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way privily. But while he thought, faith which he had, yet oeing unon these things, behold, the angel circumcised; that he might be of the Lord appeared unto him in the father of all them that believe, a dream.saving, Joseph, thou son though they be not circumcised: of David, fearnotto take unto thee that righteousness might be imMary thy wife; for that which is puted unto them also : And the conceived in her is of the Holy father of circumcision to them Ghost: And she shall bring forth a who are not of the circumcision Son, and thou shalt call his name only, but also walk in the steps Jesus: for he shall save his people of that faith of our father Abrafrom their sins. Now all this was ham, which he had, being yet done, that it might be fulfilled uncircumcised. For the promise, which was spoken of the Lord by that he should be the heir of the the prophet, saying, Behold, a world, was not to Abraham, or to Virgin shall be with child, and his seed, through the law, but shall bring forth a Son, and they through the righteousness of faith. shall call his name Emmanuel, For if they which are of the law which being interpreted, is, God be heirs, faith is made void, and with us. Then Joseph,being raised the promise made of none effect from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord hadbidden him, and took und The Gospei. St. Luke ii. 15. to him his wife; and knew her not) AND it came to pass, as the antill she had brought forth her first- A gels were gone away from born Son; and he called his name them into heaven, the shepherds Jesus.
said one to another, Let us notv
goeven unto Bethlehem, and see The Circumcision of Christ. This thing which is come to pass, The Collect.
which the Lord hath made known ALMIGHTY God, who madest unto us. And they came with
1 thy blessed Sun to be circum haste, and found Mary and Jocised, and obedient to the law for seph, and the babe lying in a man; grant us the true circumci- manger. And when they had sion of the Spirit, that, our hearts seen it, they made known abroad and all our members being mor
the saying which was told them tified from all worldly and carnal concerning this child. And all lasts, we may in all things obey they that heard it wondered at thy blessed will, through the same those things which were told thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jesus Christ our Lord. I them by the shepherds. But MaAmen.
ry kept all these things, and pon
dered them in her heart. And The Epistle. Rom. iv. 8. DLESSED is the man to whom and praising God for all the things
the shepherds returned, glorifying D the Lord will not impute sin.1 that they had heard and seen, as Cometh this blessedness then up- it was told unto them. And when on the circumcision only, or upon eight days were accomplished the uncircumcision also ? For we for the circumcising of the child, say, that faith was reckoned to his name was called JESUS, Abraham for righteousness. How which was so named of the anwas it then reckoned ? when he pel before he was conceived in was in circumcision,or in uncir- the womb. cumcision? Not in circumcision, but in úncircumcision. And helThe same Collect, Epistle, and Gospel received the sign of circumcision, received the sign of circumcision shall serve for every day after, unto
the Epiphany a seal of the righteousness of the
The Epiphany, or the Manifestation access with confidence by the of Christ to the Gentiles. faith of him. The Collect...
The Gospel. St. Matt. ii. 1. n GOD, who by the leading of UTTHEN Jesus was born in
a star diast manifest thy vy Bethlehem of Judea, in the only begotten Son to the Gen- dave of Hered the ling, behold. tiles; mercifully grant that we,lth
there eame wise men from the who know thee now by faith, east to Jerusalem, saying, Where may after this life have the frui-lia
u is he that is born King of the tion of thy glorious Godhead, Jews
ag, Jews ? for we have seen his star through Jesus Christ our Lord. in the east, and are come to worAmen.
ship him. When Herod the king The Epistle. Ephes. iji. 1, had heard these things, he was TOR this cause, I Paul, the pri- troubled, and all Jerusalem with T soner of Jesus Christ for you him. And when he had gathered Gentiles; if ye have heard of the all the chief priests and scribes dispensation of the grace of God, of the people together, he dewhic
me to you-ward : manded of them where Christ How that by revelation he made should be born.' And they said known unto me the mystery (as I unto him, in Bethlehem of Juwrote afore in few words, where-dea: For thus it is written by the by, when ye read, ye may under- Prophet, And thou Bethlehem
nd my knowledge in the mys- in the land of Juda, art not the tery of Christ) which in other least among the princes of Juda, ages was not made known unto for out of thee shall come a Gothe sons of men, as it is now re-vernor that shall rule my people vealed unto his holy Apostles Israel. Then Herod, when he and Prophets by the Spirit; that had privily called the wise men, the Gentiles should be fellow- inquired of them diligently what heirs, and of the same body, and lime the star appeared. And he partakers of his promise in Christ, sent them to Bethlehem, and by the Gospel : wbéreof I was said, Go, and search diligently made a minister, according to for the young child, and when yo the gift of the grace of God, given have found him, bring me word unto me by the effectual working again, that I may come and wore of his power. Unto me, who am ship him also. When they had less than the least of all saints, is heard the king, they departed; this grace given, that I should and ilo, the star which they saw preach among the Gentiles the in the east went before them, unsearchable riches of Christ; till it came and stood over where and to make all men see what is the young child was. When the fellowship of the mystery, I they saw the star, they 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 thing 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- down and worshipped him: And venly places might be known, when they had opened their by the Church, the manifold wis- treasures, they presented unto dom 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
departed into their own country quaintance. And when they another way.
