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The Twentyfifth Sunday The Twentysixth Sunday
after Whitsunday. after Whitsunday.
O LORD, we beseech O LORD, we beseech thee, absolve thy people thee to encourage the from their offences; that hearts of thy faithful peothrough thy bountiful good- ple, that they, always reness we may all be deliver- lying on thy power, and ed from the bands of those trusting in thy grace, may sins which by our frailty we bring forth plenteously the have committed, and be fruit of good works, and brought into the glorious of thee be plenteously reliberty of the children of warded, both in the world God. Grant this, O heav- which now is, and that enly Father, for thine infi
which is to come, through nite mercy's sake in Jesus Jesus Christ our Lord. Christ our Saviour. Amen. Amen.
of those Sundays which were omitted after the Epiphany, shall be used. And if there be fewer, the overplus may be omitted ;
provided that this last Collect, Gospel, and Epistle, shall always be read upon the Sunday next before Advent.
SELECTIONS FROM SAINTS' DAYS.
Saint Stephen's Day.
Matt. xxiii. 34 39.
BEHOLD I send unto THE COLLECT.
you prophets, &c. GRANT, O Lord, that Blessed is he that cometh in all our sufferings here in the name of the Lord. upon earth, for the testimony of thy truth, we may
FOR THE EPISTLE. steadfastly look up to hea
Acts, vii. 55 - 60. ven, and by faith behold the glory that shall be re STEPHEN, being full vealed; and being filled of the Holy Ghost, looked with the Holy Ghost, may up steadfastly into heaven, learn to love and bless our
&c. And when he had persecutors, by the example said this, he fell asleep. of the first martyr, Saint Stephen, who cried for his murderers to thee, O
The Innocents' Day. blessed Jesus, who standest at the right hand of God,
December 28. to succour all those who
THE COLLECT. suffer for thee, our only Mediator and Advocate.
O ALMIGHTY God, Amen.
who out of the mouths of
babes and sucklings hast the preaching of the blessed ordained strength, and Apostle Saint Paul, hast madest infants to glorify caused the light of the thee by their deaths; Gospel to shine throughout mortify and kill all vices in the world; grant, we beus, and so strengthen us seech thee, that we, having by thy grace, that by the his wonderful conversion innocency of our lives, and in remembrance, may constancy of our faith even show forth our thankfulness unto death, we may glorify unto thee for the same, by thy holy name, through following the holy doctrine Jesus Christ our Lord. which he taught, through Amen.
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Matt. xix. 27 - 30. THE angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a
PETER answered, and dream, saying, Arise, &c.
said unto Jesus, Behold, - would not be comfort
we have forsaken all, &c. ed, because they are not.
and the last shall be
FOR THE EPISTLE.
Acts, ix. 1 Lamb stood on the mount Sion, &c.— they are AND Saul, yet breathing without fault before the
out threatenings and slaughthrone of God.
ter, &c. —proving that this is very Christ.
whose providence thy ser All Saints' Day. vant John Baptist was
November 1. wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of thy THE COLLECT. Son, our Saviour, by O ALMIGHTY God, preaching repentance; who hast
who hast knit together make us so to follow his
thine elect, in one commudoctrine and holy life, that
nion and fellowship, in the we may truly repent ac
mystical body of thy Son cording to his preaching; Christ our Lord; grant us and, after his example,
grace so to follow thy blessconstantly speak the truth,
ed Saints in all virtuous boldly rebuke vice, and pa- and godly living, that we tiently suffer for the truth's
may come to those unsake; through Jesus Christ speakable joys, which thou our Lord. Amen.
hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee,
through Jesus Christ our THE GOSPEL.
our Lord. Amen.
Luke, i. 57 -80.
1. 12. NOW Elizabeth's full time carne, &c.
JESUS seeing the mul
was in the deserts, till the day of titudes, went up into a his showing unto Israel. mountain, &c.
so persecuted they the prophets which were before
FOR THE EPISTLE.
Rev, vii. 2 . 12,
AND I saw another fort ye my people, saith angel ascending from the
be unto our your God. &c.
shall gently lead those that are
God for ever and ever.
END OF THE COLLECTS, GOSPELS AND EPISTLES.
COLLECTS AND PRAYERS,
TO BE USED BEFORE OR AFTER SERMON.
The following Collects and Prayers are adapted to various subjects of discourse, and are arranged, for the sake of convenience, under several heads. The Minister is at liberty to use, instead of these Forms, Extemporary Prayer. GENERAL COLLECTS. ALMIGHTY God, unto
whom all hearts are open, O GOD, the eternal all desires known, and from source of wisdom and puri whom no secrets are hid; ty, from whom all good cleanse the thoughts of our counsels, all holy desires, hearts by the inspiration of and all just works do pro- thy holy Spirit, that we ceed; we offer up our hum- may perfectly love thee, ble prayers unto thee, be- and worthily magnify thy seeching thee to enlighten holy name, through Christ our minds, and sanctify our our Lord. Amen. hearts by thy heavenly truth. What we know not, O ALMIGHTY Lord, teach thou us; whatever and everlasting God, is amiss in us, dispose us vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to reform; whatever in us to direct, sanctify, and govis good, assist us to carry
ern both our hearts and forwards to perfection ; bodies, in the ways of thy which we ask in the name laws, and in the works of and as disciples of Jesus thy commandments; that Christ our Lord. Amen. through thy most mighty