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judged of you, or of man's judg- us, and with great might succour ment: yea, I judge not mine own us; that whereas, through our self. For I know nothing by my-sins and wickedness, we are sore self, yet am I not hereby justified; let and hindered in running the but he that judgeth me is the race that is set before us, thy Lord. Therefore judge nothing bountiful grace and mercy may before the time, until the Lord speedily help and deliver us, come, who both will bring to light through the satisfaction of thy the hidden things of darkness, Son our Lord: to whom, with and will make manifest the coun- thee and the Holy Ghost, be sels of the heart: and then shall honour and glory, world without every man have praise of God. end. Amen. The Gospel. St. Matt. xi. 2. The Epistle. Phil. iv. 4. Now when John had heard in REJOICE in the Lord always; the prison the works of Christ, and again I say, Rejoice. Let he sent two of his disciples, and your moderation be known unto said unto him, Art thou he that all men. The Lord is at hand. should come, or do we look for Be careful for nothing; but in another? Jesus answered and said every thing by prayer and sup unto them, Go, and show John plication, with thanksgiving, let again those things which ye do your requests be made known hear and see: The blind receive unto God. And the peace of their sight, and the lame walk. God, which passeth all underthe lepers are cleansed, and the standing, shall keep your hearts deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and minds through Christ Jesus. and the poor have the gospel The Gospel. St. John, i. 19.
preached to them: And blessed THIS is the record of John
is be whosoever shall not be of- when the Jews sent Priests fended in me. And as they de-and Levites from Jerusalem to parted, Jesus began to say unto ask him, Who art thou? And he the multitude concerning John, confessed, and denied not; but What went ye out into the wil-confessed, I am not the Christ. derness to see? A reed shaken And they asked him, What then? with the wind? But what went Art thou Elias? And he saith, I ye out for to see? A man clothed am not. Art thou that Prophet? in soft raiment? Behold, they And he answered, No. Then that wear soft clothing are in said they unto him, Who art king's houses. But what went ye thou? that we may give an anout for to see? A prophet? yea, swer to them that sent us: What I say unto you, and more than a sayest thou of thyself? He said, prophet. For this is he of whom I am the voice of one crying in it is written, Behold, I send my the wilderness, Make straight the messenger before thy face, which way of the Lord, as said the proshall prepare thy way before thee. phet Esaias. And they which The fourth Sunday in Advent. were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said Lord, raise up, we pray thee, unto him, Why baptizest thou thy power, and come among then, if thou be not that Christ, nor
Elias, neither that Prophet? John time, Thou art my Son, this day answered them, saying, I baptize have I begotten thee? And again, with water; but there standeth I will be to him a Father, and he one among you, whom ye know shall be to me a Son? And again, not; he it is who, coming after when he bringeth in the first-beme, is preferred before me, whose gotten into the world, he saith, shoes latchet I am not worthy to And let all the angels of God unloose. These things were done worship him. And of the angels in Bethabara, beyond Jordan, he saith, Who maketh his angels where John was baptizing. spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he The Nativity of our Lord, or the saith, Thy throne, O God, is for Birth-day of Christ, commonly ever and ever; a sceptre of righcalled Christmas-day. teousness is the sceptre of thy The Collect. kingdom. Thou hast loved righLMIGHTY God, who hast teousness, and hated iniquity; given us thy only begotten therefore God, even thy God, Son to take our nature upon him, hath anointed thee with the oil of and as at this time to be born of a gladness above thy fellows. And, pure Virgin; grant that we, be-Thou, Lord, in the beginning ing regenerate and made thy hast laid the foundation of the children by adoption and grace, earth; and the heavens are the may daily be renewed by thy works of thine hands: they shall holy Spirit, through the same perish, but thou remainest; and our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth they all shall wax old as doth a and reigneth with thee and the garment; and as a vesture shalt same Spirit, ever one God, world thou fold them up, and they shall without end. Amen. be changed; but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. The Gospel St. John, i. 1.
