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sand signed: Of the tribe of Levi, were twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Issachar, were twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Zebulon, were twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Joseph, were twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Benjamin, were twelve thousand signed. After this I saw a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations and tribes, and people and tongues; standing before the throne, and in sight of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands: and they cried. with a loud voice, saying; Salvation to our God, who sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and the ancients, and the four living creatures; and they fell down before the throne upon their faces, and adored God, saying; Amen, Benediction, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and strength to our God for ever and ever. Amen.
The Gospel. Matt. v. 1. 12.
At that time: Jesus seeing the multitude, went up into a mountain, and when he was set down, his disciples came unto him. And opening his mouth he taught them, saying; Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek; for they shall possess the land. Blessed are they that mourn ; for they shall be comforted. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice; for they shall have their fill. Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart; for they shall see God. Blessed are the peace makers; for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil
against you, untruly, for my sake; be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven.
The Day of Commemoration of all departed Souls.* The Collect.
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, give to the souls of thy servants departed the remission of their sins: that through the help of pious supplications, they may obtain the pardon they have always desired. Who livest.
The Epistle. 1 Cor. xv. 51. 57.
Brethren Behold I tell you a mystery. We shall all indeed rise again; but we shall not all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall rise again incorruptible; and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption; and this mortal must put on immortality, and when this mortal hath put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death where is thy vietary? O death where is thy sting? Now the sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel. John v. 25. 29.
At that time: Jesus said to the multitude of the Jews: Amen, amen, I say unto you, that the
* The Church having offered a solemn thanksgiving to God, for the glory he has bestowed upon that portion of his Elect which is now triumphant in heaven, the faithful are directed by her in the true spi⚫ rit of charity, to pray for the whole of that portion, which is still in durance in purgatory; and to offer for ALL SOULS departed, needing her prayers, those helps which through the infinite merits and mercy of Jesus Christ, she is able to extend to them.
hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear, shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so he hath given to the Son also to have life in himself; and he hath given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the son of man. Wonder not at this, for the hour cometh, wherein all that are in the graves shall hear the voice of the Son of God. And they that have done good, shall come forth unto the resurrection of life; but they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment.
St. Andrew's Day.
We humbly beseech thy divine majesty, O Lord, that as the blessed Apostle Andrew was a teacher and pastor of thy Church, so he may be with thee our perpetual intercessor. Thro'.
The Epistle. Rom. x. 10. 18.
Brethren: With the heart we believe unto justice: but, with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith: Whosoever believeth in him, shall not be confounded For there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek : for the same is Lord over all, rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. How then shall they call on him, in whom they have not believed? or how shall they believe him, of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, unless they be sent ? as it is written: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, that bring good tidings of good things? But all do not obey the gospel. For Isaias saith;
Lord, who hath believed our report? Faith then cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ. But I say: Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the whole world.
The Gospel. Matt. iv. 18. 22.
At that time: Jesus walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishers). And he saith to them: Come ye after me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they immediately leaving their nets, followed him. And going on from thence, he saw two other brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets: and he called them. And they forthwith left their nets and father, and followed him.
St. Thomas's Day.
GRANT, O Lord, we beseech thee, that we may rejoice on the solemnity of thy blessed Apostle Thomas; to the end that we may always have the assistance of his prayers, and zealously profess the faith he taught.
The Epistle. Ephes. ii. 19. 22.
Brethren : You are no more strangers and foreigners: but you are fellow-citizens with the saints, and the domestics of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone: in whom all the building being framed together, groweth up into an holy temple of the Lord. Ia
whom you also are built together into an habitation of God in the spirit.
The Gospel. John xx. 19. 31.
As the Father
At that time: When it was late that same day, being the first day of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you. And when he had said this be shewed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad when they saw the Lord. And he said to them again: Peace be to you. hath sent me, I also send you. said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them; Receive ye the Holy Ghost; whose sins ye shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins ye shall retain, they are retained. Now Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him; We have seen the Lord. But he said to them; Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hands into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days, again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them. Jesus cometh, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said; Peace be to you. Then he said to Thomas ; Put in thy fingers hither, and see my hands, and bring hither thy hand, and put it into my side, and be not faithless, but believing. Thomas answered and said to him; My Lord and my God!! Jesus saith to him; Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed.