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day they came to circumcise the into the way of peace. And the child child; and they called him Zachari- grew, and waxed strong in spirit; as, after the name of his father. And and was in the deserts till the day of his mother answered and said, Not his showing unto Israel. so; but he shall be called John. And they said unto her, There is none of SAINT PETER'S DAY. thy kindred that is called by this

The Collect. name. And they made signs to his

O ALMIGHTY GOD, who, by father, how he would have him called. And he asked for a writing ta thy Son Jesus Christ, didst give ble, and wrote, saying, His name is

to thy apostle Saint Peter many exJohn. And they marvelled all. And cellent gifts, and commandest him his mouth was opened immediately, earnestly to feed thy flock; make, we and his tongue loosed, and

he spake diligently to preach thy holy word,

beseech thee, all Bishops and Pastors and praised God. And fear came on all that dwelt round about them; the same, that they may receive the

and the people obediently to follow and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country Jesus Christ our Lord." Amen.

crown of everlasting glory, through of Judea. And all they that had heard them, laid them up in their hearts, For the Epistle. Acts xii. 1. saying, What manner of child shali ABOUT that time, Herod the king this be? And the hand of the LORD stretched forth his hands to vex cer. was with him. And his father Za tain of the Church. And he killed charias was filled with the Holy James the brother of John with the Ghost, and prophesied, saying, sword. And because he saw it pleasBlessed be the LORD GOD of Israel; ed the Jews, he proceeded further to for he hath visited and redeemed his take Peter also. (Then were the people, and hath raised up a horn of days of unleavened bread.) And salvation for us, in the house of his when he had apprehended him, he servant David; as he spake by the put him in prison, and delivered him mouth of his holy prophets, which to four quaternions of soldiers, to keep have been since the world began: bim; intending after Easter to bring that we should be saved from our him forth to the people. Peter thereenemies, and from the hand of all fore was kept in prison; but prayer that hate us : to perform the mercy was made without ceasing of the promised to our fathers, and to re- Church unto God for him. And member his holy covenant: the oath when Herod would have brought him which he sware to our father Abra. forth, the same night Peter was sleepham, that he would grant unto us, ing between two soldiers, bound with that we, being delivered out of the two chains; and the keepers before hands of our enemies, might serve the door kept the prison. And behold, him without fear, in holiness and the angel of the LORD came upon righteousness before him, all the days him, and a light shined in the prison: of our life. And thou, child, shalt be and he smote Peter on the side, and called the prophet of the Highest : raised him up, saying, Arise up for thou shalt go before the face of the quickly. And his chains fell off from LORD, to prepare his ways; to give his hands. And the angel said unto knowledge of salvation unto his peo- him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy ple by the remission of their sins, sandals: and so he did. And he through the tender mercy of our saith unto him, Cast thy garment GOD, whereby the Day-Spring from about thee, and follow me. And he on high hath visited us, to give light went out, and followed him; and to them that sit in darkness, and in wist not that it was true which was sho shadow of death, to guide our feet done by the angel ; but thought he

saw a vision. When they were past | For the Epistle. Acts xi. 27, and the first and the second ward, they part of Chapter xii. came unto the iron gate that leadeth IN those days came prophets from unto the city, which opened to them Jerusalem unto Antioch. “And there of its own accord: and they went out, stood up one of them named Agabus, and passed on through one street, and and signified by the SPIRIT, that forthwith the angel departed from there should be great dearth through him. And when Peter was come to out all the world: which came to himself, he said, Now I know of a pass in the days of Claudius Cæsar. surety that the LORD hath sent his Then the disciples, every man acangel, and hath delivered me out of cording to his ability, determined to the hand of Herod, and from all the send relief unto the brethren which expectation of the people of the dwelt in Judea. Which also they Jews.

did, and sent it to the elders by the The Gospel. St. Matt. xvi. 13. hands of Barnabas and Saul. Now WHEN JESUS came into the coasts about that time, Herod the king of Cæsarea Philippi, he asked his stretched forth his hands to vex cer. disciples, saying, Whom do men say

tain of tbe Church. And he killed that I, the Son of man, am ? And they James the brother of John with the

And because he saw it said, Some say that thou art John sword. the Baptist; some, Elias; and others, pleased the Jews, he proceeded furJeremias, or one of the prophets. ther to take Peter also. He saith unto them, But whom say

The Gospel. St. Matt. xx. 20. ye

that I am? And Simon Peter an. swered and said, Thou art CHRIST; Zebedee's children, with her sons,

THEN came to him the mother of the Son of the living God. Jesus answered and said unto him, worshipping him, and desiring a cer. Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for

tain thing of him. And he said unto flesh and blood hath not revealed it her, What wilt thou ? She saith ununto thee, but my Father which is

to him, Grant that these my two sons in heaven. And I say also unto and the other on the left, in thy king.

