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number of the cwelve apostles ; Grant that thy Church being alway preserved from falle A poftles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Epistle. Acts 1. 15.
and said, (The number of the names together were about an hundred and twenty) Men and brethren, this Scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, who was guide to them that took Jefus : for he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity, and falling headlong he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gulhed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerufalem, infomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be defolate, and lec no man dwell therein ; and his Bishoprick let another take. Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witress with us of his 'resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which kooweft the hearts of all men, Thew whether of these two thou hast chosen : that he
part of this ministry and
PA RA P H R AS E.
On the COLLECT for S. Matthias's Day O almighty God, who by thy divine power did direct the lot, whereby Matthias was elected one of the apostles, in the room of Judas Iscariot, who had forfeited it, by betraying his master; we humbly beseech thee, that thou wouldest, by thy good Providence, order that all false teachers be kept out of the church, that they may not mislead the faithful by false doctrine, but that it may be always under the care of worthy and orthodox minifters ; this we beg for the sake of our blessed Saviour Jesus Chrift. Amen.
apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots ; and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleyen Apostles.
The Gospel. St Matth. xi. 25,
Facher, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father : and no nian knoweth the Son but the Father ; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whom soever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me,
that labour and are heavy leaden, and I will give you reft. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for 'I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The Annunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary.
The Colle El.
hearts, that as we have known the Incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel ; so by his crofs and passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PARAPHRAS E. On the COLLECT for the Annunciation of the bleffea Virgin Mary.
O Lord, we humbly pray that thou wouldest be pleased to pour such a portion of grace into our hearts, that whereas thou hast thought proper to inake known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ, by sending an holy angel to the blessed Virgin, so we may yield such an obedience to thy commands, that we may, through the merits of his cross and passion, obtain that everlasting glory which his resurrection hath given us good grounds to hope for ; which we ardently pray for the sake of the fame Jesus Christ opr Lord. Amen.
For the Epiftle. Isaiah vii. 10.
. Oreover the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying,
Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I rempt the Lord. And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David, Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also ? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a lign, Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
The Gospel. St Luke i. 26.
God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man, whose name was Jofeph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that are highly favoured, the Lord is with thee ; blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary ; for thou hast found favour with God. And behold, thou Thalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and Inalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Higheft; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. And he ihall reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore allo that holy thing which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God. And behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
Saint Mark's Day.
with the heavenly doctrine of thy Evangelift Saint Mark ; Give us grace, that being not like children carried away with every blast of vain doctrine, we may be established in the truth of thy holy Gospel, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epiftle. Ephef. iv. 7. every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he faith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth ? He that descended is the same also that afcended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things) And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the laints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Chrift; that we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the fleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Chrift: From whom the whole body fidly joined together, and compacted
PA RA PHRASE.
On the COLLECT for St Mark's Day. O almighty God, who out of thy great mercy halt thought proper to enlighten thy church by those divine truths and doctrines contained in the gospel written by the evangelift St Mark, we beseech thee to grant us thy grace, that our belief of those sacred truths may be founded upon so firm a foundation, that we be not like children toffed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, (Ephef. iv. 14.) but that we may be eitablished in the present truth, (2 Pet. i: 12.) which is revealed unto us by the gospel; and this we pray for Jesus Christ his fake. Amen.
by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body, unto the edifying of itself in love.
The Gospel. St John xv. . Am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
away; and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may, bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, excepe it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is 'withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit ; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you ; concinue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love ; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
Saint Philip and Saint James's Day.
The Colle Ei. Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life ; Grant us perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Chriit
PA RA P H R AS E. Oribe COLLECT for St Pbilip and St Jarres's Day. Omnipotent Creator who being the only true God, it is eternal life to know thee, (John xvii. 3.) enable us by thy grace to acquire a perfea kaowledge of the admirable pattern which our blessed Lord haath left us in this world, and caule us always to acknowledge him to be the way, the