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which have been since the world began ; that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; the oath which he sware to our father Abraham, that he would grant unto us, that we, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, might serve tin without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life. And thou, Child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest ; for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; to give knowledge of falvation unto his people by the remission of their fins, through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the day{pring from on high hach visited us ; to give light to them that lit in darknels, and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit ; and was in the defarts till the day of his shewing unto Ifrael.

Saint Peter's Day.

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give to thy Apostle Saint Peter many excellent gitis, and commandest him earnestly to feed thy fock; Make, we beseech thee, all Bishops and Pastors, diligently to preach thy holy Word, and the people obediently to follow the same, that they may receive the crown of everlasting glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,

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PA R A P H R AS E.

On the COLLECT for St Peter's Day. O Almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ, didit impart to thy Apoile St Peter, many excellent and miraculous gifts to enable him to propagate the gospel, and didit give him a command, which, cho' directed to him in particular, is intended for the use of the ministers of the Gospel in general, to feed thy theep, (Joon xxi. 10.) we beseech thee, that thy good providence would fo order ii, that all bishops and all pastors of inferior dignity, may zealously preach thy holy word, and the people may with equal care practise what they shall Jeliver, and that both, at the refarrectioa, may receive a crown of glory, (i Peter iv.) which we pray for the sake of Jesus Chritt our Lord. Amen.

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For the Epiftle. Aets xii. 1.
BOUT that time Herod the king stretched forth his

hands to vex certain of the Church. And he killed Janes the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered hiin to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him, intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison; but prayer was made without ceasing of the Church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brough him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains; and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison; and he smote Peter on the side, and raised hini up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals : and so he did. And he faith unto him, Caft thy garment about thee, and follow

And he went out and followed him, and wift not chat it was true which was done by the angels but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city, which opened to them of his own accord, and they went out, and passed on through one ftreet, and forth with the angel departed from him. And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

The Gospel. St Matth. xvi. 13.
THEN Jesus came into the coasts of Cefarea Philippi,

he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men lay that I, the Son of man, am ? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist, some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am ? And Simon Peter answered and faid, Thou

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art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and faid unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I fay also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven : and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, fhall be loosed in heaven.

Saint James the Apostle.

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without delay was obedient unto the calling of thy Son Jesus Chrift, and followed him ; 'so we forsaking all worldly and carnal affections, may be evermore ready to follow thy holy commandments, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle. Acts xi. 27. and part of Chap. xii.
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And there stood up one of them, named Agabus, and fignified by the Spirit, that there should be great dearth throughout all the world; which came to pass in the days of Claudius Cesar. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brechren which dwelt in Judea. Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. Now about

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On the COLLECT for S: James' Day. O merciful God, we beleech thee to grant to us thy humble servants, that as St James left his thip and his father to follow our blefied Saviour, (Max. iv. 21.) when he was called to the apoftleship; so we being freed from all our carnal and corrupt affections, may with equal readiness follow the rule prescribed us by thy holy gospel: and this we beg for the sake of our blefredi Saviour Jesus Chrift. Amen.

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The Gospel. St Matth. xx. 20.

. WHEN came to him the mother of Zebedee's children, with her sons, worshipping him, and

desiring, a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wilt thou ? She faith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may fit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in chy kingdom. But Jesus antwered and said, Ye know not what ye alk. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are ablé. And he faith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with : but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is, prepared of my Father.

, And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brechren. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great, exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great aniong you, ; let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, ler hina be your servant : even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minifter, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Saint Bartholomew the Apostle.

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thine Apoitle Burcholomew grace truly to believe, and to preach thy word; Grant, we beseech thee, unto thy Church

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to love that word which he believed, and both to preach and receive the same, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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For the Epiftle. Als ù13.
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ders wrought among the people, (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multicudes both of men and women) Insomuch that they brought forth the fick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean fpirits, and they were healed every one.

The Gospel. St Luke xxii. 24.
ND there was also a strife among them, which of them

should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them, are called benefactors. But ye shall not be fo : but he that is greatele among you, let him be as the younger ; and he that is chief, as he chat doch serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth' at meat ? but I ani among you as he that servech. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I

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PA RA PHRASE. On the COLLECT for Saint Bartholomew the Apostle. Almighty and everlasting God, who didit impart such grace to the apoftle St Bartholomew, as to make him become a faithful believer of the word which our blessed Lord revealed to mankind, and afterwards a zealous preacher of the same; grant we beseech thee, thy grace 10 05, and all the members of the church, that we may ardently love that divine dodrine which he so readily embraced, that our clergy may faithfully preach the fame, and our people readily adopt it ; and this we beg før the fake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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