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others cut down branches from have hope. Now the God of the trees, and strawed them in patience and consolation grant the way. And the multitudes you to be like-minded one tothat went before, and that fol-wards another, according to lowed, cried, saying, Hosanna CHRIST JESUS: that ye may to the Son of David : blessed with one mind and one mouth is he that cometh in the name glorify God, even the Father of the LORD; Hosanna in the of our Lord JESUS CHRIST. highest. And when he was Wherefore receive ye one ancome into Jerusalem, all the other, as CHRIST also received city was moved, saying, Who us, to the glory of God. Now is this? And the multitude said, I say, that JESUS CHRIST was This is JESUS the Prophet of a minister of the circumcision, Nazareth of Galilee. And Jesus for the truth of God, to conwent into the temple of God, firm the promises made unto and cast out all them that sold the fathers : and that the Genand bought in the temple, and tiles might glorify God for his overthrew the tables of the mercy; as it is written, For money-changers, and the seats this cause I will confess to thee of them that sold doves, and among the Gentiles, and sing said unto them, It is written, unto thy name : and again he My house shall be called the saith, Rejoice ye Gentiles, with house of prayer; but ye have his people : and again, Praise made it a den of thieves. the LORD, all ye Gentiles; and
laud him, all ye people. And THE SECOND SUNDAY IN
| again Esaias saith, There shall ADVENT
be a root of Jesse, and he that
I shall rise to reign over the The Collect.
Gentiles, in him shall the GenBLESSED LORD, who hast tiles trust. Now the God of caused all holy Scriptures to be hope fill you with all joy and written for our learning; grant peace in believing, that ye may that we may in such wise hear abound in hope, through the them, read, mark, learn, and power of the Holy Ghost. inwardly digest them, that by The Öcom
The Gospel. St. Luke xxi. 25. patience, and comfort of thyholy Word, we may embrace, ' AND there shall be signs in and ever hold fast the blessed the sun, and in the moon, and hope of everlasting life, which in the stars ; and upon the earth thou hast given us in our distress of nations, with perSaviour JESUS CHRIST. Amen. plexity ; the sea and the waves The Epistle. Rom. xv. 4.
roaring; men's hearts failing
them for fear, and for looking WHATSOEVER things after those things which are were written aforetime, were coming on the earth ; for the written for our learning ; that powers of heaven shall be we, through patience, and com-shaken. And then shall they fort of the Scriptures, might I see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and be found faithful. But with me great glory. And when these it is a very small thing, that I things begin to come to pass, should be judged of you, or of then look up, and lift up your man's judgment: yea, I judge heads; for your redemption not mine own self. For I know draweth nigh. And he spake nothing by myself, yet am I to them a parable, Behold the not hereby justified ; but he fig-tree, and all the trees; when that judgeth me is the LORD. they now shoot forth, ye see and Therefore judge nothing before know of your own selves, that the time, until the LORD come, summer is now nigh at hand. who both will bring to light So likewise ye, when ye see the hidden things of darkness, these things come to pass, know and will make manifest the ye that the kingdom of God is counsels of the hearts : and nigh at hand. Verily I say unto then shall every man have you, This generation shall not praise of GOD. pass away till all be fulfilled.)
| The Gospel. St. Matt. xi. 2. Heaven and earth shall pass away; but my word shall not NOW when John had heard pass away.
in the prison the works of
CHRIST, he sent two of his disTHE THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT. Cipies, anu saru un
ciples, and said unto him, Art
thou he that should come, or do The Collect.
we look for another ? JESUS anO LORD JESUS CHRIST, swered and said unto them, Go, who at thy first coming didst and show. John again those send thy messenger to prepare things which ye do hear and thy way before thee; grant see: the blind receive their that the Ministers and Stew- sight, and the lame walk, the ards of thy mysteries may like- lepers are cleansed, and the wise so prepare and make ready deaf hear, the dead are raised thy way, by turning the hearts up, and the poor have the Gosof the disobedient to the wis- pel preached to them: and dom of the just, that, at thy blessed is he whosoever shall second coming to judge the not be offended in me. And world, we may be found an as they departed, Jesus began acceptable people in thy sight, to say unto the multitudes conwho livest and reignest with the cerning John, What went ye FATHER and the Holy Spirit, out into the wilderness to see? ever one God, world without A reed shaken with the wind ? end. Amen.
| But what went ye out for to see?
A man clothed in soft raiment? The Epistle. 1 Cor. iv. 1.
| Behold, they that wear soft LET a man so account of clothing åre in king's houses. us,as of the Ministers of CHRIST, But what went ye out for to see? and Stewards of the mysteries A prophet ? yea, I say unto of God. Moreover, it is re- you, and more than a prophet. quired in stewards, that a man For this is he of whom it is
written, Behold, I send my then ? Art thou Elias ? And he messenger before thy face, saith, I am not. Art thou that which shall prepare thy way prophet? And he answered, No. before thee.
Then said they unto him, Who
| art thou ? that we may give an THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN
Tanswer to them that sent us :
| What sayest thou of thyself? ADVENT.
He said, I am the voice of one The Collect.
crying in the wilderness, Make O LORD, raise up, we pray straight the way of the LORD, thee, thy power, and come as said the prophet Esaias. among us, and with great might And they which were sent were succour ús ; that whereas, of the Pharisees. And they through our sins and wicked-I asked him, and said unto him, ness, we are sore let and hin- why baptiżest thou then, if dered in running the race that thou be not that Christ, nor is set before us, thy bountiful Elias, neither that prophet? grace and mercy may speedily John answered them, saying, help and deliver us, through the I baptize with water ; but there satisfaction of thy Son our standeth one among you, whom LORD: to whom, with thee and ye know not; he it is, who, the Holy Ghost, be honour coming after me, is preferred and glory, world without end. before me, whose shoe's latchet Amen.