found him not, they turned back
again to Jerusalem, seeking him The first Sunday after the Epiphany. And it came to pass, that after
The Collect. . three days they found him in the LORD, we beseech thee mer- temple, sitting in the midst of the
cifully to receive the prayers doctors, both hearing them, and of thy people who call upon thee; T asking them questions. And all and grant that they may both that heard him were astonished perceive and know what things at his understanding and answers. they ought to do, and also may And when they saw him, they have grace and power faithfully were amazed: and his mother to full the same, through Jesus said unto him, Son, why hast Christ our Lord. Amen.
thou thus dealt with us? behold, The Epistle. Rom. xji. 1. thy father and I have sought thee I BESEECH you therefore, sorrowing. And he said unto I brethren, by the mercies of them, How is it that ye sought God, that ye present your bodies me? wist ye not that I must be a living sacrifice, holy, accepta- about my Father's business? And ble unto God, which is your rea- they understood not the saying sonable service. And be not which he spake unto them. And conformed to this world; but be she went down with them, and ye transformed by the renewing came to Nazareth, and was subof your mind, that ye may prove lject unto them: but his mother what is that good, and accept- kept all these sayings in her able, and perfect will of God. heart. And Jesus increased in For I say, through the grace given (wisdom, and stature, and in faunto me, to every man that is vour with God and man. among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought The second Sunday after the to think, but to think soberly, ac
Epiphany. cording as God bath dealt to eve
The Collect. ry man the measure of faith. For A LMIGHTY and everlasting as we have many members in one A God, who dost govern all body, and all members have not things in heaven and ea
here have not things in heaven and earth; mer.. the same office; so we, being cifully hear the supplications of many, are one body in Christ, thy people, and grant us thy and every one members one of peace all the days of our life, another.
through Jesus Christ our Lord. The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 41. Amen. NOW his parents went to Jeru- The Epistle. Rom. xii. 6. I salem every year at the feast L AVING then gifts, differing of the passover. And when he 11 according to the grace that was twelve years old, they went is given to us, whether prophecy, up to Jerusalem, after the custom let us prophesy according to the of the feast. And when they had proportion of faith; or ministry, fulfilled the days, as they return- let us wait on our ministering; ed, the child Jesos tarried bebind or he that teacheth, on teaching; in Jerusalem; and Joseph and or he that exhorteth, on exhortahis mother knew not of it. But tion: he that giveth, let bim do they, supposing him to have been it with simplicity; he that ruleth, in the company, went a day's with diligence; he that showeth journey, and they sought him mercy, with cheerfulness. Let among their kinsfolk and ac. I love be without dissimulatios.
Abhor that which is evil, cleave good wine until now. This be. to that which is good. Be kind-ginning of miracles did Jesus in ly affectioned one to another Cana of Galilee, and manifested with brotherly love, in honour forth his glory, and his disciples preferring one another: not sloth- believed on him, ful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in the third Sunday after the Epiphany. hope; patient in tribulation; con-|
I The Collect. tinuing instant in prayer; distri- A LMIGHTY and everlasting buting to the necessity of saints; A God, mercifully look upon given to hospitality. Bless them our infirmities, and in all our which persecute you; bless, and dangers' and necessities stretch curse not. Rejoice with them forth thy right hand to help and that do rejoice, and weep with defend us, through Jesus Christ them that weep. Be of the same our Lord. Amen. mind one towards another. Mind The Epistle. Rom. xii. 16. not high things, but condescend RE not wise in your own conto men of low estate.
