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Note.--If there be no choir, then these Anthems may be read at the discretion of the
Minister before the first Lesson, instead of one of the select Psalms.
then is the message which we have heard of THE ANTHEM.
him, and declare unto you, that God is light,
and in him is no darkness at all. Isaiah xl. 1-5.
that we have fellowship with him, and walk in JOMFORT ye, comfort ye my people, darkness, we lie, and do not the truth : But if saith your God ; speak ye comfortably to
we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare have fellowship one with another, and the blood is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned :
of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all For she hath received at the Lord's hand sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive double for all her sins.
ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forPrepare ye
way of the Lord, make straight give us our sins, and to cleanse us from all in the desert a highway for our God.
unrighteousness. If we say that we have not Every valley shall be exalted, and every sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not mountain and hill made low, the crooked straight, and the rough places plain.
The Gospel. Matt. xi. 7. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together : for the AND as they departed, Jesus began to say mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
unto the multitudes concerning John, what
went ye out into the wilderness to see ? a reed The Collect.
shaken with the wind ? But what went ye out A LMIGHTY God, by whose providence for to see? a man clothed in soft raiment ?
thy servant John Baptist was wonderfully Behold, they that wear soft clothing are in born, and sent to prepare the way of thy Son kings' houses. But what went ye out for to our Savour, by preaching of repentance; Make
see? a prophet? yea,
say unto you, and us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom may truly repent according to his preaching; it is written, Behold, I send my messenger and after his example constantly speak the before thy face, which shall prepare thy way truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer
before thee. Verily I say unto you, Among for the truth's sake; through Jesus Christ our
them that are born of women there hath not Lord. Amen.
risen a greater than John the Baptist: not
withstanding, he that is least in the kingdom of The Epistle. I. John i.
heaven is greater than he. And from the days THAT which was from the beginning, which of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of
we have heard, which we have seen with heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take our eyes, which we have looked
it by force. For all the prophets and the law hands have handled, of the Word of life; (for prophesied until John. And if ye will receive the Life was manifested, and we have seen it, it, this is Elias, which was for to come. He and bear witness, and shew unto you that
that hath ears to hear, let him hear. eternal Life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us ;) that which we have
Second Sunday in Advent. seen and heard declare we unto you, that
THE ANTHEM. also may have fellowship with us : and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his
Malachi ii. Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we THUS
CHUS saith the Lord of Hosts, yet once it unto you, that your joy may be full. This is a little while, and I will shake the
The transposition of many of the Collects, Epistles and Gospels, and the incorporation of several minor
tivals of the Church, with the Sunday Services, (rendered necessary by that gradual change of habits and manners which has consigned them to a virtual oblivion) may be more justly appreciated by a reference to the Lessons and Psalms arranged to be read with them : ex. gr. the 2nd. Sunday after Easter, also the 1st. 5th. and 7th. Sundays after Trinity, and the Sunday before Advent.
heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the world through him might be saved. He that dry land ; and I will shake all nations, and believeth on him is not condemned: but he the desire of all nations shall come.
that believeth not is condemned already, And the Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly because he hath not believed in the name of come to his temple, even the messenger of the only-begotten Son of God. And this is the covenant whom ye delight in.
the condemnation, that light is come into the Behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of world, and men loved darkness rather than hosts.
light, because their deeds were evil. For But who may abide the day of his coming ? every one that doeth evil hateth the light, and who shall stand when he appeareth? for neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds he is like a refiner's fire !
should be reproved : But he that doeth truth And he shall purify the sons of Levi, that cometh to the light, that his deeds may be they may offer unto the Lord an offering in made manifest that they are wrought in God. righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jeru
Third Sunday in Advent. salem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days
THE ANTHEM. of old, and the former years.
