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ye shall find rest unto your souls. behold thou shalt conceive in thy For my yoke is easy, and my bur- womb, and bring forth a son, and then is light.
shalt call his name Jesus. He shall
be great, and shall be called the The Annunciation of the blessed Son of the Highest; and the Lord Virgin Mary.
God shall give unto him the throne The Collect.
of his father David. And he shall TE beseech thee, O Lord, pour reign over the house of Jacob for
thy grace into our hearts; ever; and of his kingdom there shall that as we have known the incar- be no end. Then said Mary unto nation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the angel, How shall this be, seeing the message of an angel ; so by I know not a man? And the angel his cross and passion we may be answered and said unto her, The brought unto the glory of his resur- Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, rection, through the same Jesus and the power of the Highest shall Christ our Lord. Amen.
overshadow thee: therefore also For the Epistle. Isa. vii. 10. that holy thing which shall be born TOREOVER, the Lord spake of thee, shall be called the Son of
again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask God. And behold, thy cousin Elithee a sign of the Lord thy God; sabeth, she hath also conceived a son ask it either in the depth, or in the in her old age; and this is the sixth height above. But Ahaz said, I month with her, who was called will not ask, neither will I tempt barren. For with God nothing shall the Lord. And he said, Hear ye be impossible. And Mary said, Benow, O house of David; Is it a hold the handmaid of the Lord; be small thing for you to weary men, it unto me according to thy word. but will ye weary my God also ? And the angel departed from her. Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign : Behold, a virgin St. Mark's Day. shall conceive, and bear a son, and
, who hast shall he
thy Church may know to refuse the evil, and with the heavenly doctrine of thy choose the good.
Evangelist Saint Mark; give us The Gospel. St. Luke i. 26. grace, that being not like children in
blast of angel Gabriel was sent from vain doctrine, we may be establishGod unto a city of Galilee, nameded in the truth of thy holy Gospel, Nazareth, to a Virgin espoused to through Jesus Christ our Lord. a man whose name was Joseph, of Amen. the house of David; and the Vir- The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. . the NTO
us is given angel came in unto her, and said, grace, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, sure of the gift of Christ. Wherethe Lord is with thee; Blessed art fore he saith, When he ascended thou among women. And when up on high, he led captivity captive, she saw him, she was troubled at and gave gifts unto men. (Now his saying, and cast in her mind that he ascended, what is it but that what manner of salutation this he also descended first into the should be. And the angel said un- lower parts of the earth ? He that to her, Fear not, Mary; for thou descended is the same also that ashast found favour with God. And cended up far above all heavens,
lie in wait to deceive; but speaking O truly to know is everlasting life;
108 ST. PHILIP AND SAINT JAMES'S DAY. that he might fill all things.) And Father glorified, that ye bear much he gave some apostles, and some fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. prophets, and some evangelists, and As the Father hath loved me, so some pastors and teachers; for the have I loved you: continue ye in perfecting of the saints, for the work my love. If ye keep my commandof the ministry, for the edifying of ments, ye shall abide in my love; the body of Christ; till we all come even as I have kept my Father's in the unity of the faith, and of the commandments, and abide in his knowledge of the Son of God, unto love. These things have I spoken a perfect man, unto the measure of unto you, that my joy might rethe stature of the fulness of Christ : main in you, and that your joy that we henceforth be no more might be full. children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doc- Saint Philip and Saint James's trine, by the sleight of men, and
Day. cunning craftiness, whereby they
The Collect. the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, grant us perfectly to know thy Son even Christ: From whom the Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, whole body fitly joined together, and the life; that following the steps and compacted by that which every of thy holy Apostles, Saint Philip joint supplieth, according to the and Saint James, we may steadfasteffectual working in the measure ly walk in the way that leadeth to of every part, maketh increase of eternal life, through the same thy the body, unto the edifying of itself Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. in love.
The Epistle. St. James i. 1. .
