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glorious body; according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.
write, from henceforth blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; even so saith the Spirit; for they rest from their labours. Rev. xiv. 13.
OUR Father, &c.
MERCIFUL Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the resurrection and the life; in whom whosoever believeth shall live, tho' he die; and whosover liveth and believeth in him, shall not die eternally: who also hath taught us, by his holy Apostle Saint Paul, not to be sorry, as men without hope, for those who sleep in him: we humbly beseech thee, O Father, to raise us from the death of sin unto the life of righteousness; that when we shall depart this life, we may rest in him; and that, at the general resurrection in the last day, we may be found acceptable in thy sight; and receive that blessing, which thy well-beloved Son shall then pronounce to all who love and fear thee, saying: "Come, ye blessed children of my Father, receive the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world;" Grant this, we beseech thee, O merful Father, through Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.
HE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Ghost, be with us all ever more. Amen.
of the Holy
GOSPELS AND EPISTLES.
THE FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
The Gospel. Matt. xxi. 1-9.
ND when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and
were come to Bethpage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, saying unto them: "Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her; loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, you shall say, "The Lord hath need of them;" and straightway he will send them." All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, say ing: "Tell ye the daughters of Sion, behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt, the foal of an ass.' "And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, and bro't the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying: "Hosannah to the son of David; blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest."
The Epistle. Rom. xiii. 11- -14
ND that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our sal
vation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us, therefore, cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying: But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
THE SECOND SUNDAY IN Advent.
The Gospel. Luke xxi. 25——————36. ND there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, for your rcdemption draweth nigh." And he spake to them a parable: "Behold the fig-tree, and all the trees; when they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass away 'till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away; but my words shall not pass away. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon a unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Watch ye, therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."
The Epistle. Rom. xv. 4-13.
OR whatsoever things were written aforetime, were written for our learning; that we, through patience and comfort of the scriptures, might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded one towards another, according to Christ Jesus; that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us, to the glcry of God. Now I say, that Jesus Christ was a Minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers; and that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy : as it is written: "For this cause, I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name." And again he saith: "Rejoice ye Gentiles, with his people." And again, "Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him all ye people." And again, "Esaias saith, there shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, in him shall the Gentiles trust." Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
The Gospel. Matt. xi. 2--10.
OW when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him: "Art thou he that should come,
or do we look for another?" Jesus answered, and said unto them: "Go and shew John, again, those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me." And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, "What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written, behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee."
The Epistle. 1. Cor. iv. 1———————5.
ET a man so account of us as of the ministers
of the mysteries of
Go. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you or of man's judgment; yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not here by justified but he that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall every man have praise of God.
THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
The Gospel John i. 1928.
ND this is the record of John, when the Jews sent Priests and Levites from Jerusalem to