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houses, or brethren, or sisters, or terers, and against false swearers, father, or mother, or wife, or chil- and against those that oppress dren, or lands, for my name's the hireling in his wages, the wisake, shall receive an hundred dow, and the fatherless, and that fold, and shall inherit everlasting turn aside the stranger from his life. But many that are first shall right, and fear not me, saith the be last, and the last shall be first. Lord of hosts.

The Gospel. St. Luke, ii. 22. The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, commonly called, The AND when the days of her pu

rification, according to the Purification of Saint Mary the law of Moses, were accomplished, Virgin.

they brought him to Jerusalem, The Collect.

to present him to the Lord ; (as ALMIGHTY and everliving it is written in the law of the

God, we bumbly beseech thy Lord, Every male that openeth Majesty, that as thy only begot- the womb shall be called holy to ten son was this day presented the Lord;) and to offer a sacrifice, in the Temple in substance of our according to that which is said in flesh ; so we may be presented the law of the Lord, A pair of unto thee with pure and clean turtle doves, or two young 'pihearts, by the same thy Son Je geons. And behold, there was a sus Christ our Lord. Amen. man in Jerusalem, whose name

For the Epistle. Mal. ii. 1. was Simeon; and the same man BEHOLD, I will send my mes- was just and devout, waiting for

senger, and he shall prepare the consolation of Israel: and the the way before me: and the Lord, Holy Ghost was upon him. And whom ye seek, shall suddenly it was revealed unto him by the come to his temple ; even the Holy Ghost, that he should not messenger of the covenant, whom see death, before he had seen the ye delight in : behold, he shall Lord's Christ. And he came by come, saith the Lord of hosts. the Spirit into the temple; and But who may abide the day of when the parents brought in the his coming ? and who shall stand child Jesus, to do for him after the when he appeareth ? for he is like custom of the law, then took he a refiner's fire, and like fuller's bim up in his arms, and blessed soap. And he shall sit as a refiner God, and said, Lord, now lettest and purifier of silver: and he shall|thou thy servant depart. in peace, purify the sons of Levi, and purge according to thy word: For mine them as gold and silver, that they eyes have seen thy salvation; may offer unto the Lord an offer- which thou hast prepared before ing in rigbteousness. Then shall the face of all people; a licht to the offerings of Judah and Jeru- lighten the Gentiles, and the glory salem be pleasant unto the Lord, of thy people Israel. And Joseph as in the days of old, and as in and his mother marvelled at those former years. And I will come things which were spoken of him. near to you to judgment; and I And Simeon blessed them, and will be a swift witness against the said unto Mary bis mother, Besorcerers, and against the adul-hold, this child is set for the fan and risingaggin of many in Israei; Ghost by the mouth of David and for a sign which shall be spo- spake before concerning Judas, ken against, (rea, a sword shall who was guide to them that took pierce ihrough thy own soul aiso,) Jesus. For he was numbered with ihat the thoughts of many hearts us, and had obtained part of this may be revealed. And there was ministry. Now this man purchasone Anna, a propheless, the ed a field with the reward of inidaughter of Phanuel, of the tribe quity; and falling headlong, he of Iser: she was of a great age, burst asunder in the midst, and all and had lised with an husband se- his bowels gushed out. And it was ven years from her virginity; and known to all the dwellers at Jerushe iras a widow of about four- salem; insomuch as that field is score and four years, which de- called in their proper tongue, parted not from the temple, but Aceldama, that is to say, The field served God with fastings and of blood. For it is written in the prayers night and day. And she book of Psalms, Let his babitation coming in that instant, gave thanks be desolate, and let no man dwell likewise unto the Lord, and spake therein : and his Bishoprick let of him to all them that looked for another take. Wherefore of these redemption in Jerusalem. And men, wbich bave companied with when they had performed all us all the time that the Lord Jethings'according to the law of the sus went in and out among us, beLord, they returned into Galilee, ginning from the baptism of Jobn, to their own city Nazareth. And unto that same day that he was the child grew, and waxed strong taken up from us, must one be orin spirit, filled with wisdom; and dained to be a witness with us of the grace of God was upon him. his resurrection. And they ap

pointed two, Joseph called Barsa. Saint Matthias's Day. bas, who was surnamed Justus, The Collect.

and Matthias. And they prayed, O Almighty God, who into the and said, Thou, Lord, which

place of the traitor Judas, knowest the hearts of all men, didst choose thy faithful servant show whether of these two thou Matthias, to be of the number of hast chosen; that he may take part the twelve Apostles ; grant that of this ministry and apostleship, thy Church, being always preserv. from which Judas by transgresed from false Apostles, may be or- sion fell, that he might go to his dered and guided by faithful and own place. And they gave forth true pastors, through Jesus Christ their lots; and the lot fell upon our Lord. Amen.

