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thy Son JESUS CHRIST our hath made known unto us. And Lord. Amen.
they came with haste, and found The Epistle. Rom. iv. 8.
e 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 . The same Collect, Epistle, and Gospel also : and the father of circum-l shall serve for every day after, unto the cision to them who are not of| the circumcision only, but also walk in the steps of that faith THE EPIPHANY, OR THE MANIof our father Abraham, which
FESTATION OF CHRIST TO he had, being yet uncircum
THE GENTILES. cised. 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 ü. 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 ħid in Ğod, 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.
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
Jerusalem ; and Joseph and his mercifully to receive the pray-|
mother knew not of it. But ers of thy people who call upon hi
they, supposing him to have
been in the company, went a thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what|
day's journey, and they sought things they ought to do, and
1 him among their kinsfolk and also may have grace and power
acquaintance. And when they faithfully to fulfil the same,
found him not, they turned back through Jesus Christ our
again to Jerusalem, seeking
him. And it came to pass, that Lord. Amen.
after three days they found The Epistle. Rom. xii. 1. I 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 SECOND SUNDAY AFTER
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
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 mani. and 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, THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER 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 marriage. And when they | 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 an
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. 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 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. I darkness: there shall
darkness; there shall be weepWHEN 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 FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER 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 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 Cen! The Epistle. Rom. xiji. 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: