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THE SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS gether, she was found with DAY.

child of the Holy Ghost. The Collect.

Then Joseph her husband, be

ing a just man, and not willing ALMIGHTY God, who hast

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 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 by thy Holy Spirit, through wife ; for that which is con

not to take unto thee Mary thy the

Lord Jesus ceived in her is of the Holy Christ, who liveth and reign-Guost: 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 then

upon 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 q 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 MANIC 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

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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

Jesus 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,

our

THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE And when they had fulfilled EPIPHANY.

the days, as they returned, the The Collect.

child JESUS tarried behind in O LORD, we beseech thee mother knew not of it.

Jerusalem ; and Joseph and his

But mercifully to receive the pray- they, supposing him to have ers of thy people who call upon been in the company, went a thee; and grant that they may day's journey, and they sought both perceive and know what

him
among

their kinsfolk and things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power found him not, they turned back

acquaintance. And when they faithfully to fulfil the same, again to Jerusalem, seeking through JESUS CHRIST

him. And it came to pass, that Lord. Amen.

after three days they found The Epistle. Rom. xii. 1. him in the temple, sitting in

I BESEECH you therefore, the midst of the doctors, both brethren, by the mercies of God, hearing them, and asking them that ye present your bodies a questions. And all that heard living sacrifice, holy, accepta- him were astonished at his unble unto God, which is your derstanding and answers. And reasonable service. And be not when they saw him they were conformed to this world; but amazed : and his mother said be ye transformed by the re- unto him, Son, why hast thou newing of your mind, that ye thus dealt with us ? behold, thy may prove what is that good, father and I have sought thee and acceptable, and perfect will sorrowing. And he said unto of God. For I say, through them, How is it that ye sought the grace given unto me, to me? wist ye not that I must be every man that is among you, about my Father's business? not to think of himself more And they understood not the highly than he ought to think, saying which he spake unto but to think soberly, according them. And he went down with as God hath dealt to every man them, and came to Nazareth, the measure of faith. For as and was subject unto them: but we have many members in one his mother kept all these saybody, and all members have not ings in her heart. And JESUS the same office; so we, being increased in wisdom, and stamany, are one body in CHRIST, ture, and in favour with God and every one members one of and man. another. The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 41.

NOW his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the

The Collect. feast of the passover. And ALMIGHTY and everlasting when he was twelve years old, God, who dost govern all things they went up to Jerusalem, in heaven and earth; merci. after the custom of the feast. fully hear the supplications of

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her, Woman, what have I to do

with thee? mine hour is not hari The Epistle. Rom. xii. 6.

yet come. His mother saith tent: HAVING then gifts, differing unto the servants, Whatsoever souple according to the grace that is he saith unto you, do it. And

given to us, whether prophecy, there were set there six wateren the let us prophesy according to pots of stone, after the manner ed bai the proportion of faith ; or l'of the purifying of the Jews, seekiz ministry, let us wait on our containing two or three firkins ss, the ministering; or he that teach- apiece. Jesus saith' unto them, foueth, on teaching; or he that Fill the water-pots with water. ting exhorteth, on exhortation : he And they filled them up to the

that giveth, let him do it with brim. And he saith unto them,

simplicity; he that ruleth, with Draw out now, and bear unto the diligence; he that showeth the governor of the feast. And

mercy, with cheerfulness. Let they bare it. When the ruler love be without dissimulation. of the feast had tasted the Abhor that which is evil, cleave water that was made wine, and

to that which is good. Be knew not whence it was (but Est the kindly affectioned one to an the servants which drew the old, I other with brotherly love, in water knew) the governor of ht the honour preferring one another : the feast called the bridegroom,

not slothful in business ; fer- and saith unto him, Every man vent in spirit; serving the at the beginning doth set forth Lord; rejoicing in hope ; pa- good wine, and when men have tient in tribulation; continuing well drunk, then that which is instant in prayer; distributing worse : but thou hast kept the to the necessity of saints ; given good wine until now. This to hospitality

Bless them beginning of miracles did JESUS which persecute you ; bless, in Cana of Galilee, and maniand curse not. Řejoice with fested forth his glory, and his them that do rejoice, and weep disciples believed on him. with them thať weep. Be of the same mind one towards another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low

THE EPIPHANY. estate.

The Collect. The Gospel. St. John ii. 1. ALMIGHTY and everlasting AND the third day there was God, mercifully look upon our a marriage in Cana of Galilee, infirmities, and in all our danand the mother of Jesus was gers and necessities stretch there. And both JESUS was forth thy right hand to help called, and his disciples, to the and defend us, through Jesus

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