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Now I say, that Jesus Christ | up your heads; for your redempwas a minister of the circum- tion draweth nigh. And he spake cision for the truth of God, to to them a parable, Behold the confirm the promises made unto fig-tree, and all the trees; when the fathers : And that the Gen- | they now shoot forth, ye see tiles might glorify God for his and know of your own selves mercy; as it is written, For that summer is now nigh at this cause I will confess to thee hand. So likewise ye,
ye among the Gentiles, and sing see these things come to
pass, unto thy Name. And again he know ye that the Kingdom of saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with God is nigh at hand. Verily I his people. And again, Praise say unto you, This generation the Lord, all ye Gentiles, and shall not pass away, till all be laud him, all ye people. And fulfilled : heaven and earth shall again, Esaias saith, There shall pass away; but my words shall be a root of Jesse, and he that not pass away. shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, in him shall the Gentiles
The third Sunday in Advent. trust. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace O Lord Jesu Christ, who at in believing, that ye may abound
thy first coming didst send in hope, through the power of thy messenger to prepare thy the Holy Ghost.
way before thee; Grant that the The Gospel. St. Luke xxi. 25.
ministers and stewards of thy A ND there shall be signs in mysteries may likewise so prethe sun, and in the moon,
pare and make ready thy way, and in the stars; and upon the by turning the hearts of the disearth distress of nations, with obedient to the wisdom of the perplexity, the sea and the waves just, that at thy second coming roaring; men's hearts failing to judge the world we may be them for fear, and for looking
found an acceptable people in after those things which are com- thy sight, who livest and reigning on the earth : for the
est with the Father and the
powers of heaven shall be shaken. And Holy Spirit, ever one God, world then shall they see the Son of without end. Amen. Man coming in a cloud with The Epistle. 1 Cor. iv. 1. power and great glory. L!
ET a man so account of us, when these things begin to come as of the ministers of Christ, to pass, then look up, and lift | and stewards of the mysteries of
God. Moreover, it is required with the wind ? But what went
The fourth Sunday in Advent.
thee) thy power, and come The Gospel. St. Matth. xi. 2. among us, and with great might COW when John had heard succour us; that whereas, through
in the prison the works of our sins and wickedness, we are Christ, he sent two of his disci- sore let and hindered in running ples, and said unto him, Art the race that is set before us, thou he that should come, or thy bountiful grace and mercy do we look for another ? Jesus may speedily help and deliver answered and said unto them, us; through the satisfaction of Go and shew John again those thy Son our Lord, to whom things which ye do hear and with thee and the Holy Ghost
The blind receive their be honour and glory, world withsight, and the lame walk, the out end. Amen. lepers are cleansed, and the deaf The Epistle. Phil. iv. 4. hear, the dead are raised
up, REJOICE in the Lord aland the poor have the Gospel way, and again I say, Repreached to them : And blessed joice. Let your moderation be is he whosoever shall not be of- known unto all men. The Lord fended in me. And as they de- is at hand. Be careful for noparted, Jesus began to say unto | thing: but in every thing, by the multitudes concerning John, prayer and supplication with What went ye out into the wil thanksgiving, let your requests derness to see ? a reed shaken be made known unto God. And
the peace of God, which pass- | The Nativity of our Lord, or the eth all understanding, shall keep Birth-day of CHRIST, comyour hearts and minds through monly called Christmas-day. Christ Jesus.
