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\J people, saitli your God. Speak
ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and
cry unto her, That her warfare is
accomplished; that her iniquity
is pardoned i for she hath received
of the Lord's hand double for all
her sins. The voice of him that
crieth in the. wilderness, Prepare
ye the way of the Lord, make
straight in the desert a high-way
for our God. Every valley shall
be exalted, and every mountain
and hill shall be made low, and
the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough places plain. And
the glory of the Lord shall be re-
vealed, and all flesh shall see it to-
gether : for the mouth of the Lord
hath spoken it. The voice said,
Cry. And he said, "What shall I
cry ? All flesh is grass, and all the
goodliness thereof is as the flower
of the field. The grass withereth,
the flower fadeth, because the
Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon
it: surely the people is grass. The
grass withereth, the flower fadeth ;
but the word of our God shall stand
for ever. Zion, that bringest
good tidings, get thee up into the
high mountain: O Jerusalem, that
bringest good tidings, lift up thy
voice with strength; lift it up,
be not afraid : say unto the cities
of Judah, Behold your God, Be-
hold, the Lord God will come with
strong hand, and his arm shall rule
for him : behold, his reward is with
him, and his work before him. He
shall feed his flock like a shepherd ;
he shall gather the lambs with his
arm, and carry them in his bosom,
and shall gently lead those that
i are with young.

THE GOSPEL. St. Luke 1. 57.
T7LISABETH'S full time came
J_J that she should be delivered ;
and she brought forth a son. And
her neighbours and her cousins
heard how the Lord had shewed
great mercy upon her ; and they
rejoiced with her. And it came
to pass, that on the eighth day
they came to circumcise the child ;
and they called him Zacharias,
after the name of his father. And
his mother answered and said,
Not so; but he shall be called
John. And they said unto her,
There is none of thy kindred that
is called by this name. And they
made signs to his father, how he
would have him called. And he
asked for a writing-table, and
wrote, saying, His name is John.
And they marvelled all. And his
mouth was opened immediately,
and his tongue loosed, and he
spake, and praised God. And fear
came on all that dwelt round
about them ; and all these sayings
were noised abroad throughout all
the hill-country of Judaea. And
all they that had heard them laid
them up in their hearts, saying,
What manner of child shall this
be? And the hand of the Lord was
with him. And his father Zacha-
rias was filled with the Holy Ghost,
and prophesied, saying, Blessed
be the Lord God of Israel : for he
hath visited and redeemed his
people, and hath raised up an
horn of salvation for us in the
house of his servant David ; as he
spake by the mouth of his holy
prophets, which have been since
the world began ; that we should
be saved from our enemies, and
from the hand of all that hate us ;
to perform the mercy promised to
our fathers, and to remember his
holy covenant ; the oath which he

to yer. 68.


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Sv. Mis.

(The lies-
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sware to our father Abraham, that
he would grant unto us, that we,
being delivered out of the hands
of our enemies, might serve him j
without fear, in holiness and righ-
teousness before him all the days
of our life. And thou, Child,
shall be called the Prophet of the
Highest : for thou shalt go before
the face of the Lord to prepare
his ways ; to give knowledge of
salvation unto his people, by the
remission of their sins, through
the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the day-spring from on
high hath visited us ; to give light
to them that sit in darkness and
in the shadow of death, to guide
our feet into the way of peace. '
And the child grew, and waxed
strong in spirit ; and was in the ;
deserts till the day of his shewing
unto Israel.

Saint IDrtrt's Dag.


ALMIGHTY God, who by thy
Son Jesus Christ didst give
to thy Apostle Saint Peter many
excellent gifts, and commandedst
him earnestly to feed thy flock;
Make, we beseech thce, all Bishops
and Pastors diligently to preach
thy holy AV'ord, and the people
obediently to follow the same,
that they may receive the crown
of everlasting glory; through Je-
sus Christ our Lord. Amen.

FOR THE EPISTLE. Acts 12. 1.

