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the light of the Gospel to shine of Judas for one called Saul, of throughout the world; grant, we Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth, beseech thee, that we, having his and hath seen in a vision a man wonderful conversion in remem- named Ananias, coming in, and brance, may show forth our thank-putting his hand on him, that he fulness unto thee for the same, by might receive his sight. Then following the holy doctrine which Ananias answered, Lord, I have he taught, through Jesus Christ heard by many of this man, how our Lord. Amen. much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: and here he hath
For the Epistle. Acts ix. 1.
AND Saul, yet breathing out
authority from the chief priests to
threatenings and slaughter bind all that call on thy name. But against the disciples of the Lord, the Lord said unto him, Go thy went unto the High Priest, and de- way: for he is a chosen vessel unsired of him letters to Damascus to me, to bear my name before the to the synagogues, that if he found Gentiles, and kings, and the chilany of this way, whether they were dren of Israel: For I will show men or women, he might bring him how great things he must sufthem bound unto Jerusalem. And fer for my name's sake. And Anas he journeyed, he came near Da-anias went his way, and entered mascus: and suddenly there shined into the house; and putting his round about him a light from hea- hands on him, said, Brother Saul, ven. And he fell to the earth, and the Lord (even Jesus, that appearheard a voice saying unto him, ed unto thee in the way as thou Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou camest) hath sent me, that thou me? And he said, Who art thou, mightest receive thy sight, and be Lord? And the Lord said, I am filled with the Holy Ghost. And Jesus whom thou persecutest: It immediately there fell from his is hard for thee to kick against the eyes as it had been scales; and pricks. And he, trembling and he received sight forthwith, and astonished, said, Lord, what wilt arose, and was baptized. And thou have me to do? And the when he had received meat, he Lord said unto him, Arise, and go was strengthened. Then was Saul into the city, and it shall be told certain days with the disciples thee what thou must do. And the which were at Damascus. And men which journeyed with him straightway he preached Christ in stood speechless, hearing a voice, the synagogues, that he is the Son but seeing no man. And Saul of God. But all that heard him arose from the earth; and when were amazed, and said, Is not this his eyes were opened, he saw no he that destroyed them which callman: but they led him by the ed on this name in Jerusalem, and hand, and brought him into Da- came hither for that intent, that he mascus. And he was three days might bring them bound unto the without sight, and neither did eat chief priests? But Saul increased nor drink. And there was a cer-the more in strength, and contain disciple at Damascus, named founded the Jews which dwelt at Ananias, and to him said the Lord Damascus, proving that this is in a vision, Ananias: And he said, very Christ.
Behold, I am here, Lord. And The Gospel. St. Matt. xix. 27. the Lord said unto him, Arise, and P Jesus, Behold, we have forPETER answered, and said un
go into the street which is called to Straight, and inquire in the house saken all, and followed thee; what
shall we have therefore? And Je- and as in former years. And I will sus said unto them, Verily I say come near to you to judgment; and unto you, that ye which have fol-I will be a swift witness against the lowed me, in the regeneration, sorcerers, and against the adulterwhen the Son of man shall sit in ers, and against false swearers, and the throne of his glory, ye also shall against those that oppress the hiresit upon twelve thrones, judging ling in his wages, the widow, and the twelve tribes of Israel. And ev- the fatherless, and that turn aside. ery one that hath forsaken houses, the stranger from his right, and or brethren, or sisters, or father, fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts. or mother, or wife, or children, or The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 22. lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundred fold, and shall AND when the days of her purification, according to the law inherit everlasting life. But many of Moses, were accomplished, they that are first shall be last, and the brought him to Jerusalem to prelast shall be first. sent him to the Lord, (as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every The Presentation of Christ in the male that openeth the womb shall Temple, commonly called The be called holy to the Lord,) and to Purification of Saint Mary the offer a sacrifice, according to that Virgin. which is said in the law of the Lord, The Collect. A pair of turtle-doves, or two young LMIGHTY and everliving pigeons. And behold, there was a
A God, we humbly beseech thy man in Jerusalem, whose name was
