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The Nativity of our Lord, or the Bireb-day of CHRIST, commonly
The Collect. Lmighty God, who hast given us thy only begotten A Son, to take our nature upon him, and, as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin; Grant that we being ree generate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed By thy Holy Spirit, through che fame 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.. M OD, who at sundry times, and in divers manners,
U spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hach 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, sac 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 chan they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? and again, I will be lo him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son. And again, when he bringeth in the first-begotten into the world, he
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On the COLLECT for tbe Nativity of Jesus Chrift. O Almighty God, who haft given thy only begotten Son, (John iii. 16.) not to take upon him the nature of angels, but to take on him the seed of Abraham, (Hob. ii. 16.) and to be born of a pure virgin, which birth we this day, with grateful hearts, commemorate ; afford us, we beseech thee, thy grace, chac we being born again into a spiritual life,
John ii. 3. i Pur. i. 23.) may receive the adoption of fons, (Gal. iv. 5.) and may daily be renewed in the spirit of our minds, (Epb. iv, 23.) by the influence of the holy spirit ; which we beg for the sake of our ever blessed Lord, 66. Ameo.
faith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he faith, Who maketh his angels fpirits, 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 righteoulness is the sceptre, of thy Kingdom. Thou halt 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 chine hands. They shall perish, but thou remainest ; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a ver ture 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. IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with 1 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 ching made, that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shinech in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man fent 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 lightech every inan 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 fons 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.
Saint Stephen's Day.
The Colleft. O RANT, O Lord, that in all our sufferings here upon
U earth for the teftimony of thy truch, we may ffedfaftiy look up to Heaven, and by faith behold the glory chat shall be revealed ; and being filled with the Holy Ghost, may learn to love and bless our perfecutors, by the example of thy first Martyr Saint Stephen, who prayed for his mur. derers to three, O blessed Jesus, who ftandest at the right hand of God, to succour all those that suffer for chee, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen. Then fall follow the Collect of the Nativity, which shall be faid continually
unio New.year's Eve.
For the Epiftle. Acts vii. 55.
fastly 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 witneffes laid down their clothes at a young man's feet whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon
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On tbe COLLECT for Saint Stephen's Day. O Lord, we humbly pray thee that, in all our sufferings in this present world, (Rom. viii. 18.) in support of the testimony of the gospel, we may, after the example of St Stephen, Atedfally look up to heaven, and by the strength of oar faith, obtain a prospect of the glory which hall be revealed hereafter in us ; ( Rom. viii. 18.) and being filled with the Holy Ghost, (18s vii. 55.) in like manner as that blessed faint, who was first honoured with a crown of martyrdom, may learn to bless thens who persecute us, (Rom. xii. 14. Matt. v. 44.) encouraged thereto by the example of this noble martyr, who prayed for his murderers, that thou, O blesed Jesus, wouldst not lay their fin to their charge, (A&s vii. 20.) who landeft at the right hand of God, as St Stephen was then supported by beholding thee ; grant unto us all spiritual strength and succour, when we later for chce our only mediator and advocate. Ainen.
God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, 'lay not this fin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell afleep.
The Gospel. St Matt. xxiii. 34. DEhold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and
D scribes; and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your fynagogues, and persecute them from city to city; that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the carth, from the blood of righteous Abel, unto the blood of Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom ye new 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 stoneft them which are sent unto thee ; how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a ben gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would nor! Behold, your houle is lett unto you desolare. For I say unto you, Ye shall not ste me henceforth, till ye ihail lay, Blessed is he that comech in the name of the Lord.
Saint John the Evangelist's Day.
The Colleet. M Erciful Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams
IV of light upon thy Church ; that it being enlightenert by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist Şairios John, may so walk in the light of thy truth, that it may at length attain to the light of everlasting life, through Jelus Christ our Lord. Amen.
P A P A P H R A Ş E. Oribe COLLECT for St John the Evangelif's Day. Merciful Father, we entreat thee to enlighten the hearts of all christians, by that evangelical truth, revealed to us in the sacred books of the New Testament ; particularly by those mysteries set forth unto us in the gospel of St John, that they may walk honestly as in the day ; (Rom xiii. 13-) not erring in the darkaess of heathenish superstition, but as children
The Epiftle: i St John i. 1. THAT which was from the beginning, which we have
I heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled of the Word of life (for the life was manifefted, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life which was with the Father, and was manifefted unto us) that which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that ye also inay have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowThip is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have hearu of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth : But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowThip one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanf th us from all sin. If we say that we have no lin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confefs our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins," and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we fay that we have not finned, we make him a liar, and his Word is not in us.
The Gospel. St John xxi. 19. TESUS said unto Peter, Follow mę. Then Peter turn. J ing about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved, follow, ing, (which also leaned on his breast at supper, and faid, Lord, which is he chat betrayeth thee ?) Peter seeing him, faith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesús faith unto him, If I will that he carry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple fhould not die: yet Jesus said not unto him. He shall not die ; but,
PA RA PHR Å S E. of light, (Eph, v. 8.) who know the truth, (John viii. 32.) and after they have led a life conformable to the holy do&rines therein delivered, th'y may have the light of everlasting life; ( Tobu viii. 12.) and this we beg for the sake of Jesus Christ. Anien.
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