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answered, No. Then said they un- ever one God, world without end. to him, Who art thou? that we Amen. may give an answer to them that
The Epiftle. Heb. i. 1. sent us. What sayest thou of thy
GOD, who at sundry times and felf? He said, I am the voice of in divers manners fpake in one crying in the wilderness, Make time past unto the fathers by the straight the way of the Lord, as prophets, hath in these last days said the prophet Efaias. And they spoken unto us by his Son, whom which were sent were of the Pha- he hath appointed heir of all things, risees. And they asked him, and by whom also he made the worlds; said unto him, Why baptizest thou who being the brightness of his then, if thou be not that Christ, nor glory, and the express image of his Elias, neither that Prophet? John person, and upholding all things answered them, saying, I baptize by the word of his power, when he with water: but there ftandeth one had by himself purged our sins, fat among you, whom ye know not : down on the right hand of the He it is who coming after me is Majesty on high ; being made fo preferred before me, whose shoe's much better than the angels, as İatchet I am not worthy to unloose. he hath by inheritance obtained These things were done in Beth- a more excellent name than they. abara beyond Jordan, where John For unto which of the angels said was baptizing
he at any time, Thou art my Son, The Nativity of our Lord, or the And again, I will be to him a Fa
this day have I begotten thee? Birth-day of CHRIST, com
ther, and he shall be to me a Son? monly called Christmas-day.
And again, when he bringeth in The Collect.
the first-begotten into the world, LMIGHTY God, who haft he faith, And let all the angels of
given us thy only-begotten God worship him. Son to take our nature upon him, angels he faith, Who 'maketh his and as at this time to be born of a angels fpirits, and his minifters a pure Virgin; Grant that we being flame of fire. But unto the Son regenerate, and made thy children he faith, Thy throne, O God, is for by adoption and grace, may daily ever and ever ; a fceptre of rightbe renewed by thy Holy Spirit; eousness is the sceptre of thy kingthrough the fame our Lord Jesus dom: Thou hast loved righteousChrist, who liveth and reigneth ness, and hated iniquity; therefore with thee and the fame Spirit
, God, even thy God, hath anointed
thee with the oil of gladness above the sons of God, even to them that thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in believe on his Name: which were the beginning haft laid the founda- born, not of blood, nor of the will tion of the earth; and the heavens of the flesh, nor of the will of man, are the works of thine hands: they but of God. And the Word was shall perish, but thou remainest; made flesh, and dwelt among us and they all shall wax old as doth (and we beheld his glory, the glory a garment; and as a vesture shalt as of the only-begotten of the Fa. thou fold them up, and they shall ther) full of grace and truth. be changed; but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
Saint Stephen's Day. The Gospel. St. John i. 1.
RANT, O Lord, that, in all and the Word was with God, our sufferings here upon earth and the Word was God. The same for the testimony of thy truth, we was in the beginning with God. may stedfastly look All things were made by him; and by faith behold the glory that and without him was not any thing thall be revealed; and, being filled made that was made. In him was with the holy Ghost, may learn to life, and the life was the light of love and bless our perfecutors by
And the light thineth in the example of thy first Martyr darkness, and the darkness com- Saint Stephen, who prayed for his prehended it not. There was a murderers to thee, O blessed Jesus, man fent from God, whose name who ftandeft at the right hand of was John. The same came for a God to succour all those that fuffer witness, to bear witness of the for thee, our only Mediator and light, that all men through him Advocate. Amen. might believe. He was not that Then shall follow the Collect of the Nativity, which light, but was sent to bear witness shall be said continually unto New-year's Eve. of that light. That was the true
For the Epistle. Aets vii. 55. , man
TEPHEN that cometh into the world. He holy Ghost was, in the world, and the world into heaven, and saw the glory of was made by him, and the world God, and Jesus standing on the knew him not. He came unto his right hand of God, and said, Beown, and his own received him hold, I see the heavens opened, not. But as many as received him, and the Son of Man standing on to them gave he power to become the right hand of God. Then they
cried out with a loud voice, and you, Ye shall not see me hencestopped their ears, and ran upon forth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he him with one accord, and cast him that cometh in the Name of the out of the city, and stoned him: Lord. . and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet,
Saint John the Evangelift's Day. whose name was Saul. And they
The Collect. ftoned Stephen, calling upon God, MERCIFUL Lord, we beseech and saying, Lord Jesus, receive
thee to cast thy bright beams my spirit. And he kneeled down, of light upon thy Church, that it and cried with a loud voice, Lord, being enlightened by the doctrine lay not this fin to their charge. of thy blessed Apostle and EvanAnd when he had said this, he fell gelist Saint John may fo walk in alleep.
the light of thy truth, that it may The Gospel. St. Matth. xxiii. 34. at length attain to the light of
everlasting life; through ”Jesus
you prophets, and wise men, and Christ our Lord. Amen. scribes; and some of them
shall The Epistle. 1 St. John i. 1. kill and crucify and fome of them THAT which was from the be.
