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THE COLLECTS, EPISTLES,
TO BE USED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
§ I. - The Expectation, the Birth, and early
Life of Jesus.
THE FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT,
, may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall appear in his glorious Majesty to judge both the quick and dead, we may rise to the life immortal, and reign with him in thy presence for ever. Amen. The Epistle. Rom. xiii
. 8–14; The Gospel. St. Matth. xxi. 1–13; Or for the Gospel. Deuteronomy xviii. 9—19.
THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
The Collect. BLF LESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy
Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them,
that by patience, and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Epistle. Rom. xv. 4—13;
Or, St. Matth. xiii. 47–58.
THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
The Collect, O
LORD, who at the first coming of our
Saviour Jesus, didst send thy messenger to prepare
before him : Grant that the ministers of his gospel, may likewise so
way by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at his second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, and may through thy mercy enter into the joy of our Lord. Amen. The Epistle. 1 Cor. iv. 1–5;
Or, Gal. i. 15—24;
THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
The Collect. O
LORD God, who givest power to the
faint, and to them that have no might increasest strength ; We pray thee to be to us a present help in time of trouble, that whereas through manifold temptations we are sore hin, dered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through him whom thou hast exalted to be a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance and forgiveness of sins. Amen.
The Epistle. Phil. iv. 4–7;
. St. John i. 19—28.
THE BIRTH-DAY OF JESUS, COMMONLY CALLED CHRISTMAS DAY.
The Collect. A LMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy
only begotten Son, born to deliver us from the dominion of sin, and to be our guide to eternal life; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit, through the same our Lord Jesus Christ; whom, though born in a humble state, and laid in a manger, thou hast appointed to be heir of all things. May we through thy great mercy become joint heirs with Him of an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away. Amen. The Epistle. Heb. i. 1–12;
Heb. ii. 1--6;
THE SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY.
only-begotten Son, born of the seed of David according to the flesh, but ordained to
be the Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness ; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy holy Spirit, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who now liveth and reigneth, in the unity of the same Spirit, with Thee, the one only true God, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. Gal. iv. 1–7.
LMIGHTY God, as we read that thy
blessed: Son was subjected by his pious parents to the rite of circumcision; though he was destined to introduce a new ordinance of inward grace instead of outward ceremony; Grant us the true circumcision of Spirit, that our hearts being mortified from all worldly and immoderate desires, we may in all things obey thy blessed will, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Epistle. Rom. iv. 8–14;
Or, Rom. ii. 25—29;
. THE EPIPHANY, OR THE MANIFESTATION OF CHRIST TO THE GENTILES.
The Collect. O GOD, who by an Angel didst manifest
thy only-begotten Son to the shepherds abiding in the field; and didst afterwards de
clare his name to the Gentiles by the preaching of his holy Apostles; Mercifully grant that we, which know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephes. iii. 1-12;
St. Luke ii. 1-14.
The Collect. O
LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to
receive the prayers of thy people which call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Rom. xii. 14-5;
The Collect A LMIGHTY and everlasting God, who
dost govern all things in heaven and earth; Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Rom. xii. 6—16, to low estate; The Gospel. St. John ii. 1–11;
Or, St. John iv. 5--14.