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cised, and obedient to the law for this thing which is come to pass, man; grant us the true circum-which the Lord hath made known cision of the Spirit, that, our unto us. And they came with hearts and all our members being haste, and found Mary and Jomortified from all worldly and seph, and the babe lying in a carnal lusts, we may in all things manger. And when they had obey thy blessed will, through seen it, they made known abroad the same thy Son Jesus Christ the saying which was told them our Lard. Amen. concerning this child. And all The Epistle. Rom. iv. 8. they that heard it wondered at BLESSED is the man to whom those things which were told the Lord will not impute sin. them by the shepherds. But Cometh this blessedness then Mary kept all these things, and upon the circumcision only, or pondered them in her heart. And upon the uncircumcision also? the shepherds returned, glorifyFor we say, that faith was reckon-ing and praising God for all the ed to Abraham for righteousness. things that they had heard and How was it then reckoned? when seen, as it was told unto them. he was in circumcision or in un- And when eight days were accircumcision? Not in circumci-complished for the circumcising sion, but in uncircumcision. And of the child, his name was called he received the sign of circumci-JESUS, which was so named of sion, a seal of the righteousness the angel before he was conceiv of the faith which he had, yet be-ed in the womb.

ing uncircumcised; that he might " The same Collect, Epistle, and Gospel be the father of all them that beshall serve for every day after, unto the Epiphany. lieve, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision God, who by the leading of a only, but also walk in the steps of Star didst manifest thy only that faith of our father Abraham, begotten Son to the Gentiles; which he had, being yet uncir-mercifully grant that we, who cumcised. For the promise, that know thee now by faith, may afhe should be the heir of the ter this life have the fruition of world, was not to Abraham, or thy glorious Godhead, through to his seed, through the law, but Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. through the righteousness of faith. The Epistle. Ephes. iii. 1. For if they which are of the law OR this cause, I Paul, the pribe heirs, faith is made void, and soner of Jesus Christ for you the promise made of none effect. Gentiles; if ye have heard of the The Gospel. St. Luke, ii. 15. dispensation of the grace of God, AND it came to pass, as the which is given me to you-ward: angels were gone away from How that by revelation he made them into heaven, the shepherds known unto me the mystery (as I said one to another, Let us now wrote afore in few words, wherego even unto Bethlehem, and see by, when ye read, ye may under

The Epiphany, or the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. The Collect.

stand my knowledge in the mys-born. And they said unto him, tery of Christ) which in other In Bethlehem of Judea: For thus ages was not made known unto it is written by the prophet, And the sons of men, as it is now re-thou Bethlehem, in the land of vealed unto his holy Apostles and Juda, art not the least among the Prophets by the Spirit; that the princes of Juda; for out of thee Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, shall come a Governor that shall and of the same body, and par-rule my people Israel. Then He takers of his promise in Christ, rod, when he had privily called by the Gospel whereof I was the wise men, inquired of them made a minister, according to the diligently what time the star apgift of the grace of God, given peared. And he sent them to unto me by the effectual working Bethlehem, and said, Go, and of his power. Unto me, who am search diligently for the young less than the least of all saints, is child, and when ye have found this grace given, that I should him, bring me word again, that I preach among the Gentiles the may come and worship him also. unsearchable riches of Christ; When they had heard the king, and to make all men see what is they departed and lo, the star the fellowship of the mystery, which they saw in the east went which from the beginning of the before them, till it came and stood world hath been hid in God, who over where the young child was. created all things by Jesus Christ: When they saw the star, they reto the intent that now unto the joiced with exceeding great joy. principalities and powers in hea-And when they were come into venly places might be known, by the house, they saw the young the Church, the manifold wisdom child with Mary his mother, and of God, according to the eternal fell down and worshipped him: purpose which he purposed in And when they had opened their Christ Jesus our Lord; in whom treasures, they presented unto we have boldness and access with him gifts; gold, and frankincense, confidence by the faith of him. and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream, that they should not return to Herod, they Bethlehem of Judea, in the departed into their own country

The Gospel. St. Matt. ii. 1. WHEN Jesus was born in

another way.

