|The Book of Common Prayer|
Sainct Andrewes Daye.
At the Communion.
Sæpe expugnaverunt. Psalm cxxix.
tymes they have fought agaynst me from my youth up : may Israeli nowe
ALMYGHTIE God, which hast geven suche grace to thy Apostle saynct Andrew, that he counted the sharp and painful death of the crosse to be an high honour, and a great glory; Graunt us to take and esteme all troubles and adversities which shal come unto us for thy sake, as thinges proffytable for us toward the obtaining of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lorde.
1552 & 1559:
ALMIGHTY God, whiche didest geve suche grace unto thy holy Apostle saincte Andrew, that hee redily obeied the callyng of thy Sonne Jesus Christe, and folowed him without delaie, graunt unto us all that we beyng called by thy holie worde, may furthwith geve over our selves obediently to folowe thy holy commaundementes, through thesame Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.
IF thou knowledge
with thy mouthe, that Jesus is the Lord,. and beleve in thy heart that
God raised him up from death, thou shalt be safe [saved].
For, to beleve with the hearte justifyeth; and to knowledge with the
mouth maketh a man safe. For the scripture saith; whosoever beleveth
on hym shall not be confounded. There is no difference betwene the Jewe
and the Gentyle. For one is Lorde of all, whyche is ryche unto all that
call upon hym. For whosoever doth cal on the name of the Lorde shalbe
safe. Howe then shal they call on him, on whom they have not beleved
? How shal they beleve on him, of whom they have not heard? How shal
they heare, without a preacher? And how shal they preache except they
be sent? As it is written; howe beutiful are the fete of them which
bring tidinges of peace, and bring tidynges of good thynges. But they
have not al obeyed to the gospel, for Esay [Isaiah]
sayeth; Lorde, who hath beleved our saiynges? So then, faith commeth
by hearing, and hearing commeth by the worde of God. But I aske; have
they not heard? no doubt their sound went out into al landes, and their
wordes into the endes of the world. But I demaunde whether Israell dyd
knowe or not? fyrst Moyses sayth; I wyll provoke you to envy, by them
that are no people, by a folysh nacion I wyll anger you. Esaie [Isaiah]
after that is bolde, and sayth; I am found of them that sought me not,
I am manyfest unto them that asked not after me. But against Israell
he saith, all daye long have I stretched furth my handes unto a people
that beleveth not, but speaketh agaynst me.
The Gospel. Matt. iv.
AS Jesus walked
by the sea of Galilee, he sawe two brethren; Simon, which was called
Peter, and Andrew his brother, castyng a net into the sea, (for they
were fyshers) and he saieth unto them; folowe me, and I will make you
to become fishers of men. And they streightway left their nettes, and
Saynct Thomas the Apostle.
¶ At the Communion.
Beati omnes. Psalm cxxviii.
are all they that feare the Lorde : and walke in his wayes.
and* everliving God, whiche for the more confyrmacion of the fayth didst
suffer thy holy apostle Thomas to bee doubtfull in thy sonnes resurreccyon;
graunte us so perfectly, and without all doubt, to beleve in thy sonne
Jesus Christe, that our fayth in thy syghte may* never be reproved;
here us, O Lorde, through the same Jesus Christe, to whome with thee
and the holy goste be all honour, &c.
added late 1500's
The Epistle. Ephes. ii.
NOW ye are not
straungers, nor foreners, but citezens with the saintes, and of the
houshold of God, and are built upon the foundacion of the apostles and
prophetes, Jesus Christ himselfe beeyng the head corner-stone, in whome
what building soever is coupled together, it groweth unto an holy temple
in the lord,. in whome ye also are built together to be an habitacion
of God through the holy gost.
The Gospell. John xx.
THOMAS one of
the twelve, which is called Didimus, was not with them when Jesus came.
The other disciples therfore sayed unto hym, we have sene the lord.
But he sayd unto them; except I see in hys handes the printe of the
nayles, and put my finger into the print of the nayles, and thrust my
hande into his syde, I will not beleve.
¶ The conversion of sainct Paule.
The Second Lesson, Acts xxii. unto "they heard him."
Confitebor tibi. Psalm cxxxviii.
I WILL geve thankes
unto thee, O lord, with my whole hearte : even before the Goddes, wil
I syng prayse unto thee.
