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The Epistle. Rom. xv. 4.
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,
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.
The third Sunday in Advent.
thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee; Granç
1 Cor. iv. 1.
Christ, and Stewards of the mysteries of God. More-
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The Gospel. St Matth. xi. 2.
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.
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.
The Epistle.. Phil. iv. 4.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The
And the peace
The Gospel. St John i. 19.
and Levites from Jerusalem, to ask him, Who art
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The Nativity of our Lord, or the Birtb-day of CHRIST, commonly
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.
Tbe Epistle. Heb. i. 1.
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
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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