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John Baptist, preach the gospel to every crea-jit shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they
16 He that believeth, and is shall recover. baptized shall be saved; but he 19 So then, after the Lord had that believeth not shall be damn-spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the
17 And these signs shall follow right hand of God. them that believe; In my name 20 And they went forth, and shall they cast out devils; they preached every where, the Lord shall speak with new tongues; working with them, and confirm18 They shall take up serpents; ing the word with signs following. and if they drink any deadly thing, Amen.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. LUKE.
while he executed the priest's Conception of St. John and Christ. office before God, in the order of ORASMUCH as many have his course,
taken in hand, to set forth in 9 According to the custom of order, a declaration of those the priest's office, his lot was to things which are most surely be-burn incense when he went into lieved among us, the temple of the Lord. 2 Even as they delivered them 10 And the whole multitude of unto us, which from the begin- the people were praying without, ning were eye-witnesses, and at the time of incense. ministers of the word;
11 And there appeared unto
3 It seemed good to me also, him an angel of the Lord, standhaving had perfect understanding ing on the right side of the altar of all things from the very first, to of incense. write unto thee, in order, most 12 And when Zacharias saw excellent Theophilus, him, he was troubled, and fear
4 That thou mightest know the fell upon him. certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy pray
HERE was in the days of er is heard; and thy wife Elisa-
a certain priest named Zacharias, thou shalt call his name John. of the course of Abia: and his 14 And thou shalt have joy and wife was of the daughters of gladness: and many shall rejoice Aaron, and her name was Elisa-at his birth.
15 For he shall be great in the 6 And they were both righte-sight of the Lord, and shall drink ous before God, walking in all neither wine nor strong drink; the commandments and ordinan- and he shall be filled with the ces of the Lord, blameless. Holy Ghost, even from his mo7 And they had no child, be-ther's womb.
cause that Elisabeth was barren, 16 And many of the children and they both were now well of Israel shall he turn to the Lord stricken in years. their God.
8 And it came to pass,
17 And he shall go before him
Christ. in the spirit and power of Elias, 28 And the angel came in unto to turn the hearts of the fathers her, and said, Hail, thou that art to the children, and the disobedi-highly favoured, the Lord is with ent to the wisdom of the just; to thee: blessed art thou among make ready a people prepared for women.
29 And when she saw him, she 18 ¶ And Zacharias said unto was troubled at his saying, and the angel, Whereby shall I know cast in her mind what manner of this? for I am an old man, and salutation this should be. my wife well stricken in years. 30 And the angel said unto her, 19 And the angel answering, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast said unto him, I am Gabriel, that found favour with God. stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
31 And, behold, thou__shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name
20 And, behold, thou shalt be JESUS. dumb, and not able to speak, un- 32 He shall be great, and shall til the day that these things shall be called the Son of the Highest : be performed, because thou be- and the Lord God shall give unto lievest not my words, which shall him the throne of his father Dabe fulfilled in their season. vid:
21 And the people waited for 33 And he shall reign over the Zacharias, and marvelled that he house of Jacob for ever; and of tarried so long in the temple. his kingdom there shall be no 22 And when he came out, he end.
could not speak unto them: and 34 Then said Mary unto the they perceived that he had seen aangel, How shall this be, seeing vision in the temple; for he beck-I know not a man?
oned unto them, and remained 35 And the angel answered, and speechless. said unto her, The Holy Ghost 23 And it came to pass, that, shall come upon thee, and the as soon as the days of his mini-power of the Highest shall overstration were accomplished, he shadow thee: therefore, also, departed to his own house. that holy thing which shall be 24 And after those days, his born of thee, shall be called the wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid Son of God. herself five months, saying,
36 And, behold, thy cousin 25 Thus hath the Lord dealt Elisabeth, she hath also conceiv with me, in the days wherein heled a son in her old age: and this looked on me, to take away my is the sixth month with her, who reproach among men. was called barren.
