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mus Christ; to whom, with thee and, Saint Stephen's Day, the Holy Ghost, be all honour and

The Collect. glory now and forevermore. Amen. GRANT, O Lord, that in all our

, for strangers and foreigners, but steadfastly look up to heaven, and

of fellow citizens with the saints, and by faith behold the glory that shall of the household of Gal; and are be revealed ; and being filled with built upon the foundation of the the Holy Ghost, may learn to love Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ and bless our persecutors, by the himselfbeing the chiefcorner-stone; example of thy first martyr Saint in whom all the building, fitly fram- Stephen, who prayed for his mur. ed together, groweth unto an holy derers to thee, o blessed Jesus, temple in the Lord : in whom ye who standest at the right hand of also are builded together for an ha- God, to succour all those who suffer bitation of God, through the Spirit. for thee, our only Mediator and The Gospel. St. John xx. 24. Advocate. Amen.

" called Didymus, was not withi tivity, which shall be said continually them when Jesus came. The other

until New Year's Eve. disciples therefore said unto him, For the Epistle. Acts vii. 55. We have seen the Lord. But he

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YTEPHEN, being full of the zaid unto them, Except I shall see Holy Ghost, looked up stea:t. in his hands the print of the nails, fastly into heaven, and saw the glory and put my finger into the print of of God, and Jesus standing on the the nails, and thrust my hands into right hand of God; and said, Be: his sicle, I will not believe. And hold, I see the heavens opened, and after eight days, again his disciples the Son of man standing on the were within, and Thonias with right hand of God. Then they them: Then came Jesus, the doors cried out with a loud voice, and being shut, and stood in the midst, stopped their ears, and ran upon and said, Peace be unto you. Then him with one accord, and cast him maid he to Thomas, Reach hither out of the city, and stoned him: thy finger, and behold my hands; and the witnesses laid down their and reach hither thy hand, and clothes at a young man's feet, whose thrust it into my side; and be not name was Saul. And they stoned faithless, but believing. And Tho- Stephen, calling upon Cod, and inas answered and said unto him, saying, Lord Jesus, receive my My Loul, and my God. Jesus spirit. And he kneeled down, and saith unto him, Thomas, because scried with a loud voice, Lorri, lay thou hast seen me, thou hast be- not this sin to their charge. And lieved ; blessed are they that have when he had said this, he fell asleep not seen, and yet have believed. The Gospel. St. Matt. xxiii. 34. And many other signs truly did Je BEHOLD, send unto you pro which are not written in this book. and some of them ve shall kill and But these are written, that ye crucify; and some of them shall ya might believe that Jesus is the scourge in your synagogues, and per Christ, the Son of Gol; and that secute them from city to city; that believing, ye might bave life thruugh upon you may come all the rightthis name.

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from the blood of righteous Abel, darkness at all. If we say that we unto the blood of Zacharias, son of have fellowship with him, and walk Barachias, whom

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slew between in darkness, we lie, and do not the The temple and thie altar. Verily truth: But if we walk in the light, 1 say unto you, All these things as he is in the light, we have fellow. shall come upon this generation. ship one with another, and the blood O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that of Jesus Christ bis Son cleanseth killest the prophets, and stone st us from all sin. If we say that we them which are sent unto thee; have no sin, we deceive ourselves, how often would I have gathered and the truth is uot in us. thy children together, even as a hen confess our sins, he is faithful and gathereth her chickens under her just to forgive us our sins, and to wings, and ye would not! Behold, cleanse us from all unrighteousness. your house is left unto you desolate. If we say that we have not sinned, For I say unto you, Ye shall not we make him a liar, and his Word sce me henceforth, till ye shall say, is not in us. Blessed is he that cometh in the The Gospel St. John xxi. 19. Rame of the Lord.

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me. Then Peter turring about, Saint John the Evangelist's Day. seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved, The Collect.

following, (which also leaned on his thee to cast thy bright beams which is he Urat betrayeth thee?)

