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The Gospel. St. John xxi. 19. For the Epistle. Rev. xiv. 1.
JESUS said unto Peter, I LOOKED, and lo, a Lamb Follow me.
Then Peter turn- stood on the mount Sion, and ing about, seeth the disciple with him an hundred forty whom Jesus loved, following, and four thousand, having his (which also leaned on his Father's name written in their breast at supper, and said, Lord, foreheads. And I heard a voice which is, he that betrayeth from heaven, as the voice of thee?)
Peter seeing him, saith many waters, and as the voice to Jesus, Lord, and what shall of a great thunder: and I heard this man do? Jesus saith unto the voice of harpers harping him, If I will that he tarry till with their harps: and they sung I come, what is that to thee? | as it were a new song before Follow thou me. Then went the throne, and before the four this saying abroad among the beasts, and the elders : and no brethren, that that disciple man could learn that song, but should not die: yet Jesus said the hundred and forty and four not unto him, He shall not die : thousand, which were redeemed but, If I will that he tarry till from the earth. These are they I come, what is that to thee? which were not defiled with This is the disciple which tes- women, for they are virgins : tifieth of these things, and wrote these are they which follow these things, and we know that the Lamb whithersoever he his testimony is true. And goeth : these were redeemed there are also many other things from among men, being the which Jesus did, the which, if first-fruits unto God, and to they should be written every the Lamb. And in their mouth one, I suppose that even the was found no guile; for they world itself could not contain are without fault before the the books that should be written, throne of God.
The Gospel. St. Matt. ii. 13. THE INNOCENTS' DAY. THE angel of the LORD The Collect.
appeareth to Joseph in a dream,
saying, Arise, and take the O ALMIGHTY God, who young child and his mother, out of the mouths of babes and flee into Egypt, and be and sucklings hast ordained thou there until I bring thee strength, and madest infants word; for Herod will seek the to glorify thee by their deaths: young child to destroy him. mortify and kill all vices in us, When he arose, he took the and so strengthen us by thy young child and his mother by grace, that by the innocency night, and departed into Egypt'; of our lives, and constancy of and was there until the death our faith even unto death, we of Herod : that it might be may glorify thy holy name, fulfilled which was spoken of through Jesus Christ our the LORD by the prophet, say. Lord. Amen.
ing, Out of Egypt have I called my Son. Then Herod, when | Damascus : and suddenly there he saw that he was mocked of shined round about him a light the wise men, was exceeding from heaven. And he fell to wroth, and sent forth, and slew the earth, and heard a voice all the children that were in saying unto him, Saul, Saul, Bethlehem, and in all the coasts why persecutest thou me? And thereof, from two years old and he said, Who art thou, Lord ? under, according to the time And the LORD said, I am JESUS which he had diligently inquired whom thou persecutest: it is of the wise men, Then was hard for thee to kick against fulfilled that which was spoken the pricks. And he, trembling by Jeremy the prophet, saying, and astonished, said, Lord, In Rama was there a voice what wilt thou have me to do? heard, lamentation, and weep- And the LORD said unto him, ing, and great mourning, Rachel Arise, and go into the city, and weeping for her children, and it shall be told thee what thou would not be comforted, because must do. And the men which they are not.
journeyed with him stood
speechless, hearing a voioe, but THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL. seeing no man. And Saul arose
from the earth; and when his The Collect.
eyes were opened, he saw no O GOD, who, through the man : but they led him by the preaching of the blessed apostle hand, and brought him into Saint Paul, hast caused the Damascus. And he was three light of the Gospel to shine days without sight, and neither throughout the world; grant, we did eat nor drink. And there beseech thee, that we having was a certain disciple at Dahis wonderful conversion in mascus, named Ananias, and to remembrance, may show forth him said the Lord in a vision, our thankfulness unto thee for Ananias : And he said, Behold, the same, by following the I am here, Lord. And the holy doctrine which he taught, LORD said unto him, Arise, and through Jesus CHRIST our go into the street which is called Lord. Amen.
Straight, and inquire in the
house of Judas for one called For the Epistle. Acts ix. 1. Saul, of Tarsus: for behold, he
AND Saul, yet breathing prayeth, and hath seen in a out threatenings and slaughter vision a man named Ananias, against the disciples of the coming in, and putting his hand LORD, went unto the High him, that he might receive Priest, and desired of him letters his sight. Then Ananias anto Damascus to the synagogues, swered, Lord, I have heard by that if he found any of this many of this man, how much way, whether they were men or evil he hath done to thy saints women, he might bring them at Jerusalem : and here he hath bound unto Jerusalem. And authority from the chief priests as he journeyed, he came near to bịnd all that call on thy
CALLED THE PURIFICATION
name. But the LORD said unto regeneration, when the Son of him, Go thy way: for he is a man shall sit in the throne of chosen vessel unto me, to bear his glory, ye also shall sit upon my name before the Gentiles, twelve thrones, judging the and kings, and the children of twelve tribes of Israel. And Israel: for I will show him every one that hath forsaken now great things he must suffer houses, or brethren, or sisters, for my name's sake, And or father, or mother, or wife, Ananias went his way, and or children, or lands, for my entered into the house ; and name's sake, shall receive an putting his hands on him, said, hundred fold, and shall inherit Brother Saul, the LORD (even everlasting life. But many that Jesus, that appeared unto thee are first shall be last, and the in the way as thou camest) hath last shall be first. sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST with the Holy Ghost. And
IN THE TEMPLE, COMMONLY immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales; and he received sight forthwith, and
