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The Epistle. Heb. i. 1.
GOD, who, at sundry times, and in divers manners, spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who, being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high ; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have Ibegotten thee ? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son 2 And again, when he bringeth in the first-begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of GoD worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, LoRD, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: they shall perish, but thou re
mainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed; but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
The Gospel. St. John i. 1.
IN the beginning was the WoRD, and the Word was with God, and the Word was GoD. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made, that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from GoD, whose name was John : the same came for a witness, to bear witness of the light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light. That was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of GoD, even to them that believe on his name : which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.
THE SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY.
ALMIGHTY GoD, who hast given us thy only begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin; grant that we, being regenerate and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy SPIRIT, through the same our Lord JESUs CHRIST, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same SPIRIT, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. Gal. iv. 1.
NOW I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all ; but is under tutors and governors, until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world; but when the fulness of the time was come, GoD sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And, because ye are sons, GoD hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God, through CHRIST.
The Gospel. St. Matt. i. 18. THE birth of JESUS CHRIST
was on this wise : When as his
mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came to
gether, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LoRD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife ; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost : and she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUs ; for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Em manuel, which being interpreted, is, GoD with us. Then Joseph, being raised from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife; and knew her not till she had brought forth her first-born son ; and he called his name JESUS.
THE CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST The Collect. ALMIGHTY GoD, who
madest thy blessed Son to be circumcised, and obedient to
|the law for man; grant us the
true circumcision of the SPIRIT, that, our hearts and all our members being mortified from all worldly and carnal lusts, we may in all things obey thy blessed will, through the same thy Son Jesus CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Rom. iv. 8.
BLESSED is , the man to whom the LoRD will not impute sin. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also : For we say, that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was it then reckoned when he was in circumcision or in uncircumcision ? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had, yet being uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all them that believe, 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 only, but also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had, being yet uncircumcised. For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect.
hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising GoD for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
T The same Collect, Epistle, and Gospel
shall serve for every day after, unto the Epiphany.
THE EPIPHANY, or THE MAN1FESTATION OF CHRIST TO THE GENTILES.
O GOD, who by the leading of a Star didst manifest thy only begotten Son to the Gentiles; mercifully grant that we, who know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious GoDHEAD, through JEsus CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephes. iii. 1.
FOR this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of JEsus CHRIST for you Gentiles; if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God, which is given me to
you-ward: how that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery (as I wrote afore in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of CHRIST) which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy Apostles and Prophets by the SPIRIT ; that the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in CHRIST, by the Gospel: whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of GoD, given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of CHRIST ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in GoD, who created all things by Jesus CHRIST : to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known, by the Church, the manifold wisdom of GoD, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in CHRIST JEsus our Lord ; in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
The Gospel. St. Matt. ii. 1.
WHEN JESUS was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the 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 east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he
was troubled, and all Jerusalem
with him. And when he had
gathered all the chief priests
and scribes of the people toge
ther, he demanded of them where CHRIST should be born.
And they said unto him, in Bethlehem of Judea : for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda; for out of thee shall come a Governor that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod,
when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go, and search diligently for the young child, and when ye have found
him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and lo,
the star which they saw in the east went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house,
they saw the young child with
Mary his mother, and fell down
and worshipped him: and when
they had opened their treasures,
they presented unto him gifts;
gold, and frankincense, and
myrrh. And being warned of
GoD in a dream, that they
should not return to Herod,
they departed into their own
country another way.
THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHAN.Y.
O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people who call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Rom. xii. 1.
I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of GoD, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world ; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, according as GoD hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office; so we, being many, are one body in CHRIST, and every one members one of another.
The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 41.
NOW his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, after the custom of the feast.
And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child JESUs tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him they were amazed : and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom, and stature, and in favour with GoD and man.
THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting GoD, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth ; mercifully hear the supplications of