« PreviousContinue »
where Christ should be born. / The first Sunday after the And they said unto him, In
Epiphany Bethlehem of Judæa : for thus
The Collect. it is written by the prophet,
Lord, we beseech thee merAnd thou, Bethlehem, in the
cifully to receive the prayland of Juda, art not the least
ers of thy people which call upamong the princes of Juda : for
on thee; and grant that they out of thee shall come a Governour that shall rule my people
may both perceive and know Israel. Then Herod, when he
what things they ought to do,
and also may have grace and had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what
power faithfully to fulfil the time the star appeared. And
same; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen. he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go, and search diligently 1 The Epistle. Rom. xii. 1. for the young child, and when I Beseech you therefore, breye have found him, bring me 1 thren, by the mercies of God, word again, that I may come that ye present your bodies a and worship him also. When living sacrifice, holy, acceptable they had heard the king, they unto God, which is your reasondeparted; and lo, the star which able service. And be not conthey saw in the east went be- | formed to this world; but be fore them, till it came and stood | ye transformed by the renewing over where the young child was. of your mind, that ye may prove When they saw the star, they what is that good, and acceptrejoiced with exceeding great | able, and perfect will of God. joy. And when they were come For I say, through the grace into the house, they saw the given unto me, to every man young child with Mary his mo- that is among you, not to think ther, and fell down and wor- of himself more highly than he shipped him: and when they ought to think, but to think sohad opened their treasures, they berly, according as God hath presented unto him gifts ; gold, dealt to every man the measure and frankincense, and myrrh. of faith. For as we have many And being warned of God in members in one body, and all a dream that they should not members have not the same ofreturn to Herod, they departed fice; so we, being many, are into their own country another one body in Christ, and every way.
| one members one of another.
The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 41. was subject unto them: but his N OW his parents went to mother kept all these sayings in
W Jerusalem every year at her heart. And Jesus increased the feast of the passover. And in wisdom, and stature, and in when he was twelve years old, favour with God and man. they went up to Jerusalem, after the custom of the feast. And
| The second Sunday after the when they had fulfilled the days,
Epiphany. as they returned, the child Je
The Collect. sus tarried behind in Jerusalem ; | ALMIGHTY and everlastand Joseph and his mother knew A ing God, who dost govern not of it. But they, supposing all things in heaven and earth; him to have been in the com Mercifully hear the supplications pany, went a day's journey, and of thy people, and grant us thy they sought him among their peace all the days of our life; kinsfolk and acquaintance. And through Jesus Christ our Lord. when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, The Epistle. Rom. xii. 6. seeking him. And it came to LTAVING then gifts differpass, that after three days they1 1 ing according to the grace found him in the temple, sitting that is given to us, whether proin the midst of the doctors, both phecy, let us prophesy according hearing them, and asking them to the proportion of faith; or questions. And all that heard ministry, let us wait on our mihim were astonished at his un- nistering; or he that teacheth, derstanding and answers. And on teaching; or he that exhortwhen they saw him, they were eth, on exhortation : he that givamazed : and his mother said eth, let him do it with simpliunto him, Son, why hast thou city; he that ruleth, with dilithus dealt with us ? behold, thy gence; he that sheweth mercy, father and I have sought thee with cheerfulness. Let love be sorrowing. And he said unto without dissimulation. Abhor them, How is it that ye sought that which is evil, cleave to that me ? wist ye not that I must which is good. Be kindly affecbe about my Father's business ? tioned one to another with broAnd they understood not the therly love, in honour preferring saying which he spake unto one another : not slothful in buthem. And he went down with siness ; fervent in spirit; serving them, and came to Nazareth, and the Lord; rejoicing in hope ; patient in tribulation; continu- / whence it was, (but the servants ing instant in prayer; distribut- which drew the water knew,) ing to the necessity of saints; the governour of the feast called given to hospitality. Bless them the bridegroom, and saith unto which persecute you ; bless, and him, Every man at the begincurse not. Rejoice with them ning doth set forth good wine, that do rejoice, and weep with and when men have well drunk, them thať weep. Be of the then that which is worse : but same mind one towards another. | thou hast kept the good wine Mind not high things, but con- until now. This beginning of descend to men of low estate. miracles did Jesus in Cana of
The Gospel. St. John ii. 1. | Galilee, and manifested forth his AND the third day there was glory, and his disciples believed A a marriage in Cana of Ga- on him. lilee, and the mother of Jesus
The third Sunday after the was there. And both Jesus was
Epiphany. called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they want
The Collect. ed wine, the mother of Jesus
ALMIGHTY and everlasting saith unto him, They have no
A God, mercifully look up wine. Jesus saith unto her, Wo- on our infirmities, and in all our man, what have I to do with dangers and necessities stretch thee ? mine hour is not yet come.