THE Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of The Collect.
the world, say ye to the daughter of Zion, BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy thy salvation cometh. --Isaiah lxii. 11. Scriptures to be written for our learning;
Rejoice! O Bethlehem Ephratah, though Grant that we may in such wise hear them, thou be little among the thousands of Judah, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them; yet out of thee shall come forth him that is to that by patience, and comfort of thy holy Word, bé ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed been from ofold, from everlasting.–Micah. v. 2. hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given Behold! a virgin shall conceive, and bear us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
a son, and shall call his name Immanuel, God
with us.Isaiah vii. 14. Matt. i. 23. The Epistle. Rom. xv. 4.
For, behold! darkness shall er the earth, WH THATSOEVER things were written and gross darkness the people : but the Lord
aforetime were written for our learning, shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be that we through patience and comfort of the seen upon thee, and the Gentiles shall come Scriptures might have hope. Now the God of to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy patience and consolation grant you to be like- rising.
Isaiah lx. 2. 3. minded one toward another, according to I will mention the lovingkindness of the Christ Jesus: that ye may with one mind and Lord; I will greatly rejoice, and my soul shall one mouth glorify God, even the Father of be joyful in my God; for the Lord God will our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive
ye cause righteousness and praise to spring forth one another, as Christ also received us, to the before all nations.—Isaiah lxiii. 7. glory of God. Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth
The Collect. of God, to confirm the promises made unto the LORD Jesu Christ, who at thy first fathers; And that the Gentiles might glorify coming didst
send thy messenger to prepare God for his mercy; as it is written, For this thy way before thee; Grant that the ministers cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and stewards of thy gospel may likewise so preand sing unto thy Name. And again he saith, pare and make ready thy way, by turning the Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles, and just, that at thy second coming to judge the laud him all ye people. And again, Esaias world we may be found an acceptable people saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he in thy sight, who livest and reignest with the that shall arise to reign over the Gentiles ; in Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, him shall the Gentiles trust. Now the God world without end. Amen. of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through
The Epistle. I. John iv. 7. the power of the Holy Ghost.
BELOVED, let us love one another : for The Gospel. John iii. 16.
love is of God; and every one that loveth
is born of God, and knoweth God. He that FOR God so loved the world, that he gave loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is
love. In this was manifested the love of God believeth in him should not perish, but have toward us, because that God sent his onlyeverlasting life. For God sent not his Son into begotten Son into the world, that we might the world to condemn the world ; but that the live through him. Herein is love, not that we
loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his He shall feed his flock like a shepherd; Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Be- and he shall gather the lambs with his arm, loved, if God so loved us, we ought also to and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead love one another. No man hath seen God at those that are with young.—Isaiah xl. ii. any time. If we love one another, God dwel- Come unto him all ye that labour and are leth in us, and his love is perfected in us. heavy laden, and he will give you rest; take Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he his yoke upon you, and learn of him, for he is in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit
. meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find And we have seen, and do testify, that the rest unto your souls. Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the His yoke is easy, and his burden is light.world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is Matt. xi. 30. the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed
The Collect. the love that God hath to us. God is love,
, grace and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, may cast away the works of darkness, and and God in him. Herein is our love made put upon us the armour of light, now in the perfect, that we may have boldness in the day time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus of judgement : because as he is, so are we in Christ came to visit us in great humility; this world. There is no fear in love; but that in the last day, when he shall come again perfect love casteth out fear; because fear in his glorious Majesty to judge both the quick hath torment. He that feareth, is not made and dead, we may rise to the life immortal ; perfect in love. We love him because he first through him who liveth and reigneth with thee loved us. If a man say, I love God, and and the Holy Ghost, now and ever.
Amen. hateth his brother, he is a liar; for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how
The Epistle. 2 Pet. i. 16. can he love God whom he hath not seen?
OR we have not followed cunningly deAnd this commandment have we from him, vised fables, when we made known unto That he who loveth God love his brother also. you
and coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ, but were eye-witnesses of his majesty. The Gospel. Mark i. 1.
