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The Gosfiel. St. Matt. iv. 18. upon the foundation of the
Christ himself being the chief Simon, called Peter, and An-corner-stone; in whom all the drew his brother, casting a building, fitly framed together, net into the sea: (for they groweth unto an holy temple were fishers.) And he saith in the Lord : in whom ye also unto them, Follow me, and I are builded together for an will make you fishers of men, habitation of God, through And they straightway left their the Spirit. nets, and followed him, And going on from thence, he saw
The Gospel, St. John xx, 24. other two brethren, James THOMAs, one of the twelve, the son of Zebedee, and John
called Didymus, was not his brother, in a ship with with them when Jesus came. Zebedee their father, mend- The other disciples therefore ing their nets; and he called said unto him, We have seen them. nd they immediately the Lord. But he said unto left the ship and their father, them, Except I shall see in ud followed him.
bis hands the print of the nails, Saint Thomas the Apostle.
and put my finger into the
print of the nails, and thrust The Collect.
my hand into his side, I will A .
God, who, for the greater days, again his disciples were confirmation of the faith, didst within, and Thomas with suffer thy holy Apostle Tho-them : Then came Jesus, the mas to be doubtful in thy Son's doors being shut, and stood in resurrection; grant us so per
the midst, and said, Peace be fectly, and without all doubt, unto you. Then said he to to believe in thy Son Jesus Thomas, Reach hither thy Christ, that our faith in thy finger, and behold my hands ; sight may never be reproved and reach hither thy hand, Hcar us, O Lord, through
and thrust it into my side ; and the same Jesus Christ ; to be not faithless, but believing. wilom, with thec and the Holy And Thomas answered and! Ghost, be all honour and glory said unto him, My Lord, and now and for evermore: Amen. my God. Jesus saith unto him, The Epistle. Ephes. ii, 19.
Thomas, because thou hast
seen me, thou hast believed ; Now
OW therefore ye are no blessed are they that have not
more strangers and fo seen, and yet have believed. reigners, but fellow-citizens And many other signs truly with the saints, and of the did Jesus in the presence pirn household of God; and are built his disciples, which are
written in this book. But these accord, and cast him out of are written that might be the city, and stoned him : and lieve that Jesus is the Christ, the witnesses laid down their the Son of God; and that be- clothes at a young man's feet, lieving, ye might have life whose name was Saul. And through his Name. they stoned Stephen, calling
upon God, and saying, Lord Saint Stephen's Day, Jesus, receive my spirit. And
he kneeled down, and cried The Collect.
with a loud voice, Lord, lay GRA RANT,O LORD, that in not this sin to their charge.
all our sufferings here And when he had said this, upon earth, for the testimony he fell asleep. of thy truth, we may steadfastly look up to heaven, and The Gospel. Ste Matt. xxiii. 34. by faith behold the glory that BEH shall be revealed ; and being D prophets, and wise men,
EHOLD. I send unto you filled with the Holy Ghost, and scribès ; and some of thers. may learn to love and bless ye shall kill and crucify ; and our persecutors, by the exam- some of them shall ye scourge ple of thy first martyr Saint in your synagogues, and pesa Stephen, who prayed for his secute them from city to city; murderers to thee, O blessed that upon you may come all Jesus, who standest at the the righteous blood shed upon right hand of God, to succour the earth, from the blood of all those who suffer for thee, righteous Abel, unto the blood our only Mediator and Advo-of Zacharias, son of Barachias, cate. Amen.
whom ye slew between the Then shall follow the Col
temple and the altar. Verily lect of the Nativity, which say unto you, All these thing's shall be said continually un
shall come upon this genera
tion. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, til New Year's Eve.
hthou that killest the prophets, For the Fpistle. Acts vii. 55. and storest them which are
Holy Ghost, looked up would I have gathered thy steadfastly into heaven, and children together, even as a saw the glory of God, and Je-lhen gathereth her chickens Sus, standing on the right hand under her wings, and ye would of God; and said, Behold, I not ! Beheld, your house is see the heavens opened, and left unto you desolate. For I the son of man standing on say unto you, Ye shall not the right hand of God. Then see me henceforth, till ye they cried out with a loud shall say, Blessed is he that voice, and stopped their ears cometh in the name of the and ran upon him with one Lorda
Saint John the Evangelist's in the light, we have fellowDay.
ship one with another, and
the blood of Jesus Christ his The Collect.
Son cleanseth us from all sin. MERCIF
ERCIFUL Lord, we be- If we say that we have no sin,
seech thee to cast thy we deceive ourselves, and the bright beams of light upon thy truth is not in us. If we conChurch, that it being instruct- fess our sins, he is faithful and ed by the doctrine of thy bless just to forgive us our sins, and ed Apostle and Evangelist St. to cleanse us from all unrighJohn, may so walk in the teousness. If we say that we light of thy truth, that it may have not sinned, we make at length attain to everlasting him a liar, and his Word is life, through Jesus Christ our not in us. Lord. Amen.
The Gospel. St. John xxi. 19. The Epistle. I St. John i. 1.
