Page images
PDF
EPUB

liigs hast ordained strength, and night, and departed into Egypt; madest infants to glorify thee by and was there nntil the death of their deaths; mortity and kill all Herod: that it might be fulfilled vices in us, and so strengthen us which was spoken of the Lord by by thy grace, that by the inno- the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt cency of our lives, and constan- have I called my Son. Then Hecy of our taith even unto death, rod, when he saw that he was we may glorify thy holy name, mocked of the wise men, was exthrough Jesus Christ our Lord. ceeding wroth, and sent forth, and .min.

slew all the children that were. For the Episte. Rev. xiv. 1. in Bethlehem, and in all the I Looked, and lo, a Lamb, stood coasts thereof, from two years

on the mount Sion, and with old and under, according to the him an hundred forty and four time which he had diligently in thousand, having his Father's quired of the wise men. T'her. name written in their forencads. was fulilled that which was spoAnd I heard a voice from heaven, kon by Jeremy the prophet, sayas the voice of many waters, ang ing, in Rama was there a voice ar the voice of a great thunder: heard, lamentation, and weeping, and I heard the voice of larpers and great mourning, Rachel harping with their harps : and weeping for her children, and hey sung as it were a new song would not be comforted, because before the throne, und before the they are not. four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song, but

The Conversioir of St. Paul. the hundred and forty and iour

The Collect. thousand, which were redeemed O God, who, through the preach. from the earth. These are they ing of the blessed Apostle Saint which were not defiled with wo- Panl, vast caused the light of the men, for they are'virgins: these Go-rel to shine throughout the are they which follow the Lamb world; grant, we beseech thee, whithersoever he goeth : these that we, having his wonderful were redeemed from among men, conversion in remembrance, may being the first-fruits into God, show forth our thankfulness unto and to the Lamb. And in their thee for the same, by following mouth was found no gnile ; for the holy doctrine which he they are without fault before the taught, through Jesus Christ our throne of God.

Lord. Amen. The Gospel. St. Matt. ü. 13. For the Epistle. Acts, is, 1,'. THE angel of the Lord appear- AND Saul, yet breathing; one

eth to Joseph in a dream, say threatenings and slaughter ing, Arise, and take the young against the disciples of the Lord, child and his mother, and tiee in- went into the High Priest, and to Egypt, and be thon there until desired of bim letters to DamasI bring thee word; for Ilerod will cus to the synagogues, that if he seek the young child to destroy found auy of this way, whether him. When he arose, he took the they were men or women, he young child and his mother byl might hring them bound unto.de

rusalem. And as he journeyed, sen vessel unto me, to bear my he came near Damascus: and name before the Gentiles, and suddenly there shined roundabout kings, and the children of Israel : him a light from heaven. And be For I will show him how great fell to the earth, and heard a voice things he must suffer for my saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why name's sake. And Ananias went persecutest thou me? And he his way, and entered into the said, who art thou, Lord? and house; and putting his hands on the Lord said, I am Jesus whom him, said, Brother Saul, the Lord thou persecutest : It is hard for (even Jesus, that appeared unto thee to kick against the pricks. thee in the way as thou camest) And he, trembling and astonish- hath sent me, that thou mightest ed, said, Lord, what wilt thou have receive thy sight, and be filled meito do? And the Lord said with the Holy Ghost. And imme. unto him, Arise, and go into the diately there fell from his eyes as city, and it shall be told thee what it had been scales; and he receivthou must do. And the men ed sight fortkwith, and aruse, and which journeyed with him stood was baptized. And when he had speechless, bearing a voice, but received meat, he was strengthenseeing no man. And Saul arose ed. Then was Saul certain days from the earth; and when his with the disciples which were at eyes were opened, he saw no Damascus. And straightway he man: but they led him by the preached Christ in the synahand, and brought him into Da- gogues, that he is the Son of God. mascus. And he was three days But all that heard him were without sight, and neither did eat amazed, and said, Is not this he nordrink. And there was a certain that destroyed thein which calldiscipleat Damascus, named Ana-ed on this name in Jerusalem, nias, and to him said the Lord in and came hither for that intent, a vision, Ananias : And he said, that he might bring them bound Behold, I am here, Lord. And unto the chief priests ? But Saul the Lord said unto him, Arise, increased the more in strength, and go into the street which is and confounded the Jews which called Straight, and inquire in the dwelt at Damascus, proving that house of Judas for one called Saul, this is very Christ. of Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth, The Gospel. St. Matt. xix. 27. and hath seen in a vision a man PETER answered, and said unnamed Ananias, coming in, and to Jesus, Behold, we have forputting his hand on him, at he saken all, and followed thee; might receive his sight. Then what shall we have therefore ? Ananias answered, Lord, I have And Jesus said unto them, Verily heard by many of this man, how I say unto you, that ye which have much evil he bath done to thy followed me, in the regeneration, saints at Jerusalem : and here he when the Son of man shall sit in hath authority from the chief the throne of his glory, ye also priests to bind all that call on thy shall sit upon twelve thrones, name. But the Lord said unto judging the twelve tribes of Israel. bim, do thy way: for he is a cho-l'And every one that bath forsaken

