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and he shall purify the sons of in the child Jesus, to do for Levi, and purge them as gold him after the custom of the law, and silver, that they may offer then took he him up in his unto the LORD an offering in arms, and blessed God, and said, righteousness. Then shall the LORD, now lettest thou thy offerings of Judah and Jerusa- servant depart in peace, accordlem be pleasant unto the LORD, ing to thy word : for mine eyes as in the days of old, and as in have seen thy salvation; which former years. And I will come thou hast prepared before the near to you to judgment; and face of all people; a light to I will be a swift witness against lighten the Gentiles, and the the sorcerers, and against the glory of thy people Israel. adulterers, and against false And Joseph and his mother swearers, and against those that marvelled at those things which oppress the hireling in his were spoken of him. And wages, the widow, and the Simeon blessed them, and said fatherless, and that turn aside unto Mary his mother, Behold, the stranger from his right, and this child is set for the fall and fear not me, saith the LORD of rising again of many in Israel ; hosts.
and for a sign which shall be
spoken against, (yea, a sword The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 22.
shall pierce through thy own • AND when the days of her soul also,) that the thoughts of purification, according to the many hearts may be revealed. law of Moses, were accom- And there was one Anna, a plished, they brought him to prophetess, the daughter of Jerusalem to present him to Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser; the LORD, (as it is written in she was of a great age, and the law of the Lord, Every | had lived with an husband male that openeth the womb seven years from her virginity; shall be called holy to the and she was a widow of about LORD,) and to offer a sacrifice, fourscore and four years, which according to that which is said departed not from the temple, in the law of the LORD, A pair but served God with fastings of turtle-doves, or two young and prayers night and day. pigeons. And behold, there And she, coming in that instant, was a man in Jerusalem, whose gave thanks likewise unto the name was Simeon; and the LORD, and spake of him to all same man was just and devout, them that looked for redempwaiting for the consolation of tion in Jerusalem. And when Israel: and the Holy Ghost they had performed all things was upon him. And it was according to the law of the revealed unto him by the Holy LORD, they returned into Gali. Ghost, that he should not see lee, to their own city Nazareth. death, before he had seen the And the child grew, and waxed LORD's CHRIST. And he came strong in spirit, filled with by the Spirit into the temple; wisdom; and the grace of God and when the parents brought was upon him,
SAINT MATTHIAS'S DAY. (the Lord Jesus went in and out
among us, beginning from the The Collect.
baptism of John, unto that same O ALMIGHTY God, who
day that he was taken up from
us, must one be ordained to be into the place of the traitor
a witness with us of his resurJudas, didst choose thy faithful
rection. And they appointed servant Matthias, to be of the
1. two, Joseph called Barsabas, number of the twelve apostles ;
hes: who was surnamed Justus, and grant that thy Church, being M
being Matthias. And they prayed, always preserved from false
and said, Thou, Lord, which apostles, may be ordered and
knowest the hearts of all men, guided by faithful and true Dastors, through Jesus CHRIST | thou hast chosen ; that he may
show whether of these two our Lord. Amen.
take part of this ministry and For the Epistle. Acts i. 15.
apostleship, from which Judas
by transgression fell, that he IN those days Peter stood might go to his own place. And up in the midst of the disciples, they gave forth their lots; and and said, (the number of the the lot fell upon Matthias. And names together were about an he was numbered with the hundred and twenty ;) Men and eleven apostles. brethren, this Scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which | The Gospel. St. Matt. xi. 25. the Holy Ghost by the mouth AT that time Jesus answer. of David spake before concern- ed, and said, I thank thee, O ing Judas, who was guide to Father, LORD of heaven and them that took Jesus. For he earth, because thou hast hid was numbered with us, and had these things from the wise and obtained part of this ministry. prudent, and hast revealed them Now this man purchased a field unto babes. Even so, Father, with the reward of iniquity; for so it seemed good in thy and falling headlong, he burst sight. All things are delivered asunder in the midst, and all unto me of my Father; and no his bowels gushed out. And man knoweth the Son, but the it was known to all the dwellers FATHER, neither knoweth any at Jerusalem ; insomych as that man the FATHER, save the Son, field is called in their proper and he to whomsoever the Son tongue, Aceldama, that is to i will reveal him. Come unto say, The field of blood. For me all ye that labour and are it is written in the book of heavy laden, and I will give Psalms, Let his habitation be you rest. Take my yoke upon desolate, and let no man dwell you, and learn of me; for I am therein : and his bishopric let meek and lowly in heart: and another take. Wherefore of ye shall find rest unto your these men, which have compa- souls. For my yoke is easy, nied with us all the time that and my burthen is light.
THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE | favoured, the LORD is with thee; BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. blessed art thou among women.
And when she saw him, she The Collect.
was troubled at his saying, and WE beseech thee, O LORD, cast in her mind what manner pour thy grace into our hearts; of salutation this should be. that as we have known the And the angel said unto her, incarnation of thy Son Jesus Fear not, Mary; for thou hast Chris'r by the message of an found favour with God. And angel; so by his cross and behold thou shalt conceive in passion we may be brought thy womb, and bring forth a unto the glory of his resurrec son, and shalt call his name tion, through the same Jesus Jesus. He shall be great, and Christ our Lord. Amen. shall be called the Son of the
Highest; and the LORD God For the Epistle. Isa. vii. 10. shall give unto him the throne
of his father David. And he MOREOVER, the LORD shall reign over the house of spake again unto Ahaz, saying, Jacob for ever: and of his Ask thee a sign of the LORD kingdom there shall be no end. thy God; ask it either in the Then said Mary unto the angel, depth, or in the height above. How shall this be. seeing I But Ahaz said, I will not ask, know not a man ? And the neither will I tempt the LORD. Langel answered and said unto And he said, Hear ye now, O
her, The Holy Ghost shall house of David ; Is it a small come upon thee, and the power thing for you to weary men, l of the Highest shall overshadow but will ye weary my God also?l thee: therefore also that holy Therefore the Lord himself |
thing which shall be born of shall give you a sign : Behold, thee
thee, shall be called the Son of a virgin shall conceive, and God. And behold, thy cousin bear à son, and shall call his Elisabeth, she hath also conname Immanuel. Butter and ceived a son in her old age ; honey shall he eat, that he may and this is the sixth month with know to refuse the evil, and her. who was called barren. choose the good.
| For with God nothing shall be
impossible. And Mary said, The Gospel. St. Luke i. 26.
