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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 answer to them that sent us : What sayest thou of thyself?
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 that whereas, of the Pharisees.
And they through our sins and wicked- asked him, and said unto him, ness, we are sore let and hin- why baptizest 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. The Epistle. Phil. iv. 4.
These things were done in
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
COMMONLY CALLED CHRISTfor nothing; but in every thing 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
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.
The Epistle. Heb. i. 1. mainest; and they all shall wax
old as doth a garment; and GOD, who, at sundry times,
a vesture shalt thou fold and in divers manners, spake them up, and they shall be in time past unto the fathers changed; but thou art
the by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by fail.
same, and thy years shall not 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 name prehended it not. There was than they For unto which a man sent from God, whose of the angels said he at any name
the same time, Thou art my Son, this came for a witness, to bear witday have I begotten thee ? And ness 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.
of a pui
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
ing a just man, and not willing
to make her a public example, given us thy only begotten Son was minded to put her away to take our nature upon him, privily. But while he thought and as at this time to be born
on these things, behold, the virgin; grant that we, being regenerate and made unto him in a dream, saying,
angel of the LORD appeared thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed Joseph, thou son of David, fear by thy Holy SPIRIT, through wife ; for that which is con
not to take unto thee Mary thy the same
Lord JESUS ceived in her is of the Holy Christ, who liveth and reign- Ghost: and she shall bring eth with thee and the same forth a son, and thou shalt call SPIRIT, ever one God, world 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. they shall call his name Em Even so we, when we were manuel, which being interpretchildren, were in bondage un- 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, made him his wife; and knew her not under the law, to redeem 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
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 CHRIST.
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
thy Son Jesus CHRIST our hath made known unto us. And Lord. Amen.
they came with haste, and found The Epistle. Rom. iv. 8.
Mary and Joseph, and the babe
lying in a manger. And when BLESSED is the man to they had seen it, they made whom the LORD will not impute known abroad the saying which sin. Cometh this blessedness was told them concerning this
the circumcision child. And all they that heard only, or upon the uncircumci- it wondered at those things sion also ? For we say, that which were told them by the faith was reckoned to Abraham shepherds. But Mary kept all for righteousness. How was it these things, and pondered them then reckoned ? when he was in her heart. And the shepin circumcision or in uncircum- herds returned, glorifying and cision ? Not in circumcision, praising God for all the things but in uncircumcision. And he that they had heard and seen, received the sign of circumci- as it was told unto them. And sion, a seal of the righteousness when eight days were accomof the faith which he had, yet plished for the circumcising of being uncircumcised; that he the child, his name was called might be the father of all them JESUS, which was so named that believe, though they be not of the angel before he was concircumcised; that righteousness ceived in the womb. might be imputed unto them. The same Collect; Epistle, and Gospel also : and the father of circum- shall serve for every day after, unto the cision to them who are not of
Epiphany the circumcision only, but also walk in the steps of that faith THE EPIPHANY, OR THE MANI, of our father Abraham, which he had, being yet uncircumcised. For the promise, that he should be the heir of the
The Collect. world, was not to Abraham, or O GOD, who by the leading to his seed, through the law, of a Star didst manifest thy but through the righteousness only begotten Son to the Genof faith. For if they which tiles; mercifully grant that we, are of the law be heirs, faith is who know thee now by faith, made void, and the promise may after this life have the made of none effect.
fruition of thy glorious GodThe Gospel. St. Luke ii. 15.
HEAD, through JESUS CHRIST
our Lord. Amen. AND it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from
The Epistle. Ephes. iii. 1. them into heaven, the shep- FOR this cause, I Paul, the herds said one to another, Let prisoner of Jesus Christ for us now go even unto Bethlehem, you Gentiles ; if ye have heard and see this thing which is of the dispensation of the grace come to pass, which the LORD of God, which is given me to
you-ward : how that by reve-Jews? for we have seen his star lation he made known unto me in the east, and are come to the mystery (as I wrote afore worship him. When Herod the in few words, whereby, when king had heard these things, he ye read, ye may understand my was troubled, and all Jerusalem knowledge in the mystery of with him. And when he had CHRIST) which in other ages gathered all the chief priests was not made known unto the and scribes of the people togesons of men, as it is now re- ther, he demanded of them vealed unto his holy Apostles where CHRIST should be born. and Prophets by the SPIRIT ; And they said unto him, in that the Gentiles should be Bethlehem of Judea : for thus fellow-heirs, and of the same it is written by the prophet, body, and partakers of his pro- And thou Bethlehem in the mise in Christ, by the Gospel : land of Juda, art not the least whereof I was made a minister, among the princes of Juda; according to the gift of the for out of thee shall come a grace of God, given unto me Governor that shall rule my by the effectual working of his people Israel. Then Herod, power. Unto me, who am less when he had privily called the than the least of all saints, is wise men, inquired of them this grace given, that I should diligently what time the star preach among the Gentiles the appeared. And he sent them unsearchable riches of CHRIST; to Bethlehem, and said, Go, and and to make all men see what is search diligently for the young the fellowship of the mystery, child, and when ye have found which from the beginning of him, bring me word again, that the world hath been hid in God, I may come and worship him who created all things by Jesus also. When they had heard Christ: to the intent that now the king, they departed; and lo, unto the principalities and pow- the star which they saw in the ers in heavenly places might east went before them, till it be known, by the Church, the came and stood over where the manifold wisdom of God, ac- young child was. When they cording to the eternal purpose saw the star, they rejoiced with which he purposed in Christ exceeding great joy. And when JESUS our Lord ; in whom they were come into the house, we have boldness and access they saw the young child with with confidence by the faith of Mary his mother, and fell down him.
and worshipped him: and when
they had opened their treasures, The Gospel. St. Matt. ii. 1. they presented unto him gifts;
WHEN Jesus was born in gold, and frankincense, and Bethlehem of Judea, in the days myrrh. And being warned of of Herod the king, behold, there God in a dream, that they came wise men from the east should not return to Herod, to Jerusalem, saying, Where they departed into their own is he that is born king of the country another way,