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¶ The Epiphanie.
The Firste Lesson, Isa. lx. unto the ende.
At the Communion.
Cantate Domino. Psalm xcvi.
SYNG unto the Lorde a newe song : sing unto the Lorde all the whole
GOD, which by the leading of a starre diddest manifest thy onelye begotten
sonne to the Gentiles; Mercifully graunt, that we, which know thee now
by faith, may after this life have the fruicion of thy glorious Godhead;
through Christe our Lorde.
The Epistle. Ephes. iii.
FOR thys cause
I Paule am a priesoner of Jesus Christe for you heathen; yf ye have
heard of the ministracion of the grace of God, which is geven me to
you-ward. For by revelacyon shewed he the misterie unto me, as I wrote
afore in a few woordes, wherby when ye reade, ye maye understande my
knowledge in the misterye of Christe; which misterie in times passed
was not opened unto the sonnes of men, as it is nowe declared unto his
holy apostles and prophetes by the spirite: that the Gentiles should
be inheritors also, and of the same bodye, and partakers of his promise
in Christ, by the meanes of the Gospel, whereof I am made a minister,
accordyng to the gifte of the grace of god which is geven unto me after
the workyng of his power. Unto me the leaste of all saintes is this
grace geven, that I shoulde preache amonge the Gentiles the unsearcheable
riches of Christe, and to make all men see what the felowship of the
misterie is, whiche from the beginnyng of the worlde, hath bene hyd
in God whiche made al thinges through Jesus Christe: to thentente, that
nowe unto the rulers and powers in heavenly thinges, might be knowen,
by the congregacion the manifolde wisedome of God accordyng to the eternall
purpose which he wrought in Christ Jesu our lord: by whom wee have boldenesse
and entraunce with the confidence which is by the faith of him.
The Gospel. Matt. ii.
WHEN Jesus was borne in Bethleem a city of Jury [Jewry, i. e., Judea], in the tyme of Herode the kyng: Behold there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, salyng: where is he that is borne king of Jewes? For we have sene his starre in the East, and are come to worship him. When Herode the kyng had heard these thynges, he was troubled, and all the citie of Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered al the chief priestes and scribes of the people together, he demaunded of them, where Christe shoulde be borne. And they said unto him, At Bethleem in Jurie. For thus it is written by the prophete; And thou, Bethleem, in the land of Jury, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for oute of thee there shall come unto me the capitain that shal governe my people Israel. Then Herode (when he had prievely called the wise men) he inquired of them diligentlye what time the starre appeared, and he bad them go to Bethleem, and said go your waie thither, and serche diligentelye for the childe. And when ye have found him, bring me woord again, that I maie come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and loe, the starre whiche thei sawe in the Easte, wente beefore them, tyll it came and stoode over the place where the child was. When thei saw the starre thei were exceadyng glad, and wente into the house, and founde the child with Marie his mother, and fel downe flat and woorshipped him, and opened their treasures and offred unto hym gyftes: Golde, Frankinsence, and Mirre. And after they were warned of God in slepe, (that they shoulde not go again to Herode,) they returned into their owne countrey another waie.
The Firste Lesson, Esai. xlix. unto the ende.
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Usquequo, Domine? Psalm xiii.
long wilt thou forget me, O Lord, for ever? howe long wilt thou hide
thy face from me?
we beseche the mercyfullye to receive the praiers of thy people which
cal upon thee; and graunt that they maie both perceave and knowe what
thinges they ought to do, and also have grace and power faithfully to
fulfill the same [through Jesus Christ our lord]*.
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The Epistle. Rom. xii.
I BESECHE you
therfore brethren, by the mercyfulnesse of God, that ye make youre bodies
a quicke sacrifice, holy, and acceptable unto God, which is your resonable
servyng of god, and fashion not yourselfes like unto this world; but
be ye chaunged in your shape by the renuing of your minde, that ye maie
prove what thing that good, and acceptable, and perfect wil of god is.
For I saye (throughe the grace that unto me geven is) to everye man
amonge you, that no man stand hygh in his owne conceite, more than it
becommeth him to esteme of himself; but so judge of hymselfe, that he
be gentle and sobre, accordyng as God hath dealt to every man the measure
of faith: for as we have many membres in one body, and all membres have
not one office; so we being many, are one body in Christ, and every
man among ourselves, one anothers members.
