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again Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, in himshalltneGeutilestrust. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. The Gospel. St. Luke xxi. 25.
AND there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing themforfear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with powerandgreatglory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption firaweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable, Behold the figtrce,andall the trees; when they now shootforth, ye see and know of your own selves, that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away; but my words shall not pass away.
The third Svndmi in Advent.
LORD Jesus Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messengerto prepare thy way before thee; grant that the Ministers and Stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by funding the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that, at thy second coming to judge the world, we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, who Ryret ayd re:-:isFt with the la
ther and the Holy Spiiit.evcr one
God, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 Cor. iv. 1.
LET a man so account of us, as of the Ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a manbefound faithful. But with me it is a very small thing, that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self, for I know nothing by myself, yet am I not hereby justified; blithe that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. The Gospel. St. Matt. xi. 2.
NOW when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go, and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them: And blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in me. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed m soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet." For this is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face,which shall prepare thy way before thee.
The fourth Sunday in Moat.
OLORD, raise up, we,pray thee, thy power, and come among us, and with great might .•accounts; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us, tarougt the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord: to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honour uid glory, world without end. dam.
The Epistle. Phil. iv. 4.
REJOICE in the Lord alway; and again I say, Rejoice. Let Toot moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let Toot requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. The Gospel. St. John i. 19.
THIS is the record of John when the Jews sent Priests sod Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And iie confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not Art thou that Prophet t? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? £iat we may give an answer to them that sent us: What say est thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way ofthe Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that Prophet? John angered them, saying, I baptize
with water; but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; he it is, who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose shoes' latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara, beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The Nativity of our Lord, or the
ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy only begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born ot a pure Virgin; grant that we, be infj regenerate and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily he renewed by thy Ho ly Spirit, through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world with out end. Amen.
The Epistle. Heb. i. 1.
GOD, " who, at sundry times, and in divers manners, spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; whobeingthebrir/ht ness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himselt purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of theMajestyonhigh; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For Unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first-begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God
worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, 0 God, is for ever and ever; a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: they shall perish, but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed; but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. The Gospel. St. John L 1.
IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word, was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made, that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shimill in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John: The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light That was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of
God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.
The Sunday after Christmas-day. The Collect.
ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy only begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin; grant that we, being regenerate and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit, through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. Gal. iv. 1.
NOW I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, dirl'ereth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors, until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world; but when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And, because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God, through Christ.
The Gospel. St. Matt. i. 18.
THE birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband,beinga just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privity. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son ofDaridjfear not to take untothee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost: Andsheshallbringfortha Son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a Virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted, is, God with us. Then Joseph,being raised from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him,and took unto him his wife; and knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn Son; and he called his name
The Circumcision of Clirist.
ALMIGHTY God, who madest thy blessed Son to be circumcised, and obedient to the law for man; grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit, that, ourhearts and all our members being mortified from all worldly and carnal lusts, we may in all things obey thy blessed wilI,throughthesame thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Rom. iv. 8.
BLESSED is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Cometh this blessedness then upon thecircumcision only,or upon the u ncircum cision also ? For we say, that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How wag it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision.or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the
faith which he had, yet being uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be im
frated unto them also: And the ather of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had, being vet uncircumcised. For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousnessof faith. For n they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect
The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 15.
AND it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto th em. An d M' hen eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
J The same Collect, Epistle, and Gocp^l shall wave for every day after, Ut.:o tire Epiphany.
The Epiphany, or the Manifestation
of Christ to the Gentiles.
OGOD, who by the leading of a Star didst manifest thy only begotten Son to the Gentiles; mercifully grant that we, who know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. E plies, iii. 1.
FOR this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ foryou Gentiles; if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God, which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery (as I wrote afore in few words, whereby, when ye read, . e may under stand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy Apostles and Prophets by the Spirit; that the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ, by the Gospel: whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God, given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery,
access with confidence by the faith of him.
The Gospel. St. Matt, u, 1.
WHEN Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, in Bethlehem of Judea: For thus it is written by the Prophet, And thou Bethlehem in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda, for out of thee shall come a Governor that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go, and search diligently for the young child, and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and lo, the star which they saw in the east went before them/ till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, thev rejoiced
which from the beginning of the; with exceeding great joy." And world hath been hid in God, who when they were come into the created all things by Jesus Christ: house, they saw the young child to the intent that now unto the! with Mary his mother, and fell principalities and powers in hea-1 down and worshipped him: And venly places might be known,\ when they had opened their by the Church, the manifold wis- j treasures, they presented unto limn of God, according to the him gifts; gold, and frankincense, eternal purpose which he pur- and myrrh. And being warned posed in Christ Jesus our Lord; of God in a dream, that they in whom we have boldness and should not return to Herod, they