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Proper Psalmes and lessons on Christmas day.
¶ At Mattins.
Psalms xix. xlv. lxxxv.
First Lesson, Isa. ix. Unto the ende.
¶ At the First Communion.
Cantate Domino. Psalm xcviii.
SING unto the Lorde a newe song: for he hath done maruaylous thinges.
whiche makest us glad with the yerely remembraunce of the birth of thy
onely sonne Jesus Christ; graunt that as we joyfully receiue him for
our redemer, so we may with sure confidence beholde hym, when he shall
come to be our judge, who liveth and reigneth &c.
|Note: Lessons for the first communion of Christmas Day are found only in the 1549 book.|
The Epistle. Tit. ii.
THE grace of god
that bringeth saluacion unto all men, hath appeared, and teacheth us
that we should denye ungodlines and worldly lustes, and that we shoulde
live soberlye, and ryghteously, and godlye in this present world, looking
for that blessed hope, and appering of the glory of the great god and
of our sauiour Jesu Christ, which gaue himselfe for us, to redeme us
from all unrighteousnes and to purge us a peculiar people unto himselfe,
feruently geven unto good woorkes. These thynges speake, and exhorte,
and rebuke with all feruentnes of commaundyng. See that no man despise
The Gospel. Luke ii.
AND it chaunsed in those dayes, that there wente out a cornmaundemente from Augustus the Emperour, that all the worlde shoulde be taxed. And this taxing was the firste, and executed when Syrenius was lieutenaunt in Siria. And euery man wente unto hys owne citie to bee taxed. And Joseph also ascended from Galile, out of a citie called Nazareth into Jury [Jewry, Judah], unto the citie of Dauid, which is called Bethleem; because he was of the house and linage of Dauid, to be taxed wyth Mari his spoused wyfe, which was with childe. And it fortuned that while they were there, her tyme was come that she shoulde be deliuered. And she brought furth her first begotten sonne, and wrapped hym in swadlyng clothes and layde hym in a Maungier, because there was no roume for them in the Inne. And there were in the same region shepeherdes watchyng and kepyng theyr flocke by ngyht. And loe, the Angel of the Lorde stoode harde by them, and the bryghtenesse of the Lorde shone rounde about them, and they were sore aifrayd. And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid, for behold, I bring you tidinges of great ioy, that shal come to al people: for unto you is borne this daie in the citie of Dauid a sauiour, which is Christ the lorde. And take this for a signe: ye shall fynde the childe wrapped in swadlyng clothes, and layde in a maungier. And strayghtwaye there was with the angel a multitude of heauenly souldiers, praisyng God, and saying: Glory to God on hye, and peace on the yearth, and unto men a good wyll.
¶ At the Seconde Communion.
Domine, Dornenus nosier. Ps. viii.
O LORDE oure gouernour,
how excellente is thy name in al the worlde : thou that hast sette thy
glorye aboue the heauens?
whiche haste geuen us thy onlye begotten sonne to take our nature upon
hym, and this daye to bee borne of a pure Vyrgyn; Graunte that we beyng
regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, maye dailye
be renued by thy holy spirite, through the same our Lorde Jesus Christe
who lyueth and reygneth &c.
Note: in books after 1549, these are the only lessons given for Christmas Day.
The Epistle Heb. i.
GOD in tymes paste
dyuerselye and manye waies spake unto the fathers by Prophetes: but
in these laste dayes, he hathe spoken to us by his owne sonne, whome
he hath made heyre of all thynges, by whome also he made the worlde.
Whiche (sonne) beeing the brightenesse of his glorye, and the very image
of his substaunce, rulying al thynges wyth the woorde of his power,
hath by his owne person pourged our synnes, and sytteth on the righte
hande of the Majestye on hygh: being so much more excellent then the
Angels, as he hath by inheritaunce obtained a more excellent name then
they. For unto which of the Angels said he at anye tyme? Thou arte my
sonne, this daye haue I begotten thee. And agayne, I wilbe his father,
and he shall bee my sonne. And agayne, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten
sonne into the worlde, he sayth: and let all the Angels of God wurship
him. And unto the Angels he sayeth, He maketh his Angels spirites, and
his ministers a flame of fyer. But unto the sonne he sayeth, thy seate
(O God) shalbe for euer and euer. The scepter of thy kingdome is a ryghte
scepter. Thou haste loued righteousnes and hated iniquitie; wherfore
God, euen thy God, hath anointed thee with oyle of gladnes aboue thy
felowes. And thou lorde in the beginning hast layde the foundacion of
the yearth; and the heauens are the woorkes of thy handes. They shall
perish, but thou endurest. But they al shal waxe old as doeth a garment,
and as a vesture shalt thou chaunge them, and they shalbe chaungecl.