, , of light upon thy Church, that it Peter seeing him, saith to Jesus being instructed by the doctrine of Lord, and what shall this man do! thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist Jesus saith unto him, If I will that Saint Jolin, may so walk in the light he tarry till I come, what is that to of thy truth, that it may at length thee? Follow thou me. Then went attain to everlasting life, through this saying abroad among the bie. Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

thren, that that disciple should not The Epistle. 1 John i. 1. die : yet Jesus said not unto him,

ginning, which we have heard, he tarry till I come, what is that to which we have seen with our eyes, thee? This is the disciple which which we have looked upon, and testifieth of these things, and wrote our hands have handled of the word these things, and we know that his of life; (for the life was manifested, testimony is true. And there are and we have seen it, and bear wit- also many other things which Jesus ness, and show unto you that eter-did, the which, if they should be nal life which was with the Father, written every one, I suppose that and was manifested unto us;) that even the world itself could not con. which we have seen and heard, de- tain the books that should be writé clare we unto you, that ye also may ten. have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, The Innocents Day. and with his son Jesus Christ. And

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write we unto you: O Almighty God, who out of the then is the message which we have hast ordained strength, and madest heard of him, and declare unto you, infants to glorify thee by their that God is light, and in him is no deaths; mortify and kill all rioca

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in us, and so strengthen us by thy (that were in Bethlehem, and in all grace, that by the innocency of our the coasts thereof, from two years lives, and constancy of our faith old and under, according to the even unto death, we may glorify Lime which he had diligently inquirthy holy name, through Jesus sed of the wise men. Then was Christ our Lord. Amen.

fulfilled that which was spoken by For the Epistle. Rev. xiv. 1. Jeremy the prophet, saying, In I

on the mount Sion, and with himn mentation, and weeping, and great an hundred forty and four thousand, mourning, Rachel weeping for her leaving his Father's name written children,

and would not be confortin their foreheads. And I heard a ed, because they are not. voice from heaven, as the voice of inany waters, and as the voice of The Conversion of St. Paul. a great thunder : and I heard the

The Collect. voice of burpees harping with their O God, who lessons at the preach: new song before the throne, and Paul, hast caused the light of the before the four beasts, and the el- Gospel to shine throughout the ders : and no man could learn that world; grant, we beseech thee, that song, but the hundred and forty and we, having his wonderful converfou thousand, which were redeem- sion in remembrance, may show erl from the earth. These are they forth our thankfulness unto thee which were not defiled with women, for the same, by following the holy for they are virgins: these are they doctrine which he taught, through which follow the Lamb winitherso- Jesus Christ our Lori. Amen. ever he goeth : these were redeem For the Epistle. Acts ix. 1. first-fruits unto® Gol, and 18 the AND Saul, yet breathing out

threatenings and slaugliter Lamb. And in their mouth was against the disciples of the Lord, found no guile ; for they are with went unto the High Priest, and deout fault before the throne of God. sired of him letters to Damascus

The Gospel. St. Matt. ii. 13. to the synagogues, that if he found TI VIE angel of the Lord appear- any of this way, whether they were

eth to Joseph in a dream, say- men or women, he might bring inş, Arise, and take the young child them bound untó Jerusalem. And and his mother, and flee into Egypt, as he journeyed, he came near Daand be thou there until I bring thee mascus : and suddenly there shined worl; for Herod will seek the round about him a light from hea. young child to destroy him. When ven. And he fell to the euth, and lic arose, he took the young child heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, and his mother by night, and de- Saul, why persecutest thou me? parted into Egypt; and was there And he said, Who art thou, Lord ? until the death of Herod: that it And the Lord said, I am Jesus might be fulfilled which was spoken whom thou persecutest : It is hard of the Lord by the prophet, saying, for thee to kick against the pricks. Out of Egypt have I called my And he, trembling and astonished, Son. Then Herod, when he saw said, Lord, what wilt thou have me that he was mocked of the wise to do? And the Lord said unto men, was exceerling, wroth, and him, Arise, and go into the city, sent forth, and slew all the children land it shall be told thee what thou

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must do. And the men which way he preached Christ in the syn. pourneyed with him stood speech-agogues, that he is the Son of God. less, hearing a voice, but seeing no But all that heard him were amaz.

