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under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty ; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church ; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins ; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Then he says,

AY the reading of the Holy Word (or Holy Gospel) be unto

us salvation and protection. Amen.



Then he reads one of the short chapters following:
For the Feast of the Holy ing said unto him, Suffer it to be

so now: for thus it becometh us to From the Holy Gospel according

Then he fulfil all righteousness.

suffered Him.
to St. Mark.
ND they brought young chil-

For the Feast of the Epiphany. touch them : and his disciples re

From the Holy Gospel according buked those that brought them.

to St. Matthew. But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased, and said unto 3 TOW when Jesus was born in them, Suffer the little children to Bethlehem of Judæa in the come unto Me, and forbid them days of Herod the king, behold, not: for of such is the kingdom of there came wise men from the east God. Verily I say unto you, Who- to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He soever shall not receive the king- that is born King of the Jews ? for dom of God as a little child, he we have seen His star in the east, shall not enter therein. And He and are come to worship Him ... took them up in His arms, put His And lo, the star which they saw hands upon them, and blessed them. in the east, went before them, till

it came and stood over where the For the Feast of the Circumcision young Child was. When they saw of Christ.

the star, they rejoiced with exceedFrom the Holy Gospel according ing great joy. And when they to St. Matthew.

were come into the house, they saw 2/THEN cometh Jesus from Ga- the young child with Mary His

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to be baptised of him. But John shipped Him : and when they had forbad Him, saying, I have need to opened their treasures, they prebe baptised of Thee, and comest sented unto Him gifts ; gold, and Thou to me? And Jesus answer- \frankincense, and myrrh.

i St. Mark X. 13.

2 St Matt. iii. 13.

3 St. Matt. ii. 1.

For the Feast of the Purification | God. And, behold, thy cousin

of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Elisabeth, she hath also conceived From the Holy Gospel according a son in her old age : and this is to St. Luke.

the sixth month with her, who was


in Jerusalem, whose name
thing shall be

And was Simeon; and the same man

Mary said, Behold the handmaid was just and devout, waiting for of the Lord; be it unto me accordthe consolation of Israel : and the ing to thy word. And the angel Holy Ghost was upon him. And departed from her.

And Mary it was revealed unto him by the arose in those ays, and went into Holy Ghost, that he should not see the hill country with haste, into a death before he had seen the Lord's city of Juda ; and entered into the Christ. And he came by the Spirit house of Zacharias, and saluted into the temple : and when the Elisabeth. And it came to pass, parents brought in the child Jesus, that when Elisabeth heard the saluto do for Him after the custom of tation of Mary, the babe leaped in the law, then took he Him up in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled his arms, and blessed God, and with the Holy Ghost : and she said, Lord, now lettest Thou Thy spake out with a loud voice, and servant depart in peace, according said, Blessed art thou among woto Thy word: for mine eyes have men, and blessed is the fruit of thy seen Thy salvation, which Thou womb. And whence is this to me, hast prepared before the face of all that the mother of my Lord should people : a light to lighten the Gen- come to me ?

For, lo, as soon tiles, and the glory of thy people

the voice of thy salutation Israel. And Joseph and His mo- sounded in mine ears, the babe ther marvelled at those things leaped in my womb for joy. And which were spoken of Him.

And blessed is she that believed : for Simeon blessed them, and said unto there shall be a performance of Mary His mother, Behold, this those things which were told her child is set for the fall and rising from the Lord. again of many in Israel ; and for a sign which shall be spoken against ;

For the Feast of St. Michael and (yea, a sword shall pierce through

All Angels. thy own soul also,) that the From the Revelation of St. John thoughts of many hearts may be

the Divine. revealed.

* THE Revelation of Jesus Christ, For the Feast of the Annunciation to shew unto His servants things

which God gave unto Him, of the Blessed Virgin Mary. which must shortly come to pass ; From the Holy Gospel according and He sent and signified it by His to St. Luke.

angel unto His servant John : who AN

ND the angel answered and bare record of the word of God,

said unto Mary, The Holy and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, Ghost shall come upon thee, and and of all things that he saw. the power of the Highest shall Blessed is he that readeth, and overshadow thee : therefore also they that hear the words of this that holy thing which shall be born prophecy, and keep those things of thee shall be called the Son of which are written therein : for the

1 St. Luke ii. 25.

2 St. Luke i. 35.

3 Rev. i. 1.


time is at hand. John to the man could number, of all nations, seven churches which are in Asia : and kindreds, and people, and Grace be unto you, and peace, from tongues, stood before the throne, Him which is, and which was, and and before the Lamb, clothed with which is to come ; and from the white robes, and palms in their seven Spirits which are before His hands ; and cried with a loud voice, throne; and from Jesus Christ, saying, Salvation to our God, which who is the faithful witness, and the sitteth upon the throne, and unto first begotten of the dead, and the the Lamb. And all the angels prince of the kings of the earth. stood round about the throne, and

about the elders and the four For the other Saints' Days. beasts, and fell before the throne From the Holy Gospel according

on their faces, and worshipped God, to St. Matthew.

