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that we may be made an holy temple, acceptable unto Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. St. Jude i. UDE the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of

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and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called : Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common sal. vation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that

ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation; ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only

Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

The Gospel. St. John xv. 17. "HESE things I command you, that ye love one ano.

ther. If the world hate me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love its own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than the lord: if they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they have kept my faying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my Name's fake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had fin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me, hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had fin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he fhall testify of me: and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

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All Saints Day.

The Collect.
Almighty God, who haft knit together thine elect

in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys, which thou haft prepared for them that unfeignedly love thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Rev. vii. 2.

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having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was

All Saints] This feast is not of very great antiquity in the church. About the year of our Lord 610, the heathen pantheon, or temple dediCated to all the gods, at the desire of Boniface IV. bishop of Rome, was taken from the heathens by Phocas the emperor, and dedicated to the honour of all martyrs: hence came the original of all saints, which was then celebrated upon the first of May. Afterwards, by an order of Gregory IV. it was removed to the first of November, A. D. 834, as it has tood ever înce. Our reformers having laid aside the celebration of a great many martyrs' days, which had grown too numerous and cumberfome to the church, thought fit to retain this day, wherein, by a general commemoration, church gives God thanks for them all.

The Collect] This prayer for grace to cultivate the holiness of the saints was composed 1549. The introitus was pfalm cxlix.

given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying, Hurt not the carth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the fervants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed; and there were fealed an hundred and forty and four thousand, of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed cwelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Ilachar were sealed twelve thousand.
of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Joseph were fealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great number which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God, which fitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders, and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen,

The Gospel. St. Matt. v. 1. (ESUS seeing the multitudes, went up into a moun.

tain; and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: and he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. · Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart : for they shall fee God. Blessed are the peace-makers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my fake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad : for great is your reward in heaven: for fo persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Admimiftration of the Lord's Supper;

Or, Doly Communion.

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O many as intend to be partakers of the Holy Com

miunion, shall signify their names to the Curate at least some time the day before.

And if any of those be an open and notorious evil liver, or have done any wrong to his neighbours by word or deed, so that the Congregation be thereby offended; the Curate having knowledge thereof, shall call him, and advertise him, that in any wise he presume not to come to the Lord's Table, until he hath openly declared himself to have truly repented and amended bis former naughty life; that the Congregation may thereby be satisfied, which before were offended; and that he hath recompensed the parties, to whom he baih done wrong; or at leajt declare himself to be in full purpose fo to do, as soon as he conveniently may. The same order shall the Curate use with those, betwixt whom he perceiveth malice and hatred to reign; not suffering them to be partakers of the Lord's Table, until he know them to be reconciled. And if one of the parties so at variance be content to forgive, from the bottom of bis heart, all that the other hath trespassed against him, and to make amends for that he himself hath offended; and the other party will not be persuaded to a godly unity, but remain fill in his frowardness and malice; the Mi. nister in that case ought to admit the penitent person to the Holy Communion, and not him that is obstinate. ProLord's Supper] In Edward VIth's first Prayer-Book, the title of this service is, “The Supper of the Lord, and the Holy Communion, commonly called the Mass.”

Day before) This rubrick was nearly the fame in Edward the Vith's first book. After the words “ to the Curate,” it went on “over night, or else in the morning, before the beginning of matins, or immediately after."

Conveniently may) This rubric was introduced in the first PrayerBook of Edward Vith, as well as the succeeding one, except that it concluded at the words that is obstinate." The remainder was added at the Review 1662.

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