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And the men which journeyed with him itood speechIess, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Sául arose from the earth, and when his eyes were opened, he faw no maii ; but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without fight, and neither did eat nor drink. And there was a certain difciple 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 which is called Straight and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saulzof Tarfus: for behold,he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias, coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his fight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy 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 shew him how great things he must suffer for my names fake, And Ananias went his way, and entred into the house ; and putting his hands on him, faid, 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 from his eyes as it had been scales ; and he received fight 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 fynagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all thad 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 beund 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.

The Gospel. S. Matth. 19. 27;
Eter answered and said unto Jesus, Behold, we have

forsaken all and followed thee, what shall we have therefore? And Jesus faid 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 hath forfaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my Names sake, Thali receive an hundred-fold, and Mall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be laft, and the last shall be first.

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, commonly cal. led, The Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin.

The Collect. 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. Amen.

For the Epistle. Mal. 3.1. BEhold, I will send my messenger, and he hall pre

pare the way before me : and the Lord whom ye feck, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the melfenger of the covenant , whom ye delight in; behold, he hall come, faith the Lord of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming ? and who shall stand when he appeareth ? for he is like a refiners fire and like fullers sope.

And he shall lit as a refiner, and purifier of lilver, and he mall purifie the sons of Levi, and purge liem as gold and tilver, that they may offer unto the I an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offer

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ings of Judahand Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the dafssof oldg and as in former years. And í will come near to you to judgment, and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, ånd against falfe swearers,and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, and that turn laside the tranger from his right, and fear notime, faith the Lord of hosts.

1: The Gospel. S. Luke 2. 22. A

Nd when the days of her purification, according

to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, (as it is written in the Law of tħe Lord,Every male that openeththe womb, shall be called holy to the Lord)And to offer a sacrifice, according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons. And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: "and the holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto hini by the holy Ghost, that he should not fee death, be fore he had seen the Lords Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple ; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God

and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy seryant depart in peace, according to thy word. For mine eyes have seer thy salvation; which thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were fpoken of him. And Simeon blesed them, and said unto Mary his mother Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again o many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoke

2 against, ( Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy ow foul also ), that the thoughts of many hearts may be re vealed. And there was one Anna a prophetess, th

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daughter of Phanuelofthetribe of Afer, he was ofia great age, and had lived with an husband beven years

from her virginity. And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years; which departed not from the temple,but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that inftant, gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him toall them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee to their own'city Nazareth. And the child grew, and waxed strong in fpirit,filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon him. CO

om Saint Matthias day. The Colle&ls to O

Almighty God, who into the place of the tray

tour Judas didst choose thy faithful fervant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve Apostles, grant that thy Church being alway preserved from false Apostles, inay.be ordered and guided by faithful and true Paltors, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle. Acts 1. 15. IN N those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disci

ples, and said, (The number of the names together were about an hundred and twenty) Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, who was guide to them that took Jefus for he was numbred with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity, and falling headlong he burst asunder in the midit, and all his bowels gulhed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem, insomuch, as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of bloud. For it is written in the book of Psalms,Let hishabitation be defolate, and let no man dwell therein; and his bishoprick let another

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