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and against false swearers,and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the wdow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his tight, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.
The Gosfiel. St. Luke ii. 22.
ND when the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, 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 that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord) and to offer a sacrifice, according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtle-doves, or two young pigeons. And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon ; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of 1srael: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, 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 hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten
the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blossedthem, 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 spoken against, (yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul 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 Aser; she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity ; and she 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.
be of the number of the twelve Apostles; grant that thy Church, being always preserved from false Apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true Pastors, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
JFor the Eftistle. Acts i. 15.
N those days Peterstood up
in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of the names together were about an hundred and twenty;) Men and brethren, this Scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, who was guide to them that took 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 burst asunder in the midst, arid all his bowels gushed out. And it was known to all the dwellers at Jerusalem : insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
ken up from us, must one be: ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, show whether of these two thou hast chosen ; that he may take part of this ministry and 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 eleven Apostles.
The Goshet. St. Matt. xi. 25.
T that time Jesus answer
ed, and said, I thank thee, 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
For it is written in the book offman the Father, save the Son, named Nazareth, to a Virgin he Lord; be it unto me acespoused to a man whose name|cording to thy word. And the was Joseph, of the house of]angel departed from her.
Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his Bishoprick let another take. Wherefore of these men, which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John, unto
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
that same day that he was ta.
easy, and my burthen is light.
The Annunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary.
Ebeseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our hearts: that as we have known the Incarnation of thy Sol, Jesus Christ by the message of an angel ; so by his cross and passion we may be brough unto the glory of his resurrection, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Mmen.
For the Epistle. Isai. vii. 10.
OREOVFR, the Lord l 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 yenow, O house of David; Is it a smail 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.
ND in the sixth month. the Angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee,
David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angelcame 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 inind 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. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man 2 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God. And behold, thy cousin Elizabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing: shall be impossible. And Mary said, behold the handmaid of Saint Mark's Day. The Collect.
ALMIGHTY God, who
hast instructed thy holy Church with the heavenly doctrine of thy Evangelist St Mark; give us grace, that being not like children carried away with every blast of vain doctrine, we may be establishcd in the truth of thy holy Gospel, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Eftistle. Ephes. iv. 7.
INTO every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth : He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers: for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect iman, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness.of Christ; that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every
of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive ; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body, unto the edifying of itselfin love.
The Gosfiel. St. John xv. 1.
AM the true vine, and my
Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and, they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Herein is my Father glorified,
that ye bear much fruit; so
wind ofdoctrine, by the sleight
shall ye be my disciples. As
the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoker, unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
Saint Philip and Saint James’ Day.
O ALMIGHTY God, whom
truly to know is everlasting life; grant us perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life; that following the steps of thy holy Apostles, Saint Philip and Saint James, we may steadfastly walkin the way that leadeth to eternal life, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Eftistle. St. James i. 1.
AMES, a servant of God,
and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are !cattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not;
and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind, and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted;
|but the rich in that he is made
low ; because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it whithereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
The Gosfiel. St. John xiv. 1.
ND Jesus said unto his disciples, Let not your heart be troubled : ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where Iam, there ye may be also. And whither I go, ye know, and the way yo know. Thomassaith unto him, Lord, we know net whither thou goest, and how can we