The first Sunday after the
Epiphany
The Collect.

days of Herod the king, behold,
there came wise men from the
east to Jerusalem, saying, Where
is he that is born king of the Jews?
for we have seen his star in the Lord, we beseech thee mer-
east, and are come to worship cifully to receive the prayers
him. When Herod the king had of thy people who call upon thee;
heard these things, he was trou-and grant that they may both per-
bled, and all Jerusalem with him. ceive and know what things they
And when he had gathered all ought to do, and also may have
the chief priests and scribes of grace and power faithfully to ful-
the people together, he demanded fil the same, through Jesus Christ
of them where Christ should be our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Rom. xii. 1., fat his understanding and answers. I Beseech you therefore, breth-And when they saw him they ren, by the mercies of God, were amazed: and his mother that ye present your bodies a liv-said unto him, Son, why hast ing sacrifice, holy, acceptable un-thou thus dealt with us? behold, to God, which is your reasonable thy father and I have sought thee service. And be not conformed sorrowing. And he said unto to this world; but be ye trans-them, How is it that ye sought formed by the renewing of your nie? wist ye not that I must be mind, that ye may prove what is about my father's business? And that good, and acceptable, and they understood not the saying perfect will of God. For I say, which he spake unto them. And through the grace given unto me, he went down with them, and to every man that is among you, came to Nazareth, and was subnot to think of himself more ject unto them; but his mother highly than he ought to think, kept all these sayings in her heart. but to think soberly, according as And Jesus increased in wisdom, God hath dealt to every man the and stature, and in favour with ineasure of faith. For as we have God and man. many members in one body, and all members have not the same office; so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every obe members one of another.

The second Sunday after the
Epiphany

The Collect.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting The Gospel. St. Luke, ii. 41. God, who dost govern all NOW his parents went to Je-things in heaven and earth; mer. rusalem every year at the cifully hear the supplications of feast of the passover. And when thy people, and grant us thy peace he was twelve years old, they all the days of our life, through went up to Jerusalem, after the Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. custom of the feast. And when The Epistle. Rom. xii. 6. they had fulfilled the days, as they HAVING then gifts, differing returned, the child Jesus tarried according to the grace that is behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph given to us, whether prophecy, and his mother knew not of it. let us prophesy according to the But they, supposing him to have proportion of faith; or ministry, 'been in the company, went allet us wait on our ministering; or day's journey, and they sought he that teacheth, on teaching; or him among their kinsfolk and ac-be that exhorteth, on exhortation: quaintance. And when they he that giveth, let him do it with found him not, they turned back simplicity; he that ruleth, with again to Jerusalem, seeking him. diligence; he that showeth mercy, And it came to pass, that after with cheerfulness. Let love be three days, they found him in the without dissimulation. Abhor that temple, sitting in the midst of the which is evil, cleave to that which doctors, both hearing them, and is good. Be kindly affectioned asking them questions. And all one to another with brotherly that heard him were astonished love, in honour preferring one an

other: not slothful in business; until now. This beginning of mi-
fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; racles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee,
rejoicing in hope; patient in tribu- and manifested forth his glory,
lation; continuing instant in pray-and his disciples believed on him.
er; distributing to the necessity of
saints; given to hospitality. Bless
them which persecute you; bless,
and curse not. Rejoice with them
that do rejoice, and weep with ALMIGHTY and everlasting
them that weep. Be of the same God, mercifully look upon
mind one towards another. Mind our infirmities, and in all our dan-
not high things, but condescend gers and necessities stretch forth
to men of low estate.
thy right hand to help and de-
fend us, through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

The Third Sunday after the
Epiphany.
The Collect.

