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art no more a servant, but a fon; The Circumcifion of Chrift. and if a fon, then an heir of God

The Collect. through Christ.

LMIGHTY God, who madeft The Gospel. St. Matth. i. 18.

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thy blessed Son to be circumTHE birth of Jesus Christ was cifed

, and obedient to the law for

man; Grant us the true Circumcimother Mary was espoused to Jo- fion of the Spirit; that, our hearts, seph, before they came together and all our members, being morThe was found with child of the tified from all worldly and carna! Holy Ghost.

Then Joseph her lusts, we may in all things obey husband, being a just man, and not thy blessed will; through the fame willing to make her a publick ex- thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. ample, was minded to put her privily. But while he thought on The Epistle. Rom. iv. 8. these things, behold, the angel of

LESSÉĎ is the man to whom

BLES the Lord appeared unto him in a the Lord will not impute fin. dream, saying, Jofeph thou fon of Cometh this blessedness then upon David, fear not to take unto thee the circumcifion only, or upon the Mary thy wife ; for that which is uncircumcifion also ? For we say, conceived in her is of the Holy that faith was reckoned to AbraGhost: And she shall bring forth a ham for righteousness. How was Son, and thou shalt call his name it then reckoned? when he was in Jesus;

for he shall save his people circumcision, or in uncircumcision? from their fins. (Now all this was Not in circumcision, but in uncirdone, that it might be fulfilled cumcifion. And he received the which was spoken of the Lord by sign of circumcifion, a seal of the the prophet, saying, Behold, a Vir- righteousness of the faith which he gin shall be with child, and shall had yet being uncircumcised; that bring forth a Son, and they shall he might be the father of all them call his name Emmanuel, which that believe, though they be not cirbeing interpreted is, God with us.) cumcised; that righteousness might Then Joseph, being raised from be imputed unto them also : And sleep, did as the angel of the Lord the father of circumcision to them had bidden him, and took unto who are not of the circumcision him his wife; and knew her not only, but also walk in the steps of till she had brought forth her first that faith of our father Abraham, born fon : and he called his name which he had being yet uncircumJESUS.

cised. For the promise, that he Thould be the heir of the world, i The Epiphany, or the Manifestation was not to Abraham, or to his of Chris to the Gentiles. seed, through the law, but through

The Collect. the righteousness of faith. For if O God, who by the leading of faith is made void, and the pro- begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mermise made of none effect.

cifully grant, that we, which know The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 15. thee now by faith, may after this AN ND it came to pass, as the life have the fruition of thy glori

angels were gone away from ous Godhead; through Jesus Christ them into heaven, the shepherds our Lord. Amen. said one to another, Let us now The Epiftle. Ephef. iii. 1. you even unto Bethlehem, and

fee FOR this cause, I Paul, the prithis thing

Christ

you which the Lord hath made known Gentiles ; if ye have heard of the

And they came with difpenfation of the grace of God, hafte, and found Mary and Joseph, which is given me to you-ward : and the babe lying in a manger. How that by revelation he made And when they had seen it, they known unto me the mystery (as I made known abroad the faying wrote afore in few words, whereby, which was told them concerning when ye read, ye may understand this child. And all they that heard my knowledge in the mystery of it wondered at those things which Christ) which in other ages was were told them by the shepherds. not made known unto the fons of But Mary kept all these things, men, as it is now revealed unto and pondered them in her heart. his holy Apostles and Prophets And the shepherds returned, glori- by the Spirit ; That the Gentiles fying and praising God for all the should be fellow-heirs, and of the things that they had heard and fame body, and partakers of his seen, as it was told unto them. promise in Chrift, by the Gospel : And when eight days were accom- whereof I was made a minifter, plished for the circumcising of the according to the gift of the grace child, his name was called JESUS, of God given unto me by the efwhich was so named of the angel fectual working of his power. Unbefore he was conceived in the to me, who am less than the least womb.

unto us.

of all faints, is this grace given,

that I should preach among the I The same Collect, Epistle, and Gospel shall serve for every day after unto the Epiphany.

Gentiles the unsearchable riches

WHEN

of Christ; and to make all men fee | called the wise men, enquired of what is the fellowship of the myf-them diligently what time the star tery, which from the beginning of appeared. And he sent them to the world hath been hid in God, Bethlehem, and said, Go, and who created all things by Jesus search diligently for the young Christ: to the intent, that now unto child, and when ye have found the principalities and powers in him, bring me word again, that I heavenly places might be known may come and worship him also. by the Church the manifold wisdom When they had heard the king, of God, according to the eternal they departed; and lo, the star purpose which he purposed in Christ which they saw in the east went Jesus our Lord: in whom we have before them, till it came and stood boldness and access with confidence over where the young child was. by the faith of him.

