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nr came near Damascus: and HidJenly t here shined round ahoul niui a light from heaven. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice sajin< unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutes! thou me? And he aid, who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom Ifaou perseculest: It is hard for thee to kiek against the pricks. And he. trefnbliiia; and astonished. iaid. Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said uato him. Arise, and go into the city aod it shall be told thee what thim must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but tttias: no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when hi; eyes were opened, he saw no maa: but they led him hy the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink Andtherewasacertain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias: And he said, Benold, I am here, Lord. And toe Lord said unto him. Arise, aad go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, oi Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth, sad Iwth seen in a vision a man tumed Ananias, coming in, and pat'int: his hand on him, that he ■iuht receive his sight. Then Ana ias answered. Lord, I have heard hy many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy taints at Jerusalem; and here he halh authority from the chief urietts to hind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto Bub, Go thy way: for he is a cho
uame before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will show him how great things he, must sulFer for my name's sake. And Ananias went his way, and entered into the houses; and putting his hands on him, said, Brother Saul, the Lord (even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou eamest) huth sent me. that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be tilled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his ejes as it had been scales; and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was haptized. And when he had received meat, he was streni thened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed, and said, Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them hound unto the chief priests? But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
The Goyet. St. Matt. xix. 27. T5ETER answered, and said unto Jesus, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you.that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Aud every one that hath forsaken houses, or hrethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundred fold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall he last, and the last shall he first.
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, commonly called. The Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin.
The Colled. ALMIGHTY and everliving '^ Ciod, we humhly heseech thy Majesty, that as thy only hegotten Son was this day presented in the Temple in suhstance of our flesh ; so we may he presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts, hy the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Far the Epistle. Mai. iii. 1. TJEHOLD, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way hefore me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple; even the messengerof the covenant, whom ye delight in: hehold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. But who may ahide the day of his coming ? and who shall stand when he appeareth ? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem he pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years. And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will he a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adul
terers, and against false swearers,' and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.
The Gospel. St. Luke, ii. 22. A ND when the days of her ptirification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they hrought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth. the womh shall he called holy to the Lord;) and to offer a sacrifice, according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtle-doves, or two young pigeons. And hehold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon ; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon. him. And it was revealed unto him hy the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, hefore he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came hy the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents hrought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, then took he him up in his arms, and hlessed God, and said, Lord, now letfest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation; which thou hast prepared hefore the face of all people; a Ii hi to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those tilings which were spoken of him. And Simeon hlessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and risingagnin of many in Israel; t,id for a si^n which shall he spoken agaiitst, (yea, a sword shall pierce through Ihy own soul aisn,) ihat the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And there was nne Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel. of the tribe of Aser; she was of a great age. and had lived with an hushand sever. years from her virginity ; and the was a widow of ahout fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, hut served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant, gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, tilled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon him.
Saint Matthias's Day. The Colled. /") Almighty God, who into the place of the traitor Judas, didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias, to be of the number of the twelve Apostles; grant that Oiv Church,beingalways preserved from false Apostles, may be ordered and guided hy faithful and true pastors, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Epistle. Acts. i. 15. TS those days Peter stood up in
the midst of the disciples, and Mid. (the number of the names together were ahout"mn hundred and twenty .) Men and brethren. this Scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy
Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, who was guide to them that took Jesus. For he was numbered with us. and had ohtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he hurst asunder in the midst, and all his howels gushed out. And it v\as known to all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. For it is written in the hook of Psalms, Let his hahitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his Bishopriek let another take. Wherefore of these men, which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the haptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsahas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, show whether of these two thou hast chosen; that he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas hy transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven Apostles.
ThcGozpcl. St. Matt, xi 25. AT Ihat time Jesus answered, and said, I thank thee. O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, aud hast revealed them unto habes. Ev'in so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Fatiier; and no man kuoweth the Sou but the Father; neither kuoweth any man the Father, save the Son and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me all ye that lahour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burthen is light
The Annunciation of the blessed
"W/"E beseech thee, O Lord,
"" pour thy grace into our
hearts; that as we have know n
the incarnation of thy Son Jesus
Christ hy the message of an angel:
so hy his cross and passion we
may be brought unto the glory
of his resurrection, through the
same Jesus Christ our Lord.
For the Epistle. Isa. vii. 10. "MOREOVER, the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying. Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in tha height ahove. But Ahaz said, I w ill not ask, neither will I tempi the Lord. And he said. Hear ye now, O house of David: Is it a small thmgforyou to weary men, but will ye weary my God als? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Imuianuel. Butter and honey shall he t, tha' he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
The Gospel. St. Luke. i. 26. A ND in the sixth month, the "^ Angel Gabriel was sent from God untoaCity of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a Virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David , and the Virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is wjtl thee; blessed art thou among women. And>vhen she sawhin'.she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary ; for thou hast found favour with God And behold.thou shalt conceive in thy womh, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. And ;ie shall reign over the house of Jacob for iiver; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be. seeing I know not a taan? And the angel answered and jHid unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be horn of thee, shall be called.the Son of God. And behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a sort in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her, who was called harren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord ; be it unto me according to thy word. And the augel departed from her.
Saint Mark's Day. The Collect. f\ Almighty God. who hast instructed* thy holy Church with the heavenly doctrine of thy Evangelist Saint Mark; give us grace, that heing not like children carried away with every hlast of vain doctrine, we may he estahlished, in the truth of thy holy Gospel through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. TT.NTO every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended upon high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it hut that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far ahove all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, andsome pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the hody of Christ; till we all come in the unity of the faith, 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 he no more children, tossed to and fro. and carried ahout with every w ind of doctrine, hy the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, wherehy they lie in wait to deceive; hut sneaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole hody fitly joined together, and compacted hy that which every joint sup
plieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the hody, unto the edifying of itself in love.
The Gospel. St. John.xv. 1. T Am the true vine, and my Father is the hushandman. Every hranch in me that heareth not fruit, he taketh away; and every hranch that heareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may hring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Ahide in me, and I in you. As the hranch cannot hear fruit of itself, except it ahide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye ahide in me. I am the vine, ye are the hranches. He that ahidetli in me, and I in him, the same hringeth forth mi,eh fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man ahide not in me, he is cast forth as a hranch, and is withered; and men ga'her them, and cast them into the fire, and they are hurned. If ye ahide in me, and my words ahide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall he done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye hear much fruit: so shall ye he my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall ahide in mylove; even as 1 have kept my Father's commandments, and ahide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might he full.
Saint Philip and Saint James's Day. The Collect.
OAlmigh-y God, whom truly to know is everlasting life;