The Gospel, Luke ii.
THE father and
mother of Jesus wente to Hierusalem after the custome of the feast day.
And when they had fulfilled the dayes; as they returned home, the child
Jesus abode stil in Jerusalem, and his father and mother knewe not of
it: but they supposyng hym to have beene in the cumpanye, came a dayes
joumey, and sought him among their kinsfolke and acquaintaunce. And
when they found him not, they went backe agayn to Jerusalem, and soughte
him. And it fortuned that after three dayes, they founde him in the
temple sitting in the middest of the doctours [=teachers,
rabbis], hearyng them, and posing
[questioning] them. And all that heard him were astonied
[astonished] at his understanding and answers.
¶ The second Sonday.
Dixit insipiens. Psalm xiiii.
THE foole hath
sayd in his heart : there is no god.
everlasting God, whiche doest governe all thynges in heaven and earthe:
mercifully heare the supplicacions of thy people, and graunt us thy
peace all the dayes of our life.
The Epistle. Rom. xii.
SEEYNG that we
have dyverse gyftes, according to the grace that is geven unto us; if
any man have ye gift of prophecy, let him have it, that it be agreeing
to the fayth. Let him that hath an office waite on his office. Let him
that teacheth, take hede to hys doctryne. Let hym that exhorteth, geve
attendaunce to hys exhortacion. If any man geve, let him do it with
singlenes. Let him that ruleth, doe it with diligence. If any man shew
mercy, let him doe it with cherefulnes. Let love be without dissimulacion.
Hate that which is evil, and cleave unto yt whiche is good. Be kynde
one to another with brotherly love. In geving honor goe one before another.
Be not slothful in the busines which ye have in hand. Be fervent in
the spirite. Apply yourselves to the time. Rejoyce in hope; bee pacient
in tribulacion. Continue in praier, distribute unto the necessitie of
the saintes. Be ready to harbour [=show
hospitality]. Blesse them which persecute you; blesse, I say,
and curse not. Be mery with them that are merie; wepe also with them
that wepe: be of like afleccion one towardes another. Bee not hie minded,
but make youreselves equall to them of the lower sorte.
The Gospel. John ii.
AND the third daye was there a mariage in Cana, a citie of Galyle, and the mother of Jesus was there. And Jesus was called (and hys disciples) unto the mariage. And when the wine fayled, the mother of Jesus sayde unto hym: they have no wine. Jesus said unto her, woman, what have I to do with the? mine houre is not yet come. his mother said unto the ministers; whatsoever he saieth unto you, do it. And there were standing there vi  waterpottes of stone, after the maner of the purifiyng of the Jewes, conteining ii or iii fyrkyns apeece. Jesus saide unto them: fil the waterpottes with water. And thei filled them up to the brimme. And he saide unto them: draw out now, and beare unto the Governour [=steward] of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler [=steward] of the feast had tasted the water that was turned into wine, and knew not whence it was, (but the ministers, which drewe the water, knewe) he called the bridegrome, and said unto him; Everie man at the beginning doth set forth good wine, and when men be dronke, then that whiche is woorse, but thou hast kepte the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galile, and shewed hys glorye, and his dysciples beleved on him.
¶ The thirde Soondaye [after the Epiphany]*.
Domine, quis habitabit? Psalm xv.
LORDE who shall
dwelle in thy tabernacle? who shall reste upon thy holye hyl?
everlastyng God, mercifullye looke upon oure infirmities, and in al
our daungiers and necessities, stretche foorth thy ryghte hande to helpe
and defende us; through Christ our Lorde.
* Added late 1500's
The Epistle. Roma. xii.
BE not wise in
your own opinions. Recompence to no man eivil for eivil. Provide aforehand
thinges honest, not only before God, but also in the syghte of al men.
If it be possible, (as much as is in you) live peaceablye with al men.
Dearely beloved, avenge not youreselves, but rather geve place unto
wrath. For it is written: Vengeaunce is myne; I will reward sayth the
lorde. Therfore, if thyne enemie hunger, fede him, yf he thirst, geve
hym drynke. For in so dooyng thou shalte heape coales of fyre on his
head. Be not overcome of eivill, but overcome eivill with goodnes.
