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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 withthee and the same Spirit, ever, one God, world without end. Amen. The Epiffle. Gal. iv. 1. . OW I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth 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. Matth. i. 18. HEbirth 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.
ND it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the Shepherds saidone 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 keptall 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 wastold untothem. Andwhen 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.
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, enquired 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, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped him : And when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of Godina dream, that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
prayers of thy people who call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to #. the same, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Epiffle. Rom. xii. 1. Beseech youtherefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present yourbodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. For Isay, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he
ought to think, but to think
soberly, according as Godhath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office; so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 41. OW his parents went to Jerusalem every year at