The Epistle. Heb. i. 1. GOD, who at sundry times, and
in divers manners, spake in IN the beginning was the Word, time past unto the fathers by the] and the Word was with God, prophets, hath in these last days and the Word was God. The spoken unto us by his Son, whom same was in the beginning with he hath appointed heir of all God. All things were made by things, by whom also he made the him; and without him was not worlds; who, being the bright-any thing made, that was made. ness of his glory, and the express In him was life, and the life was image of his person, and uphold-the light of men. And the light ing all things by the word of his shineth in darkness, and the power, when he had by himself darkness comprehended it not. purged our sins, sat down on the There was a man sent from God, right hand of the Majesty on whose name was John: The same high; being made so much better came for a witness, to bear witness than the angels, as he hath by in- of the light, that all men through heritance obtained a more excel-him might believe. He was not lent name than they. For unto that light. but was sent to bear which of the angels said he at any witness of that light. That was
the true light, which lighteneth the adoption of sons. And, beevery man that cometh into the cause ye are sons, God hath sent world. He was in the world, and forth the Spirit of his Son into the world was made by him, and your hearts, crying, Abba, Fathe world knew him not. Hether. Wherefore thou art no came unto his own, and his own more a servant, but a son; and received him not. But as many if a son, then an heir of God, as received him, to them gave he through Christ. power to become the sons of The Gospel. St. Matt. i. 18. God, even to them that believe THE birth of Jesus Christ was on his name: Which were born, on this wise: When as his monot of blood, nor of the will of ther Mary was espoused to Jothe flesh, nor of the will of man, seph, before they came together, but of God. And the Word was she was found with child of the made fiesh, and dwelt among us, Holy Ghost. Ther: Joseph her (and we beheld his glory, the glo-husband, being a just man, and ry as of the only begotten of the not willing to make her a public Father) full of grace and truth. example, was minded to put her The Sunday after Christmas-day. away privily. But while he The Collect. thought on these things, behold,
ALMIGHTY God, who hast the angel of the Lord appeared given us thy only begotten unto him in a dream, saying, Jo-Son to take our nature upon him, seph, thou son of David, fear not j and as at this time to be born of to take unto thee Mary thy wife; 3 a pure Virgin: grant that we, for that which is conceived in her being regenerate and made thy is of the Holy Ghost: And she children by adoption and grace, shall bring forth a Son, and thou may daily be renewed by thy ho-shalt call his name Jesus; for he ly Spirit, through the same our shall save his people from their Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth sins. Now all this was done, that and reigneth with thee and the it might be fulfilled which was same Spirit, ever one God, world spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, aVirgin shall The Epistle. Gal. iv. 1. be with child, and shall bring forth NOW I say, that the heir, as a Son, and they shall call his name long as he is a child, differeth Emmanuel, which being internothing from a servant, though preted, is, God with us. Then Johe be lord of all; but is under seph being raised from sleep, did tutors and governors, until the as the angel of the Lord had bidtime appointed of the father. den him, and took unto him his Even so we, when we were chil-wife: And knew her not till she had dren, were in bondage under the brought forth her first-born Son; elements of the world; but when and he called his name Jesus. the fullness of the time was come,
without end. Amen.
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 Circumcision of Christ.
ALMIGHTY God, who madest thy blessed Son to be circum
cised, and obedient to the law for this thing which is come to pass, mau; grant us the true circum-which the Lord hath made known cision of the Spirit, that, our unto us. And they came with hearts and all our members being haste, and found Mary and Jomortified from all worldly and seph, and the babe lying in a carnal lusts, we may in all things manger. And when they had obey thy blessed will, through seen it, they made known abroad the same thy Son Jesus Christ the saying which was told them our Lord. Amen. concerning this child. And all The Epistle. Rom. iv. 8. they that heard it wondered at BLESSED is the man to whom those things which were told the Lord will not impute sin. them by the shepherds. But Cometh this blessedness then Mary kept all these things, and upon the circumcision only, or pondered them in her heart. And upon the uncircumcision also? the shepherds returned, glorifyFor we say, that faith was reckon-ling and praising God for all the ed to Abraham for righteousness. things that they had heard and How was it then reckoned? when seen, as it was told unto them. he was in circumcision or in un-And when eight days were accircumcision? Not in circumci-complished for the circumcising sion, but in uncircumcision. And of the child, his name was called he received the sign of circumci-JESUS, which was so named of sion, a seal of the righteousness the angel before he was conceivof the faith which he had, yet be-led in the womb.
The same Collect, Epistle, and Gospel shall serve for every day after, unto the Epiphany.
tion of Christ to the Gentiles. The Collect.
ing uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might The Epiphany, or the Manifestabe imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision God, who by the leading of a only, but also walk in the steps of Star didst manifest thy only that faith of our father Abraham, begotten Son to the Gentiles; which he had, being yet uncir-mercifully grant that we, who cumcised. For the promise, that know thee now by faith, may af he should be the heir of the ter this life have the fruition of world, was not to Abraham, or thy glorious Godhead, through to his seed, through the law, but Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. through the righteousness of faith. The Epistle. Ephes. iii. 1. For if they which are of the law FOR this cause, I Paul, the pribe heirs, faith is made void, and soner of Jesus Christ for you the promise made of none effect. Gentiles; if ye have heard of the
The Gospel. St. Luke, ii. 15, dispensation of the grace of God, AND it came to pass, as the which is given me to you-wardangels were gone away from How that by revelation he made them into heaven, the shepherds known unto me the mystery (as I said one to another, Let us now wrote afore in few words, wherego even unto Bethlehem, and see by, when ye read, ye may under
stand my knowledge in the mys-born. And they said unto him,
The first Sunday after the
there came wise men from the