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but fellow-citizens with the might believe that Jesus is the saints, and of the household of Christ, the Son of God; and God; and are built upon the that believing, ye might have foundation of the apostles and life through his name, prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone ; SAINT STEPHEN'S DAY. in whom all the building, fitly framed together, groweth unto
The Collect. an holy temple in the LORD:
GRANT, O LORD, that in in whom ye also are builded all our sufferings here upon together for an habitation of earth, for the testimony of thy God, through the SPIRIT. truth, we may steadfastly look
up to heaven, and by faith The Gospel. St. John xx. 24. behold the glory that shall be
THOMAS, one of the twelve, revealed ; and being filled with called Didymus, was not with the Holy Ghost, may learn to them when Jesus came. The love and bless our persecutors, other disciples therefore said by the example of thy first unto him. We have seen the martyr Saint Stephen, who LORD. But he said unto them, I prayed for his murderers to Except I shall see in his hands thee, 0 blessed JEsus, who the print of the nails, and put standest at the right hand of my finger into the print of the God, to succour all those who nails, and thrust my hand into suffer for thee, our only Mediahis side, I will not believe. I tor and Advocate. Amen. And after eight days, again1 Then shall follow the Collect of the
Nativity, which shall be said continually his disciples were willing and until New Year's Eve. Thomas with them; then came Jesus, the doors being shut. For the Epistle. Acts vii. 55. and stood in the midst, and STEPHEN, being full of the said, Peace be unto you. Then Holy Ghost, looked up stead. said he to Thomas, Reach fastly into heaven, and saw the hither thy finger, and behold glory of God, and Jesus standmy hands; and reach hither ing on the right hand of God; thy hand, and thrust it into my and said, Behold, I see the side ; and be not faithless, heavens opened, and the Son but believing. And Thomas of man standing on the right answered and said unto him, hand of God. Then they My Lord, and my God. Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and saith unto him, Thomas, be stopped their ears, and ran upon cause thou hast seen me, thou him with one accord, and cast hast believed; blessed are they him out of the city, and stoned that have not seen, and yet him; and the witnesses laid have believed. And many other down their clothes at a young signs truly did Jesus in the man's feet, whose name was presence of his disciples, which Saul. And they stoned Stephen, are not written in this book. I calling upon God, and saying, But these are written, that ye Lord Jesus, receive my spirit,
And he kneeled down, and walk in the light of thy truth, cried with a loud voice, LORD, that it may at length attain to lay not this sin to their charge. everlasting life, through Jesus And when he had said this, he CHRIST, our Lord. Amen. fell asleep.
The Epistle. 1 John i. l. The Gospel. St. Matt. xxiii. 34.
THAT which was from the BEHOLD, I send unto you beginning, which we have prophets, and wise men, and heard, which we have seen with scribes ; and some of them ye our eyes, which we have looked shall kill and crucify; and some upon, and our hands have of them shall ye scourge in handled of the word of life ; your synagogues, and persecute (for the life was manifested, them from city to city; that and we have seen it, and bear upon you may come all the witness, and show unto you righteous blood shed upon that eternal life which was with the earth, from the blood of the Father, and was manifested righteous Abel, unto the blood unto us ;) that which we have of Zacharias, son of Barachias, seen and heard, declare we unto whom ye slew between the you, that ye also may have temple and the altar. Verily I fellowship with us; and truly say unto you, All these things our fellowship is with the shall come upon this generation. Father, and with his Son JESUS O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou Christ. And these things that killest the prophets, and write we unto you, that your stonest them which are sent joy may be full. This then is unto thee; how often would the message which we have I have gathered thy children heard of him, and declare unto together, even as a hen gather- you, that God is light, and in eth her chickens under her him is no darkness at all. If wings, and ye would not! we say that we have fellowship Behold, your house is left unto with him, and walk in darkness, you desolate. For I say unto we lie, and do not the truth : you, Ye shall not see me but if we walk in the light, as henceforth, till ye shall say, he is in the light, we have Blessed is he that cometh in fellowship one with another, the name of the LORD.
and the blood of Jesus CHRIST
his Son cleanseth us from all SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST's sin. If we say that we have DAY.
no sin, we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us. If The Collect.
we confess our sins, he is MERCIFUL LORD, we faithful and just to forgive us beseech thee to cast thy bright our sins, and to cleanse us from beams of light upon thy Church, all unrighteousness. - If we say that it being instructed by the that we have not sinned, we doctrine of thy blessed apostle make him a liar, and his word and evangelist St. John, may sol is not in us.
The Gospel. St. John xxi. 19. For the Epistle. Rev. xiv. 1.
JESUS said unto Peter, I LOOKED, and lo, a Lamb Follow me. Then Peter turn- stood on the mount Sion, and ing about, seeth the disciple with him an hundred forty whom Jesus loved, following, and four thousand, having his (which also leaned on his Father's name written in their breast at supper, and said, Lord, foreheads. And I heard a voice which is he that betrayeth from heaven, as the voice of thee?) Peter seeing him, saith many waters, and as the voice to Jesus, Lord, and what shall of a great thunder: and I heard this man do? Jesus saith unto the voice of harpers harping him, If I will that he tarry till with their harps : and they sung I come, what is that to thee? as it were a new song before Follow thou me. Then went the throne, and before the four this saying abroad among the beasts, and the elders : and no brethren, that that disciple man could learn that song, but should not die: yet Jesus said the hundred and forty and four not unto him, He shall not die : thousand, which were redeemed but, if I will that he tarry till from the earth. These are they I come, what is that to thee? which were not defiled with This is the disciple which test women, for they are virgins : tifieth of these things, and wrote these are they which follow these things, and we know that the Lamb whithersoever he his testimony is true. And goeth : these were redeemed there are also many other things from among men, being the which Jesus did, the which, if first-fruits unto God, and to they should be written every the Lamb. And in their mouth one, I suppose that even the was found no guile; for they world itself could not contain are without fault before the the books that should be written. throne of God.