When they saw the star, they reThe Gospel. St. Matth. ii. 1. joiced with exceeding great joy. HEN Jesus was born in And when they were come into

Bethlehem of Judæa, in the the house, they saw the young child days of Herod the king, behold, with Mary his mother, and fell there came wise men from the east down and worshipped him : and to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he when they had opened their treathat is born King of the Jews ? fures, they presented unto him for we have seen his star in the gifts ; gold, and frankincense, and east, and are come to worship him. myrrh. And being warned of God When Herod the king had heard in a dream that they should not these things, he was troubled, and return to Herod, they departed inall Jerusalem with him. And when to their own country another way. he had gathered all the chief priests and fcribes of the people together, The first Sunday after the Epiphany. he demanded of them, where Christ

The Collect. should be born. And they said Lord, we beseech thee merunto him, In Bethlehem of Judæa: cifully to for thus it is written by the pro- of thy people which call upon thee; phet, And thou, Bethlehem, in the and grant that they may both perland of Juda, art not the least a- ceive and know what things they mong the princes of Juda: for out ought to do, and also may have of thee shall come a Governour grace and power faithfully to fulfil that shall rule my people Ifrael. the fame; through Jesus Christ Then Herod, when he had privily | our Lord. Amen.

The Epiftle. Rom. xii. 1. kinsfolk and acquaintance. And Befeech you therefore, brethren, when they found him not, they

by the mercies of God, that ye turned back again to Jerusalem, present your bodies a living facri- seeking him. And it came to pass, fice, holy, acceptable unto God, that after three days they found which is your reasonable service. him in the temple, sitting in the And be not conformed to this midst of the doctors, both hearing world; but be

but be ye transformed by them, and asking them questions. the renewing of your mind, that And all that heard him were astoye may prove what is that good, nished at his understanding and and acceptable, and perfect will of answers. And when they saw him, God. For I say, through the grace they were amazed: and his mother given unto me, to every man that said unto him, Son, why hast thou is among you, not to think of him- thus dealt with us? behold, thy self more highly than he ought to father and I have fought thee for'think, but to think soberly, accord- rowing. And he faid unto them, ing as God hath dealt to every How is it that ye fought me? wist man the measure of faith. For ye not that I must be about my Faas we have many members in one ther's business? And they underbody, and all members have not stood not the saying which he spake the same office; so we, being many, unto them. And he went down are one body in Christ, and every with them, and came to Nazareth, one members one of another. and was subject unto them: but

his mother kept all these sayings in The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 41. her heart. And Jefus increased in NOWalais parents went to Je wisdom, and ftature, and in favour

. feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went

The second Sunday after the up to Jerusalem, after the custom

Epiphany. of the feast. And when they had

The Collect. fulfilled the days, as they returned; ALMIGHTY and everlasting

. Jerusalem ; and Jofeph and his things in heaven and earth; Mermother knew not of it. But they, cifully hear the supplications of thy fuppofing him to have been in the people, and grant us thy peace company, went a day's journey, all the days of our life; through and they fought him among their | Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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come.

The Epiftle. Rom. xii. 6. ther of Jesus saith unto him, They HA

AVING then gifts differing have no wine. Jesus faith unto

according to the grace that her, Woman, what have I to do is given to us, whether prophecy, with thee? mine hour is not yet let us prophesy according to the

His mother faith unto the proportion of faith ; or ministry, servants, Whatsoever he faith unto let us wait on our miniftering; or you, do it. And there were set he that teacheth, on teaching; or there fix water-pots of stone, after he that exhorteth, on exhortation: the manner of the purifying of the he that giveth, let him do it with Jews, containing two or three firfimplicity; he that ruleth, with di- kins apiece. Jesus faith unto them, ligence; he that sheweth mercy, Fill the water-pots with water. with cheerfulness. Let love be And they filled them up to the without diffimulation. Abhor that brim. And he faith unto them, which is evil, cleave to that which Draw out now, and bear unto the is good. Be kindly affectioned one

governour of the feast. And they to another with brotherly love, in bare it. When the ruler of the honour preferring one another : feast had tasted the water that was not slothful in business ; fervent in made wine, and knew not whence spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing it was, (but the servants which in hope; patient in tribulation; drew the water knew,) the govercontinuing instant in prayer ; dif- nour of the feast called the bridetributing to the necessity of faints; groom, and faith unto him, Every given to hospitality. Bless them man at the beginning doth set forth which perfecute you; bless, and good wine, and when men have curse not. Rejoice with them that well drunk, then that which is do rejoice, and weep with them that worse: but thou hast kept the good weep. Be of the same mind one wine until now. This beginning of towards another. Mind not high miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galithings, but condescend to men of lee, and manifested forth his glory, low estate.

and his disciples believed on him. The Gospel. St. John ii. 1. ND the third day there was

The third Sunday after the Epiphany. a marriage in Cana of Galilee,

The Collect. and the mother of Jesus was there. AT

LMIGHTY and everlasting

God, mercifully look upon our disciples, to the marriage. And infirmities, and in all our dangers when they wanted wine, the mo- and necessities stretch forth thy

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