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THE INNOCENTS DAY.
The Collect. O
ALMIGHTY God, who out of the
mouths of babes and sucklings hast ordained strength, and madest infants to glorify thee by their deaths; mortify and Kill ail vices in us, and so strengthen us by thy grace, that by the innocency of our lives, and constancy of our faith even unto death, we may glorify thy holy Name through Jesus Christ our Lord:
For the Epistle. Rev. 14. 1. I
LOOKED, and lo, a Lamb stood on
the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder : and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps; and they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the
elders; and no man could learn that song, but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women, for they are virgins: these are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth : these were redeemed from among men, being the first-fruits unto God, and and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile; for they are without fault before the throne of God.
The Gospel. S. MATTH. 2. 13. TH. THE- angel of the Lord appeareth to
Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child, and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word; for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt and was there until the death of Herod; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my Son. Then Herod when he saw that he was mocked of the wise-men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and
slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise-men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation,and weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
The Sunday after Christmas-day.
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 may all become regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, and 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. 4. 1.
is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but he 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. S. MATTH. 1. 18. THE birth of Jesus Christ was on this THI
wise: when as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, (before they came together ) 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 Emmanuel, 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. LMIGHTY God, who madest thy blessed Son to be circumcised, and