GOD, whiche haste taughte all the worlde, through the preachyng of thy blessed apostle saincte Paule; graunt, we beseche thee, that we whiche have hys wonderfull conversion in remembraunce, maye folowe and fulfill the holy doctryne that he taughte; through Jesus Christ our Lorde.
The Epistle. Acts ix.
AND Saul yet breathyng
out threatnynges, and slaughter agaynste the Disciples of the lord,
went unto the hye prieste, and desired of him letters to cary to Damasco
to the Sinagoges; (that if he founde any of this waye, whether they
were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.) And when
he jorneied, it fortuned that as he was come nigh to Damasco, sodenly
there shined round about him a light from heaven, and he fel to the
earth, and heard a voyce, saying to him; Saul, Saul, why persecutest
thou me? And he sayde: what art thou Lorde. And the Lord sayd; I am
Jesus whome thou persecuteste. It is harde for thee to kicke agaynste
the pricke [i.
e., It is hard for you to resist prodding. (this and the following sentence
do not appear in modern translations)]. And he both trembling
and astonied [astonished],
sayd; lorde, what wilt thou have me to doe? And the lorde sayde unto
hym; aryse, and goe into the citie, and it shalbe tolde thee what thou
must doe. The men whiche journeyed with hym, stoode amased, hearing
a voyce, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth, and when
be opened hys eyes, he saw no man; But they led him by the hand, and
brought him into Damasco. And he was three dayes without sight, and
neyther did eate nor drynke. And there was a certayn disciple at Damasco,
named Ananias, and to him said the Lord in a vision; Ananias? and he
sayd; bebolde I am here lorde. And the lord sayd unto him; arise and
goe into the strete (whiche is called streighte) and seke in the house
of Judas, after one called Saul of Tharsus. For beholde, he prayeth,
and hath seene in a vision a man, named Ananias, cummyng in to hym,
and puttyng hys handes on hym, that he mighte receyve hys sighte. Then
Ananias aunswered; Lorde, I have hearde by many of thys man, howe muche
evill he hath doone to thy sainctes at Jerusalem; and here he hath aucthorytye
of the hye pryestes, to bynde all that call on thy name. The Lorde sayde
unto hym; goe thy waye, for he is a chosen vessell unto me, to beare
my name beefore the Gentyles, and kynges, and the chyldren of Israell.
For I will shewe hym, howe great thynges he muste suffer for my names
sake. And Ananias wente hys way, and entred into the house, and put
hys handes on hym, and sayde: brother Saul, the Lorde that appeared
unto thee in the way as thou cameste, hath sent me, that thou mighteste
receyve thy syghte, and be filled with the holy goste. And immediately
there fell from his eyes as it had bene scales, and he receyved syghte
and arose, and was baptised, and received meate and was coumforted.
Then was Saul a certayne dayes with the discyples whiche were at Damasco.
And straightway be preached Christe in the Sinagoges, howe that he was
the sonne of God. But all that hearde hym were amased, and sayde: is
not thys he that spoyled [=seized]
them whiche called on thys name in Hierusalem [Jerusalem],
and came hither for that entente that he mighte bring them bounde unto
the hye priestes? But Saul encreased the more in strength, and confounded
the Jewes whiche dwelte at Damasco, affirming that thys was very Christe.
The Gospell. Matt. xix.
PETER aunswered and said unto Jesus; behold, we have forsaken all, and folowed thee, what shall we have therfore? Jesus sayd unto them; verely I say unto you, that when the sonne of man shal sit in the seate of his Majestie, ye that have folowed me in the regeneracion shall sit also upon twelve seates, and judge the twelve tribes of Israell. And every one that forsaketh house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wyfe, or children, or landes, for my names sake, shall receive an hundred folde, and shall inherite everlasting lyfe. But many that are first shalbe last, and the last shalbe first.
[¶ At Evensong.
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¶ The Purificacion of Saint Mary the Virgin.
Ecce nunc benedicite. Psalm cxxxiv.
prayse the Lorde : all ye servauntes of the lord; ye that by night stand
in the house of the Lorde : (even in the courtes of the house of our
ALMYGHTYE and everlastyng God, we humbly beseche thy Majestie, that as thy onelye begotten sonne was this day presented in the Temple in the substaunce of our fleshe; so graunte that we maie bee presented unto thee with pure and cleare myndes; By Jesus Christ our Lorde.
The Gospel. Luke ii.
