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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: surely the people is grals. The grass witherech, the power fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand for ever. O Zion, that bringest good ridings, get thee up into the high mountain : 0 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 Jambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall genely lead those that are with young.

The Gospel. St Luke i. 57.' D Lisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered ; I and the brought forth a son. 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 kindied 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 God. 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, 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, Blefied be the Lord God of Israel, for he hach visited and redeemed his people, and hath 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 path 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 falvation unto his people by the remission of their fins, through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the day{pring from on high haph visited us ; to give light to them that lic 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 desarts till the day of his shewing unto Ifrael.

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Saint Peter's Day..

The Colleet. Almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didit U give to thy Apostle Saint Peter many excellent gitis, and commandest 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.

P A R A P H R A S E.

On the COLLECT for St Peter's Day. O Almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ, didst impart to chy Apofle St Peter, many excellent and miraculous gifts to enable him to propagate the gospel, and didft give him a command, which, tho' directed to himn in particular, is intended for the use of the ministers of the Gospel in general, to feed thy sheep, (Jonn xxi. 10.) we beseech thee, that thy good providence would fo order it, that all bishops and all pastors of inferior dignity, may zealoully preach thy holy word, and the people may with equal care practise what they shall deliver, and that both, at the refurrectioa, may receive a crown of glory, (1 Peter iv.) which we pray for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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For the Epistle. Acts xii. i. ABOUT that time Herod the king stretched forth his

A hands' to vex certain of the Church. And he killed Janies 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 hiin 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 eeasing 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 hini 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, V 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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art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and faid 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 fay 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, fhall be loosed in heaven.

Saint James the Apostle.

· The Colleet. O RANT, O merciful God, that as thine holy Apoftle

J 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 caroal affections, may be evermoré ready to follow thy holy commandments, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epiftle. Acts xi. 27. and part of Chap. xii. IN those days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. 1 And there stood 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 Cesar. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send 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. Now about

PAR PA HR AS E.

On the COLLECT for S: James' Day. O merciful God, we beseech thee to grant to us thy humble servants, that as St James left his thip and his father to follow our blefied Saviour, (Max. iv. 21.) when he was called to the apostleship; so we being freed from all our carnal and corrupt affections, may with equal readiness follow the role prescribed us by thy holy gospel: and this we beg for the sake of our blefredi Saviour Jesus Chrift. Amen.

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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.

The Gospel. Si Matth. xx. 20. THEN came to him the mother of Zebedee's children,

I with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wilt thou ? She saith unto him, Grant that these my cwo sons may fit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in chy kingdom. But Jesus antwered and said, Yeknow not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are ablé. And he saith unto them, Ye Thall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptisin that I am baptized with : but to fit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is, prepared of my Father. And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. But Jerus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great, exer? cise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you! but whosoever will be great aniong you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, ler hins be your servant : even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minifter, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Saint Bartholomew the Apostle.

. The Colleer. Alinighty and everlasting God, who didft give to

thine Apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe, and to preach thy word; Grant, we beseech thee, unto thy Church

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