The Gospell. Matt. viii.
WHEN he was come
downe from the mountaine, muche people folowed him. And beholde, there
came a Lepre and worshypped hym, saiyng, Maister, if thou wilte thou
canst make me cleane. And Jesus putte foorth his hande, and touched
hym, saying; I wil, bee thou cleane. And immediatelye hys Leprosye was
cleansed. And Jesus saide unto hym, [see thou]* tell no manne, but goe
and shew thyselfe to the priest, and offer the gift (that Moses commaunded
to bee offered) for a witnesse unto them.
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¶ The iiii Sonday[after the Epiphany]*.
Quare fremuerunt genies? Psalm ii.
WHY do the heathen
so furiously rage together : and why doe the people imagyn a vaine thing?
GOD, whiche knoweste
us to bee set in the middest of so many and great daungers, that for
mannes fraylnes we cannot alwayes stande uprightly; Graunt to us the
health of body and soule that al those thinges which we suffer for sinne,
by thy helpe we may wel passe and overcome; through Christ our lorde.
* Added late 1500's
The Epistle. Rom. xiii.
LET every soule
submit hymselfe unto the auctoritie of the higher powers; for there
is no power but of God. The powers that be are ordeined of God, whosoever
therefore resysteth power, resisteth the ordinaunce of God: But they
that resist, shall receive to themselves damnacion.
The Gospel. Matt. viii.
AND when he entred into a ship, his disciples folowed him. And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with waves, but he was aslepe. And his disciples came to him, and awoke hym, saying, Maister, save us, we perishe. And he sayeth unto them: Why are ye fearfull O ye of litle fayth? Then he arose, and rebuked the wynde and the sea, and there folowed a great calme. But the men mervailed, saying, What maner of man is this, that both wynde and sea obey him? And when he was come to the other syd into the countrey of the Gergesites [Gadarenes], there met hym ii possesse of devils, whiche came out of the graves, and were out of measure fierce, so that no man might go by that way. And beholde, they cryed out, saying, O Jesu, thou sonne of God, what have we to do with thee? Art thou come hither to torment us before the tyme? And there was a good way of from them a heerd of many Swine, feding. So the devils besought him, saying, I thou cast us out, suffre us to goe into the heerde of Swine. And he sayd unto them go your wayes. Then went they out and departed into the heerde of Swyne. And behold, the whole heerde of swyne was caryed hedlong into the sea, and perished in the waters. Then they that kept them, fled, and went theyr wayes into the citie, and tolde every thing, and what had happened unto the possessed of the devils. And behold, the whole citie came out to mete Jesus : and when they sawe him, they besought him that he would depart out of theyr coastes.
¶ The v. Sonday[after the Epiphany]*.
Exaudiat te Dominus. Psalm xx.
THE Lorde heare
thee in the daye of trouble : the name of the God of Jacob defende thee;
LORD, we beseche
thee to kepe thy Churche and housholde continually in thy true religion;
that they whiche do leane onlye upon hope of thy heavenly grace may
evermore bee defended by thy mightie power; through Christ our lorde.
* Added late 1500's
The Epistle. Coloss. iii.
PUT upon you as
the electe of God, tendre mercy, kyndnes humblenes of mynd, mekenes,
long-suffryng, forbearyng one another, and forgevynge one another, if
any man have a querel against another; as Christ forgave you, even so
do ye. Above all these thynges put on love, which is the bond of perfectnes.
And the peace of God rule in your heartes, to the whiche peace ye are
called in one bodye; And see that ye bee thankefull. Let the worde of
Christe dwell in you plenteously with all wisedome. Teache and exhorte
your owne selves in Psalmes, and Himnes, and spiritual songes, syngyng
with grace in your hartes to the lorde. And whatsoever ye doe, in woorde
or deede, doe all in the name of the lorde Jesu, gevyng thankes to God
the father by him.
The Gospel. Matt. xiii.