, and persecute them from city to which we have seen with our eyes, city; that upon you may come all which we have looked upon, and the righteous blood shed upon the our hands have handled of the earth,
from the blood of righteous word of life; (for the life was maAbel unto the blood of Zacharias, nifested, and we have seen it, and son of Barachias, whom ye flew bear witness, and shew unto you between the temple and the altar. that eternal life, which was with Verily I say unto you, All these the Father, and was manifefted unthings shall come upon this gene- to us ;) That which we have seen ration. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, and heard declare we unto you, thou that killest the prophets, and that ye also may have fellowship ftonest them which are sent unto with us; and truly our fellowship thee; how often would I have ga- is with the Father, and with his thered thy children together, even Son Jesus Christ. And these things as a hen gathereth her chickens write we unto you, that your joy under her wings, and ye would may be full. This then is the mesnot ! . Behold, your house is left fage which we have heard of him, unto you defolate. For I say unto and declare unto you, That God is
light, and in him is no darkness at And there are also many all. If we say that we have fellow- other things which Jesus did, the ship with him, and walk in dark- which if they fhould be written ness, we lie, and do not the truth: every one, I suppose, that even the but if we walk in the light, as he world itself could not contain the is in the light, we have fellowship books that should be written. one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us
The Innocents' Day. from all fin. If we say that we
The Collect. have no fin, we deceive curfelves. O Almighty God, whom te of confess our fins, he is faithful and lings haft ordained strength, and just to forgive us our fins, and to madest infants to glorify thee by cleanse us from all unrighteousness. their deaths ; Mortify and kill all If we say that we have not sinned, vices in us, and so strengthen us we make him a liar, and his word by thy grace, that by the innocency is not in us.
of our lives, and constancy of our The Gospel. St. John xxi. 19. faith even unto death, we may gloJESE ESUS said unto Peter, Follow rify thy holy Name; through Je
Then Peter, turning a- sus Christ our Lord. Amen. bout, seeth the disciple whom Jesus For the Epiftle. Rev. xiv. 1. loved following; which alfo leaned I Looked, and lo, a Lamb tood Lord, which is he that betrayeth him an hundred forty and four thee? Peter seeing him faith to thousand, having his Father's Name Jesus, Lord, and what shall this written in their foreheads. And I man do? Jesus faith unto him, If heard a voice from heaven, as the I will that he tarry till I come, voice of many waters, and as the what is that to thee? Follow thou voice of a great thunder : and I me. Then went this saying abroad heard the voice of harpers harping among the brethren, That that with their harps: and they sung as disciple should not die: yet Jesus it were a new song before the said not unto him, He shall not throne, and before the four beasts, die; but, If I will that he tarry till and the elders; and no man could I come, what is that to thee? This learn that song, but the hundred is the disciple which testifieth of and forty and four thousand, which these things, and wrote these things, were redeemed from the earth. and we know that his testimony is . These are they which were not defiled with women, for they are chel weeping for her children, and virgins: these are they which follow would not be comforted, because the Lamb whithersoever he goeth: they are not. these were redeemed from among men, being the first-fruits unto
The Sunday after Christmas-day, God, and to the Lamb. And in
The Collect. their mouth was found me guile : ALMIGHTY God, who haft fault before
us thy the throne of God.
Son to take our nature upon him, The Gospel. St. Matth. ii. 13. and as at this time to be born of THE Angel of the Lord ap- a pure Virgin; Grant that we being
peareth to Jofeph in a dream, regenerate, and made thy children saying, Arise, and take the young by adoption and grace, may daily child, and his mother, and flee into be renewed by thy Holy Spirit ; Egypt, and be thou there until I through the same our Lord Jesus bring thee word; for Herod will Christ, who liveth and reigneth seek the young child to destroy with thee and the fame Spirit, him. When he arose, he took the ever one God, world without end. young child and his mother by | Amen. night, and departed into Egypt, The Epiftle. Gal. iv. 1. and was there until the death of NOW I say that the heir, as
long as he is which was spoken of the Lord by nothing from a fervant, though he the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt be lord of all; but is under tutors have I called my Son. Then He- and governours, until the time aprod, when he saw that he was pointed of the father. Even so mocked of the wise men, was ex- we, when we were children, were ceeding wroth; and sent forth, and in bondage under the elements of flew all the children that were in the world : but when the fulness Bethlehem, and in all the coasts of the time was come, God sent thereof, from two years old and forth his Son, made of a woman, under, according to the time which made under the law, to redeem he had diligently enquired of the them that were under the law, that wise men. Then was fulfilled that
we might receive the adoption of which was spoken by Jeremy the fons. And because ye are fons, prophet, saying, In Ráma was there God hath sent forth the Spirit of à voice heard, lamentation, and his Son into your hearts, crying, weeping, and great mourning, Ra- | Abba, Father. Wherefore 'thou