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stranger from his right, and fear not and prayers night and day. And me, saith the LORD of hosts. she, coming in that instant, gave
thanks likewise unto the LORD, and The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 22.
spake of him to all them that looked AND when the days of her puri. for redemption in Jerusalem. And fication, according to the law of Mo. when they had performed all things ses, were accomplished, they brought according to the law of the LORD, biin to Jerusalem to present him to they returned into Galilee, to their the LORD, (as it is written in the law own city Nazareth. And the child of the LORD, Every male that open- grew, and waxed strong in spirit, eth the womb shall be called holy to filled with wisdom; and the grace the LORD,) and to offer a sacrifice, of God was upon him. according to that which is said in the law of the LORD, A pair of turtle. SAINT MATTHIAS'S DAY. doves, or two young pigeons. And
The Collect. behold, there was a man in Jerusa. lem, whose name was Simeon ; and the place of the traitor Judas, didst
O ALMIGHTY God, who into the same man was just and devout, choose thy faithful servant Matthias, waiting for the consolation of Israel and the Holy Ghost was upon him. to be of the number of the twelve And it was revealed unto him by the apostles ; grant that thy Church, beHOLY Ghost, that he should not seeing always preserved from false aposdeath, before he had seen the LORD'S ties, may be ordered and guided by CHRIST. And he came by the Sei. faithful and true pastors, through Ję. RIT into the temple; and when the sus CHRIST our Lord. Amen. parents brought in the child JESUS, For the Epistle. Acts i. 15. to do for him after the custom of the IN those days Peter stood up in law, then took he him
in his arms, the midst the disciples, and said, and blessed GOD, and said, LORD, (the number of the names together now lettest thou thy servant depart in were about a hundred and twenty ;) peace, according to thy word : for Men and brethren, this Scripture inine eyes have seen thy salvation; must needs have been fulfilled, which which thou hast prepared before the the Holy Ghost by the mouth of face of all people; a light to lighten David spake before concerning Judas, the Gentiles, and the glory of thy who was guide to them that took JE people Israel. And Joseph and his mo- SUS, For he was numbered with ihor marvelled at those things which us, and had obtained part of this were spoken of him. And Simeon ministry, Now this man purchased blessed" them, and said unto Mary a field with the reward of iniquity; his mother, Behold, this child is set and falling headlong, he burst asun, for the fall and rising again of many der in the midst, and all his bowels in Israel; and for a sign which shall gushed out. And it was known to all be spoken against, (yea, a sword the dwellers at Jerusalem ; insomuch shall pierce through thy own soul as that field is called in their proper also,) that the thoughts of many tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The hearts may be revealed. And there field of blood. For it is written in the was one Anna, a prophetess, the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of desolate, and let no man dwell there. Aser; she was of a great age, and in: and his bishopric let another take. had lived with a husband seven years Wherefore of these men, which have from her virginity; and she was a companied with us all the time that widow of about fourscore and four the Lord JESUS went in and out years, which departed not from the among us, beginning from the baptism temple, but served God with fastings of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one besign of the LORD thy God; ask it ordained to be a witness with us of either in the depth, or in the height his resurrection. And they appoint- above. But Ahaz said, I will not ed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who ask, neither will I tempt the LORD. was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And he said, Hear ye now, O house And they prayed, and said, Thou, of David , Is it a small thing for you LORD, which knowest the hearts of to weary men, but will ye weary my all men, show whether of these two God also ? Therefore the LORD him. thou hast chosen; that he may take self shall give you a sign: Behold, a part of this ministry and apostleship, virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, from which Judas by transgression and shall call his name Immanuel. fell, that he might go to his own place. Butter and honey shall he eat, that And they gave forth their lots; and he may know to refuse the evil, and the lot fell upon Matthias. And he was choose the good. numbered with the eleven apostles.
The GospelSt. Luke i. 26. The Gospel. St. Matt. xi. 25.
AND in the sixth month, the angel AT that time Jesus answered, and Gabriel was sent from God unto a said, I thank thee, O Father, LORD city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to of heaven and earth, because thou a 'virgin espoused to a man whose hast hid these things from the wise name was "Joseph, of the house of and prudent, and hast revealed them David ; and the virgin's name was unto babes. Even so, Father, for so Mary. And the angel came in unto it seemed good in thy sight. All her, and said, Hail
, thou that art things are delivered unto me of my highly favored, the LORD is with Father; and no man knoweth the thee;
blessed art thou among women. Son, but che FATHER, neither know. And when she saw him, she was eth any man the FATHER, save the troubled at his saying, and cast in Son, and he to whomsoever the Son her mind what manner of salutation will reveal him. Come unto me all this should be. And the angel said ye that labor and are heavy laden, and unto her, Fear not, Mary; for thou I will give you rest. Take my yoke hast found favor with God. And upon you, and learn of me; for I am behold thou shalt conceive in thy meek and lowly in heart: and ye womb, and bring forth a son, and shall find rest unto your souls. For shalt call his naine Jesus. He shall my yoke is easy, and my burthen is be great, and shall be called the Son light.