may sit, the one on thy right hand, thee, that thou art Peter, and upon dom. But Jesus answered and said, this rock I will build my Church: and the gates of hell shall not prevailable to drink of the cup that I shall

Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye against it. And I will give unto thee drink

of, and to be baptized with the the keys of the kingdoin of heaven: baptism that I am baptized with ? earth, shall be bound in heaven; and They say unto him, We are able. whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, drink indeed of my cup, and be bap

And he saith unto them, Ye shall shall be loosed in heaven.

tized with the baptism that I am bap. tized with; but to sit on my right

hand, and on my left, is not mine to The Collect.

give; but it shall be given to them GRANT, O merciful God, that as for whom it is prepared of my Father. thine holy apostle Saint James, leav. And when the ten heard it, they were ing his father and all that he had, moved with indignation against the without delay was obedient unto the two brethren. But Jesus called calling of thy Son Jesus CHRIST, them unto him, and said, Ye know and followed him; so we, forsaking that the princes of the Gentiles exerall worldly and carnal affections, may cise dominion over them, and they be evermore ready to follow thy that are great exercise authority upon holy commandments

, through Jesus them. But it shall not be so among CHRIST our Lord. Amen.

you: but whosoever will be great

SAINT JAMES THE APOSTLE.

among you, let him be your minister ; that serveth ? is not he that sitteth at and whosoever will be chief among meat ? but I am among you as he you, let him be your servant: even that serveth. Ye are they which as the Son of man came not to be have continued with me in my ministered unto, but to minister, and temptations. And I appoint unto you to give his life a ransom for many. a kingdom, as my Father hath ap

pointed unto me; that ye may eat

and drink at my table in my kingSAINT BARTHOLOMEW THE

dom, and sit on tkrones, judging the APOSTLE.

twelve tribes of Israel. The Collect. O ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who didst give to thine apostle SAINT MATTHEW THE APOSTLE. Bartholomew grace truly to believe

The Collect. and to preach thy word; grant, we O ALMIGHTY GOD, who by beseech' thee, . unto thy Church, to thy blessed Son didst call Matthew love that word which he believed: from the receipt of custom, to be an and both to preach and receive the apostle and evangelist ; grant us same, through JESUS CHRIST our grace to forsake all covetous desires, Lord. Amen.

and inordinate love of riches; and to For the Epistle. Acts v, 12. follow the same thy Son JESUS BY the hands of the apostles were with thee and the Holy Ghost, one

CHRIST, who liveth and reigneth many signs and wonders wrought

Amen. among

the people, and they were all God, world without end. with one accord in Solomon's porch. The Epistle. 2 Cor. iv. 1. And of the rest durst no man join THEREFORE, seeing we have himself to them; but the people mag. this ministry, as we have received nified them. And believers were the mercy, we faint not; but have remore added to the LORD, multitudes nounced the bidden things of disho both of men and women) insomuch nesty, not walking in craftiness, nor that they brought forth the sick into handling the Word of God deceit. the streets, and laid them on beds fully, but by manifestation of the and couches, that at least the shadow truth, commending ourselves to eve. of Peter passing by might oversha. ry man's conscience in the sight of dow some of them. There came also GOD. But if our Gospel be hid, it is a multitude out of the cities round hid to them that are lost : in whom about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick the God of this world hath blinded folks, and them which were vexed the minds of them which believe not, with unclean spirits; and they were lest the light of the glorious Gospel healed every one.

of CHRIST, who is the image of God, The Gospel. St. Luke xxii. 24.

should shine unto them. For we AND there was also a strife among preach not ourselves, but CHRIST them which of them should be ac.

JESUS the Lord; and ourselves your counted the greatest. And he said servants for JESUS' sake. For God, unto them, The kings of the Gentiles who commanded the light to shine exercise lordship over them;

and

out of darkness, hath shined in our they that exercise authority upen ledge of the glory of God, in the

hearts, to give the light of the knowthem are called benefactors. But ye face of JESUS CHRIST. shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the The Gospel. St. Matt. ix. 9. younger; and he that is chief, as he AND as Jesus passed forth from that doth serve. For whether is thence, he saw a man named Mat. greater, he that sitteth at meat, or holthew sitting at the receipt of custom :

arice.

and he saith unto him, Follow me.vens, and ye that dwell in them. And he arose, and followed him. Wo to the inhabitants of the earth And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at and of the sea : for the devil is come meat in the house, behold many pub- down unto you, having great wrath, licans and sinners came and sat down because he knoweth that he hath but with him and his disciples. And a short time. when the Pharisees saw it, they said

The Gospel. St. Matt. xvii. 1. unto his disciples, Why eateth your

AT the same time came the disci. master with publicans and sinners ? But when Jesus heard that, he said ples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the unto them, They that be whole, need greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

And Jesus called a little child unto not a physician, but they that are him, and set him in the midst of meaneth, I will have mercy, and not them, and said, Verily I say unto sacrifice; for I am not come to call you, Except ye be converted, and be the righteous, but sinners to repent- enter into the kingdom of heaven.

