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John may so walk in the light of no sin, we deceive ourselves, and thy truth, that it may at length the truth is not in us. If we attain to the light of everlasting confess our sins, he is faithful life ; through Jesus Christ our and just to forgive us our sins, Lord. Amen.
and to cleanse us from all un
righteousness. If we say that The Epistle. 1 St. John i. 1.
we have not sinned, we make THAT which was from the him a liar, and his word is not
1 beginning, which we have in us. heard, which we have seen with The Gospel. St. John xxi. 19.. our eyes, which we have looked | JESUS said unto Peter, Folupon, and our hands have han- | low me. Then Peter, turndsed of the word of life; (for the ing about, seeth the disciple life was manifested, and we have whom Jesus loved following; seen it, and bear witness, and which also leaned on his breast shew unto you that eternal life, at supper, and said, Lord, which which was with the Father, and is he that betrayeth thee? Peter was manifested unto us ;) That seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, which we have seen and heard and what shall this man do ? declare we unto you, that ye Jesus saith unto him, If I will also may have fellowship with that he tarry till I come, what us; and truly our fellowship is is that to thee? Follow thou with the Father, and with his me. Then went this saying aSon Jesus Christ. And these broad among the brethren, That things write we unto you, that that disciple should not die : your joy may be full. This then yet Jesus said not unto him, He is the message which we have shall not die; but, If I will that heard of him, and declare unto he tarry till I come, what is you, That God is light, and that to thee? This is the disin him is no darkness at all. ciple which testifieth of these If we say that we have fellow- things, and wrote these things, ship with him, and walk in and we know that his testimony darkness, we lie, and do not the is true. And there are also truth : but if we walk in the many other things which Jesus light, as he is in the light, we did, the which if they should have fellowship one with an- be written everyone, I supother, and the blood of Jesus pose, that even the world itself Christ his Son cleanseth us from could not contain the books that all sin. If we say that we have should be written.
The Innocents' Day. first-fruits unto God, and to the
Lamb. And in their mouth was
. | found no guile; for they are of the mouths of babes and without fault before the throne sucklings hast ordained strength,
of God. and madest infants to glorify
The Gospel. St. Matth. ii. 13. thee by their deaths; Mortify
THE Angel of the Lord apand kill all vices in us, and so
I peareth to Joseph in a dream,
take the strengthen us by thy grace, that saying, Arise, and by the innocency of our lives. | young child, and his mother, and constancy of our faith e
and flee into Egypt, and be thou ven unto death, we may glorify |
there until I bring thee word ; thy holy Name; through Jesus
for Herod will seek the young Christ our Lord. Amen.
child to destroy him. When he
arose, he took the young child For the Epistle. Rev. xiv. 1. and his mother by night, and de| Looked, and lo, a Lamb stood | parted into Egypt, and was there I on the mount Sion, and with until the death of Herod; that him an hundred forty and four it might be fulfilled which was thousand, having his Father's spoken of the Lord by the proName written in their foreheads. phet, saying, Out of Egypt have And I heard a voice from hea- I called my Son. Then Herod, ven, as the voice of many waters, when he saw that he was mockand as the voice of a great thun- | | ed of the wise men, was exceedder: and I heard the voice of | ing wroth; and sent forth, and harpers harping with their harps: slew all the children that were and they sung as it were a new | in Bethlehem, and in all the song before the throne, and be- coasts thereof, from two years fore the four beasts, and the old and under, according to the elders; and no man could learn time which he had diligently enthat song, but the hundred and quired of the wise men. Then forty and four thousand, which was fulfilled that which was spowere redeemed from the earth. ken by Jeremy the prophet, sayThese are they which were not ing, In Rama was there a voice defiled with women, for they heard, lamentation, and weepare virgins: these are they which ing, and great mourning, Rafollow the Lamb whithersoever chel weeping for her children, he goeth: these were redeem- and would not be comforted, beed from among men, being the cause they are not.
The Sunday after Christmas- but a son; and if a son, then day.
| an heir of God through Christ. The Collect.