of the Highest ; and the LORD GOD shall give unto him the throne of his father David. And he shall reign
over the house of Jacob for ever; and The Collect.
of his kingdom there shall be no end. WE beseech thee, O LORD, pour shall this be, seeing I know not a
Then said Mary unto the angel, How thy grace into our hearts; that as we
man? have known the incarnation of thy said unto her, The Holy Ghost
And the angel answered and Son Jesus CHRIST by the message shall come upon thee, and the power of an angel; so by his cross and of the Highest shall overshadow thee: passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection, through shall be born of thee, shall be called
therefore also that holy thing which the same Jesus Christ our Lord. the Son of God. And behold, thy Amen.
cousin Elizabeth, she hath also con. For the Epistie. Isa. vii. 10. ceived a son in her old age; and this MOREOVER, the LORD spake is the sixth month with her, who was again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee al called barren. For with God no
THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
thing shall be impossible. And Mary increase of the body, unto the edify. said, Behold the handmaid of the ing of itself in love. LORD; be it unto me according to thy word. : and the angel departed
The Gospel. St. John xv. l. from her.
I AM the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch
in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh SAINT MARK'S DAY.
branch that bear. The Collect.
eth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may O ALMIGHTY GOD, who hast bring forth more fruit. Now ye are instructed thy holy Church with the clean through the word which I have heavenly doctrine of thy evangelist spoken unto you.
Abide in me, and Saint Mark ; give us grace, that be l'in you. As the branch cannot bear ing not like children carried away fruit of itself, except it abide in the with every blast of vain doctrine, we vine; no more can ye, except ye may be established in the truth of thy abide in me. I am the vine, ye are holy Gospel, through Jesus CHRIST the branches. He that abideth in me, our Lord. Amen.
and I in him, the same bringeth forth
much fruit: for without me ye can The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7.
do nothing. If a man abide not in UNTO every one of us is given me, he is cast forth as a branch, grace, according to the measure of and is withered; and men gather the gift of CHRIST. Wherefore he them, and cast them into the fire, and saith, When he ascended up on high, they are burned. If ye abide in me, he led captivity captive, and gave and my words abide in you, ye shall gifts unto men. (Now that he as- ask what ye will, and it shall be done cended, what is it but that he also unto you. Herein is my Father glo. descended first into the lower parts of rified, that yé bear much fruit; so the earth? He that descended is the shall ye be my disciples. As the same also that ascended up far above Father hath loved me, so have I loved all heavens, that he might fill all you: continue ye my
love. If ye things.) And he gave some apostles, keep my commandments, ye shall and some prophets, and some evan abide in my love ; even as I have gelists, and some pastors and teach. kept my father's commandments, ers; for the perfecting of the saints, and abide in his love. These things for the work of the ministry, for the have I spoken unto you, that my joy edifying of the body of CHRIST; till might remain in you, and that your we all come in the unity of the faith, joy might be full. and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of CHRIST: that we henceforth be
JAMES' DAY. no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of
The Collect. doctrine, by the sleight of men, and O ALMIGHTY GOD, whom truly cunning craftiness, whereby they lie to know is everlasting life; grant in wait to deceive; but speaking the us perfectly to know thy Son Jesus truth in love, may grow up into him CHRIST to be the way, the truth, in all things, which is the head, even and the life; that following the steps CHRIST: from whom the whole body of thy holy apostles, Saint Philip and fitly joined together, and compacted Saint James, we may steadfastly by that which every joint supplieth, walk in the way that leadeth to eter. uccording to the effectual working in nal life, through the same thy Son the measure of every pari, maketh Jesus CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
SAINT PHILIP AND SAINT
The Epistle. St. James i. 1. life: no man cometh unto the Father JAMES, a servant of God, and but by me.
If ye had known me, ye of the Lord Jesus
CHRIST, to the should have known my Father also: twelve tribes which are scattered and from henceforth ye know him, abroad, greeting. My brethren, count and have seen him. Philip saith unit all joy when ye fall into divers to him, LORD, show us the Father, temptations : knowing this, that the and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto trying of your faith worketh patience. him, Have I been so long time with But let patience have her perfect you, and yet hast thou not known work, that ye may be perfect and en-me, Philip? He that hath seen me, tire, wanting nothing. If any of you hath seen the Father ; and how say. ack wisdom, let him ask of God, est thou then, Show us the Father ? that giveth to all men liberally, and Believest thou not that I am in the upbraideth not; and it shall be given Father, and the Father in me? The him. But let him ask in faith, words that I speak unto you, I speak nothing wavering : for he that wa- not of myself; but the Father that vereth is like a wave of the sea, driven Jwelleth in me, he doeth the works. with the wind, and tossed. For let Believe me, that I am in the Father, not that man think that he shall re- and the Father in me; or else believe ceive any thing of the LORD. A me for the very works' sake. Verily, double-minded man is unstable in all verily, I say unto you, He that behis ways. Let the brother of low lieveth on me, the works that I do degree rejoice in that he is exalted, shall he do also ; and
greater works but the rich in that be is made low than these shall he do, because I go because as the flower of the grass he unto my Father. And whatsoever shall pass away. For the sun is no ye shall ask in my name, that will I sooner risen with a burning heat, but do, that the FATHER may be glori it withereth the grass, and the flower fied in the Son. If ye shall ask
any thereof falleth, and the grace of the thing in my name, I will do it. fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. Blessed is the man that endureth
The Collect. temptation ; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which didst endue thy holy apostle Barna
O LORD God Almighty, who the LORD hath promised to them that bas with singular gifts of the Holy love him.
