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dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of For the Feast of the Purification David, fear not to take unto thee of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary thy wife : for that which is From the Book of the Prophet conceived in her is of the Holy

Malachi. Ghost. And she shall bring forth

EHOLD, the Lord, whom a son, and thou shalt call His name JESÚS: for He shall save His to His temple, even the Messenger

ye seek, shall suddenly come people from their sins.

of the covenant, whom ye delight 1 And when eight days were ac. in: behold, He shall come, saith the complished for the circumcising of Lord of hosts. But who may abide the child, His name was called JE- the day of His coming ? and who SUS, which was so named of the shall stand when He appeareth? angel before He was conceived in for He is like a refiner's fire, and the womb.

like fullers' soap: and He shall sit

as a refiner and purifier of silver : For the Feast of the Epiphany. and He shall purify the sons of From the Book of the Prophet

Levi, and purge them as gold and Isaiah.

silver, that they may offer unto the

Lord an offering in righteousness. ; come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, be- For the Feast of the Annunciation hold, the darkness shall cover the

of the Blessed Virgin Mary. earth, and gross darkness the peo

From the Holy Gospel according ple; but the Lord shall arise upon

to St. Luke and St. Matthew. thee, and His glory shall be seen

angel Gabriel was sent from come to thy light, and kings to the God unto a city of Galilee, named brightness of thy rising. Lift up Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a thine eyes round about, and see : man whose name was Joseph, of all they gather themselves together, the house of David ; and the virthey come to thee; thy sons shall gin's name was Mary. And the come from far, and thy daughters angel came in unto her, and said, shall be nursed at thy side. Then Hail, thou that art highly favoured, shalt thou see, and flow together, the Lord is with thee : blessed art and thine heart shall fear, and be thou among women. And when enlarged; because the abundance she saw him, she was troubled at of the sea shall be converted unto his saying, and cast in her mind thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall what manner of salutation this come unto thee. The multitude of should be. And the angel said uncamels shall cover thee; .... all to her, Fear not, Mary : for thon they from Sheba shall come, and hast found favour with God. And, shall bring gold and incense; and behold, thou shalt conceive in thy they shall shew forth the praises of womb, and bring forth a son, and the Lord. All the flocks of Kedar shalt call His name JESUS. He shall gather themselves together shall be great, and shall be called anto thee:

they shall come the Son of the Highest : and the up with acceptance on Mine altar, Lord God shall give unto Him the and I will glorify the house of My throne of His father David : and glory.

He shall reign over the house of

upon thee. And the Gentiles shan'

AND in the sixth month the

1 St. Luke ii. 21. 4 St. Luke i. 26.

Isai. lx. 1.

3 Mal. iii. 1.

Jacob for ever; and of His king- ministers a flame of fire. dom there shall be no end.

Are they not all ministering spirits, 1 Now all this was done, that it sent forth to minister for them who might be fulfilled which was spoken shall be heirs of salvation ? of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and

For the other Saints' Days. they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God From the Acts of the Holy A poswith us.

tles ; from the First General Epistle of St. Peter; and from

the Revelation of St. John the For the Feast of St. Michael and Divine. All Angels.

had preached the Gospel at from the Psalms; and from St. Derbe, and had taught many, they Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews.

returned again to Lystra, and to 2 THEN the king of Syria warred Iconium, and Antioch, confirming

From the Second Book of Kings ; AND when Paul and Barnabas

horses, and chariots, and a great horting them to continue in the host: and they came by night, and faith, and that we must through compassed the city about. And much tribulation enter into the when the servant of Elisha, the kingdom of God. man of God, was risen early, and 6 Beloved, think it not strange gone forth, behold, an host com- concerning the fiery trial which is passed the city both with horses to try you, as though some strange and chariots. And his servant said thing happened unto you: but reunto him, Alas, my master! how joice, inasmuch as ye are partakers shall we do? And he answered, of Christ's sufferings; that, when Fear not: for they that be with us His glory shall be revealed, ye may are more than they that be with be glad also with exceeding joy. them. And Elisha prayed, and 7 Jesus saith, To him that oversaid, Lord, I pray Thee, open his cometh will I give to eat of the tree eyes, that be may see. And the of life, which is in the midst of the Lord opened the eyes of the young paradise of God.

Fear none man ; and he saw: and, behold, of those things which thou shalt the mountain was full of horses and suffer : ... be thou faithful unto chariots of fire round about Elisha. death, and I will give thee a crown And when they came down to him, of life. Elisha prayed unto the Lord, and said, Smite this people, I pray Thee,

For the same. with blindness. And He smote them with blindness according to From the Book of the Prophet the word of Elisha.

Isaiah, and from the Book of the 3 The chariots of God are twenty

Wisdom of Solomon. thousand, even thousands of angels : THE righteous perisheth, and no and the Lord is among them, as in man layeth it to heart: and the holy place of Sinai.

merciful men are taken away, none * Of the angels God saith, Who considering that the righteous is maketh His angels spirits, and His taken away from the evil to come.

