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doubtful in thy Son's resurrec-
tion^ Grant us so perfectly, and
without all doubt, to believe in thy
Son Jesus Christ, that our faith in
thy sight may never be reproved.
Hear us, O Lord, through the
same Jesus Christ, to whom, with
thee and the Holy Ghost, be all
honour and glory, now and for
evermore. Amen.

THE EPISTLE. Ephes. 2. 19.

NOW therefore ye are no more
strangers and foreigners, but
fellow-citizens with the saints, and
of the houshold of God ; and are
built upon the foundation of the
Apostles and Prophets, Jesus
Christ himself being the chief
corner-stone ; in whom all the
building, fitly framed together,
groweth unto an holy temple in
the Lord ; in whom ye also are
builded together for an habitation
of God, through the Spirit.

THE GOSPEL. St. John 20. 24.
mHOMAS, one of the twelve,
JL called Didymus, "was not with
them when Jesus came. The other
disciples therefore said unto him,
We have seen the Lord. But he
said unto them, Except I shall see
in his hands the print of the nails,
and put my finger into the print
of the nails, and thrust my hand
into his side, I will not believe.
And after eight days again his dis-
ciples were within, and Thomas
with them : then came Jesus, the
doors being shut, and stood in the
midst, and said, Peace be unto
you. Then saith he to Thomas,
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hold my hands ; and reach hither
thy hand, and thrust it into my
side ; and be not faithless, but be-
lieving. And Thomas answered
and said unto him, My Lord, and
my God. Jesus saith unto him,
Thomas, because thou hast seen
me, thou hast believed ; blessed
are they that have not seen, and yet
have believed. And many other
signs truly did Jesus in the presence
of his disciples, which are not writ-
ten in this book. But these are
written, that ye might believe that
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of
God ; and that believing ye might
have life through his Name.

JL\)t Confoerston of Saint Paul.



THE COLLECT.



OGOD, who, through the preach-
ing of the blessed Apostle
Saint Paul, hast caused the light
of the Gospel to shine throughout
the world ; Grant, we beseech
thee, that we, having his wonder-
ful conversion in remembrance,
may shew forth our thankfulness
unto thee for the same, by follow-
ing the holy doctrine which he
taught ; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

FOR THE EPISTLE Acts 9. 1.
A ND Saul, yet breathing out
XX threatenings and slaughter
against the disciples of the Lord,
went unto the high priest, and de-
sired of him letters to Damascus to
the synagogues, that, if he found
any of this way, whether they were
men or women, he might bring
them bound unto Jerusalem. And,
as he journeyed, he came near Da-
mascus, and suddenly there shin-
ed round about him a light from
heaven. And he fell to the earth,
and heard a voice saying unto
him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest
thou me ? And he said, Who art
thou, Lord? And the Lord said,



I am Jesus whom thou persecut-
est : it is hard for thee to kick
against the pricks. And he, trem-
bling and astonished, said, Lord,
what wilt thou have me to do?
And the Lord said unto him, Arise,
and go into the city, and it shall
be told thee what thou must do.
And the men which journeyed
with him stood speechless, hearing
a voice, but seeing no man. And
Saul arose from the earth, and
when his eyes were opened, he
saw no man ; but they led him by
the hand, and brought him into
Damascus. And he was three
days without sight, and neither
did eat nor drink. And there was
a certain disciple at Damascus,
named Ananias, and to him said
the Lord in a vision, Ananias.
And he said, Behold, I am here,
Lord. And the Lord said unto
him, Arise, and go into the street
which is called Straight, and en-
quire in the house of Judas for
one called Saul, of Tarsus : for
behold, he prayeth, and hath seen
in a vision a man named Ananias,
coming in, and putting his hand
on him, that he might receive his
sight. Then Ananias answered,
Lord, I have heard by many of
this man, how much evil he hath
done to thy saints at Jerusalem ;
and here he hath authority from

i the chief priests to bind all that
call on thy Name. But the Lord

! said unto him, Go thy way ; for
he is a chosen vessel unto me, to
bear my Name before the Gen-
tiles, and kings, and the children
of Israel : for I will shew him how-
great things he must sufler for my
Name's sake. And Ananias went
his way, and entered into the

house ; and, putting his hands on
him, said, Brother Saul, the Lord,
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PURIFICATION OF SAINT MARY.