THE kyngdome of heaven is like unto a manne whiche sowed good sede in his felde: but while men slept, his enemy came, and sowed tares [=vetch, or weeds] amonge the wheat, and went his waye. But when the blade was sprong up, and had brought furth fruite, then appeared the tares also. So the servauntes of the housholder came, and said unto him: Sir, diddest not thou sowe good seede in thy felde? from whence then hath it tares? he sayde unto theim, the envyous man hath done this. The servauntes sayd unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and wede them up? But he saide, naye; leste whyle ye gather up the tares, ye plucke up also the wheat with them: lette bothe growe together until the harvest; and in tyme of harvest I will say to the reapers: gather ye fyrste the tares, and bynde them together in sheves to be brent: but gather the wheat into my barne.
The vi sonday (if there be so many) shall have the same [psalme,]* Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, that was upon the v.
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¶ The sonday called Septuagesima.
Dominus regit. Psalm xxiii.
THE Lorde is my
sheparde : therefore can I lacke nothyng.
O LORD, we beseche
thee favourably to heare the praiers of thy people; that we whiche are
justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy
goodnes, for the glory of thy name, through Jesu Christ our savior,
who liveth and reigneth, &c.
endings to this collect in different Books.
The Epistle. 1 Cor. ix.
PERCEYVE ye not,
how that they whiche runne in a course runne all, but one receiveth
the reward? So runne that ye may obtayne: Every man that proveth masteries,
abstayneth from all thinges. Arid they do it to obtain a crowne that
shall perishe, but we to obtayne an everlastyng crowne. I therefore
so runne not as at an uncertain thyng. So fight I, not as one that beateth
the ayre: but I tame my body, and bryng it into subjeccion, lest by
any meanes it come to pass, that when I have preached to other, I myselfe
should be a cast-away.
[1 Cor. 9:24-27]
The Gospell. Matt. xx.
THE kyngdome of
heaven is like unto a manne that is an housholder, whiche went out early
in the mornyng to hyre laborers into his vyneyarde. And when the agrement
was made with the laborers for a peny a day, he sent them into his vyneyarde.
And he went out about the third houre and sawe other standyng idle in
the marketplace, and sayd unto them: Go ye also into the vyneyarde,
and whatsoever is right I will geve you. And they went theyr way. Againe
he went out about the vi. and ix. houre, and did lykewise. And about
the xi. houre he went out, and founde other standyng idle, and sayd
unto them; why stande ye here all the day idle? They sayd unto hym ;
because no man hath hyred us. He sayeth unto them, Go ye also into the
vineyarde, and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receyve.
¶ The Sunday called Sexagesima.
Domini est terra. Psalm xxiv.
yearth is the lordes, and all that therin is : the compass of the worlde,
and they that dwell therin.
GOD, whiche seest that we put not our trust in any thyng that we do;
mercyfully graunt that by thy power we may be defended against al adversitie;
through Jesus Christ our Lorde.
The Epistle. 2 Cor. xi.
YE suffre fooles
gladly, seyng ye yourselves are wise. For ye suffre if a man bring you
into bondage: yf a man devoure: yf a man take: if a man exalte himselfe:
if a man smite you on the face. I speake as concernyng rebuke, as though
we had been weake in this behalfe. Howbeit, wherinsoever any man dare
be bolde (I speake folishly) I dare be bolde also. They are Hebrues,
even so am I. They are Israelytes, even so am I. They are the seede
of Abraham, even so am I. They are the ministers of Christ, (I speake
as a foole) I am more: In labours more aboundaunt: In stripes above
measure: In prison more plenteously: In death ofte: Of the Jewes five
tymes received I xl. stripes save one: Thrise was I beaten with roddes:
I was once stoned. I suffered thrise shipwracke. Night and day have
I been in the depe sea. In jorneying often; in parels [perils] of waters, in parels of
robbers; in jeopardyes of myne owne nacion; in jeopardyes among the
heathen; in parels in the citie; in parels in wyldernes; in parels in
the sea; in parels among false brethren; in labour and travayle; in
watchynges often; in hunger and thirst; in fastynges often; in colde
and in nakednes; besyde the thynges whiche outwardly happen unto me.
I am combred [=troubled] dayly, and do care
for al congregacions. Who is weake, and I am not weake? who is offended,
and I burne not? If I muste nedes boast, I wyl boast of the thynges
that concerne myne infirmities. The God and father of our lorde Jesus
Christ, whiche is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lye not.
