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And he shall reign over the measure of the gift of Christ. house of Jacob for ever; and of Wherefore he saith, When he ashis kingdom there shall be no cended up on high, he led capend. Then said Mary unto the tivity captive, and gave gifts unangel, How shall this be, seeing to men. (Now that he ascended, I know not a man? And the an- what is it but that he also degel answered and said unto her, scended first into the lower parts The Holy Ghost shall come upon of the earth ? He that descended thee, and the power of the High- is the same also that ascended est shall overshadow thee: there- up far above all heavens, that he fore also that holy thing which might fill all things.) And he shall be born of thee shall be call- gave some Apostles, and some ed the Son of God. And behold, Prophets, and some Evangelists, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath and some Pastors and Teachers; also conceived a son in her old for the perfecting of the saints, age; and this is the sixth month for the work of the ministry, with her who was called barren: for the edifying of the body of for with God nothing shall be Christ; till we all come in the impossible. And Mary said, Be- unity of the faith, and of the hold the handmaid of the Lord; knowledge of the Son of God, be it unto me according to thy unto a perfect man, unto the meaword. And the angel departed sure of the stature of the fulness from her.
of Christ; that we henceforth be Saint Mark's Day.
no more children, tossed to and
fro, and carried about with every The Collect.
wind of doctrine, by the sleight O Almighty God, who hast in of men, and cunning craftiness
, with the heavenly doctrine of thy ceive; but speaking the truth in Evangelist Saint Mark; Give us love, may grow up into him in grace, that, being not like chil- all things, which is the head, even dren carried away with every Christ: from whom the whole blast of vain doctrine, we may body fitly joined together, and be established in the truth of compacted by that which every thy holy Gospel ; through Jesus joint supplieth, according to the Christ our Lord. Amen.
effectual working in the measure The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. of every part, maketh increase of UNTO every one of us is giv- the body, unto the edifying of
The Gospel. St. John xv. 1.
Saint Philip and Saint James's I Am the true vine, and my
Day. Father is the husbandman.
The Collect. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away, and O Almighty God, whom truly every branch that beareth fruit, to know is everlasting life; he purgeth it, that it may bring Grant us perfectly to know thy forth more fruit. Now ye are
Son Jesus Christ to be the way, clean through the word which I the truth, and the life; that, folhave spoken unto you. Abide in lowing the steps of thy holy A
and I in you. As the branch postles, Saint Philip and Saint cannot bear fruit of itself, except James, we may stedfastly walk it abide in the vine; no more can in the way that leadeth to eternal ye, except ye abide in me. I am life; through the same thy Son the vine, ye are the branches. Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. He that abideth in me, and I in The Epistle. St. James i. 1. him, the same bringeth forth JAM of the Lord Jesus Christ, much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide to the twelve tribes which are not in me, he is cast forth as a scattered abroad, greeting. My branch, and is withered; and brethren, count it all joy when men gather them, and cast them ye fall into divers temptations ; into the fire, and they are burn- knowing this, that the trying of ed. If ye abide in me, and my your faith worketh patience. But words abide in you, ye shall ask let patience have her perfect work, what ye will, and it shall be done that ye may be perfect and enunto you. Herein is my Father tire, wanting nothing. If any of glorified, that ye bear much fruit; you lack wisdom, let him ask of so shall ye be my disciples. As God, that giveth to all men libethe Father hath loved me, so rally, and upbraideth not, and it have I loved you: continue ye shall be given him. But let him in my love. If ye keep my com- ask in faith, nothing wavering ; mandments, ye shall abide in my for he that wavereth is like a love; even as I have kept my wave of the sea, driven with the Father's commandments, and a- wind, and tossed. For let not bide in his love. These things that man think that he shall rehave I spoken unto you, that my ceive any thing of the Lord. A joy might remain in you, and double-minded man is unstable in that your joy might be full. all his ways. Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is know him, and have seen him. exalted; but the rich in that he Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew is made low; because as the flow- us the Father, and it sufficeth us. er of the grass he shall pass away. Jesus saith unto him, Have I For the sun is no sooner risen been so long time with you, and with a burning heat, but it wi- yet hast thou not known me, thereth the grass, and the flower Philip? He that hath seen me thereof falleth, and the grace of hath seen the Father; and how the fashion of it perisheth : so sayest thou then, Shew us the also shall the rich man fade away Father ? Believest thou not that in his ways. Blessed is the man I am in the Father, and the Fathat endureth temptation ; for ther in me? The words that I when he is tried, he shall receive speak unto you I speak not of the crown of life, which the Lord myself; but the Father that hath promised to them that love dwelleth in me, he doeth the him.
