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ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy hrone, O God,is for ever and evera sceptre of righteusness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved ighteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even hy God hath anointed thee with the oylof gladness a sove thy fellows. And, Thou Lord, in the beginning haft aid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are he works of thine hands. They shall perish, but thou emainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; ind as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall je changed; but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
The Gospel. S. John 1.1. IN N the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God,and the Word was God. The same was in he beginning with God. All things were made by him, ind without him was not any thing made that was made. n him was life, and the life was the light of men. And he light shinech in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, vhose name was Jolin. The same came for a witness,to hear witness of the light, that all nien through him night believe. He was not that light, but was sent to year witness of that light. That was the true light, vhich lighteth every man that cometh into the world. Je was in the world, and the world was made by him, ind the world knew him not. He came unto his own, ind his own received him not. But as many as received him to them gave he power to become the fons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,nor )fthe will of man, but of God. And the word was made lesh,and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the zlory.as of the only begotten of the Father)full of grace ind truth.
S. Stephens day.
ItedEastly look up to heaven, and by faith behold the glory hat shall be revealed; and being filled with the holy Ghost, may learn to love and bless our persecuters,by the xample of thy first Martyr Saint Stephen, who prayed or his murderers to thee, O blessed Jesus, who standest at the right hand of God to fuccour all those that suffer or thee, our only Mediatour and Advocate. Amen.
Then seall follow the Collect of the Nativity,which shall be said continually unto New-years Ive.
For the Epistle. Acts 7.55. Si
Tephen being full of the holy Ghost, looked up
itedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cryed out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, and cast him out of the city, and stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young mans feet whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen calling upon God,and saying, Lord Jesus receive my spirit. And he kneeled down and cryed with a loud voice, Lord,lay not this fin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 23.34. BEhold, I send unto you prophets, and wife men and
fcribes; and some of them ye shall kill and crucifie; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues and persecute them from city to city;that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel, unto the blood of Zacharias, son of Barachias,whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, all these things shall come upon this generation. Ó Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
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