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felf. For I know nothing by houses. But what went ye out myself, yet am I not hereby for to see ? A prophet? yea, justified; but he that judgeth 1 say unto you, and more than me is the Lord. Therefore a prophet. For this is he of judge nothing before the whom it is written, Behold, I time, until the Lord come, send my messenger before thy who both will bring to light face, which fall
prepare thy the hidden things of darkness, way before thee. and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and The Fourth Sunday in Advent. then shall every man have
The Colle&t. praise of God.
up, we pray
thee, thy power, and The Gospel. St. Matth. xi. 2. come among us, and with
OW when John had great might succour us ; that heard in the prison the
whereas, through our sins and works of Christ, he sent two wickedness, we are sore let of his disciples, and said unto and hindered in running the him, Art thou he that should race that is set before us, thy come, or do we look for ano
bountiful grace and mercy ther? Jesus answered and said may speedily help and deliver unto them, Go, and show us, through the satisfaction of John again those things which thy Son our Lord; to whom, ye do hear and see: The blind with thee and the Holy receive their sight, and the Ghost, be honour and glory, lame walk, the lepers are clean- world without end. Amen. fed, and the deaf hear, the
The Epiftle. Phil. iv. 4. dead are raised up, and the
way; and again I say, to them: And blessed is he Rejoice. Let your moderawhosoever shall not be of- tion be known unto all men. fended in me. And as they The Lord is at hand. Be departed, Jesus began to say careful for nothing ; but in unto the multitudes concern- every thing by prayer and suping John, What went ye out plication, with thanksgiving, into the wilderness to see ? A let your requests be made Teed Thaken with the wind ? known unto God. And the But what went ye out for to peace of God, which pafseth fee? A man clothed in soft all understanding, shall keep raiment ? behold, they that your hearts and minds wear foft clothing are in kings through Christ Jesus.
poor have the gospel preached RENOICE
in the Lord al
The Gospel. St. John i. 19. The Nativity of our Lord, or the
HIS is the record of Birth-day of CHRIST, com-
monly called Christmas-day. Priests and Levites from Je
The Collect. rusalem to ask him, Who art Lmighty God, who haft thou? And he confeffed, and given us thy only bedenied not; but confefled, gotten Son to take our nature I am not the Christ. And upon him, and as at this time they asked him, What then? to be born of a pure Virgin ; Art thou Elias ? And he grant that we, being regenefaith, I am not. Art thou rate and made thy children by that Prophet? And he an- adoption and grace, may daily swered, No. Then said they be renewed by thy Holy Spirit, unto him, Who art thou through the same our Lord that we may give an answer Jesus Christ, who liveth and to thein that fent us : What reigneth with thee and the sayest thou of thyself ? He same Spirit, ever one God, said, I am the voice of one world without end. Amen. crying in the wilderness, ,
The Epiftle. Heb. i. 1. Make straight the way of
OD,who at sundrytimes, the Lord, as said the prophet
and in divers manners, Efaias. And they which were spake in time paft unto the fent were of the Pharisees. fathers by the prophets, hath And they asked him, and in these last days spoken unto faid unto him, Why baptiz- us by his Son, whom he hath est thou thon, if thou be not appointed heir of all things, by that Christ, nor Elias, neither whom also he made the worlds: i hat Prophet? John answered Who, being the brightness of them, saying, I baptize with his glory, and the express water ; but there ftandeth one image of his person, and
up: among you, whom ye know holding all things by the word not; he it is, who, coming of his power, when he had by after me, is preferred before himself purged our fins, fat me, whose shoes latchet I am down on the
right hand of the not worthy to unloose. These Majesty on high ; being made things were done in Bethaba- somuch better than theangels, ra, beyond Jordan, where as he hath by inheritance ob John was baptizing.
tained a more excellent Name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my son, this day
have I begotten thee? And him was life, and the life was again, I will be to him a Fa- the light of men. . And the ther, and he shall be to me a light thineth in darkness, and Son ? And again, when he the darkness comprehended it bringeth in the first-begotten not. There was a man sent into the world, he faith, And from God, whose naine was let all the angels of God wor- John : The same came for a fhip him. And of the angels witness, to bear witness of the he faith, Who maketh his an- light, that all men through him gels spirits, and his ministers a might believe. He was not Aame of fire. But unto the that light, but was sent to bear Son he faith, Thy throne, o witness of that light. That God, is for ever and ever; was the true light, which lighta fceptre of righteousness, is eneth every man that cometh the sceptre of thy kingdom. into the world. He was in Thou hast loved righteousness, the world, and the world was and hated iniquity; therefore made by him, and the world God, even thy God, hath knew him not. He came unanointed thee with the oil of to his own, and his own regladness above thy fellows. ceived him not. But as many And, Thou, Lord, in the be. as received him, to them gave ginning haft laid the founda- he power to become the lons tion of the earth ; and the of God, even to them that heavens are the works of thine believe on his name : Which hands : They shall perish, but were born, not of blood, nor thou remaineft ; and they all of the will of the flesh, nor of shall wax old as doth a gar- the will of man, but of God. ment; and as a vesture shalt And the Word was made thou fold them up, and they flesh, and dwelt among us, Thall be changed; but thou (and we beheld his glory, the art the fame, and thy years glory as of the only begotten shall not fail.
