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The Gospel. St John XX, 24.
them when Jesus came. The other difciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them : Then came Jelus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saich he to
ca Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands ; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side, and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord, and my God, Jesus faith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou haft believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Chrift, che Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life through his Name.
The Conversion of Saint Paul,
Saint Paul, haft caused the light of the Gospel to fhine throughout the world : Grant, we beseech thee, that we having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may shew forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same, by following the holy doctrine which he taught, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PA RA PHRASE On the COLLECT for the Converfion of Saint Paul. O God, who, by the preaching of Saint Paul, didft make the light of the glorious gospel of Christ te shine through the world ; (Cor. iv. 4.) grant that we being mindful of his miraculous converfion, may thew our
For the Epistle. Acts ix. 1.
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 lined round about him a light from heaven. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice, saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord ? 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 wild thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, 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 when his eyes were opened, he saw no man : 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 dilciple 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, Arife, and go into the street, which is call Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas, for one called Saul of Tarsus : 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 right. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerufalem : and here he hath authority from the chief priest, to bind all that call on thy Name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way : for he is a chosen veliel unto me, to bear my Name before the Gentiles, and
PA RA PHRASE. gratitude to the for the great benefits received from dis labours, by ad torns to the during waich he has tiught us in his writings; which we F -ji-s the lace c: ju!us Chrif our Loid. Amen.
kings, and the children of Israel. For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my Name's 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 fent me, that thou mightest receive thy fight, and be filled with the Holy Ghoft. 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 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 Chrift.
The Gospel. St Marth. xix. 27.
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 fall fit in the throne of his glory, ye also thall fis upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Ifrael. And every one that hach forsaken houses, or brethren, or filters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my Names fake, shall receive an hundred-fold, and shall inherit everlasting life. but many that are first shall be last, and the last Niall be first.
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, commonly called, The
presented in the temple in substance of our felh; so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clear hearts, by the fame day Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Epistle. Mal. iii. 1.
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, faith the Lord of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming ? and who shall ftand when he appeareth ? for he is like a refiners fire, and like fullers fope. And he shall fit 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 forcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the itranger from his right, and fear not me faith the Lord of hofts.
The Gospel. St Luke 2. 22.
the law of Mofes, were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord, (as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb, shall be called holy to the Lord) and to offer a sacrifice, ac
PA RA P H R Å SE.
On the COLLECT for the Presentation of Christ. O almighty and everlasting God, we thy creatures do beseech thy inEnite Majesty, that as thy eternal Son, having condescended to take upon him our nature, was, according to the Mofaical inftitution, presented in the temple, in like manner the fame Jesus, our blessed Mediator, being aow in heaven, may present as with pure and clean hearts to God the Father; and this we beg for the sake of the same Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
cording cording 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 fame man was just and devout, waiting for the confolation of Israel : and the holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen the Lords Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple ; and when the parents brought in the child Jelus, 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 letcelt thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word : For mine eyes have seen thy salvation ; which thou hast prepared before the face of all people ; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Ifrael. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel ; and for a sign which shall be fpoken against, (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And there was one Anna a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser; she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband leven years from her virginity. And the 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 instant, gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him co all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had perforined 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 spirit, filled with wisdom ; and the grace of God was upon him.