hath sent me, that thou mightest
receive thy sight, and be filled with
the Holy Ghost. And immediately
there fell from his eyes as it had
been scales ; and he received sight
forthwith, and arose, and was bap-
tized. And when he had received
meat, he was strengthened. 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 Je-
rusalem, and came hither for that
intent, that he might bring them
bound 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 GOSPEL. St. Matth. 19. 27.

PETER answered and said un-
to Jesus, Behold, we have for-
saken 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.
And every one that hath forsaken
houses, or brethren, 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
be last, and the last shall be first.

THE PRESENTATION OP CHRIST IN THE
TEMPLE, COMMONLV CALLED,

CTf)r purification of Saint iHarg ify
ITirgin.

THB COLLECT.

ALMIGHTY and everliving
XX. God, we humbly beseech thy



Majesty, that, as thy only-begotten
Son was this day presented in the
temple in substance of our flesh,
so we may be presented unto thee
with pure and clean hearts, by the
same thy Son Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

FOR THE EPISTLE. Mai. 3. 1.

BEHOLD, I will send my mes-
senger, and he shall prepare
the way before me : and the Lord,
whom ye seek, shall suddenly
come to his temple ; even the mes-
senger of the covenant, whom ye
delight in ; behold, he shall come,
saith the Lord of hosts. But who
may abide the day of his coming?
and who shall stand when he ap-
peareth ? for he is like a refiner's
fire, and like fullers' soap. And
he shall sit as a refiner and puri-
fier 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 of-
ferings of Judah and Jerusalem
be 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 be a
swift witness against the sorcer-
ers, and against the adulterers,
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 2. 22.
AND when the days of her pu-
XX. rification, according to the
Law of Moses, were accomplished,
they brought him to Jerusalem,
to present him to the Lord ; (as
it is written in the Law of the
Lord, Every male that openeth
the womb shall be called holy to
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fice, according to that which is looked for redemption in Jerusa-
said in the Law of the Lord, A lem. And when they had perform-
pair of turtle-doves, or two young ed all things according to the Law
pigeons. And behold, there was a ' of the Lord, they returned into
man in Jerusalem, whose name | Galilee to their own city Naza;
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 by the
Holy Ghost, that he should not
see death, before he had seen the
Lord's Christ. And he came by
the Spirit into the temple ; and



reth. And the child grew, and
waxed strong in spirit, filled with
wisdom; and the grace of God
was upon him.

Saint fftattfjias's Dag.

THE COLLECT.

O 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
thy Church, being alway preserv-
ed from false Apostles, may be
ordered and guided by faithful



when the parents brought in the
child Jesus, to do for him after
the custom of the Law, then took
he him up in his arms, and bless-
ed God, and said, Lord, now let-
test thou thy servant depart in j and true pastors ; through Jesus
peace, according to thy word : i Christ our Lord. Amen.
for mine eyes have seen thy sal-
vation, which thou hast prepared
before the face of all people ; a
light to lighten the Gentiles, and



FOR THE EPISTLR Acts 1. 15.

IN those days Peter stood up in
the midst of the disciples, and
said, (the number of the names

the glory of thy people Israel. : together were about an hundred
And Joseph and his mother mar- and twenty,) Men and brethren,
veiled at those things which were this Scripture must needs have
spoken of him. And Simeon bless- been fulfilled, which the Holy
ed them, and said unto Mary his Ghost by the mouth of David
mother, Behold, this child is set 1 spake before concerning Judas,
for the fall and rising again of which was guide to them that
many in Israel; and for a sign took Jesus : for he was numbered
which shall be spoken against ; j with us, and had obtained part
(yea, a sword shall pierce through of this ministry. Now this man
thy own soul also ;) that the [ purchased a field with the reward
thoughts of many hearts may be of iniquity ; and falling headlong
revealed. And there was one Anna he burst asunder in the midst,
a prophetess, the daughter of Pha- t and all his bowels gushed out.
nuel, of the tribe of Aser; she was I And it was known unto all the
of a great age, and had lived with ! dwellers at Jerusalem, insomuch
an husband seven years from her I as that field is called in their pro-