Matthias. And he was numbered For the Epistle. Acts, i. 15. with the eleven Apostles. IN those days Peter stood up in The Gospel. St. Matt. xi 25.

the midst of the disciples, and AT that time. Jesus answered, said. (the number of the names and said, I thank thee, O Fatogether were about an hundred ther, Lord of heaven and earth, and twenty ;) Men and brethren, because thou hast hid these things this Scripture must needs have from the wise and prudent, and been fulfilled, wbich the Holy hast revealed them unto babe.

130 ANNUNCIATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. Even so, Father, for so it seemed The Gospel. St. Luke, i. 26. gord in thy sight. All things are AND in the sixth month, the delivered unto me of my Father ; Angel Gabriel was sent from and no man kroweth the Son but God unto a City of Galilee, pabied the Father; neither knoweth any Nazareth, to a Virgin espoused 10 man the Father, save the Son, a man whose name was Joseph, and he to whomsoever the Son of the house of David, and ihe will reveal himn. Come unto me, Virgin's name was Mary.

And all ye that labour and are heavy the angel came in unto her and laden, and I will give you rest. said, Hail, thou that art highly Take my yoke upon you, and favoured, the Lord is with thee; learn of me; for I am meek and blessed art thou among women. lowly in beart: and ye shall find And when she saw hi!!, she was rest unto your souls. For

my

troubled at his saying, and cast yoke is easy, and my burthen is in her mind what manner of salight.

lutation this should be. And the

angel said unto her, Fear not, The Annunciation of the blessed Mary ; for thou bast found favour Virgin Mary.

with God. And behold, thou slialt The Collcct.

conceive iu thy womb, and bring WE 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 incarnation of thy Son Jesus the Highest; and the Lord God Christ by the message of an angel; shall give unto him the throne of so by his cross and passion we his father David. And je stall may be brought unto the glory reign over the house of Jacob for of his resurrection, through the lever; and of his kingdom there same Jesus Christ our Lord. shall be no end. Then said Mary Amen.

unto the angel, How shall this For the Epistle. Isa. vii. 10. be, seeing I know not a man? MOREOVER, the Lord spake And the angel answered and said

again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask unto her, The Holy Ghost shall thee a sign of the Lord thy God; come upon thee, and the power ask it either in the depth, or in of the Highest shall overshadow the height above. But Ahaz said, thee: therefore also that boly I will not ask, neither will I tempt thing which shall be born of thee, the Lord. And he said, Hear ye shall be called the Son of God. now, O house of David: Is it a And behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, small thing for you to weary men, she hath also conceived a son in but will ye weary my God uis her old age; and this is the sixth Therefore the Lord himself shall month with her, who was called give you a sign: Behold, a virgin barren. For with God nothing shall conceive, and bear a son, shall be impossible. And Mary and shall call his name Immanuel. said, Behold the handmaid of Butter and honey shall he t, the Lord; be it unto me accordthat he may know to refuse the ing to thy word. And the angel evil, and choose the good. departed from her.

i

Saint Mark's Day. plieth, according to the effectual
The Collect.

working in the measure of every Almighty God, who hast in. part

, maketh increase of the body, structed thy holy Church unto the edifying of itself in love. with the heavenly doctrine of thy The Gospel. St. John, xv. 1. Evangelist Saint Mark; give us I am the true vine, and my Fagrace, that being not like children ther is the husbandman. Every carried away with every blast of branch in me that beareth not vain doctrine, we may be esta-fruit, he taketh away; and every blished in the truth of thy holy branch that beareth fruit, he Gospel, through Jesus Christ our purgeth it, that it may bring forth Lord. Amen.

