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written in this book. But these are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life through his Name.
Saint Stefthen's Day, The Collect.
RANT, O LORD, that in all our sufferings here upon earth, for the testimony of thy truth, we may steadfastly lookup to heaven, and by faith behold the glory that shall be revealed; and being filled with the Holy Ghost, may learn to love and bless our persecutors, by the example of thy first martyr Saint Stephen, who prayed for his murderers to thee, O blessed Jesus, who standest at the right hand of God, to succour all those who suffer for thee, our only Mediator and Advocate. Mmen.
T Then shall follow the ColIect of the Aativity, which shall be said continually until JWew-Year's Eve.
For the Fflistle. Acts vii. 55. TEPHEN, beingfull of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God; and said, Behold, I see the leavens opened, and the son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears
accord, and cast him out ef the city, and stoned him ; and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
The Gosfiel. St. Matt. xxiii. 34.
EHOLD, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes; and some of thema ye shall kill and crucify ; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city; that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, frem the blood of righteous Abel, unto the blood of Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee ; how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not : Behold, your house is lest unto you desolate. For I kay unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the
and ran upon him with one
light, and in him is no dark
beginning, which we haveins about, seeth the disciple
heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled of the word of life; (for the life was manir fested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us ;) that which we have seen and heard. declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full This thenisthe message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is
ness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him. and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth : But if we walk in the light, as he is
whom Jesus loved, following, (which alsoleaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?) Peter seeing him, saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou nie. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said unto him, He shall not die : but if I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee & This is the disciple whichtestifieth ofthese things, and wrote these things, and
true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, | suppose that even the world itself could not contain the
†: know that his testimony is
books that should be written
LOOKED, and lo, a Lamb
stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's Name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from he ven, 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 before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song, but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women, for they are virgins: these are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth: these were redeemed from among men, being the first-fruits unto God, and to the Lamb. And in their
they are without fault before the throne of God.
The Goshel. St. Matt. ii. 13.
THE angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word ; for Herod will seek the young child todestroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by 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 the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men; was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weep-ing and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
The Conversion of St. Paul. The Collect.
. GOD, who, through the preaching of the blessed
mouth was found no guile; for
Apostle Saint-Paul, has caus
•ed the light of the Cospel to he saw no man: but they led
shine throughout the world; grant, we beseech thee, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same, by sollowing the holy doctrine which he taught, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Eftistle. Acts ix. 1
A ND Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the High Priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined roundabout him a light from heaven. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me 2 And he said, Who art thou, Lord 2 And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he, trembling and astonished, said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arisc, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him, stood speechless hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth ; and
him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias, and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias: And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him,
"Arise, and go into the street scales; and he received sight forthwith, and arose and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed, and said, Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this Name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests: But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a man named Amanias, coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. Then Ananiasanswered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalcm ; and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord saith unto him, Gothy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my Name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my Names sake. And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house ; and putting his hands on him, said, Brother Saul, the Lord (even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest) hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell
when his eyes were opened,
from his eyes as it had
The Goshel. St. Matt. xix. 27.
ETER answered, and said unto Jesus, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee ; what shall we have therefore ? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that bath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wise, or children, or lands, for my Name's sake, shall receive an hundred fold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first.
The Presentation of Christ ig
A LMIGHTY and everliving God, we humbly beseech thy Majesty, that as thy only begotten Son was this day presented in the Temple in substance of our flesh ; so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts, by the same thy Son Jesus
Christ our Lord. Mmen.
Bo: I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple ; even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming 2 and who shall stand when he appeareth 2 for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years. And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers,
and against the adulterers,