Page images
PDF
EPUB

tiles trust. Now the God of
hope fill
you with all joy and
peace in believing, that ye
may abound in hope, through
the power of the holy Ghost.

THE COLLECT.

O GOD, the Father of Jesus Christ our Lord, who at his first coming didst send a messenger to prepare his way before him; grant that the ministers of thy word, may likewise so prepare and make ready his way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at his second coming to judge the world, we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight. And this we beg in the name of Jesus Christ, through whom we ascribe unto

thee all honor and glory,

now and ever.

Amen.

THE GOSPEL.

Matt. xi. 2-10.

Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his

The Third Sunday in disciples, and said unto him,

Advent.

Art thou he who should
come, or do we look for
another? Jesus answered
and said unto them, Go and
show John again those things
which ye do hear and see;
the blind receive their sight,
and the lame walk, the lep-
ers are cleansed, and the
deaf hear, the dead are rais-
ed up, and the poor have
the gospel preached unto
them; and blessed is he
whosoever shall not be of-
fended in me. And as
they departed, Jesus began
to say unto the multitudes,
What
concerning John,
went ye out into the wilder-
ness to see? A reed shaken
with the wind? But what
went ye out to see? A man
clothed in soft raiment ?
Behold they who wear soft
clothing are in king's houses.
But what went ye out to see?

A prophet? yea, I say unto
you, and more than a proph-
et. For this is he of whom
it is written, Behold, I send
my messenger before thy
face, which shall prepare
thy way before thee.

THE EPISTLE.

1 Cor. iv. 1-5.

LET a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. More over, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing, that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment; because I do not condemn mine own self. For I know nothing against myself: yet am I not hereby justified; but he that judgeth me, is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall every man have praise of God.

sins and wickedness, we
are hindered in running
the race which is set be-
fore us, thy bountiful
grace
and mercy may
speedily help and deliver
us, through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.

THE COLLECT.

O LORD, raise up, we pray thee, thy power, and

us;

come among us, and with
great might succor
that whereas, through our

THE GOSPEL.

John i. 19-28.

THIS is the record of John, when the Jews sent Priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but Christ. confessed, I am not the him, What then? Art thou And they asked Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us; what sayest thou of thyself?

The Fourth Sunday in He said, I am the voice of

Advent.

one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaiah. And they who were sent were of the Pharisees. said unto him, Why baptizest And they asked him, and

thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John an

swered them, saying, I baptize with water, but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; he it is, who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose shoes' latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara, beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

THE EPISTLE.

Phil. iv. 4-9.

REJOICE in the Lord alway; and again I say, re joice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things which ye have

both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do; and the God of peace shall be with you.

Christmas Day.

THE COLLECT.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thine only begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a virgin; grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Spirit. And this we beg in the name of Jesus Christ, through whom we ascribe unto thee all honor and glory, now and Amen.

ever.

THE GOSPEL.

John i. 1-14.

IN the beginning was the the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not

any thing made, that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light. That was the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him; and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not; but as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to those who believe on his name; who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and

truth.

THE EPISTLE.

Hebr. i. 1-12.

GOD, who at sundry times, and in divers manners, spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds. Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? and again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first-begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God

is for ever and ever; a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands. They shall perish, but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou fold them

up, and they shall be changed; but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

The Sunday after Christmas Day.

THE COLLECT.

SOURCE of all light and truth, who didst send thy Son Jesus Christ into the world, that the world through him might be saved, grant, we beseech thee, that light of his doctrine and life may shine into our hearts, and dispel our darkness, and direct our steps, and lead us at last

the

to the unspeakable glories and felicities of thy heavenly kingdom; which we beg in the name of our Saviour, ascribing to thee everlasting praises. Amen.

THE GOSPEL.

Luke ii. 15-21.

AND it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass,

which the Lord hath made

known unto us. And they came with haste, and found

Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of

« PreviousContinue »