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The Gofpel. St John xx. 24.

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Homas one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jefus came. The other difciples therefore faid unto him, We have feen the Lord. But he faid unto them, Except I fhall fee in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thruft my hand into his fide, I will not believe. And after eight days again his difciples were within, and Thomas with them: Then came Jefus, the doors being fhut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then faith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my fide, and be not faithlefs, but believing. And Thomas anfwered and faid unto him, My Lord, and my God, Jefus faith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou haft believed; bleffed are they that have not feen, and yet have believed. And many other figns truly did Jefus in the prefence of his difciples, which are not written in this book, But thefe are written that ye might believe that Jefus is the Chrift, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life through his Name.

The Converfion of Saint Paul.
The Collect.

the bleffed Saint Paul, haft caufed the light of the Gospel to fhine throughout the world: Grant, we beseech thee, that we having his wonderful converfion in remembrance, may fhew forth our thankfulness unto thee for the fame, by following the holy doctrine which he taught, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PARAPHRASE.

On the COLLECT for the Converfion of Saint Paul.

O God, who, by the preaching of Saint Paul, didft make the light of the glorious gospel of Chrift to fhine through the world; (Cor. iv. 4.) grant that we being mindful of his miraculous converfion, may fhew our

For the Epiftle. Acts ix. 1.

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ND Saul yet breathing out threatenings and flaughter against the difciples of the Lord, went unto the high prieft, and defired of him letters to Damafcus to the Synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerufalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damafcus: and fuddenly there fhined round about him a light from heaven. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice, faying unto him, Saul, Saul, why perfecuteft thou me? And he faid, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord faid, I am Jefus whom thou perfecuteft: It is hard for thee to kick againft the pricks. And he trembling and aftonished, faid, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord faid unto him, Arife, and go into the city, and it fhall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him, ftood fpeechlefs, hearing, a voice, but feeing no man: And Saul arofe from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damafcus. And he was three days without fight, and neither did eat nor drink. And there was a certain difciple at Damafcus named Ananias, and to him faid the Lord in a vifion, Ananias. And he faid, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord faid unto him, Arife, and go into the street, which is call Straight, and enquire in the houfe of Judas, for one called Saul of Tarfus: for behold, he prayeth; and hath feen in a vision a man named Ananias, coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his fight. Then Ananias anfwered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy faints at Jerufalem: and here he hath authority from the chief prieft, to bind all that call on thy Name. But the Lord faid unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chofen veffel unto me, to bear my Name before the Gentiles, and

PARA PHRASE.

gratitude to the for the great benefits received from his labours, by adEeing to the doctrine watch he has taught us in his writings; which we Fy for the fake or Jetus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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kings, and the children of Ifrael. For I will fhew him how And Anagreat things he must fuffer for my Name's fake. nias went his way, and entered into the houfe; and putting his hands on him, faid, Brother Saul, the Lord (even Jefus that appeared unto thee in the way as thou cameft) hath fent me, that thou mighteft receive thy fight, and be filled with the Holy Ghoft. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales; and he received fight forthwith, and arofe, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he was ftrengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the difciples which were at Damafcus. And ftraightway he preached Chrift in the Synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed, and faid, Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this Name in Jerufalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? But Saul increased the more in ftrength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damafcus, proving that this is very Christ.

The Gofpel. St Matth. xix. 27.

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Eter answered and faid unto Jefus, Behold, we have forfaken all, and followed thee, what fhall we have therefore? And Jefus faid unto them, Verily I fay unto you, that ye which have followed me in the regeneration, when the Son of man fhall fit in the throne of his glory, ye also hall fit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Ifrael. And every one that hath forfaken houfes, or brethren, or filters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my Names fake, fhall receive an hundred-fold, and fhall inherit everlasting life. but many that are first shall be laft, and the laft fhall be first.

The Prefentation of Chrift in the Temple, commonly called, The Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin.

The Collect.

Lmighty and everliving God, we humbly befeech thy
Majefty, that as thy only begotten Son was this day

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prefented in the temple in fubftance of our flesh; fo we may be prefented unto thee with pure and clean hearts, by the fame thy Son Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

For the Epiftle. Mal. iii. 1.

Ehold, I will fend my meffenger, and he fhall prepare the way before me and the Lord whom ye feek, fhall fuddenly come to his temple; even the meffenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in; behold, he fhall come, faith the Lord of hofts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who fhall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiners fire, and like fullers fope. And he fhall fit as a refiner and purifier of filver; and he fhall purify the fons of Levi, and purge them as gold and filver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteoufnefs. Then shall the offerings of Judah and Jerufalem be pleafant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years. And I will come near to you to judgment, and I will be a fwift witness against the forcerers, and against the adulterers, and againft falfe fwearers, and against thofe that opprefs the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherlefs, and that turn afide the stranger from his right, and fear not me faith the Lord of hofts.

The Gospel. St Luke 2. 22.

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him to Jerufalem, to prefent 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 facrifice, ac

PARA PHRA S E.

On the COLLECT for the Prefentation of Chrift.

O almighty and everlasting God, we thy creatures do befeech thy infinite Majefty, that as thy eternal Son, having condefcended to take upon him our nature, was, according to the Mofaical inftitution, prefented in the temple, in like manner the fame Jefus, our bleffed Mediator, being now in heaven, may prefent us with pure and clean hearts to God the Father; and this we beg for the fake of the fame Jefus Christ our Lord

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cording to that which is faid in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtle-doves, or two young pigeons. And behold, there was a man in Jerufalem, whofe name was Simeon; and the fame man was juft and devout, waiting for the confolation of Ifrael and the holy Ghoft was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghoft, that he fhould not fee death before he had feen the Lords Chrift. And he came by the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jefus, to do for him after the custom of the law, then took he him up in his arms, and bleffed God, and faid, Lord, now letteft thou thy fervant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have feen thy falvation; which thou haft prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Ifrael. And Jofeph and his mother marvelled at thofe things which were fpoken of him. And Simeon bleffed them, and faid unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is fet for the fall and rifing again of many in Ifrael; and for a fign which shall be fpoken against, (Yea, a fword fhall pierce through thy own foul alfo) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And there was one Anna a prophetefs, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Afer; fhe was of a great age, and had lived with an hufband feven years from her virginity. And fhe was a widow of about fourfcore and four years; which departed not from the temple, but ferved God with faftings and prayers night and day. And fhe coming in that inftant, gave thanks likewife unto the Lord, and fpake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerufalem. 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 ftrong in fpirit, filled with wifdom; and the grace of God was upon him.

Saint Matthias's Day.

The Collect.

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