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COLLECTS, EPISTLES, AND GOSPELS,
TO BE USED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
THE FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT. spent, the day is at hand ; let The Collect.
us therefore cast off the works ALMIGHTY God, give us
of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Let us grace that we may cast away walk honestly, as in the day ; the works of darkness, and put not in rioting and drunkenness, upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life,
not in chambering and wantonin which thy Son JESUS CHRIST ness, not in strife and envying.
But put ye on the Lord JESUS came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when Christ, and make not provision he shall come again in his glo- thereof.
for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts rious majesty to judge both the quick and dead, we may rise to The Gospel. St. Matt. xxi. 1. the life immortal, through him WHEN they drew nigh unto who liveth and reigneth with Jerusalem, and were come to thee and the Holy Ghost, now Bethphage, unto the mount of and ever. Amen.
Olives, then sent JESUS two I This Collect is to be repeated every day disciples, saying unto them, with the other Collects in Advent, until Go into the village over against Christmas day,
you, and straightway ye shall The Epistle. Rom. xiii. 8.
find an ass tied, and a colt with OWE no man any thing, but her : loose them, and bring to love one another; for he them unto me. that loveth another hath ful- man say aught unto you, ye filled the law. For this, Thou shall say, The Lord hath need shalt not commit adultery, of them; and straightway he Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt will send them. All this was not steal, Thou shalt not bear done, that it might be fulfilled false witness, Thou shalt not which was spoken by the covet; and if there be any other prophet, saying, Tell ye the commandment, it is briefly com- daughter of Sion, Behold, thy prehended in this saying, name- King cometh unto thee, meek, sy, Thou shalt love thy neigh- and sitting upon an ass, and a bour as thyself. Love worketh colt the foal of an ass. And no ill to his neighbour; there- the disciples went, and did as fore love is the fulfilling of the Jesus commanded them; and law. And that, knowing the brought the ass and the colt, time, that now it is high time to and put on them their clothes, awake out of sleep; for now is and they sat him thereon. And our salvation nearer than when a very great multitude spread we believed. The night is far their garments in the way;
And if any
others cut down branches from have hope. Now the God of the trees, and strawed them in patience and consolation grant
And the multitudes you to be like-minded one tothat went before, and that fol- wards another, according to lowed, cried, saying, Hosanna CHRIST JESUS: that ye may to the Son of David : blessed with one mind and one mouth is he that cometh in the name glorify God, even the Father of the LORD'; Hosanna in the of our Lord JESUS CHRIST. highest. And when he was Wherefore receive ye one ancome into Jerusalem, all the other, as Christ also received city was moved, saying, Who us, to the glory of God. Now is this? And the multitude said, I say, that Jesus Christ was This is Jesus the Prophet of a minister of the circumcision, Nazareth of Galilee. And Jesus for the truth of God, to conwent into the temple of God, firm the promises made unto and cast out all them that sold the fathers : and that the Genand bought in the temple, and tiles might glorify God for his overthrew the tables of the mercy ; as it is written, For money-changers, and the seats this cause I will confess to thee of them that sold doves, and among the Gentiles, and sing said unto them, It is written, unto thy name : and again he My house shall be called the saith, Rejoice ye Gentiles, with house of prayer ; but ye have his people: and again, Praise made it a den of thieves. the LORD, all ye Gentiles; and
laud him, all ye people. And again Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that
shall rise to reign over the The Collect.
Gentiles, in him shall the GenBLESSED LORD, who hast tiles trust. Now the God of caused all holy Scriptures to be hope fill you with all joy and written for our learning; grant peace in believing, that ye may that we may in such wise hear abound in hope, through the them, read, mark, learn, and power of the Holy Ghost. inwardly digest them, that by The Gospel. St. Luke xxi. 25. patience, and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, AND there shall be signs in and ever hold fast the blessed the sun, and in the moon, and hope of everlasting life, which in the stars; and upon the earth thou hast given us in our distress of nations, with perSaviour Jesus Christ. Amen. plexity ; the sea and the waves The Epistle. Rom. xv. 4.
roaring; men's hearts failing
them for fear, and for looking WHATSOEVER things after those things which are were written aforetime, were coming on the earth ; for the written for our learning ; that powers of heaven shall be we, through patience, and com-shaken. And then shall they fort of the Scriptures, might see the Son of man coming
in a cloud with power and be found faithful. But with me great glory. And when these it is a very small thing, that I things begin to come to pass, should be judged of you, or of then look up, and lift up your man's judgment : yea, I judge heads; for your redemption not miñe own self. For I know draweth nigh. And he spake nothing by myself, yet am I to them a parable, Behold the not hereby justified; but he fig-tree, and all the trees; when that judgeth me is the LORD. they now shoot forth,ye see and Therefore judge nothing before know of your own selves, that the time, until the Lord come, summer is now nigh at hand. who both will bring to light So likewise ye, when ye see the hidden things of darkness, these things come to pass, know and will make manifest the ye that the kingdom of God is counsels of the hearts : and nigh at hand. Verily I say unto then shall every man have you, This generation shall not praise of God. pass away till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass
The Gospel. St. Matt. xi. 2. away ; but my word shall not NOW when John had heard pass away.
in the prison the works of
CHRIST, he sent two of his disTHE THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT. ciples, and said unto him, Art
thou he that should come, or do The Collect.
we look for another ? Jesus an0 LORD JESUS CHRIST, swered and said unto them, Go, who at thy first coming didst and show John again those send thy messenger to prepare things which ye do hear and thy way before thee; grant see : the blind receive their that the Ministers and Stew-sight, and the lame walk, the ards of thy mysteries may like- lepers are cleansed, and the wise so prepare and make ready deaf hear, the dead are raised thy way, by turning the hearts up, and the poor have the Gosof the disobedient to the wis- pel preached to them: and dom of the just, that, at thy blessed is he whosoever shall second coming to judge the not be offended in me. And world, we may be found an as they departed, Jesus began acceptable people in thy sight, to say unto the multitudes conwho livest and reignest with the cerning John, What went ye FATHER and the Holy SPIRIT, out into the wilderness to see? ever one God, world without A reed shaken with the wind ? end. Amen.
But what wentye out for to see?
A man clothed in soft raiment? The Epistle. 1 Cor. iv. 1.
Behold, they that wear soft LET a man so account of clothing are in king's houses. us,as of the Ministers of Christ, But what went ye out for to see? and Stewards of the mysteries A prophet ? yea, I say unto of God. Moreover, it is re- you, and more than a prophet. quired in stewards, that a man For this is he of whom it is
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.
These things were done in The Epistle. Phil. iv. 4.
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. thy children by adoption and
we, being regenerate and made 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
same, and thy years shall not last days spoken unto us by fail. 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 com. tained a more excellent name prehended it not.
There was than they
For unto which a man seni from God, whose of the angels said he at any name was John: 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.