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diperpofe of heart they would foever
command you. cleave unto the Lord. Forhe Henceforth I call you not adwas a good man, and full of fervants for the fervant
the Holy Ghoft, and of faith knoweth not what this Lord and much people was added, doeth but I have called you unto the Lord, Then de- friends; for all things that I parted Barnabas to Tarfus for. have heard of my Father, I to feek, Saul: And when he have made known unto you. brhad found him, he brought Ye have not chofen me, but him unto Antioch. And it I have chofen you, and orcame to pafs, that a whole dained you, that ye fhould year they affembled themselves go and bring forth fruit, and With the Church, and taught that your fruit fhould remain: much people and the difci- that whatsoever ye thall ask ples were called Chriftians firft of the Father in my Name, in Antioch. And in these he may give it you. days came prophets from Je
there ftood up one of them,od has. The Collected day named Agabus, and fignified by the Spirit, that there fhould be great dearth throughout all the world which came to pafs in the days of Claudius Cæfar Then the difciples, every man according to his ability, determined to fend pelief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea. Which alfo they did, and fent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.liq se to The Gospel. St. John xv. 12.
whofe providence thy LMIGHTY God, by fervant John Baptift was wonderfully born, and fent to preSaviour, by preaching repenpare the way of thy Son our tance; make us fo to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching grand after his example conftantly fpeak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently fuffer for the truth's fake, through Jefus Chrift our Lord.qilAmen.m HIS is my command-eds geel died adament, That ye love one For the Epiftle. Ifaiah xl. ì. another, as I loved you.OMFORT ye, comfort Greater love hath no man ye my people, faith your than this, that a man lay down God. Speak ye comfortably his life for his friends, Ye to Jerufalem, and cry unto are my friends, if ye do what- her, that her warfare is accomplished,
complished, that her iniquity and his work before him. He
fhall feed his flock like a shepherd; he fhall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bofom, and shall gently lead thofe that are with young.
The Gospel. St. Luke i. 57. LISABETH's full time came that she should be
is pardoned for the hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her fins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the defert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill fhall be made low and the crooked fhall be delivered; and fhe brought made ftraight, and the rough forth a fon. And her neighplaces plain. And the glory bours and her coufins heard of the Lord fhall be revealed, how the Lord had showed and all flesh shall fee it toge- great mercy upon her ; and ther; for the mouth of the they rejoiced with her. And Lord hath spoken it. The it came to pafs, that on the voice faid, Cry. And he faid, eighth day they came to cirWhat fhall I cry? All flesh cumcife the child; and they is grafs, and all the goodlinefs called him Zacharias, after thereof is as the flower of the the name of his father. And field. The grafs withereth, his mother answered and faid, the flower fadeth, because the Not fo; but he fhall be called Spirit of the Lord bloweth John. And they faid unto upon it furely the people is her, There is none of thy kingrafs. The grafs withereth, dred that is called by this the flower fadeth; but the Name. And they made figns word of our God fhall ftand to his Father, how he would for ever. O Zion, that bring- have him called. And he eft good tidings, get thee up afked for a writing table, and into the high mountain : O wrote, faying, His name is Jerufalemn, that bringeft good John. And they marvelled tidings, lift up thy voice with all. ftrength; lift it up, be not afraid fay unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God. Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm fhall rule for him: behold his reward is with him,
And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loofed, and he spake, and praised God. And fear came on all that dwelt round about them and all thefe fayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country
fited us, to give light to them
his fhowing unto Ifrael.