1 St. Matt. i. 22. 2 2 Kings vi. 8. 3 Psalm lxviii. 17. 4 Heb. i. 7. 5 Acts xiv. 21.

61 St. Pet. iv. 12. 7 Rev. ii. 7 & 10. 8 Isai. Ivii. l.


When they see it, they 'In f 1. osts make ahto the people

He shall enter into peace : they | The following short chapter may shall rest in their beds, each one be read occasionally when there walking in his uprightness.

is Holy Communion. 1 Then shall the righteous man From the Book of the Prophet stand in great boldness before the Isaiah, and from St. Paul's First face of such as have afflicted him, Epistle to the Corinthians. and made no account of his la- TN this mountain shall the Lord bours. shall be troubled with terrible fear, a feast of fat things, a feast of wines and shall be amazed at the strange- on the lees, of fat things full of ness of his salvation, so far beyond marrow, of wines on the lees well all that they looked for. And they, refined. And He will destroy in repenting and groaning for anguish this mountain the face of the coverof spirit, shall say within them- ing cast over all people, and the selves, This was he whom we had vail that is spread over all nations. sometimes in derision, and a pro- He will swallow up death in vicverb of reproach. We fools ac- tory; and the Lord God will wipe counted his life madness, and his away tears from off all faces; and end to be without honour. How is the rebuke of His people shall He he numbered among the children take away from off all the earth : of God, and his lot is among the for the Lord hath spoken it. And saints. What hath pride profited it shall be said in that day, Lo, us? or what hath riches with our this is our God; we have waited vaunting brought us : All those for Him, and He will save us : this things are passed away like a sha- is the Lord; we have waited for dow..... But the righteous live Him, we will be glad and rejoice for evermore: their reward also is in His salvation. with the Lord, and the care of them 3 The cup of blessing which we is with the Most High. Therefore bless, is it not the communion of shall they receive a glorious king- the blood of Christ ? The bread dom, and a beautiful crown, from which we break, is it not the comthe Lord's hand : for with His munion of the body of Christ ? For right hand shall He cover them; we being many are one bread, and and with His arm shall He protect one body: for we are all partakers them.

of that one bread.

Then he says,

. There is sprung up a light for the righteous. Ry. And joyful gladness for such as are true-hearted. Ť. O that men would praise the Lord for His goodness.

Ry. And declare the wonders that He doeth unto the children of men.

Ý. The Lord hath done great things for us already.
RY. Whereof we rejoice.

. But Thou, O Lord, continue to have mercy upon us,
R. And be our defence and shield against all our enemies.

! Wisdom v.

2 Isai. xxv. 6.

31 Cor. x. 16.

Then all kneeling, say the Confession and Litany

following: 0

BLESSED Trinity, One God, Father, Son, and Holy

Ghost, we here assembled, prostrate in spirit before Thee, do confess in the sight of the whole court of heaven our innumerable offences committed against Thy divine majesty. We have sinned, Lord, we have sinned; we have grievously offended Thee, through the whole course of our lives, in thought, word, and deed, and therefore are most unworthy to lift up our eyes to heaven, or so much as to name Thy sacred name. But, O God, eternal Creator of all things, Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, who hast made us in Thine own image, redeemed us by Thy only Son, adopted us Thy children, and shewest

mercy to those who humbly and sincerely seek it, be merciful to us, O Lord, and give us a true contrition for all the sins we have committed against Thee, that, being turned from all our evil ways, we may, by a sincere repentance, obtain Thy peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We sinners do beseech Thee to hear us, and grant that we may be ever thankful for whatever opportunities Thou art pleased to give us of meeting in Thy worship, and that we may lay hold of all such occasions for Thy greater glory and the good of our own souls ;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

That we may ever appear before Thee with a fitting sense of our own unworthiness and of Thy awful majesty. That we may come before Thee as sinful creatures admitted into the choirs of blessed spirits, with them to join our praises, and permitted to adore before Thy throne;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give a like spirit to all Christians, that so all irreverences and abuses may be removed from all places of Thy worship;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

That Thou wouldst mercifully assist us in preparing our hearts to be the temples of the Holy Ghost, that Thou, O God, mayest abide with us for ever; We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

we beseech Thee, to conduct us by Thy wisdom,



If it be the
Feast of the
here say,

If it be the

Feast of the Circumcision, here say,

to restrain us by Thy justice, to comfort us by Thy mercy, and to defend us by Thy power.

That we may learn to submit our reason to the obedience of faith, and so much the more exalt the wonders of Thy goodness, as they exceed the capacity of our understanding; We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

That we may bless and praise Thee for the defence and propagation of Thy holy Church, and the continual gathering in of Thine elect throughout the world;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

That we may consecrate to Thee all our thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings, and receive thankfully from Thee whatever of joy or suffering Thou shalt appoint for us ;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

Give us grace to do Thy will on earth with the same diligence, cheerfulness, and zeal, that Thy holy angels do it in heaven.

Give us grace to imitate them in their perfect obedience, burning devotion, profound humility, unspotted purity, unbounded charity, and thus engage their protection in all our necessities;

We beseech thee to hear us, O Lord. Fill our hearts with affection for Thy goodness, hatred of our faults, love of our neighbour, and contempt of the world.

Discover to us the nothingness of this world, the greatness of heaven, the shortness of time, and the length of eternity; We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

Infuse into our hearts a spirit of childlike humility and innocence, and of entire surrender of ourselves to Thee and Thy holy will.

Teach us to be submissive to our superiors, condescending to our inferiors, faithful to our friends, and charitable to our enemies ;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord. Give us strength to subdue our passions, overcome temptations, and acquire the virtues proper for our state;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

If it be the Feast of
St. Michael and All
Angels, here say,

If it be the Feast of Holy

Innocents, Purifica-
tion, or Annunciation
of the B. V. Mary,
here say,

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