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saith, All day long have I stretched them when Jesus came. The other forth my hands unto a disobedient disciples therefore said unto him, and gainsaying people. We have seen the Lord. But he The Gospel. St. Matt. iv. 18. said unto them, Except I shall see ESUS, walking by the sea of in his hands the print of the nails, Galilee, saw two brethren, and put my finger into the print of Simon, called Peter, and Andrew the nails, and thrust my hand into his brother, casting a net into the his side, I will not believe. And sea: (for they were fishers.) And after eight days, again his discihe saith unto them, Follow me, and ples were within, and Thomas with I will make you fishers of men. them: Then came Jesus, the doors And they straightway left their nets, being shut, and stood in the midst, and followed him. And going on and said, Peace be unto you. Then from thence, he saw other two bre- said he to Thomas, Reach hither thren, James the son of Zebedee, thy finger, and behold my hands; and John his brother, in a ship and reach hither thy hand, and with Zebedee their father, mend-thrust it into my side; and be not ing their nets; and he called them. faithless, but believing. And ThoAnd they immediately left the ship mas answered and said unto him, and their father, and followed him. My Lord, and my God. Jesus
Saint Thomas the Apostle.
Saint Stephen's Day.
saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast beThe Collect. lieved; blessed are they that have LMIGHTY and everliving not seen, and yet have believed. God, who, for the greater con- And many other signs truly did firmation of the faith,didst suffer thy Jesus in the presence of his disciholy Apostle Thomas to be doubtful ples, which are not written in this in thy Son's resurrection; grant us book. But these are written, that so perfectly, and without all doubt, ye might believe that Jesus is to believe in thy Son Jesus Christ, the Christ, the Son of God; and that our faith in thy sight may never that believing, ye might have life be reproved. Hear us, O Lord, through his name. through the same Jesus Christ; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for evermore. Amen. RANT, O Lord, that in all our The Epistle. Ephes. ii. 19. sufferings here upon earth, for TOW therefore ye are no more the testimony of thy truth, we may strangers and foreigners, but steadfastly look up to heaven, and fellow-citizens with the saints, and by faith behold the glory that shall of the household of God; and are be revealed; and being filled with built upon the foundation of the the Holy Ghost, may learn to love Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ and bless our persecutors, by the himself being the chief corner- example of thy first martyr Saint stone; in whom all the building,fitly Stephen, who prayed for his murframed together, groweth unto an derers to thee, O blessed Jesus, who holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye standest at the right hand of God, also are builded together for an ha- to succour all those who suffer for bitation of God, through the Spirit. thee, our only Mediator and AdvoThe Gospel. St. John xx. 24. cate. Amen. THOMAS HOMAS, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with
Then shall follow the Collect of the Nativity,
which shall be said continually until New-Year's
For the Epistle. Acts vii. 55. Saint John the Evangelist's Day. The Collect. TEPHEN, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stead-MERCIFUL Lord, we beseech fastly into heaven, and saw the to cast thy bright beams glory of God, and Jesus standing of light upon thy Church, that it on the right hand of God; and being instructed by the doctrine of said, Behold, I see the heavens thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist opened, and the Son of man stand- St. John, may so walk in the light ing on the right hand of God. of thy truth, that it may at length Then they cried out with a loud attain to everlasting life, through voice, and stopped their ears, and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ran upon him with one accord, and The Epistle. 1 John i. 1. cast him out of the city, and sto-HAT which was from the ned him: and the witnesses laid beginning, which we have down their clothes at a young heard, which we have seen with man's feet, whose name was Saul. our eyes, which we have looked And they stoned Stephen, calling upon, and our hands have handled upon God, and saying, Lord Je- of the word of life; (for the life sus, receive my spirit. And he was manifested, and we have seen kneeled down, and cried with a it, and bear witness, and show unloud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to you that eternal life which was to their charge. And when he had with the Father, and was manisaid this, he fell asleep. fested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that