1. to him said the Lord in a vision,
threatenings and slaughter I am here, Lord. And the Lord against the disciples of the Lord, said unto him, Arise, and go went unto the high priest, and into the street which is called desired of him letters to Damas- Straight, and enquire in the house cus to the synagogues, that, if he of Judas for one called Saul, of found any of this way, whether Tarsus : for behold, he prayeth, they were men or women, he and hath seen in a vision a man night bring them bound unto Je- named Ananias, coming in, and rusalem. And, as he journeyed, putting his hand on him, that he he came near Damascus, and sud- might receive his sight. Then denly there shined round about Ananias answered, Lord, I have him a light from heaven. And heard by many of this man, how he fell to the earth, and heard a much evil he hath done to thy voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, saints at Jerusalem; and here why persecutest thou me? And he hath authority from the chief he said, Who art thou, Lord ? priests to bind all that call on And the Lord said, I am Jesus thy Name. But the Lord said whom thou persecutest: it is unto him, Go thy way; for he is
a pricks. And he, trembling and my Name before the Gentiles, astonished, said, Lord, what wilt and kings, and the children of thou have me to do? And the Israel : for I will shew him how Lord said unto him, Arise, and great things he must suffer for go into the city, and it shall be my Name's sake. "And Ananias told thee what thou must do. went his way, and entered into And the men which journeyed the house; and, putting his hands with him stood speechless, hear- on him, said, Brother Saul, the
Lord, (even Jesus that appeared forsaken houses, or brethren, or unto thee in the way as thou sisters, or father, or mother, or camest,) hath sent me, that thou wife, or children, or lands, for mightest receive thy sight, and my Name's sake, shall receive an be filled with the holy Ghost. hundred-fold, and shall inherit And immediately there fell from everlasting life. But many that his eyes as it had been scales ; are first shall be last, and the last and he received sight forthwith, shall be first. and arose, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he The Presentation of Christ in the was strengthened. Then was Saul
Temple, commonly called, The certain days with the disciples
Purification of Saint Mary the which were at Damascus. And
Virgin. straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues , that he is the ALMIGHTY and everliving
God, we humbly beseech him were amazed, and said, Is thy Majesty, that, as thy only-benot this he that destroyed them gotten Son was this day presentwhich called on this Name in Je- ed in the temple in substance of rusalem, and came hither for that our flesh, so we may be presentintent, that he might bring them ed unto thee with pure and clean bound unto the chief priests ? hearts, by the same thy Son JeBut Saul increased the more in sus Christ our Lord. Amen. strength, and confounded the For the Epistle. Mal. iii. 1. Jews which dwelt at Damascus, EHOLD, I will send my
messenger, and he shall preThe Gospel. St. Matth. xix. 27. pare
before me: and the ETER answered and said Lord, whom ye seek, shall sud
unto Jesus, Behold, we have denly come to his temple; even forsaken all, and followed thee; the messenger of the covenant, what shall we have therefore? whom ye delight in; behold, he And Jesus said unto them, Verily shall come, saith the Lord of I say unto you, That ye which hosts. But who may abide the have followed me, in the regene- day of his coming and who ration when the Son of man shall shall stand when he appeareth ? sit in the throne of his glory, ye for he is like a refiner's fire, and also shall sit upon twelve thrones, like fullers’ soap. And he shall judging the twelve tribes of Is- sit as a refiner and purifier of silrael. And every one that hath | ver; and he shall purify the sons
of Levi, and purge them as gold see death, before he had seen the and silver, that they may
Lord's Christ. And he came by to the Lord an offering in righte- the Spirit into the temple; and ousness. Then shall the offerings when the parents brought in the of Judah and Jerusalem be plea- child Jesus, to do for him after sant unto the Lord, as in the the custom of the Law, then took days of old, and as in former he him up in his arms, and blessyears. And I will come near to ed God, and said, Lord, now letyou to judgement, and I will be test thou thy servant depart in å swift witness against the sor- peace, according to thy word : for cerers, and against the adulterers, mine eyes have seen thy salvation, and against false-swearers, and a- which thou hast prepared before gainst those that oppress the hire- the face of all people; a light to ling in his wages, the widow, and lighten the Gentiles, and the glothe fatherless,
and that turn aside ry of thy people Israel. And Jothe stranger from his right, and seph and his mother marvelled at fear not me, saith the Lord of those things which were spoken hosts.
