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told them by the shepherds. But and to make all men see what is the Mary kept all these things, and pon- fellowship of the mystery, which dered them in her heart. And the from the beginning of the world hath shepherds returned, glorifying and been hid in GOD, who created all praising GOD for all the things that things by JESUS CHRIST: to the they had heard and seen, as it was intent that now unto the principalitold unto them. And when eight ties and powers in heavenly places days were accomplished for the cir- might be known, by the Church, the cumcising of the child, his name was manifold wisdom of GOD, according called JESUS, which was so named to the eternal purpose which he purof the angel before he was conceived posed in CHRIST JESUS our Lord; in the womb. in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

The same Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, shall

serve for every day after, unto the Epiphany.

The Collect.

The Gospel. St. Matt. ii. 1. WHEN JESUS was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, say. ing, Where is he that is born king of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where CHRIST should be born. And they said unto him, in Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And

O GOD, who by the leading of a Star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; niercifully grant that we, who know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious GODHEAD, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen. The Epistle. Ephes. iii. 1. FOR this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of JESUS CHRIST for you Gentiles; if ye have heard of the dispen-thou sation of the grace of GoD, which is given me to you-ward: how that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery (as wrote afore in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of CHRIST) which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the SPIRIT; that the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in CHRIST, by the Gospello, the star which they saw in the whereof I was made a minister, ac- east went before them, till it came cording to the gift of the grace of and stood over where the young child GOD, given unto me by the effectual was. When they saw the star, they working of his power. Unto me, rejoiced with exceeding great joy. who am less than the least of all And when they were come into the saints, is this grace given. that I house, they saw the young child with should preach among the Gentiles Mary his mother, and fell down and the unsearchable riches of CHRIST; worshipped him: and when they had

Bethlehem in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda; for out of thee shall come a Governor that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go, and search diligently for the young child, and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and


opened their treasures, they present- supposing him to have been in the ed unto him gifts; gold, and frankin- company, went a day's journey, and cense, and myrrh. And being warn- they sought him among their kinsfolk ed of GOD in a dream, that they and acquaintance. And when they should not return to Herod, they de- found him not, they turned back again parted into their own country another to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple,


THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE sitting in the midst of the doc tors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his under


The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee mer-standing and answers. And when cifully to receive the prayers of thy they saw him they were amazed: people who call upon thee; and grant and his mother said unto him, Son, that they may both perceive and why hast thou thus dealt with us? know what things they ought to do, behold, thy father and I have sought and also may have grace and power thee sorrowing. And he said unto faithfully to fulfil the same, through them, How is it that ye sought me? JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen. wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

The Epistle. Rom. xii. 1. I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of GOD, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto GOD, which is your reasonable service. And JESUS increased in wisdom, And be not conformed to this world; and stature, and in favor with GOD but be ye transformed by the renew- and man. ing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, according as GOD hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For

The Collect.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting GOD, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth; mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and


as we have many members in one grant us thy peace all the days of body, and all members have not the our life, through JESUS CHRIST Our same office; so we, being many, are Lord. Amen. one body in CHRIST, and every one members one of another.


The Gospel. St. Luke NOW his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child JESUS tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they,

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The Epistle. Rom. xii. 6. HAVING then gifts, differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our minis. tering; or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with dili gence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without


The Collect.

dissimulation. Abhor that which is THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE evil, cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love, in honor preferring one another: not slothful in business; GOD, mercifully look upon our inALMIGHTY and everlasting fervent in spirit; serving the LORD; firmities, and in all our dangers and rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; hand to help and defend us, through necessities stretch forth thy right distributing to the necessity of saints; JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen. given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you; bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low


The Epistle. Rom. xii. 16. BE not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written, Venthe LORD. Therefore, if thine enegeance is mine; I will repay, saith

The Gospel. St. John ii. I.

AND the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of JESUS was there. And

both JESUS was called, and his dis-my hunger, feed him; if he thirst, shalt heap coals of fire on his head. give him drink: for in so doing thou Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good,

ciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of JESUS saith unto him, They have no wine. JESUS saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? The Gospel. St. Matt. viii. 1. mine hour is not yet come. His WHEN he was come down from mother saith unto the servants, What- the mountain, great multitudes folsoever he saith unto you, do it. And lowed him. And behold, there came there were set there six water-pots a leper and worshipped him, saying, of stone, after the manner of the pu- Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make rifying of the Jews, containing two me clean. And JESUS put forth his or three firkins apiece. JESUS saith hand, and touched him, saying, I unto them, Fill the water-pots with will, be thou clean. And immedi water. And they filled them up to ately his leprosy was cleansed. And the brim. And he saith unto them, JESUS saith unto him, See thou tell Draw out now, and bear unto the no man, but go thy way, show thy. governor of the feast. And they bare self to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded for a testimony unto them. And when JESUS was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a Centurion, beseeching him, and saying, Lord, my ser vant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And JESUS saith unto him, I will come and heal


When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was (but the servants which drew the water knew) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine, and when men

have well drunk, then that which is him, The Centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof; but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers un

worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory, and his disciples believed on him.

der me; and I say unto this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When JESUS heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, not not in Israel. And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven: but the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And JESUS said unto the Centurion, Go thy way, and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the self-same hour.

wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake. For, for this cause pay ye tribute also; for they are GOD's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render, therefore, to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.

