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for a writing table, and wrote, our God; whereby the Daysaying, His name is John. And Spring from on high hath they marvelled all. And his visited us, to give light to them mouth was opened immediately, that sit in darkness, and in the and his tongue loosed, and he shadow of death, to guide our spake, and praised God. And feet into the way of peace. fear came on all that dwelt And the child grew, and waxed round about them : and all strong in spirit; and was in these sayings were noised the deserts till the day of his abroad throughout all the hill showing unto Israel. country of Judea. And all they that had heard them, laid them
SAINT PETER'S DAY. up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be?
The Collect. And the hand of the LORD was O ALMIGHTY GOD, who, with him. And his father by thy Son Jesus CHRIST, Zacharias was filled with the didst give to thy apostle Saint Holy Ghost, and prophesied, Peter many excellent gifts, and saying, Blessed be the LORD commandedst him earnestly to GOD of Israel ; for he hath feed thy flock; make, we bevisited and redeemed his peo- seech thee, all Bishops and ple, and hath raised up an horn Pastors diligently to preach of salvation for us, in the house thy holy word, and the people of his servant David; as he obediently to follow the same, spake by the mouth of his holy that they may receive the crown prophets, which have been of everlasting glory, through since the world began: that JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen. we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of
For the Epistle. Acts xii. 1.' all that hate us : to perform the ABOUT that time, Herod mercy promised to our fathers, the king stretched forth his and to remember his holy hands to vex certain of the covenant: the oath which he Church. And he killed James sware to our father Abraham, the brother of John with the that he would grant unto us, sword. And because he saw it that we, being delivered out of pleased the Jews, he proceeded the hands of our enemies, might further to take Peter also. serve him without fear, in (Then were the days of unholiness and righteousness be- leavened bread.) And when he fore him, all the days of our had apprehended him, he put life. And thou, child, shalt be him in prison, and delivered called the prophet of the High- him to four quaternions of est: for thou shalt go before soldiers, to keep him; intending the face of the Lord, to prepare after Easter to bring him forth his ways; to give knowledge to the people. Peter therefore of salvation unto his people by i was kept in prison; but prayer the remission of their sins, was made without ceasing of through the tender mercy of the Church unto God for him.
And when Herod would have the prophets. He saith unto brought him forth, the same them, But whom say ye that I night Peter was sleeping be- am ? And Simon Peter answered tween two soldiers, bound with and said, Thou art Christ, the two chains; and the keepers Son of the living God. And before the door kept the prison. Jesus answered and said unto And behold, the angel of the him, Blessed art thou, Simon LORD came upon him, and a Barjona: for flesh and blood light shined in the prison : and hath not revealed it unto thee, he smote Peter on the side, and but my Father which is in raised him up, saying, Arise up heaven. And I say also unto quickly. And his chains fell | thee, that thou art Peter, and off from his hands. And the upon this rock I will build my angel said unto him, Gird thy- Church: and the gates of hell self, and bind on thy sandals : shall not prevail against it. and so he did. And he saith And I will give unto thee the unto him, Cast thy garment keys of the kingdom of heaven: about thee, and follow me, and whatsoever thou shalt bind And he went out, and followed on earth, shall be bound in him; and wi not that it was heaven; and whatsoever thou true which was done by the shalt loose on earth, shall be angel; but thought he saw a loosed in heaven. vision. When they were past the first and the second ward,
SAINT JAMES THE APOSTLE. they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city,
The Collect. which opened to them of its GRANT, O merciful God, own accord : and they went that as thine holy apostle Saint out, and passed on through one James, leaving his father and street, and forthwith the angel all that he had, without delay departed from him. And when was obedient unto the calling Peter was come to himself, he of thy Son JESUS Christ, and said, Now I know of a surety followed him ; so we, forsaking that the LORD hath sent his all worldly and carnal affections, angel, and hath delivered me may be evermore ready to out of the hand of Herod, and follow thy holy commandments, from all the expectation of the through JESUS CHRIST people of the Jews.
Lord. Amen. The Gospel. St. Matt. xvi. 13. For the Epistle. Acts xi. 27, WHEN JESUS came into the
and part of Chapter xii. coasts of Cæsarea Philippi, he IN those days came prophets asked his disciples, saying, from Jerusalem unto Antioch. Whom do men say that I, the And there stood up one of them Son of man, am ? And they named Agabus, and signified by said, Some say that thou art the SPIRIT, that there should John the Baptist; some, Elias; be great dearth throughout all and others, Jeremias, or one of the world : which came to pass
in the days of Claudius Cæsar. I know that the princes of the Then the disciples, every man Gentiles exercise dominion over according to his ability, deter- them, and they that are great mined to send relief unto the exercise authority upon them. brethren which dwelt in Judea. But it shall not be so among Which also they did, and sent you : but whosoever will be çit to the elders by the hands great among you, let him be of Barnabas and Saul. Now your minister; and whosoever about that time, Herod the king will be chief among you, let (stretched forth his hands to vex him be your servant: even as certain of the Church. And the Son of man came not to be he killed James the brother of ministered unto, but to minister, John with the sword. And and to give his life a ransom because he saw it pleased the for many. Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. The Gospel. St. Matt. xx. 20. THEN came to him the
The Collect. mother of Zebedee's children, with her sons, worshipping 0 ALMIGHTY and everhim, and desiring a certain lasting God, who didst give to thing of him. And he said thine Apostle Bartholomew unto her, What wilt thou? She grace truly to believe and to saith unto him, Grant that these preach thy word; grant, we my two sons may sit, the one beseech thee, unto thy Church, on thy right hand, and the other to love that word which he on the left, in thy kingdom. believed ; and both to preach But Jesus answered and said, and receive the same, through Ye know not what ye ask. Are JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen. ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be
For the Epistle. Acts v. 12. baptized with the baptism that BY the hands of the apostles I am baptized with? They say were many signs and wonders unto him, We are able. And wrought among the people, he saith unto them, Ye shall (and they were all with one drink indeed of my cup, and accord in Solomon's porch. be baptized with the baptism And of the rest durst no man that I am baptized with ; but to join himself to them; but the sit on my right hand, and on people magnified them. And my left, is not mine to give; believers were the more added but it shall be given to them to the Lord, multitudes both for whom it is prepared of my of men and women) insomuch Father. And when the ten that they brought forth the sick heard it, they were moved with into the streets, and laid them indignation against the two on beds and couches, that at brethren. But JESUS called least the shadow of Peter them unto him, and said, Ye passing by might overshadow
some of them. 'There came Jesus Christ, who liveth and also a multitude out of the reigneth with thee and the cities round about unto Jeru- Holy Ghost, one God, world salem, bringing sick folks, and without end. Amen. them which were vexed with unclean spirits ; and they were
The Epistle. 2 Cor. iv. 1. healed every one.
