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The Collect.

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Thine only-begotten Son, so that by His coming we may be enabled to serve Thee with pure minds; who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

I. F.pistle, Rom, xv: 4-9. Gospel, Luke xxi: 25–36.
II. Epistle, Heb. x: 35—39. Gospel, Luke xii: 35-40.
III. Lesson, Isa. xi:1-5.

Gospel, Luke xvii: 20–30.

THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT.

The Collect.

Lord God, heavenly Father, who didst suffer Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to become man, and to come into the world, that He might destroy the works of the devil, deliver us poor offenders from sin and death, and give us everlasting life: We beseech Thee so to rule and govern our hearts by Thy Holy Spirit, that we may seek no other refuge than His word, and thus avoid all offense to which, by nature, we are inclined, in order that we may always be found among the faithful followers of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, and by faith in Him obtain eternal salvation, through the same, Thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.

Introit.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all men: the Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing: but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Ps. Lord, Thou hast been favorable unto Thy land: Thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob. Glory be to the Father, &c.

The Collect. Lord, we beseech Thre, give ear to our prayers, and lighten the darkness of our hearts, by Thy gracious visitation; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

1. Epistle, I Cor. iv:1-. Gospel, Matt. xi: 2-10. II. Epistle, II Pet. 1: 19-21. Gospel, Matt. xi: 11-15. III. Lesson, Mal. iii: 1-4.

Gospel, Luke iii: 1-6.

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT.

The Collect.

Lord God, heavenly Father, it is meet and right that we should give thanks unto Thee, that Thou hast given us a more glorious baptism than that of John the Baptist, and hast therein promised us the remission of sins, the Holy Spirit, and everlasting life through Thy Son, Jesus Christ: Preserve us, we beseech Thee, in such faith in Thy grace and mercy, that we may never doubt Thy promise, but be comforted by the same in all temptations: and grant us Thy Holy Spirit that we may renounce sin, and ever continue in the righteousness bestowed upon us in baptism, until by Thy grace we obtain eternal salvation, through the same, Thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.

Introit.

Drop down, ye heavens, from above: and let the skies pour down righteous

ness:

Let the earth open: and bring forth salvation.

Ps. The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament sheweth His handiwork. Glory be to the Father, &c.

The Collect. Stir up, O Lord, we beseech Thee, Thy power, and come, and with great might succor us, that by the help of Thy grace whatsoever is hindered by our sins may be speedily accomplished, through Thy mercy and satisfaction; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

I. Epistle, Phil. iv: 4-7. Gospel, John i: 19-28.
II. Epistle, I John i:1-7, Gospel, John iii: 22-36.
III. Epistle, I Pet. 1: 10–13. Gospel, John v: 31–39.

CHRISTMAS.

The Collect. Lord God, heavenly Father, we give thanks unto Thee, that of Thy mercy and compassion Thou didst suffer Thy dear Son to become incarnate, and didst through Him redeem us from sin and everlasting death: We beseech Thee, enlighten our hearts by Thy Holy Spirit, that we may ever be thankful for such grace, and comfort ourselves with the same in all tribulation and temptation, and at last obtain eternal salvation through the same, Thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.

Introit.

Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder.

And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God: the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

Ps. O sing unto the Lord a new song: for He hath done marvellous things. Glory be to the Father, &c.

The Collect.

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the new birth of Thine onlybegotten Son in the flesh may set us free who are held in the old bondage under the yoke of sin, through the same, Thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Epistle, Heb.i: 1–5. Gospel, Luke ii: 1-14.

ST. STEPHEN'S DAY.

The Collect.

O eternal and merciful God, our heavenly Father, who didst give such grace to Saint Stephen, that for the sake of Thy word and Thy dear Son he became the first martyr after the ascension of Christ, and with patience did make intercession for his persecutors: Grant us grace to endure patiently whatever Thy divine will appointeth, that we also may love our enemies and pray for them; through the same, Thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.

(To be used with II and III series of texts.) Eternal and almighty God, heavenly Father, we thank Thee, that Thou hast revealed Thyself in Thine only-begotten Son, and hast sent Thy witnesses with Thy blessed word, whereby Thou dost call us into Thy kingdom: We beseech Thee, that Thou wouldst open our hearts by Thy Holy Spirit that we may not resist Thy gospel, but believe in Thine only-begotten Son, take up His cross and magnify His name, and at last obtain eternal salvation, through the same, Thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.

(The Introit is same as for Christmas Day.)

The Collect.

Grant, O Lord, that, in all our sufferings here upon earth for the testimony of Thy truth, we may steadfastly look up to heaven, and by faith behold the glory that shall be revealed; and, being filled with the Holy Ghost, may learn to love and bless our persecutors by the example of Thy first martyr Saint Stephen, who prayed for his murderers to Thee, O blessed Jesus, who standest at the right hand of God to succor all those who suffer for Thee, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

I. Lesson, Acts vi: 8-15 and 7: 45–60. Gospel, Matt. xxiii: 34–39.
II, Lesson, Isa, ix: 2-7.

Gospel, Luke ii: 15–20.
III. Epistle, Tit. ii: 11-14.

Gospel, John i:1-14.

SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS.

The Collect.

O almighty and everlasting God, mercifully direct our ways, that we may walk in Thy law, and be made to abound in good works: through Thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.

Introit.

Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh Thine house, O Lord, forever.

Thy throne is established of old: Thou art from everlasting.

Ps. The Lord reigneth, He is clothed with majesty: the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith He hath girded Himself.

Glory be to the Father, &c.

The Collect. Almighty and everlasting God, direct our actions according to Thy good pleasure, that in the name of Thy beloved Son, we may be made to abound in good works; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen. I. Epistle. Gal. iv:1–7.

Gospel, Luke ii; 33-10.
II. Lesson, Psalm xvi: 5-11. Gospel, Luke ii: 25-32.
III. Epistle, I Pet. ii: 4-10.

Gospel, Luke i; 68-75.

NEW YEAR.

The Collect. O merciful and eternal God, heavenly Father, who didst cause Thy Son to endure circumcision and to be made subject to the law, that we might be redeemed from the curse of the law: We beseech Thee, grant us grace to become partakers of this redemption and thus obtain eternal salvation, through the same, Thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.

Introit. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth: Who hast set Thy glory above the heavens. What is man that Thou art mindful of him: and the son of man that Thou visitest him?

Ps. Thou, O Lord, art our Father and our Redeemer: from everlasting is Thy name. Glory be to the Father, &c.

The Collect. O Lord God, who, for our sakes, hast made Thy blessed Son our Savior subject to the law, and caused Him to endure the circumcision of the flesh: Grant us the true circumcision of the spirit, that our hearts may be pure from all sinful desires and lusts; through the same, Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh down every good and perfect gift: We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, temporal and spiritual, bestowed upon us in the year past, and we beseech Thee of Thy goodness, grant us a favorable and joyful year, defend us from all dangers and adversities, and send upon us the fullness of Thy blessing; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with 'Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen. I. Epistle, Gal, iii: 23--29.

Gospel, Luke ii: 21.
II. Epistle, Heb, xiii: 8-15.

Gospel, John i: 16-18.
III. Lesson, Acts iv: 8-12.

Gospei, Luke xiii: 6-9.

SUNDAY AFTER NEW YEAR.

The Collect. O Lord God, heavenly Father, who didst suffer Thy dear Son, Jesus Christ, to become a stranger and a sojourner in Egypt for our sakes, and didst lead Him safely home to His fatherland: Mercifully grant that we poor sinners, who are strangers and sojourners in this perilous world, may soon be called home to our true fatherland, the kingdom of heaven, where we shall live in eternal joy and glory; through the merits of Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.

(The Introit and second Collect are the same as for the Sunday after Christmas.)

I. Epistle, Rom. iii: 19--22. Gospel, Matt. ii: 19-23.
II. Lesson, Acts ir: 23-31.

Gospel, Matt, ii: 13-18.
Lesson, Is. xl: 27-31.

Gospel, Luke xii: 32-34

JII.

EPIPHANY.

The Collect.

Lord God, heavenly Father, who hast given us the light of Thy holy word, the guiding star, which leadeth us to the Christ-child: Send, we beseech Thee, Thy Holy Spirit into our hearts, that we may receive this light and make use of it unto our salvation, and that we, like the wise men, when they were seeking the star, may not be afraid because of any hardship or peril, but put all our trust in Thine only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, as our only Savior; devote our earthly possessions to the advancement of Thy kingdom, and in all things serve Him, Thine only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.

Introit. Behold the Lord, the Ruler hath come: and the kingdom, and the power, and the glory are in His hand.

Ps. Give the King Thy judgments, O God; and Thy righteousness unto the King's Son. Glory be to the Father, &c.

The Collect. O God, who, by the leading of a star, didst manifest Thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles: Mercifully grant that we, who know Thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of Thy glorious Godhead; through the same, Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

I. Lesson, Is. 1x:1-6. Gospel, Matt. ii: 1-12.
II. Epistle. I Tim. iii: 14–16. Gospel, Matt. iv:13-17.
III. Lesson, Is. xlix: 1-6. Gospel, Matt. xii: 15–21.

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FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.

The Collect. Lord God, heavenly Father, who in mercy hast established the Christian home among us:

We beseech Thee so to rule and direct our hearts, that we may be good examples to children and servants, and not offend them by word or deed, but faithfully teach them to love Thy Church and hear Thy blessed word. Give them Thy Spirit and grace, that this seed may bring forth good fruit, so that our homelife may conduce to Thy glory, honor and praise, to our own improvement and welfare, and give offense to no one; through the same, Thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.

Introit.
I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne: high and lifted up.

And I heard the voice of a great multitude, saying, Hallelujah: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.

Ps. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands: serve the Lord with gladness. Glory be to the Father, &c.

The Collect. O Lord, we beseech Thee mercifully to receive the prayers of Thy people who call upon Thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things

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