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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 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 be known, by the Church, the manifold wisdom of GoD, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in CHRIST JESUS Our Lord : ; in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
east went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down 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.
THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE | And when they had fulfilled
the days, as they returned, the child JESUS tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey, and they sought
O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people who call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what him things they ought to do, and also have may grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same, through JESUS CHRIST Our Lord. Amen.
among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they again to Jerusalem, seeking found him not, they turned back him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And
The Epistle. Rom. xii. 1. I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of GoD, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not when they saw him they were conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of GOD. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office; so we, being many, are one body in CHRIST, and every one members one of another.
The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 41.
NOW his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, after the custom of the feast.
amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And JESUS increased in wisdom, and stature, and in favour with GOD and man.
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ALMIGHTY and everlasting GOD, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth; mercifully hear the supplications of
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 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 Gospel. St. John ii. 1. AND the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of JESUS was there. And both JESUS was called, and his disciples, to the marriage, And when they
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ALMIGHTY and everlasting GOD, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand_to_help and defend us, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
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 avenge not yourselves, but doeth it. When JESUS heard 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. And I say unto you, that many enemy hunger, feed him; if he 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
darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And JESUS said unto the Centurion, Go thy way, and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the self-same hour.
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The Gospel. St. Matt. viii. 1. WHEN he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. And behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And JESUS put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will, be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And JESUS saith unto 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 us 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 Centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof;
The Epistle. Rom. xiii. 1.
LET every soul be subject unto the higher powers; for 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 posIsessed of the devils. And be
The Gospel. St. Matt. viii. 23. AND when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves; but he
hold, the whole city came out to meet JESUS; and when they saw him, they besought him, that he would depart out of their coasts.
was asleep. And his disciples THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE
came to him and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us, we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this,
O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and Household continually in thy true religion, that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace, may evermore be