of the Father) full of grace The Gospel. St. John i. 1. and truth. N the beginning was the
Word, and the Word was The Sunday after Christmas-day. with God, and the Word was
The Colleet. God. The same was in the Lmighty God, who hast beginning with God. All
given us thy only bethings were made by him; and gotten Son to take our nature without him was not any thing upon him, and as at this time made, that was made. In to be born of a pure Virgin ;
grant that we, being regene- Then Joseph her husband, berate and made thy children ing a just man, and not willing by adoption and grace, may to make her a public example, daily be renewed by thy holy was minded to put her away Spirit, through the same our privily. But while he thought Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth on these things, behold, the anand reigneth withthee and the gel of the Lord appearedunto fame Spirit, ever one God, him in a dream, saying, Joworld without end. Amen.
Amen. seph, thou son of David, fear The Epiftle. Gal. iv. 1. not to take unto thee Mary OW I say, that the heir, thy wife ; for that which is
as long as he is a child, conceived in her is of the Hodiffereth nothing from a ser- ly Ghoft: And she thall bring vant, though he be lord of all; forth a Son, and thou shalt but is under tutors and gover- call his name Jesus; for he nors, until the time appointed shall save his people from of the father. Even so we, their fins. Now all this was when we were children, were done, that it might be fulfilin bondage under the ele- led which was spoken of the ments of the world; but when Lord by the prophet, saying, the fulness of the time was Behold, a' Virgin shall be come, God fent forth his with child, and shall bring Son, made of a woman, made forth a Son, and they shall under the law, to redeemn call. his name Emmanuel, them that were under the law, which being interpreted, is, that we might receive the God with us. Then Joseph adoption of sons. And, be- being raised from Neep, did as cause ye are fons, God hath the angel of the Lord had bidsent forth the Spirit of his Son den him, and took unto him into your hearts, crying, Ab- his wife : And knew her not ba, Father. Wherefore thou till she had brought forth her art no more a servant, but a first-born Son; and he called fon; and if a son, then an heir his name Jesus. of God, through Chrift. The Gospel. St. Matth. i. 18.
The Circumcision of Christ.
Lmighty God, who as his mother Mary was ef madest thy blessed Son poused to Jofeph, before they to be circumcised, and obedi. came together, she was found ent to the law for man; grant with child of the Holy Ghost. us the true circumcifion of
was ef. A
the Spirit, that, our hearts For if they which are of the and all our members being law be heirs, faith is made mortified froin all worldly and void, and the promise made carnal lusts, we may in all of none effect. things obey thy blessed will
, The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 15. through the same thy Son Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ND it came to pass, as
А The Epiftle. Rom. iv. 8.
the angels were gone LESSED is the man to away from them into heaven,
whom the Lord will not the Shepherds faidone to anoimpute fin. Cometh this bles- ther, Let us now go even unto sedness then upon the circum- Bethlehem, and see this thing cision only, or upon the un
which is come to pass, which circumcifion allo? For we say, the Lord hath made known that faith was reckoned to
unto us. And they came Abraham for righteousness. with hafte, and found Mary How was it then reckoned ? and Joseph, and the babe when he was in circumcifion, lying in a manger. And when or in uncircumcision ? Not they had seen it, they made in circumcision, but in uncir- known abroad the saying cumcifion. And he received which was told them conthe fign of circumcision, a feal cerning this child. And all of the righteousness of the they that heard it wondered faith which he had, yet being at those things which were uncircumcised; that he might
told them by the shepherds. be the father of all them that But Mary kept all these things, believe, though they be not
and pondered them in her circumcised; that righteouf
heart. And the shepherds ness might be imputed unto returned, glorifying and praisthem allo: And the father of ing God for all the things that circumcision to them who are they had heard and seen, as it not of the circumcision only, was told untothem. And when but also walk in the steps of eight days were accomplished. that faith of our father Abra for the circumcising of the ham, which he had, being yet child, his name was called uncircumcised. For the pro- of the angel before he was
JESUS, which was so named mife, that he should be the heir of the world, was not
conceived in the womb. to Abraham, or to his feed, The same Colleet, Epiftle, and through the law, but through Gospel shall serve for every the righteousness of faith. Day after, unto the Epiphany.