The Gospel. St. Matt. ii. 13. THE INNOCENTS' DAY, THE angel of the LORD The Collect.
appeareth to Joseph in a dream,
saying, Arise, and take the O ALMIGHTY God, who young child and his mother, out of the mouths of babes and fee into Egypt, and be and sucklings hast ordained thou there until I bring thee strength, and madest infants word; for Herod will seek the to glorify thee by their deaths: young child to destroy him. mortify and kill all vices in us, When he arose, he took the and so strengthen us by thy young child and his mother by grace, that by the innocency night, and departed into Egypt; of our lives, and constancy of and was there until the death our faith even unto death, we of Herod : that it might be may glorify thy holy name, fulfilled which was spoken of through JESUS CHRIST our the Lord by the prophet, say. Lord. Amen.
ling, Out of Egypt have I called
my Son. Then Herod, when | Damascus : and suddenly there he saw that he was mocked of shined round about him a light the wise men, was exceeding from heaven. And he fell to wroth, and sent forth, and slew the earth, and heard a voice all the children that were in saying unto him, Saul, Saul, Bethlehem, and in all the coasts why persecutest thou me? And thereof, from two years old and he said, Who art thou, Lord ? under, according to the time And the Lord said, I am JESUS which he had diligently inquired whom thou persecutest: it is of the wise men. Then was hard for thee to kick against fulfilled that which was spoken the pricks. And he, trembling by Jeremy the prophet, saying, and astonished, said, Lord, In Rama was there a voice what wilt thou have me to do ? heard, lamentation, and weep- And the LORD said unto him, ing, and great mourning, Rachel Arise, and go into the city, and weeping for her children, and it shall be told thee what thou would not be comforted, because must do. And the men which they are not.
journeyed with him stood
speechless, hearing a voice, but THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL.
seeing no man. And Saul arose
from the earth; and when his The Collect.
eyes were opened, he saw no O GOD, who, through the man : but they led him by the preaching of the blessed apostle hand, and brought him into Saint Paul, hast caused the Damascus. And he was three light of the Gospel to shine days without sight, and neither throughout the world; grant, we did eat nor drink. And there beseech thee, that we, having was a certain disciple at Da. his wonderful conversion in mascus, named Ananias, and to remembrance, may show forth him said the Lord in a vision, our thankfulness unto thee for Ananias : And he said, Behold, the same, by following the I am here, Lord. And the holy doctrine which he taught, LORD said unto him, Arise, and through Jesus Christ our go into the street which is called Lord. Amen.
Straight, and inquire in the
house of Judas for one called For the Epistle. Acts ix. 1.
Saul, of Tarsus: for behold, he AND Saul, yet breathing prayeth, and hath seen in a out threatenings and slaughter vision a man named Ananias, against the disciples of the coming in, and putting his hand LORD, went unto the High on him, that he might receive Priest, and desired of him letters his sight. Then Ananias an. to Damascus to the synagogues, swered, Lord, I have heard by that if he found any of this many of this man, how much way, whether they were men or evil he hath done to thy saints women, he might bring them at Jerusalem : and here he hath bound unto Jerusalem. And authority from the chief priests as he journeyed, he came near to bind all that call on thy
name. But the LORD said untos regeneration, when the Son of him, Go thy way : for he is a man shall sit in the throne of chosen vessel unto me, to bear his glory, ye also shall sit upon my name before the Gentiles, twelve thrones, judging. the and kings, and the children of twelve tribes of Ísrael. And Israel : for I will show him every one that hath forsaken now great things he must suffer houses, or brethren, ør sisters, for my name's sake. And or father, or mother, or wife, Ananias went his way, and or children, or lands, for my entered into the house ; and name's sake, shall receive an putting his hands on him, said, hundred fold, and shall inherit Brother Saul, the LORD (even everlasting life. But many that Jesus, that appeared unto thee are first shall be last, and the in the way as thou camest) hath last shall be first. sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled | THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST with the Holy Ghost. And
IN THE TEMPLE, COMMONLY immediately there fell from his
CALLED THE PURIFICATION eyes as it had been scales; and OF SAINT MARY THE VIRGIN. he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. And
The Collect. when he had received meat, he ALMIGHTY and everliving was strengthened. Then was God, we humbly beseech thy Saul certain days with the dis- majesty, that as thy only ciples which were at Damascus. begotten Son was this day And straightway he preached presented in the temple in CHRIST in the synagogues, that substance of our flesh; so we he is the Son of God. But all may be presented unto thee that heard him were amazed, with pure and clean hearts, by and said, Is not this he that the same thy Son JESUS CHRIST destroyed them which called on our Lord. Amen. this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that
| For the Epistle. Mal. iii. 1. he might bring them bound BEHOLD, I will send my unto the chief priests? But messenger, and he shall prepare Saul increased the more in the way before me: and the strength, and confounded the LORD whom ye seek, shall Jews which dwelt at Damascus, suddenly come to his temple; proving that this is very CHRIST. even the messenger of the
covenant, whom ye delight in: The Gospel. St. Matt. xix. 27. behold, he shall come, saith the
PETER answered, and said Lord of hosts. But who may unto JESUS, Behold, we have abide the day of his coming ? forsaken all, and followed thee; and who shall stand when he what shall we have therefore ? appeareth ? for he is like a And Jesus said unto them, refiner's fire, and like fuller's. Verily I say unto you, that ye soap. And he shall sit as a which have followed me, in the refiner and purifier of silver :