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God, who created all things by Jesus Christ : To the intent that now unco 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 Matt. j. 1.
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 ftar 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 thou, 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 lsrael. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise-men, enquired 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 cone and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and lo, the ftar which they saw in the east, went before then, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped him : And when they had opened their treafures, they presented unto him gifts ; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream, that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country ano
The First Sunday after the Epiphany.
prayers of thy people which call upon thee ; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and
faithfully to fulfil the same, through Jelus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Rom. xii. 1. 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 be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing 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 as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the fame office : fo we being many are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
The Gospel. St Luke ii. 41.
feast of the passover. And when he was ewelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, after the custom of the feaft. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jelus tarried behind in Jerusalem ; and
PA RA PHRASE. On the COLLECT for the firft Sunday after the Epipbany. O Lord, we beseech thee, of thine infinite mercy to give ear unto the prayers of thy people, who prostrate themselves before thee, in the public service of the church, and grant us such a measure of faith and christian knowledge, (Rom. xii. 3.) that we being thoroughly informed of our duty, may carefully acquit ourselves thereof; and this we earnestly request for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey ; and they fought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass that after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed : and his mother faid unto him, Son, why haft thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have fought thee forrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me ? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? And they understood not this saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with thein, and cante to Nazareth, and was subject unto them : but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus in
. creased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany.
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things in heaven and earth; Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people; and grant us thy peace all the days of our life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Tbe Epistle. Rom. xii. 6.
is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophely according to the proportion of faith ; or ministry, let us
PA RA P H R AS E. Oribe COLLECT for the second Sunday after the Epiphany. Omnipotent and eternal God, fupreme Lord of heaven and earth, favourably hear the petitions put up unto thee by thy people here af-mbled together, and grant us, during the whole course of our lives, peace faith God, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord, (Rom. v, 1.) Amen.
. wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching ; or he that exhorreth, on exhortation : he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with chearfulness. Let love be without diffimulation. Abhor that which is evil, cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another ; with brotherly love, in honour preferring one another : not slothful in business ; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope ; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; distributing to the necessity of saints ; 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 fame mind one towards another. Mind not high things but condescend to men of low estate.
The Gospel. St John ii. 1.
lilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus faith unto him, They have no wine. · Jesus faith unto her, Woman what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. 'His mother faith unto the servants, Whatsoever he faith unto you, do it. And there were set there fix water-pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins a piece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them
. up to the brim. And he faith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tafted 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 faith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine ; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse : but thou haft kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifelled forth his glory, and his disciples believed on him.
of all men.
The third Sunday after the Epiphany.
upon our infirmities; And in all our dangers and necessities ftretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Rom. xii. 16. E not wise in your own conceits. Recompence to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the fight
If it be possible as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all '
men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourfelves, but rather givę place unto wrath ; for it is written, Vengeance is mine ; I will repay, faith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him ; if he thirst, give him drink : for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
The Gospel. St Matth. viii. 1.
. Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching, him, and saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of
PA RA PHRASE. On ibe COLLECT for the third Sunday after the Epipbany. Omnipotent and eternal God, we beseech thee of thy great mercy to fapport us under our infirmities by the aid of thy holy spirit (Rom. viii. 26.) and when we are afrailed by dangers cithér spiritual or temporal, tretch out thy right hand in our' defence ; which we beg for the sake of Jelas Christ our Lord. Amen.