WHEN the tyme of their Purificacion (after the lawe of Moses) was come, they brought him to Hierusalem [Jerusalem], to present hym to the Lorde, (as it is written in the Lawe of the Lorde: every manne child that first openeth the matrix [=womb], shalbe called holy to the lorde;) and to offre (as it is saied in the Lawe of the Lorde) a payre of turtle Dooves, or twoo young Pigions. And beholde, there was a man in Hierusalem, whose name was Simeon. And the same man was just and godly, and loked for the consolacion of Israeli, and the holy Goste was in hym. And an answere had he received of the holy Goste, that he should not see death, excepte be firste sawe the Lordes Christe. And he came by inspiracion [=the spirit] into the temple.
¶ Saint Mathies' daie.
Eripe me. Psalm cxl.
DELYVER me, O
lorde, from the evill manne : and preserve me from the wicked man.
whiche in the place of the traytor Judas, didst chose thy faythfull
servaunte Mathie [Matthias]
to be of the number of thy twelve Apostles; Graunt that thy churche,
being alway preserved from false Apostles, may be ordred and guided
by faythfull and true pastors; Through Jesus Christ our Lorde.
The Epistle. Acts i.
IN those dayes,
Peter stode up in the middes [midst]
of the disciples, and sayd; (the numbre of names that were together,
were about an cxx,) Ye men and brethren, thys scripture must nedes have
bene fulfilled, which the holye Ghoste, throughe the mouthe of David,
spake before of Judas, whiche was guyde to them that toke Jesus. For
he was numbred with us, and had obteined felowship in this ministracion
And the same hath now possessed a plat [plot]
of ground with the rewarde of iniquitie; and when he was hanged, he
burst asunder in the middes, and all his bowels gusshed out: And it
is knowen unto all the inhabiters of Hierusalem [Jerusalem];
insomuche that the same fielde is called, in theyr mother tongue, Acheldama,
that is to saye, the bloude fielde. For it is written in the boke of
Psalmes: his habitacion be voyde, and no man be dwelling therein, and
his bishoprike [=office]
let another take. Wherfore, of these menne whiche have companyed with
us (al the tyme that the lorde Jesus had al his conversacion [=ministry]
emong us, beginning at the baptisme of John unto that same day, that
he was taken up from us) must one be ordayned, to be a witnes with us
of his resurreccion. And they appoynted two, Joseph whiche is called
Barsabas, (whose simame was Justus,) and Matthias. And when they prayed,
they sayde: Thou Lorde, which knowest the heartes of al menne, shew
whether of these two thou haste chosen; That he may take the roume [=place]
of this ministracion and Apostleship, from whiche Judas by transgression
fel, that he might goe to his own place. And they gave furth theyr lottes;
and the lot fel on Matthias, and he was coumpted with the eleven Apostles.
The Gospel. Matt. xi.
IN that tyme Jesus
aunswered, and sayde: I thanke thee, (O father,) Lorde of heaven and
yearth, because thou hast hyd these thynges from the wise and prudent,
and hast shewed them unto babes: verely father, even so was it thy good
pleasure. All thynges are geven over unto me of my father. And no manne
knoweth the sonne, but the father; neither knoweth any man the father,
save the sonne, and he to whomesoever the sonne will open hym. Come
unto me, all ye that labor, and are laden, and I wil ease you. Take
my yoke upon you, and learne of me; for I am meke and lowly in heart:
and ye shal fynd rest unto your soules, for my yoke is easie, and my
burden is light.
The Annunciacion of the virgin Marie.
Domine, non est exal. Psalm cxxxi.
I am not hye-mynded : I have no proude lookes.
beseche thee, Lorde, powre thy grace into our heartes; that, as we have
knowen Christ, thy sonnes incarnacion, by the message of an Angell;
so by hys crosse and passion, we maye be brought unto the glory of his
resurreccion; Through the same Christe our Lorde.
The Epistle. Isaiah vii.
GOD spake once
agayne unto Ahaz, saying; require a token of the Lorde thy God; whether
it be towarde the depth beneth, or towarde the heigth above. Then sayde
Ahaz; I will require none, neyther will I tempte the Lorde. And he sayed;
hearken to, ye of the house of Davyd; is it not ynoughe for you that
ye bee grevous unto menne, but ye muste greve my God also? And therefore
the Lorde shall geve you a token; beholde a virgin shall conceive, and
beare a sonne, and his mother shall call hys name Emanuell. Butter and
Hony shall he eate, that he maye knowe to refuse the evill, and chose
The Gospel. Luke i.
