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he spake, and praised God. And and Pastors diligently to preach thy fear came on all that dwelt round holy Word, and the people obeabout them and all these sayings diently to follow the same, that were noised abroad throughout all they may receive the crown of the hill country of Judea. And all everlasting glory, through Jesus they that had heard them, laid them Christ our Lord. Amen. up in their hearts, saying, What For the Epistle. Acts xii. 1. manner of child shall this be? And A BOUT that time, Herod the the hand of the Lord was with him.[ king stretched forth his hands And his father Zacharias was filled to vex certain of the Church. And with the Holy Ghost, and prophe- he killed James the brother of John sied, saying, Blessed be the Lord with the sword. And because he God of Israel; for he hath visited saw it pleased the Jews, he proand redeemed his people, and hath ceeded further to take Peter also. raised up an horn of salvation for (Then were the days of unleavened us, in the house of his servant bread.) And when he had appre David; as he spake by the mouth hended him, he put him in prison, of his holy prophets, which have and delivered him to four quaterbeen since the world began; that nions of soldiers, to keep him; inwe should be saved from our ene-tending after Easter to bring him mies, and from the hand of all that forth to the people. Peter there hate us: To perform the mercy fore was kept in prison; but prayer promised to our fathers, and to re- was made without ceasing of the member his holy covenant: the Church unto God for him. And oath which he sware to our father when Herod would have brought Abraham, that he would grant unto him forth, the same night Peter was
that we, being delivered out of sleeping between two soldiers, the hands of our enemies, might bound with two chains; and the serve him without fear, in holiness keepers before the door kept the and righteousness before him, all prison. And behold, the angel of the days of our life. And thou, the Lord came upon him, and a child, shalt be called the prophet of light shined in the prison: and he the Highest for thou shalt go be-smote Peter in the side, and raised fore the face of the Lord, to prepare him up, saying, Arise up quickly. his ways; to give knowledge of And his chains fell off from his salvation unto his people by the hands. And the angel said unto remission of their sins, through the him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy tender mercy of our God; whereby sandals: and so he did. And he the Day-spring from on high hath saith unto him, Cast thy garment visited us, to give light to them that about thee, and follow me. And sit in darkness, and in the shadow he went out, and followed him; of death, to guide our feet into the and wist not that it was true which way of peace. And the child grew, was done by the angel; but and waxed strong in spirit; and thought he saw a vision. When was in the deserts till the day of his they were past the first and the showing unto Israel. second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city, which opened to them of its own accord and they went out, and passed on through one street, and
St. Peter's Day.
O ALMIGHTY God, who, by forthwith the angel departed from thy Son Jesus Christ, didst give him. And when Peter was come to the Apostle Saint Peter many to himself, he said, Now I know of excellent gifts, and commandedst a surety that the Lord hath sent his him earnestly to feed thy flock; angel, and hath delivered me out make, we beseech thee, all Bishops of the hand of Herod, and from all
the expectation of the people of the thren which dwelt in Jud Jews. also they did, and sen The Gospel. St. Matt. xvi. 13. elders by the hands of Barnabat WHEN Jesus came into the and Saul. Now about that time, coasts of Cæsarea Philippi, Herod the king stretched forth hir ne asked his disciples, saying, hands to vex certain of the Church. Whom do men say that the Son And he killed James the brother of of man, am? And they said, Scme John with the sword. And because say that thou art John the Baptist; he saw it pleased the Jews, he prosome, Elias; and others, Jeremias, ceeded further to take Peter also. or one of the prophets. He saith The Gospel. St. Matt. xx. 20. unto them, But whom say ye that THEN came to him the mother am? Simon of Zebedee's children, with her and said, Thou art Christ, the Son sons, worshipping him, and desir of the living God. And Jesus an- ing a certain thing of him. And swered and said unto him, Blessed he said unto her, What wilt thou? art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh She saith unto him, Grant that and blood hath not revealed it unto these my two sons may sit, the one thee, but my Father which is in on thy right hand, and the other on heaven. And I say also unto thee, the left, in thy kingdom. But Jethat thou art Peter, and upon this sus answered and said, Ye know rock I will build my Church: and not what ye ask. Are ye able to the gates of hell shall not prevail drink of the cup that I shall drink against it. And I will give unto of, and to be baptized with the bap thee the keys of the kingdom of tism that I am baptized with heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt They say unto him, We are able bind on earth, shall be bound in And he saith unto them, Ye shall heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt drink indeed of my cup, and be bap loose on earth, shall be loosed in tized with the baptism that I am. heaven. baptized with; but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared
GRANT, O merciful God, that my Father. And when the ten as thine holy Apostle Saint heard it, they were moved with inJames, leaving his father and all dignation against the two brethren. that he had, without delay was But Jesus called them unto him, obedient unto the calling of thy and said, Ye know that the princes Son Jesus Christ, and followed of the Gentiles exercise dominion him; so we, forsaking all worldly over them, and they that are great and carnal affections, may be ever-exercise authority upon them. But more ready to follow thy holy com-it shall not be so among you: mandments, through Jesus Christ whosoever will be great among our Lord. Amen. you, let him be your minister; and For the Epistle. Acts xi. 27, and whosoever will be ehief among you, let him be your servant: Even as d
part of Chapter xii. IN those days came prophets from the Son of man came not to be miJerusalem unto Antioch. And nistered unto, but to minister, and there stood up one of them named to give his life a ransom for many. Agabus, and signified by the Spirit, that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Cesar.
Saint James the Apostle,
Saint Bartholomew the Apostle.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting every God, who didst give to thine nan according to his ability, deter-Apostle Bartholomew grace truly mined to send relief unto the bre-to believe and to preach thy word
grant, we beseech thee, unto thy tom, to be an Apostle and Evange-
them, They that be whole, need not
ALMIGHTY God, who by not sacrifice; for I am not come to thy blessed Son didst call call the righteous, but sinners to Matthew from the receipt of cus-repentance.
Saint Matthew the Apostle.
Saint Michael and all Angels. Jest in the kingdom of heaven. whoso shall receive one such little EVERLASTING God, who child in my name, receiveth me. hast ordained and constituted But whoso shall offend one of these the services of Angels and men little ones which believe in me, it in a wonderful order; mercifully were better for him that a millgrant, that as thy holy Angels stone were hanged about his neck, always do thee service in heaven; and that he were drowned in the so, by thy appointment, they may depth of the sea. Wo unto the succour and defend us on earth, world because of offences! for it through Jesus Christ our Lord. must needs be that offences come: Amen. but wo to that man by whom the For the Epistle. Rev. xii. 7. offence cometh. Wherefore, if thy THERE was war in heaven; hand or thy foot offend thee, cut Michael and his Angels fought them off and cast them from thee: against the dragon; and the dragon it is better for thee to enter into life fought and his angels, and prevailed halt or maimed, rather than having not; neither was their place found two hands or two feet, to be cast any more in heaven. And the into everlasting fire. And if thine great dragon was cast out, that eye offend thee, pluck it out, and old serpent, called the devil and cast it from thee: it is better for satan, which deceiveth the whole thee to enter into life with one eye, world; he was cast out into the rather than having two eyes, to be earth, and his angels were cast out cast into hell fire. Take heed that with him. And I heard a loud ye despise not one of these little voice saying in heaven, Now is ones: for I say unto you, That in come salvation and strength, and heaven their angels do always be the kingdom of our God, and the hold the face of my father which power of his Christ: for the accu- is in heaven.
ser of our brethren is cast down,| which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the ALMIGHTY God, who calledst Lamb, and word of their Physician, whose testimony; and they loved not their praise is in the Gospel, to be an lives unto the death. Therefore Evangelist and Physician of the rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that soul; may it please thee, that by dwell in them. Wo to the inhabi- the wholesome medicines of the tants of the earth and of the sea: doctrine delivered by him, all the for the devil is come down unto diseases of our souls may be healed, you, having great wrath, because through the merits of thy Son Jesus he hath but a our Lord.
