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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 lign; Behold, a virgin fhall conceive, and bear a son 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 espouted 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, the 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 hast 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 shall 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 cver; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, feeing 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 fhall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elizabeth, she hath also conceived a fon in her old age; and this is the fixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing thall be imposible. And Mary faid, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; being it unto meʻaccording to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
The Collect. O
with the heavenly do&trine of thy Evangelist St, Mark; Give us grace, that being not like children carried away with every blast of vain doctrine, we may be esta . blished in the truth of thy holy Gospel, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephef. iv. 7.
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 same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 'And he gave, fome 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 Chrift: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, into the measure of the stature of the fulness of Chrift: that we henceforth be no more children, tofsed 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
St. Markl This Evangelift 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 home; as Jesus the brother of Onias was called Jafn, Saul was called Paulus. He planted a Christian church at Alexandria, and was the first bishop of that place; Hier. Script. Eccl. Euseb. Eccl. Hist. lib. ii. cap. 15. The particularities of his martyrdom are not mentioned
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 & rope about his neck, and dragged him up and down the craggy rocks by the sea side, till they had killed him.
Tire Collect This prayer,- for establishment in evangelical truth, was composed and inserted in Edward Ift's
prayer-book, 1549. The introituswas plalm cxli.
head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makech increase of the body, unto the edifying of itself in love.
The Gospel St. John xv. 1.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh away, and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches : he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is calt forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall alk' what ye will, and it hall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so fhall ye be my disciples. As the Fa. ther hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
St. Philip and St. James's Day.
life; Grant us perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life; that follow
St. Philip] After our Saviour's ascension, he is recorded to have preached the Gospel in the higher Asia; Niceph. lib. ii. cap. 29. -Others will have him to have joined with Saint Bartholomew in preaching to the Scythians; Metaphr. in vit. Ifidorus says, he converted de Gauls; but it is probable he means the Gallogræci, or inhabitants of
ing the steps of thy holy Apostles, St. Philip and St. James, we may stedfastly walk in the way that leadeth to eternal life
, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. St. James i. 1. AMES, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Chrift,
to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of
faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect Galatia; Ild de vita Sanct. And Eufebius expressly says, that Philip the apostle having preached the gospel
at Hierapolis was crucified, and whilft he was fastened to the cross, was killed by stones thrown at him.-Eufeb. in Chron. The later writers say, that the people of the place were worked up to this rage against him for killing, by his prayers, a great serpent which they worshipped. But this story seems to be fabulous, partly because this matter of fact is not recorded in any good author, and was never beard of till many centuries after Christ; and partly because it does not appear that the Phrygians were addicted to any such monstrous worship; they being infected by an idolatry of another kind.-Euseb. Præp. lib. ii.
St. James] St. James, after our Saviour's resurrection, was constituted bihop of Jerusalem, and seems to have presided in the first council held there
, (Acts xv.) and to have directed the debates of the Apostles concerning the Jewish ceremonies. There is mention made of him, and that ico as the brother of Jesus Christ, by Josephus, who says, he was delivered up to be stoned by the cruelty of Ananus the high priest, whose death gave great dissatisfaction to the good people of the city:- Jof. Ant. lib. xx. cap. 8. There was an extraordinary opinion of his fanctity throughout all the city of Jerusalem where he lived; froin whence he got the furname of the Full. His martyrdom is recorded by the ecclesiastical historians after this manner:-The feribes and Pharisees being impatient at the great growth of Christianity in Judea, were resolved to set upon St. James, and by menaces force him to renounce that religion publicly before the people. And the better to do this, they hurry him up into a gallery of the Temple, and would oblige him to make a recantation before a multitude of people who were gathered together upon the rumour which was spread abroad concerning this matter. But instead of denying Christ, he made a public confefion of him before that great affembly, who thereupon almost tranimously cried out, “ Hofanna to the Son of David;" which fo enaged the unbelieving Jews, that they threw him down headlong from the high place which they had set him on. But being not quite killed by his fall , he prayed to God for forgiveness to his
murderers. However, this did but enrage his fpiteful perfecutors the more; and one of them being a fuller , and having in his hand a staff which he made use of in his trade
to beat his cloth in the scouring, he ftruck him over the head therewith, and killed him outright.-Euseb. Hift. lib. ii. cap. 2.
The Collect] This prayer for a true knowledge of Christ was compoled in 1549, and improved in 1662. Before this time it ran thus: “As thou hast taught St. Philip and the other Apostles,” &c. The introitus Vas psalm cxxxij.
work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him alk of God, that giv. eth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it Thall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind, and toffed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A doubleminded man is unstable in all his ways. Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: but the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: fo also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. Blefied is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he fall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hack promised to them that love him.
The Gospel. St. John xiv. 1.
be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions : if it were no! fo, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again
, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also. And whither Igo ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas faith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goeft; and how can we know the way? Jefus faith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye thould have knowo my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip faith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it fufficeth us. Jesus faith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet halt thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me, hath
seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you, I speak not of myself: but the Father, that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am