AND in the sixth
moneth the Angell Gabriell was sente from GOD unto a citie of Galile,
named Nazareth, to a virgyn spoused to a manne, whose name was Joseph,
of the house of Davyd, and the virgins name was Mary. And the Angel
went in unto her, and sayd, Haile ful of grace, the Lorde is with thee;
Blessed arte thou among weomen. When she sawe hym, she was abasshed
at hys saying, and caste in her mynde, what maner of salutacyon that
shoulde be. And the angel said unto her; feare not Mary; for thou hast
found grace with God. Beholde, thou shalt conceive in thy wombe, and
beare a sonne, and shalt call his name Jesus: He shall be greate, and
shalbe called the sonne of the highest. And the Lorde God shall geve
unto hym, the seat of his father David, and he shall reigne over the
house of Jacob for ever, and of hys kyngdome there shalbe none end.
Then said Mary unto the angel; How shall this be, seeing I knowe not
a man? And the Angel aunswered and sayde unto her, the holy gost shal
come upon thee, and the power of the highest shal overshadowe thee.
Therfore also that holy thing which shal be borne, shall be called the
sonne of God. And beholde, thy cosin Elizabeth, she hath also conceyved
a sonne in her age. And this is her sixth moneth, which was called baren:
for with god shal notbing be unpossible. And Mary sayde: beholde the
handmayde of the lorde: be it unto me, according to thy woorde. And
the Angell departed from her.
¶ Sainct Markes day.
Domine, clamavi. Psalm cxli.
LORDE I call upon
thee, hast thee unto me : and considre my voyce when I crye unto thee.
1549, 1552, and early printings of 1559.
ALMYGHTIE God, whiche haste instructed thy holy Church with the heavenly doctrine of thy Evangelist Sainct Marke: Geve us grace so to be established by thy holy Gospell, that we be not, lyke chyldren, caried away with every blast of vaine Doctrine; through Jesus Christ our Lorde.
Introduced in the late 1500's:
ALMYGHTIE God, whiche hast instructed thy holy Church with the heavenly doctrine of thy Evangelist S. Marke: give us grace, that we be not like children, carried away with every blast of vaine doctrine: but formely to be established in the trueth of thy holy Gospel, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
UNTO every one
of us is geven grace, according to the measure of the gift of Christe.
Wherfore he sayeth; when he went up an hie, he led captivitie captive,
and gave giftes unto menne. That he ascended, what meaneth it, but that
he also descended first into the lowest partes of the earth? he that
descended, is even the same also that ascended up above all heavens,
to fulfill all thinges. And the verye same made some Apostles, some
prophetes, some Evangelistes, some Shepheardes and teachers; to the
edifying of the sainctes, to the worke and minystracyon, even to the
edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unitie of fayth,
and knowledge of the sonne of god, unto a perfecte man, unto the measure
of the full perfect age of Christe. That we hencefurth should be no
more children, wavering and caryed about with every winde of doctrine,
by the wylinesse of men, through craftines, wherby they lay awaite for
us, to deceive us. But let us folowe the trueth in love, and in all
thynges growe in him, which is the head, even Christe, in whome if all
the body be coupled and knit together, throughout every joint, wherwith
one ministreth to another, (according to the operacion, as everye parte
hath his measure) he encreaseth the body, unto the edifying of itselfe
The Gospel. John xv.
I AM the true Vine, and my father is an housbandeman. Every braunche that beareth not fruite in me, he will take awaye. And everye braunche that beareth fruite, will he pourge [=prune], that it may bring furth more fruite. Nowe are ye cleane through the woordes whiche I have spoken unto you. Bide in me, and I in you. As the braunche cannot beare fruite of itselfe, except it bide in the Vine; no more can ye, except ye abyde in me. I am the Vyne, ye are the braunches. He that abydeth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth furth muche fruite. For without me, can ye doe nothing. If a manne hyde not in me, he is caste foorth as a braunche, and is withered; And menne gather them, and caste them into the fyer, and they burne. If ye byde in me, and my woordes abyde in you, aske what ye will, and it shalbe dooen for you. Herein is my father glorifyed. that ye beare muche fruite, and become my Disciples. As the father hath loved me, even so have I also loved you. Continue ye in my love. If ye kepe my commaundementes, ye shall byde in my love, even as I have kept my fathers commaundementes, and abyde in hys love. These thynges have I spoken unto you, that my joye mighte remayne in you, and that your joy might be full.
