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And he, trembling and asto- appeared unto thee in the way nished, said, Lord, what wilt as thou camest) hath sent me, thou have me to do? And the that thou mightest receive thy Lord said unto him, Arise, and sight, and be filled with the go into the city, and it shall be Holy Ghost. And immediately told thee what thou must do. there fell from his eyes as it had And the men which journeyed been scales; and he received with him stood speechless, hear. sight forthwith, and arose, and ing a voice, but seeing no man. was baptized. And when he And Saul arose from the earth; had received meat, he was and when his eyes were opened, strengthened. Then was Saul he saw no man: but they led certain days with the disciples him by the hand, and brought which were at Damascus. And him into Damascus. And he straightway he preached Christ was three days without sight, in the synagogues, that he is the and neither did eat nor drink. Son of God. But all that heard And there was a certain disciple him were amazed, and said, Is at Damascus, named Ananias, not this he that destroyed them and to him said the Lord in á which called on this name in vision, Ananias: And he said, Jerusalem, and came hither for Behold, I am here, Lord. And that intent, that he might bring the Lord said unto him, Arise, them bound unto the chief and go into the street which is priests? But Saul increased the called Straight, and inquire in more in strength, and confoundthe house of Judas for one called ed the Jews which dwelt at DaSaul, of Tarsus: for behold, he mascus, proving that this is very prayeth, and hath seen in a vi. Christ. sion a man named Ananias, coming in, and putting his hand The Gospel. St. Matt. xix. 27. on him, that he might receive PETER answered, and said swered, Lord, I have heard by forsaken all, and followed thee; many of this man, how much what shall we have therefore? evil he hath done to thy saints And Jesus said unto them, Veriat Jerusalem: and here he hath ly I say unto you, that ye which authority from the chief priests have followed me, in the regeneto bind all that call on thy name. ration, when the Son of man Bu the Lord saith unto him, shall sit in the throne of his glory, Go thy way: for he is a chosen ye also shall sit upon twelve vessel unto me, to bear my thrones, judging the twelve name before the Gentiles, and tribes of Israel. And every one kings, and the children of Is- that hath forsaken houses, or rael: For I will show him how brethren, or sisters, or father, great things he must suffer for or mother, or wife, or children, my name's sake. And Ana- or lands, for my name's sake, nias went his way, and entered shall receive an hundred fold, into the house; and putting his and shall inherit everlasting life. hands on him, said, Brother But many that are first shall be Saul, the Lord (even Jesus, that last, and the last shall be first.
The Presentation of Christ in The Gospel. St. Luke ï. 22. The Purification on Saint AND when the
days of her
purification, according to Mary the Virgin.
the law of Moses, were accomThe Collect.
plished, they brought him to Je. LMIGHTY and everliv. rusalem, to present him to the
ing God, we humbly be- Lord; (as it is written in the law seech thy Majesty, that as thy of the Lord, Every male that only begotten Son was this day openeth the womb shall be calpresented in the temple in sub- led holy to the Lord;) and to ofstance of our flesh; so we may fer a sacrifice, according to that be presented unto thee with pure which is said in the law of the and clean hearts, by the same Lord, A pair of turtle doves, or thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. two young pigeons. And beAmen.
hold, there was a man in Jeru. For the Epistle. Mal. iii. 1. salem, whose name was Sime
messenger, and he shall pre- and devout, waiting for the conpare the way before me: and solation of Ísrael: and the Holy the Lord, whom ye seek, shall Ghost was upon him. And it suddenly come to his temple; was revealed unto him by the even the messenger of the cove- Holy Ghost, that he should not nant, whom ye delight in: be- see death, before he had seen the hold, he shall come, saith the Lord's Christ. And he came Lord of hosts. But who may by the Spirit into the temple; abide the day of his coming? and when the parents brought in and who shall stand when he the child Jesus, to do for him appeareth? for he is like a re- after the custom of the law, then finer's fire, and like fuller's soap. took he him up in his arms, and And he shall sit as a refiner and blessed God, and said, Lord, purifier of silver: and he shall now lettest thou thy servant de purify the sons of Levi, and part in peace, according to thy purge them as gold and silver, word: For mine eyes have seen that they may offer unto the thy salvation; which thou hast Lord an offering in righteous prepared before the face of all
Then shall the offerings people; a light to lighten the of Judah and Jerusalem be plea. Gentiles, and the glory of thy sant unto the Lord, as in the people Israel. And Joseph and days of old, and as in former his mother marvelled at those years. And I will come near things which were spoken of to you to judgment; and I will him. And Simeon blessed them, be a swift witness against the and said unto Mary his mother, sorcerers, and against the adult- Behold, this child is set for the erers, and against false swearers, fall and rising again of many in and against those that oppress Israel; and for a sign which shall the hireling in his wages, the be spoken against, (yea, a sword widow, and the fatherless, and shall pierce through thy own that turn aside the stranger from soul also,) that the thoughts of his right, and fear not me, saith many hearts may be revealed. the Lord of hosts.
