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fore unto Cæsar the things which knowledge of God; strengthened are Cæsar's; and unto God the with all might, according to his things that are God's. When they glorious power, unto all patience had heard these words, they mar- and long-suffering, with joyfulvelled, and left him, and went ness; giving thanks unto the Fa

ther, who hath made us meet to The twenty-fourth Sunday after be partakers of the inheritance of Trinity.

the saints in light. The Collect.

The Gospel. St. Matt. ix. 18. O Lord, we beseech thee, ab- W CHILE Jesus spake these solve thy people from their

things unto John's disciples, offences; that, through thy boun. behold, there came a certain rutiful goodness, we may all be de- ler, and worshipped him, saying, livered from the bands of those My daughter is even now dead; sins which by our frailty we have but come and lay thy hand upon committed : Grant this, o hea-her, and she shall live. And Jen venly Father, for Jesus Christ's sus arose, and followed him, and sake, our blessed Lord and Sa- so did his disciples. (And behold, vióurAmen.

a woman, which was diseased The Epistle. Colos, i. 3.

with an issue of blood twelve WEgive thanks to God, and the years, came bebind him, and

Father of our Lord Jesus touched the bem of his garment : Christ, praying always for you, For she said within herself, if I since we heard of your faith in may but touch his garmeni, I Christ Jesus, and of the love shall be whole. But Jesus turned which ye have to all the saints ;thim about, and when he saw her, for the hope which is laid up for he said, Daughter, be of good you in heaven, whereof ye heard comfort, thy faith wath made ihee before in the word of the truth of whole. And the woman the Gospel; which is come unto made whole from that hour.) you, as it is in all the world, and And when Jesus came into the bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also ruler's house, and saw the minin you, since the day ye heard of strels and the people making a it

, and knew the grace of God in noise, he said unto them, Give truth. As ye also learned of Epa- place: for the maid is not dead, phras, our dear fellow-servant, but sleepeth. And they laughed who is for you a faithful minister him to scom. But when the peoof Christ; who also declared upto ple were put forth, he went in, 118. your love in the spirit. For and took her by the hand, and this cause we also, since the day the maid arose. And the fame we heard it

, do not cease to pray hereof went abroad into all that foryou, and to desire that ye might land. be álled with the knowledge of the twenty-fifth Sunday afler his will in all ivýsdom and spiritu

Trinity. al understanding, that ye might

The Collect. elke worthy of the Lord unto all STIR up, we beseech thee,

Lord, ihe wills of thy faithful - "good work, and increasing in the people; that they plenteously



bringing forth the fruit of good sat down, in number about fire works, may by thee be plenteous- thousand. And Jesus took the ly rewarded, through Jesus Christ loaves, and when lie had given our Lord. Amen.

thanks, he distributed to the disFor the Epistle. Jer. xxiii. 5. cipies, and the disciples to them BEHOLD, the days come, saith that were set down, and likewise

the Lord, that I will raise unto of the fishes, as much as they David a righteous branch; and a would. When they were filled, King shall reign and prosper, and he said unto his disciples, Gather shall execute judgment and jus- up the fragments that remain, tice in the earth. In bis days, that nothing be lost. Therefore Judah shall be saved, and Israel they gathered them together, and shall dwell safely: and this is his filled i welve baskets with the frage name whereby he shall be called, ments of the five barley-loaves; THE LORD OUR RIGHTE- which remained over and abore OUSNESS. Therefore, behold, unto them that had eaten. Then: the days come, saith the Lord, those inen, when they had seen that they shall no more say, The the miracle that Jesus did, said, Lord liveth, who brought up the This is of a truth that Prophet children of Israel out of the land that should come into the world. of Egypt; but, The Lord liveth, T If there be any more Sundays before who brought up, and who led the

Advent-Sunday, the service of sonic of seed of the house of Israel out of

those Sundays that were omitted after

the Epiphany, shall be taken in to supthe north country, and from all ply so many as are here wanting. And countries whither I had driven if there be fewer, the overplus may be

omitted: Provided that this last Collect, them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

Epistle, and Gospel, shall always beusce

upon the Sunday next before Adrent. , The Gospel. St. John, vi. 5. WHEN Jesus then lift up bis

