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Note, That the Collect appointed for every Sunday, or for any Holy Day that bath a Vigil or Eve, fhall be faid at the Evening Service next before.

The First Sunday in Advent.

The Collect.

that we may caft away

the works of darknefs, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life (in which thy Son Jefus Chrift came to vifit us in great humility;) that in the laft day, when he fhall come again in his glorious Majefty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rife to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghoft, now and ever. Amen. This Collect is to be repeated every Day with the other Collects in Advent, until Christmas-eve.


On the COLLECT for the First Sunday in Advent. Almighty God, we beseech thee to enable us by thy grace to forfake the works of darkness, the fins and frailties which men are liable to, whil they remain under the blindness of a gentile ignorance; and that we may put on the armour of light, (Rom. xiii. 12.) that chriftian defence against fin, during this our abode upon earth; (in which thy Son



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The Epistle. Rom. xiii. 8.

WE no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not fteal, Thou shalt not bear falfe witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this faying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyfelf. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of fleep: for now is our falvation nearer than when we believed: The night is far fpent, the day is at hand; let us therefore caft off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honeftly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkennefs, not in chambering and wantonnefs, not in ftrife and envying: But put ye on the Lord Jefus Chrift, and make not provision for the flefh, to fulfil the lufts thereof.


The Gospel. St Matth. xxi. 1.

HEN they drew nigh unto Jerufalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jefus two difciples, faying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and ftraightway ye fhall find an ass tied, and a colt with her loofe them, and bring them unto me. And if any man fay ought unto you, ye fhall fay, The Lord hath need of them; and ftraightway he will fend them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was fpoken by the Prophets, faying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and fitting upon an afs, and a colt the fole of an afs. And the difciples went, and did as Jefus commanded them, and


Jefus Chrift came to vifit us in great humility) that when he fhall come again in his glorious majefty, at the day of judgment to decide the fate both of the quick and the dead, we may rife to ever lafting life; which we beg for the fake of our bleffed Saviour, who liveth and reigneth, together with the Father and the Holy Ghoft, for ever in the heavens. Amen.

O ever

brought the afs, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, 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, faying, Hofanna to the Son of David: Bleffed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord, Hofanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerufalem, all the city was moved, faying, 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 of the money-changers, and the feats of them that fold doves; and faid unto them, It is written, My houfe fhall be called the houfe of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

The Second Sunday in Advent.

The Collect.

Leffed Lord, who haft caufed all holy Scriptures to be


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 everlafting life, which thou haft given us in our Saviour Jefus Chrift. Amen.


On the COLLECT for the Second Sunday in Advent.

O ever-bleffed God, who haft given us to understand by thy holy apoftle St Paul, that all things which were written aforetime in the holy fcriptures, were written for our learning; (Rom. xv. 4.) grant that we may, with fuch diligence of application and piety of difpofition, read and obferve what is written therein, and treafure them up in our hearts in fuch 2 manner, that we may thereby receive patience and comfort capable of affording us the bleffed hope of everlasting life, (Rom. xv. 4) which thou haft been graciously pleafed to give us, on account of the merits of our bleffed 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 Jefus 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, Praise 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 fhall rife 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 Ghoit.


The Gospel. St Luke xxi. 25,

ND there fhall be figns in the fun, and in the moon, and in the ftars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the fea and the waves roaring; mens hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those 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 fpake to them a parable, Behold the fig-tree, and all the trees; when they now fhoot forth, ye fee and know of your own felves that fummer is now nigh at hand. So likewife ye, when ye fee these things come to pafs, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I fay un'o you, This generation fhall not pafs away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth fhall pafs away: but my words fhall not pafs away.


The third Sunday in Advent.

The Collect.

Lord Jefu Christ, who at thy first coming didft fend thy meffenger to prepare thy way before thee; Grant that the Minifters and ftewards of thy myfteries may likewife fo prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the difobedient to the wisdom of the juft; that at thy fecond coming to judge the world, we may be found an acceptable people in thy fight, who liveft and reignoft with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.


The Epiftle. I Cor. iv. 1.

ET a man fo account of us, as of the Minifters of Christ, and Stewards of the myfteries of God. Moreover, it is required in Stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing, that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own felt, 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 praise of God.


On the COLLECT for the Third Sunday in Advent.

O Lord Jefus Chrift, who at thy firft advent, when thou didst conde fcend to converfe with us mortals in the flesh, didft fend thy meffenger, John the baptift, as a harbinger to prepare thy way before thee, (Mar. xi. 10.) as it was foretold by thy prophet Malachi; (Chap. iii. 1.) we beleech thee fo to blefs the pious labours of the paftors of thy church, who are the minifters of Chrift and ftewards of the myfleries of God, (1 Car.. iv. 1.) that they, after the example of John the baptift, may prepare thy way before thee, by turning the hearts of the difobedient to the wifdom of the juft, (Luke i. 17.) that at thy fecond advent when thou shalt come to judge the world, (2 Tim. iv. 1.) we may prove acceptable in the fight of our God and Saviour (1 Tim. ii. 3.) who liveth and reigneth in equal gory with God the Father, and God the Holy Ghot, to all eternity. Amen,

O Lord,

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