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scales; and he received sight The Presentation of Christ in forth with, and arose and was the Temple, commonly called baptized. And when he had re- The Purification of Saint ceived meat, he was strength- Mary the Virgin, ened. Then was Saul cer
The Collect. tain days with the disciples which were at Damascus: ALMIGHTY and everlivChrist in the synagogues, that seech thy Majesty, that as thy he is the Son of God. But all only begotten Son was this day that heard him were amazed, presented in the Temple in and said, Is not this he that substance of our flesh ; so we destroyed them which called may be presented unto thee on this Name in Jerusalem, with pure and clean hearts, and came hither for that in-by the same thy Son Jesus tent, that he might bring them Christ our Lord. Amen. bound unto the chief priests ! For the Epistle. Mal. ñi. 1. But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded
ZEHOLD, I will send my the Jews which dwelt at Da
messenger, and he shall mascus, proving that this is prepare the way before me:
and the Lord, whom ye seek,
shall suddenly come to his The Gospel, St. Matt. xix. 27.
temple ; even the messenger answered, and said of the covenant, whom ye deunto have forsaken all, and followed come, saith the Lord of hosts. thee ; what shall we have But who may abide the day of therefore? And Jesus said un- his coming? and who shall to them, Verily I say unto you, stand when he appeareth ? for that ye which have followed he is like a refiner's fire, and me, in the regeneration, when like fuller's soap. And he shall the Son of man shall sit in the sit as a refiner and purifier of throne of his glory, ye also silver : and he shall purify the shall sit upon twelve thrones, sons of Levi, and purge them judging the twelve tribes of as gold and silver, that they Israel. And every one that may offer unto the Lord an of. hath forsaken houses, or bre-fering in righteousness. Then thren, or sisters, or father, or shall the offerings of Judah mother, or wise, or children, and Jerusalem be pleasant or lands, for my Name's sake, unto the Lord, as in the days shall receive an hundred fold, of old, and as in former years. and shall inherit everlasting And I will come near to you to life. But many that are first judgment; and I will be a swift shall be last, and the last shall witness against the sorcerers, be first
and against the adulterers,
Pene , he
and against false swearers, and the Gentiles, and the glory of against those that oppress the thy people Israel. And Joseph hireling in his wages, the w-and his mother marvelled at dow, and the fatherless, and chose things which were spokthat turn aside the stranger en of him. And Simeon bissfrom bis right, and fear noted them, and said unto Mary his me, saith the Lord of hosts. mother, Behold this child is
set for the fall and rising a. The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 22. gain of many in Israel; and
ND when the days of her for a sign which shall be spo
purification, according to ken against, (yea, a sword the law of Moses, were ac-shall pierce through thy own complished, they brought him soul also,) that the thoughts of to Jerusalem, to present him many hearts may be revealed, to the Lord (as it is written in And there was one Anna, a the law of the Lord, Every prophetess, the daughter of male that openeth the womb Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser; shall be called holy to the Lord) she was of a great age, and and to offer a sacrifice, accord- had lived with an husband seing to that which is said in the ven years from her virginity ; law of the Lord, A pair of and she was a widow of about turtle doves, or two young pi- fourscore and four years, geons. And behold, there which departed not from the was a man in Jerusalem, whose temple, but served God with name was Simeon ; and the fastings and prayers night and same man was just and devout, day. And slie coming in that waiting for the consolation of instant, gave thanks likewise Israel : and the Holy Ghost unto the Lord, and spake of was upon him. And it was him to all them that looked revealed unto him by the Holy for redemption in Jerusalem. Ghost that he should not see And when they had performdeath before he had seen the ed all things according to the Lord's Christ. And he came law of the Lord, they returned by the Spirit into the temple ; into Galilee, to their own city and wben the parents brought Nazareth. And the child grew, in the child Jesus, to do for and waxed strong in spirit, him after the custom of the filled with wisdom; and the law, then took he him up in grace of God was upon him. his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest Saint Matthias's Day. thou thy servant depart in
The Collect. peace, according to thy word : For mine eyes have seen thy O ALMIGHTY God, who salvation; which thou hast into the place of the traiprepared before the face of all tor Judas, didst choose thy people; a light to lighten faithful servant Matthias, to be of the number of the twelveken up from us, must one be: Apostles; grant that thy ordained to be a witness with Church, being always pre-us of his resurrection. And served from false Apostles, they appointed two, Joseph may be ordered and guided by called Barsabas, who was surfaithful and true Pastors, named Justus, and Matthias. through Jesus Christ our And they prayed, and said, Lord. Amen.
Thou Lord, which knowest
the hearts of all men, show For the Efristle. Acts i. 15. whether of these two thou hast
chosen ; that he may take part I .
