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heart. And the shepherds returned, glorify- For, behold! darkness shall cover the earth, ing and praising God for all the things that and
gross darkness the people ; but the Lord they had heard and seen, as it was told unto shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be them. And when eight days were accom- seen upon thee; plished for the circumcising of the child, his And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, name was called JESUS, which was so named and kings to the brightness of thy rising : of the angel before he was conceived in the The people that walked in darkness have womb. And when the days of her purification seen a great light; and upon them that dwell according to the law of Moses were accom
in the land of the shadow of death, upon them plished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to pre- hath the light shined. sent him to the Lord; (as it is written in the For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the is given, and the government shall be upon his womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) and shoulders; and his name shall be called Wonto offer a sacrifice according to that which is derful, Counsellor; the mighty God, the eversaid in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtle lasting Father, the Prince of Peace. doves, or two young pigeons. And, behold, Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanks. there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name giving, and honour, and power, and might be was Simeon; and the same man was just and unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel : and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it
The Collect. was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that O GOD, who by the leading of a star didst Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit Mercifully grant, that we, which know thee into the temple: and when the parents brought now by faith, may after this life have the in the child Jesus, to do for him after the cus- fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through tom of the law, then took he him up in his Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen, arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, accord
The Epistle. Ephes. iii. 1. ing to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy FOR this cause, Paul, the prisoner of salvation, which thou hast prepared before the Jesus Christ for you Gentiles ; if ye have face of all people; a light to lighten the Gen- heard of the dispensation of the grace of God, tiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And which is given me to you-ward: How that by Joseph and his mother marvelled at those revelation he made known unto me the mystery things which were spoken of him. And (as I wrote afore in few words, whereby, when Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall the mystery of
Christ) which in other ages was and rising again of many in Israel; and for a not made known unto the sons of men, as it is sign which shall be spoken against; (yea, a now revealed unto his holy Apostles and Prosword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) phets by the Spirit ; That the Gentiles should that the thoughts of many
be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and parvealed. And there was one Anna, a prophet- takers of his promise in Christ, by the Gospel: ess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of whereof I was made a minister, according Aser; she was of a great age, and had lived to the gift of the grace of God given unto me with an husband seven years from her virginity; by the effectual working of his power. Unto and she was a widow of about fourscore and me, who am less than the least of all saints, is four years, which departed not from the tem- this grace given, that I should preach among ple, but served God with fastings and prayers
the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; night and day. And she coming in that and to make all men see what is the fellowship instant, gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, of the mystery, which from the beginning of and spake of him to all them that looked for the world hath been hid in God, who created redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had all things by Jesus Christ: to the intent, that performed all things according to the law of unto the principalities and powers in the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their heavenly places might be known by the Church own city Nazareth.
the manifold wisdom of God, according to the
eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ The Epiphany, or the Manifestation of Christ Jesus our Lord; in whom we have boldness to the Gentiles.
and access with confidence by the faith of him. THE ANTHEM.
The Gospel. Matt. ii. 1.
WHEN Jesus was born in Bethlehem of
, the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
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 measure of faith. For as we have many mem-
The Gospel. Luke iv. 14.
ND Jesus returned in the power of the
child was. When they saw the star, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And when they were come into the house, they saw he closed the book, and he gave it again to the the young child with Mary his mother, and minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all fell down and worshipped him: and when they them that were in the synagogue were fastened had opened their treasures, they presented on him. And he began to say unto them, This unto him gifts ; gold, and frankincense, and day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream And all bare him witness, and wondered at the that they should not return to Herod, they gracious words which proceeded out of his departed into their own country another way. mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's
son? And he said unto them, Ye will surely First Sunday after the Epiphany. say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyThe Anthem shall be the same as that for the
self: whatsoever we have heard done in Caper
naum, do also here in thy country. And he Epiphany.
said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is acThe Collect.
cepted in his own country. But I tell you
of a truth, Many widows were in Israel in the O ALMIGHTY God, who hast built thy days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up
Church upon the foundation of the Apos- three years and six months, when great famine tles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the head corner-stone; Grant us so to be
was throughout all the land; but unto none of joined together in unity of spirit by their doc
them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city trine, that we may be made an holy temple And many lepers were in Israel in the time of
of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. acceptable unto thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was
cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. And all The Epistle. Rom. xii, 1
they in the synagogue, when they heard these
things, were filled with wrath, and rose up, and I BESEECH
you therefore, brethren, by the thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies brow of the hill whereon their city was built, a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, that they might cast him down headlong. But which is your reasonable service. And be not he, passing through the midst of them, went conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and Second Sunday after the Epiphany. perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is
The Collect. among you, not to think of himself more highly O ALMIGHTY God, who
by thy blessed , , according as God hath dealt to every man the of custom to be an Apostle and Evangelist;
Grant us grace to forsake all covetous desires, Third Sunday after the Epiphany.