virginity : and she was a widow of
about fourscore and four years ;
which departed not from the tem-
ple, but served (Jod with Castings
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



per tongue, Aceldama, that is to
say, The field of blood. For it is
written in the book of Psalms,
Let his habitation be desolate,
and let no man dwell therein ;
and, His bishoprick let another
take. Wherefore, of these men
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the time that the Lord Jesus went
in and out among us, beginning
from the baptism of John, unto
that same day that he was taken
up from us, must one be ordain-
ed to be a witness with us of his
resurrection. And they appointed
two, Joseph called Barsabas, who
was surnamed Justus, and Mat-
thias. And they prayed, and said,
Thou, Lord, which knowest the
hearts of all men, shew whether
of these two thou hast chosen ;
that he may take part of this min-
istry and apostleship, from which
Judas by 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.

THE GOSPEL. St. Matth. 11. 25.

AT that time Jesus answered
Xi. and said, I thank thee, O Fa-
ther, Lord of heaven and earth,
because thou hast hid these tilings
from the wise and prudent, and.
hast revealed them unto babes.
Even so, Father, for so it seemed
good in thy sight. All things are
delivered unto me of my Father :
and no man knoweth the Son, but
the Father ; neither knoweth any
man the Father, save the Son, and
he to whomsoever the Son will re-
veal him. Come unto me, all ye
that labour 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 burden is light.

Cfje annunciation of Ifjt Blreart)
rtrgtn iflarg.

THE COLLECT.

WE beseech thee, O Lord, pour
thy grace into our hearts ;
that, as we have known the in-



carnation of thy Son Jesus Christ
by the message of an angel, so by
his cross, and passion we may be
brought unto the glory of his
resurrection ; through the same
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

FOR THE EPISTLE. Isaiah 7. 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
the height above. But Ahaz said,
I will not ask, neither will I tempt
the Lord. And he said, Hear ye
now, O house of David; Is it a
small thing for you to weary men,
but will ye weary my God also?
Therefore the Lord himself shall
give you a sign ; Behold, a Virgin
shall conceive, and bear a son, and
shall call his name Inimanuel.
Butter and honey shall he eat,
that he may know to refuse the
evil, and choose the good.

THE GOSPEL. St. Luke 1. 26.
AND in the sixth month the
\. angel Gabriel was sent from
God unto a city 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 with thee ;
blessed art thou among women.
And when she saw him she was
troubled at his saying, and cast in
her mind what manner of saluta-
tion this should be. And the an-
gel aid unto her, Fear not, Mary;
for thou hast found favour with
God. And behold, thou shalt con-
ceive in thy womb, and bring forth
a Son, and shalt call his name
JESUS. He shall be great, and
shall be called the Son of the
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father David. And he shall reign
over the house of Jacob for ever ;
and of his kingdom there shall be
no end. Then said Mary unto the
angel, How shall this be, seeing I
know not a man ? And the angel
answered and said 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
born of thee shall be called the
Son of God. And behold, thy
cousin Elisabeth, she hath also
conceived a son in her old age ;
and this is the sixth month with
her who was called barren : for
with God nothing shall be impos-
sible. And Mary said, Behold the
handmaid of the Lord ; be it unto
me according to thy word. And
the angel departed from her.

Saint fHark's Bag.

THE COLLECT.

O ALMIGHTY God, who hast
instructed thy holy Church
with the heavenly doctrine of thy
Evangelist Saint Mark; Give us
grace, that, being not like children
carried away with every blast of
vain doctrine, we may be esta-
blished in the truth of thy holy
Gospel ; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

THE EPISTLE. Ephes. 4. 7.

