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of our God, whereby the day- I kept the prison. And behold, spring from on high hath visit- the angel of the Lord came uped us; to give light to them on him, and a light shined in that sit in darkness and in the the prison; and he smote Peter shadow of death, to guide our on the side, and raised him up, feet into the way of peace. saying, Arise up quickly. And And the child grew, and waxed his chains fell off from his strong in spirit; and was in the lands. And the angel said undeserts till the day of his shew-to him, Gird thyself, and bind ing unto Israel. on thy sandals: and so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done
the angel; but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city, which opened to them of his own accord; and they went
and passed on through one street, and forthwith the angel departed from him. And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out
of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
Saint Peter's Day.
Almighty God, who by
give to thy Apostle Saint Peter
For the Epistle. Acts xii. 1.
ABOUT that time Herod the
The Gospel. St. Matth. xvi. 13.
coasts of Cæsarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, say
(Then were the days of unlea-ing, Whom do men say that I, vened bread.) And when he had the Son of Man, am? And they apprehended him, he put him said, Some say that thou art in prison, and delivered him to John the Baptist, some Elias, four quaternions of soldiers to and others Jeremias, or one of keep him, intending after Eas- the prophets. He saith unto ter to bring him forth to the them, But whom say ye that I people. Peter therefore was am? And Simon Peter answered kept in prison; but prayer was and said, Thou art Christ, the made without ceasing of the Son of the living God. And Church unto God for him. And Jesus answered and said unto when Herod would have brought him, Blessed art thou, Simon him forth, the same night Peter Bar-jona: for flesh and blood was sleeping between two sol- hath not revealed it unto thee, hiers, bound with two chains; but my Father which is in heaand the keepers before the door ven. And I say also unto thee,
The Gospel. St. Matth. xx. 20. THEN came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit 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
For the Epistle. Acts xi. 27, and against the two brethren. But part of Chap. xii. Jesus called them unto him, and Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and who. soever will be chief among you, let him he your servant: even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
That thou art Peter, and upon
Saint James the Apostle. The Collect. RANT, O merciful God, that as thine holy Apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, without delay was obedient unto the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him; so we, forsaking all worldly and carnal affections, may be evermore ready to follow thy holy commandments; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
came from Jerusalem unto Antioch. And there stood up one of them, named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit, that there should be great dearth throughout all the world; which came to pass in the days of Claudius Cæsar. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judæa. Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the Church. And he killed James
the with the sword. And, because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also.
Saint Bartholomew the Apostle.
Almighty and everlasting
to thine Apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach thy Word; Grant, we
beseech thee, unto thy Church, to love that Word which he believed, and both to preach and receive the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
For the Epistle. Acts v. 12.
BY the hands of the Apostles ders wrought among the people:
were many signs
(and they were all with one ac-
of them. There came also a
among you as he that serveth.
Saint Matthew the Apostle.
Almighty God, who by thy
blessed Son didst call Mat thew from the receipt of custom to be an Apostle and Evanhim-gelist; Grant us grace to forsake all covetous desires, and inordinate love of riches, and to follow the same thy Son Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. 2 Cor. iv. 1. THEREFORE seeing we
have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the Word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the
of God. But if our be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the God of
this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glori ous Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your ser vants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shin ed in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Je. sus Christ.
The Gospel. St. Matth. ix. 9. AN ND as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a m
named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom; and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many Publicans and sinners came, and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with Publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice; for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Saint Michael and all Angels.
Everlasting God, who hast ordained and constituted the services of Angels and men in a wonderful order; Mercifully grant, that as thy holy Angels alway do thee service in heaven, so by thy appointment they may succour and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.
For the Epistle. Rev. xii. 7. THE HERE was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels; and prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the
power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Wo to the inhabiters of the earth, and of the sea: for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
The Gospel. St. Matth. xviii. 1.
the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the King. dom of heaven. Whosoever therelittle child, the same is greatest fore shall humble himself as this in the Kingdom of heaven, And whoso shall receive one such little child in my Name, receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a milstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Wo unto the world because of offences: for it must needs be that of fences come: but wo to that man by whom the offence cometh. Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend
Saint Luke the Evangelist. The Collect.
edst Luke the Physician, whose praise is in the Gospel, to be an Evangelist, and Physician of the soul; May it please thee, that, by the wholesome medicines of the doctrine delivered by him, all the diseases of our souls may be healed; through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 2 Tim. iv, 5.
WATCH thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an Evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Hence forth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: for Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. And Tychicus
have I sent to Ephesus.” The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee; and the books, but especially the parchments. Alexander the copper-smith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works. Of whom be thou ware also, for he hath greatly withstood our words.
The Gospel. St. Luke x. 1. THE HE Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face
ther he himself would come." into whi Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the har vest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways; behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes, and salute no man
by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it; if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire.
St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles, The Collect.
Almighty God, who hast built thy Church upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the head corner-stone; Grant us so to be joined toge ther in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made an holy temple acceptable unto thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.