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NATIVITY OF OUR LORD, OR THE BIRTH-DAY OF CHRIST,
Agiven us thy coniy-vegotten
ty; therefore God, even thy God, The Collect.
bath anointed thee with the oil of God, who hast
gladness above thy fellows. And,
Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast Son to take our nature upon him, laid the foundation of the earth; and as at this time to be born and the heavens are the works of of a pure Virgin; Grant that we
thine hands: they shall perish, being regenerate, and made thy but thou remainest; and they all children by adoption and grace, shall wax old as doth a garment; may daily be renewed by thy Holy and as a vesture shalt thou folá Spirit; through the same our them up, and they shall be chang: Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and ed; but thou art the same, and reigneth with thee and the same
thy years shall not fail.
The Gospel. St. John i. 1.
and the Word was God. GOD, who at sundry times and
The in divers manners spake in same was in the beginning with time past unto the fathers by the God. All things were made by prophets, hath in these last days him; and without him was not spoken unto us by his Son, whom any thing made that was made. he hath appointed heir of all In him was life, and the life was things, by whom also he made the the light of men. And the light worlds; who being the brightness shineth in darkness, and the darkof his glory, and the express image ness comprehended it not. There of his person, and upholding all was a man sent from God, whose things by the word of his power, name was John. The same came when he had by himself purged for a witness, to bear witness of our sins, sat down on the right the light, that all men through hand of the Majesty on high; be- him might believe. He was not ing made so much better than the that light, but was sent to bear angels, as he hath by inheritance witness of that light. That was obtained a more excellent name the true light, which lighteth than they. For unto which of the every man that cometh into the angels said he at any time, Thou world. He was in the world, and art my Son, this day have I begot- the world was made by him, and ten thee? And again, I will be to the world knew him not. He him a Father, and he shall be to came unto his own, and his own me a Son? And again, when he received him not. But as many bringeth in the first-begotten into as received him, to them gave he the world, he saith, And let all the power to become the sons of God, angels of God worship him. And even to them that believe on his of the angels he saith, Who mak- Name: which were born, not of eth his angels spirits, and his mi- blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nisters a flame of fire. But unto nor of the will of man, but of God the Son he saith, Thy throne, O And the Word was made flesh, God, is for ever and ever; a scep- and dwelt among us (and we be tre of righteousness is the sceptre held his glory, the glory as of the of thy kingdom: Thou hast loved only-begotten of the Father) full righteousness, and hated iniqui- l of grace and truth.
stoned Stephen, calling upon GRANT, O Lord, that, in all and saying, Lord Jesus, rec
our sufferings here upon my spirit. And he kneeled down, earth for the testimony of thy and cried with a loud voice, Lord, truth, we may stedfastly look up lay not this sin to their charge. to heaven, and by faith behold the And when he had said this, he fell
glory that shall be revealed; and, asleep. ren three
being filled with the holy Ghost, ith the may learn to love and bless our
The Gospel. St. Matt. xxiii. 34. lows vinnir: persecutors by the example of thy BEHOLD, ha send unto you
Martyr Stephen the
prophets, and wise men, and prayed for his murderers to thee, O che wie
scribes; and some of them ye shall blessed Jesus, who standest at the kill and crucify; and some of them hall sets right hand of God to succour all shall ye scourge in your syna. udhe those that suffer for thee, our only gogues, and persecute them from
Mediator and Advocate. Amen. city to city; that upon you may I he cher Then shall follow the Collect of come all the righteous blood shed
the Nativity, which shall be said upon the earth, from the blood of continually unto New-year's Eve. righteous Abel unto the blood of For the Epistle. Acts vii. 55.
Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom hnil.
ye slew between the temple and the NC STEPHEN, being full of the
the altar. Verily I say unto you, holy Ghost, looked up stedfast- All these things shall come upon Evith G
ly into heaven, and saw the glory this generation. O Jerusalem, JeCod.
of God, and Jesus standing on the rusalem, thou that killest the proning right hand of God, and said, Be- phets, and stonest them which are
hold, I see the heavens opened, sent unto thee; how often would and the Son of Man standing on I have gathered thy children tothe right hand of God. Then they gether, even as a hen gathereth cried out with a loud voice, an her ickens under her wings, stopped their ears, and ran upon and ye would not! Behold, your him with one accord, and cast him house is left unto you desolate. out of the city, and stoned him: For I say unto you, Ye shall not and the witnesses laid down their see me henceforth, till ye shall clothes at a young man's feet, say, Blessed is he that cometh in whose name was Saul. And they the Name of the Lord.
SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST'S DAY,
it, and bear witness, and shew unERCIFUL Lord, we be- to you that eternal life, which was
beams of light upon thy Church, fested unto us ;) That which we that it being enlightened by the
have seen and heard declare we doctrine of thy blessed Apostle unto you, that ye also may have and Evangelist Saint John may fellowship with us; and truly our so walk in the light of thy truth, fellowship is with the Father, and that it may at length attain to the with his Son Jesus Christ. And light of everlasting life; through these things write we unto you, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. that your joy may be full. This
then is the message which we have The Epistle. 1 St. John i. 1.
heard of him, and declare unto THAT which was from the you, That God is light, and in him
beginning, which we have is no darkness at all. If we say heard, which we have seen with that we have fellowship with him, our eyes, which we have looked and walk in darkness, we lie, and upon, and our hands have handled do not the truth : but if we walk of the word of life ; (for the life in the light, as he is in the light, was manifested, and we have seen we have fellowship one with an
other, and the blood of Jesus saith to Jesus, Lord, and what Christ his Son cleanseth us from shall this man do! Jesus saith unall sin. If we say that we have no to him, If I will that he tarry till I sin, we deceive ourselves, and the come, what is that to thee? Follow truth is not in us. If we confess thou me. Then went this saying our sins, he is faithful and just to abroad among the brethren, That forgive us our sins, and to cleanse that disciple should not die: yet us from all unrighteousness. If Jesus said not unto him, He shall we say that we have not sinned, not die; but, If I will that he tarry we make him a liar, and his word till I come, what is that to thee? is not in us.
This is the disciple which testifieth
of these things, and wrote these The Gospel. St. John xxi. 19.
things, and we know that his tesESUS said unto Peter, Fol- timony is true. And there are also about, seeth the disciple whom did, the which if they should be Jesus loved following; which also written every one, I suppose, that leaned on his breast at supper, even the world itself could not and said, Lord, which is he that contain the books that should be betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him written.
THE INNOCENTS' DAY.
and to the Lamb. And in their
of the mouths of babes and they are without fault before the sucklings hast ordained strength, throne of God. and madest infants to glorify thee by their deaths; Mortify and kill
The Gospel. St. Matt. ii. 13. all vices in us, and so strengthen us
THE Angel of the Lord apby thy grace, that by the innocency
peareth to Joseph in a dream, of our lives, and constancy of our saying, Arise, and take the young faith even unto death, we may
child, and his mother, and fice inglorify thy holy Name; through to Egypt, and be thou there until Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. I bring thee word; for Herod will
seek the young child to destroy For the Epistle. Rev. xiy. 1.
him. When he arose, he took the I
LOOKED, and lo, a Lamb young child and his mother by
stood on the mount Sion, and night, and departed into Egypt, with him an hundred forty and and was there until the death of four thousand, having his Father's Herod; that it might be fulfilled Name written in their foreheads. which was spoken of the Lord by And I heard a voice from heaven, the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt as the voice of many waters, and have I called my Son. Then as the voice of a great thunder: Ilerod, when he saw that he was and I heard the voice of harpers mocked of the wise men, was exharping with their harps : and ceeding wroth; and sent forth, they sung as it were a new song and slew all the children that were before the throne, and before the in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts four beasts, and the elders; and thereof, from two years old and no man could learn that song, but under, according to the time which the hundred and forty and four he had diligently enquired of the thousand, which were redeemed wise men. Then was fulfilled that from the earth. These are they which was spoken by Jeremy the which were not defiled with wo- prophet, saying, In Rama" was men, for they are virgins: these there a voice heard, lamentation, are they which follow the Lamb and weeping, and great mourning, whithersoever he goeth : these Rachel weeping for her children, were redeemed from among men, and would not be comforted, bebeing the first-fruits unto God, cause they are not.
THE birth of Jesus Christ
The Gospel. St. Matt. i. 18
mother Mary was espoused to Jo
seph, before they came together pure Virgin; Grant that we being
she was found with child of the regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily
Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; husband, being a just
man, and through the same our Lord Jesus
not willing to make her a pubChrist, who liveth and reigneth
lick example, was minded to put with thee and the same Spirit, thought on these things, behold,
her away privily. But while he ever one God, world without end.
the angel of the Lord appeared Amen.
unto him in a dream, saying, The Epistle. Gal. iv. l.
