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bring to light the hidden the poor have the Gospel

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. TOW when John had

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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 Fourth

The Collect.

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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 reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. But what went ye out for to see? prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than 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.

Sunday in Advent.

LORD, raise up, we pray thee, thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us; 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; through the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord, to whom, with thee

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peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The Gospel. St. John i. 19. HIS is the record of Joh is when the Jews sent Priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he 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? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said,

I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the LORD, as said the prophet Esaias. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said

him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that Prophet? John answered 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 shoe's 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 BIRTH-DAY OF CHRIST,

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Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with

ALMIGHTY Gods thee and the same Spirit

who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him,. and as at this time to be

ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle. Heb. i. 1.

born of a pure virgin; GOD, who at sundry

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

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, hast laid the foundation by whom also he made the of the earth; and the worlds; who (being the heavens are the works of brightness of his glory, thine hands: they shall and the express image of perish, but thou remainhis person, and upholding est; and they all shall wax all things by the word of old as doth a garment; his power,) when he had and as a vesture shalt thou by himself purged our sins, fold them up, and they sat down on the right hand shall be changed; but thou of the Majesty on highr; art the same, and thy being made so much bet-years shall not fail. ter than the angels, as he

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N 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.

hath by inheritance ob- The Gospel. St. John i. 1. tained 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-be-In him was life, and the gotten 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, O 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

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life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in
darkness, and the dark-
ness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent
from God, whose
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-Bay,
The Collect.
LMIGHTY God, who

when the fulness of the
time was come, God sent

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.

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 Gospel. St. Matt. i. 18. The Epistle. THE birth of Jesus OW I say, that the 1 Christ was on this heir, as long as he is wise. When as his mother a child, differeth nothing Mary was espoused to from a servant, though Joseph, before they came he be lord of all; but is together, she was found under tutors and gover- with child of the Holy nors, until the time ap- Ghost. Then Joseph her pointed of the father. husband, being a just Even so we, when we man, and not willing to were children, were in make her a public exambondage under the ele- ple, was minded to put her ments of the world; but away privily. But while

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Gal. iv. 1.

he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a 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 JESUS.

The Circumcision of Christ.
The Collect.

also? For we say, that
was reckoned to

ALMIGHTY God, who faith

madest thy blessed Abraham for righteous

Son to be circumcised, and obedient to the law for man; Grant us the true Circumcision of the Spirit ; that, our hearts, and all our members, being mortified from all worldly and carnal lusts, we may in all things obey thy blessed will; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Rom. iv. 8.

ness. How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision ? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

And he re

ceived 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

BLESSED is to man righteousness might b

to whom the LORD will imputed unto them also: not impute sin. Cometh and the father of circumthis blessedness then upon cision to them who are not the Circumcision only, or of the Circumcision only, upon the Uncircumcision | but also walk in the steps

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