Saint Andrew's Day. eyes, and saw a great com

The Collect. pany come unto him, he saitli ALMIGHTY God, who didst unto Philip, Whence shall we give such grace unto tlıy holy buy bread, that these may eat? Apostle Saint Andrew, that he (and this he said to prove him ; readily obeyed the calling of thy: for he himself knew what he Son Jesus Christ, and followed would do.) Philip answered him, him without delay; grant unto us Two hundred penny-worth of all, that we, being called by thy bread is not sufficient for them, holy word, may forth with give that every one of them may take up ourselves obediently to fulfill a little. One of his disciples, An- thy holy commandments

, through drew, Simon Peter's brother, the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, saith unto him, There is a lad Anen. bere, who hath five barley-loaves, The Epislle. Pom. .. 9. and two snjall fishes; but what TF thou shalt confess with thy are they among so many? And mouth the Lord Jesus, and Jesus said, Make the men sit shalt believe in thine heart that down. Now there was much God hath raised him from the grass in the place. So the men dead, thou shalt be saved. For

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with the heart man believeth unto his brother, casting a net into righteousness, and with the month the sea: (for they were fishers.) confession is made unto salvation. And he saith unto them, Follow For the Scripture saith, Whoso- me, and I will make you fishers ever believeth on him shall not of inen. And they straightway be ashamed. For there is no dif- left their nets, and followed him. ference between the Jew and the And going on from thence, he Greek: for the same Lord over saw other two brethren, James all, is rich unto all that call upon the son of Zebedee, and John his him. For whosoever shall call brother, in a ship with Zebedee upon the name of the Lord, shall their father, mending their nets ; be saved. How then shall they and he called them. And they call on him in whom they have immediately left the ship and not believed? and how shall they their father, and followed him. believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they

Saint Thomas the Apostle. hear without a preacher? And

The Coliect. how shall they preach, except ALMIGHTY and everliving they be sent? 'As it is written, God, who for the greater How beautiful are the feet of confirmation of the faith, didst them that preach the Gospel of suffer thy holy Apostle Thomas peace, and bring glad tidings of to be doubtful in thy Son's resur. good things! But they have not all rection; grant us so perfectly, obeyed the Gospel.' For Esaias and without all doubt, to believe saith, Lord, who bath believed our in thy Son Jesus Christ, that our report? So then, faith cometh faith in thy sight may never be by hearing, and hearing by the reproved : Hear us, o Lord, Word of God. But I say, Have through the same Jesus Christ; they not heard? Yes verily, their to whom, with thee and the Hoo sound went into all the earth, and ly Ghost, be all honour and glory, their words unto the ends of the now and for evermore. Amen. world. But I say, Did not Israel The Epistle. Ephes. ii. 19. know? First, Moses saith, I will NOW therefore ye are no more provoke you to jealousy by them strangers and foreigners, but

no people, and by a fellow-citizens with the saints, polish nation I will anger you, and of the household of God; But Esaias is very bold, and saith, and are built upon the foundaI was found of them that sought tion of the Apostles and Prophets, me not; I was made manifest Jesus Christ bimself being the into them that asked not after chief corner-stone; in whom all me. But to Israel he saith, All the building, fitly framed togelay long have I stretched forth ther, groweth unto an holy temmy hands unto a disobedient and ple in the Lord: in whom ye also gainsaying people.

are builded together for an habiThe Gosple. Št. Matt. iv. 18. tation of God, through the Spirit. JESUS walking by the sea of The Gospel. St. John, xx. 24.

Galilee, saw two brethren, Si-THOMAS; Pne of the twelve, pon, called Peter, and Andrew

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them when Jesus came. The the right hand of God, to succour other disciples therefore said un- all those who suffer for thee, our to him, We have seen the Lord. Only Mediator and Advocate. But he said unto them, Except 1 Amen. shall see in his hands the print of " Then shall follow the Collect of the Na the nails, and put my finger into tivity, which shall be said continually the print of the nails , and thrust For the Epistle. Acts

, vii. 56. my hands into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days,