Joseph thou son of David, fear ,
not to take unto thee Mary thy long as he is a child, differeth wife; for that which is conceived nothing from a servant, though in her is of the Holy Ghost: And he be lord of all; but is under tu- she shall bring forth a Son, and tors and governours, until the time thou shalt call his name JESUS; appointed of the father. Even so for he shall save his people from we, when we were children, were their sins. (Now all this was done, in bondage under the elements of that it might be fulfilled which the world: but when the fulness was spoken of the Lord by the of the time was come, God sent prophet, saying, Behold, a Virgin forth his Son, made of a woman, shall be with child, and shall bring 1 made under the law, to redeem forth a Son, and they shall call them that were under the law, that his name Emmanuel, which being we might receive the adoption of interpreted is, God with us.) Then sons. And because ye are sons, Joseph, being raised from sleep, God hath sent forth the Spirit of did as the angel of the Lord had his Son into your hearts, crying, bidden him, and took unto him Abba, Father. Wherefore thou his wife ; and knew her not till art no more a servant, but a son; she had brought forth her firstand if a son, then an heir of God born son: and he called his name through Christ.
THE CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST.
that faith was reckoned to AbraLMIGHTY God, who madest ham for righteousness. How was
it then reckoned when he was cised, and obedient to the law in circumcision, or in uncircumcifor man; Grant us the true Cir- sion ? Not in circumcision, but in cumcision of the Spirit; that, our
uncircumcision. And he received hearts, and all our members, be- the sign of circumcision, a seal ing mortified from all worldly and of the righteousness of the faith carnal lusts, we may in all things which he had yet being uncircumobey thy blessed will; through cised ; that he might be the father the same thy Son Jesus Christ our
of all them that believe, though Lord. Amen.
they be not circumcised; that
righteousness might be imputed The Epistle. Rom. iy. 8.
unto them also : And the father
of circumcision to them who are the Lord will not impute sin. not of the circumcision only, but Cometh this blessedness then upon also walk in the steps of that faith the circumcision only, or upon the of our father Abraham, which he uncircumcision also ? For we say, had being yet uncircumcised. For
BLESSED, is the man to whom
the promise, that he should be the made known abroad the saying heir of the world, was not to Abra- which was told them concerning ham, or to his seed, through the this child. And all they that heard law, but through the righteous- it wondered at those things which ness of faith. For if they which were told them by the shepherds. are of the law be heirs, faith is But Mary kept all these things, made void, and the promise made and pondered them in her heart. of none effect.
And the shepherds returned, gloThe Gospel. St. Luke ii. 15. rifying and praising God for all ND it came to pass, as the
the things that they had heard AN
and seen, as it was told unto them. angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds
And when eight days were accom.
plished for the circumcising of said one to another, Let us now
the child, his name was called go even unto Bethlehem, and see
JESUS, which was so named of this thing which is come to pass, the angel before he was conceived which the Lord hath made known
in the womb. unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, The same Collect, Epistle, and and the babe lying in a manger. Gospel shall serve for every day And when they had seen it, they after unto the Epiphany.
THE EPIPHANY, OR THE MANIFESTATION OF CHRIST TO THE GENTILES. The Collect.
than the least of all saints, is this O GOP, who by the leading of a grace given, that I should preach
star didst manifest thy only- among the Gentiles the unsearchbegotten Son to the Gentiles; Mer- able riches of Christ; and to make cifully grant, that we, which know all men see what is the fellowship thee now by faith, may after this of the mystery, which from the life have the fruition of thy glo- beginning of the world hath been rious Godhead; through Jesus hid in God, who created all things Christ our Lord. Amen.
by Jesus Christ: to the intent,
that now unto the principalities The Epistle. Ephes. iii. 1.
and powers in heavenly places FOR OR this cause, I Paul, the might be known by the Church
prisoner of Jesus Christ for the manifold wisdom of God, you Gentiles; if ye have heard of according to the eternal purpose the dispensation of the grace of which he purposed in Christ JeGod, which is given me to you. sus our Lord: In whom we have ward: How that by revelation he boldness and access with confimade known unto me the mystery dence by the faith of him. (as I wrote afore in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye may
The Gospel. St. Matt. ii. 1. understand my knowledge in the WHEN Jesus was born in
Bethlehem of , in ages was not made known unto days of Herod the king, behold, the sons of men, as it is now re- there came wise men from the east vealed unto his holy Apostles and to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he Prophets by the Spirit; That the that is born King of the Jews? Gentiles should be fellow - heirs, for we have seen his star in the and of the same body, and par- east, and are come to worship him. takers of his promise in Christ, by When Herod the king had heard the Gospel : whereof I was made these things, he was troubled, a minister, according to the gift of and all Jerusalem with him. And the grace of God given unto me when he had gathered all the chief by the effectual working of his priests and scribes of the people power. Unto me, who am less together, he demanded of them,