But thou art even the same, and thy yeares shall not fayle.
[Hebrews 1: 1-12]
The Gospel. John i.
IN the begynnyng
was the woorde, and the woorde was with God: and God was the worde.
The same was in the beginning with God. All thinges were made by it,
and without it, was made nothyng that was made. In it was life, and
the lyfe was the light of men, and the light shineth in darkenes, and
the darkenes comprehended it not. There was sente from God a manne,
whose name was John. The same came as a witnes to beare witnes of the
light, that al men through him might beleue. He was not that light,
but was sent to beare witnes of the light. That light was the true lyghte,
whiche lighteth euerye man that cometh into the worlde. He was in the
world, and the world was made by him; and the worlde knew him not. He
came among his owne, and his owne receiued him not: But as many as receiued
him, to them gaue he power to be the sonnes of god; even them that beleued
on his name, whiche were borne, not of bloud, nor of the will of the
fleshe, nor yet of the will of man; but of God. And the same worde became
fleshe, and dwelt among us; and we sawe the glory of it, as the glory
of the onely begotten sonne of the father, full of grace and trueth.
¶ Proper Psalmes and lessons at Euensong.
Psal. lxxxix. cx. cxxxii.
The First Lesson, Esa. vii. "God
spake once agayne to Achas," &c. unto the ende
¶ At Matins.
The Seconde Lesson, Acts vi. vii. "Stephin full of fayth and power," (unto) "And when xl yeres."
At the Communion.
Quid gloriaris in malicia? Ps. lii.
hoastest thou thyself, thou tyraunt: that thou canst do mischiefe.
GRAUNTE us, O Lorde, to learne to loue oure enemies, by the example of thy marter saincte Stephin, who prayed to thee for hys persecutors; whiche liuest and reignest, &c.
Then shall folowe a Collect of the Nativitie [which shalbe sayd
continually unto newe years daye]*.
added in 1552
The Epistle. Acts vii.
AND Stephin, beyng
ful of the holy goste, loked up stedfastly with his iyes into heauen,
and sawe the glorye of God, and Jesus standyng on the ryght hande of
God, and said: behold, I se the heauens open, and the sonne of man standyng
on the ryght hande of God. Then they gaue a shoute with a loude voice,
and stopped their eares, and ran upon him al at once, and caste him
out of the citie, and stoned him. And the witnesses laide down their
clothes at a young mannes fete, whose name was Saul. And thei stoned
Stephin, calling on and saiyng; Lorde Jesus, receyve my spirite. And
he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sinne
to theyr charge. And when he had thus spoken, he fell aslepe.
The Gospell. Matt. xxiii.
BEHOLD, I send
unto you prophetes, and wise men, and Scribes, and some of them ye shall
kyll and crucifye; and some of them shall ye scourge in youre Sinagoges,
and persecute them from citie to citie: that upon you maye come all
the righteous bloude whiche hath bene shed upon the yearth, from the
bloude of righteous Abel unto the bloud of Zacharias the sonne of Barachias,
whome ye slewe betwene the temple and the altare. Verelye I saye unto
you, All these thynges shall come upon this generacion. O Jerusalem,
Jerusalem, thou that killeste the prophetes and stonest them whiche
are sent unto thee; how often would I haue gathered thy children together,
euen as the henne gathereth her chickens under her wynges, and ye would
not? Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you,
Ye shall not se me henceforth, tyll that ye say: Blessed is he that
commeth in the name of the Lord.
The Seconde lesson at Euensong.
Acts vii. ¶ " And when forty years were expired, there appeared unto Moses," unto "Stephin full of the holy ghost," &c.
[Acts 7:30-60]; 1549 only
¶ The Seconde Lesson, Apoc. i. unto the ende.]*
At the Communion.
In Domino contido. Psalm xi.
the Lord put I my trust : how say ye then to my soule, that she shoulde
flye as a bird to the hyll?
Lorde, we beseche thee to caste thy bryght beames of lyght upon thy
Churche: that it beeyng lyghtened by the doctryne of thy blessed Apostle
and Euangelyste John may attayne to thy euerlastyng gyftes; Through
Jesus Christe our Lorde.
* 1549 only.
The Epistle. 1 John i.
