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where Christ should be born. And , king, they departed; and lo, the they said unto him, In Bethlehem star which they saw in the east of Judæa: for thus it is written went before them, till it came and by the prophet, And thou, Bethle- stood over where the young child hem, in the land of Juda, art not | was. When they saw the star, the least among the princes of they rejoiced with exceeding great Juda: for out of thee shall come joy. And when they were come a Governour that shall rule my into the house, they saw the young people Israel. Then Herod, when child with Mary his mother, and he had privily called the wise men, fell down and worshipped him : enquired of them diligently what and when they had opened their time the star appeared. And he treasures, they presented unto him sent them to Bethlehem, and said, gifts ; gold, and frankincense, and Go, and search diligently for the myrrh. And being warned of God young child, and when ye have in a dream that they should not found him, bring me word again, return to Herod, they departed that I may come and worship him into their own country another also. When they had heard the way.
And he and when in
Go, ahem to Bethlehed
THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY. The Collect.
feast of the passover. And when LORD, we beseech thee mer he was twelve years old, they went
cifully to receive the prayers up to Jerusalem, after the custom of thy people which call upon of the feast. And when they had thee; and grant that they may fulfilled the days, as they returnboth perceive and know what ed, the child Jesus tarried behind things they ought to do, and also in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his may have grace and power faith
mother knew not of it. But they, fully to fulfil the same; through supposing him to have been in the Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. company, went a day's journey,
and they sought him among their The Epistle. Rom. xii. l.
kinsfolk and acquaintance. And I BESEECH you therefore, bre when they found him not, they I thren, by the mercies of God, turned back again to Jerusalem, that ye present your bodies a liv seeking him. And it came to pass, ing sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto that after three days they found God, which is your reasonable ser him in the temple, sitting in the vice. And be not conformed to midst of the doctors, both hearing this world; but be ye transformed them, and asking them questions. by the renewing of your mind, And all that heard him were asthat ye may prove what is that tonished at his understanding and good, and acceptable, and perfect answers. And when they saw him, will of God. For I say, through they were amazed: and his mother the grace given unto me, to every said unto him, Son, why hast thou man that is among you, not to thus dealt with us? behold, thy think of himself more highly than father and I have sought thee sorhe ought to think, but to think rowing. And he said unto them, soberly, according as God hath How is it that ye sought me? wist dealt to every man the measure ye not that I must be about my of faith. For as we have many Father's business? And they unmembers in one body, and all derstood not the saying which he members have not the same of spake unto them. And he went fice; so we, being many, are one down with them, and came to body in Christ, and every one Nazareth, and was subject unto members one of another.
them: but his mother kept all
these sayings in her heart. And The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 41.
Jesus increased in wisdom, and NOW his parents went to Je-stature, and in favour with God The Collect. ALMIGHTY and everlasting
rusalem every year at the l and man.
The Gospel. St. John il. 1. A God, who dost govern all
AND the third day there was things in heaven and earth; Mer
A a marriage in Cana of Galicifully hear the supplications of
lee, and the mother of Jesus was thy people, and grant us thy peace |
there. And both Jesus was called, all the days of our life; through
and his disciples, to the marriage. Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
And when they wanted wine, the
mother of Jesus saith unto him, The Epistle. Rom. xii. 6.
They have no wine. Jesus saith L AVING then gifts differing unto her, Woman, what have I to
I according to the grace that do with thee? mine hour is not is given to us, whether prophecy, yet come. His mother saith unto let us prophesy according to the the servants, Whatsoever he saith proportion of faith; or ministry, unto you, do it. And there were let us wait on our ministering; set there six water-pots of stone, or he that teacheth, on teaching; after the manner of the purifying or he that exhorteth, on exhorta- | of the Jews, containing two or tion: he that giveth, let him do i three firkins apiece. Jesus saith it with simplicity; he that ruleth, unto them, Fill the water-pots with diligence; he that sheweth with water. And they filled them mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love up to the brim. And he saith unbe without dissimulation. Abhor I to them, Draw out now, and bear that which is evil, cleave to that unto the governour of the feast. which is good. Be kindly affec- And they bare it. When the ruler tioned one to another with bro of the feast had tasted the water therly love, in honour preferring that was made wine, and knew not one another : not slothful in busi- whence it was, (but the servants ness; fervent in spirit; serving the which drew the water knew,) the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient governour of the feast called the in tribulation; continuing instant bridegroom, and saith unto him, in prayer; distributing to the ne Every man at the beginning doth cessity of saints; given to hospi- set forth good wine, and when tality. Bless them which persecute men have well drunk, then that you; bless, and curse not. Rejoice which is worse : but thou hast with them that do rejoice, and kept the good wine until now. weep with them that weep. Be of This beginning of miracles did the same mind one towards an- | Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and maother. Mind not high things, but nifested forth his glory, and his condescend to men of low estate. | disciples believed on him.
THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY.
| you, live peaceably with all men. LMIGHTY and everlasting Dearly beloved, avenge not yourA God, mercifully look upon selves, but rather give place unto our infirmities, and in all our dan- wrath; for it is written, Vengeance gers and necessities stretch forth is mine; I will repay, saith the thy right hand to help and de Lord. Therefore, if thine enemy fend us ; through Jesus Christ our hunger, feed him; if he thirst, Lord. Amen.
give him drink: for in so doing
thou shalt heap coals of fire on his The Epistle. Rom. xii. 16.
head. Be not overcome of evil, PE not wise in your own con- but overcome evil with good. D ceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things ho
The Gospel. St. Matt. viii. 1. nest in the sight of all men. If it W HEN he was come down be possible, as much as lieth in
from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. And servant shall be healed. For I am a behold, there came a leper and man under authority, having solworshipped him, saying, Lord, if diers under me: and I say unto thou wilt, thou canst make me this man, Go, and he goeth; and clean. And Jesus put forth his. to another, Come, and he cometh; hand, and touched him, saying, I and to my servant, Do this, and will; be thou clean. And imme- he doeth it. When Jesus heard diately his leprosy was cleansed. it, he marvelled, and said to them And Jesus saith unto him, See that followed, Verily I say unto thou tell no man, but go thy way, you, I have not found so great shew thyself to the priest, and of faith, no not in Israel. And I say fer the gift that Moses command unto you, That many shall come ed, for a testimony unto them. from the east and west, and shall And when Jesus was entered into sit down with Abraham, and ICapernaum, there came unto him saac, and Jacob, in the kingdom a centurion beseeching him, and of heaven. But the children of saying, Lord, my servant lieth at the kingdom shall be cast out inhome sick of the palsy, grievously to outer darkness: there shall be tormented. And Jesus saith unto weeping and gnashing of teeth. him, I will come and heal him. And Jesus said unto the centuThe centurion answered and said, rion, Go thy way, and as thou Lord, I am not worthy that thou hast believed, so be it done unto shouldest come under my roof; thee. And his servant was healed but speak the word only, and my in the self-same hour.
as may supns through aChrist our
THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY. The Collect.
1 ye must needs be subject, not only GOD, who knowest us to be for wrath, but also for conscience
set in the midst of so many sake. For for this cause pay ye and great dangers, that by reason tribute also; for they are God's of the frailty of our nature we can ministers, attending continually not always stand upright; Grant upon this very thing. Render to us such strength and protection, therefore to all their dues ; tribute as may support us in all dangers, to whom tribute is due, custom to and carry us through all tempta- whom custom, fear to whom fear, tions; through Jesus Christ our honour to whom honour. Lord. Amen.
The Gospel. St. Matt. viii. 23. The Epistle. Rom. xiii. 1.
AND when he was entered into TET every soul be subject unto A a ship, his disciples followed
U the higher powers; for there him. And behold, there arose a is no power but of God: the pow- great tempest in the sea, insomuch ers that be are ordained of God. that the ship was covered with the Whosoever therefore resisteth the waves : but he was asleep. And power resisteth the ordinance of his disciples came to him, and God: and they that resist shall awoke him, saying, Lord, save receive to themselves damnation. us, we perish. And he saith unto For rulers are not a terror to good them, Why are ye fearful, 0 ye of works, but to the evil. Wilt thou little faith? Then he arose, and then not be afraid of the power? rebuked the winds and the sea, do that which is good, and thou and there was a great calm. But shalt have praise of the same: for the men marvelled, saying, What he is the minister of God to thee manner of man is this, that even for good. But if thou do that the winds and the sea obey him! which is evil, be afraid; for he And when he was come to the beareth not the sword in vain : other side into the country of the for he is the minister of God, a Gergesenes, there met him two revenger to execute wrath upon possessed with devils, coming out him that doeth evil. Wherefore 1 of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that | into the herd of swine: and beway. And behold, they cried out, hold, the whole herd of swine ran saying, What have we to do with violently down a steep place into thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art the sea, and perished in the wathou come hither to torment us ters. And they that kept them before the time? And there was a fled, and went their ways into the good way off from them an herd city, and told every thing, and of many swine, feeding. So the what was befallen to the possessdevils besought him, saying, If ed of the devils. And behold, the thou cast us out, suffer us to go whole city came out to meet Jeaway into the herd of swine. And sus: and when they saw him, they he said unto them, Go. And when besought him, that he would dethey were come out, they went | part out of their coasts.
THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY. The Collect.
whatsoever ye do, in word or deed, LORD, we beseech thee to do all in the Name of the Lord
keep thy Church and hous | Jesus, giving thanks to God and hold continually in thy true reli- | the Father by him. gion; that they who do lean only The Gospel. St. Matt. xiii. 24. upon the hope of thy heavenly THE kingdom of heaven is grace may evermore be defended 1 likened unto a man which by thy mighty power; through
sowed good seed in his field. But Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. while men slept, his enemy came
and sowed tares among the wheat, The Epistle. Col. iii. 12.
and went his way. But when the DUT on therefore, as the electblade was sprung up, and brought
I of God, holy and beloved, forth fruit, then appeared the bowels of mercies, kindness, hum tares also. So the servants of the bleness of mind, meekness, long housholder came, and said unto suffering; forbearing one another, him, Sir, didst not thou sow good and forgiving one another, if any seed in thy field ? from whence man have a quarrel against any; then hath it tares? He said unto even as Christ forgave you, so them, An enemy hath done this. also do ye. And above all these The servants said unto him, Wilt things put on charity, which is thou then that we go and gather the bond of perfectness. And let them up? But he said, Nay; lest the peace of God rule in your | while ye gather up the tares, ye hearts, to the which also ye are root up also the wheat with them. called in one body; and be ye Let both grow together until the thankful. Let the word of Christ harvest; and in the time of hardwell in you richly in all wisdom, | vest I will say to the reapers, Gateaching and admonishing one an- ther ye together first the tares, other in psalms, and hymns, and and bind them in bundles to burn spiritual songs, singing with grace them: but gather the wheat into in your hearts to the Lord. And | my barn.
THE SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY. The Collect.
1 glory, we may be made like unto GOD, whose blessed Son was him in his eternal and glorious
manifested that he might de kingdom; where with thee, O Fastroy the works of the devil, and ther, and thee, O Holy Ghost, he make us the sons of God, and heirs liveth and reigneth, ever one God, of eternal life; Grant us, we be- world without end. Amen. seech thee, that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves, even as
The Epistle. 1 St. John iii. 1. he is pure; that, when he shall DEHOLD, what manner of love appear again with power and great the Father hath bestowed up
on us, that we should be called the shall arise false Christs, and false sons of God: therefore the world prophets, and shall shew great knoweth us not, because it knew signs and wonders; insomuch that him not. Beloved, now are we (if it were possible) they shall dethe sons of God, and it doth not ceive the very elect. Behold, I yet appear what we shall be: but have told you before. Wherefore, we know, that, when he shall ap if they shall say unto you, Behold, pear, we shall be like him; for we | he is in the desert; go not forth : shall see him as he is. And every | behold, he is in the secret chamman that hath this hope in him bers; believe it not. For as the purifieth himself, even as he is | lightning cometh out of the east, pure. Whosoever committeth sin and shineth even unto the west; transgresseth also the law: for sin so shall also the coming of the Son is the transgression of the law. of Man be. For wheresoever the And ye know that he was mani carcase is, there will the eagles be fested to take away our sins; and gathered together. Immediately in him is no sin. Whosoever abid after the tribulation of those days eth in him sinneth not; whosoever shall the sun be darkened, and the sinneth hath not seen him, neither moon shall not give her light, and known him. Little children, let the stars shall fall from heaven, no man deceive you: he that doeth and the powers of the heavens righteousness is righteous, even as shall be shaken. And then shall he is righteous. He that commit appear the sign of the Son of Man teth sin is of the devil: for the in heaven: and then shall all the devil sinneth from the beginning. tribes of the earth mourn, and they For this purpose the Son of God shall see the Son of Man coming in was manifested, that he might de- the elouds of heaven, with power stroy the works of the devil.
and great glory. And he shall send
his angels with a great sound of The Gospel. St. Matt. xxiv. 23.
a trumpet, and they shall gather THEN if any man shall say together his elect from the four
1 unto you, Lo, here is Christ, winds, from one end of heaven to or there; believe it not. For there the other.
that comem as
deth sin iscore
strs manifestpose the
THE SUNDAY CALLED SEPTUAGESIMA,
OR THE THIRD SUNDAY BEFORE LENT.
eth the air: but I keep under my O LORD, we beseech thee fa- body, and bring it into subjection, U vourably to hear the prayers lest that by any means, when I of thy people; that we, who are have preached to others, I myself justly punished for our offenees, should be a cast-away. may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy
The Gospel. St. Matt. xx. 1. Name; through Jesus Christ our THE kingdom of heaven is like Saviour, who liveth and reigneth 1 unto a man that is an houswith thee and the Holy Ghost, holder, which went out early in ever one God, world without end. the morning to hire labourers into Amen.
his vineyard. And when he had The Epistle. 1 Cor. ix. 24. agreed with the labourers for a V NOW ye not, that they which peny a day, he sent them into his
run in a race run all, but one vineyard. And he went out about receiveth the prize? So run that the third hour, and saw others ye may obtain. And every man standing idle in the market-place, that striveth for the mastery is and said unto them, Go ye also temperate in all things: now they into the vineyard, and whatsoever do it to obtain a corruptible crown, is right I will give you. And they but we an incorruptible. I there went their way. Again he went fore so run, not as uncertainly; out about the sixth and ninth 90 fight I, not as one that beat- hour, and did likewise. And about
tible. I there:
out abod did likewise