D ceits. Recompense to no The Gospel. St. John ii. 1. man evil for evil. Provide things AND the third day there was a honest in the sight of all men. A marriage in Cana of Galilee, If it be possible, as much as licth and the mother of Jesus was in you, live peaceably with all there. And both Jesus was call-men. Dearly beloved, avenge ed, and his disciples, to the mar- not yourselves, but rather give riage. And when they wanted place unto wrath; for it is writwine, the mother of Jesus saith ten, Vengeance is mine; I will unto him, They have no wine. repay, saith the Lord. ThereJesus saith unto her, Woman, fore, if thine enemy hunger, feed what have I to do with thee him: if he thirst, give him drink: mine hour is not yet come. for in so doing thou shalt heap · His mother saith unto the ser-i coals of fire on his head. Be
vants, Whatsoever he saith unto not overcome of evil, but overyou, do it. And there were set come evil with good. there six water-pots of stone, at- The Gospel. St. Matt. viii. I. ter the manner of the purifying W HEN he was come down of the Jews, containing two or VV from the mountain, great three firkins a-piece. Jesus saith multitudes followed him. And unto them, Fill the water-pots behold, there came a leper and with water. And they filled them worshipped him, saying, Lord, if up to the brim. And he saith thou wilt, thou canst make me unto them, Draw out now, and clean. And Jesus put forth his bear unto the governor of the hand, and touched him, saying, I feast. And they bare it. When will, be thou clean. And immethe ruler of the feast had tasted diately his leprosy was cleansed. the water that was made wine, And Jesus saith unto him, See and knew not whence it was thou tell no man, but go thy way, (but the servants which drew show thyself to the priest, and ofthe water knew) the govcrnor offer the gift that Moses command. the feast called the bridegroom, led for a testimony unto them. and saith unto him, Every man And when Jesus was entered inat the beginning doth set forth to Capernaum, there came unto good wine, and when men have him a Centurion, beseeching him, well drunk, then that which is and saying, Lord, my servant worse: but thou hast kept thellieth at home sick of the palsy
THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPITHANY. 49 grievously tormented. And Je-, damnation. For rulers are not a Sus saith unto him, I will come terror to good works, but to the and heal him. The Centurion evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid answered and said, Lord, I am of the power? do that which is not worthy that thou shouldest good, and thou shalt have praise come under my roof; but speak of the same: for he is the ministhe word only, and my servant ter of God to thee for good. But shall be healed. 'For I am a man if thou do that which is evil, be under authority, having soldiers afraid; for he beareth not the under me: and I say unto this sword in vain: for he is the minman, Go, and he goeth; and to ister of God, a revenger to exeanother, Come, and he cometh; cute wrath upon him that doeth and to my servant, Do this, and evil. Wherefore ye must needs be doeth it. When Jesus heard be subject, not only for wrath, it, he marvelled, and said to them but also for conscience' sake. that followed, Verily I say unto For this cause pay ye tribute al. you, I have not found so great so; for they are God's ministers, faith, no not in Israel. And I attending continually upon this say unto you, that many shall very thing. Render, therefore, to come from the east and west, and all their dues; tribute to whom shall sit down with Abraham, and tribute is due, custom to whom Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom custom, fear to whom fear, of heaven: But the children of honour to whom honour. the kingdom shall be cast out in- The Gospel. St. Matt. viii. 23. to outer darkness; there shall be A ND when he was entered into weeping and gnashing of teeth. A a ship, his disciples followed And Jesus said unto the Centari- him. And behold, there arose a on, Go thy way, and as thou hast great tempest in the sea, insobelieved, so be it done unto thee. much that the ship was covered And his servant was healed in with the waves; but he was the self-same hour.
asleep. And his disciples came The fourth Sunday after the
to him, and awoke him, saying,
Lord, save us, we perish. And Epipham.
he saith unto them, Why are ye The Collect.
fearful, 0 ye of little faith? Then GOD, who knowest us to be he arose, and rebuked the winds
set in the midst of so many and and the sea, and there was a great great dangers, that by reason of calm. But the men marvelled, the frailty of our nature we can- saying, What manner of man is not always stand upright; grant this, that even the winds and the to us such strength and protec- sea obey him? And when he was tion, as may support us in all come to the other side, into the dangers, and carry us through all country of the Gergesenes, there temptations, through Jesus Christ met him two possessed with deour Lord. Amen.
vils, coming out of the tombs, The Epistle. Rom. xiii. 1. exceeding fierce, so that no man I ET every soul be subject unto might pass by that way. And L the higher powers; for there behold, they cried out, saying, is no power but of God: the What have we to do with thee, powers that be are ordained Jesus, thou Son of God ? art thou
90ever, therefore, I come hither to torment us before resisteth the power, resisteth the the time? And there was a good ordinance of God: and they that way off from them an herd of Teslst shall receive to themselves many swine, feeding. So the