ABOUT that time Herod the
j\. king stretched forth his hands ;
to vex certain of the Church. And i
he killed James the brother of i
John with the sword. And, be- j
cause he saw it pleased the Jews, !
he proceeded further to take Peter
also. (Then were the days of un- J
leavened bread.) And when he ;
had apprehended him, he put him i
in prison, and delivered him to

four quaternions of soldiers to
keep him, intending after Easter
to bring him forth to the people.
Peter therefore was kept in prison ;
but prayer was made without
ceasing of the Church unto God
for him. And when Herod would
have brought him forth, the same
night Peter was sleeping between
two soldiers, bound with two
chains ; and the keepers before
the door kept the prison. And
behold, the angel of the Lord
came upon him, and a light shin-
ed in the prison ; and he smote
Peter on the side, and raised him
up, saying, Arise up quickly. And
his chains fell off from his hands.
And the angel said unto him, Gird
thyself, and bind on thy sandals :
and so he did. And he saitti unto
him, Cast thy garment about thee,
and follow me. And he went out
and followed him; and wist not
that it was true which was done
by the angel ; but thought he saw
a vision. When they were past the
first and the second ward, they
came unto the iron gate that lead-
eth unto the city, which opened
to them of his own accord ; and
they went out, and passed on
through one street, and forthwith
the angel departed from him. And
when Peter was come to himself,
he said, Now I know of a surety,
that the Lord hath sent his angel,
and hath delivered me out of the
hand of Herod, and from all the
expectation of the people of the

THE GOSPEL. St. Matth. 16. 13.

WHEN Jesus came into the
coasts of Coesarea Philippi,
he asked his disciples, saying,
Whom do men say that I, the Son
of man, am? And they said, Some
say that thou art John the Baptist,
some Elias, and others Jereniias,



or one of the prophets. He saith
unto them, But whom say ye that
I am ? And Simon Peter answer-
ed and said, Thou art Christ, the
Son of the living God. And Jesus
answered and said unto him. Bless-
ed art thou, Simon Bar-jona : for
flesh and blood hath not revealed
it unto thee, but my Father which
is in heaven. And I say also unto
thee, That thou art Peter, and
upon this rock I will build my
Church ; and the gates of hell
shall not prevail against it. And
I will give unto thee the keys -of
the kingdom of heaven : and what-
soever thou shalt bind on earth
shall be bound in heaven ; and
whatsoever thou shalt loose on
earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Saint 3amrs tip 3postk.


GRANT, O merciful God, that
as thine holy Apostle Saint
James, leaving his father and all
that he had, without delay was
obedient unto the -calling of thy
Son Jesus Christ, and followed
him ; so we, forsaking all worldly
and carnal affections, may be
evermore ready to follow thy holy
commandments ; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

FOR THE EPISTLE. Acts 11. 27,
and part of Chap. 12.

IN those days -came prophets
from Jerusalem unto Antioch.
And there stood up -one of them
named Agabus, and signified 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
Now about that time Herod the !
king stretched forth his hands to
vex certain of the Church. And he
killed James the brother of John
with the sword. And, because he
saw it pleased the Jews, he pro-
ceeded further to take Peter also.

THE GOSPEL. St. Matth. 20. ZO.
rpHENcame to him the mother
_L of Zebedee's-children with her
sons, worshipping him, and desir-
ing a certain thing of him. And
he said unto her, What wilt thou ?
She saith unto him, Grant that
these my two sons may sit, the
one on thy right hand, and the
other on the left, in thy kingdom.
But -Jesus answered and said, Ye
know not what ye -ask. Are ye
able to drink of the cup that I
shall drink of, and to be baptized
with the baptism that I am bap-
tized with ? They say unto him,
We are able. And he saith unto
them, Ye shall drink indeed of
my cup, and be baptized with the
baptism that I am baptized with :
but to sit on my right hand, and
on my left, is not -mine to give ;
but it shall be given to them for
whom it is prepared of my Father.
And when the ten heard it, they
were moved with indignation a-
gainst the two brethren. But Jesus
called them unto him, and said,
Ye know that the princes of the
Gentiles exercise dominion over
them, and they that -are great ex-
ercise authority upon them. But
it shall not be so among you : but
whosoever will be great among
you, let him be your minister;
and whosoever will bechiefamong
you, let him be your servant : 'even
as the Son of man came not to be
ministered unto, but to minister,
and to give his life a ransom for

SAR. Mis.
to vtr 23.



Saint Bartholomrto ttjc apostlt.


O ALMIGHTY and everlasting
God, who didst give to thine
Apostle Bartholomew grace truly
to believe and to preach thy Word ;
Grant, we beseech thee, unto thy
Church, to love that Word which
he believed, and both to preach
and receive the same ; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. A men.
FOR THE EPISTLE. Acts 5. 12.

BY the hands of the Apostles
were many signs and won-
ders wrought among the people :
(and they were all with one accord
in Solomon's porch : and of the
rest durst no man join himself to
them : but the people magnified
them : and believers were the more
added to the Lord, multitudes
both of men and women:) inso-
much that they brought forth the
sick into the streets, and laid them
on beds and couches, that at the
least the shadow of Peter passing
by might overshadow some of
them. There came also a multi-
tude out of the cities round about
unto Jerusalem, bringing sick
folks, and them which were vexed
with unclean spirits ; and they
were healed every one.

THE GOSPEL. St. Luke 22. 24.
AND there was also a strife
JL\. among them, which of them
should be accounted the greatest.
And he said unto them, The kings
of the Gentiles exercise lordship
over them ; and they that exercise
authority upon them are called
benefactors. But ye shall not be
so : but he that is greatest among
you, let him be as the younger;
and he that is chief, as he that
doth serve. For whether is great-
er, he that sitteth ;it meat, or he
that serveth is not he that sit-
teth at meat ? but I am among

you as he that serveth. Ye are
they which have continued with
me in my temptations. And I ap-
point unto you a kingdom, as my
Father hath appointed unto me ;
that ye may eat and drink at my
table in my kingdom, and sit on
thrones judging the twelve tribes
of Israel.

Saint fHattfjeto tfje apostU.


r\ ALMIGHTY God, who by thy
vy blessed Son didst call Matthew
from the receipt of custom to be
an Apostle and Evangelist ; Grant
us grace to forsake all covetous
desires, and inordinate love of
riches, and to follow the same thy
Son Jesus Christ, who liveth and
reigneth with thee and the Holy
Ghost, one God, world without
end. Amen.

THE EPISTLE. 2 Cor. 4. 1.
rpHEREFORE seeing we have
JL this ministry, as we have re-
ceived mercy, we faint not ; but
have renounced the hidden things
of dishonesty, not walking in craf-
tiness, nor handling the Word of
God deceitfully, but by manifes-
tation of the truth commending
ourselves to every man's con-
science in the sight of God. But
if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to
them that are lost : in whom the
God of this world hath blinded
the minds of them which believe
not, lest the light of the glorious
Gospel of Christ, who is the image
of God, should shine unto them.
For we preach not ourselves, but
Christ Jesus the Lord; and our-
selves your servants for Jesus'
sake. For God, who commanded
the light to shine out of darkness,
hath sinned in our hearts, to give
the light of the knowledge of the
glory of God, in the face of Jesus



THE GOSPEL. St. Matth. 9. 9.

AND as Jesus passed forth
from thence, he saw a man
named Matthew, sitting at the re-
ceipt of custom : and he saith unto
him, Follow me. And he arose,
and followed him. And it came to
pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the
house, behold, many Publicans
and sinners came, and sat down
with him and his disciples. And
when the Pharisees saw it, they
said unto his disciples, Why eat-
eth your Master with Publicans
and sinners? But when Jesus
heard that, he said unto them,
They that be whole need not a
physician, but they that are sick.
But go ye and learn what that
meaneth, I will have mercy, and
not sacrifice ; for I am not come
to call the righteous, but sinners
to repentance.

Saint Hici}arl anU all Slngels.


hast ordained and constitut-
ed the services of Angels and men
in a wonderful order; Mercifully
grant, that as thy holy Angels al-
way do thee sen-ice in heaven, so
by thy appointment they may
succour and defend us on earth ;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

FOR THE EPISTLE. Rev. 12. 7.
PT! H E E E was war in heaven :
JL Michael and his angels fought
against the dragon, and the dra-
gon fought and his angels ; and
prevailed not, neither was their
place found any more in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast
out, that old serpent, called the
devil and Satan, which deceiveth
the whole world ; he was cast out
into the earth, and his angels were
cast out with him. And I heard
a loud voice saying in heaven, Now

