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Saint Mark's Day. plieth, according to the effectual The Collect. working in the measure of every Almighty God, who hast in- part, maketh increase of the body, nstructed thy holy Church unto the edifying of itself in love. with the heavenly doctrine of thy The Gospel. St. John, xv. 1. Evangelist Saint Mark; give us Am the true vine, and my Fagrace, that being not like children ther is the husbandman. Every carried away with every blast of branch in me that beareth not vain doctrine, we may be esta- fruit, he taketh away; and every blished in the truth of thy holy branch that beareth fruit, he Gospel, through Jesus Christ our purgeth it, that it may bring forth Lord. Amen. more fruit. Now ye are clean The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. through the word which I have UNTO every one of us is given spoken unto you. Abide in me, grace, according to the mea- and I in you. As the branch cansure of the gift of Christ. Where-not bear fruit of itself, except it fore he saith, When he ascended abide in the vine; no more can up on high, he led captivity cap-ye, except ye abide in me. I am tive, and gave gifts unto men. the vine, ye are the branches. (Now that he ascended, what is He that abideth in me, and I in it but that he also descended first him, the same bringeth forth much into the lower parts of the earth? fruit for without me ye can do He that descended is the same nothing. If a man abide not in also that ascended up far above me, he is cast forth as a branch, all heavens, that he might fill all and is withered; and men gather things.) And he gave some apos-them, and cast them into the fire, tles, and some prophets, and some and they are burned. If ye abide evangelists, and some pastors and in me, and my words abide in teachers; for the perfecting of the you, ye shall ask what ye will, saints, for the work of the minis-and it shall be done unto you. try, for the edifying of the body Herein is my Father glorified, of Christ; till we all come in the that ye bear much fruit; so shall unity of the faith, and of the know- ye be my disciples. As the Faledge of the Son of God. unto a ther hath loved me, so have I perfect man, unto the measure loved you: continue ye in my of the stature of the fulness of love. If ye keep my commandChrist: that we henceforth be no ments, ye shall abide in my love; more children, tossed to and fro, even as I have kept my Father's and carried about with every wind commandments, and abide in his of doctrine, by the sleight of men, love. These things have I spoken and cunning craftiness, whereby unto you, that my joy might rethey lie in wait to deceive; but main in you, and that your joy speaking the truth in love, may might be full. grow up into him in all things,
which is the head, even Christ: Saint Philip and Saint James's Day.
From whom the whole body fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint sup
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life;
Highest for thou shalt go before made without ceasing of the
Saint Peter's Day.
For the Epistle. Acts, xii. 1. ABOUT that time, Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the Church. hand of Herod, and from all the And he killed James the brother expectation of the people of the of John with the sword. And Jews.
because he saw it pleased the The Gospel. St. Matt. xvi. 13. Jews, he proceeded further Wo Jesus came into the take Peter also. (Then were the coasts of Cæsarea Philippi, days of unleavened bread.) And he asked his disciples, saying, when he had apprehended him. Whom do men say that 1, the he put him in prison, and deliver- Son of man, am? And they said, ed him to four quarternions of Some say that thou art John the soldiers, to keep him; intending Baptist; some, Elias; and others, after Easter to bring him forth to Jeremias, or one of the prophets. the people. Peter therefore was He saith unto them, But whom kept in prison; but prayer was say ye that I am? And Simon