forth thy right hand to help and His mother saith unto the ser
defend us ; through Jesus Christ vants, Whatsoever he saith un- | our Lord. Amen. to you, do it. And there were The Epistle. Rom. xii. 16. set there six water-pots of stone, PE not wise in your own conafter the manner of the purify- | D ceits. Recompense to no ing of the Jews, containing two man evil for evil. Provide things or three firkins apiece. Jesus honest in the sight of all men. saith unto them, Fíll the water- If it be possible, as much as pots with water. And they fill- lieth in you, live peaceably with ed them up to the brim. And all men. Dearly beloved, ahe saith unto them, Draw out venge not yourselves, but rather now, and bear unto the gover- give place unto wrath; for it is nour of the feast. And they written, Vengeance is mine; I bare it. When the ruler of the will repay, saith the Lord. Therefeast had tasted the water that fore, if thine enemy hunger, feed was made wine, and knew not him ; if he thirst, give him drink:
for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. The Gospel. St. Matth. viii. 1. HEN he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. And behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man, but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion beseeching him, and saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof; but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say unto this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do
this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way, and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the self-same hour.
The fourth Sunday after the Epiphany. The Collect.
God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright; Grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Rom. xiii. 1. Lo. every soul be subject
unto the higher powers; for there is no power but of
God: the powers that be are
ordained of God. Whosoever | And he saith unto them, Why therefore resisteth the power re- are ye fearful, O ye of little sisteth the ordinance of God : faith? Then he arose, and reand they that resist shall receive | buked the winds and the sea, to themselves damnation. For and there was a great calm. But rulers are not a terror to good | the men marvelled, saying, What works, but to the evil. Wilt manner of man is this, that even thou then not be afraid of the the winds and the sea obey him! power? do that which is good, And when he was come to the and thou shalt have praise of other side into the country of the same : for he is the minister the Gergesenes, there met him of God to thee for good. But two possessed with devils, comif thou do that which is evil, ing out of the tombs, exceeding be afraid ; for he beareth not fierce, so that no man might the sword in vain : for he is the pass by that way. And behold, minister of God, a revenger to they cried out, saying, What execute wrath upon him that have we to do with thee, Jesus, doeth evil. Wherefore ye must thou Son of God ? art thou come needs be subject, not only for hither to torment us before the wrath, but also for conscience time? And there was a good sake. For for this cause pay way off from them an herd of ye tribute also ; for they are many swine, feeding. So the God's ministers, attending con- devils besought him, saying, If tinually upon this very thing. I thou cast us out, suffer us to Render therefore to all their go away into the herd of swine. dues ; tribute to whom tribute And he said unto them, Go. is due, custom to whom custom, | And when they were come out, fear to whom fear, honour to | they went into the herd of whom honour.
swine: and behold, the whole The Gospel. St. Matth. viii. 23. herd of swine ran violently down AND when he was entered a steep place into the sea, and A into a ship, his disciples | perished in the waters. And followed him. And behold, there they that kept them fled, and arose a great tempest in the sea, went their ways into the city, insomuch that the ship was co- and told every thing, and what vered with the waves : but he was befallen to the possessed of was asleep. And his disciples the devils. And behold, the came to him, and awoke him, whole city came out to meet saying, Lord, save us, we perish. | Jesus : and when they saw him,