UNTO every one of us is given
grace, according to the mea-
sure of the gift of Christ. Where-
fore he saith, When he ascended
up on high, he led captivity cap-
tive, and gave gifts unto men.
(Now that he ascended, what is it
but that he also descended first
into the lower parts of the eartli ?
He that descended is the same
also that ascended up far above
all heavens, that he might fill all
tilings.) And lie gave some Apos-
tles, and some Prophets, and some



Evangelists, and some Pastors and
Teachers ; for the perfecting of
the saints, for the work of the
ministry, for the edifying of the
body 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 mea-
sure of the stature of the fulness
of Christ ; that we henceforth be
no more children, tossed to and
fro, and carried about with every
wind of doctrine, by the sleight
of men, and cunning craftiness,
whereby they lie in wait to de-
ceive ; but speaking the truth in
love, may grow up into him in all
things, which is the head, even
Christ : from whom the whole
body fitly joined together, and
compacted by that which every
joint supplieth, according to the
effectual working in the measure
of every part, maketh increase of
the body, unto the edifying of it-
self in love.

THE GOSPEL. St John 15. 1.

I AM the true vine, and my Fa-
ther is the husbandman. Every
branch in me that beareth not
fruit he taketh away ; and every
branch that beareth fruit, he purg-
eth it, that it may bring forth more
fruit. Now ye are clean through
the word which I have spoken
unto you. Abide in me, and I in
you. As the branch cannot bear
fruit of itself, except it abide in
the vine ; no more can ye, except
ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye
are the branches. He that abid -
eth in me, and I in him, the same
bringeth forth much fruit; for
without me ye can do nothing. If
a man abide not in me, he is cast
forth as a branch, and is wither-
ed ; and men gather them, and
cast them into the fire, and they
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and my words abide in you, ye
shall ask what ye will, and it shall
be done unto you. Herein is my
Father glorified, that ye bear
much fruit ; so shall ye be my
disciples. As the Father hath lov-
ed me, so have I loved you : con-
tinue ye in my love. If ye keep my
commandments, ye shall abide in
my love ; even as I have kept
my Father's commandments, and
abide in his love. These things
have I spoken unto you, that my
joy might remain in you, and that
your joy might be full.

Saint ^fjilip antt Saint Sanus'a Bag.

THB COLLECT.

ft ALMIGHTY God, whom truly
\J to know is everlasting life ;
Grant us perfectly to know thy
Son Jesus Christ to be the way,
the truth, and the life ; that, fol-
lowing the steps of thy holy Apos-
tles, Saint Philip and Saint James,
we may stedfastly walk in the
way that leadeth to eternal life ;
through the same thy Son Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE EPISTLE. St. James 1. 1.

JAMES, a servant of God and of
the Lord Jesus Christ, to the
twelve tribes which are scattered
abroad, greeting. My brethren,
count it all joy when ye fall into
divers temptations ; knowing this,
that the trying of your faith work-
eth patience. But let patience
have her perfect work, that ye
may be perfect and entire, want-
ing nothing. If any of you lack
wisdom, let him ask of God, that
giveth to all men liberally, and
upbraideth not, and it shall be
given him. But let him ask in
faith, nothing wavering; for he
that wavereth is like a wave of the
sea, driven with the wind, and
tossed. For let not that man think
that he shall receive any thing of



the Lord. A double-minded man
is unstable in all his ways. Let
the brother of low degree rejoice
in that he is exalted ; but the rich
in that he is made low ; because
as the flower of the grass he shall
pass away. For the sun is no
sooner risen with a burning heat,
but it withereth the grass, and
the flower thereof falleth, and the
grace of the fashion of it perish-
eth : so also shall the rich man
fade away in his ways. Blessed is
the man that endureth tempta-
tion ; for when he is tried, he shall
receive the crown of life, which
the Lord hath promised to them
that Jove him.