The Collect.

O GOD, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright; grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord.


The Gospel. St. Matt. viii. 23.
AND when he was entered into a

ship, his disciples followed him. And
behold, there arose a great tempest
in the sea, insomuch that the ship
was covered with the waves; but he
was asleep. And his disciples came
to him and awoke him, saying, Lord,
save us, we perish. And he saith
unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye


The Epistle. Rom. xiii. 1.

THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What man. ner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him? And when he was come to the other side, into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, JESUS, thou SON of GOD? art thou come hither to torment us beLET every soul be subject unto fore the time? And there was a good the higher powers; for there is no way off from them a herd of many power but of GoD: the powers that swine, feeding. So the devils be. be are ordained of GOD. Whoso- sought him, saying, If thou cast us ever, therefore, resisteth the power, out, suffer us to go away into the resisteth the ordinance of GOD: and herd of swine. And he said unto they that resist, shall receive to them-them, Go. And when they were selves damnation. For rulers are not come out, they went into the herd of a terror to good works, but to the evil. swine; and behold, the whole herd Wilt thou then not be afraid of the of swine ran violently down a steep power? do that which is good, and place into the sea, and perished in thou shalt have praise of the same: the waters. And they that kept for he is the minister of GOD to thee them fled, and went their ways into for good. But if thou do that which the city, and told every thing, and is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not what was befallen to the possessed the sword in vain: for he is the mi- of the devils. And behold, the whole nister of GOD, a revenger to execute city came out to meet JESUS; and

when they saw him, they besought hiin, that he would depart out of their


hath done this. The servants said
unto him, Wilt thou then that we go
and gather them up? But he said,
Nay; lest, while ye gather up the

The Collect.

THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE tares, ye root up also the wheat with
them. Let both grow together until
the harvest; and in the time of har.
vest I will say to the reapers, Gather
O LORD, we beseech thee to keep ye together first the tares, and bind
thy Church and Household continu- them in bundles to burn them; but
ally in thy true religion, that they gather the wheat into my barn.
who do lean only upon the hope of

thy heavenly grace, may evermore

be defended by thy mighty power, THE SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER THE through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.


The Collect.

The Epistle. Col. iii. 12.

O GOD, whose blessed Son was PUT on therefore (as the elect of manifested that he might destroy the GOD, holy and beloved) bowels of works of the devil, and make us the mercies, kindness, humbleness of sons of GOD, and heirs of eternal mind, meekness, long-suffering; for- life; grant us, we beseech thee, that bearing one another, and forgiving having this hope, we may purify ourone another, if any man have a quar-selves, even as he is pure; that when rel against any; even as CHRIST he shall appear again with power and forgave you, so also do ye. And, great glory, we may be made like above all these things, put on charity, unto him in his eternal and glorious which is the bond of perfectness. kingdom; where, with thee, O FAAnd let the peace of God rule in THER, and thee, O HOLY GHOST, your hearts, to the which also ye are he liveth and reigneth, ever one called in one body; and be ye thank- GOD, world without end. Amen. ful. Let the word of CHRIST dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual the Father hath bestowed upon us, songs; singing with grace in your that we should be called the sons of hearts to the LORD. And whatso- GOD; therefore the world knoweth ever ye do in word or deed, do all in us not, because it knew him not. the name of the LORD JESUS; giv. Beloved, now are we the sons of ing thanks to GOD and the Father GOD; and it doth not yet appear by him. what we shall be: but we know, that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even

The Epistle, 1 John iii. 1. BEHOLD what manner of love

The Gospel. St. Matt. xiii. 24. THE kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed

in his field. But while men slept, as he is pure. Whosoever commithis enemy came and sowed tares teth sin, transgresseth also the law; among the wheat, and went his way. for sin is the transgression of the law. But when the blade was sprung up, And ye know that he was manifested and brought forth fruit, then appeared to take away our sins; and in him is the tares also. So the servants of the no sin. Whosoever abideth in him, householder came and said unto him, sinneth not: whosoever sinneth, hath Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in not seen him, neither known him. thy field? from whence then hath it Little children, let no man deceive tares? He said unto them, An enemy you: he that doeth righteousness is

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