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kings, and the children of Israel. For I will shew him how great things he must suffer 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 (even Jesus that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest) hath fent me, that thou mightest receive thy fight, and be filled with the Holy Ghoft. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales; and he received fight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. 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 Jerusalem, 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 Chrift.

The Gospel. St Marth. xix. 27.
Eter answered and said unto Jesus, Behold, we have

forsaken 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 fall fit in the throne of his glory, ye also thall fis upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Ifrael. And every one that hach forsaken houses, or brethren, or filters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my Names fake, shall receive an hundred-fold, and shall inherit everlasting life. but many that are first shall be last, and the last Niall be first.

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The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, commonly called, The
Purification of Saint Mary ihe Virgin.

The Collel.
Lmighty and everliving God, we humbly befeech thy
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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. Mal. iii. 1.

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the way before me : and the Lord whom ye seek, thall suddenly come to his temple ; even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in ; behold, he shall come, faith the Lord of hofts. But who may abide the day of his coming ? and who shall stand when he appeareth ? for he is like a refiners fire, and like fullers fope. And he shall fit as a refiner and purifier 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 thall the offerings 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 forcerers, 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 itranger from his right, and fear not me faith the Lord of hofts.

The Gospel. St Luke 2. 22.
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the law of Mofes, 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 chat openeth the womb, shall be called holy to the Lord) and to offer a sacrifice, ac

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Or the COLLECT for the Presentation of Christ. O almighty and everlasting God, we thy creatures do beseech thy in. Enite Majesty, that as thy eternal Son, having condescended to take upon him our nature, was, according to the Mofaical institution, presented in the temple, in like manner the fame Jesus, our blessed Mediator, being aow in heaven, may present as with pure and clean hearts to God the Father; and this we beg for the sake of the same Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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cording to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of curile doves, or two young pigeons. And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon ; and the fame man was just and devout, waiting for the confolation of Israel : and the holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed uirto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen the Lords Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple ; and when the parents brought in the child Jelus, to do for him after the custom of the law, then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word : For mine eyes have seen thy salvation ; which thou haft prepared before the face of all people ; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Ifrael. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel ; and for a sign which shall be fpoken against, (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own joul also) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And there was one Anna a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Afer; the was of a great age, and had lived with an husband leven years from her virginity. And the was a widow of about fourscore and four years; which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings 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 looked for redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee to their own city Nazareth. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom ; and the grace of God was upon him.

Saint Matthias's Day.

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The Colleet. Almighty God, who into the place of the traitor Judas, didit choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the

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number of the twelve apostles ; Grant that thy Church being alway preserved from false A poftles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors, through Jesus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

For the Epiftle. Acts 1. 15. N those days Peter stood up in the midlt of the disciples,

and said, (The number of the names together were about an hundred and twenty) Men and brethren, this Scripture muit needs have been fulfilled, which the holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, who was guide to them that cook Jesus : for he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity, and falling headlong he burft afunder in the midst, and all his bowels gulhed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem, infomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be defolate, and let no man dwell therein ; and his Bishoprick let another cake. Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the cime 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 ordained to be a witress with us of his 'resurreclion. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which koowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen : chat he may take part of this ministry and

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On the COLLECT for St Matthias's Day O almighty God, who by thy divine power did direct the lot, whereby Matthias was elected one of the apostles, in the room of Judas Iscariot, who had forfeited it, by betraying his master ; we humbly beseech thee, that thou wooldest, by thy good Providence, order that all false teachers be kept out of the church, that they may not mislead the faithful by false doärine, but that it may be always under the care of worthy and orthodox minifters ; this we beg for the sake of our blessed Saviour Jesus Chrift. Amen.

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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 eleyen Apostles.

The Gospel. St Matth. xi. 25,
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Facher, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things 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 nian knoweth the Son but the Father ; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whom foever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all

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that labour and are heavy leaden, and I will give you reft. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for 'I am meek and fowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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The Annunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary.

The Colle ET.
E beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our

hearts, that as we have known the Incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel ; so by his crofs and passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PARAPHRAS E. On the COLLECT for the Annunciation of the bleffen Virgin Mary.

O Lord, we humbly pray that thou wouldest be pleased to pour such a portion of grace into our hearts, that whereas thou hast thought proper to inake known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ, by sending an holy angel to the blessed Virgin, so we may yield such an obedience to thy commands, that we may, through the merits of his cross and passion, obtain that everlasting glory which his resurrection hath given us good grounds to hope for ; which we ardently pray for the sake of the fame Jesus Christ opr Lord. Amen.

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