THE GOSPEL. St. John 14. 1.
AN D Jesus said unto his disci-
XJL pies, Let not your heart be
troubled ; ye believe in God, be-
lieve also in me. In my Father's
house are many mansions ; if it
were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you :
and if I go and prepare a place for
you, I will .come again, and re-
ceive you unto myself, that where
I am, there ye may be also. And
whither I go ye know, and the way
yc know. Thomas saith unto him,
Lord, we know not whither thou
goest, and how can we know the
way ? Jesus saith unto him, I am
the way, the truth, and the life :
no man cometh unto the Father
but by me. If ye had known me,
ye should have known my Father
also: and from henceforth ye
know him, and have seen him.
Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew
us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been
so long time with you, and yet
hast thou not known me, Philip?
He that hath seen me hath seen
the Father ; and how sayest thou
then, Shew us the Father? Be-
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Father, and the Father in me ?
The words that I speak unto you
I speak not of myself; but the
Father that dwelleth in me, he
dueth the works. Believe me, that
I am in the Father, and the Fa-
ther in me ; or else believe me for
the very works' sake. Verily, veri-
ly I say unto you, He that believ-
uth on me, the works that I do
shall he do also ; and greater
works than these shall he do ; be-
cause I go unto my Father. And
whatsoever ye shall ask in my
Name, that will I do, that the Fa-
ther may be glorified in the Son.
If ye shall ask any thing in my
Name, I will do it.

Saint Barnabas the apostk.

THE COLLECT.

OLORD God Almighty, who
didst endue thy holy Apostle
Barnabas with singular gifts of
the Holy Ghost; Leave us not, we
beseech thee, destitute of thy
manifold gifts, nor yet of grace
to use them alway to thy honour
and glory ; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.

FOR THE EPISTLE. Acts 11. 22.
rniDINGS of these things came

JL unto the ears of the Church
which was in Jerusalem ; and they
sent forth Barnabas, -that he-should
go as far as Antioch. Who, when
he came, and had seen the grace
of Goil, was glad ; and exhorted
them all, that with purpose of
heart they would cleave unto the
Lord. For he was a good man,
and full of the Holy Ghost, and of
faith : and much people was add-
ed unto the Lord. Then depart-
ed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek
Saul. And when he had found
him, he brought him unto Anti-
och. And it came to pass, that a
\vhole year they assembled them-
selves with the Church, and taught



much people : and the disciples
were called Christians first in An-
tioch. And in these days came
prophets from Jerusalem unto
Antioch. And there stood up one
of them named Agabus, and signi-
fied by the Spirit, that there should
be great dearth throughout all the
world ; which came to pass in the
days of Claudius Caesar. Then the
disciples, every man according
to his ability, determined to send
relief unto the brethren which
dwelt in Judaea. Which also they
did, and sent it to the elders by the
hands of Barnabas and Saul.

THE GOSPEL. St John 15. 12.
FT! HIS is my commandment,
JL That ye love one another, as
I have loved you. Greater love
hath no man than this, that a man
lay down his life for his friends.
Yc are my friends, if ye do what-
soever I command you. Hence-
forth I call you not servants ; for
the servant knoweth not what his
I lord doeth : but I have called you
' friends ; for all things that I have
heard of my Father I have made
known unto you. Ye have not
chosen me, but I have chosen you,
and ordained you, that ye should
go and bring forth fruit, and that
your fruit should remain: that
whatsoever ye shall ask of the
Father in my Name, he may give
it .you.

Saint Mjn Baptist's Dan.

THE COLLECT.

ALMIGHTY God, by whose
JL\. providence thy servant John
Baptist was wonderfully born, and
sent to prepare the way of thy Son
our Saviour, by preaching of re-
pentance ; Make us so to follow
his doctrine and holy life, that we
may truly repent according to his
preaching ; and after his example
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rebuke vice, and patiently suffer
for the truth's sake ; through Je-
sus Christ our Lord. Amen.

FOR. T II E EPISTLE. Isaiah 40. 1.
f^OMFORT ye, comfort ye my



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