¶ Sainct Philip and James.
¶ At Matins.
The Second Lesson, Acts viii. unto "When the apostles."
¶ At the Communion.
Ecce, quam bonum! Psalm cxxxiii.
how good and joyfull a thing it is : brethren to dwell together in unitie.
God, whome truely to knowe is everlasting lyfe; Graunt us perfectely
to knowe thy sonne Jesus Christe to bee the way, the trueth, and the
lyfe, as thou hast taught sainct Philip and other the Apostles; Through
Jesus Christ our Lorde.
The Epistle. James i.
JAMES the servaunt
of God, andof the Lorde Jesus Christe, sendeth greeting to the twelve
Tribes whiche are scattered abrode. My brethren, counte it for an excedynge
joye, when ye fall into diverse temptacions; Knowyng thys, that the
trying of youre faythe, gendreth pacyence: and lette pacience have her
perfecte woorke, that ye may bee perfecte and sounde, lackyng nothyng.
If anye of you lacke wisedome, let him aske of him that geveth it; even
God, whiche geveth to all men indifferentley and casteth no man in the
e., does not reproach anyone], and it shalbe geven hym. But let
hym aske in fayth, and waver not; for he that doubteth, is like a wave
of the sea, whiche is tost [tossed]
of the windes, and caryed with violence. Neyther let that man thynke
that he shall receyve any thing of the Lorde.
The Gospel. John xiv.
AND Jesus sayde unto hys disciples, let not your hearte bee troubled. Ye beleve in God, beleve also in me. In my fathers house are many Mansions. If it were not so, I woulde have tolde you. I goe to prepare a place for you. And if I goe to prepare a place for you, I will come agayne, and receyve you, even unto myselfe: that where I am, there may ye bee also. And whither I goe, ye knowe, and the waye ye knowe. Thomas sayeth unto hym. Lorde wee knowe not whither thou goeste. And howe is it possible for us to knowe the waye? Jesus sayeth unto hym; I am the way, and the truth, and the life: No man cometh unto the father but by me: if ye had knowen me, ye had knowen my father also: And nowe ye knowe hym, and have seene hym. Philip sayeth unto him; Lord, shewe us the father, and it suffiseth us. Jesus sayeth unto him, have I bene so long tyme with you; and yet haste thou not knowen me? Philip, he that hath sene me, hath sene my father, and how sayest thou then, shew us the Father? Belevest thou not that I am in the father, and the Father in me? The woordes that I speake unto you, I speake not of myselfe: But the father that dwelleth in me, is he that dooeth the woorkes. Beleve me that I am in the father and the father in me. Orelles beleve me for the woorkes sake. Verely, verely I say unto you; he that beleveth on me, the workes that I do, the same shal he doe also, and greater woorkes than these shall he do, because I goe unto my father. And whatsoever ye aske in my name, that will I dooe, that the father may be glorifyed by the sonne. If ye shall aske any thyng in my name, I will doe it.
Saint Barnabe Apostle.
¶ The Second Lesson, Acts xiv. unto the end.
¶ At the Communion.
Voce mea ad Dominum. Ps. cxlii.
CRYED unto the Lord with my voyce : yea even unto the Lord did I make
Almightie, whiche hast indued thy holy Apostle Barnabas with singuler
giftes of thy holy goste; let us not be destytute of thy manyfold giftes,
nor yet of grace to use them alway to thy honour and glory; through
Jesus Christ our Lorde.
The Epistle. Acts xi.
TYDINGES of these
thinges came unto the eares of the congregacyon which was in Hierusalem
And they sente furth Barnabas, that he should goe unto Antioche. Which
when he came, and had seene the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted
them all, that with purpose of heart, they would continually cleave
unto the Lorde. For he was a good man, and ful of the holy gost, and
of fayth, and much people was added unto the Lorde. Then departed Barnabas
to Tharsus, for to seke Saul. And when he had found him, he brought
him unto Antioche. And it chaunsed, that a whole yere they had theyr
with the congregacion there, and taught muche people, insomuche that
the disciples of Antioche were the first that were called Christen [Christians].
In those dayes came Prophetes from the citie of Hierusalem unto Antioche.
And there stoode up one of them, named Agabus, and signifyed by the
spirite, that there should be great dearth [=famine]
throughout al the world, which came to passe in the Emperour Claudius
dayes. Then the disciples, every man accordyng to his habilitie, purposed
to send succour unto the brethren whiche dwelt in Jewry [=Judea]:
which thyng they also dyd, and sent it to the elders by the handes of
Barnabas and Saul.