O ALMIGHTY God, who hast instructed
thy holy Church with the heavenly doc
trine of thy Evangelist Saint Mark; Give us The Epistle. Rom. xii. 6.
grace, that, being not like children carried
blast of vain doctrine, we may HA
AVING then gifts differing according to be established in the truth of thy holy Gospel; the grace that is given to us, whether
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait
The Epislle. 2 Pet. i. 1. on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth on exhortation:
IMON Peter, a servant and an apostle of he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity;
Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth
like precious faith with us through the righteousmercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be with- ness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: out dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil;
grace and peace be multiplied unto you through cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affec
the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, tioned one to another with brotherly love; in according as his divine power hath given unto honour preferring one another ; not slothful in
us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, business ; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; througħ the knowledge of him that hath called rejoicing in hope ; patient in tribulation; con us to glory and virtue : whereby are given unto tinuing instant in prayer; distributing to the us exceeding great and precious promises ; necessity of saints ; given to hospitality: Bless
that by these ye might be partakers of the them which persecute you: bless, and curse
divine nature, having escaped the corruption not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and
that is in the world through lust. And besides weep with them that weep.
Be of the same
this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virmind one toward another. Mind not high
tue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowthings, but condescend to men of low estate.
ledge temperance; and to temperance patience; Be not wise in your own conceits. Recom
and to patience godliness; and to godliness pense to no man evil for evil. Provide things
brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness honest in the sight of all men.
If it be possi
charity. For if these things be in you, and ble, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with abound, they make you that ye shall neither be all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not your
barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our
Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these selves, but rather give place unto wrath : for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay,
things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy
hath forgotten that he was purged from his old
sins. hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink :
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give difor in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on
ligence to make your calling and election sure: his head. Be not overcome of evil, but over
for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall : come evil with good.
for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The Gospel. Mark viii. 27. saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the
ND Jesus went out, and his disciples, into receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, the towns of Cesarea Philippi: and by the Follow me.
And he arose, and followed him. way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in Whom do men say that I am ? And they anthe house, behold, many publicans and sinners swered, John the Baptist : but some say, Elias; came and sat down with him and his disciples. and others, one of the prophets. And he saith And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto unto them, But whom say ye that I am ? And his disciples, Why eateth your Master with Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art publicans and sinners ? But when Jesus heard the Christ. And he charged them that they that, he said unto them, They that be whole should tell no man of him. And he began to need not a physician, but they that are sick. teach them, that the Son of man must suffer But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will many things, and be rejected of the elders, and have mercy and not sacrifice: for I am not of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed ; come to call the righteous, but sinners to re- and after three days rise again. And he spake pentance.
that saying openly. And Peter took him and began to rebuke him. But when he had turned
The Gospel. Luke viii. 22. about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter , saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for NOW. it came to pass on a certain day,
that he went into a ship with his disciples: thou savourest not the things that be of God, and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the but the things that be of men. And when he other side of the lake. And they launched had called the people unto him, with his disci- forth. But as they sailed he fell asleep : and ples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will there came down a storm of wind on the lake; come after me, let him deny himself, and take and they were filled with water, and were in up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever jeopardy. And they came to him and awoke will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever him, saying, Master, master, we perish! Then shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging the same shall save it. For what shall it pro- of the water : and they ceased and there was a fit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and calm. And he said unto them, Where is your lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give faith? And they, being afraid, wondered, in exchange for his soul? Whosoever there saying one to another, What manner of man is fore shall be ashamed of me and of my words this ? for he commandeth even the winds and in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him water, and they obey him. And they arrived also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over cometh in the glory of his father with the against Galilee. And when he went forth to holy angels.
land, there met him out of the city a certain
man which had devils long time, and ware no Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany. clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the
tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and The Collect.
fell down before him, and with a loud voice,
said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, ALMIGHTY God, who calledst Luke the thou Son of God most High? I beseech thee
Physician, whose praise is in the Gospel, torment me not. (For he had commanded the to be an Evangelist, and Physician of the soul; unclean spirit to come out of the man. For May it please thee, that, by the wholesome
oftentimes it had caught him: and he was medicines of the doctrine delivered by him, all kept bound with chains and in fetters : and he the diseases of our souls may be healed; brake the bands, and was driven of the devil through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ into the wilderness.) And Jesus asked him, our Lord. Amen.
saying, What is thy name? And he said,
Legion: because many devils were entered The Epistle. Rom. iii. 21.