[2 Cor. 11:19-31]
The Gospel. Luke viii.
WHEN muche people were gathered together, and were come to hym out of all cities, he spake by a similitude [=parable]: The sower went out to sowe his seede: and as he sowed, some fell by the way-syde, and it was troden doune, and the foules of the ayre devoured it up. And some fell on stones, and as sone as it was sprong up, it withered awaye, because it lacked moystnes. And some fell among thornes, and the thornes sprang up with it and choked it. And some fell on good ground, and sprong up, and bare fruite an hundreth-folde. And as he sayd these thinges, he cryed; he that hath eares to heare, let him heare. And his disciples asked hym, saying, what maner of similitude is this? And he sayd; unto you it is geven to know the kyngdome of God, but to other by parables; that when they see, they should not see, and when they heare they should not understande. The parable is this: The seede is the worde of God: those that are beside the way, are they that heare: then commeth the devil and taketh the worde out of their hartes, leste they should beleve, and be saved. They on the stones, are they whiche when they heare, receive the woorde with joye; and these have no rotes [roots], whiche for a while beleve, and in tyme of temptacion go away. And that whiche fell among thornes, are they whiche when they have heard, go furth, and are choked with cares, and riches, and voluptuous lyving, and bryng furth no fruite. That whiche fell in the good grounde, are they whiche with a pure and good heart, heare the woorde and kepe it, and bryng furth fruite through pacience.
¶ The Sonday called Quinquagesima.
Judica me Domine. Psalm xxvi.
BE thou my judge,
O lorde, for I have walked innocently : my trust hath been also in the
lorde, therfore shal I not fal.
O LORDE whiche
doeste teache us that all our doynges withoute charitie are nothyng
woorthe; sende thy holy ghost, and powre into our heartes that most
excellent gyft of charitie, the very bond of peace and al vertues, without
the whiche whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee: Graunte this
for thy onlye sonne, Jesus Christes sake.
The Epistle. 1 Cor. xiii.
THOUGH I speake
with the tongues of men and of angels, and have no love, I am even as
sounding brasse, or as a tynklyng Cimbal. And thoughe I could prophecy,
and understande all secretes, and all knowlege; yea, if I have al faith,
so that I coulde move mountaines out of their places, and yet have no
love, I am nothyng. And thoughe I bestowe all my goodes to fede the
poore, and thoughe I gave my bodye even that I burned, and yet have
no love, it profyteth me nothyng. Love suffreth longe, and is curteous;
love envieth not; love dothe not frowardely, swelleth not, dealeth not
dishonestly, seketh not her owne, is not provoked to anger, thynkethe
none evyll, rejoyseth not in iniquitie. But rejoyseth in the trueth,
suffreth all thynges, beleveth all thynges, hopeth all thynges, endureth
[1 Cor. 13:1-13]
The Gospell. Luke xviii.
JESUS toke unto him the xii, and sayd unto them: beholde, we go up to Jerusalem, and all shalbe fulfylled that are written by the Prophetes, of the sonne of man. For he shalbe delivered unto the gentyles, and shalbe mocked and despitefully intreated, and spitted on. And when they have scourged him, they will. put hym to death, and the third day he shall ryse again. And they understode none of these thinges. And this saying was hyd from them, so that they perceyved not the thynges whiche were spoken. And it came to passe, that as he was come nigh unto Hierico [Jericho], a certain blind man sate by the hyewayside beggyng. And when he heard the people passe by, he asked what it meant. And they sayd unto him, that Jesus of Nazareth passed by. And he cried, saying: Jesu thou sonne of David have mercy on me. And they whiche went before rebuked hym, that he shoulde hold his peace. But he cryed so muche the more, thou sonne of David have mercy on me. And Jesus stoode styll, and commaunded him to he brought unto hym. And when he was come nere, he asked hym, saying, what wilt thou that I do unto the and he sayd, Lord, that I may receyve my sight. And Jesus sayd unto him, receive thy syght, thy faith hath saved thee. And immediatly, he receyved his syght, and folowed hym, praysing God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
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