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ruth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the Fathers: And that the Gentiles might glorifie God for is mercy, as it is written, 'For this cause I will coness to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy ame. And again he said, Rejoyce, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again, Praise the Lord,all ye Gentiles, , ind laud him, all ye people. And again, Éfaias faith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, in him shall the Gentiles trust Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in elieving, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the holy Ghost.
The Gospel. S. Luke 21.25. and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of na ions, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; nens hearts failing them for fear, and for looking afer those things which are coming on the earth: for he powers of heaven Mall be shaken. And then shall hey see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power nd great glory. And when these things begin to come o-pass,then look up; and lift up your heads; for your edemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a paable, Behold the fig-tree, and all the trees; When hey now shoot forth, ye fee and know of your own elves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that he kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto ou, This generation shall not pass away,till all be fullled : Heaven and earth shall pass away ; but my fords shall not pass away.
The third Sunday in Advent.
The Collect. ) Lord Jefu Chrift, who at thy first coming didit send
thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee : irant that the ministers and įtewards of thy mysteries
may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, byl turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom o the just, that at thy second coming to judge the world, we may be found an acceptable People in thy sight. who livest and reignest with the Father and the holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 Cor.4. I.
, Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man ba found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of mans judgement yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by my self, yet am I not hereby juftified; but he that juda eth me, is i he Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come; who both will bringt light the hidden things of darkness and will make me nifest the counsels of the hearts, and then shall ever man have praise of God.
The Gospel, S. Matth. 11.2.
of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said un to him, Art thou he that should come, or do we loc for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, G and shew John again those things which ye do hear an fee: The blind receive their sight, and the lame wal the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dea are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preache to them. And blefled is he whosoever shall not be offend ed in me. And as they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John, what went ye o muito the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the win But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed soft raiment ? behold, they that wear soft clothing in kings houses. But what went ye out for to see? prophet? yea, I say unto you,and niore then a prophe or this is he of whom it is written, Behold, I fer
ny messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy orvay before thee.
The fourth Sunday in Advent.
· The Collect. O Lord, raise up (we pray thee) thy power, and
come among us and with great might succour us ; hat whereas through our fins and wickedness we are core let and hindred in running the race that is set before is, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help und deliver us, through the satisfaction of thy Son our mord; to whom with thee and the holy Ghost be holour and glory, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. Phil.4.4. R I
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The ord is at hand. Be careful for nothing: but in every hing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let Pour requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your earts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The Gospel. S. John 1.19, TH
"His is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests
and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art hou? And he confessed and denied not; but confessed,
am not the Chriil. And they asked him, What then? rt thou Elias ? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that rophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto in, Who art thou ? that we may give an answer to hem that sent us. What sayest thou of thy self? He aid, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Take straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophed -faias : and they which were sent, were of the Phath Hisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, why aptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ,nor Elias, either that prophet ? John answered them, saying, I aptize with water : but there standeth one among you,
ye preferred before me, whose shoes latchet I am not wort thy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The Nativity of Our LORD, Or the Birth-day of CHRIST, Commonly called Christmas-day.
The Collect. Lmighty God, who hast given us thine only be gotten Son to take our nature upon him, and a at this time to be born of a pure virgin; Gran
: that we being regenerate, and made thy children by a doption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy holy Spirit, through the fame our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. Heb. 1. 1.
spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whor he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also h made the worlds. Who being the brightnessof his glo ry, and the express image of his person and upholdin all things by the word of his power, when he had be himself purged our fins, sat down on the right hand the Majesty on high: Being made so much better the the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name then they. For unto which of the angel said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bring cth in the first-begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the an els he faith, VVho maketh his angels spirits, and hi