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thou shalt call his name Jefus : for he shall save his people from their fins. (Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a Virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call his Name Emmanuel, which being interpreted, is, God with us ) Then Joseph being raised from feep, did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her first-born Son; and he called his Name Jesus.
cumcised, and obedient to the law for man. Grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit, that our hearts and all our members being mortified from all worldly and carnal lufts, we may in all things obey thy blessed will, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Tbe Epiftle. Rom. iv. 8. LESSED is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Cometh this blessedness then upon
the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also ? For we say, that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was it then reckoned ? when he was in circumcision, or in
PA RA P H R AS E.
On the COLLECT for the Circumcision of Cbriff. O Almighty God, who made thy blessed Son submit to the painful operation of circumcision, that he might, in every respect conform to the law of Moses, and fulfil all righteoulness, grant us the true circumcifion of the heart in the spirit, and not in the letter, (Rom. ii. 29.) that ou hearts and all our members may be mortified, (Col. iii. 5.) and weakened from the Aeshly lufts which war against our Souls, (1 Pet. ii. 11.) and that, instead of yielding to the dominion of our lurts, we may perform 3 perfect and compleat obedience to the will of God, (i Thef. iii. 12.) and this we requelt of thee for the sake of our biefied Lord and Saviour Jesus Chrift. Amen.
uncircumcision ? not in circumcision, but in uncircumcifion. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith, which he had yet being uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised ; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abra
ham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. For the I promise, That he should be the heir of the world, was not
to Abraham or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect.
The Gospel. St Luke ii. 15.
from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and fee this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with hafte, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it, wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard, and seen, as it was told unto them. And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his Name was called JESUS, which was fo named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. The Same Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, fall serve for every
Day after unto the Epiphany.
The Epiphany, or the Manifestation of CHRIST to the Gentiles,
only begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant, that we which know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephef. iii. 1. OR this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for
you Gentiles ; if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God, which is given me to you-ward : how that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery (as I wrote afore in few words, whereby when ye read ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known unto the fons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy Apostles and Prophets, by the Spirit ; That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the Gospel : whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unlearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see, what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in
PA RA P H R AS E.
On the COLLECT for the Epiphany. O God, who, directing the eastern sages by a star, (Matt. ii. 9.) didit discover that thy only begotten Son was manifest in the flesh, (I Tim. iii. 16.) and that the gentiles would be made partakers of salvation, we befeech thee of thy mercy to grant, that whereas, thro' thy divine goodnefs we that were formerly gentiles, have now, by faith, attained to the knowledge of thee, which is however but an imperfect knowledge, a knowledge in part, and seeing thro' a glass darkly, (1 Cor. xiii. 12.) we may in the life to come, enjoy the knowledge and happiness of the beatifick vision, when we fall know.even as we are known, (ibid.) and be forever with the Lord, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
God, who created all things by Jesus Christ : To the intent that now unco the principalities and powers in heavenly places, might be known by the Church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
The Gospel. St Matt. j. i.
the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise-men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews ? for we have seen his ftar in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea : For thus it is written by the prophet: And thou, Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda : For out of thee ihall come a Governor that shall rule my people lsrael. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise-men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go, and search diligently for the young child, and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may cone and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and lo, the ftar which they saw in the east, went before then, till it cane and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped him : And when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream, that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country ano
The First Sunday after the Epiphany.
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
faithfully to fulfil the same, through Jelus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Rom. xii. 1. Beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office : fo we being many are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
The Gospel. St Luke ii. 41.
feast of the passover. And when he was ewelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, after the custom of the feaft. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jelus tarried behind in Jerusalem ; and
PA RA PHRASE. On the COLLECT for the firft Sunday after the Epiphany. O Lord, we beseech thee, of thine infinite mercy to give ear unto the prayers of thy people, who prostrate themselves before thee, in the public service of the church, and grant us such a measure of faith and christian knowledge, (Rom. xii. 3.) that we being thoroughly informed of our duty, may carefully acquit ourselves thereof; and this we earnestly request for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.