N those days Peter stood up of this ministry and apostleples, and said, (the number transgression fell, that he of the names together were might go to his own place. about an hundred and twenty ;) And they gave forth their lots; Men and brethren, this Scrip- and the lot fell upon Matthias. ture must needs trave been ful. And he was numbered with filled, which the Holy Ghost the eleven Apostles. by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, who The Gospel. St. Matt. xi. 25. was guide to them that took
T that time Jesus answer with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now thee, O Father, Lord of hea-' this man purchased a freld ven and earth, because thou with the reward of iniquity ; hast hid these things from the and falling headlong, he burst wise and prudent, and hast asunder in the midst, and all revealed them unto babes. his bowels gushed out. And Even so, Father, for so it it was known to all the dwel- seemed good in thy sight. Al lers at Jerusalem : insomuch things are delivered unto me as that field is called in their of my Father; and no man proper tongue, Aceldama, that knoweth the Son but the Fais to say, The field of blood. ther ; neither knoweth any For it is written in the book of man the Father, save the Son, Psalms, Let his habitation be and he to whomsoever the Son desolate, and let no man dwell will reveal him. Come unto therein : and his Bishoprick me, all ye that labour and are let another take. Wherefore heavy laden, and I will give of these men, which have you rest. Take my yoke upon companied with us all the time you, and learn of me ; for I that the Lord Jesus went in am meek and lowly in heart :and out ainong us, beginning and ye shall find rest uinto from the baptism of John, unto your souls. For my yoke is that same day that he was ta. Jeasy, and my birthen is light.
he was numbered Aedy and said, I thank W
MOREOVER, the Lord
The Annunciation of the bles-David: and the virgin's name sed Virgin Mary. was Mary. And the angelcame
in unto her and said, Hail, thou The Collect.
that art highly favoured, the E beseech thee, O Lord, Lord is with thee ; blessed art
pour thy grace into our wou among women. And when hearts : that as we have known she saw him, she was troubled the Incarnation of thy Son at his saying, and cast in her Jesus Christ by the message oi mind what manner of salutation an angel; so by his cross anothis should be. And the Angel passion we may be brought said unto her, Fear not, Mary; unto the glory of his resurrec- for thou hast found favour with tion, through the same Jesus God. And behold, thou shalt Christ our Lord. Amen. conceive in thy womb, and
bring forth a son, and shalt For the Epistle. Isai. vii. 10. call his name Jesus. He shall
be great, and shall be called
the Son of the Highest ; and spake again unto Ahaz,
the Lord God shall give unto saying, Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either David. And he shall reign over
him the throne of his father in the depth, or in the heighilthe house of Jacob for ever ; above. But Ahaz said, I wil and of his kingdom there shall not ask, neither will I tempt
be no end. Then said Mary the Lord. And he said, Hear
unto the angel, How shall this ye now, O house of David ; IS it a smail thing for you to weary and the angel answered and
be, seeing I know not a man? men, but will ye weary my said unto her, The Holy Ghost God also ? Therefore the Lord shall come upon thee, and the himself shall give you a sign : Behold, a virgin shall conceive, power of the Highest shall
overshadow thee: therefore and bear a son, and shall call
also that holy thing which shall his name Immanuel. Butter,
be born of thee, shall be called and honey shall he eat, that he
the Son of God. And behold, may know to refuse the evil.
thy cousin Elizabeth, she hath and choose the good.
also conceived a son in her old The Gospel. St. Luke i. 26. with her, who was called bara
and this is the sixth month
ige; AND in the sixth month. ren,
For with God nothing the Angel Gabriel was sent shall be impossible. And Mary from God unto a city of Galilee, said, behold the handmaid of named Nazareth, to a Virgir; he Lord; be it unto me acespoused to a man whose namecording to thy word. And the was Joseph, of the house of angel departed from her.
Saint Mark's Day. of men, and cunning crafti-
ness, whereby they lie in wait
to deceive ; but speaking the hast instructed thy holy into him in all things, which is Church with the heavenly doc- the head, even Christ: From trine of thy Evangelist St. whom the whole body fitly Mark; give us grace, that joined together, and compactbeing not like children carried ed by that which every joint away with every blast of vain supplieth, according to the efdoctrine, we may be establish-fectual working in the measure ed in the truth of thy holy of every part, maketh increase Gospel, through Jesus Christ of the body, unto the edifying our Lord. Amen.
lof itself in love. The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. The Gospel. St. John xv. l. NTO every one of us is
given grace, according Father is the husbandman. to the measure of the gift of Every branch in me that bearChrist. Wherefore he saith, eth not fruit, he taketh away; When he ascended up on high, and every branch that beareth he led captivity captive, and fruit he purgeth it, that it may gare gifts unto men. (Now bring forth more fruit. Now that he ascended, what is it ye are clean through the word but that he also descended first which I have spoken unto you. into the lower parts of the Abide in me, and I in you. As earth ? He that descended is the branch cannot bear fruit of the same also that ascended itself, except it abide in the up far above all heavens, that vine; no more can ye, except he might fill all things.) And ye abide in me. I am the vine, he gave some apostles, and ye are the branches. He that some prophets, ind some evan-abideth in me, and I in him, gelists, and some pastors and the same bringeth forth much teachers : for the perfecting of fruit : for without me ye can the saints, for the work of the do nothing. If a man abide ministry, for the edifying of not in me, he is cast forth as a the body of Christ ; till we all branch, and is withered; and come in the unity of the faith, men gather them, and cast and of the knowledge of the them into the fire, and, they Son of God, unto a perfect are burned. If
abide in Inan, unto the measure of the me, and my words abide in stature of the fulnessof Christ; you, ye shall ask what ye will, that we henceforth be no more and it shall be done unto you, children, tossed to and fro, Herein is my Father glorified, and carried about with every that ye bear much fruit; so wind of doctrine, by the sleight shall ye be my disciples. As