The Collect. arose, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he ALMIGHTY and everliving was strengthened. Then was God, we humbly beseech thy Saul certain days with the dis- majesty, that thy only ciples which were at Damascus. begotten Son was this day And straightway he preached presented in the temple in Christ in the synagogues, that substance of our flesh; so we he is the Son of God. But all may be presented unto thee that heard him were amazed, with pure and clean hearts, by and said, Is not this he that the same thy Son JESUS CHRIST destroyed them which called on our Lord. Amen. this name in Jerusalem, and
For the Epistle. Mal. iii. 1. came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound BEHOLD, I will send my unto the chief priests ? But messenger, and he shall prepare Saul increased the more in the way before me: and the strength, and confounded the LORD whom ye seek, shall Jews which dwelt at Damascus, suddenly come to his temple; proving that this is very CHRIST. even the messenger of the
covenant, whom ye delight in : The Gospel. St. Matt. xix. 27. behold, he shall come, saith the
PETER answered, and said Lord of hosts. But who may unto Jesus, Behold, we have abide the day of his coming ? forsaken all, and followed thee; and who shall stand when he what shall we have therefore? appeareth ? for he is like a And Jesus said unto them, refiner's fire, and like fuller's Verily I say unto you, that ye soap. And he shall sit as which have followed me, in the refiner and purifier of silver :
and he shall purify the sons of in the child Jesus, to do for Levi, and purge them as gold him after the custom of the law, and silver, that they may offer then took he him up in his unto the Lord an offering in arms, and blessed God, and said, righteousness. Then shall the LORD, now lettest thou thy offerings of Judah and Jerusa- servant depart in peace, accordlem be pleasant unto the LORD, ing to thy word : for mine eyes as in the days of old, and as in have seen thy salvation; which former years. And I will come thou hast prepared before the near to you to judgment; and face of all people; a light to I will be a swift witness against lighten the Gentiles, and the the sorcerers, and against the glory of thy people Israel. adulterers, and against false And Joseph and his mother swearers, and against those that marvelled at those things which oppress the hireling in his were spoken of him. And wages, the widow, and the Simeon blessed them, and said fatherless, and that turn aside unto Mary his mother, Behold, the stranger from his right, and this child is set for the fall and fear not me, saith the Lord of rising again of many in Israel ; hosts.
and for a sign which shall be The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 22. shall pierce through thy own
spoken against, (yea, a sword AND when the days of her soul also,) that the thoughts of purification, according to the many hearts may be revealed. law of Moses, were accom- And there was one Anna, a plished, they brought him to prophetess, the daughter of Jerusalem to present him to Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser; the LORD, (as it is written in she was of a great age, and the law of the LORD, Every had lived with husband male that openeth the womb seven years from her virginity ; shall be called holy to the and she was a widow of about LORD,) and to offer a sacrifice, fourscore and four years, which according to that which is said departed not from the temple, in the law of the LORD, A pair but served GOD with fastings of turtle-doves, or two young and prayers night and day. pigeons. And behold, there And she, coming in that instant, was a man in Jerusalem, whose gave thanks likewise unto the
was Simeon; and the LORD, and spake of him to all same man was just and devout, them that looked for redempwaiting for the consolation of tion in Jerusalem. And when Israel: and the Holy Ghost they had performed all things was upon him. And it was according to the law of the revealed unto him by the Holy LORD, they returned into GaliGhost, that he should not see lee, to their own city Nazareth. death, before he had seen the And the child grew, and waxed LORD'S CHRIST. And he came strong in spirit, filled with by the Spirit into the temple; wisdom; and the grace of God and when the parents brought was upon him.
SAINT MATTHIAS'S DAY. the Lord JESUS went in and out
among us, beginning from the The Collect.
baptism of John, unto that same O ALMIGHTY God, who day that he was taken up from into the place of the traitor us, must one be ordained to be
a witness with us of his resurJudas, didst choose thy faithful rection. And they appointed servant Matthias, to be of the two, Joseph called Barsabas, number of the twelve apostles; who was surnamed Justus, and grant that thy Church, being Matthias. And they prayed, always preserved from false and said, Thou, Lord, which apostles, may be ordered and
knowest the hearts of all men, guided by faithful and true show whether of these two pastors, through Jesus Christ thou hast chosen ; that he may our Lord. Amen.
take part of this ministry and For the Epistle. Acts i. 15. apostleship, from which Judas
by transgression fell, that he IN those days Peter stood might go to his own place. And up in the midst of the disciples, they gave forth their lots; and and said, (the number of the the lot fell upon Matthias. And names together were about an he was numbered with the hundred and twenty ;) Men and eleven apostles. brethren, this Scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which
St. Matt. xi. 25. the Holy Ghost by the mouth AT that time Jesus answerof David spake before concerned, and said, I thank thee, O ing Judas, who was guide to Father, LORD of heaven and them that took Jesus. For he earth, because thou hast hid was numbered with us, and had these things from the wise and obtained part of this ministry. prudent, and hast revealed them Now this man purchased a field unto babes. Even so, Father, with the reward of iniquity; for so it seemed good in thy and falling headlong, he burst sight. All things are delivered asunder in the midst, and all unto me of my Father; and no his bowels gushed out. And man knoweth the Son, but the it was known to all the dwellers FATHER, neither knoweth any at Jerusalem ; insomuch as that man the FATHER, save the Son, field is called in their proper and he to whomsoever the Son tongue, Aceldama, that is to will reveal him. Come unto say, The field of blood. For me all ye that labour and are it is written in the book of heavy laden, and I will give Psalms, Let his habitation be you rest. Take my yoke upon desolate, and let no man dwell you, and learn of me; for I am therein : and his bishopric let meek and lowly in heart: and another take. Wherefore of ye shall find rest unto your these men, which have compa- souls. For my yoke is easy, nied with us all the time that and my burthen is light. ,