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And the men which journeyed with him flood fpeechlefs, hearing a voice, but feeing no man. And Sául arose from the earth, and when his eyes were opened, he faw no man; but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damafcus. 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 faid the Lord in a vifion, Ananias. And he faid, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord faid unto him, Arife,and go into the street which is called Straight,and enquire in the houfe of Judas for one called Saul,of Tarfus: for behold,he prayeth, and hath feen in a vifion a man named Ananias, coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his fight. Then Ananias anfwered, Lord,. I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy faints at Jerufalem and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord faid unto him, Go thy way; for he is a chofen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Ifrael. For I will fhew him how great things he muft fuffer for my names fake. And Ananias went his way, and entred into the houfe; and putting his hands on him, faid, Brother Saul, the Lord (even Jefus that appeared unto thee in the way as thou cameft) hath fent me, that thou mightest receive thy fight, 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 arofe, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he was ftrengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the difciples which were at Damafcus. And straightway he preached Chrift in the fynagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed, and faid, Is not this he that deftroyed them which called on this Name in Jerufalem, and came hither for that intent,that he might bring them bound unto the chief Priests? But Saul increafed the

more in ftrength,and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damafcus, proving that this is very Christ.

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The Gofpel. S. Matth. 19. 27.

Eter anfwered and faid unto Jefus, Behold, we have forfaken all and followed thee, what fhall we have therefore? And Jefus faid unto them,Verily I fay unto you, that ye which have followed me in the regeneration, when the Son of man fhall fit in the throne of his glory, ye alfo fhall fit upon twelve thrones,judging the twelve tribes of Ifrael. And every one that hath forfaken houses, or brethren, or fifters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my Names fake, fhall receive an hundred-fold, and fhall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be laft, and the laft fhall be first.

The Prefentation of Chrift in the Temple, commonly called, The Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin.

The Collect.

Lmighty and everliving God, we humbly befeech thy Majefty, that as thy only begotten Son was this day prefented in the Temple in fubftance of our flesh; fo we may be prefented unto thee with pure and clean hearts,by the fame thy Son Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epiftle. Mal.3.1.

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Behold, I will fend my messenger, and he fhall prepare the way before me and the Lord whom ye feek, fhall fuddenly come to his temple; even the meffenger of the covenant whom ye delight in; behold, he hall come, faith the Lord of hofts. 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 fope. And he fhall fit as a refiner, and purifier of filver; and he fhall purifie the fons of Levi, and purge hem as gold and filver, that they may offer unto the d an offering in righteoufhefs. Then fhall the offer

ings of Judah and Jerufalem be pleafant unto the Lord, asein the dabssdf old and as in former years. And Í will come near to you to judgment, and I will be a fwift witnefs against the forcerers, and against the adulterers, and againft falfe fwearers, and againft thofe that opprefs the hireling in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, and that turn lafide the tranger from his right, and fear not/me, faith the Lord of hosts.

wolne The Gospel. S. Luke 2. 22.


Nd when the days of her purification, according to the law of Mofes, were accomplished, they brought him to Jerufalem to prefent him to the Lord, as it is written in the Law of the Lord,Every male that openeth the womb,fhall be called holy to the Lord) And to offer a facrifice, according to that which is faid in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtle-doves, or two young pigeons. And behold, there was a man in Jerufalem whose name was Simeon, and the fame man was juft and devout, waiting for the confolation of Ifrael: and the holy Ghoft was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the holy Ghoft, that he should not fee death, he fore he had feen the Lords Chrift. And he came by the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jefus, to do for him after the custom of the law, then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and faid, Lord, now letteft thou thy fervant depart in peace, according to thy word. For mine eyes have feen thy falvation; which thou haft prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Ifrael. And Jofeph and his mother marvelled at thofe things which were fpoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and faid unto Mary his mother Behold, this child is fet for the fall and rifing again of many in Ifrael, and for a fign which fhall be fpoken againft, (Yea, a fword fhall pierce through thy own foul alfo) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And there was one Anna a prophetess, the

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daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Afer fhe was ofia great age, and had lived with an husband feven years from her virginity. And fhe was a widow of about fourfcore 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 likewife unto the Lord, and fpake of him toall them that looked for redemption in Jerufalem. 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 ftrong in fpirit,filled with wifdom,and the grace of God was upon him.

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Saint Matthias day. The Collecto Almighty God, who into the place of the traytour Judas didit choose thy faithful fervant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve Apostles, grant that thy Church being alway preferved from falfe Apoftles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true Paltors, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.


For the Epiftle. Acts 1. 15.

N thofe days Peter ftood up in the midst of the difciples, and faid, (The number of the names together were about an hundred and twenty) Men and brethren, this fcripture muft needs have been fulfilled, which the holy Ghoft by the mouth of David fpake before concerning Judas, who was guide to them that took Jefus ; for he was numbred with us, and had obtained part of this miniftry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity, and falling headlong he burft afunder in the midft, and all his bowels gushed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerufalem, infomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to fay, The field of bloud. For it is written in the book of Pfalms,Let hishabitation be defolate, and let no man dwell therein;and his bishoprick let another


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