saying, Amen : Blessing, and glory, ND seeing the multitudes,

and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and Jesus went up into a moun

honour, and power, and might, be tain : and when He was set, His unto our God for ever and ever. disciples came unto Him : and He Amen. And one of the elders anopened His mouth, and taught swered, saying unto me, What are them, saying, Blessed are the poor robes ? and whence came they?

these which are arrayed in white in spirit: for theirs is the king. And i said unto him, Sir, thou dom of heaven. Blessed are they

knowest. And he said to me, that mourn : for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for These are they which came out of they shall inherit the earth. Bless- great tribulation, and have washed ed are they which do hunger and their robes, and made them white thirst after righteousness : for they fore are they before the throne of

in the blood of the Lamb. Thereshall be filled. Blessed are the merciful : for they shall obtain God, and serve Him day and night mercy. Blessed are the pure

in His temple : and He that sitteth

in heart: for they shall see God. on the throne shall dwell among Blessed are the peacemakers: for them. They shall hunger no more, they shall be called the children of neither thirst any more ; neither God. Blessed are they which are

shall the sun light on them, nor persecuted for righteousness' sake : any heat. For the Lamb which is for theirs is the kingdom of hea- in the midst of the throne shall feed Blessed are ye when men

them, and shall lead them unto shall revile you, and persecute

| living fountains of waters : and

you, and shall say all manner of evil God shall wipe away all tears from

their against you falsely for My sake. eyes. Rejoice and be exceeding glad : for great is your reward in heaven : The following short chapter may be for so persecuted they the prophets read occasionally when there has which were before you.

been Holy Communion : For the same.

From the Book of the Prophet From the Revelation of St. John

Zechariah, and from the Holy the Divine.

Gospel according to St. Luke. A

great multitude, which no 1 St. Matt. v. l.

3 Rev. vii. 9.

3 Zech. ix. 17.


FTER this I beheld

, and, 10, a 'Ho the Lord, and how great is

His beauty! Corn shall make the evening, and the day is far spent. young men cheerful, and new wine And He went in to tarry with them. the maids.

And it came to pass, as He sat at 1 And the disciples drew nigh meat with them, He took bread, unto the village, whither they went: and blessed it, and brake, and gave and Jesus made as though He to them. And their eyes were would have gone further. But opened, and they knew Him; and they constrained Him, saying, He vanished out of their sight. Abide with us : for it is toward

Then he says,

Ť. The righteous shall give thanks unto Thy name,
RI. And the just shall continue in Thy sight.

Ñ. But Thou, O Lord, remember us with the favour Thou bearest unto Thy people, R]. And visit us with Thy salvation.

. So that we that are Thy people and sheep of Thy pasture will give Thee thanks for ever.

Ry. And will shew forth Thy praise from generation to generation.

Ý. O Lord, remember not the offences of our youth.

Ry. But according to Thy mercy, think Thou upon us, and keep us without sin.

Then all kneeling, say the following Confession and Litany : 0

BLESSED Trinity, one God, Father, Son, and Holy

Ghost, we here assembled, prostrate in spirit before Thee, do confess in the sight of the whole court of heaven our innumerable offences committed against Thy divine majesty. We have sinned, Lord, we have sinned ; we have grievously offended Thee, through the whole course of our lives, in thought, word, and deed, and therefore are most unworthy to lift up our eyes to heaven, or so much as to name Thy sacred name. But, O God, eternal Creator of all things, Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, who hast made us in Thine own image, redeemed us by Thy only Son, adopted us Thy children, and shewest mercy to those who humbly and sincerely seek it, be merciful to us, O Lord, and give us a true contrition for all the sins we have committed against Thee, that being turned from all our evil ways, we may, by a sincere repentance, obtain Thy peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

1 St. Luke xxiv. 28.

If it be the

Feast of the Epiphany, here say,

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord, and grant that we may ever appear before Thee with a reverence becoming Thy majesty, before whom saints and angels minister, with a heart fixed on Thy goodness, and with a fervency answering to our infinite wants ;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

That Thou wouldst mercifully assist us in preparing our hearts to be the temples of the Holy Ghost, that Thou, O God, mayest abide with us for ever

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

Vouchsafe, we beseech Thee, to conduct us by Thy wisdom, to restrain us by Thy justice, to comfort us by Thy mercy, and to defend us by Thy power.

That we may learn to submit our reason to the obedience of faith, and so much the more exalt the wonders of Thy goodness, as they exceed the capacity of our understanding ; We beseech Thee to hear us, o Lord.

That we may bless and praise Thee for the defence and propagation of Thy holy Church, and the continual gathering in of Thine elect throughout the world;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

That we may consecrate to Thee all our thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings, and receive thankfully from Thee whatever of joy or suffering Thou shalt appoint for us;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

Give us grace to do Thy will on earth with the same diligence, cheerfulness, and zeal, that Thy holy angels do it in heaven.

Give us grace to imitate them in their perfect obedience, burning devotion, profound humility, unspotted purity, unbounded charity, and thus engage their protection in all our necessities;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord. Fill our hearts with affection for Thy goodness, hatred of our faults, love of our neighbour, and contempt of the world.

Discover to us the nothingness of this world, the greatness of heaven, the shortness of time, and the length of eternity;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

If it be the
Feast of the

here say,

If it be the Feast of St.

Michael and All Angels, here say,

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