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    1 January    The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus
White
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
whose blessed Son was circumcised
in obedience to the law for our sake
and given the Name that is above every name:
give us grace faithfully to bear his Name,
to worship him in the freedom of the Spirit
and to proclaim him as the Saviour of the world;
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    Almighty and everlasting God,
whose incarnate Son was given the Name of Saviour:
grant that we who have shared
      in this sacrament of our salvation
may live out our lives in this world
      in the power of the Name that is above every name,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
    25 January The Conversion of Paul
White
     
    Collect
     
    O God,
who through the preaching of the blessed apostle Saint Paul,
hast caused the light of the gospel
      to shine throughout the world:
grant, we beseech thee, that we,
having his wonderful conversion in remembrance,
may show forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same,
by following the holy doctrine which he taught;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    of Apostles and Evangelists
     
    Almighty God,
who on the day of Pentecost
didst send thy Holy Spirit to the apostles
with the wind from heaven and in tongues of flame,
filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel:
by the power of the same Spirit
strengthen us to bear witness to thy truth
and to draw everyone to the fire of thy love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.   
     
    (or)
     
    O Lord God, the source of truth and love,
keep us faithful to the apostles' teaching and fellowship,
united in prayer and the breaking of bread,
and one in joy and simplicity of heart,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
    19 March              Joseph of Nazareth
White
     
    Collect
     
    O God our Father,
who from the house of thy servant David
didst raise up Joseph the carpenter
to be the guardian of thine incarnate Son
and husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
give us grace to follow him
in faithful obedience to thy commands;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    Heavenly Father,
whose Son grew in wisdom and stature
in the home of Joseph the carpenter in Nazareth
and on the wood of the cross
      perfected the work of the world's salvation:
grant us, strengthened by this sacrament of his passion,
to count the wisdom of this world as foolishness,
and to walk with him in simplicity and faith;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord.
     
     
    25 March The Annunciation of Our Lord
Gold or
     
Principal Feast
White
     
    Collect
     
    We beseech thee, O Lord,
pour thy grace into our hearts;
that, as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ
      by the message of an angel,
so by his cross and passion
we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    O God most high,
whose handmaid bore the Word made flesh:
we give thee thanks that in this sacrament of our redemption
thou dost visit us with thy Holy Spirit
and dost overshadow us by thy power;
strengthen us to walk with Mary the joyful path of obedience
and so to bring forth the fruits of holiness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
    23 April  George 
Red
     
Martyr, Patron of England, c.304
 
     
    Collect
     
    O God of hosts,
who didst so kindle the flame of love
in the heart of thy servant George
that he bore witness to the risen Lord
by his life and by his death:
grant us the same faith and power of love
that we, who rejoice in his triumphs,
may come to share with him the fullness of the resurrection;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    O eternal God,
who hast given us this holy meal
in which we have celebrated the glory of the cross
and the victory of thy martyr George:
by our communion with Christ
in his saving death and resurrection,
grant us with all thy saints the courage to overcome evil
and so to partake of the fruit of the tree of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
    (or)
     
    O God our redeemer,
whose Church was strengthened
      by the blood of thy martyr George:
so bind us, in life and in death,
to the sacrifice of Christ
that, our lives being broken and offered with his,
we may carry his death
and proclaim his resurrection in the world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
    25 April Mark
Red
     
Evangelist
 
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
who hast enlightened thy holy Church
through the inspired witness of thine evangelist Saint Mark:
grant that we, being rooted and grounded
      in the truth of the gospel,
may be faithful to its teaching both in word and deed;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    One of the Post Communions of Apostles and Evangelists is used.
     
     
    1 May              Philip and James
Red
     
Apostles
 
     
    Collect
     
    O almighty God,
whom truly to know is everlasting life:
grant us perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ
to be the way, the truth and the life;
that, following the steps of thy holy apostles,
      Saint Philip and Saint James,
we may steadfastly walk
      in the way that leadeth to eternal life;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    One of the Post Communions of Apostles and Evangelists is used.
     
     
    14 May  Matthias
Red
     
Apostle
 
     
    Collect
     
    O almighty God,
who into the place of the traitor Judas
didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias
to be of the number of the twelve apostles:
grant that thy Church,
being alway preserved from false apostles,
may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    One of the Post Communions of Apostles and Evangelists is used.
     
     
    31 May           The Visit of
White
      the Blessed Virgin Mary  
      to Elizabeth  
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
by whose grace Elizabeth rejoiced with Mary
and greeted her as the mother of the Lord:
look with favour, we beseech thee, on thy lowly servants,
that, with Mary, we may magnify thy holy name
and rejoice to acclaim her Son our Saviour,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    O gracious God,
who gavest to Elizabeth and Mary
joy in recognizing the signs of redemption
      at work within them:
grant us, who have shared in the joy of this communion,
knowledge of the Lord deep within us,
and of his love shining forth in our lives,
that the world may rejoice in thy salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
    11 June     Barnabas
Red
     
Apostle
 
     
    Collect
     
    O God, the giver of all good gifts,
who didst pour out thy Spirit upon thy servant Barnabas
and gavest him grace to strengthen others:
grant us, by his example,
to be generous in our judgements
and faithful in our service;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    One of the Post Communions of Apostles and Evangelists is used.
     
     
    24 June The Birth of John the Baptist
White
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
by whose providence thy servant John Baptist
      was wonderfully born,
and sent to prepare the way of thy Son our Saviour,
by preaching of repentance:
make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life,
that we may truly repent according to his preaching
and, after his example,
constantly speak the truth,
boldly rebuke vice
and patiently suffer for the truth's sake;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    O merciful Lord,
whose prophet John the Baptist
proclaimed thy Son to be the Lamb of God
      who taketh away the sin of the world:
grant that we, who in this sacrament
      have known thy pardon and thy life-giving love,
may ever tell of thy mercy and thy peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
    29 June         Peter and Paul
Red
     
Apostles
 
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul
glorified thee in their death as in their life:
grant that thy Church,
inspired by their teaching and example,
and made one by thy Spirit,
may ever stand firm on the one foundation
which is thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord;
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    or, where Peter is celebrated alone
     
    Almighty God,
who didst inspire thy apostle Saint Peter
to confess Jesus as Christ and Son of the living God:
build up thy Church upon this rock,
that in unity and peace it may proclaim one truth
and follow one Lord, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    One of the Post Communions of Apostles and Evangelists is used.
     
     
The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2004
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