Majesty, that as thy only begotten Simeon; and the same man was Son was this day presented in the just and devout, waiting for the conTemple in substance of our flesh; solation of Israel: and the Holy so we may be presented unto thee Ghost was upon him. And it was with pure and clean hearts, by the revealed unto him by the Holy same thy Son Jesus Christ our Ghost, that he should not see Lord. Amen. death, before he had seen the For the Epistle. Mal. iii. 1. Lord's Christ. And he came by EHOLD, I will send my mes-the Spirit into the temple; and senger, and he shall prepare when the parents brought in the the way before me: and the Lord, child Jesus, to do for him after the whom ye seek, shall suddenly come custom of the law, then took he to his temple; even the messenger him up in his arms, and blessed of the covenant, whom ye delight God, and said, Lord, now lettest in: behold, he shall come, saith thou thy servant depart in peace, the Lord of hosts. But who may according to thy word: For mine abide the day of his coming? and eyes have seen thy salvation; who shall stand when he appear- which thou hast prepared before eth? for he is like a refiner's fire, the face of all people; a light to and like fuller's soap. And he lighten the Gentiles, and the glory shall sit as a refiner and purifier of of thy people Israel. And Joseph silver: and he shall purify the sons and his mother marvelled at those of Levi, and purge them as gold things which were spoken of him. and silver, that they may offer un- And Simeon blessed them, and to the Lord an offering in righteous- said unto Mary his mother, BeThen shall the offerings of hold, this child is set for the fall and Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant rising again of many in Israel; and unto the Lord, as in the days of old, for a sign which shall be spoken
against, (yea, a sword shall pierce ward of iniquity; and falling headthrough thy own soul also,) that long, he burst asunder in the midst, the thoughts of many hearts may and all his bowels gushed out. And be revealed. And there was one it was known to all the dwellers at Anna, a prophetess, the daughter Jerusalem; insomuch as that field of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser; is called in their proper tongue, she was of a great age, and had liv-Aceldama, that is to say, The field ed with an husband seven years of blood. For it is written in the from her virginity; and she was a book of Psalms, Let his habitation widow of about fourscore and four be desolate, and let no man dwell years, which departed not from the therein: and his Bishoprick let antemple, but served God with fast- other take. Wherefore of these ings and prayers night and day. men, which have companied with And she, coming in that instant, us all the time that the Lord Jesus gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, went in and out among us, beginand spake of him to all them that ning from the baptism of John, unto looked for redemption in Jerusa- that same day that he was taken up lem. And when they had perform-from us, must one be ordained to be ed all things according to the law a witness with us of his resurrection. of the Lord, they returned into And they appointed two, Joseph Galilee, to their own city Naza-called Barsabas, who was surnamed reth. And the child grew, and Justus, and Matthias. And they waxed strong in spirit, filled with prayed,andsaid, Thou, Lord, which wisdom; and the grace of God knowest the hearts of all men, show was upon him.
Saint Matthias's Day.
whether of these two thou hast chosen; that he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, ALMIGHTY God, who into that he might go to his own place. the place of the traitor Judas, And they gave forth their lots; and didst choose thy faithful servant the lot fell upon Matthias. And he Matthias, to be of the number of was numbered with the eleven the twelve Apostles; grant that thy Apostles.
Church, being always preserved The Gospel. St. Matt. xi. 25. from false Apostles, may be order-AT I thank thee, O Faed and guided by faithful and AT that time Jesus answered, Pastors, through Jesus Christ our ther, Lord of heaven and earth, beLord. Amen. cause thou hast hid these things For the Epistle. Acts i. 15. from the wise and prudent, and hast N those days Peter stood up in revealed them unto babes. Even the midst of the disciples, and so, Father, for so it seemed good in said, (the number of the names to- thy sight. All things are delivered gether were about an hundred and unto me of my Father; and no man twenty;) Men and brethren, this knoweth the Son, but the Father, Scripture must needs have been neither knoweth any man the Fafulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by ther, save the Son, and he to the mouth of David spake before whomsoever the Son will reveal concerning Judas, who was guide to him. Come unto me, all ye that lathem that took Jesus. For he was bour and are heavy laden, and I numbered with us, and had obtain- will give you rest. Take my yoke ed part of this ministry. Now this upon you, and learn of me; for I man purchased a field with the re-am meek and lowly in heart: and