more fruit. Now ye are clean The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. through the word which I have UNTO every one of us is given spoken unto you. Abide in me,

grace, according to the mea- and I in you. As the branch cansure of the gift of Christ. Where- not bear fruit of itself, except it fore he saith, When he ascended abide in the vine; no more can up on high, he led captivity cap- ye, except ye abide in me. I am tive, and gave gifts unto men. the vine, ye are the branches. (Now that he ascended, what is He that abideth in me, and I in it but that he also descended first him, the same bringeth forth mrich into the lower parts of the earth ?fruit: for without me ye can do He that descended is the same nothing. If a man abide not in also that ascended up far above me, he is cast forth as a branch, all heavens, that he might fill all and is withered; and men gather things.) And he gave some apos- them, and cast them into the fire, tles, and some prophets, and some and they are burned. If abide evangelists, and some pastors and in me, and my words abide in teachers; for the perfecting of the you, ye shall ask what ye will, saints, for the work of the minis- and it shall be done unto you. try, for the edifying of the body Herein is my Father glorified, of Christ; till we all come in the that ye bear much fruit; so shall unity of the faith, and of the know-ye be my disciples. As the Faledge of the Son of God. unto alther hath loved me, so have I perfect man, unto the measure loved you: continue ye in my of the stature of the fulness of love. If ye keep my commandChrist: that we henceforth be no ments, ye shall abide in my love; more children, tossed to and fro, even as I have kept my Father's and carried about with every wind commandments, and abide in bis of doctrine, by the sleight of inen, love. These things have I spoken and cunning craftiness, whereby unto you, that my joy might rethey lie in wait to deceive; but main in you, and that your joy speaking the truth in love, may might be full. grow up into him in all things, which is the hear!, even Christ : Saint Philip and Saint James's Day. From whom the whole body fitly

The Collect. joined together, and compacted Almigh'y God, whom truly by that which every joint sup.

to know is everlasting life:

ye

we

told you.

grant us perfectly to know thy The Gospel. St. John, xiv. 1. Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life ; that follow. AN

ND Jesus said unto bis disciing the steps of thy holy Apostroubled: ye believe in God,

ples. Let not your heart be tles, Saint Philip and Saint Jaines, believe also in me. may stradfastly walk in ther's house are many mansions ;

In my Fa. the way that leadeth to eternal if it were not so, I would have life, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

to

go prepare a place

for you. And if I go and prepare The Epistle. St. James, i. 1. a place for you. I will come again JAMES, a servant of God, and and receive you unto myself;

that of the Lord Jesus Christ, to where I am. there ye may be also. the twelve tribes which are scat- And whither I go, ye know, and tered abroad, greeting. My breth- the way ye know. Thomas saith ren, count it all joy when ye fall unto him. Lord, we know not into divers temptations; know-whither thou goest, and how can ing this, that the trying of your we know the way? Jesus saith faith worketh patience. But let unto him, I am the way, the truth, patience have her perfect work, and the life : no man cometh unto that ye may be perfect and en- the Father but by me. If ye had tire, wanting nothing. If any of known me, ye should have known you lack wisdom, let him ask of my Father also : and from henceGod, that giveth to all men libe- forth ye know him and have seen rally, and upbraideth not; and it him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shall be given him. But let him show us the Father, and it sufask in faith, nothing wavering : ficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, for he that wavereth is like a have I been so long time with wave of the sea, driven with the you, and yet hast thou not known wind, and tossed. For let not me, Philip? He that hath seen that inan think that he shall re- me, hath seen the Father; and ceive any thing of the Lord. Ahow sayest thou then, Show us double-ininded man is unstable in the Father? Believest thou not all his ways. Let the brother of that I am in the Father, and the low degree rejoice in that he is Father in me? The words that exalted, but the rich in that he I speak unto you, I speak not of is made low; because as the flower myself ; but the Father that dwellof the grass he shall pass away. eth in me, he doeth the works. For the sun is no sooner risen Believe me, that I am in the Fa. with a burning beat, but it wi-ther, and the Father in me; or thereth the grass, and the flower else believe me for the very work's thereof falleth, and the grace of sake. Verily, verily. I say unto the fashion of it perisheth : so also you, He that believeth on me, shall the rich man fade away in line works that I do shall he do his ways. Blessed is the man that also; and greater works than these, endureth temptation; for when shall he do; because I go unto he is tried, he shall receive the my Father. And whatsoever ye crown of life, which the Lord hath shall ask in my name, that will I promised to them that love him.'do, that the Father may be glo

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