Ghost; leave us not, we beseech The Gospel. St. John xiv. 1. thee, destitute of thy manifold gifts, AND JEsus said unto his disci- nor yet of grace to use them alway ples, Let not your heart be troubled :
to thy honor and glory, through JEye believe in God, believe also in sus Christ our Lord. Amen. me. In my Father's house are many For the Epistle. Acts xi. 22. mansions; if it were not so, I would TIDINGS of these things came have told you. I go to prepare a unto the ears of the Church which place for you. And if I go and pre. was in Jerusalem : and they sent pare a place for you, I will come forth Barnabas, that he should go as again, and receive you unto myself; far as Antioch: who, when he came, that where I am, there ye may be and had seen the grace of God, was also. And whither I go, ye know, glad; and exhorted them all, that and the way ye know. Thomas saith with purpose of heart they would unto him, LORD, we know not whi- cleave unto the LORD. For he was ther thou goest, and how can we a good man, and full of the Holy know the way? JESUS saith unto GHOST, and of faith : and much peohim, I am the way, the truth, and the ple was added unto the LORD. Then
SAINT BARNABAS THE APOSTLE,
departed Barnabas to Tarsus for to the truth's sake, through Jesus seek Saul: and when he had found CHRIST our Lord. Amen. him, he brought him unto Antioch.
For the Epistle. Isa. xl. 1. And it came to pass,
that a whole
year COMFORT ye, comfort ye my they assembled themselves with the Church, and taught much people:
people, saith your God. Speak ye and the disciples were called Chris comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry tians first in Antioch. And in these
unto her, that her warfare is accom. days came prophets
from Jerusalem plished, that her iniquity is pardoned : anto Antioch. And there stood up hand double for all her sins.
for she hath received of the LORD'S
The one of them, named Agabus, and signified by the SPIRIT, that there yoice of him that crieth in the wil. should be great dearth throughout all derness, Prepare ye the way of the the world which came to pass in LORD, make straight in the desert a the days of Claudius Cæsar."
Then highway for our God. Every val. the disciples , every man according
to ley shall be exalted, and every mounthis ability, determined to send relief ain and hill shall be made low : and
the crooked shall be made straight, unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea. Which also they did, and and the rough places plain. And the sent it to the elders by the hands of glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together; for Barnabas and Saul.
the mouth of the LORD hath spoken The Gospel. St. John xv. 12.
it. The voice said, Cry. And he THIS is my commandment, That said, What shall I cry? All flesh is ye love one another, as I have loved grass, and all the goodliness thereof is you. Greater love hath no man than as the flower of the field. The grass this, that a man lay down his life for withereth, the flower fadeth, because his friends. Ye are my friends, if the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon ye do whatsoever I command you. it: surely the people is grass.
The Henceforth I call you not servants; grass withereth, the flower fadeth; for the servant knoweth not what his but the word of our God shall stand lord doeth : but I have called you for ever. O Zion, that bringest good friends ; for all things that I have tidings, get thee up into the high heard of my Father, I have made mountain : 0 Jerusalem, that bring. known unto you. Ye have not chosen est good tidings, lift up thy voice me, but I have chosen you, and or with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; dained you, that ye should go and say unto the cities of Judah, Behold pring forth fruit, and that your fruit your God. Behold the LORD God should remain: that whatsoever ye will come with strong hand, and his shall ask of the Father in my name, arm shall rule for him: behold his he may give it you.
reward is with him, and his work
before him. He shall feed his flock SAINT JOHN BAPTIST'S DAY.
like a shepherd; he shall gather the The Collect.
lambs with his arm, and carry them ALMIGHTY GOD, by whose pro- those that are with young.
in his bosom, and shall gently lead vidence thy servant John Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare
The GospelSt. Luke i. 57. way of thy Son our Saviour, by
ELIZABETH'S full time came preaching repentance; make us so to that she should be delivered ; and she follow his doctrine and holy life, that brought forth a son. And her neigh. we may truly repent according to his bors and her cousins heard how the preaching; and after his example LORD had showed great mercy upon constantly speak the truth, boldly re- her; and they rejoiced with her. buke vice, and patiently suffer for And it came to pass thaton the eighth