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of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them : and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
Christmas Day, December 25.
PSALM LXXII. 1–19.
and Thy righteousness unto the King's Son. He shall judge Thy people with righteousness, and Thy poor with judgment. The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. He shall judge the poor of the people, He shall save the chil. dren of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear Thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. He shall come down like rain upon mown grass : as showers that water the earth. In His days shall the righteous flourish ; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before Him; and His enemies shall lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents : the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before Him : all nations shall serve Him. For He shall deliver the needy when he crieth ; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare
poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence : and pre
cious shall their blood be in His sight. And He shall live, and to Him shall be given of the gold of Sheba : prayer also shall be made for Him continually: and daily shall He be praised. There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains ; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon : and they of the city sball flourish like grass of the earth. His name shall endure for ever: His name shall be continued as long as the sun : and men shall be blessed in Him : all nations shall call Him blessed. Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.
And blessed be His glorious name for ever : and let the whole earth be filled with His glory ; Amen, and Amen.
St. Stephen's Day-December 26.
St. MARK XIII. 3-13.
against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, Tell us, when shall these things be ? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled ? And Jesus answering them, began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you : for many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled : for such things must needs be ; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom ; and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles : these are the beginnings of sorrows. But take heed to yourselves : for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among
all nations. But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate ; but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake : but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
St. John the Evangelist's Day-December 27.
REVELATION XXII. 6—12. A
ND he said unto me, These sayings are the holy prophets sent His angel to show
unto His servants the things which must shortly be done.
Behold, I come quickly ; blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things. Then said he, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book : worship God. And he said unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book : for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still : and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
And, behold, I come quickly ; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
The Innocents' Day-December 28.
ST. MATTHEW XVIII. I-10. T time kingdom of heaven?
And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the