THAT whiche was
from the begynnyng, whiche we haue hearde, whiche we haue seen wyth
our iyes, whiche we haue looked upon, and oure handes haue handeled
of the woorde of lyfe. And the lyfe appeared, and we haue seen and beare
witnes, and shewe unto you that eternall lyfe, whiche was with the father,
and appered unto us. That whiche we haue seen and heard, declare we
unto you, that ye also may haue felowshyp with us, and that oure felowshyp
may be with the father and his sonne Jesus Christe. And this wryte we
unto you, that ye maye rejoyce, and that youre joy maye bee full. And
this is the tydynges whiche we haue heard of him, and declare unto you,
that God is lyght, and in him is no darkenesse at all. If we saye that
we haue felowshyppe with hym, and walke in darkenes, we lye, and do
not saye the trueth. But and yf we walke in lyght, euen as he is in
light, then haue we felowship with him, and the bloud of Jesus Christe
hys sonne clenseth us from all synne. If we saye we haue no synne, we
deceyue ourselues, and the trueth is not in us. If we knowlege our synnes,
he is faythfull and just to forgeue us our synnes, and to clense us
from all unrighteousnes. If we saye we haue not synned, we make him
a lyer, and his woorde is not in us.
[1 John 1:1-10]
The Gospell. John xxi.
JESUS sayed unto Peter, folowe thou me. Peter turned about, and sawe the disciple whome Jesus loued folowyng (whiche also leaned on his breast at Supper, and sayed: Lorde, whiche is he that betraieth the) when Peter therfore sawe hym, he sayed to Jesus: Lord what shall he here do? Jesus sayed unto him; yf I wyll haue him to tarye tyll I come, what is that to the? Folowe thou me. Then went this saying abroade amonge the brethren, that that disciple should not dye. Yet Jesus sayde not to hym, he shall not dye; but if I wyll that he tarye tyll I come, what is that to thee. The same disciple is he whiche testifyeth of these thynges, and wrote these thinges, and we know that his testimony is true. There are also many other thynges whiche Jesus dyd, the whiche yf they should be wrytten euery one, I suppose the worlde coulde not conteyne the bookes that should be wrytten.
¶ The Seconde Lesson, Apoc. xxii. unto the ende.]*
|* 1549 only|
¶ The fyrste Lesson, Hiere. xxxi. unto, "Moreouer I heard Effraim."
Deus, venerunt genies. Psalm lxxix.
O GOD, the Heathen
are come into thyne inheritaunce : thy holy temple haue they defyled,
and made Jerusalem an heape of stones.
whose prayse this daye the yong innocentes thy witnesses hath confessed
and shewed forth, not in speakyng but in dying; Mortifye and kyll all
vyces in us, that in oure conuersacion [=behavior]
oure lyfe maye expresse thy fayth, whiche with oure tongues we doe confesse;
through Jesus Christe oure Lord.
The Epistle. Apoc. xiv.
I LOOKED, and
loe, a lambe stode on the mounte Sion, and with hym an hundred and xliiii
thousande, hauyng his name and his fathers name written in their forheades.
And I heard a voice from heauen, as the sounde of many waters, and as
the voice of a great thundre. And I heard the voice of harpers harping
with their harpes. And thei song [sang]
as it were a new song before the seate, and before the iiii beastes,
and the elders, and no man coulde learne the song, but the cxliiii thousande,
whiche were redemed from the earth. These are they whiche were not defyled
wyth weomen, for they are virgins. These folowe the lambe whethersoeuer
he goeth. These were redemed from men, being the firste fruites unto
God, and to the lambe, and in their mouthes was found no guile; for
they are without spot before the throne of God.
The Gospel. Matt. ii.
THE Angel of the lorde appeared to Joseph in a slepe, saying: aryse, and take the childe, and his mother, and flye into Egipt, and be thou there til I bring thee worde. For it wil come to passe, that Herode shall seke the childe to destroy him. So when be awoke, he tooke the chylde and his mother by night, and departed into Egipte, and was there unto the death of Herode: that it myghte be fulfilled whiche was spoken of the lorde by the prophete, saying: out of Egipt haue I called my sonne. Then Herode, when he sawe that he was mocked of the wise men, he was exceding wroth, and sent furthe men of warre and slewe all the chyldren that were in Bethleem, and in all the coastes, (as many as were ii yere olde and under,) according to the time whiche he had diligently knowen out of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that whiche was spoken by the prophete Jeremie, where as he sayde: In Rama was there a voyce hearde, lamentacyon, weepyng, and great mourning, Rachel weepyng for her chyldren, and woulde not be conforted, because they were not.
Levavi oculos. Psalm cxxi.
I WIL lift up
mine iyes unto the hilles: from whence cummeth my helpe.
which hast geven us, &c. as upon Christmas-day.
printed at length in 1559
The Epistle. Gal. iv.
AND I saye, that
the heyre (as long as he is a child) differeth not from a seruaunt,
though he be lorde of all, but is under tutors and gouernours, until
the time that the father hath appoynted. Euen so wee also, when wee
were chyldren, were in bondage under the ordinaunces of the worlde:
But when the tyme was full come, God sente hys sonne, made of a woman,
and made bonde unto the lawe, to redeme them which were bonde unto the
lawe: that wee throughe eleccion myghte receyue the inheritaunce that
belongeth unto the naturall sonnes. Because ye are sonnes, God hathe
sente the spyryte of hys sonne into our hartes, which crieth Abba father.