Behold the handmaid of the AND in the sixth month, the LORD; ke it unto me according angel Gabriel was sent from to thy word. And the angel God unto a city of Galilee, departed from her. named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of
ST. MARK's Day. David; and the virgin's name
The Collect. was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, O ALMIGHTY God, who Hail, thou that art highly hast instructed thy holy Church
with the heavenly doctrine of plieth, according to the effectual thy evangelist Saint Mark ; working in the measure of give us grace, that being not every part, maketh increase of like children carried away with the body, unto the edifying of every blast of vain doctrine, itself in love. we may be established in the truth of thy holy Gospel, through
The Gospel. St. John xv. 1. Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.. I AM the true vine, and my
Father is the husbandman. The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. Every branch in me that beareth
UNTO every one of us is not fruit, he taketh away; and given grace, according to the every branch that beareth fruit, measure of the gift of CHRIST. he purgeth it, that it may bring Wherefore he saith, When he forth more fruit. Now ye are ascended up' on high, he led clean through the word which captivity captive, and gave I have spoken unto you. Abide gifts unto men. (Now that he in me, and I in you. As the ascended, what is it but that branch cannot bear fruit of he also descended first into the itself, except it abide in the lower parts of the earth ? He vine; no more can ye, except that descended is the same also ye abide in me. I am the vine, that ascended up far above all ye are the branches. He that heavens, that he might fill all abideth in me, and I in him, things.) And he gave some the same bringeth forth much apostles, and some prophets, fruit: for without me ye can and some evangelists, and some do nothing. If a man abide pastors and teachers; for the not in me, he is cast forth as a perfecting of the saints, for the branch, and is withered; and work of the ministry, for the men gather them, and cast them edifying of the body of CHRIST; | into the fire, and they are till we all come in the unity of burned. If ye . abide in me, the faith, and of the knowledge and my words abide in you, ye of the Son of God, unto a shall ask what ye will, and it perfect man, unto the measure shall be done unto you. Herein of the stature of the fulness of is my Father glorified, that ye CHRIST: that we henceforth be bear much fruit; so shall ye be no more children, tossed to and my disciples. As the Father fro, and carried about with hath loved me, so have I loved every wind of doctrine, by the you : continue ye in my love. sleight of men, and cunning If ye keep my commandments, craftiness, whereby they lie in ye shall abide in my love; even wait to deceive ; but speaking as I have kept my Father's the truth in love, may grow up commandments, and abide in into him in all things, which is his love. These things have the head, even Christ : from I spoken unto you, that my whom the whole body fitly joy might remain in you, joined together, and compacted and that your joy might be by that which every joint sup-full.
SAINT PHILIP AND SAINT heat, but it withereth the grass, JAMES' DAY.
and the flower thereof falleth, The Collect.
and the grace of the fashion of
it perisheth: so also shall the O ALMIGHTY God, whom rich man fade away in his ways. truly to know is everlasting Blessed is the man that endureth life; grant us perfectly to know temptation ; for when he is thy Son JESUS CHRIST to be tried, he shall receive the crown the way, the truth, and the life; 1 of life, which the Lord hath that following the steps of thy promised to them that love him holy apostles, Saint Philip and Saint James, we may steadfastly
The Gospel. St. John xiv. 1. walk in the way that leadeth to AND Jesus said unto his eternal life, through the same disciples, Let not your heart be thy Son JESUS CHRIST our troubled: ye believe in God, Lord. Amen.
believe also in me. In my
|Father's house are many manThe Epistle. St. James i. 1. sions ; if it were not so, I would
JAMES, a servant of God, have told you. I go to prepare and of the Lord Jesus CHRIST, a place for you. And if I go to the twelve tribes which are and prepare a place for you, scattered abroad, greeting. My I will come again, and receive brethren, count it all joy when you unto myself; that where ye fall into divers temptations; I am, there ye may be also. knowing this, that the trying And whither I go, ye know, of your faith worketh patience. and the way ye know. Thomas But let patience have her saith unto him, LORD, we perfect work, that ye may be know not whither thou goest, perfect and entire, wanting and how can we know the nothing. If any of you lack way? Jesus saith unto him, wisdom, let him ask of God, I am the way, the truth, and that giveth to all men liberally, the life : no man cometh unto and upbraideth not; and it shall the Father but by me. If ye be given him. But let him ask had known me, ye should have in faith, nothing wavering: for known my Father also: and he that wavereth is like a wave from henceforth ye know him, of the sea, driven with the wind, and have seen him. Philip saith and tossed. For let not that unto him, LORD, show us the man think that he shall receive Father, and it sufficeth us. any thing of the LORD. A JESUS saith unto him, Have I double-minded man is unstable been so long time with you, in all his ways. Let the brother and yet hast thou not known of low degree rejoice in that he me, Philip ? He that hath seen is exalted, but the rich in that me, hath seen the Father ; he is made low ; because as and how sayest thou then, the flower of the grass he shall Show us the Father? Believest pass away. For the sun is no thou not that I am in the sooner risen with a burning Father, and the Father in