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grace of God, given unto me by heard the king, they departed; and the effectual working of his power.lo, the star which they saw in the Unto me, who am less than the east went before them, till it came least of all saints, is this grace and stood over where the young given, that I should preach among child was. When they saw the the Gentiles the unsearchable rich-star, they rejoiced with exceeding es of Christ; and to make all men great joy. And when they were see what is the fellowship of the come into the house, they saw the mystery, which from the beginning young child with Mary his mother, of the world hath been hid in God, and fell down and worshipped who created all things by Jesus him: And when they had opened Christ: to the intent that now un- their treasures, they presented unto the principalities and powers in to him gifts ; gold, and frankinheavenly places might be known, cense, and myrrh. And being by the Church, the manifold wis- warned of God in a dream, that dom of God, according to the eter- they should not return to Herod, nal purpose which he purposed in they departed into their own counChrist Jesus our Lord; in whom try another way. we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
The first Sunday after the The Gospel. St. Matt. ii. 1.
Epiphany. VHEŃ Jesus was born in
The Collect. Bethlehem of Judea, in the LORD, we beseech thee merdays of Herod the king, behold, cifully to receive the prayers there came wise men from the east of thy people who call upon thee; to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he and grant that they may both
perthat is born king of the Jews ? for ceive and know what things they we have seen his star in the east, and ought to do, and also may have are come to worship him. When grace and power faithfully to fulfil Herod the king had heard these the same, through Jesus Christ our things, he was troubled, and all Je-Lord. Amen rusalem with him. And when he The Epistle. Rom. xii. 1. had gathered all the chief priests BESEECH you therefore, breand scribes of the people together, thren, by the mercies of God, he demanded of them where Christ that ye present your bodies a living should be born. And they said unto sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto him, in Bethlehem of Judea: For God, which is your reasonable thus it is written by the prophet, service. And be not conformed And thou Bethlehem in the land to this world; but be ye transformof Juda, art not the least among ed by the renewing of your mind, the princes of Juda; for out of thee that ye may prove what is that shall come a Governor that shall good, and acceptable, and perrule my people Israel. Then He- fect will of God. For I
say, rod, when he had privily called the through the grace given unto me, wise men, inquired of them dili- to every man that is among you, gently what time the star appeared. not to think of himself more highAnd he sent them to Bethlehem, ly than he ought to think, but to and said, Go, and search diligently think soberly, according as God for the young child, and when ye hath dealt to every man the meahave found him, bring me word sure of faith. For as we have again, that I may come and wor- many members in one body, and ship him also. When they had all members have not the same office; so we, being many, are one thy people, and grant us thy peace body in Christ, and every one mem- all the days of our life, through Jebers one of another.
sus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 41. The Epistle. Rom. xii. 6. NO PU vow his parents went to Je-H
SAVING then gifts, differing rusalem every year at the
according to the grace that is feast of the passover. And when given to us, whether prophecy, let he was twelve years old, they went us prophesy according to the proup
to Jerusalem, after the custom portion of faith; or ministry, let of the feast. And when they had us wait on our ministering; or he fulfilled the days, as they returned, that teacheth, on teaching; or he the child Jesus tarried behind in that exhorteth, on exhortation : he Jerusalem; and Joseph and his that giveth, let him do it with simmother knew not of it. But they, plicity; he that ruleth, with dilisupposing him to have been in the gence; he that showeth mercy, company, went a day's journey, with cheerfulness. and they sought him among their without dissimulation. Abhor that kinsfolk and acquaintance. And which is evil
, cleave to that which when they found him not, they is good. Be kindly affectioned one turned back again to Jerusalem, to another with brotherly love, in seeking him. And it came to pass,
honour preferring one another : that after three days they found him not slothful in business ; fervent in in the temple, sitting in the midst spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing of the doctors, both hearing them, in hope ; patient in tribulation; and asking them questions. And continuing instant in prayer ; dis all that heard him
were astonished tributing to the necessity of saints ; at his understanding and answers. given to hospitality. Bless them And when they saw him they were
which persecute you; bless, and amazed : and his mother said un- curse not. Rejoice with them that to him, Son, why hast thou thus do rejoice, and weep with them dealt with us? behold, thy father that weep. Be of the same mind and I have sought thee soirowing. one towards another. Mind not And he said unto them, How is it high things, but condescend to that ye sought me ? wist ye not men of low estate.