Saint Luke the Evangelist.
The Epistle. 2 Tim. iv. 5.
The Gospel. St. Matt, xviii.
W dure afflictions, do the work
ciples unto Jesus, saying, Who of an Evangelist, make full proo is the greatest in the kingdom of of thy ministry. For I am now heaven? And Jesus called a little ready to be offered, and the time child unto him, and set him in the of my departure is at hand. I have midst of them, and said, Verily I fought a good fight, I have finished say unto you, Except ye be con- my course, I have kept the faith. verted, and become as little chil- Henceforth there is laid up for me dren, ye shall not enter into the a crown of righteousness, which kingdom of heaven, Whosoever the Lord the righteous Judge shall therefore shall humble himself as give me at that day: and not to me this little child, the same is great-only, but unto all them also that
love his appearing. Do thy dili-ceptable unto thee, through Jesus gence to come shortly unto me: Christ our Lord. Amen. For Demas hath forsaken me, hav- The Epistle. St. Jude 1. ing loved this present world, and JUDE, the servant of Jesus. is departed Christ, and brother of James, Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto to them that are sanctified by God Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. the Father, and preserved in Jesus. Take Mark and bring him with Christ, and called: Mercy unto thee: for he is profitable to me for you, and peace and love be multithe ministry. And Tychicus have plied. Beloved, when I gave all I sent to Ephesus. The cloak that diligence to write unto you of the I left at Troas with Carpus, when common salvation, it was needful A thou comest, bring with thee, and for me to write unto you, and exthe books, but especially the parch-hort you, that ye should earnestly ments. Alexander the copper-contend for the faith which was smith did me much evil: the Lord once delivered unto the saints. reward him according to his works. For there are certain men crept in Of whom be thou ware also, for unawares, who were before of old he hath greatly withstood our ordained to this condemnation ; words. ungodly men, turning the grace of The Gospel. St. Luke x. 1.. our God into lasciviousness, and THE Lord appointed other se-denying the only Lord God, and
venty also, and sent them two our Lord Jesus Christ. I will and two before his face into every therefore put you in remembrance, city and place, whither he himself though ye once knew this, how that would come. Therefore said he the Lord having saved the people al unto them, The harvest truly is out of the land of Egypt, afterward the great, but the labourers are few: destroyed them that believed not.
pray ye therefore the Lord of the And the angels which kept not their harvest, that he would send forth first estate, but left their own habilabourers into his harvest. Gotation, he hath reserved in everyour ways; behold, I send you lasting chains under darkness, unto sforth as lambs among wolves. the judgment of the great day. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and shoes; and salute no man by the the cities about them, in like mancan way. And into whatsoever house ner giving themselves over to forve enter, first say, Peace be to this nication, and going after strange house. And if the son of peace be flesh, are set forth for an example, there, your peace shall rest upon it: suffering the vengeance of eternal
not, it shall turn to you again. fire. Likewise also these filthy And in the same house remain, dreamers defile the flesh, despise eating and drinking such things as dominion, and speak evil of dignithey give for the labourer is wor- ties. thy of his hire.
The Gospel. St. John xv. 17. I command you Saint Simon and Saint Jude, that ye love one another. Apostles. the world hate you, ye know that The Collect. it hated me before it hated you. ALMIGHTY God, who hast If ye were of the world, the world built thy Church upon the would love his own: but because foundation of the Apostles and Pro- ye are not of the world, but I have phets, Jesus Christ himself being chosen you out of the world, there the head corner-stone; grant us so fore the world hateth you, Re to be joined together in unity of member the word that I said unto spirit by their doctrine, that we you, The servant is not greater than may be made an holy temple ac-his lord; if they have persecuted