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shall rule for him : behold his manner of child shall this be? reward is with him, and his And the hand of the Lord was work before him. He shall with him. And his father Zafeed his flock like a shep-charias was filled with the herd; he shall gather the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, lambs with his arm, and carry saying, Blessed be the Lord them in his bosom, and shall God of Israel ; for he hath gently lead those that are visited and redeemed his peowith young:

fple, and hath raised up an

Thorn of salvation for us, in The Gospel. St. Luke i. 57. the house of his servant David,

as he spake by the mouth of

scame that she should be been since the world began ; delivered; and she brought that we should be saved from forth a son. And her neigh-our enemies, and from the bours and her cousins heard hand of all that hate us : To how the Lord had showed great perform the mercy promised mercy upon her ; and they re- to our fathers, and to rememjoiced with her. And it camejser his holy covenant : the to pass, that on the eighth day oath which he sware to our they came to circumcise the father Abraham, that he would child; and they called him grant unto us, that we, being Zacharias, after the name of delivered out of the hands of his father. And his mother our enemies, might serve him answered and said, Not so ; without fear, in holiness and but he shall be called John.righteousness before him, all And they said unto her, There the days of our life. And is none of thy kindred that is thou, child, shalt be called called by this name. And they the prophet of the Highest : made signs to his father low for thou shalt go before the be would have him called. face of the Lord, to prepare And he asked for a writing his ways; to give knowledge table, and wrote, saying, His of salvation unto his people by name is John. And they mar- the remission of their sins, velled all. And his mouth through the tender mercy of was opened immediately, and our God; whereby the Daybis tongue loosed, and he spake spring from on high hath vi- : and praised God. And fear sited us, to give light to them came on all that dwelt round that sit in darkness, and in the about them; and all these shadow of death, to guide our sayings were noised abroad feet into the way of peace. throughout all the hill country And the child grew, and waxof Judea. And all they that ed strong in spirit ; and was bad heard them, laid thein up in the deserts till the day of in their hearts, saying, What his showing unto Israel.


Saint Peter's Day. came upon him, and a light

shined in the prison : and he The Collect,

smote Peter on the side, and O ;

ALMIGHTY God, who, fraised him up, saying, Arise didst give to thy Apostle Saint fell off from his hands. And Peter many excellent gifts, and the angel said unto him, commandedst him earnestly to Gird thyself, and bind on thy feed thy flock: make, we be-sandals: and so he did. And seech thee, all Bishops and he saith unto him, Cast thy Pastors diligently to preach thy garment about thee, and follow holy Word, and the people me. And he went out, and obediently to follow the same, followed him ; and wist not that they may receive the that it was true which was crown of everlasting glory, done by the angel; but thought through Jesus Christ our Lord. he saw a vision. When they Amen.

were past the first and the se.

cond ward, they came unto the For the Epistle. Acts xii. £. liron gate that leadeth unto the

BOUT that time Herod, city, which opened to them of

the king, stretched forth his own accord: and they went his hands to vex certain of the fout, and passed on through one Church. And he killed James street; and forthwith the angel the brother of John with the departed from him. And when sword. And because he saw Peter was come to himself, he it pleased the Jews, he pro-said, Now I know of a surety ceeded further to take Peter that the Lord hath sent his also. (Then were the days of angel, and hath delivered me unleavened bread.) And when out of the hand of Herod, and he had apprehended him, he from all the expectations of the put him in prison, and deliver-people of the Jews. ed him to four quarternions of

The Gospel. St. Matt. xvi. 13. soldiers, to keep him ; intending after Easter to bring him WHEN Jesus came into


coasts of therefore was kept in prison ; Philippi, he asked his discibut prayer was made without ples, saying, whom do men say ceasing of the Church unto that I, the Son of man, am? God for him. And when He- And they said, Some say that rod would have brought him thou art John the Baptist ; forth, the same night Peter some, Elias ; and others, Jerewas sleeping between two sol-mias, or one of the prophets. diers, bound with two chains ; He saith unto them, But whom and the keepers before the say ye that I am ? and Simon door kept the prison. And Peter answered and said, Thou behold, the angel of the Lord art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered to his ability, determined to and said unto him, Blessed art send relief unto the brethren thou, Simon Barjona : for flesh which dwelt in Judea. Which and blood hath not revealed also they did, and sent it to the it unto thee, but my Father elders by the hands of Barnawhich is in heaven. And I say bas and Saul. Now about that also unto thee, that thou art time, Herod the king stretched Peter, and upon this rock i forth his hands to vex certain will build my Church: and the of the Church. And he killed gates of hell shall not prevail James the brother of John with against it. And I will give un- the sword. And because he to thee the keys of the king-saw it pleased the Jews, he dom of heaven :. and whatsoe-proceeded further to take Pe. ver thou shalt bind on earth, ter also. shall be bound in heaven; and the Gospel. St. Matt. xx. 20. whatsoever thou shalt loose on carth, shall be loosed in heaven. THEN came to him the . Saint James the Apostle..

dren, with her sons, worship

ping hini, and desiring a cerThe Collect.

tain thing of him. And he RANT, O merciful God, said unto her, What wilt thou?