The Gospel. St. John i. 1. business ?. And they understood not A marriage in Cana of Galilee,
a the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with and the mother of Jesus was there. them, and came to Nazareth, and And both Jesus was called, and his was subject unto them: but his disciples, to the marriage. And mother kept all these sayings in when they wanted wine, the moher heart." And Jesus increased ther of Jesus saith unto him, They in wisdom, and stature, and in fa- have no wine. Jesus saith-untu vour with God and man.
her, Woman, what have I to do
with thee? mine hour is not yet The second Sunday after the
His mother saith unto the Epiphany.
servants, Whatsoever he saith unThe Collect.
to you, do it. And there were set LMIGHTY and everlasting there six water-pots of stone, af
God, who dost govern all ter the manner of the purifying of things in heaven and earth ; mer- the Jews, containing two or three cifully hear the supplications of firkins a-piece. Jesus saith unto
them, Fill the water-pots with wa- multitudes followed him. And
And they filled them up to behold, there came a leper and the brim. And he saith unto them, worshipped him, saying, Lord, if Draw out now, and bear unto the thou wilt, thou canst make me governor of the feast. And they clean. And Jesus put forth his bare it. When the ruler of the hand, and touched him, saying, I feast had tasted the water that was will, be thou clean. And immemade wine, and knew not whence diately his leprosy was cleansed. it was (but the servants which And Jesus saith unto him, See thou drew the water knew) the gover- tell no man, but go thy way, show nor of the feast called the bride-thyself to the priest, and offer the groom, and saith unto him, Eve-gift that Moses commanded for a ry man at the beginning doth set testimony unto them. And when forth good wine, and when men Jesus was entered into Capernaum, have well drunk, then that which there came unto him a Centurion, is worse : but thou hast kept the beseeching him, and saying, Lord, good wine until now. This be-my servant lieth at home sick of the ginning of miracles did Jesus in palsy, grievously tormented. And Cana of Galilee, and manifested Jesus saith unto him, I will come forth his glory, and his disciples and heal him. The Centurion anbelieved on him.
swered and said, Lord, I am not The third Sunday after the
worthy that thou shouldest come Epiphany.
under my roof; but speak the word The Collect.
only, and my servant shall be heal
ed. For I am a man under au,
thority, having soldiers under me: our infirmities, and in all our dan- and I say unto this man, Go, and gers and necessities stretch forth he goeth; and to another, Come, thy right hand to help and defend and he cometh; and to any servant, us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Do this, and he doeth it. When Amen.
Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and The Epistle. Rom. xii. 16.
said to them that followed, Verily E not wise in your own con
I say unto you, I have not found ceits. Recompense to no
so great faith, no not in Israel. And
that man evil for evil. Provide things
many shall honest in the sight of all men. If
come from the east and west, and
shall sit down with Abraham, and it be possible, as much as lieth in
Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom you, live peaceably with all men.
of heaven: But the children of the Dearly beloved, avenge not your kingdom shall be castout into outer selves, but rather give place unto darkness; there shall be weeping wrath ; for it is written, Vengeance and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus ismine ; I will repay saith the Lord. Therefore, if thine eneiny hunger, and as thou hast believed, so be it
said unto theCenturion, Gothy way, feed ;
done unto thee. And his servant drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on bis head. Be was healed in the self-same hour. not overcome of evil, but over- The fourth Sunday after the come evil with good.
Epiphany. The Gospel. St. Matt. viii. 1.
GOD, who knowest us to be from the mountain, great
ALGod, mercifully look upon
THEN he was come down O set in the midst of so many
and great dangers, that by reason was a great calm. But the men of the frailty of our nature we can- marvelled, saying, What manner not always stand upright; grant to of man is this, that even the winds us such strength and protection, as and the sea obey him ? And when may support us in all dangers, and he was come to the other side, into carry us through all temptations, the country of the Gergesenes, through Jesus Christ our Lord. there met him two possessed with Amen.