And there was one Anna, a pro
phetess, the daughter of Phanu. Now this man purchased a field el
, of the tribe of Aser; she was with the reward of iniquity; and of a great age, and had lived with falling headlong, he burst asunan husband seven years from her der in the midst, and all his bow. virginity; and she was a widow els gushed out. And it was of about fourscore and four known to all the dwellers at Je. years, which departed not from rusalem; insomuch as that field the temple, but served God with is called in their proper tongue, fastings and prayers night and Aceldama, that is to say, The day. And she coming in that field of blood. For it is written instant, gave thanks likewise un- in the book of Psalms, Let his to the Lord, and spake of him habitation be desolate, and let to all them that looked for re- no man dwell therein: and his demption in Jerusalem. And Bishoprick let another take. when they had performed all Wherefore of these men, which things according to the law of have companied with us all the the Lord, they returned into time that the Lord Jesus went Galilee, to their own city Naza. in and out among us,
beginning reth. And the child grew, and from the baptism of John, unto waxed strong in spirit, filled with that same day that he was taken wisdom; and the grace of God up from us, must one be ordainwas upon him.
ed to be a witness with us of his Saint Matthias's Day.
resurrection. And they appoint
ed two, Joseph called Barsabas, The Collect.
who was surnamed Justus, and O
Almighty God, who into Matthias. And they prayed,
the place of the traitor and said, Thou Lord, which Judas, didst choose thy faithful knowest 'the hearts of all men, servant Matthias, to be of the show whether of these two thou number of the twelve Apostles; hast chosen ; that he may take grant that thy Church, being al- part of this ministry and aposways preserved from false Apostleship, from which Judas by tles, may be ordered and guided transgression fell, that he might by faithful and true Pastors, go to his own place. And they through Jesus Christ our Lord. gave forth their lots; and the lot Amen.
fellupon Matthias. And he was For the Epistle. Acts i. 15. numbered with the eleven Apos. In those days Peter stood up tles.
in , and said, (the number of the
The Gospel. St. Matt. xi. 25. names together were about an hundred and twenty:9 Mentana AT that time Jesus answered, brethren, this Scripture must Father, Lord of heaven and needs have been fulfilled, which earth, because thou hast hid the Holy Ghost by the mouth these things from the wise and of David spake before concern- prudent, and hast revealed them ing Judas, who was guide to unto babes. Even so, Father, them that took Jesus. For he for so it seemed good in thy was numbered with us, and had sight. All things are delivered obtained part of this ministry. unto me of my Father; and no man knoweth the Son but the named Nazareth, to a virgin es Father; neither knoweth any poused to a man whose name man the Father, save the Son, was Joseph, of the house of and he to whomsoever the Son David : and the virgin's name will reveal him. Come unto me, was Mary. And the angel came all ye
that labour and are heavy in unto her and said, Hail, thou laden, and I will give you rest. that art highly favoured, the Take my yoke upon you, and Lord is with thee; blessed art learn of me; for I am meek and thou among women. And when lowly in heart: and ye shall find she saw him, she was troubled rest unto your souls. For my at his saying, and cast in her yoke is easy, and my burthen is mind what manner of salutation light.
this should be. And the angel
said unto her, Fear not, Mary; The Annunciation of the blessed for thou hast found favour with Virgin Mary.