i is come salvation, and strength,
and the kingdom of our God, and
the power of his Christ : for the
1 accuser of our brethren is cast
down, which accused them before
our God day and night. And they
overcame him by the blood of the
Lamb, and by the word of their
testimony ; and they loved not
their lives unto the death. There-
I fore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye
! that dwell in them. Woe to the
j inhabiters of the earth, and of the
j sea : for the devil is come down
; unto you, having great wrath, be-
cause he knoweth that he hath
but a short time.
THE GOSPEL. St. Matth. 18. 1.
AT the same time came the
I\. disciples unto Jesus, saying,
Who is the greatest in the King-
dom of heaven? And Jesus called
a little child unto him, and set
him in the midst of them, and
said, Verily I say unto you, Ex-
cept ye be converted, and become
as little children, ye shall not en-
ter into the Kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall hum-
ble himself as this little child, the
same is greatest in the Kingdom
of heaven. And whoso shall re-
ceive one such little child in my
; Name, receiveth me. But whoso
shall offend one of these little ones
which believe in me, it were bet-
ter for him that a millstone were
hanged about his neck, and that
he were drowned in the depth of
the sea. Woe unto the world
because of offences : for it must
needs be that offences come : but
| woe to that man by whom the
offence cometh. Wherefore if thy
j hand or thy foot offend thee, cut
them off, and cast them from
I thee : it is better for thee to enter
j into life halt or maimed, rather
than having two hands or two
feet to be cast into everlasting



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fire. And if thine eye offend thee,
pluck it out, and cast it from
i thee : it is better for thee to enter
into life with one eye, rather than
having two eyes to be cast into
hell-fire. Take heed that ye de-
spise not one of these little ones ;
for I say unto you, That in hea-
ven their angels do always behold
the face of my Father which is in

Saint fluke % Cfaangtlist.


A LMIGHTY God, who calledst
jLA. Luke the Physician, whose
praise is in the Gospel, to be an
Evangelist, and Physician of the
soul ; May it please thee, that, by
the wholesome medicines of the
doctrine delivered by him, all the
diseases of our souls may be heal-
ed ; through the merits of thy Son
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,
THE EPISTLE. 2 Tim. 4. 5.

WATCH thou in all things,
endure afflictions, do the
work of an Evangelist, make full
proof of thy ministry. For I am
now ready to be offered, and the
time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought a good fight, I have
finished my course, I have kept
the faith. Henceforth there is laid
up for me a crown of righteous-
ness, which the Lord, the righte-
ous Judge, shall give me at that
day : and not to me only, but un-
to all them also that love his ap-
pearing. Do thy diligence to come
shortly unto me : for Demas hath
forsaken me, having loved this
present world, and is departed
unto Thessalonica ; Crescens to
Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
Only Luke is with me. Take Mark
and bring him with thee : for he is
profitable to me for the ministry.
And Tychicus have I sent to
Ephesus. The cloke that I left at

Troas with Carpus, when thou
comest, bring with thee ; and the
books, but especially the parch-
ments. Alexander the copper-
smith did me much evil: the
Lord reward him according to his
works. Of whom be thou ware
also, for he hath greatly withstood
our words.

THE GOSPEL. St. Luke 10. 1.
riiiUi Lord appointed other se-
_L venty also, and sent them two
and two before his face into every
city and place whither he himself
would come. Therefore said he
unto them, The harvest truly is
great, but the labourers are few ;
pray ye therefore the Lord of the
harvest, that he would send forth
labourers into his harvest. Go
your ways ; behold, I send you
forth as lambs among wolves.
Carry neither purse, nor scrip,
nor shoes, and salute no man by
the way. And into whatsoever
house ye enter, first say, Peace be
to this house. And if the son of
peace be there, your peace shall
rest upon it : if not, it shall turn
to you again. And in the same
house remain, eating and drink-
ing such things as they give : for
the labourer is worthy of his hire.

Saint Simon anB Saint Sufct,


ALMIGHTY God, who hast
built thy Church upon the
foundation of the Apostles and
Prophets, Jesus Christ himself be-
ing the head corner-stone ; Grant
us so to be joined together in uni-
ty of spirit by their doctrine, that
we may be made an holy temple
acceptable unto thee ; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE EPISTLE. St. Jude 1.