ALMIGHTY God, who hast THIS is the record of John,
given us thy only-begotten when the Jews sent Priests Son to take our nature upon and Levites from Jerusalem to him, and as at this time to be ask him, Who art thou ? And born of a pure Virgin; Grant he confessed, and denied not; that we being regenerate, and but confessed, I am not the made thy children by adoption Christ. And they asked him, and grace, may daily be renewWhat then ? Art thou Elias ? ed by thy Holy Spirit; through And he saith, I am not. Art the same our Lord Jesus Christ, thou that Prophet ? And he an- who liveth and reigneth with swered, No. Then said they thee and the same Spirit, ever unto him, Who art thou ? that one God, world without end. we may give an answer to them Amen. that sent us. What sayest thou The Epistle. Heb. i. 1. of thyself? He said, I am the OD, who at sundry times voice of one crying in the wil- and in divers manners spake derness, Make straight the way in time past unto the fathers by of the Lord, as said the prophet the prophets, hath in these last Esaias. And they which were days spoken unto us by his Son, sent were of the Pharisees. And whom he hath appointed heir they asked him, and said unto of all things, by whom also he him, Why baptizest thou then, made the worlds ; who being if thou be not that Christ, nor the brightness of his glory, and Elias, neither that Prophet ? the express image of his person, John answered them, saying, I and upholding all things by the baptize with water : but there word of his power, when he had standeth one among you, whom by himself purged our sins, sat ye know not: He it is who com- down on the right hand of the ing after me is preferred before Majesty on high ; being made me, whose shoe's latchet I am so much better than the angels, not worthy to unloose. These as he hath by inheritance obthings were done in Bethabara tained a more excellent name beyond Jordan, where John was than they. For unto which of baptizing
the angels said he at any time,
Thou art my Son, this day have that was made. In him was life, I begotten thee ?_And again, I and the life was the light of will be to him a Father, and he men. And the light shineth in shall be to me a Son ? And a- darkness, and the darkness comgain, when he bringeth in the prehended it not. There was a first-begotten into the world, he man sent from God, whose name saith, And let all the angels of was John. The same came for God worship him. And of the a witness, to bear witness of the angels he saith, Who maketh his light, that all men through him angels spirits, and his ministers might believe. He was not that a fame of fire. But unto the light, but was sent to bear witSon he saith, Thy throne, O ness of that light. That was God, is for ever and ever; a the true light, which lighteth sceptre of righteousness is the every man that cometh into the sceptre of thy kingdom: Thou world. He was in the world, and hast loved righteousness, and the world was made by him, hated iniquity; therefore God, and the world knew him not. even thy God, hath anointed He came unto his own, and his thee with the oil of gladness own received him not. But as above thy fellows. And, Thou, many as received him, to them Lord, in the beginning hast laid gave he power to become the the foundation of the earth; sons of God, even to them that and the heavens are the works believe on his Name: which of thine hands : they shall pe- were born, not of blood, nor of rish, but thou remainest; and the will of the flesh, nor of the they all shall wax old as doth will of man, but of God. And a garment; and as a vesture the Word was made flesh, and shalt thou fold them up, and dwelt among us (and we beheld they shall be changed; but thou his glory, the glory as of the art the same, and thy years shall only begotten of the Father) not fail.
full of grace and truth. The Gospel. St. John i. 1.
Saint Stephen's Day. INWthe beginning was the ,
The Collect. with God, and the Word was
, God. The same was in the be
upon ginning with God. All things earth for the testimony of thy were made by him; and with truth, we may stedfastly look out him was not any thing made up to heaven, and by faith behold the glory that shall be re- The Gospel. St. Matth. xxiii. 34. vealed; and, being filled with
EHOLD, I send unto you the holy Ghost, may learn to prophets, and wise men, and love and bless our persecutors scribes; and some of them ye by the example of thy first Mar- shall kill and crucify; and some tyr Saint Stephen, who prayed of them shall ye scourge
your for his murderers to thee, 0 synagogues, and persecute them blessed Jesus, who standest at from city to city; that upon the right hand of God to suc- you may come all the righteous cour all those that suffer for blood shed upon the earth, from thee, our only Mediator and Ad- the blood of righteous Abel unvocate. Amen.
to the blood of Zacharias, son
of Barachias, whom ye slew beThen shall follow the Collect of the Nativity, which shall be said continually unto tween the temple and the altar. New-year's Eve.
Verily I say unto you, All these
geTEPHEN, being full of the neration. O Jerusalem, Jerusa
holy Ghost, looked up sted- lem, thou that killest the profastly into heaven, and saw the phets, and stonest them which glory of God, and Jesus stand
are sent unto thee; how often ing on the right hand of God, would I have gathered thy chiland said, Behold, I see the hea- dren together, even as a hen gavens opened, and the Son of thereth her chickens under her Man standing on the right hand wings, and ye would not! Beof God. Then they cried out hold, your house is left unto you with a loud voice, and stopped desolate. For I say unto you, their ears, and ran upon him Ye shall not see me henceforth, with one accord, and cast him till ye shall say, Blessed is he out of the city, and stoned him : that cometh in the Name of the and the witnesses laid down Lord. their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And
St. John the Evangelist's Day. they stoned Stephen, calling up
The Collect. on God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he seech thee to cast thy kneeled down, and cried with a bright beams of light upon thy loud voice, Lord, lay not this Church, that it being enlightensin to their charge. And whened by the doctrine of thy blesshe had said this, he fell asleep. ed Apostle and Evangelist Saint