The Gospel. St. Matth. i. 18.
THE birth of Jesus Christ A LMIGHTY God, who hast ||
| I was on this wise: When as A given us thy only-begotten his mother Mary was espoused Son to take our nature upon
to Joseph, before they came tohim, and as at this time to be
gether she was found with child born of a pure Virgin ; Grant
of the Holy Ghost. Then Jothat we being regenerate, and
seph her husband, being a just made thy children by adoption
man, and not willing to make and grace, may daily be renew
her a publick example, was minded by thy Holy Spirit; through
ed to put her away privily. But the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with
while he thought on these things,
behold, the angel of the Lord thee and the same Spirit, ever
| appeared unto him in a dream, one God, world without end.
saying, Joseph thou son of DaAmen.
vid, fear not to take unto thee The Epistle. Gal. iv. 1. Mary thy wife; for that which N OW I say, that the heir, as is conceived in her is of the
N long as he is a child, dif- Holy Ghost: And she shall fereth nothing from a servant, bring forth a Son, and thou shalt though he be lord of all; but call his name JESUS; for he shall is under tutors and governours, save his people from their sins. until the time appointed of the (Now all this was done, that father. Even so we, when we it might be fulfilled which was were children, were in bondage spoken of the Lord by the prounder the elements of the world : phet, saying, Behold, a Virgin but when the fulness of the time shall be with child, and shall was come, God sent forth his bring forth a Son, and they Son, made of a woman, made shall call his name Emmanuel, under the law, to redeem them which being interpreted is, God that were under the law, that with us.) Then Joseph, being we might receive the adoption raised from sleep, did as the of sons. And because ye are angel of the Lord had bidden sons, God hath sent forth the him, and took unto him his wife; Spirit of his Son into your hearts, and knew her not till 'she had crying, Abba, Father. Where- | brought forth her first-born son : fore thou art no more a servant, and he called his name JESUS.
The Circumcision of Christ. I ther Abraham, which he had The Collect.
being yet uncircumcised. For A LMIGHTY God, who
the promise, that he should be
the heir of the world, was not A madest thy blessed Son to be
to Abraham, or to his seed, circumcised, and obedient to the
through the law, but through law for man; Grant us the true
the righteousness of faith. For Circumcision of the Spirit ; that,
if they which are of the law our hearts, and all our members,
be heirs, faith is made void, and being mortified from all world
the promise made of none effect. ly and carnal lusts, we may in
The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 15. all things obey thy blessed will ;
AND it came to pass, as the through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
angels were gone away from
them into heaven, the shepherds The Epistle. Rom. iv. 8. said one to another, Let us now DLESSED is the man to go even unto Bethlehem, and
D whom the Lord will not im- see this thing which is come to pute sin. Cometh this blessed pass, which the Lord hath made ness then upon the circumcision known unto us. And they came only, or upon the uncircumcision with haste, and found Marv and also ? For we say, that faith was Joseph, and the babe lying in a reckoned to Abraham for righte- manger. And when they had ousness. How was it then reck seen it, they made known aoned? when he was in circum broad the saying which was told cision, or in uncircumcision ? them concerning this child. And Not in circumcision, but in un- all they that heard it wondered circumcision. And he received at those things which were told the sign of circumcision, a seal them by the shepherds. But of the righteousness of the faith Mary kept all these things, and which he had yet being uncir- pondered them in her heart. cumcised; that he might be the And the shepherds returned, father of all them that believe, glorifying and praising God for though they be not circumcised; all the things that they had that righteousness might be im- heard and seen, as it was told puted unto them also: And the unto them. And when eight father of circumcision to them days were accomplished for the who are not of the circumcision circumcising of the child, his only, but also walk in the name was called JESUS, which steps of that faith of our fa- I was so named of the angel be
God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant, that we, which 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. OR this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles; if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God, which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery (as I 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 Gospel: whereof I was
made a minister, accordi to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the begin. ning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: to the intent, that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the Church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. The Gospel. St. Matth. ii. 1. HEN Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea, in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, 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 to
gether, he demanded of them,