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The third Sunday in Advent. 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, when 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
The Collect. fill you with all joy and peace
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 AND there shall be signs in
mysteries may likewise so preA the 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 powers
est with the Father and the 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. I Cor. iv. 1. power and great glory. And I 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 in stewards, that a man be found ye out for to see ? a man clothfaithful. But with me it is a ed in soft raiment ? behold, they very small thing that I should that wear soft clothing are in be judged of you, or of man's kings' houses. But what went judgement : yea, I judge not ye out for to see ? a prophet ? mine own self. For I know no- yea, I say unto you, and more thing by myself, yet am I not than a prophet. For this is he hereby justified ; but he that of whom it is written, Behold, judgeth me is the Lord. There- I send my messenger before thy fore judge nothing before the face, which shall prepare thy time, until the Lord come, who way before thee. both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will
The fourth Sunday in Advent. make manifest the counsels of
The Collect. the hearts; and then shall every In Lord, raise up (we pray man have praise of God.
U thee) thy power, and come The Gospel. St. Matth. xi. 2. among us, and with great might N OW when John had heard succour us; that whereas, through IV 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 see : 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 1 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 passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The Gospel. St. John i. 19.
HIS is the record of John,
when the Jews sent Priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then P Art thou Elias P And he saith, I am not. Art thou that Prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that Prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not: He it is who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The Nativity of our Lord, or the Birth-day of CHRIST, commonly called Christmas-day. . The Collect. LMIGHTY 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. Heb. i. 1. Go 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, * B
Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 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 remainest; 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. N 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.
For the Epistle. Acts vii. 55.
TEPHEN, being full of the holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, and cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when
he had said this, he fell asleep.
The Gospel. St. Matth. xxiii. 34.
Boop, I send unto you
prophets, and wise men, and scribes; and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city; that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
St. John the Evangelist's Day.
ERCIFUL Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church, that it being enlightened by the doctrine of thy bless
ed Apostle and Evangelist Saint