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and straightway he will fend The Second Sunday in Advent.

them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was fpoken by the prophet, faying,

Tell ye the daughter of Sion, B

Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and fitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an afs. And the difciples went, and did as Jefus commanded them; and brought the afs and the colt, and put on them their cloaths, and they fet him thereon. And a very great multitude fpread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hofanna, to the Son of David: bleffed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hofanna in the higheft. And when he was come into Jerufalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude faid, this is Jefus the Prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. And Jefus went into the temple of God, and caft out all them that fold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables ofthe money-changers, and the feats of them that fold doves, and faid unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the houfe of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

The Collect.

Leffed Lord, who haft caused all holy Scrip tures to be written for our learning; grant that we may in fuch wife hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digeft them, that by patience, and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold faft the bleffed hope of everlasting life, which thou haft given us in our Saviour Jefus Chrift. Amen.

The Epiftle. Rom. xv. 4.


Hatfoever things were

written aforetime, were written for our learning; that we, through patience,and comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope. Now the God of patience and confolation grant you to be like minded one towards another, according to Chrift Jefus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Chrift. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Chrift alfo received us, to the glory of God. Now I fay, that Jefus Chrift was a minister of the circumcifion, 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 caufe I will confefs to thee among the Gentiles, and fing unto thy name: And again he faith, Rejoice ye Gentiles, with his people: And again, Praife the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. And again Efaias faith, There fhall be a root of Jeffe, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, in him fhall the Gentiles truft. 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 Ghost.

The Gofpel. St. Luke xxi. 25. NDthere fhall be figns in

felves, that fummer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye fee these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I fay unto you, This generation fhall not pass away till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth fhall pass away; but my words fhall not pass away.

The Third Sunday in Advent. The Collect.

Lord Jefus Chrift, who at thy firft coming didft fend thy meffenger to prepare thy way before thee; grant that the Minifters and Stewards of thy myfteries may likewife fo prepare and make

A the fun, and in the moon, ready thy way, by turning the

and in the ftars; 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 thofe things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven fhall be fhaken. And then fhall they fee the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when thefe things begin to come to pafs, 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 fhoot forth, ye fee and know of your own

hearts of the difobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at thy fecond coming to judge the world, we may be found an acceptable people in thy fight, who liveft and reigneft with the Father and the holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen. The Epiftle. 1 Cor. iv. I. ET a man fo account of


us, as of the Ministers of Chrift, and Stewards of the myfteries of God. Moreover, it is required in ftewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very fmall thing, that I fhould be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own


felf. For I know nothing by myself, yet am I not hereby juftified; 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 manifeft the counfels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praife of God.

The Gofpel. St. Matth. xi. 2.
OW when John had
heard in the prifon the
works of Chrift, he fent two
of his difciples, and faid unto
him, Art thou he that fhould

houses. But what went ye out
for to fee? A prophet? yea,
I fay unto you, and more than
a prophet. For this is he of
whom it is written, Behold, I
fend my meffenger before thy
face, which fhall prepare thy
way before thee.

The Fourth Sunday in Advent.
The Collect.

Lord, raife up, we pray thee, thy power, and come among us, and with great might fuccour us; that whereas, through our fins and

and hindered in running the wickedness, we are fore let race that is fet before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us, through the fatisfaction of thy Son our Lord; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghoft, be honour and glory,

come, or do we look for another? Jefus answered and faid unto them, Go, and fhow John again thofe things which ye do hear and fee: The blind receive their fight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleanfed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the the in the Lordal, poor have the gofpel preached REJOICE in the Lord al

to them: And bleffed is he whofoever shall not be offended in me. And as they departed, Jefus began to fay unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to fee? A reed fhaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to fee? A man clothed in foft raiment ? behold, they that wear foft clothing are in kings

world without end. Amen. The Epiftle. Phil. iv. 4.

Rejoice. Let your modera-
tion be known unto all men.
The Lord is at hand. Be
careful for nothing; but in
every thing by prayer and fup-
plication, with thanksgiving,
let your requests be made
known unto God. And the
peace of God, which paffeth
all understanding, fhall keep
your hearts
hearts and minds
through Chrift Jesus.



The Gospel. St. John i. 19. HIS is the record of John when the Jews fent Priefts and Levites from Jerufalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confeffed, and denied not; but confeffed, I am not the Chrift. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he faith, I am not. Art thou that Prophet? And he anfwered, No. Then faid they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an anfwer to them that fent us: What fayeft thou of thyfelf? He faid, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ftraight the way of the Lord, as faid the prophet Efaias. And they which were fent were of the Pharifees. And they asked him, and faid unto him, Why baptizeft thou then, if thou be not that Chrift, nor Elias, neither that Prophet? John anfwered them, faying, I baptize with water; but there ftandeth one among you, whom ye know not; he it is, who, coming after me, is préferred before me, whose shoes latchet I am not worthy to unloofe. Thefe 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.


mighty God, who haft 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 adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit, through the fame our Lord Jefus Chrift, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the fame Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen. The Epiftle. Heb, i, 1. OD, whoat fundry times, and in divers manners, fpake in time paft unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days fpoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom alfo he made the worlds: Who, being the brightness of his glory, and the exprefs image of his perfon, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our fins, fat down on the right hand of the Majefty on high; being made fo much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent Name than they. For unto which of the angels faid he at any time, Thou art my fon, this day

have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the firft-begotten into the world, he faith, And let all the angels of God worfhip him. And of the angels he faith, Who maketh his angels fpirits, and his minifters a flame of fire. But unto the Son he faith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; a fceptre of righteousness, is the fceptre of thy kingdom. Thou haft loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladnefs above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning haft laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They fhall perish, but thou remaineft; and they all fhall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vefture fhalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed; but thou art the fame, and thy years fhall not fail.


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him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man fent from God, whose name was John: The fame came for a witnefs, to bear witness of the light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that light, but was fent to bear witness of that light. That was the true light, which lighteneth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the fons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.

The Gofpel. St. John i. 1. N the beginning was the Word, and the Word was The Sunday after Christmas-day. with God, and the Word was God. The fame was in the beginning with God. things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made, that was made. In



The Collect. 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;


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