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four beasts,and the elders;and no man could learn that song, but the hundred and fourty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women, for they are virgins : these are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth : these were redeemed from among men, being the first-fruits unto God, and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile ; for they are 'without fault before the throne of God. The Gospel. St. Matth. 2. 13.
to a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word, for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night and departed into Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod : that it might be fulfilled which was spoken oftheLord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my Son. Then Herod when he saw that he was mocked of the wise-men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and flew all the children that were in Bethlehem,and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wife-men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard,lamentation and weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. The Sunday after Christmas-day.
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Lmighty God who haft given us thy only begotter.
Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pureVirgin; Grant that we being regenerate,and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy holy Spirit, through the
fame our Lord Jelus Christ, who liveth and reignet with thee and the fame Spirit, ever one God, wor] without end. Amen.
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Ow I say that the heir as long as he is a child, dil
fereth nothing from a servant, though he be lord all; but is under tutors and governours until the tim appointed of the father. Even so we, when we wer children, were in bondage under the elements of th world : but when the fulness of the time was come, Go sent forth his Son made of a woman, made under th law, to redeem them that were under the law, that w might receive the adoption of sons. And because year fons, God hath sent forth the spirit of his Son into you hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art n more a servant, but a son, and if a son, then an heir God through Christ.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 1. 18.
his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph (befor they came together) he was found with child of the hol Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man,an not willing to make hera publick example, was minde to put her away privily. But while he thought on the things,behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto hin in a dream,faying, Joseph thou son of David, fear not t take unto thee Mary thy wife;for that which is conceiv ed in her,is of the holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth Son and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall fav his people from their sins. (Now all this was done, tha it might be fulfilled which was spoken oftheLord by th prophet,saying,Behold,a Virgin shall be with child, an shall bring forth a Son,and they shall call his name Em manuel, which being interpreted,is, God with us.) The Joseph being raised froin ileep, did as the angel of th ord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife