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cised, and obedient to the law for this thing abir! is come to pass, man; grant us the true circum- which the Lord atlımade 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 Lara. Amen.

concerning this child. And all Thi Epistle. Rom. iv. 3. 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 shepherus. But Cometh this blessedness then Mary hept all these things, and upon the circumcision only, or pondered them in her heart. And upon the uncircuncision also : ihe shepherifi returned, glorifyFor we say, that faith was reckoning 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 uncircuincised; that he might" The same Collect, Epistle, ane? Gospel he the father of all them that be shall serve for every day after, unto

the Epiphany. lieve, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might The Epiphany, or the Janifestabe imputed unto then also : And tion of Christ to the Gentiles. the father of circumcision to them!

The Collect. who are not of the circumcision O 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 sced, 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 FOR 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

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-leirs, shall come a Governor that shall and of the same body, and par- rule my people Israel. Then Hetakers 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 tlie east went which from the beginning of the before them, till it came and stood world hath been hid in God, who lover 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

The Gospel. St. Matt. ji. 1. of God in a dream, that they WHEN Jesus was born in should not return to Herod, they

Bethlehem of Judea, in the departed into their own country days of Herod the king, behold, another way. there came wise men from the The first Sunday after the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where

Epiphany. is he that is born king of the Jews?

The Collect. for we have seen his star in the Lord, we beseech thee mers cast, 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 perbled, and all Jerusalem with him. ceive and know what things they And when he had gathered all fought to do, and also may have the chief priests and scribes of grace and power faithfully to fulthe people together, he demanded til the same, through Jesus Christ of them where Christ should be our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Rom. xii. 1. lat his understanding and answers. I Beseech you therefore, breth- and when they saw him they

ren, by the mercies of God, fuere amazed : and his niother 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 be said unto to this world; but be ye trans- them, low is it that ye sought formed by the renewing of your me? nist 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 1 say, which he spake unto them. And through the grace given unto me, he welit doun with them, and to every man that is among you, came to Nazaretli, and was subnot to think of himself more jert unto them; but his muiker highly than he ought to think, lept 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 failli. For as we have God and man. many members in one body, and all meinbers have not the same

The second Sunday after the office; so we, being many, are

Epiphany. one body in Christ, and every

The Collect. one members one of another.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting The Gospel. St. Luke, ii. .3.1. 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 seast. And when The Epistle. Rom. xii. 6. they had fulfilled the days, as they HAVING then gifts, differing returned, the child Jesus farrieal according to the grace that is behind in Jerusalein; and Joseph given to us, whether prophecy, and his motller 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 ainong their kinsfolk and ac- bethat exhorteth, on exhortation: quaintance. And when they he that giveti, let him do it with found him not, they turned back simplicity; he that ruleth, with again to Jerusalem, seeking him. diligence; he that showreth mercy, And it came to pass, that after with cheerfulness. Let love he three days, they found him in the without dissimulation. Abhorthat 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 thein questions. And all one to another with hrotherly that heard him were astonished love, in honour preferringone an.

other: not slothful in business ; until now. This beginning of mifervent in spirit; serving the Lord; racles did Jesus in Cana of Galilce, rejoicing in hope; patient in tribu- and manisested 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 The Third Sunday after the them which persecute you; bless,

Epiphany. and curse not. Rejoice with them

The Collect. 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 dannot high things, but condescendgers and necessities stretch forth to men of low estate.

thy right hand to help and deThe Gospel. St. Jolin, ii. 1. send us, through Jesus Christ our AND the third day there was a Lord. Amen.

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 noman lis disciples, to the marriage. evil for evil. Provide things hoAnd wlien 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 untó ber, Womau, wliat have 1 men. Dearly beloved, avenge not to do with thee? mine houris not yourselves, but rather give place yet come. His mother saiih 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 over. unto 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, 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 into wine, and when men have well him, See thou tell no mas, 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

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ses comınanded 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, LET every soul be subject upto my servant lieth at home sick of

the higher powers; for there the palsy, grievously tormented. Jis no power but of God: the pow. And Jesus saith unto him, I will ers that be are ordained of God. come and heal him. The Centu- whosoever, therefore, resisteth rion answered and said, Lord, I 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 s'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 bave 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 I sword 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 doethe 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 veinto outer darkness; there shall ry thing. Render, therefore, 10 he 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 The Gospel. St. Matt. viii. 23. in the self-same hour.

AND when he was entered into The fourth Sunday after the

a ship, bis disciples followed

him. And behold, there arose Epiphany

a great tempest in the sea, insoThe Collect.

much that the ship O God, who knowest us to be with the waves; but he was asleep.

set in the midst of so many And his disciples and great dangers, that by reason and awoke him, saying, Lord, of the frailty of our nature we save us, we perish. Ảnd 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 be jection, as may support us in all arose, and rebuked the winds and

was covered

came to him,

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