A

The Gospel. St. John, ii. 1. ND the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee, The Epistle. Rom. xii. 16. and the mother of Jesus was there. BE not wise in your own conAnd both Jesus was called, and ceits. Recompense to no man his disciples, to the marriage. evil for evil. Provide things hoAnd when they wanted wine, the nest in the sight of all men. If mother of Jesus saith unto him, it be possible, as much as lieth They have no wine. Jesus saith in you, live peaceably with all unto her, Woman, what have I men. Dearly beloved, avenge not to do with thee? mine hour is not yourselves, but rather give place yet come. His mother saith unto unto wrath; for it is written, the servants, Whatsoever he saith Vengeance is mine; I will repay, unto you, do it. And there were saith the Lord. Therefore, if set there six water-pots of stone, thine enemy hunger, feed him; after the manner of the purifying if he thirst, give him drink: for of the Jews, containing two or in so doing thou shalt heap coals three firkins a-piece. Jesus saith of fire on his head. Be not overunto them, Fill the water-pots come of evil, but overcome evil with water. And they filled them with good.

up to the brim. And he saith The Gospel. St. Matt. viii. 1. unto them, Draw out now, and WHEN he was come down bear unto the governor of the from the mountain, great feast. And they bare it. When multitudes followed him. And the ruler of the feast had tasted behold, there came a leper and the water that was made wine, worshipped him, saying, Lord, and knew not whence it was (but if thou wilt, thou canst make the servants which drew the wa-me clean. And Jesus put forth

ter knew) the governor of the his hand, and touched him d

say

feast called the bridegroom, and ing, I will, be thou clean. And saith unto him, Every man at the immediately his leprosy was beginning doth set forth good cleansed. And Jesus saith unto wine, and when men have well him, See thou tell no man, but drunk, then that which is worse:go thy way, show thyself to the but thou hast kept the good wine priest, and offer the gift that Mo-.

ses commanded for a testimony dangers, and carry us through all unto them. And when Jesus was temptations, through Jesus Christ entered into Capernaum, there our Lord. Amen. came unto him a Centurion, be- The Epistle. Rom. xiii. 1. seeching him, and saying, Lord,ET every soul be subject unto my servant lieth at home sick of the higher powers; for there the palsy, grievously tormented. is no power but of God: the pow And Jesus saith unto him, I willers that be are ordained of God. come and heal him. The Centu-Whosoever, therefore, resisteth rion answered and said, Lord, the power, resisteth the ordiam not worthy that thou should-nance of God: and they that reest come under my roof; but sist, shall receive to themselves speak the word only, and my ser- damnation. For rulers are not a vant shall be healed. For I am a terror to good works, but to the man under authority, having sol-evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid diers under me: and I say unto of the power? do that which is this man, Go, and he goeth; and good, and thou shalt have praise to another, Come, and he com- of the same: for he is the miniseth; and to my servant, Do this, [ter of God to thee for good. But and he doeth it. When Jesus if thou do that which is evil, be heard it, he marvelled, and said afraid; for he beareth not the to them that followed, Verily Isword in vain: for he is the misay unto you, I have not found nister of God, a revenger to exeso great faith, no not in Israel. cute wrath upon him that doeth And I say unto you, that many evil. Wherefore ye must needs shall come from the east and west, be subject, not only for wrath, and shall sit down with Abraham but also for conscience sake. For, and Isaac and Jacob, in the king-for this cause pay ye tribute also; dom of heaven: But the children for they are God's ministers, atof the kingdom shall be cast out tending continually upon this ve into outer darkness; there shall ry thing. Render, therefore, to be weeping and gnashing of teeth. all, their dues; tribute to whom And Jesus said unto the Centu- tribute is due, custom to whom rion, Go thy way, and as thou custom, fear to whom fear, hohast believed, so be it done unto nour to whom honour. thee. And his servant was healed in the self-same hour.

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, inso*The Collect. much that the ship was covered 'God, who knowest us to be with the waves; but he was asleep. set in the midst of so many And his disciples came to him, and great dangers, that by reason and awoke him, saying, Lord, of the frailty of our nature we save us, we perish. And he saith cannot always stand upright; unto them, Why are ye fearful, grant to us such strength and pro- O ye of little faith? Then he tection, as may support us in all arose, and rebuked the winds and

The fourth Sunday after the
Epiphany.

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