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that was made. In him was life, The Epistle. Gal. iv. I. and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in dark: NOW I say, that the heir
as long as , ness, and the darkness compre. differeth nothing from a servant, hended it not. There was a man though he be Lord of all; but sent from God, whose name is under tutors and governors, was John: The same came for until the time appointed of the a witness, to bear witness of the father. Even so we, when we light, that all men through him were children, were in bondage might believe. He was not that under the elements of the world; light, but was sent to bear wit- but when the fulness of the ness of that light. That was time was come, God sent forth the true light, which lighteneth his Son, made of a woman, made every man that cometh into the under the law, to redeem them world. He was in the world, that were under the law, that we and the world was made by might receive the adoption of him, and the world knew him And, because ye are not. He came unto his own,
God hath sent forth the and his own received him not. Spirit of his Son into your But as many as received him, hearts, crying, Abba, Father. to them gave he power to be. Wherefore thou art no more a come the sons of God, even to servant, but a son; and if a son, them that believe on his name: then an heir of God, through Which were born, not of blood, Christ. nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. The Gospel. St. Matt. i. 18. And the Word was made flesh, THE birth of Jesus Christ
this beheld his glory, the glory as of as his mother Mary was espousthe only begotten of the Father) ed to Joseph, before they came full of grace and truth.
together, she was found with
child of the Holy Ghost. Then The Sunday after Christmas
Joseph her husband, being a. Day.
just man, and not willing to
make her a public example, The Collect.
was minded to put her away LMIGHTY God, who hast privily. But while he thought Son to take our nature upon gel of the Lord appeared unto him, and as at this time to be him in a dream, saying, Joseph, born of a pure Virgin; grant thou son of David, fear not to that we, being regenerate and take unto thee Mary thy wife; made thy children by adoption for that which is conceived in and grace, may daily be renew- her is of the Holy Ghost: And ed by thy holy Spirit, through she shall bring forth a Son, and the same our Lord Jesus Christ, thou shalt call his name Jesus; who liveth and reigneth with for he shall save his people from thee and the same Spirit, ever their sins. Now all this was one God, world without end. done, that it might be fulfilled Amen.
which was spoken of the Lord
by the prophet, saying, Behold, unto them also: and the father a Virgin shall be with child, and of circumcision to them who shall bring forth a Son, and they are not of the circumcision only, shall call his name Emmanuel, but also walk in the steps of which, being interpreted, is God that faith of our father Abraham, with us.
T'hen Joseph being which he had, being yet uncirraised from sleep, did as the an- cumcised. For the promise, gel of the Lord had bidden him, that he should be the heir of the and took unto him his wife world, was not to Abraham, or and knew her not till she had to his seed, through the law, but brought forth her first-born Son: through the righteousness of and he called his name Jesus. faith. For if they which are of
the law be heirs, faith is made
void, and the promise made of The Circumcision of Christ. The Collect.
The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 15. Lmighty God, who
ND it to pass, as thy blessed Son to be cir- angels were goneaway from cumcised, and obedient to the them into heaven, the shepherds law for man; grant us the true said one to another, Let us now circumcision of the Spirit, that, go even unto Bethlehem, and our hearts and all our members see this thing which is come to being mortified from all world- pass, which the Lord hath made ly and carnal lusts, we may in known unto us. And they came all things obey thy blessed will, with haste, and found Mary through the same thy Son Jesus and Joseph, and the babe lying Christ our Lord. Amen.
in a manger. And when they The Epistle. Rom. iv. 8.
had seen it, they made known
abroad the saying which was LESSED is the man to told them concerning this child.
whom the Lord will not And all they that heard it wonimpute sin. Cometh this bless- dered at those things which were edness then upon the circum- told them by the shepherds. cision only, or upon the uncir. But Mary kept all these things, cumcision also ? For we say, and pondered them in her heart. that faith was reckoned to A. And the shepherds returned, braham for righteousness. How glorifying and praising God for was it then reckoned ? when he all the things that they had heard was in circumcision, or in un- and seen, as it was told unto circumcision ? Not in circum- them. And when eight days cision, but in uncircumcision. were accomplished for the cirAnd he received the sign of circumcising of the child, his name cumcision, a seal of the righ- was called JESUS, which was teousness of the faith which he so named of the angel before he had, yet being uncircumcised; was conceived in the womb. that he might be the father of "all them that believe, though I The same Collect, Epistle, and they be not circumcised; that Gospel shall serve for every day righteousness might be imputed after, unto the Epiphany.
The Epiphany, or the Manic and powers in heavenly places festation of Christ to the Gen- might be known, by the Church, tiles.
the manifold wisdom of God, The Collect.
according to the eternal purpose O
God, who by the leading which he purposed in Christ
of a star didst manifest Jesus our Lord; in whom we thy only begotten Son to the have boldness and access with Gentiles; mercifully grant that confidence by the faith of him. we, who know thee now by The Gospel. St. Matt. ï. 1. faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy storious God. WHEN Jesus was born in head, through Jesus Christ our the days of Herod the king, Lord. Amen.