JUDE, the servant of Jesus
Christ, and brother of James,



to them that are sanctified by God
the Father, and preserved in Jesus
Christ, and called : Mercy unto
you, and peace, and love be mul-
tiplied. Beloved, when I gave all
diligence to write unto you of the
common salvation, it was needful
for me to write unto you, and ex-
hort you, that ye should earnestly
contend for the faith which was
once delivered unto the saints.
For there are certain men crept
in unawares, who were before of
old ordained to this condemn-
ation ; ungodly men, turning the
grace of our God into lascivious-
ness, and denying the only Lord
God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
I will therefore put you in re-
membrance, though ye once knew
this, how that the Lord, having
saved the people out of the land of
Egypt, afterward destroyed them
that believed not. And the angels
which kept not their first estate,
but left their own habitation, he
hath reserved in everlasting chains
under darkness unto the judg-
ment of the great day. Even as
Sodom and Gomorrha, and the
cities about them in like manner
giving themselves over to fornica-
tion, and going after strange flesh,
are set forth for an example, suf-
fering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Likewise also these filthy dreamers
defile the flesh, despise dominion,
and speak evil of dignities.

THE GOSPEL. St. John 15. IT.
fTlHESE things I command you,
JL that ye love one another. If
the world hate you, ye know that
it hated me before it hated you.
If ye were of the world, the world
would love his own : but because
ye are not of the world, but I have
chosen you out of the world, there-
fore the world hateth you. Re-
member the word that I said unto
you, The servant is not greater

than the lord : if they have perse-
cuted me, they will also persecute
you ; if they have kept my saying,
they will keep your's also. But all
these things will they do unto you
for my Name's sake, because they
know not him that sent me. If I
had not come and spoken unto
them, they had not had sin : but
now they have no cloke for their
sin. He that hateth me hateth
my Father also. If I had not done
among them the works which
none other man did, they had not
had sin ; but now have they both
seen, and hated both me and my
Father. But this cometh to pass,
that the word might be fulfilled
that is written in their law, They
hated me without a cause. But
when the Comforter is come,
whom I will send unto you from
the Father, even the Spirit of
truth, which proceedeth from the
Father, he shall testify of me.
And ye also shall bear witness,
because ye have been with me
from the beginning.

ail Saints' Gag.


ALMIGHTY God, who hast
knit together thine elect in
one communion and fellowship,
in the mystical body of thy Son
Christ our Lord ; Grant us grace
so to follow thy blessed Saints in
all virtuous and godly living, that
we may come to those unspeak-
able joys, which thou hast pre-
pared for them that unfeignedly
love thee ; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.
AND I saw another angel as-
JL\. cending from the east, hav-
ing the seal of the living God;
and he cried with a loud voice
to the four angels, to whom it
was given to hurt the earth, and

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C The Les-



the sea, saying, Hurt not the
earth, neither the sea, nor the
trees, till we have sealed the ser-
vants of our God in their fore-
heads. And I heard the number
of them which were sealed ; and

sitteth upon the throne, and un-
to the Lamb. And all the angels
stood round about the throne, and
about the elders, and the four
beasts, and fell before the throne
on their faces, and worshipped

there were sealed an hundred | God, saying, Amen ; Blessing, and
and forty and four thousand, of j glory, and wisdom, and thanks-
all the tribes of the children of giving, and honour, and power,

Of the tribe of Juda were sealed
twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Keuben were
sealed twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Gad were sealed
twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Aser were sealed

twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Nephthali -were
sealed twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Manasses were
sealed twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Symeon were
sealed twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Levi were sealed
twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Issachar were
sealed twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Zabulon "were
sealed twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Joseph were
sealed twelve thousand.

Of the tribe -of Benjamin were
sealed twelve thousand.

After this I beheld, and lo, a
great multitude, which no man

and might, be unto our God for
ever and>ever. Amen.

THE GOSPEL. St. Matth. 5. L

JESUS, seeing the multitudes,
went up into a mountain ; and
when he was set, his disciples
came unto him. And he opened
his mouth, and taught them, say-
ing, Blessed are the poor in spirit :
for their's is the kingdom of hea-
ven. Blessed are they that mourn:
for the.y shall be comforted. Bless-
ed are the meek : for they shall
inherit the earth. Blessed are
they which do hunger and thirst
after righteousness : for they shall
be filled. Blessed are the merci-
ful : for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart : for
they shall see God. Blessed are the
peace-makers : for they shall be
called the children of God. Bless-
ed are they -which are persecuted
for righteousness' sake : for their's
is the kingdom of heaven. Bless-

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