devils, coming out of the tombs, The Epistle. Rom. xiii. 1. exceeding fierce, so that no man ET every soul be subject unto might pass by that way. And be
is no power but of God: the pow- have we to do with thee, Jesus, ers that be are ordained of God. thou Son of God ? art thou come Whosoever, therefore, resisteth the hither to torment us before the time? power, resisteth the ordinance of And there was a good way off from God: and they that resist, shall them an herd of many swine, feedreceive to themselves damnation. ing. So the devils besought him, For rulers are not a terror to good saying, If thou cast us out, suffer works, but to the evil. Wilt thou us to go away into the herd of then not be afraid of the power ? swine. And he said unto them, do that which is good, and thou Go. And when they were come shalt have praise of the same: for out, they went into the herd of he is the minister of God to thee swine; and behold, the whole herd for good. But if thou do that of swine ran violently down a steep which is evil, be afraid ; for he place into the sea, and perished in beareth not the sword in vain : for the waters. And they that kept he is the minister of God, a reven-them fled, and went their ways inger to execute wrath upon him that to the city, and told every thing, doeth evil. Wherefore ye must and what was befallen to the posneeds be subject, not only for sessed of the devils. And behold, wrath, but also for conscience the whole city came out to meet sake. For, for this cause pay ye Jesus; and when they saw him, tribute also ; for they are God's they besought him, that he would ministers, attending continually depart out of their coasts. upon this very thing. Render, therefore, to all their dues; tribute The Fifth Sunday after the to whom tribute is due, custom to
Epiphany. whom custom, fear to whom fear,
The Collect. honour to whom honour.
LORD, we beseech thee to The Gospel. St. Matt. viii. 23. keep thy Church and HouseND when he was entered into hold continually in thy true reli
a ship, his disciples followed gion, that they who do lean only him. And behold, there arose a upon the hope of thy heavenly great tempest in the sea, insomuch grace, may evermore be defended that the ship was covered with the by thy mighty power, through Jewaves; but he was asleep. And sus Christ our Lord. Amen. his disciples came to him, and The Epistle. Col. iii. 12. awoke him, Lord, save us UT on therefore (as elect we perish. And he saith unto them Why are ye fearful, Oye of little bowels of mercies, kindness, humfaith? Then he arose, and rebuked bleness of mind, meekness, longthe winds and the sea, and there suffering; forbearing one another.
and forgiving one another, if any make us the sons of God, and heirs man have a quarrel against any; of eternal life; grant us, we beeven as Christ forgave you, so also seech thee, that having this hope, do ye. And, above all these things, we may purify ourselves, even as put on Charity, which is the bond he is pure; that when he shall apof perfectness. And let the peace pear again with power and great of God rule in your hearts, to the glory, we may be made like unto which also ye are called in one him in his eternal and glorious body; and be ye thankful. Let the kingdom; where, with thee, O Faword of Christ dwell in you rich-ther, and thee, O Holy Ghost, he ly in all wisdom; teaching and ad- liveth and reigneth, ever one God, monishing one another in psalms, world without end. Amen. and hymns, and spiritual songs; The Epistle. 1 John iii. 1. singing with grace in your hearts EHOLD what manner of love to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the on us, that we should be called name of the Lord Jesus; giving the sons of God; therefore the thanks to God and the Father by world knoweth us not, because him.
lit knew him not. Beloved, now The Gospel. St. Matt. xii. 24. are we the sons of God; and it THE kingdom of heaven is li- doth not yet appear what we shall
kened unto a man which be: but we know, that when he sowed good seed in his field. But shall appear, we shall be like him; while men slept, his enemy came for we shall see him as he is. And and sowed tares among the wheat, every man that hath this hope in and went his way. But when the him purifieth himself, even as he blade was sprung up, and brought is pure. Whosoever committeth forth fruit, then appeared the tares sin, transgresseth also the law; for also. So the servants of the house-sin is the transgression of the law. holder came and said unto him, Sir, And ye know that he was manididst not thou sow good seed in thy fested to take away our sins; and field ? from whence then hath it in him is no sin. Whosoever abitares? He said unto them, An ene-deth in him, sinneth not: whosomy
hath done this. The servants ever sinneth, hath not seen him, said unto him, Wilt thou then that neither known him. Little chilwe go and gather them up ? But dren, let no man deceive he said, Nay; lest, while ye ga- that doeth righteousness is rightther up the tares, ye root up also the eous, even as he is righteous. He wheat with them. Let both grow that committeth sin is of the devil; together until the harvest; and in for the devil sinneth from the bethe time of harvest I will say to the ginning. For this purpose the Son reapers, Gather ye together first of God was manifested, that he the tares, and bind them in bundles might destroy the works of the to burn them; but gather the wheat devil. into my barn.
The Gospel. St. Matt. xxiv. 23.
NHEN if any man shall say
or there; believe it not. For there The Collect.
shall arise false Christs and false. O
GOD, whose blessed Son was prophets, and shall show great
manifested that he might designs and wonders; insomuch that stroy the works of the devil, and (if it were possible) they shall de