behold, there came wise men The Epistle. Ephes. iii. 1. from the east to Jerusalem, sayFOR 'OR this cause, I Paul, the ing, Where is he that is born
prisoner of Jesus Christ for King of the Jews? for we have you Gentiles; if ye have heard seen his star in the east, and are of the dispensation of the grace come to worship him. When of God, which is given me to Herod the king had heard these you-ward; how that by revela- things, he was troubled, and all tion he made known unto me Jerusalem with him. And the mystery (as I wrote afore in when he had gathered all the few words, whereby, when ye chief priests and scribes of the read, ye may understand my people together, he demanded knowledge in the mystery of of them where Christ should Christ) which in other ages was be born. And they said unto not made known unto the sons him, In Bethlehem of Judea: of men, as it is now revealed For thus it is written by the prounto his holy Apostles and Pro- phet, And thou Bethlehem in phets by the Spirit; that the the land of Juda, art not the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, least among the princes of Juda; and of the same body, and par- for out of thee shall come a takers of his promise in Christ, Governor that shall rule my by the Gospel: whereof I was people Israel. Then Herod, made a minister, according to when he had privily called the the gift of the grace of God, wise men, inquired of them given unto me by the effectuaí diligently what time the star working of his power. Unto appeared. And he sent them me, who am less than the least to Bethlehem, and said, Go, of all saints, is this grace given, and search diligently for the that I should preach among the young child, and when ye have Gentiles the unsearchable riches found him, bring me word again, of Christ; and to make all men that I may come and worship see what is the fellowship of the him also. When they had heard mystery, which from the begin- the king, they departed; and ning of the world hath been hid lo, the star which they saw in in God, who created all things the east went before them, till by Jesus Christ: to the intent it came and stood over where that now unto the principalities the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced the same office; so we, being with exceeding great joy. And many, are one body in Christ, when they were come into the and every one members one of house, they saw the young child another. with Mary his mother, and fell
The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 41. down and worshipped him: And when they had opened Now his parents went to the unto him gifts, gold, and frank- feast of the passover. And when incense, and myrrh. And be- he was twelve years old, they ing warned of God in a dream, went up to Jerusalem, after the that they should not return to custom of the feast. And when Herod, they departed into their they had fulfilled the days, as own country another
way. they returned, the child Jesus
tarried behind in Jerusalem; The first Sunday after the and Joseph and his mother knew Epiphany
not of it. But they supposing The Collect.
him to have been in the comLord, we beseech thee mer- "pany, went a day's journey, and cifully to receive the pray- kinsfolk and acquaintance. And
they sought him among their ers of thy people who call upon when they found him not, they thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what turned back again to Jerusalem, things they ought to do, and also seeking him. And it came to may have grace and power faith- pass, that after three days they fully to fulfil the same, through found him in the temple, sitting Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. in the midst of the doctors, both
hearing them, and asking them The Epistle. Rom. xii. 1.
questions. And all that heard Beseech you therefore, bre- him were astonished at his un
that ye present your bodies a when they saw him, they were living sacrifice, holy, acceptable amazed: and his mother said unto God, which is your rea- unto him, Son, why hast thou sonable service. And be not thus dealt with us? behold, thy conformed to this world; but father and I have sought thee be ye transformed by the renew. sorrowing. And he said unto ing of your mind, that ye may them, How is it that ye sought prove what is that good, and ac- me? wist ye not that I must be ceptable, and perfect will of about my Father's business? God, For I say, through the And they understood not the grace given unto me, to every saying which he spake unto man that is among you, not to them. And he went down with think of himself more highly them, and came to Nazareth, than he ought to think, but to and was subject unto them: but think soberly, according as God his mother kept all these sayhath dealt to every_man the ings in her heart. And Jesus measure of faith. For as we increased in wisdom, and stahave many members in one ture, and in favour with God body, and all members have not and man.
The second Sunday after the sus was there. And both Jesus Epiphany.
was called, and his disciples, The Collect.
to the marriage. And when LMIGHTY and everlast- they wanted wine, the mother all things in heaven and earth have no wine. Jesus saith unto mercifully hear the supplica. her, Woman, what have I to do tions of thy people, and grant with thee? mine hour is not yet us thy peace all the days of our come. His mother saith unto life, through Jesus Christ our the servants, Whatsoever he Lord. Amen.
saith unto you, do it. And
there were set there six waterThe Epistle. Rom. xii. 6.
pots of stone, after the manner (AVING then gifts, differ- of the purifying of the Jews,
ing according to the grace containing two or three firkins that is given to us,
whether pro- apiece. Jesus saith unto them, phecy, let us prophesy accord. Fill the water-pots with water. ing to the proportion of faith; And they filled them up to the or ministry, let us wait on our brim. And he saith unto them, ministering; or he that teacheth, Draw out now, and bear unto on teaching; or he that exhort- the governor of the feast. And eth, on exhortation: he that they bare it. When the ruler giveth, let him do it with sim. of the feast had tasted the water plicity; he that ruleth, with that was made wine, and knew diligence; he that showeth mer
not whence it was (but the sercy, with cheerfulness. Let love
vants which drew the water be without dissimulation. Ab- knew) the governor of the feast hor that which is evil, cleave to called the bridegroom, and saith that which is good. Be kindly unto him, Every man at the affectioned one to another with beginning doth set forth good brotherly love, in honour pre- wine, and when men have well ferring one another: not sloth- drunk, then that which is worse: ful in business; fervent in spi- but thou hast kept the good wine rit; serving the Lord; rejoicing until now. This beginning of in hope; patient in tribulation; miracles did Jesus in Cana of continuing instant in prayer; Galilee, and manifested forth distributing to the necessity of his glory, and his disciples besaints; given to hospitality. lieved on him. Bless them which persecute you; bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice,
The third Sunday after the
Epiphany. and weep with them that wecp. Be of the same mind one to.
The Collect. wards another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men ing God, mercifully look of low estate.
upon our infirmities, and in all The Gospel. St. John ï. 1. our dangers and necessities AND the third day there was stretch forth thy right hand to Galilee, and the mother of Je. sus Christ our Lord. Amen.