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fore unto Cæsar the things which knowledge of God; strengthened
The Gospel. St. Matt. ix. 18. Lord, we beseech thee, ab- WHILE Jesus spake these things unto John's disciples, solve thy people from their 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 Jevenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sus arose, and followed him, and sake, our blessed Lord and Sa- so did his disciples. (And behold, viour. Amen.ha a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve
The Epistle. Colos. i. 3. WE give thanks to God, and the years, came behind him, and Father of our Lord Jesus touched the hem 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 garment, Christ Jesus, and of the love shall be whole. But Jesus turned which ye have to all the saints; him 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 bath made thee 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 scorn. But when the peoof Christ; who also declared unto ple were put forth, he went in, 4 us your love in the spirit. For and took her by the hand, and And the fame this cause we also, since the day the maid arose. hereof went abroad into all that we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might land.
be filled with the knowledge of The twenty-fifth Sunday after his will in all wisdom and spiritu
al understanding that ye might
worthy of the Lord unto all STIR up, we beseech thee, O pleasing, being fruitful in every Lord, the wills of thy faithful good work, and increasing in the people; that they plenteously
For the Epistle. Jer. xxiii. 5. BEHOLD, the days come, saith
bringing forth the fruit of good sat down, in number about five 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 dis ciples, and the disciples to them 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 his 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 twelve baskets with the frag name whereby he shall be called, ments of the five barley-loaves, THE LORD OUR RIGHTE-which remained over and above OUSNESS. Therefore, behold, unto them that had eaten. Theat the days come, saith the Lord, those men, 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, If there be any more Sundays before who brought up, and who led the Advent-Sunday, the service of some of seed of the house of Israel out of the Epiphany, shall be taken in to sup those Sundays that were omitted after the 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 them; and they shall dwell in omitted: Provided that this last Collect, their own land. Epistle, and Gospel, shall always beusca upon the Sunday next before Advents
The Gospel. St. John, vi. 5. WHEN Jesus then lift up his
Saint Andrew's Day."
eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith ALMIGHTY God, who didst unto Philip, Whence shall we give such grace unto thy 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 forthwith give that every one of them may take up ourselves obediently to fulfil 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 Amen.
here, who hath five barley-loaves, The Epistle. Pom. A. dec and two small fishes; but what 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
Saint Thomas the Apostle.
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 men. 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 hear without a preacher? And 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 hath 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 Ho 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 that are no people, and by a fellow-citizens with the saints, foolish nation I will anger you. and of the household of God; But Esaias very bold, and saith, and are built upon the foundawas found of them that sought tion of the Apostles and Prophets, me not; I was made manifest Jesus Christ himself being the unto them that asked not after chief corner-stone; in whom all me. But to Israel he saith, All the building, fitly framed toge day long have I stretched forth ther, groweth unto an holy tem my hands unto a disobedient and ple in the Lord: in whom ye also gainsaying people. are builded together for an habitation of God, through the Spirit. The Gospel. St. John, xx. 24.
The Gosple. St. Matt. iv. 18. JESUS walking by the sea of
Galilee, saw two brethren, Si-THOMAS, one of the twelve,
mon, called Peter, and Andrew]
called Didymus, was not with
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 I 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. 55. my hands into his side, I will not STEPHEN, being full of the believe. And after eight days, Holy Ghost, looked up stead again his disciples were within, fastly into heaven, and saw the and Thomas with them: Then glory of God, and Jesus standing came Jesus, the doors being shut, on the right hand of God; and and stood in the midst, and said, said, Behold, I see the heavens Peace be unto you. Then said he opened, and the Son of man standto Thomas, Reach hither thy fin- ing on the right hand of God. ger, and behold my hands; and Then they cried out with a loud reach hither thy hand, and thrust voice, and stopped their ears, and it into my side; and be not faith-ran upon him with one accord, less, but believing. And Thomas and cast him out of the city, and answered and said unto him, My stoned him: and the witnesses Lord, and my 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 upon God, and saying, Lord Je seen, and yet have believed. And sus, receive my spirit. And he many other signs truly did Jesus kneeled down, and cried with a in the presence of his disciples, loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin which are not written in this to their charge. And when he book. But these are written, had said this, he fell asleep. that ye might believe
is the Christ, the S at Jesus The Gospel. St. Matt. xxiii. 34. and that believing, ye might have BEHOLD, I send unto phets, and wise men, and life through his name. scribes; and some shall kill and crucify;
Saint Stephen's Day.
of and some
of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them GRANT, O Lord, that in all our from city to city; that upon yöu sufferings here upon earth, may 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 en, and by faith behold the glory blood of Zacharias, son of Barathat shall be revealed; and being chias, whom ye slew between the filled with the Holy Ghost, may temple and the altar. Verily I learn to love and bless our perse-say unto you, A All these things cutors, by the example of thy first shall come upon this generation. martyr Saint Stephen, pray- O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou Ied for his murderers thee, O that killest the prophets, and blessed Jesus, who standest at stonest them which are sent unto
thee; how often would I have and do not the truth: But if we
Saint John the Evangelist's Day.
his word is not in us.
MERCIFUL Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams The Gospel. St. John, 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, which we have looked up- went this saying abroad among on, and our hands have handled the brethren, that that disciple of the word of life; (for the life should not dies 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, declare 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 be 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 him is no darkness at all.. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie,
The Innocents Day.