STEPHEN, being full of the

Holy Ghost, looked up steadaguin his disciples were within, fastly into heaven, and saw the and Thomas with them: Then came Jesus, the doors being shut, on the right hand of God; and

glory of God, and Jesus standing and stood in the midst, and said, said, Behold, I see the heavens Peace be unto you. Then said he to Thomas, Reach bither thy fine opened, and the Son of man standger, and behold my hands; and Then they cried out with a loud reach hither thy band, and thrust voice, and stopped their ears, and it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas and cast him out of the city, and

ran upon him with one accord, answered and said unto him, My stoned him: and the witnesses Lord, and niy God. Jesus saith laid down their clothes at a young unto him, Thomas, because thou man's feet, whose name was Saul

. hast seen me, thou hast believed; And they stoned Stephen, calling blessed are they that have not ceen, and yet have believed. And upon Goà, and saying, Lord Jes many other signs truly de Jesus kneeled down, and cried with a

sus, receive my spirit. And be in the presence of his disciples, loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin which are not written

this book. But these are written, had said this, he fell asleep:

to their charge. And when he that ye might believe that Jesus

The Gospel.

St. Matt. xxiii. 34 is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing, ye might have BEHOLD, I send unto you pro

phets, and wise men, and life through his name.

scribes; and some of them ye Saint Stephen's Day.

shall kill and crucify; and some

of them shall ye scourge in your The Collect.

synagogues, and persecute them GRANT, O Lord, that in all our from

city to city; that upon you suikerings here upon earth, nay come all the righteous blood for the testimony of thy truth, we shed upon the earth, from the may steadfastly look up to hea-blood of righteous Abel, unto the ven, and by faith behold the glory blood of Zacharias, son of Barer that shall be revealed; and being chias, whom ye slew between the filled with the Holy Ghost, may temple and the altar. Verily! learn to love and bless our perse-say unto you, All these things cutors, by the example of thy first shall come upon this generation. martyr Saint Stephen, who pray- o Jerusalen), Jerusalem, thou ed for his murderers to thee, O that killest the prophets, and blessed Jesus, who standest allstonest them which are sent ubo

thee; how often would I have and do not the truth: But if we gathered thy children together, walk in the light, as he is in the even as a hen gathereth her chick- light, we have fellowship one with ensunder herwings, and ye would another, and the blood of Jesus not! Behold, your house is left Christ his Son cleanseth us from unto you desolate. For I say un-all sin. If we say that we have no to you, Ye shall not see me sin, we deceive ourselves, and henceforth, till ye shall say, Bless- the truth is not in us. If we coned is he that cometh in the fess our sins, he is faithful and name of the Lord.

just to forgive us our sins, and to

cleanse us from all uprighteous. Saint John the Erangelist's Day. ness. If we say that we have not The Collect.

sinned, we make him a liar, and MERCIFUL Lord, we beseech his word is not in us.

thee to cast thy bright beams The Gospel. St. Jolin, xxi. 19. of light upon thy Church, that it JESUS said unto Peter, Follow being instructed by the doctrine me. Then Peter turning about, of thy blessed Apostle and Evan- seeth the disciple whom Jesus gelist Saint John, may so walk in loved, following, (which also the light of thy truth, that it may leaned on his breast at supper, at length attain to everlasting life, and said, Lord, which is he that through Jesus Christ our Lord. betrayeth thee?) Peter seeing Amen.

him, saith to Jesus, Lord, and The Epistle. 1 John, i. 1.

what shall this man do? Jesus THAT which was from the be- saith unto him, If I will that he

ginning, which we have heard, tarry till I come, what is that to which we have seen with our thee? Follow thou me. Then eyes, wbich we have looked up went this saying abroad among on, and our bands have handled the brethren, that that disciple of the word of life ; (for the life should not die:yet Jesus said not was manifested, and we have seen unto him, He shall not die: but, it, and bear witness, and show If I will that he tarry till I unto you that eternal life which come, what is that to thee? This was with the Father, and was is the disciple which testifieth of manifested unto us ;) that which these things, and wrote these we have seen and heard, deciare things, and we know that his teswe unto you, that ye also may timony is true. And there are have fellowship with us; and truly also many other things which our fellowship is with the Father, Jesus did, the which, if they and with his Son Jesus Christ. should be written every one, I And these things write we unto suppose that even the world ityou, that your joy may lie full. self could not contain the books This then is the message which we that should be written. have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in

The Innocents Day. him is no darkness at all. If we

The Collect. many that we have fellowship with O Almighty God, who out of him, and walk in darkness, we lie,

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