God. And behold, thou shalt The Collect.
conceive in thy womb, and bring WE
TE beseech thee, O Lord, forth a son, and shalt call his
pour thy grace into our name Jesus. He shall be great, hearts: that as we have known and shall be called the Son of the the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Highest; and the Lord God shall Christ by the message of an an- give unto him the throne of his gel; so by his cross and pa in father David. And he shall reign we may be brought unto the over the house of Jacob for ever; glory of his resurrection, through and of his kingdom there shall the same Jesus Christ our Lord. be no end. Then said Mary Amen.
unto the angel, How shall this be, For the Epistle. Isa. vii. 10. seeing I know not a man? And
OREOVER, the Lord the angel answeredand said unto
spake again unto Ahaz, her, The Holy Ghost shall come saying, Ask thee a sign of the upon thee, and the power of the Lord thy God; ask it either in Highest shall overshadow thee: the depth, or in the height above. therefore also that holy thing But Ahaz said, I will not ask, which shall be born of thee, neither will I tempt the Lord. shall be called the Son of God . And he said, Hear ye now, O And behold, thy cousin Elizahouse of David; Is it a small beth, she hath also conceived a thing for you to weary men, but son in her old age; and this is will ye weary my God also the sixth month with her, who Therefore the Lord himself shall was called barren. For with give you a sign: Behold, a vir. God nothing shall be impossible. gin shall conceive, and beara son, And Mary said, Behold the and shall call his name Imma- handmaid of the Lord; be it nuel. Butter and honey shall he unto me according to thy word. eat, that he may know to refuse And the angel departed from her. the evil, and choose the good. The Gospel. St. Luke i. 26.
Saint Mark's Day.
from God unto a city of Galileet Almighty God, who hast
instructed thy holy Church
with the heavenly doctrine of The Gospel. St. John xv. 1. thy Evangelist De Mark; sive I Am the true vine, and my children carried away with every Every branch in me that bearblast of vain doctrine, we may eth not fruit, he taketh away; be established in the truth of and every branch that beareth thy holy Gospel, through Jesus fruit, he purgeth it, that it may Christ our Lord. Amen. bring forth more fruit. Now The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. ye are clean through the word
given grace, according to Abide in me, and I in you. As the measure of the gift of Christ. the branch cannot bear fruit of Wherefore he saith, When he itself, exceptit abide in the vine; ascended up on high, he led cap- no more can ye, except ye abide tivity captive, and gave gifts un- in me. I am the vine, ye are to men. (Now that he ascended, the branches. He that abideth what is it but that he also de- in me, and I in him, the same scended first into the lower parts bringeth forth much fruit: for of the earth? He that descended without me ye can do nothing. is the same also that ascended If a man abide not in
me, up far above all heavens, that he cast forth as a branch, and is wimight fill all things.) And he thered ; and men gather them, gave some apostles, and some and cast them into the fire, and prophets, and some evangelists, they are burned. Ifye abide in and some pastors and teachers: me, and my words abide in you, for the perfecting of the saints, ye shall ask what ye will, and it for the work of the ministry, for shall be done unto you. Herethe edifying of the body of in is my Father glorified, that Christ; till we all come in the ye bear much fruit; so shall ye unity of the faith, and of the be my disciples. As the Father knowledge of the Son of God, hath loved me, so have I loved unto a perfect man, unto the you: continue ye in my love. measure of the stature of the ful. If ye keep my commandments, ness of Christ; that we hence. ye shall abide in my love; even forth be no more children, toss- as I have kept my Father's com. ed to and fro, and carried about mandments, and abide in his with every wind of doctrine, by love. These things have I spothe sleight of men, and cunning ken unto you, that my joy might craftiness, whereby they lie in remain in you, and that your joy wait to deceive; but speaking might be full. the truth in love, may grow up Saint Philip and Saint James's into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From
Day. whom the whole body fitly join
The Collect. ed together,
and compacted by 0 Almighty God, whom truly according to the effectual work- grant us perfectly to know thy ing in the measure of every part, Son Jesus Christ to be the way, maketh increase of the body, the truth, and the life; that foluntothe edifying of itself in love. lowing the steps of thy Holy