THEREFORE, seeing we The Gospel. St. Luke xxii. 24. received mercy, we faint not ;
have this ministry, as we have AND there was also a strife but have renounced the hidden among them, which of them things of dishonesty, not walkshould be accounted the great- ing in craftiness, nor handling est. And he said unto them, the Word of God deceitfully, The kings of the Gentiles but by manifestation of the exercise lordship, over them ; truth, commending ourselves and they that exercise authority to every man's conscience in upon them are called benefac- the sight of God. But if our tors. But ye shall not be so: Gospel be hid, it is hid to them but he that is greatest among that are lost: in whom the God you, let him be as the younger; of this world hath blinded the and he that is chief, as he that minds of them which believe doth serve. For whether is not, lest the light of the glorious greater, he that sitteth at meat, Gospel of Christ, who is the or he that serveth? is not he image of God, should shine that sitteth at meat ? but I am unto them. For we preach not among you as he that serveth. ourselves, but Christ Jesus Ye are they which have con- the Lord; and ourselves your tinued with me in my tempta- servants for Jesus' sake. For tions. And I appoint unto you God, who commanded the light a kingdom, as my Father hath to shine out of darkness, hath appointed unto me; that ye shined in our hearts, to give the may eat and drink at my table light of the knowledge of the in my kingdom, and sit on glory of God, in the face of thrones, judging the twelve JESUS CHRIST. tribes of Israel.
The Gospel. St. Matt. ix. 9
AND as Jesus passed forth SAINT MATTHEW THE APOSTLE. from thence, he saw a man
named Matthew sitting at the The Collect.
receipt of custom: and he saith O ALMIGHTY GOD, who unto him, Follow me. And he by thy blessed Son didst call arose, and followed him. And Matthew from the receipt of it came to pass, as Jesus sat at custom, to be an apostle and meat in the house, behold many evangelist; grant us grace to publicans and sinners came and forsake all covetous desires, sat down with him and his and inordinate love of riches; disciples. And when the Phariand to follow the same thy Son sees saw it, they said unto his
disciples, Why eateth your brethren is cast down, which master with publicans and sin- accused them before our God ners? But when Jesus heard day and night. And they overthat, he said unto them, They came him by the blood of the that be whole, need not a Lamb, and by the word of their physician, but they that are testimony; and they loved not sick. But go ye and learn their lives unto the death. what that meaneth, I will have Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, mercy, and not sacrifice; for and ye that dwell in them. not
to call the Wo to the inhabitants of the righteous, but sinners to earth and of the sea : for the repentance.
devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
The Gospel. St. Matt. xviii. 1. The Collect.
AT the same time came the O EVERLASTING God, disciples unto Jesus, saying, who hast ordained and consti- Who is the greatest in the tuted the services of angels and kingdom of heaven? And JESUS men in a wonderful order ; mer- called a little child unto him, cifully grant, that as thy holy and set him in the midst of them, angels always do thee service and said, Verily I say unto you, in heaven; so, by thy appoint-Except ye be converted, and ment, they may succour and become as little children, ye defend us on earth, through shall not enter into the kingdom JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen. of heaven. Whosoever there
fore shall humble himself as For the Epistle. Rev. xii. 7.
this little child, the same is THERE was war in heaven; greatest in the kingdom of Michael and his angels fought heaven. And whoso shall re against the dragon; and the ceive one such little child in dragon fought and his angels, my name, receiveth me. But and prevailed not; neither was whoso shall offend one of these their place found any more in little ones which believe in me, hearen. And the great dragon it were better for him that a was cast out, that old serpent, millstone were hanged about called the devil and Satan, his neck, and that he were which deceiveth the whole drowned in the depth of the world; he was cast out into the sea. Wo unto the world earth, and his angels were cast because of offences ! for it must out with him. And I heard a needs be that offencés come: but loud voice saying in heaven, wo to that man by whom the Now is come salvation and offence cometh. Wherefore, if strength, and the kingdom of thy hand or thy foot offend our God, and the power of his thee, cut them off, and cast CHRIST : for the accuser of our them from thee: it is better for