come as little children, ye shall not Whosoever therefore shall humble

himself as this little child, the same SAINT MICHAEL AND ALL

is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. ANGELS,

And whoso shall receive one such litThe Collect.

tle child in my name, receiveth me. O EVERLASTING God, who But whoso shall offend one of these hast ordained and constituted the ser. little ones which believe in me, it vices of angels and men in a wonder. were better for him that a millstone ful order; mercifully grant, that as were hanged about his neck, and that thy holy angels always do theè ser. he were drowned in the depth of the vice in heaven; so, by thy appoint- sea. Wo unto the world because of ment, they may succor and defend offences ! for it must nee be at us on earth, through JESUS CHRIST offences come: but wo to that man by our Lord. Amen.

whom the offence cometh. WhereFor the Epistle. Rev, xii. 7. fore, if thy hand or thy foot offend chael and his angels fought against into life halt or maimed, rather than THERE was war in heaven; Mi- thee, cut them off and cast them from

thee: it is better for thee to enter the dragon ; and the dragon fought having two hands or two feet, to be and his angels, and prevailed not; cast into everlasting fire. And if neither was their place found any thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, more in heaven. And the great dra. gon was cast out, that old serpent, thee to enter into life with one eye,

and cast it from thee: it is better for called the devil and Satan, which de- rather than having

two eyes, to be ceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels cast into hell fire. Take heed that ye were cast out with him. And I heard despise not one of these little ones : a loud voice saying in heaven, Now

for I say unto you, that in heaven is come salvation and strength, and their angels do always behold the

face of

my

Father which is in the kingdom of our God, and the

heaven. power of his CHRIST; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down,

SAINT LUKE THE EVANGELIST. which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame

The Collect. him by the blood of the Lamb, and ALMIGHTY GOD, who calledst by the word of their testimony; and Luke the physician, whose praise is they loved not their lives unto the in the Gospel, to be an evangelist and death Therefore rejoice, ye hea. | physician of the soul ; may it please thee, that by the wholesome medi- into whatsoever house ye enter, first cines of the doctrine delivered by say, Peace be to this house. And if him, all the diseases of our souls the son of

peace

be there, your peace may be healed, through the merits of shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. to you again. And in the same house Amen.

remain, eating and drinking such

things as they give: for the laborer The Epistle. 2 Tim. iv. 5.

is worthy of his hire. WATCH thou in all things, en dure afflictions, do the work of an

SAINT SIMON AND SAINT JUDE, evangelist, make full proof of thy

APOSTLES. ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure

The Collect. is at hand. I have fought a good

O ALMIGHTY GOD, who hast fight, I have finished my course, 1 built thy Church upon the foundation have kept the faith. Henceforth there of the apostles and prophets, Jesus is laid up for me a crown of righte Christ himself being ihe head cor. ousness, which the LORD the rightener-stone; grant us so to be joined ous Judge shall give me at that day : together in unity of spirit by their and not to me only, but unto all them doctrine, that we may be made a holy also that love his appearing. Do thy temple acceptable unto thee, through diligence to come shortly unto me: JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen. for Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is de

The Epistle. St. Jude 1. parted unto Thessalonica ; Crescens JUDE, the servant of JESUS to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. On: CHRIST, and brother of James, to ly Luke is with me. Take Mark and them that are sanctified by God the bring him with thee: for he is pro- FATHER, and preserved in Jesus fitable to me for the ministry. And CHRIST, and called: Mercy unto Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. you, and peace and love be multiplied. The cloak that I left at Troas with Beloved, when I gave all diligence to Carpus, when thou comest, bring write unto you of the common salvawith thee, and the books, but espe- tion, it was needful for me to write unto cially the parchments. Alexander you, and exhort you, that ye should the coppersmith did me much evil : earnestly contend for the faith which the LORD reward him according to was once delivered unto the saints. his works. Of whom be thou ware For there are certain men crept in also, for he hath greatly withstood unawares, who were before of old or

dained to this condemnation ; ungodThe Gospel. St. Luke x. 1.

!y ren, turning the grace of our God

into lasciviousness, and denying the THE LORD appointed other seven- only LORD God, and our Lord Je. ty also, and sent them two and two sus CHRIST. I will therefore put before his face into every city and you in remembrance, though ye once place, whither he himself would knew this, how that the LORD having

Therefore said he unto them, saved the people out of the land of The harvest truly is great, but the Egypt, afterward destroyed them laborers are few : pray ye therefore that believed not. And the angels the lord of the harvest, that he would which kept not their first estate, but send forth laborers into his harvest. left their own habitation, he hath reGo your ways: behold, I send you served in everlasting chains under forth as lambs among wolves. Carry darkness, unto the judgment of the neither purse, nor serip, nor shoes ; great day. Even as Sodom and and salute no man by the way. And Gomorrha, and the cities about thera,

our words.

come.

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