, AM the true vine, and my Fa- of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the
ther is the husbandman. Every twelve tribes which are scattered branch in me that beareth not fruit, abroad, greeting. My brethren, he taketh away; and every branch count it all joy, when ye fall into that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, divers temptations; knowing this, that it may bring forth more fruit. that the trying of your faith worketh Now ye are clean through the patience. But let patience have word which I have spoken unto her perfect work, that ye may be you. Abide in me, and I in you. perfect and entire, wanting nothing. As the branch cannot bear fruit of If any of you lack wisdom, let him itself, except it abide in the vine; ask of God, that giveth to all men no more can ye, except ye abide in liberally, and upbraideth not; and me. I am the vine, ye are the it shall be given him. But let him branches. He that abideth in me, ask in faith, nothing wavering: for and I in him, the same bringeth he that wavereth is like a wave of forth much fruit: for without me ye the sea, driven with the wind, and can do nothing. If a man abide not tossed. For let not that man think in me, he is cast forth as a branch, that he shall receive any thing of the and is withered; and men gather Lord. A double-minded man is unthem, and cast them into the fire, stable in all his ways. Let the broand they are burned. If ye abide in ther of low degree rejoice in that he me, and my words abide in you, ye is exalted, but the rich in that he is shall ask what ye will, and it shall made low; because as the flower of be done unto you. Herein is my the grass he shall pass away. For
the sun is no sooner risen with a so; and greater works than these burning heat, but it withereth the shall he do; because I go unto my grass, and the flower thereof fall- Father. And whatsoever ye shall eth, and the grace of the fashion of ask in my name, that will I do, that it perisheth: so also shall the rich the Father may be glorified in the man fade away in his ways. Bless- Son. If ye shall ask any thing in ed is the man that endureth tempta- my name, I will do it. tion; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the
Saint Barnabas the Apostle. Lord hath promised to them that
The Collect. love him.
LORD Almighty, who The Gospel. St. John xiv. 1.
didst endue thy holy Apostle A De ND Jesus said unto his disci-Barnabas with singular gifts of the
, Let not your heart be Holy Ghost; leave us not, we betroubled : ye believe in God, beseech thee, destitute of thy manifold lieve also in me. In my Father's gifts, nor yet of grace to use them house are many mansions; ifit were alway to thy honour and glory, not so, I would have told you. I through Jesus Christ our Lord. go to prepare a place for you. And Amen. if I go and prepare a place for you,
For the Epistle. Acts xi. 22. I will come again, and receive
NIDINGS of these things came
ye may be also. And whither I go, which was in Jerusalem: and they ye know, and the way ye know. sent forth Barnabas, that he should Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we go as far as Antioch: who, when know not whither thou goest, and he came, and had the how can we know the way? Jesus God, was glad; and exhorted them saith unto him, I am the way, the all, that with purpose of heart they truth and the life: no man cometh would cleave unto the Lord. For unto the Father but by me. If ye he was a good man, and full of the bad known me, ye should have Holy Ghost, and of faith: and much known my Father also: and from people was added unto the Lord. henceforth
ye know him, and have Then departed Barnabasto Tarsus seen him. Philip saith unto him, for to seek Saul: And when he Lord, show us the Father, and it had found him, he brought him unto sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Antioch. And it came to pass, that Have I been so long time with you, a whole year they assembled themand yet hast thou not known me, selves with the Church, and taught Philip? He that hath seen me, much people: and the disciples hath seen the Father; and how were called Christians first in Ansayest thou then, Show us the Fa- tioch. And in these days came ther? Believest thou not that I am prophets from Jerusalem unto Anin the Father, and the Fatherin me? tioch. And there stood up one of The words that I speak unto you, them, named Agabus, and signified I speak not of myself; but the Fa- by the Spirit, that there should be ther that dwelleth in me, he doeth great dearth throughout all the the works. Believe me, that I am world: which came to pass in the m the Father, and the Father in days of Claudius Cæsar. Then the me; or else believe me for the very disciples, every man according to works' sake. Verily, verily, I say his ability, determined to send reunto you, He that believeth on me, lief unto the brethren which dwelt the works that I do shall he do al- in Judea. Which also they did, and
sent it to the elders by the hands of exalted, and every mountain and Barnabas and Saul.
bill shall be made low: and the The Gospel. St. John xv. 12. crooked shall be made straight, TH THIS is my commandment, and the rough places plain. And
love one another, as the glory of the Lord shall be reI have loved you. Greater love vealed, and all flesh shall see it tohath no man than this, that a man gether; for the mouth of the Lord lay down his life for his friends. hath spoken it. The voice said, Ye are my friends, if ye do what-Cry. And he said, What shall Í soever I command you. Hence- cry? All flesh is grass, and all the forth I call you not servants; for goodliness thereof is as the flower the servant knoweth not what his of the field. The grass withereth, lord doeth: but I have called you the flower fadeth, because the Spifriends; for all things that I have rit of the Lord bloweth upon it: heard of my Father, I have made surely the people is grass. The known unto you.
