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The Epistle. Rom. xv. 4.
Hatsoever things were written aforetime, were written

for our learning; that we through patience and comrort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded one towards another, according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind, and one mouth, glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us, to the Glory of God. Now I say, That Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision, for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers : And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy, as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy Namę. And again he faith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again, Praise the Lord all ye Gentiles, and laud him all ye people. And again Esaias faith, There shall be a root of Jeffe, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles truit. 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 Ghoit.

T'be Gospel. St Luke xxi. 25,
ND there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon,

and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; mens hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud, with power and great glory, And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable, Behold the fig-tree, and all the trees; when they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know

, ye that the king lom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say un'o you, This generation Thall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words fhall not pass away.


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The third Sunday in Advent.

Tbe Colle&t.
Lord Jesu Christ, who at thy first coming didit fend

thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee; Granç
that the Ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may like-
wife lo prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the
hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; that at
thy second coining to judge the world, we may be found
an acceptable people in thy sight, who livest and reignift
with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world
withouç end. Amen.
The Epiftle.

1 Cor. iv. 1.
ET a man fo 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 judginent : yea, I judge not
mine own felt, For I know nothing by myself, yet am I
noe 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 countels of the hearts;
and then shall every man have praise of God.

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On tbe COLLECT for the Third Sunday in Advent.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who at thy first advent, when thou didst corde
fcend to converse with us mortals in the flesh, didit send thy meflinger,
Jobs the baprift, as a harbinger to prepare thy way before the , (Mat.
ai. 10.) as it was foretold by thy prophet Malachi; (Chap. iii. 1.) we
belecca thee so to bless the pious labours of the paltors of thy church, who
are the ministers of Christ and kewards of the mylleries of God, ri Cor.
ir. 1.) that they, after the example of john the baptift, may prepare thy
way before thee, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom
of the just, (Luke i. 17.) that at thy second advent when thou shalt come
to judge the world, (2 Tim. iv. 1.) we may prove acceptable in the fight
of our God and Saviour (I Tim. ji. 3.) who liveth and reigneth in equal
fory with God the Father, and God the Holy Ghort, to all ciernity.

O Lord,

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The Gospel. St Matth. xi. 2.
COW when John had heard in the prison che works of

Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and faid unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered, and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see : The blind receive their fight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and th@pcor have the Gospel preached to them. And blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in me. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind ? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment ? behold, they that wear foto clothing are in kings houses. But what went ye out for to fee? A prophet ? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written, Behold, I lend my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

The fourth Sunday in Advent.

The Colleet.

Lord, raise up, we pray thee, thy power, and come

among us, and with great might succour us ; that whereas through our fins and wickedness we are fore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountitul grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us, through the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord ; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honour and glory, world without end. Amen.


PA RA PHRASE On the COLLECT for the Fourth Sunday in Advent. O Lord, we beseech thee to stir up they strength and come and help us, (Pjnl. ixxx. 2.) and to afford us the powerful afinance of thy grace, tha! we may not be retarded with the weight of sin, which doth so easily befes us, but may run with patience the race which is set before us, (Heb. xii.

1.) and


The Epistle.. Phil. iv. 4.
Ejoice in the Lord alway; and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The
Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every
thing, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, lec
your requests be made known unto God. And the
of God, which paffeth all understanding, shall keep your
hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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The Gospel. St John i. 19.
\HIS is the record of John, when the Jews sent Priests

and Levites from Jerusalem, to ask him, Who art
thou? And he confeffed, and denied not; but confessed,
I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then?
Art thou Elias? And he faith, I am not. Art thou that
Prophec? And he answered, No, Then said they unto
him, Who are thou? that we may give an antwer to them
that sent us. What sayelt thou of thyself? He said, I am
the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the
way oi the Lord, as said the prophet Efaias. And they
which were fent, were of the Pharisees. And they alked
him, and said unto him, Why baprizest thou then, if thou
be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that Prophet? John
anfwered them, saying, 1 baptize with water ; but there
ftandeth one among you, whom ye know not : He it is, who
coming after me, is preferred before me, whole shoes lac-
chet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done
in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

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1.) and that thy bountiful grace, which thou doft liberally bestow on alf
that ask it with a devout heart, may defend and deliver us froin all the
imptations, by which we may be attacked, thra' che merits and satisfac-
tion of Jesus Chrift, &c. Ainen,

The Nativity of our Lord, or the Birtb-day of CHRIST, commonly

called Christmas-day.


The Colleet.
Lmighty God, who hast given us thy only begotten

Son, to take our nature upon him, and, as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin ; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoprion and grace, may daily be renewed By thy Holy Spirit, through the same our Lord Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee, and the fame Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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Tbe Epistle. Heb. i. 1.
OD, who at sundry times, and in divers manners,

fpake in time 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 fins, 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 io him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son.

And again, when he bringeth in the first-begotten into the world, he


E. On the COLLECT for the Nativity of Jefus Chrift. O Almighty God, who haft given thy only begotten Son, (John iii. 16.) not to take upon him the nature of angels, but to take on him che feed of Abraham, (Heb. ii. 16.) and to be born of a pure virgin, which birth we this day, with grateful hearts, commemorate ; afford us, we beseech thee, thy grace, that we being born again into a spiritual life, (John ii. 3. 1 Pet. i. 23.) may receive the adoption of sons, (Gal. iv. 5.) and may daily be renewed in the spirit of our minds, (Epb. iv. 23.) by the influence of the holy spirit ; which we beg for the sake of our everblefied Lord, &c. Amen. blessed

O Lord,

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