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For the Epiftle. Aêts xi. 22.
Idings of these things came unto the ears of the Churcht

which was in Jerusalem : and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had feen the grace of God, was glad, and exhortcd them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, and fult of the holy Ghost, and of faith ; and much people was added unto the Lord. Then departed Barnabas co Tarsus for to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him unco Antioch. And it came to pals, that a whole year they afsembled themselves with the Church, and taught much people ; and the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. And there ftood up one of them, named Agabus, and fignified by the Spirit, that there should be great dearth throughout all the world ; which came to pass in the days of Claudius Cefar. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to fend relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea. Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

The Gospel. St John xv, 12.
HIS is my commandment, that ye love one another,

as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends ; for all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain ; that whatsoever ye

shall ask of the Father in my Name, he may give it you.

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PA RA PHRASE beseech thee to impart to as a' Mhare of the diversity of gifts of thy hely Spirit, as far as thou shalt judge them requisite and nece Stary for our salvation, and give us grace likewise to make a proper use of those talents with which thou hast endowed us ; all which we ask for the fake of Jesus Chriit our Lord. Amen.

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Saint John Baptist's Day.

The Colle&t.

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Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of thy Son our Saviour, by preaching of repentance ; Make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching, and after his example, constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truths sake, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle. Isaiah xl. 1. TOmfort ye, comfort ye my people, faith your God.

Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned; for the hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desart a high-way for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all Aesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. The voice said, Cry. And he said, What Thall I cry ?

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On the COLLECT for Saint John Baprift. O almighty God, whose all-wise providence caused John Baptist to be miraculoully born of an aged father, his birth being accompanied by the ministry of an angel, and other wonderful accidents, (Luke i. 13.) who didit likewise fend the same John to prepare the way to the Gospel of our blessed Saviour, by preaching the doctrine of repentance, give us grace to copy after those excellent rules, which his boly doctrine and exemplary life have reached out to us, grant that we may fincerely repent of all our fios, as he constantly exhorted us by his preaching, that like him we may not be afraid to declare the truth for the sake of any errors, but boldly reprove a sinful conduct, even in persons of the first rank ; and if thou art pleased to call us to it, we may with intrepidity lay down our lives for righteousness fake ; and shis we pray for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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All Aesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flowen of the field. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, because the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: furely the people is grass. The grass witherech, the power fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand for ever. O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain :

Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength ; lift it up, be not afraid : say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God. Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him ; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd, he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bofom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

The Gospel. St Luke i. 57.
Lisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered ;

and she brought forth a fon. And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her, and they rejoiced with her. And it came to pass that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. And they said unto her, There is none of thy kind ed that is called by this name. And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.' And he asked for a writing-cable, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake and praised Go!. And fear came on all that dwelt round about them; and all these fayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill-country of Judea. And all they that had heard them, laid them up in their hearts, faying, What manner of child Mall this be? And the hand of the Lord was with him. And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophefied, saying, Blefied be the Lord God of Israel, for he hath visited and redeemed his people, and hach raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his fervant David; as he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets,

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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 tin 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 falvation unto his people by the remission of their fins, through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the day{pring from on high hach visited us ; to give light to them that lit in darknels, 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 defarts till the day of his shewing unto Ifrael.

Saint Peter's Day.

The Collect.

O Son

give to thy Apostle Saint Peter many excellent gitis, and commandest him earnestly to feed thy fock; 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,

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On the COLLECT for St Peter's Day. O Almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ, didit impart to thy Apoile St Peter, many excellent and miraculous gifts to enable him to propagate the gospel, and didit give him a command, which, cho' directed to him in particular, is intended for the use of the ministers of the Gospel in general, to feed thy theep, (Joon xxi. 10.) we beseech thee, that thy good providence would fo order ii, that all bishops and all pastors of inferior dignity, may zealously preach thy holy word, and the people may with equal care practise what they shall Jeliver, and that both, at the refarrectioa, may receive a crown of glory, (i Peter iv.) which we pray for the sake of Jesus Chritt our Lord. Amen.

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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 becaule 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 brough him forth, the same night Peter was neeping 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 hinı 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 faith unto him, Caft thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out and followed him, and wift not that it was true which was done by the angels 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 ftreet, 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.
THEN Jesus came into the coasts of Cesarea Philippi,

he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men lay 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

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