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postle Saint Paul, hast caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world; Grant, we beseech thee, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may shew forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same, by following the holy doctrine which he taught; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. For the Epistle. Acts ix. 1. ND Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that, if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And, as he journeyed, he came near Damascus, and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord P And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he, trembling and astonished, said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hear
ing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth, and when his eyes were opened he saw no man; but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias, and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias, coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem; and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy Name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way; for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my Name before the Gentiles, and 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 | forsaken houses, or brethren, or unto thee in the way as thou sisters, or father, or mother, or camest,) hath sent me, that thou wife, or children, or lands, for mightest receive thy sight, and my Name's sake, shall receive an be filled with the holy Ghost. hundred-fold, and shall inherit And immediately there fell from everlasting life. But many that his eyes as it had been scales ; are first shall be last, and the last and he received sight forthwith, shall be first. and arose, and was baptized. And
The Presentation of Christ in the when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul
Temple, commonly called, The certain days with the disciples
Purification of Saint Mary the which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ
The Collect. in the synagogues, that he is the
ALMIGHTY and everliving Son of God. But all that heard
A God, we humbly beseech him were amazed, and said, Is thy Majesty, that, as thy only-benot this he that destroyed them gotten Son was this day presentwhich called on this Name in Je- ed in the temple in substance of rusalem, and came hither for that our flesh, so we may be presentintent, that he might bring them ed unto thee with pure and clean bound unto the chief priests ? hearts, by the same thy Son JeBut Saul increased the more in sus Christ our Lord. Amen. strength, and confounded the For the Epistle. Mal. iii. 1. Jews which dwelt at Damascus, PEHOLD, I will send my proving that this is very Christ. |D messenger, and he shall pre
The Gospel. St. Matth. xix. 27. pare the way before me: and the DETER answered and said Lord, whom ye seek, shall sud
I unto Jesus, Behold, we have denly come to his temple; even forsaken all, and followed thee; | the messenger of the covenant, what shall we have therefore ? | whom ye delight in; behold, he And Jesus said unto them, Verily shall come, saith the Lord of I say unto you, That ye which hosts. But who may abide the have followed me, in the regene- | day of his coming and who ration when the Son of man shall shall stand when he appeareth ? sit in the throne of his glory, ye for he is like a refiner's fire, and also shall sit upon twelve thrones, like fullers' soap. And he shall judging the twelve tribes of Is-sit as a refiner and purifier of silrael. And every one that hath | ver; and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold see death, before he had seen the and silver, that they may offer un- | Lord's Christ. And he came by to the Lord an offering in righte- the Spirit into the temple; and ousness. Then shall the offerings when the parents brought in the of Judah and Jerusalem be plea- child Jesus, to do for him after sant unto the Lord, as in the the custom of the Law, then took days of old, and as in former he him up in his arms, and blessyears. And I will come near to ed God, and said, Lord, now letyou to judgement, and I will be test thou thy servant depart in a swift witness against the sor- peace, according to thy word : for cerers, and against the adulterers, mine eyes have seen thy salvation, and against false-swearers, and a- which thou hast prepared before gainst those that oppress the hire the face of all people; a light to ling in his wages, the widow, and lighten the Gentiles, and the glothe fatherless, and that turn aside ry of thy people Israel. And Jothe stranger from his right, and seph and his mother marvelled at fear not me, saith the Lord of those things which were spoken hosts.
of him. And Symeon blessed The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 22. them, and said unto Mary his AND when the days of her mother, Behold, this child is set A purification, according to the for the fall and rising again of Law of Moses, were accomplish- many in Israel ; and for a sign ed, they brought him to Jerusa- which shall be spoken against ; lem, to present him to the Lord; (yea, a sword shall pierce through (as it is written in the Law of thy own soul also ;) that the the Lord, Every male that open thoughts of many hearts may be eth the womb shall be called holy revealed. And there was one to the Lord ;) and to offer a sa Anna a prophetess, the daughter crifice, according to that which is of Phanuel, of the tribe of Ăser ; said in the Law of the Lord, A she was of a great age, and pair of turtle-doves, or two young had lived with an husband seven pigeons. And behold, there was years from her virginity: and she a man in Jerusalem, whose name was a widow of about fourscore was Symeon ; and the same man and four years; which departed was just and devout, waiting for not from the temple, but served the consolation of Israel : and the God with fastings and prayers Holy Ghost was upon him. And night and day. And she coming it was revealed unto him by the in that instant gave thanks likeHoly Ghost, that he should not wise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that look- headlong he burst asunder in the ed for redemption in Jerusalem. midst, and all his bowels gushed And when they had performed out. And it was known unto all all things according to the Law the dwellers at Jerusalem, insoof the Lord, they returned into much as that field is called in Galilee to their own city Naza- their proper tongue, Aceldama, reth. And the child grew, and that is to say, The field of blood. waxed strong in spirit, filled with For it is written in the book of wisdom; and the grace of God Psalms, Let his habitation be dewas upon him.
solate, and let no man dwell there
in; and, His bishoprick let anSaint Matthias's Day.
other take. Wherefore, of these The Collect.
men which have companied with Almighty God, who into the us all the time that the Lord Je
place of the traitor Judas sus went in and out among us, didst choose thy faithful servant beginning from the baptism of Matthias to be of the number of John, unto that same day that he the twelve Apostles ; Grant that was taken up from us, must one thy Church, being alway preserv- be ordained to be a witness with ed from false Apostles, may be us of his resurrection. And they ordered and guided by faithful appointed two, Joseph called Barand true pastors; through Jesus sabas, who was surnamed Justus, Christ our Lord. Amen. and Matthias. And they prayed,
For the Epistle. Acts i. 15. and said, Thou, Lord, which IN those days Peter stood up in knowest the hearts of all men,
the midst of the disciples, and shew whether of these two thou said, (the number of the names hast chosen ; that he may take together were about an hundred part of this ministry and apoand twenty,) Men and brethren, stleship, from which Judas by this Scripture must needs have transgression fell, that he might been fulfilled, which the Holy go to his own place. And they Ghost by the mouth of David gave forth their lots; and the spake before concerning Judas, lot fell upon Matthias, and he which was guide to them that was numbered with the eleven took Jesus : for he was number- | Apostles. ed with us, and had obtained The Gospel. St. Matth. xi. 25. part of this ministry. Now this A T that time Jesus answerman purchased a field with the A ed and said, I thank thee, reward of iniquity; and falling O Father, 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 man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The Annunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary. The Collect. 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 cross and passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. For the Epistle. Isai. vii. 10. ORE OVER, the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.
But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord. And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David ; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also 2 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a Virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. The Gospel. St. Luke i. 26. ND in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a Virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the Virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found favour with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him
the throne of his father David.