For he received from God the Father honour THE THE beginning of the gospel of Jesus and glory, when there came such a voice to
Christ, the Son of God; As it is written him from the excellent glory, This is my bein the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger loved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And before thy face, which shall prepare thy way this voice which came from heaven we heard, before thee. The voice of one crying in the when we were with him in the holy mount. wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, We have also a more sure word of prophecy; make his paths straight. John did baptize in whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as the wilderness, and preach the baptism of unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until repentance for the remission of sins. And the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your there went out unto him all the land of Judea, hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of of the Scripture is of any private interpretahim in the river of Jordan, confessing their tion. For the prophecy came not in old time sins. And John was clothed with camel's hair, by the will of man: but holy men of God and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. and he did eat locusts and wild honey. And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier
The Gospel. John i. 19. than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose. I indeed have THIS is the record of John, when the Jews
sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to baptized you with water : but he shall baptize ask him, who art thou? And he confessed, you with the Holy Ghost.
and denied not; but confessed, I am not the
And they asked him, What then?
Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art THE ANTHEM.
thou that prophet? And he answered, No. REJOICE greatly, o daughter of Zion! Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that
shout, o daughter of Jerusalem; behold, we may give an answer to them that sent us. thy King cometh unto thee.
What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am He is just, and hath salvation, and he shall the voice of one crying in the wilderness, speak peace unto the heathen-Zech. ix. 9. 10. Make straight the way of the Lord, as said
Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, the prophet Esaias. And they which were and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou the dumb shall sing.-- Isaiah xxxv. 5. 6. then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias,
neither that prophet? John answered them, the angels of God worship him. And of the saying, I baptize with water: but there stand- angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, eth one among you, whom ye
know not; He and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the it is, who, coming after me, is preferred before Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to and ever; a sceptre of righteousness is the unloose. These things were done in Beth- sceptre of thy kingdom: Thou hast loved abara beyond Jordan, where John was bap- righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore tizing.
God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with The Nativity of our Lord, or commemoration of Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the
the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, the Incarnation of Christ, commonly called foundation of the earth ; and the heavens are Christmas Day.
the works of thine hands : They shall perish, THE ANTHEM.
but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old, Luke i. fc.
as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou
fold them up, and they shall be changed: but G! LORY to God in the highest, on earth
thou art the same, and thy years shall not peace, and good will to men.
fail. Through the tender mercy of our God the dayspring from on high hath visited us ; to
The Gospel. John i. 1. give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the IN the beginning was the Word, and the way of peace.
Word was with God, and the Word was For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is
God. The same was in the beginning with given, and the government shall be upon his
God. All things were made by him; and shoulder; and his name shall be called Won
without him was not any thing made that was derful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the ever
made. In him was life; and the life was the lasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
light of men. And the light shineth in darkSing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done ness, and the darkness comprehended it not. it : shout, ye lower parts of the earth, break
There was a man sent from God, whose name forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and
was John. The same came for a witness, to every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed
bear witness of the Light, that all men through Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.
him might believe. He was not that Light,
but was sent to bear witness of that Light. The Collect.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every
man that cometh into the world. He was in A
LMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy
only Son to take our nature upon him, the world, and the world was made by him, and, as at this time, to be born of
and the world knew him not.
He came unto Grant that we, being made thy children by
his own, and his own received him not. But adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by as many as received him, to them gave he thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord power to become the sons of God, even to Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee
them that believe on his name: which were and the same Spirit, ever one God, world with- born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, out end. Amen.
nor of the will of man, but of God. And the
Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, The Epistle. Heb. i. 1.