ye also may have EHOLD, I send unto you fellowship with us; and truly our prophets, and wise men, and fellowship is with the Father, and scribes; and some of them ye shall with his Son Jesus Christ. And kill and crucify; and some of these things write we unto you, them shall ye scourge in your sy- that your joy may be full. This nagogues, and persecute them from then is the message which we have city to city; that upon you may heard of him, and declare unto you, come all the righteous blood shed that God is light, and in him is no upon the earth, from the blood of darkness at all. If we say that we righteous Abel, unto the blood of have fellowship with him, and Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom walk in darkness, we lie, and do ye slew between the temple and not the truth: But if we walk in the altar. Verily I say unto you, the light, as he is in the light, we All these things shall come upon have fellowship one with another, this generation. O Jerusalem, Je-and the blood of Jesus Christ his rusalem, thou that killest the pro- Son cleanseth us from all sin. If phets, and stonest them which are we say that we have no sin, we sent unto thee; how often would deceive ourselves, and the truth is I have gathered thy children to- not in us. If we confess our sins, gether, even as a hen gathereth he is faithful and just to forgive us her chickens under her wings, and our sins, and to cleanse us from all ye would not! Behold, your house unrighteousness. If we say that is left unto you desolate. For I we have not sinned, we make him say unto you, Ye shall not see me a liar, and his Word is not in us. henceforth, till ye shall say, Bless- The Gospel. St. John xxi. 19. ed is he that cometh in the name low me. Then Peter turning ESUS said unto Peter, Fol
of the Lord.
about, seeth the disciple whom Je-four beasts, and the elders: and no sus loved, following, (which also man could learn that song, but the leaned on his breast at supper, and hundred and forty and four thousaid, Lord, which is he that be-sand, which were redeemed from trayeth thee?) Peter seeing him, the earth. These are they which saith to Jesus, Lord, and what were not defiled with women, for shall this man do? Jesus saith un-they are virgins: these are they to him, If I will that he tarry till I which follow the Lamb whithercome, what is that to thee? Fol-soever he goeth: these were relow thou me. Then went this say-deemed from among men, being ing abroad among the brethren, the first-fruits unto God, and to the that that disciple should not die Lamb. And in their mouth was vet Jesus said not unto him, He found no guile; for they are withshall not die: but, If I will that he out fault before the throne of God. tarry till I come, what is that to The Gospel. St. Matt. ii. 13. thee? This is the disciple which HE angel of the Lord appeartestifieth of these things, and wrote eth to Joseph in a dream, these things, and we know that his saying, Arise, and take the young testimony is true. And there are child and his mother, and flee into also many other things which Je-Egypt, and be thou there until I sus did, the which, if they should bring thee word; for Herod will be written every one, I suppose seek the young child to destroy that even the world itself could not him. When he arose, he took the contain the books that should be young child and his mother by written.
The Innocents Day.
night, and departed into Egypt; and was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by ALMIGHTY God, who out the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt of the mouths of babes and have I called my Son. Then Hesucklings hast ordained strength, rod, when he saw that he was and madest infants to glorify thee mocked of the wise men, was exby their deaths: mortify and kill ceeding wroth, and sent forth, all vices in us, and so strengthen and slew all the children that were us by thy grace, that by the inno- in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts cency of our lives, and constancy thereof, from two years old and of our faith even unto death, we under, according to the time which may glorify thy holy name, through he had diligently inquired of the Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. wise men. Then was fulfilled that For the Epistle. Rev. xiv. 1. which was spoken by Jeremy the LOOKED, and lo, a Lamb prophet, saying, In Rama was stood on the mount Sion, and there a voice heard, lamentation, with him an hundred forty and and weeping, and great mourning, four thousand, having his Father's Rachel weeping for her children, name written in their foreheads. and would not be comforted, beAnd I heard a voice from heaven, cause they are not.
as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: and they sung as it were a new song
The Conversion of St. Paul.
GOD,, who, through the
before the throne, and before the Apostle Saint Paul, hast caused