Wherfore nowe, thou art not a seruaunt, but a sonne: If thou bee a sonne,
thou arte also an heyre of God throughe Christe.
The Gospel. Matt. i.
is the booke of the generacyon of Jesus Christe, the sonne of Dauid,
the sonne of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac; Isaac begat Jacob; Jacob
begat Judas and his brethren; Judas begat Phares [Perez]
of Thamar; Phares begat Esrom [Hezron];
Esrom begat Aram; Aram begat Aminadab; Aminadab begat Naasson; Naasson
begat Salmon; Salmon begat Boos [Boaz]
of Rahab; Boos begat Obed of Ruth; Obed begat Jesse; Jesse begat Dauid
the kyng; Dauid the king begat Salomon of her that was the wife of Urye
Salomon begat Roboam [Rehoboam];
Roboam begat Abia
[Abijah]; Abia begat Asa [Asaph];
Asa begat Josaphat [Jehoshophat];
Josaphat begat Joram; Joram begat Osias [Uzziah];
Osias begat Joathan; Joathan begat Achas [Ahaz];
Achas begat Ezechias [Hezekiah];
Ezechias begat Manasses; Manasses begat Amon [Amos];
Amon begat Josias; Josias begat Jeconias and his brethren, about the
time that they were caried awaye to Babilon. And after they were brought
to Babilon, Jeconias begat Salathiell; Salathiell begat Zorobabel [Zerubbabel];
Zorobabel begat Abiud; Abiud begat Eliachim; Eliachim begat Azor; Azor
begat Sadoc [Zadoc];
Sadoc begat Achyn; Achyn begat Eliud; Eliud begat Eliazar; Eliazar begat
Matthan; Matthan begat Jacob; Jacob begat Joseph the husbande of Marie,
of whome was borne Jesus, euen be that is called Christe. And so all
the generacions from Abraham to Dauid are xiiii generacyons. And from
Dauid unto the captiuitie of Babilon are xiiii generacions. And from
the captiuitie of Babilon unto Christ, are xiiii generacions.
[Matthew 1:1-25]; first paragraph (vs. 1-17) omitted after 1561.
The Firste Lesson, Gen. xvii. unto
At the Communion.
Laetatus sum. Ps. cxxii.
WAS glad when they sayde unto me : We wil goe into the house of the
God, whiche madeste thy blessed sonne to be circumcised, and obedyente
to the law for man; Graunt us the true circumcision of thy spirite,
that our hertes, and al our membres, being mortifyed from al worldly
and carnal lustes, may in al thinges obey thy blessed wil; through the
same thy sonne Jesus Christ our Lorde.
* 1549 only
The Epistle. Rom. iv.
BLESSED is that
man to whom the lord will not impute sinne. Came this blessednes then
upon the uncircumcision, or upon the circumcision also? for we say that
faith was rekoned to Abraham for righteousnes. How was it then rekoned?
when he was in the circumcision, or when he was in the uncircumcision?
not in the time of circumcision; but when he was yet uncircumcised.
And he receiued the signe of circumcision, as a seale of the righteousnes
of fayth, whiche he had yet being uncircumcised; that he should be the
father of al them that belieue, though they be not circumcised, that
righteousnes might be imputed to them also: and that he mighte be the
father of circumcision, not unto them only which came of the circumcised,
but unto them also that walke in the steppes of the faythe that was
in our father Abraham, before the time of circumcision. For the promise
(that he shoulde be the heyre of the worlde) happened not to Abraham,
or to his seede, through the law, but through the righteousnes of faith.
For if they which are of the law be heyres, then is faith but vayne,
and the promise of none effect.
[Romans 4:8 -14]
The Gospel. Luc. ii.
AND it fortuned, as soone as the Angels were gone away from the shepeheardes into heauen, they sayd one to another; let us goe now enen unto Bethleem, and se this thing that we heare say is happened, whiche the lorde hath shewed unto us. And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe laid in a manger. And when they had sene it, they published abrode the saying which was tolde them of that childe. And al they that heard it wondered at those thinges, whiche were tolde them of the shepeheardes. But Mary kept all those sayinges, and pondered them in her hert. And the shepeherdes returned praisyng and laudyng God, for al the thynges that they had hearde and seene, euen as it was tolde unto them. And when the eyght day was come that the childe should be circumcised, his name was called JESUS, which was named of the Angel before he was conceiued in the wombe.
¶ At Euensong.
The First Lesson, Deut. x. "And now Israel," unto the ende.
[Deut. 10:12-22]; 1549 only
If there be a Sunday between the Epiphany and the Circumcision then shall be used the same Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, at the Communion, which was used upon the day of Circumcision.
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