[ocr errors]

13.1 THE PURIFICATION OF THE VIRGIN MARY. houses, or brethren, or sisters, orterers, and against false swearers, father, or mother, or wife, or chil- and against those that oppress dren, or lands, for my name's the hireling in his wages, the wi. sake, shall receive an hundred dow, and the fatherless, and that fold, and shall inherit everla-ting turn aside the stranger from his life. But many that are first shall right, and fear not me, saith the be last, and the last shall be first. Lord of hosts.

The Gospel. St. Luke, ii, 22. The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, commonly called. The A. when the days of her pu

ritication, according to the Purification of Saint Mary the law of Moses, were accomplished, l'irgin.

they brought him to Jerusalem, The Collect.

to present him to the Lord ; (as ALMIGHTY and everliving it is written in the law of the

God, we humbly beseech thy Lord, Every male that openeth Majesty, that as thy only begot- the wonib shall be called holy to ten Son was this day presented the Lord:) and to offer a sacrifice, in the Temple in substance of our according to that which is said in flesh ; so we may be presented the law of the Lord, A pair of unto thee with pure and clean turtle-doves, or two young pihearts, by the same thy Son Je-geons. And behold, there was a sus Christ our Lord. Amen. man in Jerusalem, whose name

For the Epistle. Mal. iii. 1. was Simeon; and the same man BEHOLD, I will send my mes- was just and devout, waiting for

senger, and he shall prepare the consolation of Israel: and the the way before me: and the Lord, Holy Ghost was upon him. And whom ye seek, shall suddenly it was revealed unto him by the come to his temple; even the Holy Ghost, that he should not messenger of the covenant, whom see death, before he had seen the ye delight in: behold, he shall Lord's Christ. And he came by come, saith the Lord of hosts. the Spirit into the temple; and But who may abide the day of when the parents brought in the his coming ? and who shall stand child Jesus, to do for him after the. when he appeareth ? for he is like custom of the law, then took be a refiner's fire, and like fuller's him up in his arms, and blessed soap. And he shall sit as a refiner God, and said, Lord, now lettest and purifier of silver: and he shall thou thy servant depart in peace, purify the sons of Levi, and purge according to thy word: For mine them as gold and silver, that they eyes have seen thy salvation; may offer unto the Lord an offer-lwhich thou hast prepared before ing in righteousness. Then shall the face of all people; a light to the offerings of Judal and Jeru- lighten the Gentiles, and the glory salem be pleasant unto the Lord, of thy people Israel. And Joseph as in the days of old, and as in and his mother marvelled at those former years. And I will come things which were spoken of him. near to you to judgment; and I And Simeon blessed them, and will be a swift witness against the said unio Mary his mother, Bezorcerers, and against the adul- hold, this child is set for the fall

one

and rising again of many in Israel; Ghost by the mouth of David and for a sign which shall be spo- spake before concerning Judas, ken against, (yea, a sword shall who was guide to them that took pierce through thy own soul also,) Jesus. For he was numbered with ibat the thoughts of many hearts us. and had obtained part of this may be revealed. And there was ministry. Now this man purchas