that as thine holy Apostle She saith unto him, Grant that Saint James, leaving his father these my two sons may sit, the and all that he had, without one on thy right hand, and the delay was obedient unto the other on the left, in thy kingcalling of thy son Jesus Christ, dom. But Jesus answered and and followed him ; so we, for-said, Ye know not what ye ask. saking all worldly and car-Are ye able to drink of the. nal affections, may be ever-cup that I shall drink of, and more ready to follow thy holy to be baptised with the baptism. commandments, through Jesus that I am baptised with? They Christ our Lord. Amen, şay unto him, We are able. For the Epistle. Acts xi. 27. shall drink indeed of my cup,

And he saith unto them, Ye and part of Chapter xii.

and be baptised with the bap.. IN those days came prophets tism that I am baptised with ;

from Jerusalem unto An- but to sit on my right hand, tioch. And there stood up one and on my left, is not mine to of them named Agabus, and give ; but it shall be given to signified by the spirit, that them for whom it is prepared there should be great dearth of my father. And when the. throughout all the world : ten heard it, they were moved which came to pass in the days with indignation against the. of Claudius Cæsar. Then the two brethren. But Jesus called. disciples, every man according them unto him, and said, Ya


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know that the princes of the least the shadow of Peter pasgentiles exercise dominion sing by might overshadow over them, and they that are some of them. There came great exercise authority upon also a multitude out of the cithem. But it shall not be so ties round about unto Jerusaamong you : but whosoever lem, bringing sick folks, and will be great among you, let them which were vexed with him be your minister; and unclean spirits ; and they were whosoever will be chief among healed every one. you, let him be your servant : Even as the Son of man came

The Gospel. St. Luke xxii. 24. not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give this life AND there was also a strife

among them, which of a ransom for many.

them should be accounted the

greatest. And he said unto Saint Bartholomew the

them the kings of the GenApostle.

tiles exercise lordship over The Collect.

them ; and they that exercise

authority upon them are called lasting God, who didst be so : but he that is greatest give to thine Apostle Bartho

among you, let him be as the lomew grace truly to believe

younger; and he that is chief, and to preach thy word; grant, as he that doth serve. For we beseech thee, unto thy whether is greater, he that Church, to love that Word sitteth at meat, or he that serwhich he believed ; and both veth ? is not he that sitteth at to preach and receive the same, meat ? but I am among you as through Jesus Christ our Lord. he that serveth. Ye are they Amen.

which have continued with me For the Epistle. Acts v. 12. in my temptations. And I apo BY the handsof the Apostles point unto you a kingdom, as

were many wonders wrought among the me; that ye may eat and drink people (and they were all with

at my table in my kingdom, one accordin Solomon's porch.

and sit on thrones, judging the And of the rest durst no man

twelve tribes of Israel. join himself to them ; but the

Saint Matthew the Apostle. people magnified them. And believers were the more added

The Collect.

ALMIGHTY God, who men and women) insomuch that they brought forth the sick call Matthew from the receipt into the streets, and laid them of custom, to be an Apostle on beds and couches, that at and Evangelist; grant usgrace

to the Lord, multitudes both of O by thy blessed Son didst THEE

to forsake all covetous desires, Jesus sat at meat in the house, and inordinate love of riches ; behold many publicans and sinand to follow the same thy Sonners came and sat down with Jesus Christ, who liveth and him and his disciples. And reigneth with thee and the when the Pharisees saw ity Holy Ghost, one God, world they said unto his disciples, without end. Amen.

Why eateth your Master with

publicans and sinners? But The Epistle. 2 Cor. iv. I.

when Jesus heard that, he said "HEREFORE, seeing we unto them, They that be whole,

have this ministry, as we need not a physician, but they have received mercy, we faint that are sick. But go ye and not; but have renounced the learn what that meaneth, I will hidden things of dishonesty, have mercy, and not sacrifice; not walking in craftiness, nor for I am not come to call the handling the Word of God de- righteous, but sinners to receitfully, but by manifestation pentance. of the truth, commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. Saint Michael and all Angels. But if our gospel be hid, it is

The Collect. hid to them that are lost : In whom the god of this worla O EVERLASTING God,

who hast ordained and hath blinded the minds of them constituted the services of Anwhich believe not, lest the gels and men in a wonderful light of the glorious Gospel of order ; mercifully grant, that Christ, who is the image of as thy holy Angels always do God, should shine unto them. thee service in heaven; so, by For we preach, not ourselves, thy appointment, they may but Christ Jesus the Lord; and

succourand defendus on earth, ourselves your servants for Je-through Jesus Christ our Lord. sus' sake. For God, who com- Amen. manded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our

For the Epistle. Rev. xii. 7. hearts, to give the light of the THI

"HERE was war in hea. of , ven; Michael and his in the face of Jesus Christ.

Angels fought against the draThe Gospel. St. Matt. ix. 9. and his angels, and prevailed

gon; and the dragon fought A

ND as Jesus passed forth not; neither was their place

from thence, he saw a found any more in heaven. man named Matelsew sitting at And the great dragon was cast the receipt of custom : and he out, that old serpent, called saith unto him, Follow me. the devil and satan, which deAnd he arose, and followed ceiveth the whole world : he him. And it came to pass, as was cast out into the earth,

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