Ye have not grass withereth, the flower fadeth; chosen me, but I have chosen you, but the word of our God shall stand and ordained
should for ever. O Zion, that bringest go and bring forth fruit, and that good tidings, get thee up into the your fruit should remain : that high mountain: o Jerusalem, that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Fa- bringest good tidings, lift up thy ther in my name, he may give it voice with strength; lift it up, be you.
not afraid ; say unto the cities of
Judah, Behold your God. BeSaint John Baptist's Day. hold, the Lord God will come The Collect.
with strong hand, and his arm LMIGHTY God, by whose shall rule for him behold his re
providence thy servant John ward is with him, and his work Baptist was wonderfully born, and before him. He shall feed his sent to prepare the way of thy Son flock like a shepherd; he shall our Saviour, by preaching repent- gather the lambs with his arm, ance; make us so to follow his and carry them in his bosom, and doctrine and holy life, that we may shall gently lead those that are truly repent according to his preach- with young ing; and after his example constant- The Gospel. St. Luke i. 57. bicepeakd patiently suffer for the Ethat she should be delivered truth's sake, through Jesus Christ and she brought forth a son. And our Lord. Amen.
her neighbours and her cousins For the Epistle. Isa. xl. 1. heard how the Lord had showed YOMFORT ye,
ye my people, saith your God. rejoiced with her. And it came to Speak ye comfortably to Jerusa-pass, that on the eighth day they lem, and cry unto her, that her came to circumcise the child; and warfare is accomplished, that her they called him Zacharias, after iniquity is pardoned: for she hath the name of his father. And his received of the Lord's hand double mother answered and said, Not so; for all her sins. The voice of him but he shall be called John. And that crieth in the wilderness, Pre- they said unto her, There is none pare ye the way of the Lord, make of thy kindred that is called by this straight in the desert a highway for name. And they made signs to our God. Every valley shall be his father, how he would have
switch the Holy
Ghost, and prophe. A BOUT that time, Herod the
him called. And he asked for a Saint Peter's Day. writing table, and wrote, saying,
The Collect. His name is. Johna and they O ALMIGHTY God, who by was opened immediately, and his give to thy Apostle Saint Peter tongue loosed, and he spake, and many excellent gifts, and compraised God. And fear came on mandedst him earnestly to feed thy all that dwelt round about them: flock; make, we beseech thee, all and all these sayings were noised Bishops and Pastors diligently to abroad throughout all the hill coun-preach thy holy Word, and the try of Judea. And all they that people obediently to follow the had heard them laid them up in same, that they may receive the their hearts, saying, What manner crown of everlasting glory, through of child shall this be? And the hand Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. of the Lord was with him. And For the Epistle. Acts xii. 1. his father Zacharias was filled
king stretched forth his hands sied, saying, Blessed be the Lord to vex certain of the Church. And God of Israel ; for he hath visited he killed James the brother of John and redeemed his people, and hath with the sword. And because he raised up an horn of salvation for saw it pleased the Jews, he prous, in the house of his servant Da- ceeded further to take Peter also. vid; as he spake by the mouth of|(Then were the days of unleavened his holy prophets, which have been bread.) And when he had appresince the world began : that we hended him, he put him in prison, should be saved from our enemies, and delivered him to four quaterand from the hand of all that hate nions of soldiers, to keep him ; inus: To perform the mercy promis-tending after Easter to bring him ed to our fathers, and to remem-forth to the people. Peter thereber his holy covenant : the oath fore was kept in prison; but prayer which he sware to our father Abra- was made without ceasing of the ham, that he would grant unto us, Church unto God for him. And that we, being delivered out of the when Herod would have brought hands of our enemies, might serve him forth, the same night Peter him without fear, in holiness and was sleeping between two soldiers, righteousness before him, all the bound with two chains; and the days of our life. And thou, child, keepers before the door kept the shalt be called the prophet of the prison. And behold, the angel of Highest : for thou shalt go before the Lord came upon him, and a the face of the Lord, to prepare his light shined in the prison : and he ways; to give knowledge of sal-smote Peter on the site, and raised vation unto his people by the re- him up, saying, Arise up quickly. mission of their sins, through the And his chains fell off from his tender mercy of our God; where-hands. And the angel said unto by the Day-spring from on high him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy hath visited us, to give light to them sandals : and so he did. And he that sit in darkness, and in the saith unto him, Cast thy garment shadow of death, to guide our feet about thee, and follow me. And into the way of peace. And the he went out, and followed him ; child grew, and waxed strong in and wist not that it was true spirit; and was in the deserts till which was done by the angel; but the day of his showing unto Israel. thought he saw a vision. When