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The Gospel. Matt. iv. As Jesus walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brethren, Simon, which was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, (for they were fishers ;) and he saith unto them, Follow me; and I will make you to become fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And when he was gone forth from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
Saint Thomas the Apostle.
BLESSED are all they that fear the Lord : and walk in his ways.
For thou shalt eat the labours of thine hands : 0 well is thee, and happy shalt thou be.
Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine : upon the walls of thine house.
Thy children like the olive branches : round about thy table.
Lo, thus shall the man be blessed : that feareth the Lord.
The Lord from out of Sion shall so bless thee : that thou shalt see Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long.
Yea, that thou shalt see thy children's children : and peace upon Israel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
The Collect. ALMIGHTY everliving God, which for the more confirmation of the faith didst suffer thy holy apostle Thomas to be doubtful in thy Son's resurrection ; Grant us so perfectly, and without all doubt, to believe in thy Son Jesus Christ, that our faith in thy sight never be reproved. Hear us, O Lord, through the same Jesus Christ; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour, &c.
The Epistle. Ephes. ii. y Now ye are not strangers nor foreigners, but citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the head corner-stone; in whom what building soever is coupled together, it groweth unto an holy temple ?in the Lord ; in whom a ye also are built together to be an habitation of God through the Holy Ghost.
The Gospel. John xx. THOMAS, one of the twelve, which is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them. Then came Jesus, when the doors were shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. And after that, he said to Thomas, Bring thy finger hither, and see my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side ; and be not faithless, but believing. Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord, and my God. Jesus said unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed ; blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. These are written that ye might believe b that Jesus is Christ, the Son of God; and that (in believing) ye might have life through his name.
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I The Conversion of Saint Paul.
“They heard him.”
I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, with my whole heart : even before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name, because of thy lovingkindness and truth : for thou hast magnified thy name, and thy word, above all things.
When I called upon thee, thou heardest me : and enduedst my soul with much strength.
All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord : for they have heard the words of thy mouth.
Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord : that great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly : as for the proud, he beholdeth them afar off.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, yet shalt thou refresh me : thou shalt stretch forth thine hand upon the furiousness of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
The Lord shall make good his lovingkindness toward me : yea, thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever; despise not
then the works of thine own hands.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
The Collect. God, which hast taught all the world, through the preaching of thy blessed apostle Saint Paul; Grant, we beseech thee, that we which have his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may follow and fulfil a the holy doctrine that he taught; through b Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Epistle. Acts ix. And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to carry to Damascus to the synagogues, that, if he found any of this way, (whether they were men or women,) he might bring them bound dunto Jerusalem. And when he journeyed, it fortuned that as he was come nigh to Damascus, suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven, and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice, saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, What art thou, Lord ? And the Lord said, I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest : it is hard for thee to kick against the prick. And he, both trembling and astonied, 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. The men which journeyed with him stood amazed, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth, and when he opened his eyes, 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 seek in the house of Judas after one called Saul, of
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Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias, coming in to him, and putting his hands 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 of the high priests to bind all that call on thy name. 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 put his hands on him, and said, Brother Saul, the Lord that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales; and he received sight, and arose, and was baptized, and received meat, and was comforted. Then was Saul a certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, how that he was the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed, and said, Is not this he that spoiled them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the high priests? But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, affirming that this was very Christ.
The Gospel. Matt. xix. PETER answered and said unto Jesus, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore ? Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that when the Son of man shall sit in the seat of his majesty, ye that have followed me in the regeneration shall sit also upon twelve seats, and judge the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that forsaketh house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundred-fold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first.
At Evensong. $ The Second Lesson, Acts xxvi. unto