JESUS said unto Peter Fol THAT which was from the
beginning, which we have ing about, seeth the disciple heard, which we have seen whom Jesus loved, following, with our eyes, which we have (which also leaned on his breast looked upon, and our hands at supper, and said, Lord, have handled of the word of which is he that betrayeth life; (for the life was mani, thee?) Peter seeing him, saith fested, and we have seen it, to Jesus, Lord, and what shall and bear witness, and show this man do? Jesus saith unto unto you that eternal life which him, If I will that he tarry was with the Father, and was till I come, what is that to manifested unto us ;) that thee? Follow thou nie. Then which we have seen and heard. went this saying abroad among declare we unto you, that ye the brethren, that that discialso may have fellowship with ple should not die: yet Jesus us; and truly our fellowship said unto him, He shall not is with the Father, and with die : but if I will that he tarry his Son Jesus Christ. And till I come, what is that to these things write we unto you, thee? This is the disciple that your joy may be full which testifiethofthese things,
This thenisthe message which and wrote these things, and we have heard of him, and we know that his testimony is declare unto you, that God is true. And there are also light, and in him is no dark-many other things which Jeness at all. If we say that sus did, the which, if they we have fellowship with him, should be written every one, and walk in darkness, we lie, I suppose that even the world and do not the truth : But if itself could not contain the We walk in the light as he is books that should be written.
The Innocent's Day.
they are without fault before The Collect.
the throne of God.
The GospelSt. Matt. ii. 13. O ALMIGHTY God, who out of the mouths of babes THE angel of the Lord ap
THE and sucklings hast ordained peareth to Joseph in a strength, and madest infants dream saying, Arise, and take to glorify thee by their deaths: the young child and his momortify and kill all vices in us, ther, and fee into Egypt, and ..and so strengthen us by thy be thou there until I bring grace, that by the innocency thee word ; for Herod will of our lives, and constancy of seek the young child to destroy our faith even unto death, we him. When he arose, he took may glorify thy holy Name, the young child and his mothrough Jesus Christ our ther by night, and departed Lord. Imen.
into Egypt; and was there For the Epistle. Rev. xiv. 1. it might be fulfilled which was
until the death of Herod: that I LOOKED, and
lo, a Lamb spoken of the Lord by the stood on the mount Sion, prophet, saying, Out of Egypt and with him an hundred forty have I called my son. Then and four thousand, having his Herod, when he saw that he Father's Name written in their was mocked of the wise men, foreheads. And I heard a was exceeding wroth, and sent voice from he..ven, as the forth, and slew all the chilvoice of many waters, and as dren that were in Bethlehem, the voice of a great thunder : and in all the coasts thereof, and I heard the voice of har-from two years old and under, pers harping with their harps : according to the time which and they sung as it were a he had diligently inquired of new song before the throne, the wise men. Then was ful.and before the four beasts, filled that which was spoken .and the elders : and no man by Jeremy the prophet, saying, could learn that song, but the In Rama was there a voice hundred and forty and four heard, lamentation, and weepthousand, which were redeem-ing and great mourning, Raed from the earth. These chel weeping for her children, are they which were not defil-fand would not be comforted, ed with women, for they are because they are not virgins: these are they which follow the Lamb whitherso-The Conversion of St. Paut. ever he goeth: these were redeemed fiom among men, be
The Collect. ing the first-fruits
unto God O GOD, who, through the mouth was found no guile; for Apostle Saint Paul, has cause
ed the light of the Gospel tohe saw no man : but they led shine throughout the world ; him by the hand, and brought grant, we beseech thee, that him into Damascus. And he we, having his wonderful-con- was three days without sight, version in remembrance, may and neither did eat nor drink. show forth our thankfulness And there was a certain disciunto thee for the same, by fol-ple at Damascus, named Analowing the boly doctrine which nias, and to him said the Lord he taught, through Jesus in a vision, Ananias : And he Christ our Lord. Amen. said, Behold, I am here, Lord. For the Epistle. Acts ix. 1.
And the Lord said unto him,
Arise, and go into the street AND ND Saul, yet breathing which is called Straight, and
out threatenings and inquire in the house of Judas slaughter against the disciples for one called Saul, of Tarsus: of the Lord, went unto the for behold, he prayeth, and High Priest, and desired of bath seen in a vision a man him letters to Damascus to the named Ananias, coming in, Synagogues, that if he found and putting his hand on him, any of this way, whether they that he mightreceive his sight. were men or women, he might Then Ananias answered, Lord, bring them bound unto Jerusa- I have heard by many of this lem. And as he journeyed, he man, how much evil he hath came near Damascus:and sud- done to thy saints at Jerusadenly there shined roundabout|lem ; and here he hath authohim a light from heaven. And rity from the chief priests to be fell to the earth, and heard bind all that call on thy name. a voice-saying unto him, Saul, But the lord saith unto him, Saul, why persecutest thou Go thy way: for he is a chome? And he said, Who art sen vessel unto me, to bear my thou, Lord? And the Lord Name before the Gentiles, and said, I am Jesus whom thou kings, and the children of Ispersecutest: It is hard for thee rael: For I will show him how to kick against the pricks. great things he must suffer for And he, trembling and asto- my Name s sake. And Ananished, said, Lord, what wilt nias went his way, and entered thou have me to do? And the into the house ; and putting Lord said unto him, Arisc, his hands on him, said, Broand go into the city, and it ther Saul, the Lord (even Jeshall be told thee what thou sus, that appeared unto thee must do. And the men which in the way as thou camest) journeyed with him, stood hath sent me, that thou mightspeechless hearing a voice, est receive thy sight, and be but seeing no man. And Saul filled with the Holy Ghost. arose from the earth ; and and immediately there fell when his oyes were opened, from his eyes as it hud