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trouble; have mercy upon me,
and hearken unto my prayer.
O ye sons of men, how long
will ye blaspheme mine honour:
and have such pleasure in va-
nity, and seek after leasing :
Know this also, that the Lord
hath chosen to himself the man
that is godly : when I call upon
the Lord, he will hear me.
Stand in awe, and sin not :
commune with your own heart,
and in your chamber, and be
still.
Offer the sacrifice of right-
eousness; and put your trust
in the Lord.
There be many that will say:
Who will shew us any good :
Lord, lift thou up : the light
of thy countenance upon us.
Thou hast put gladness in
mine heart: since the time that
their corn, and wine, (and oil)
increased.
I will lay me down in peace,
and take my rest: for it is thou,
Lord, only, that makest me to
dwell in safety.
Glory be to the Father, and
to the Son, &c.
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever &c.

The Collect.

LoRD, we beseech thee, give ear to our prayers, and by thy gracious visitation lighten the darkness of our heart, by our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Epistle. 1 Cor. iv.

LET a man this wise esteem us, even as the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the secrets of God. Furthermore, it is required of the stewards, that a man be found faithful. With me it is but a very small thing that I should be judged of you, either of man's judgment: no, I judge not mine own self. For I know nought by myself, yet am I not thereby justified; it is the Lord that judgeth me. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, which will lighten things that are hid in darkness, and open the counsels of the hearts; and then shall every man have praise of God. The Gospel. Matt. xi.

WHEN John being in prison heard the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, Art thou he that shall come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again what ye have heard and seen: The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor receive the glad tidings of the Gospel: And happy is he that is not offended by me. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed that is shaken with the wind ; Or what went ye out for to see : A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in king's houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? verily I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

" The fourth Sunday. Verba mea auribus. Psalm v.

Ponder my words, O Lord : consider my meditation. O hearken thou unto the voice of my calling, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I make my prayer. My voice shalt thou hear betimes, O Lord : early in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. For thou art the God that hath no pleasure in wickedness:

neither shall any evil dwell with thee. Such as be foolish shall not stand in thy sight : for thou hatest all them that work vanity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing : the Lord will abhor both the blood-thirsty and deceitful man. But as for me, I will come into thy house, even upon the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness, because of mine enemies : make thy way plain before my face. For there is no faithfulness in his mouth : their inward parts are very wickedness. Their throat is an open sepulchre : they flatter with their tongue. Destroy thou them, O God; let them perish through their own imaginations : cast them out in the multitude of their ungodliness; for they have rebelled against thee. And let all them that put their trust in thee rejoice: they shall ever be giving of thanks, because thou defendest them; they that love thy Name shall be joyful in thee. For thou, Lord, wilt give thy blessing unto the righteous : and with thy favourable kind

ness wilt thou defend him as
with a shield.
Glory be to the Father, and
to the Son, &c.
As it was in the beginning, is
now, and ever &c.
The Collect.

LoRD, raise up (we pray thee) thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we be sore let and hindered, thy bountiful grace and mercy, through the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord, may speedily deliver us; to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be honour and glory, world without end.

The Epistle. Philipp. iv. Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say, Rejoice. Let your softness be known "unto all men. The Lord is even at hand. Be careful for nothing: but in all prayer and supplication, let your petitions be manifest unto God, with giving of thanks. And the peace of God (which passeth all understanding) keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesu.

The Gospel. John i.

This is the record of John, when the Jews sent Priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, What art thou ? And he confessed, and denied not ; and said plainly, I am not Christ. And they asked him, What then : Art thou Elias : And he saith, I am not. Art thou e that Prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, What art thou? that we may give an answer unto them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of a crier in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esay. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not Christ, nor Elias, neither that Prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not: He it is which though he came after me was before me, whose shoe-latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done at Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John did baptize.

b to 1552. c the 1552.

Proper Psalms and Lessons on * Christmas Day. Christmas Day. * At Matins. Psalms xix. xlv. lxxxv. The First Lesson, Isa. ix. unto the end. The Second Less. Matt. i. unto the end. * At the First Communion. Cantate Domino. Psalm xcviii. O sing unto the Lord a new song: for he hath done marvellous things. With his own right hand, and with his holy arm: hath he gotten himself the victory. The Lord declared his salvation : his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. He hath remembered his mercy and truth toward the house of Israel : and all the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God. Shew yourselves joyful unto the Lord, all ye lands: sing, rejoice, and give thanks. Praise the Lord upon the harp : sing to the harp with a psalm of thanksgiving. With trumpets also and shawms : O shew yourselves joyful before the Lord the King. Let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is : the round world, and they that dwell therein. Let the floods clap their hands, and let the hills be joyful together before the Lord : for he is come to judge the earth.

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