Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ (2)

The Nativity of our Lord, or the Birthday of Christ, commonly called Christmas-day.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY  God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle   Hebrews i. 1.

GOD, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
   2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
   3Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
   4Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
   5For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
   6And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
   7And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
   8But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
   9Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
   10And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
   11They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
   12And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
The Gospel         St. John i. 1.

IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
   2The same was in the beginning with God.
   3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
   4In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
   5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
   6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
   7The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
   8He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
   9That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
   10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
   11He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
   12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
   13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
   14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.


Persis said...

Merry Christmas, Craig, to you and your family!

JT said...

I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas day. I enjoy reading your blog. God Bless you.