I am not worthy to unloose.
These things were done in The Epistle. Phil. iv. 4.
Bethabara, beyond Jordan, REJOICE in the LORD where John was baptizing. alway; and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be
THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD, OR known unto all men. The
THE BIRTH-DAY OF CHRIST, Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing ; but in every thing
MAU-DAY. by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your
The Collect. requests be made known unto - ALMIGHTY God, who hast God. And the peace of God, given us thy only begotten Son which passeth all understand- to take our nature upon him, ing, shall keep your hearts and and as at this time to be born minds through Christ Jesus. of a pure virgin ; grant that The Gospel. St. John i. 19. |
we, being regenerate and made
thy children by adoption and THIS is the record of John grace, may daily be renewed when the Jews sent Priests and by thy HOLY SPIRIT, through Levites from Jerusalem to ask the same our Lord JESUS him, Who art thou? And he CHRIST, who liveth and reignconfessed, and denied not; but eth with thee and the same confessed, I am not the Christ. SPIRIT, ever one God, world And they asked him, What without end. Amen.
COMMONLY CALLED CHRIST.
The Epistle. Heb. i. 1. mainest; and they all shall wax
old as doth a garment; and GOD, who, at sundry times,
y times, las a vesture shalt thou fold and in divers manners, spake them up, and they shall be in time past unto the fathers cha
fathers changed; but thou art the by the prophets, hath in these same, an
ese same, and thy years shall not last days spoken unto us by fail. his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by
The Gospel. St. John i. 1. whom also he made the worlds; IN the beginning was the who, being the brightness of Word, and the Word was with his glory, and the express God, and the Word was God. image of his person, and up-|The same was in the beginning holding all things by the word with God. All things were of his power, when he had by made by him; and without him himself purged our sins, sat was not any thing made, that down on the right hand of the was made. In him was life, Majesty on high ; being made and the life was the light of so much better than the angels, men. And the light shineth in as he hath by inheritance ob- darkness, and the darkness comtained a more excellent nameprehended it not. There was than they. For unto which a man seni from God, whose of the angels said he at any name was John: the same time, Thou art my Son, this came for a witness, to bear witday have I begotten thee? Andness of the light, that all men again, I will be to him a Father, through him might believe. He and he shall be to me a Son ? was not that light, but was sent And again, when he bringeth to bear witness of that light. in the first-begotten into the That was the true light, which world, he saith, And let all the lighteth every man that cometh angels of God worship him. into the world. He was in the And of the angels he saith, world, and the world was made Who maketh his angels spirits, by him, and the world knew and his ministers a flame of fire. him not. He came unto his But unto the Son he saith, Thy own, and his own received him throne, O God, is for ever and not. But as many as received ever; a sceptre of righteous- him, to them gave he power to ness is the sceptre of thy king- become the sons of God, even dom. Thou hast loved right to them that believe on his eousness, and hated iniquity ; name : which were born, not therefore God, even thy God, of blood, nor of the will of the hath anointed thee with the oil flesh, nor of the will of man, of gladness above thy fellows. but of God. And the WORD And, Thou, Lord, in the be- was made flesh, and dwelt ginning hast laid the foundation among us, (and we beheld his of the earth ; and the heavens glory, the glory as of the only are the works of thine hands : begotten of the Father) full of they shall perish, but thou re- grace and truth.
THE SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS /gether, she was found with DAY.
child of the Holy GHOST. The Collect.
Then Joseph her husband, beALMIGHTY God, who hast to make her a public example.
Jing a just man, and not willing given us thy only begotten Son was minded to put her away to take our nature upon him, I privily. But while he thought and as at this time to be born
orn on these things, behold, the of a pure virgin ; grant that
angel of the LORD appeared We, being regenerate and made unto him in a dream, saying, thy children by adoption and
Joseph, thou son of David, fear grace, may daily be renewed
not to take unto thee Mary thy by thy Holy Spirit, through
gh wife; for that which is conthe same our Lord JESUS
ceived in her is of the Holy Christ, who liveth and reign-16
a reign- Ghost: and she shall bring eth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world
forth a son, and thou shalt call
his name JESUS; for he shall without end. Amen.
save his people from their sins. The Epistle. Gal. iv. 1. Now all this was done, that it NOW I say, that the heir, might be fulfilled which was as long as he is a child, differeth spoken of the LORD by the nothing from a servant, though prophet, saying, Behold, a virhe be lord of all ; but is under gin shall be with child, and tutors and governors, until the shall bring forth a son, and time appointed of the father. I they shall call his name Em Even so we. when we were manuel, which being interpretchildren, were in bondage un-ed, 19; GOD
ed, is, God with us. Then der the elements of the world : Joseph, being raised from sleep. but when the fulness of the time did as the angel of the LORD was come. God sent forth his had bidden him, and took unto Son, made of a woman, madem
ade him his wife; and knew her not
ml under the law, to redeem them till
rodeom them till she had brought forth her that were under the law, that first-born son; and he called we might receive the adoption his name JESUS. of sons. And, because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the THE CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST Spirit of his Son into your
The Collect. . hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a
al ALMIGHTY God, who servant, but a son; and if a son, madest thy blessed Son to be then an heir of God through circumcised, and obedient to
the law for man; grant us the
true circumcision of the SPIRIT, The Gospel. St. Matt. i. 18.
that, our hearts and all our THE birth of Jesus CHRIST members being mortified from was on this wise : When as his all worldly and carnal lusts, mother Mary was espoused to we may in all things obey thy Joseph, before they came to- blessed will, through the same