Anna, a propbetess, the ed a field with the reward of inidaughter of Phanuel, of the tribe quity; and falling headlong, he of Aser; she was of a great age, burst asunder in the midst, and all and had lived with an husband se-his bowels gushed out. And it was ven years from her virginity; and known to all the dwellers at Jeruzshe was a widow of about four salem ; insomuch as that field is score and four years, wbich de- called in their proper tongue, parted not from the temple, but Aceldana, that is to say, The field served God with fastings and of blood. For it is written in the prayers night and day. And she book of Psalms, Let his habitation coming in that instant, gave thanks be desolate, and let no man dwell likewise unto the Lord, and spake therein: and his Bishoprick let of him to all them that looked for another take. Wherefore of these redemption in Jerusalem. And men, which have companied with when they had performed all us all the time that the Lord Jethings according to the law of the sus went in and out among us, beLord, they returned into Galilee, ginning from the baptism of Jolin, to their own city Nazareth. And unto that same day that he was the child grew, and waxed strong taken up from us, must one be orin spirit, filled with wisdom; and dained to be a witness with us of the grace of God was upon him. his resurrection. And they ap. Saint Matthius's Day.

pointed two, Joseph called Barsa

bas, who was surnamed Justus, The Collect.

and Matthias. And they prayed, O Almighty God, who into the and said, Thou, Lord, which

place of the traitor Judas. knowest the hearts of all men, didst choose thy faithful servant show whether of these two thou Matthias, to be of the number of hast chosen; that he may take part the twelve Apostles; grant that of this ministry and apostleship, thy Church, being always preserv- from which Judas by transgresed from false Apostles, may be or- sion fell, that he might go to his dered and guided by faithful and own place. And they gave forth true pastors, through Jesus Christ their lots; and the lot fell upon our Lord. Amen.

Mattbias. And he was numbered For the Epistle. Acts, i. 15. with the eleven Apostles. IN those days Peter stood up in The Gospel. St. Matt. xi 65.

the midst of the disciples, and AT that time, Jesus answered, said, (the number of the names and said, I thank thee, O Fa. together were about an hundred ther, Lord of heaven and earth, and wenty ;) Men and brethren. because thou hast hid these things this Scripture inust needs have from the wise and prudent, and been" fulfilled, wbich the Holy Last revealed them unto babes

136 ANNUNCIATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. Even so, Father, for so it seemed The Gospel. St. Luke, i. 26. good in thy sight. All things are A

ND in the sixth month, the delivered unto me of my Father ;) Angel Gabriel was sent from and no man knoweth the Son but God unto a City of Galilee, named the Father; neither knoweth any Nazareth, to a Virgin espoused to man the Father, save the Son, a man whose name was Joseph, and he to whomsoever the Son of the house of David; and the will reveal him. Come unto me, Virgin's name was Mary. And all ye that labour and are heavy the angel came in unto her and laden, and I will give you rest. said, Hail, thou that art highly Take my yoke upon you, and favoured, the Lord is with thee; learn of me; for I am meek and blessed art thou among women. lowly in heart: and ye shall find And when she saw him, she was rest unto your souls. For my troubled at his saying, and cast yoke is easy, and my burthen is in her mind what manner of salight.

lutation this should be. And the

angel said unto her, Fear not, The Annunciation of the blessed Mary ; for thou hast found favour Virgin Mary.

with God. And behold, thou shalt The Collect.

conceive in thy womb, and bring WE beseech thee, O Lord, forth a son, and shalt call bis

pour thy grace into our name Jesus. He shall be great, hearts; that as we have known and shall be called the Son of the incarnation of thy Son Jesus the Highest; and the Lord God Christ by the message of an angel; shall give unto him the throne of so by his cross and passion we his father David. And he shall may be brought unto the glory reign over the house of Jacob for of his resurrection, through the ever; and of his kingdom there same Jesus Christ our Lord. shall be no end. Then said Mary Amen.

unto the angel, How shall this For the Epistle. Isa. vij. 10. be, seeing I know not a man? MOREOVER, the Lord spake And the angel answered and said

again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask unto her, The Holy Ghost shall thee a sign of the Lord ihy God; come upon thee, and the power ask it either in the depth, or in of the Highest shall overshadow the height above. But Ahaz said, thee: therefore also that holy I will not ask, neither will I tempt thing which shall be born of thee, the Lord. And he said, Hear ye shall be called the Son of God. now, O house of David: Is ii a And behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, small thing for you to weary men, she hath also conceived a son in hut will ye weary my God also her old age; and this is the sixth Therefore the Lord himself shall month with her, who was called give you a sign : Behold, a virgin barren. For with God nothing shall conceive, and bear a son, shall be impossible. And Mary and shall call his name Immanuel. said, Behold the handmaid'of Butter and honey shall he ext, the Lord; be it unto me accord. that he may know to refuse the ing to thy word. And the angel. evil, and choose the good.

departed from her.

« PreviousContinue »