of Judea. And all they that had heard them, laid them up in their hearts, faying, What manner of child fhall this be? And the hand of the Lord was with him. And his father Zacharias was filled with the in the deferts till the day of Holy Ghoft, and prophefied, faying, Bleffed be the Lord God of Ifrael; for he hath vifited and redeemed his people, who, and hath raised up an horn of Almighty God, whe falvation for us, in the house by thy Son Jefus Chrift, of his fervant David, as he didft give to thy Apostle Saint fpake by the mouth of his Peter many excellent gifts, holy prophets, which have and commandedft him earbeen fince the world began; neftly to feed thy flock: make, that we should be faved from we beseech thee, all Bishops our enemies, and from the and Paftors diligently to preach hand of all that hate us: To thy holy Word, and the peoperform the mercy promifed to ple obediently to follow the our fathers, and to remember fame, that they may receive his holy covenant: the oath the crown of everlafting glowhich he fware to our father ry, through Jefus Chrift our Abraham, that he would Lord. Amen. grant unto us, that we, being delivered out of the hands of
For the Epiftle. Acts xii. 1. BOUT that time, Herod the king stretched
our enemies, might ferve him A
without fear, in holiness and forth his hands to vex certain righteoufnefs before him, all the days of our life. And thou, Child, fhalt be called the prophet of the Higheft: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord, to prepare his ways; to give knowledge of falvation unto his people by the remiffion of their fins, through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the Dayfpring from on high hath vi
of the Church. And he killed James the brother of John with the fword. And because he faw it pleafed the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter alfo. (Then were the day's of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of foldiers, to keep him; intending after Eafter to bring
him forth to the people. Pe- livered me out of the hand ter therefore was kept in pri- of Herod, and from all the fon; but prayer was made expectation of the people of without ceafing of the Church the Jews. unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought
The Gospel. St. Matth. xvi. 13.
WHEN Jefus came into Phillippi, he asked his difciples, faying, Whom do men lay that I, the Son of man, am? And they faid, Some fay that thou art John the Baptift; fome, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He faith unto
the coafts of Cæfarea
him forth, the fame night Peter was fleeping between two foldiers, bound with two chains; and the keepers before the door kept the prifon. And behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light fhined in the prifon: and he fmote Peter on the fide, and raised him up, fay- them, But whom say ye that ing, Arife up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel faid unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy fandals and fo he did. And he faith unto him, Caft thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he faw a vifion. When they were paft the firft and the fecond ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city, which opened to them of his own accord and they went out, and paffed on through one ftreet, and forthwith the angel departed from him. And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a furety that the Lord hath fent his angel, and hath de
I am? And Simon Peter anfwered and faid, Thou art Chrift, the Son of the living God. And Jefus anfwered and faid unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I fay alfo unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of hell fhall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and what foever thou shalt bind on earth, fhall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou fhalt loofe on earth, shall be loofed in heaven.
Saint James the Apofile.
The Collect. RANT, Omerciful God, that as thine holy Apof
tle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, without delay was obedient unto the calling of thy Son Jefus Chrift, and followed him; fo we, forfaking all worldly and carnal affections, may be evermore ready to follow thy holy commandments, through Jefus Chrift our Lord.
For the Epifle. Acts xi. 27. and part of Chap. xii. N thofe days came prophets from Jerufalem unto Antioch. And there ftood up one of them named Agabus, and fignified by the Spirit, that there fhould be great dearth throughout all the world which came to pafs in the days of Claudius Cæfar. Then the difciples, every man according to his ability, determined to fend relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea. Which alfo they did, and fent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. Now about that time, Herod the king ftretched forth his hands to vex certain of the Church. And he killed James the brother of John with the fword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter alfo.
The Gospel. St. Matth. xx. 20. HEN came to him the mother of Zebedee's
children, with her fons, worfhipping him, and defiring a certain thing of him. And he faid unto her, What wilt thou? She faith unto him, Grant that these my two fons may fit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. But Jefus anfwered and faid, Ye know not what ye afk. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I fhall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptifm that I am baptized with? They fay unto him, We are able. And he faith unto them, Ye fhail drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptifm that I am baptized with; but to fit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. But Jefus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercife dominion. over them, and they that are great exercife authority upon them. But it shall not be fo among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minifter; and whofoever will be chief among you, let him be your fervant: Even as the fon of man came not to be miniftered unto,