The Gospel. John xv.
THIS is my commaundemente, that ye love together, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man, then thys; that a man bestowe his lyfe for hys frendes. Ye are my frendes, if ye doe whatsoever I commaunde you. Hencefurth call I you not servauntes, for the servaunt knoweth not what his Lorde doeth. But you have I called frendes; for all thynges that I have heard of my father, have I opened to you: ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordayned you to goe and bring furth fruit, and that your fruit shoulde remayn: that whatsoever ye aske of the father in my name, he may geve it you.
¶ At Evensong.
¶ The Second Lesson, Acts xv. (unto) "After certayne dayes."
¶ Saint John Baptist.
¶ Proper Lessons at Matins.
The First Lesson, Malachi iii. unto the end.
The Second Lesson, Matt. iii. unto the end.
At the Communion.
Domine, exaudi. Psalm cxliii.
my prayer, O Lord, and considre my desyre : herken unto me for thy trueth
and righteousnes sake.
God, by whose providence thy servaunte John Baptiste was wonderfully
borne, and sente to prepare the way of thy sonne our saviour, by preaching
of penaunce; make us so to folowe his doctrine and holy lyfe, that we
may truely repent accordyng to his preachyng; and after his example
constantly speake the trueth, boldly rebuke vice, and paciently suffre
for the truethes sake; through Jesus Christ our Lorde.
Lessons for Matins & Evensong, 1549 only.
The Epistle. Esai. xl.
BE of good chere
my people, O ye Prophetes, comfort my people, sayeth your God, comfort
Jerusalem at the heart, and tell her, that her travayle is at an ende,
that her offence is pardoned, that she hath received of the Lordes hand
sufficient correccion for all her sinnes. A voyce crieth in wyldernes,
Prepare the way of the Lorde in the wyldernes, make straight the path
for oure God in the desert. Let all valleyes be exalted, and every mountayne
and hyll be layde lowe: whatso is croked, let it be made straight, and
let the rough be made plain fieldes. For the glory of the lord shal
appeare, and all fleshe shall at once se it: for why? the mouth of the
Lorde bath spoken it.
The Gospel. Luke i.
ELIZABETHES tyme came that she should be delivered, and she brought furth a sonne. And her neighbours and her cosyns heard howe the Lorde had shewed great mercy upon her, and they rejoysed with her. And it fortuned, that in the eight day they came to circumcise the child; and called his name Zacharias, after the name of his father. And his mother answered and sayd; not so, but he shalbe called John. And they sayd unto her. There is none in thy kynred that is named with this name. And they made signes to his father, how he would have hym called. And he asked for writyng tables [tablets], and wrote, saying; his name is Jhon. And they mervayled all. And his mouth was opened immediatly, and his tongue also, and he spake and praysed God. And feare came on all them that dwelt nye unto them. And al these sayinges were noysed abrode throughout all the hyll countrey of Jury [=Judea]: and all they that heard them layd them up in their heartes, saying; what maner of childe shal this be? And the hand of the Lorde was with hym. And his father Zacharias was fylled with the holy ghost, and prophecied, saying; Praysed be the lorde God of Israell, for he hath visited and redemed his people. And hath raysed up an horne of salvacion unto us, in the house of his servaunt David. Even as he promised by the mouth of his holy prophetes, which were sence the worlde began. That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us. That he would deale mercifully with our fathers, and remembre his holy covenaunt. And that he would perfourm the othe which he sware to our father Abraham. for to geve us. That we delivered out of the handes of our enemies, might serve hym without feare, all the daies of our life in suche holines and righteousnes as are acceptable before him. And thou child shalt be called the prophet of the highest, for thou shalt go before the face of the Lorde to prepare his wayes; to geve knowledge of salvacion unto his people, for the remission of synnes. Thorough the tendre mercy of our God, whereby the day-spring from an hye hath visited us. To geve light to them that sate in darkenes and in the shadow of death, to guide our fete into the waye of peace. And the childe grewe, and weaxed strong in spirit, and was in wyldernes till the day came, when he shoulde shewe himselfe unto the Israelites.
Proper Lessons at Evensong.
The First Lesson, Malachi iii. unto the end.
The Second Lesson, Matt. xiv. (unto) "When Jesus heard."
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