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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 lign which shall be spoken against, (Yea, a sword fhall pierce through thy own soul alfo) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Afer: she was of a great age, and had lived with an hulband seven years from her virginity. And she was a wi- . dow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, bụt served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And the coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and (pake of him to all 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 {pirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was

upon him.

St. Matthias's Day.

The Collect.

O Godof

Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve Apostles; Grant that thy church being alway preserved from falfe Apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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St. Matthias] This day the church keeps in memory of St. Matthias.

.was, as is probably thought, one of the seventy disciples, and was a diligent attendant upon our Saviour all the time of his preaching, Acts i. 21, 22. After the death of Judas, he was by lot chosen into the number of the Apostles. Ad: i. 26. His first preaching was in Judea, after which it is faid he went to preach in Æthiopia the Leífer, nigh the river Apsarus, and the Portus Hysli, which is in the farther part of Cappadocia; here he continued long, and it is said, was murdered by some of the barbarous peo-, ple-Hier: Script. Eccl.

The Collecti This prayer, for faithful pastors for the church, was compored 1549. 'The introitus was pfalm exli,

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The Epistle. Acts i. 15. TN those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples,

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 Jesus. For he was numbered 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 midst, and all his bowels gushed 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 blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and, his bishoprick let another take. Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John, unto that fame day that he was taken up from us, muft one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surpamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chofen, that he may take

part

of this ministry and apostleship from which judas by trangression fell

, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lor felt upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the cleven Apostles.

The Gospel. St. Matth. xi. 25.
T that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O

Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou haft hid these things from the wise and prudent, and haft revealed them unto babes: even so, Father ; for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: 'and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

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Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will you rett. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Annunciation of the l'irgin Mary.

The Colleft.
E beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our

thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel; so by his cross and paflion we may be brought unto the glory of his refurre&ion, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epiftle. Ifaiah vii. 10. More

Oreover the Lord spake again unto Ahaž, saying,

Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God: ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not alk, neither will I tempt the Lord. And he said,

I l'irgin Mary}. There is an ancient tradition, that Mary was an only child, and heir to her father's and mother's goods, Epiph. Contr. Antidic. and therefore was efpoused to Jofeph, as next of kin, according to the Mofaical law, Numb. xxxvi. 6; which will necessarily infer her to be of the same tribe with Jofeph her husband. That Jofeph was a widower when he was espoused to the blessed virgin, and had leveral children by his arst wife, is the unanimous opinion of all the Greek fathers for the firit ages, Orig. in Matt. 53. Eufeb. Hift. lib. i. cap. 1. Epiph. Hæref. 28, 78. Greg. Nyís. de Resur. Christ. Or. 2. Theoph. in Matt. 27, and of many of the Latins, Bill. in Matt. 1. Ambrof. in Gal. for these generally supposed, that those called our Lord's brethren in the gospel; were Jofeph's children by his first wife. There was a tradition in the church, that the Virgin trarelled with St. John to Ephesus; for the fathers of that council. in an epistle of theirs to the clergy of Conftantinople, mentioning Ephesus, fay, in which John the divine, and the deiparous Virgin Mary fome time duelt, Act. Eph. Conc. cap. 26. There are various opinions about the time of her death, some placing it at the fifty-eighth year of her age, fome in the seventy-second, but molt in the fixty second or third year of her age, and in the year of Christ 48.

The Collect] This prayer for our participation of Christ's glorious refurrection, was compofed by Gregory, vide Sac. 211; but corrupted and introduced into the missal in this itate In 1549 it was purified by the Reformers, and introduced into the first prayer-book of Edward VI. The introitas was plalm cxxxi.

Hear ye now,

ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a fign; Behold, a vir. gin Mall conceive, and bear a fon and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

The Gospel. St. Luke i. 26.

from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 10 a virgin espouled to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when the faw him, she was troubled at his faying, and cast in her mind what manner of falutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou haft found favour with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and thall call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and Mall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there thall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which thall be born of thee fhall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Eliza

. beth, she hath also conceived a fon in her old age; and this is the fixth month witli her who was called barren. For with God nothing thall be imposible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; being it unto me’according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

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The Colleet. O

with the heavenly doctrine of thy Evangelist St, Mark; Give us grace, that being not like children carried away with every blast of vain doctrine, we may be eltablished in the truth of thy holy Gospel, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Epistle. Ephef. iv. 7.

given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he faith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascend. ed, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the fame also that afcended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave, some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the faints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Chrift: that we henceforth be no more children, toffed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the feight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the

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St. Markl This Evangelist is supposed to have been a Jew by extraction, and that his name was Mordecai; and that he took Marcus as a Roman name, something like in found, it being the custom of the Jews fo to do, when they travelled from ho.ne; as Jesus the brother of Onias was called Jain, Saul was called Paulus. He planted a Christian church at Alexandria, and was the first bishop of that place; Hier. Script. Eccl. Eufeb. Eccl. Hift. lib. ii. cap. 15. The particularities of his martyrdom are not mentioned in any very early writers: Beda, Ado, Nicephorus, and Metaphraftes, lay, that his death was occasioned by an insurrection of the heathen rabble

upon him, as he was officiating in his church at Alexapdria; who tied a rope about his neck, and dragged him up and down the craggy rocks by the sea fide, till they had killed him.

Tire Colle?? This prayer,- for establishment in evangelical truth, was composed and inferted in Edward Ift's prayer-book, 15-49. The introitus wa plalm cxli.

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