into him. And they besought him that he
would not command them to go out into the BUT
UT now the righteousness of God without deep. And there was there an herd of many
the law is manifested, being witnessed by swine feeding on the mountain ; and they the law and the prophets ; even the righteous- besought him that he would suffer them to ness of God, which is by faith of Jesus Christ, enter into them: and he suffered them. Then unto all and upon all them that believe: for went the devils out of the man, and entered there is no difference : for all have sinned, and into the swine: and the herd ran violently. come short of the glory of God; being jus- down a steep place into the lake, and were tified freely by his grace, through the re- choked. When they that fed them saw what demption that is in Jesus Christ : whom God was done, they fled, and went and told it in hath set forth to be a propitiation through the city and in the country. Then they went faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, for the remission of sins that are past, through and found the man, out of whom the devils the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, this time, his righteousness: that he might be clothed, and in his right mind : and they were just, and the justifier of him which believeth afraid. They also which saw it told them by in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is ex- what means he that was possessed of the devils cluded. By what law? Of works ? Nay: was healed. Then the whole multitude of the but by the law of faith. Therefore we con- country of the Gadarenes round about besought clude that a man is justified by faith without him to depart from them; for they were taken the deeds of the law. Is he the God of the with great fear: and he went up into the ship, Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles ? and returned back again. Now the man out Yes, of the Gentiles also : seeing it is one God, of whom the devils were departed besought which shall justify the circumcision by faith, him that he might be with him: but Jesus and uncircumcision through faith. Do we then im away, saying, Return to thine own make void the law through faith ? God forbid: house, and
shew how great things God hath yea, we establish the law.
done unto thee. And he went his way, and
published throughout the whole city how great love of the Father is not in him. For all that things Jesus had done unto him. And it came is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the to pass, that when Jesus was returned, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of people gladly received him: for they were all the Father, but is of the world. And the world waiting for him.
passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that
doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Gospel. John vi. 1. The Collect. M ERCIFUL . Lord, we beseech thee to sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tibe
cast thy bright beams of light upon thy rias. And a great multitude followed him, beChurch, that it being enlightened by the doc- cause they saw his miracles which he did on trine of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist them that were diseased. And Jesus went up Saint John may so walk in the light of thy into a mountain, and there he sat with his distruth, that it may at length attain to the light ciples. And the passover, a feast of the Jews, of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our was nigh. When Jesus then lifted
eyes, Lord. Amen.
and saw a great company come unto him, he
saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, The Epistle. I. John ii. 1.
that these may
eat? And this he said to prove MY Y little children, these things write I unto him : for he himself knew what he would do.
you, that ye sin not. And if any man Philip answered him, Two hundred pennysin, we have an advocate with the Father, worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the pro- every one of them may take a little. One of pitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, also for the sins of the whole world. And saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath hereby we dc know that we know him, if we five barley-loaves and two small fishes: but keep his commandments. He that saith, I what are they among so many? And Jesus know him, and keepeth not his commandments, said, Make the men sit down. Now there was is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But much grass in the place. So the men sat whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the down, in number about five thousand. And love of God perfected: hereby know we that Jesus took the loaves : and when he had given we are in him. He that saith he abideth in thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the him, ought himself also so to walk, even as he disciples to them that were set down; and walked. Brethren, I write no new command. likewise of the fishes as much as they would. ment unto you, but an old commandment, When they were filled, he said unto his disciwhich ye had from the beginning. The old ples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that commandment is the word which ye have heard nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them from the beginning. Again, a new command
Again, a new command- together, and filled twelve baskets with the ment I write unto you; which thing is true in fragments of the five barley-loaves, which rehim and in you : because the darkness is past, mained over and above unto them that had eaten. and the true light now shineth. He that saith Then those men, when they had seen the mirahe is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in cle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that darkness even until now. He that loveth his Prophet that should come into the world. brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany. hateth his brother, is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth
The Collect. because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy I write unto you, little children, because your Church and household continually in thy sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. true religion ; that they who do lean only upon I write unto you, fathers, because ye have the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore known him that is from the beginning. I write be defended by thy mighty power; through unto you, young men, because ye have over- Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. come the wicked one.
I write unto you,
little children, because ye have known the Father.
The Epistle. I. John iii. 1. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye B
EHOLD, what manner of love the Father have known him that is from the beginning, hath bestowed upon us, that we should be I have written unto you, young men, because
called the sons of God: therefore the world ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in knoweth us not, because it knew him not. you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it Love not the world, neither the things that are doth not yet appear what we shall be : but we in the world. If any man love the world, the know, that when he shall appear, we shall be