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THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE | And when they had fulfilled EPIPHANY.
the days, as they returned, the The Collect.
child JESUS tarried behind in
Jerusalem; and Joseph and his O LORD, we beseech thee
mother knew not of it. 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
acquaintance. And when they and
power found him not, they turned back 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 ü. 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; merciafter the custom of the feast. fully hear the supplications of
THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER
thy people, and grant us thy wanted wine, the mother of peace all the days of our life, Jesus saith unto him, They through JESUS
JESUS CHRIST our have no wine. Jesus saith unto Lord. Amen.
her, Woman, what have I to do
with thee? mine hour is not The Epistle. Rom. xii. 6.
yet come. His mother saith HAVING then gifts, differing unto the servants, Whatsoever according to the grace that is he saith unto you, do it. And given to us, whether prophecy, there were set there six waterlet us prophesy according to pots of stone, after the manner the proportion of faith; or of the purifying of the Jews, ministry, let us wait on our containing two or three firkins ministering; or he that teach- apiece. Jesus saith unto them, eth, on teaching; or he that Fill the water-pots with water. 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 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 kindly affectioned one to an- the servants which drew the other with brotherly love, in water knew) the governor of 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. Rejoice with fested forth his glory, and his them that do rejoice, and weep disciples believed on him. with them that weep. Be of the same mind one towards another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low 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 marriage. And when they CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER
The Epistle. Rom. xii. 16. but speak the word only, and
BE not wise in your own my servant shall be healed. conceits. Recompense to no
For I am a man under authoriman evil for evil. Provide ty, having soldiers under me : things honest in the sight of all and I say unto this man, Go, men. If it be possible, as much and he goeth ; and to another, as lieth in you, live peaceably Come, and he cometh ; and to with all men. Dearly beloved, my servant, Do this, and he
doeth it. When SUS heard avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath ; it, he marvelled, and said to for it is written, Vengeance is them that followed, Verily I mine; I will repay, saith the say unto you, I have not found LORD. Therefore, if thine so great faith, no, not in Israel. enemy hunger, feed him ; if he And I say unto you, that many thirst, give him drink : for in shall come from the east and so doing thou shalt heap coals west, and shall sit down with of fire on his head. Be not
Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, overcome of evil, but overcome
in the kingdom of heaven : but evil with good.
the children of the kingdom
shall be cast out into outer The Gospel. St. Matt. viii. 1. darkness; there shall be weep
WHEN he was come down ing and gnashing of teeth. And from the mountain, great mul- Jesus said unto the Centurion, titudes followed him. And Go thy way, and as thou hast behold, there came a leper and believed, so be it done unto worshipped him, saying, Lord, thee. And his servant was if thou wilt, thou canst make me healed in the self-same hour. clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying,
THE I will, be thou clean. And
THE EPIPHANY. immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus saith unto
The Collect. him, See thou tell no man, but
O GOD, who knowest us to go thy way, show thyself to the be set in the midst of so many priest, and offer the gift that and great dangers, that by Moses commanded for a testi- reason of the frailty of our mony unto them.
And when nature we cannot always stand Jesus was entered into Caper- upright ; grant to
such naum, there came unto him a strength and protection, as may Centurion, beseeching him, and support us in all dangers, and saying, Lord, my servant lieth carry us through all temptaat home sick of the palsy, tions, through Jesus CHRIST grievously tormented. And
our Lord. Amen. JESUS saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The Cen
The Epistle. Rom. xiii. 1. turion answered and said, Lord, LET every soul be subject I am not worthy that thou unto the higher powers ; for shouldest come under my roof; there is no power but of God:
the powers that be are ordained that even the winds and the sea of God. Whosoever, therefore, obey him? And when he was resisteth the power, resisteth come to the other side, into the ordinance of God: and they the country of the Gergesenes, that resist, shall receive_to there met him two possessed themselves damnation. For with devils, coming out of the rulers are not a terror to good tombs, exceeding fierce, so that works, but to the evil. Wilt no man might pass by that way. thou then not be afraid of the And behold, they cried out, power ? do that which is good, saying, What have we to do and thou shalt have praise of with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the same: for he is the minister God? art thou come hither to of God to thee for good. But torment us before the time ? if thou do that which is evil, And there was a good way off be afraid; for he beareth not from them an herd of many the sword in vain : for he is the swine, feeding. So the devils minister of God, a revenger to besought him, saying, If thou execute wrath upon him that cast us out, suffer us to go doeth evil. Wherefore ye must away into the herd of swine. needs be subject, not only for And he said unto them, Go. wrath, but also for conscience' And when they were come out, sake. For, for this cause pay they went into the herd of ye tribute also ; for they are swine; and behold, the whole God's ministers, attending con- herd of swine ran violently tinually upon this very thing. down a steep place into the Render, therefore, to all their sea, and perished in the waters. dues ; tribute to whom tribute And they that kept them fled, is due, custom to whom custom, and went their ways into the fear to whom fear, honour to city, and told every thing, and whom honour.
what was befallen to the pos
sessed of the devils. And beThe Gospel. St. Matt. viii. 23. hold, the whole city came out
AND when he was entered to meet Jesus; and when they into a ship, his disciples fol- saw him, they besought him, lowed him. And behold, there that he would depart out of arose a great tempest in the their coasts. sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves; but he was asleep. And his disciples THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE came to him and awoke him,
EPIPHANY. saying, Lord, save us, we perish.
The Collect. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, 0 ye of little O LORD, we beseech thee faith? Then he arose, and re- to keep thy Church and Housebuked the winds and the sea, hold continually in thy true reand there was a great calm. ligion, that they who do lean But the men marvelled, saying, only upon the hope of thy heaWhat manner of man is this, venly grace, may evermore be
defended by thy mighty power, this. The servants said unto through JESUS CHRIST our him, Wilt thou then that we go Lord. Amen.
and gather them up ? But he
said, Nay; lest, while ye gather The Epistle. Col. iii. 12.
up the tares, ye root up also PUT on therefore (as the the wheat with them. Let both elect of God, holy and beloved) grow together until the harvest; bowels of mercies, kindness, and in the time of harvest I humbleness of mind, meekness, will say to the reapers, Gather long-suffering; forbearing one ye together first the tares, and another, and forgiving one an- bind them in bundles to burn other, if any man have a quarrel them; but gather the wheat against any ; even as CHRIST into my barn. forgave you, so also do ye. And, above all these things, put THE SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER THE on charity, which is the bond
EPIPHANY. of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your
The Collect. hearts, to the which also ye O GOD, whose blessed Son are called in one body; and be was manifested that he might ye thankful.
Let the word destroy the works of the devil, of CHRIST dwell in you richly and make us the sons of God, in all wisdom; teaching and and heirs of eternal life; grant admonishing one another in us, we beseech thee, that having psalms, and hymns, and spirit- this hope, we may purify ourual songs; singing with grace selves, even as he is pure; that in your hearts to the LORD. when he shall appear again And whatsoever ye do in word with power and great glory, or deed, do all in the name of we may be made like unto him the LORD JESUS; giving thanks in his eternal and glorious to God and the Father by him. kingdom; where, with thee, O The Gospel. St. Matt. xiii. 24. Guost, he liveth and reigneth,
FATHER, and thee, O Holy THE kingdom of heaven is ever one God, world without likened unto a man which sow- end. Amen. ed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy
The Epistle. 1 John iii. 1. came and sowed tares among
BEHOLD what manner of the wheat, and went his way. love the Father hath bestowed But when the blade was sprung upon us, that we should be up, and brought forth fruit, called the sons of God; therethen appeared the tares also. fore the world knoweth us not, So the servants of the house- because it knew him not. Beholder came and said unto him, loved, now are we the sons of Sir, didst not thou sow good God; and it doth not yet appear seed in thy field ? from whence what we shall be: but we know, then hath it tares? He said that when he shall appear, we unto them, An enemy hath done shall be like him ; for we shall