works. Believe me, that I am in The Gospel. St. John xiv. 1. the Father, and the Father in AS
ND Jesus said unto his dis- me; or else believe me for the
ciples, Let not your heart be very works' sake. Verily, verily troubled; ye believe in God, be- I say unto you, He that believeth lieve also in me. In my Father's on me, the works that I do shall house are many mansions; if it he do also; and greater works were not so, I would have told than these shall he do; because you. I go to prepare a place for I
Father. And go
whatsoever ye shall ask in my place for you, I will come again, Name, that will I do, that the and receive you unto myself, that Father may be glorified in the where I am, there ye may be Son. If ye shall ask any thing also. And whither I go ye know, in my Name, I will do it. and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know
Saint Barnabas the Apostle. not whither thou goest, and how
The Collect. can we know the way? Jesus O didst endue thy holy Apostle saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man Barnabas with singular gifts of cometh unto the Father but by the Holy Ghost ; Leave us not,
If ye had known me, ye we beseech thee, destitute of thy should have known my Father manifold gifts, nor yet of grace also : and from henceforth ye to use them alway to thy honour
you: and if I
and prepare a
and glory; through Jesus Christ The Gospel. St. John xv. 12. our Lord. Amen.
THIS is my commandment, For the Epistle. Acts xi. 22. 1 That ye love one another, TIDINGS of these things as I have loved you. Greater
came unto the ears of the love hath no man than this, that Church which was in Jerusalem; a man lay down his life for his and they sent forth Barnabas, friends. Ye are my friends, if ye that he should go as far as An- do whatsoever I command you. tioch. Who, when he came, and Henceforth I call you not serhad seen the grace of God, was vants; for the servant knoweth glad; and exhorted them all, that not what his lord doeth : but I with purpose of heart they would have called you friends; for all cleave unto the Lord. For he things that I have heard of my was a good man, and full of the Father I have made known unto holy Ghost, and of faith: and you. Ye have not chosen me, much people was added unto the but I have chosen you, and orLord. Then departed Barnabas dained you, that ye should go to Tarsus, for to seek Saul. And and bring forth fruit, and that when he had found him, he your fruit should remain : that brought him unto Antioch. And whatsoever ye shall ask of the it came to pass, that a whole year Father in my Name, he may they assembled themselves with give it you. the Church, and taught much people: and the disciples were
Saint John Baptist's Day. called Christians first in Antioch.
The Collect. And in these days came prophets ALMIGHTY God, by whose from Jerusalem unto Antioch. A providence thy servant John And there stood up one of them Baptist was wonderfully born, named Agabus, and signified by and sent to prepare the way of the Spirit, that there should be thy Son our Saviour, by preachgreat dearth throughout all the ing of repentance; Make us so world ; which came to pass in the to follow his doctrine and holy days of Claudius Cæsar. Then life, that we may truly repent the disciples, every man according according to his preaching; and to his ability, determined to send after his example constantly speak relief unto the brethren which the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and dwelt in Judæa. Which also they patiently suffer for the truth's did, and sent it to the elders by sake; through Jesus Christ our the hands of Barnabas and Saul. Lord. Amen.
For the Epistle. Isai. xl. 1. come with strong hand, and his OMFORT comfort
arm shall rule for him : behold, my people, saith your God. his reward is with him, and his Speak ye comfortably to Jerusa- work before him. He shall feed lem, and cry unto her, That her his flock like a shepherd; he warfare is accomplished; that her shall gather the lambs with his iniquity is pardoned: for she hath arm, and carry them in his boreceived of the Lord's hand dou- som, and shall gently lead those ble for all her sins. The voice of that are with young. him that crieth in the wilderness, The Gospel
. St. Luke i. 57. Prepare ye the way of the Lord, ELISABETH'S full time
a high-way for our God. Every livered; and she brought forth a valley shall be exalted, and every son. And her neighbours and her mountain and hill shall be made cousins heard how the Lord had low, and the crooked shall be shewed great mercy upon her; made straight, and the rough and they rejoiced with her. And places plain. And the glory of it came to pass, that on the eighth the Lord shall be revealed, and day they came to circumcise the all flesh shall see it together : for child; and they called him Zachathe mouth of the Lord hath spo- rias, after the name of his father. ken it. The voice said, Cry. And his mother answered and And he said, What shall I cry? said, Not so; but he shall be All flesh is grass, and all the good- called John. And they said unliness thereof is as the flower of to her, There is none of thy kinthe field. The grass withereth, dred that is called by this name. the flower fadeth, because the And they made signs to his faSpirit of the Lord bloweth upon ther, how he would have him it : surely the people is grass
. called. And he asked for a writThe grass withereth, the flower ing-table, and wrote, saying, His fadeth ; but the word of our God name is John. And they marshall stand for ever. O Zion, that velled all. And his mouth was bringest good tidings, get thee up opened immediately, and his into the high mountain : 0 Jeru- tongue loosed, and he spake, and salem, that bringest good tidings, praised God. And fear came on lift up thy voice with strength; all that dwelt round about them; lift it up, be not afraid : say unto and all these sayings were noised the cities of Judah, Behold your abroad throughout all the hillGod. Behold, the Lord God will country of Judæa. And all they