of him. And Symeon blessed The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 22. them, and said unto Mary his ND when the days of her mother, Behold, this child is set
purification, according to the for the fall and rising again of Law of Moses, were accomplish- many in Israel ; and for a sign ed, they brought him to Jerusa- which shall be spoken against ; lem, to present him to the Lord; (yea, a sword shall pierce through (as it is written in the Law of thy own soul also ;) that the the Lord, Every male that open- thoughts of eth the womb shall be called holy revealed. And there was to the Lord ;) and to offer a sa- Anna a prophetess, the daughter crifice, according to that which is of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser; said in the Law of the Lord, A she was of a great age, and pair of turtle doves, or two young had lived with an husband seven pigeons. And behold, there was years from her virginity: and she a man in Jerusalem, whose name was a widow of about fourscore was Symeon; and the same man and four years; which departed was just and devout, waiting for not from the temple, but served the consolation of Israel: and the God with fastings and prayers Holy Ghost was upon him. And night and day. And she coming it was revealed unto him by the in that instant gave thanks likeHoly Ghost, that he should not wise' unto the Lord, and spake
of him to all them that look- headlong he burst asunder in the ed for redemption in Jerusalem. midst, and all his bowels gushed And when they had performed out. And it was known unto all all things according to the Law the dwellers at Jerusalem, insoof the Lord, they returned into much as that field is called in Galilee to their own city Naza- their proper tongue, Aceldama, reth. And the child grew, and that is to say, The field of blood. waxed strong in spirit, filled with For it is written in the book of wisdom; and the grace of God Psalms, Let his habitation be dewas upon him.
solate, and let no man dwell there
in; and, His bishoprick let anSaint Matthias's Day.
other take. Wherefore, of these The Collect.
men which have companied with Almighty God, who into the us all the time that the Lord Je
place of the traitor Judas sus went in and out among us, didst choose thy faithful servant beginning from the baptism of Matthias to be of the number of John, unto that same day that he the twelve Apostles ; Grant that was taken up from us, must one thy Church, being alway preserv- be ordained to be a witness with ed from false Apostles, may be us of his resurrection. And they ordered and guided by faithful appointed two, Joseph called Barand true pastors; through Jesus sabas, who was surnamed Justus, Christ our Lord. Amen. and Matthias. And they prayed,
For the Epistle. Acts i. 15. and said, Thou, Lord, which IN those days Peter stood up in knowest the hearts of all men,
the midst of the disciples, and shew whether of these two thou said, (the number of the names hast chosen ; that he may take together were about an hundred part of this ministry and apoand twenty,) Men and brethren, stleship, from which Judas by this Scripture must needs have transgression fell, that he might been fulfilled, which the Holy go to his own place. And they Ghost by the mouth of David gave forth their lots; and the spake before concerning Judas, lot fell upon Matthias, and he which was guide to them that was numbered with the eleven took Jesus : for he was number- | Apostles. ed with us, and had obtained The Gospel. St. Matth. xi. 25. part of this ministry. Now this A T that time Jesus answerman purchased a field with the A ed and said, I thank thee, reward of iniquity; and falling O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these But Ahaz said, I will not ask, things from the wise and prudent, neither will I tempt the Lord. and hast revealed them unto And he said, Hear ye now, O babes. Even so, Father, for so house of David; Is it a small it seemned good in thy sight. All thing for you to weary men, but things are delivered unto me of will ye weary my God also ? my Father : and no man know- Therefore the Lord himself shall eth the Son, but the Father; nei- give you a sign ; Behold, a Virther knoweth any man the Fa- gin shall conceive, and bear a son, ther, save the Son, and he to and shall call his name Immawhomsoever the Son will reveal nuel. Butter and honey shall he him. Come unto me,
ye that eat, that he may know to refuse labour and are heavy laden, and the evil, and choose the good. I will give you rest. Take my The Gospel. St. Luke i. 26. yoke upona you, and learn, of AND in the sixth month the me ; for I am meek in angel Gabriel was sent from heart : and
shall find rest un- God unto a city of Galilee named to your souls. For my yoke is Nazareth, to a Virgin espoused to easy, and my burden is light. a man whose name was Joseph,
of the house of David; and the The Annunciation of the blessed Virgin's name was Mary. And Virgin Mary.
the angel came in unto her, and The Collect.
said, Hail, thou that art highly WE
E beseech thee, O Lord, favoured, the Lord is with thee;
pour thy grace into our blessed art thou among women. hearts; that, as we have known And when she saw him she was the incarnation of thy Son Jesus troubled at his saying, and cast Christ by the message of an an- in her mind what manner of sagel, so by his cross and passion lutation this should be. And the we may be brought unto the glo- angel said unto her, Fear not, ry of his resurrection ; through Mary; for thou hast found fathe same Jesus Christ our Lord.
vour with God. And behold, Amen.
thou shalt conceive in thy womb, For the Epistle. Isai. vii. 10. and bring forth a Son, and shalt
OREOVER, the Lord call his name JESUS. He shall MOR
spake again unto Ahaz, be great, and shall be called the saying, Ask thee a sign of the Son of the Highest; and the Lord thy God; ask it either in Lord God shall give unto him the depth, or in the height above. the throne of his father David.