(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the GOD, who at sundry times and in divers man- only-begotten of the Father,) full of grace and
ners spake in time past unto the fathers by truth. the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of
Sunday after Christmas, all things, by whom also he made the worlds ; who being the brightness of his glory, and the
THE ANTHEM. express image of his person, and upholding all
Magnificat. Luke i. 46. things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged
our sins, sat down on the MY soul doth magnify the Lord ; and my right hand of the Majesty on high; being made spirit rejoiceth in God my Saviour. so much better than the angels, as he hath by For he hath regarded the lowliness of his inheritance obtained a more excellent name handmaiden. than they. For unto which of the angels said For, behold, from henceforth all generations he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day shall call me blessed. have I begotten thee? And again, I will be For he that is mighty hath magnified me, to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? and holy is his name. And again, when he bringeth in the first-be- And his mercy is on them that fear him, gotten into the world, he saith, And let all throughout all generations,
He bath shewed strength with his arm, he Behold, a Virgin shall be with child, and shall hath scattered the proud in the imagination of bring forth a Son, and they shall call his name their hearts.
Emmanuel, which being interpreted, is, God He hath put down the mighty from their with us.) Thèn Joseph, being raised from seats, and hath exalted the humble and meek. sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had bidden
He hath filled the hungry with good things, him, and took unto him his wife; and knew and the rich he hath sent empty away.
her not till she had brought forth her first-born He remembering his mercy hath holpen his son; and he called his name JESUS. servant Israel; as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.
Second Sunday after Christmas. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and The Collect shall be the same as that for the to the Holy Ghost;
Sunday after Christmas. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever
The Epistle. Rom. v. 12. shall be world without end. Amen.
WHEREFORE, as by one man
ed into the world, and death by sin; The Collect.
and so death passed upon all men, for that all O , (in
ther thine elect in one communion and world: but sin is not imputed when there is no fellowship, through the Incarnation of thy Son
law. Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow to Moses, even over them that had not sinned his blessed example in all virtue and holy after the similitude of Adam's transgression, living, that we may come to those unspeakable who is the figure of him that was to come. joys, which thou hast prepared for them that but not as the offence, so also is the free gift. unfeignedly love thee; through Jesus Christ For if through the offence of one many be dead; our Lord. Amen.
much more the grace of God, and the gift by The Epistle. Gal. iv. 1.
grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath
abounded unto many. And not as it was by COW I say, that the heir, as long as he is
one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgea child, differeth nothing from a servant,
ment was by one to condemnation; but the though he be lord of all; but is under tutors
free gift is of many offences unto justification. and governors, until the time appointed of the
For if by one man's offence death reigned by father. Even so we, when we were children,
one; much more they which receive abunwere in bondage under the elements of the
dance of grace, and of the gift of righteousness, world: but when the fulness of the time was
shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) come, God sent forth his Son, made of a
Therefore, as by the offence of one judgement woman, made under the law, to redeem them
came upon all men to condemnation; even so that were under the law, that we might receive by the righteousness of one the free gift came the adoption of sons. And because ye are
upon all men unto justification of life. For sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son
as by one man's disobedience many were made into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Where
sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many fore thou art no more a servant, but a son;
be made righteous. Moreover, the law en. and if a son, then an heir of God through tered, that the offence might abound. But Christ.
where sin abounded, grace did much more The Gospel. Matt. i. 18.
abound: that as sin hath reigned unto death, THE THE birth of Jesus Christ was on this
even so might grace reign, through righteouswise : When as his mother Mary was es
ness, unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our
Lord. poused to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
T'he Gospel. Luke ïi. 15. , ,
, away was minded to put her away privily. But said one to another, Let us now go even unto while he thought on these things, behold, the Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a pass, which the Lord hath made known unto dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear And they came with haste, and found not to take unto thee Mary thy wife; for that Mary, ard Joseph, and the babe lying in a which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost: manger. And when they had seen it, they and she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt made known abroad the saying which was told call his name JESUS; for he shall save his them concerning this child. And all they that people from their sins. (Now all this was heard it wondered at those things which were done, that it might be fulfilled which was told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept spoken of the Lord by the prophet, sayingall these things, and pondered them in her