And Saul arose from the ed, and said, Is not this he that de. earth; and when his eyes were stroyed them which called on this opened, he saw no man: but they name in Jerusalem, and came hith. led him by the hand, and brought er for that intent, that he might * him into Damascus. And he was bring them bound unto the chef three days without sight, and nei- priests? But Saul increased the ther did eat nor drink. And there more in strength, and confounded was a certain disciple at Damascus, the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, named Ananias, and to him said proving that this is very Christ. the Lord in a vision, Ananias : And The Gospel. St. Matt. xix. 27. he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. PETER answered, and said unto and go into the street which is call- ken all, and followel thee; what ed Straight, and inquire in the shall we have therefore? Ancà Jea house of Judas for one called Saul, sus said unto them, Verily I say ei Tarsus : for behold, he prayeth, unto you, that ye which have and hath seen in a vision a man followed me, in the regeneration, Aumed Ananias, coming in, and put- when the Son of man shall sit in ting his hand on him, that he might the throne of his glory, ye also shall receive his sight. Then Ananias sit upon twelve thrones, judging answered, Lord, I have heard by the twelve tribes of Ismel. Åld many of this man, how much evil every one that hath forsaken houses, he hath done to thy saints at Jeru- or brethren, or sisters, or father, salem : and here he hath authority for mother, or wife, or children, or from the chief priests to bind all lands, for my name's sake, shall that call on thy name. But the receive an hundred fold, and shall Lord said unto him, Go thy way : inherit everlasting life. But many for he is a chosen vessel unto me, that are first shall be last, and the to bear my name before the Gen- last shall be first. ties, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will show him how The Presentation of Christ in the great things be must suffer for my Temple, commonly culled The name's sake. And Ananias went Perification of Saint Mury the his way, and entered into the house; Virgin. and puiting his hands on him, said,

The Collect. Brother Saul, the Lord (even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the ALMIGHTY and everliving God,

we humbly heseech thy viajes. way as thou camest) bath sent me, ty, that as thy only begotten Son was that thou mightest receive thy sight, this day presented in the Temple in and be filleri with the Holy Ghost. substance of our fleslı; so we may And immediately there fell from be presented unto thee with pure his eyes as it had been scales; and and clean hearts, by the same thiya he received sigłıt forth with, and Son Jesus Christ our Lorl. Amen. arose, and was baptized. And when For the Epistie. Mal. iji. 1. he had received hemeat, she was Beengemand shaenderente tain days with the disciples which way before me: and the Lord, whora were at Damascus. And straight-lye seek, shall suddenly come to his

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temple; even the messenger of the gthen took he him up in his arme, Lovenant, whom ye delight in: be- and blessed God, and said, Lord, bole!, he shall come, saith the Lord now lettest thou thy servant depart of hosts. But who may abide the in peace, according to thy word: day of his coming ? and who shall For mine eyes have seen thy salva. stand when he appeareth? for he is tion; which thou hast prepared lelike a retiner's tire, and like fuller's fore the face of all people; a light soap. And he shall sit as a refiner to lighten the Gentiles, and the gloani purifier of silver: and he shall fry of thy people Israel. Aud Jo. purify the cons of Levi, and purgetseph and his mother marvelled at them as gold and silver, that they those things which were spoken of may offer unto the Lord an offering him. And Simeon blessed them, in righteousness. Then shall the and said unto Mary liis mother's offerings of Judah and Jerusalem Behold, this child is set for the fali be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the and rising again of many in Israel ; days of old, and as in former years. and for a siga which shall be spoken And I will come near to you to against, (yea, a sworu shall pierce judgment; and I will be a swift through thy own soul also,) that the witness against the sorcerers, and thoughts of many hearts may be le. against the adulterers, and against vealed. And there was one Amay false swearers, and against those that a prophetess, the daughter of Phas oppress the hireliug in his wages, nuel, of the tribe of Aser; she was the widow, and the fatherless, and of a great age, and had lived with that turn aside the stranger from an l-isband seven year's from her his right, and fear not me, saith the virginity; and she was a widow of Loid ot' hosts.

about fourscore and four years, which The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 22. departed not from the temple, but

of y fication, according to the law ers night and day. And she coming of Moses, were accomplished, they in that instant, gave thanks likewise brought him to Jerusalem to pre- unto the Lord, and spake of him to sent him to the Lord, (as it is writ- all them that looked for rerlempten in the law of the Lord, Every tion in Jerusalem. And when they male that openeth the womb shall hal performed all things according be called holy to the Lord,) and to the law of the Lord, they reture to offer a sacrifice, according to that ed into Galilec, to their own city which is said in the law of the Lord, Nazareth. And the child grew, A pair of turtle-Joves, or two young and waxed strong in spirit, filled pigeons. And behold, there was a with wisdom; and the grace of God man in Jerusalem, whose name was was upon him. Simeon; and the same man jusi and devout, waiting for the con Saint Matthias's Day. solation of Israel: and the Holy

The Collect. Ghost was upon him. And it was prvealed unto him by the Home O Almighty Gol, who into the

place of the traitor Judas, didst Ghost, that he should not see death, choose thy faithful servant Matthias, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. to be of the number of the twelve And he came by the Spirit into the Apostles; grant that thy Church, temple; and when the parents being always preserved from false brought in the child Jesus, to do for Apostles, may be ordered and him after the custom of the lawyl guided by faithful and true Pastorale

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