26 And in the sixth month, 37 For with God nothing shall the angel Gabriel was sent from be impossible. God unto a city of Galilee, named 38 And Mary said, Behold the Nazareth, handmaid of the Lord; be it unto 27 To a virgin espoused to a me according to thy word. And man whose name was Joseph, of the angel departed from her. the house of David; and the vir- 39 And Mary arose in those gin's name was Mary. idays, and went into the hill coun
The prophecy of Elisabeth. Chap. i. The circumcision of John.
try with haste; into a city of Ju- 54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy is he spake to our fathers, 55 As
40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
to Abraham, and to his seed for
41 And it came to pass, that, ever. when Elisabeth heard the saluta- 56 And Mary abode with her on of Mary, the babe leaped in about three months, and returnher womb; and Elisabeth wasled to her own house.
filled with the Holy Ghost:
should come to me?
57 ¶ Now Elisabeth's full time
42 And she spake out with a came, that she should be deliverloud voice, and said, Blessed arted; and she brought forth a son. thou among women, and blessed 58 And her neighbours and her is the fruit of thy womb. cousins heard how the Lord had 43 And whence is this to me, shewed great mercy upon her; that the mother of my Lord and they rejoiced with her. 59 And it came to pass, that, on 44 For, lo, as soon as the voice the eighth day, they came to cir of thy salutation sounded in mine cumcise the child; and they callears, the babe leaped in my wombed him Zacharias, after the name for joy. of his father. 45 And blessed is she that be- 60 And his mother answered, lieved: for there shall be a per- and said, Not so; but he shall be formance of those things which called John. were told her from the Lord. 46 ¶ And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him
48 For he hath regarded the called. low estate of his handmaiden: 63 And he asked for a writingfor, behold, from henceforth all table, and wrote, saying, His generations shall call me blessed. name is John. And they mar49 For he that is mighty hath velled all. done to me great things; and holy 64 And his mouth was opened is his name. immediately, and his tongue loos50 And his mercy is on themed, and he spake, and praised that fear him from generation to God. generation.
65 And fear came on all that 51 He hath shewed strength dwelt round about them and all. with his arm; he hath scattered these sayings were noised abroad the proud in the imagination of throughout all the hill-country of their hearts. Judea.
52 He hath put down the migh- 66 And all they that had heard ty from their seats, and exalted them, laid them up in their hearts,. them of low degree. saying, What manner of child 53 He hath filled the hungry shall this be! And the hand of with good things; and the rich the Lord was with him. he hath sent empty away. 67 T And his father Zacharias L
Christ is born.
was filled with the Holy Ghost, decree from Cesar Augustus, that and prophesied, saying, all the world should be taxed. 68 Blessed be the Lord God of 2 (And this taxing was first Israel; for he hath visited and re-made when Cyrenius was govern-` deemed his people,
or of Syria.)
69 And hath raised up an horn 3 And all went to be taxed, of salvation for us, in the house every one into his own city. of his servant David; 4 And Joseph also went up
70 As he spake by the mouth from Galilee, out of the city of of his holy prophets, which have Nazareth, into Judea, unto the been since the world began : city of David, which is called 71 That we should be saved Beth-lehem, (because he was of from our enemies, and from the the house and lineage of David,) hand of all that hate us; 5 To be taxed with Mary his
72 To perform the mercy pro- espoused wife, being great with mised to our fathers, and to re-child. member his holy covenant;
6 And so it was, that, while
73 The oath which he sware to they were there, the days were our father Abraham, accomplished that she should be
74 That he would grant unto delivered. us, that we, being delivered out 7 And she brought forth her of the hand of our enemies, might first-born son, and wrapped him serve him without fear, in swaddling-clothes, and laid him 75 In holiness and righteous-in a manger; because there was ness before him, all the days of no room for them in the inn. our life. 8 And there were in the same 76 And thou, child, shalt be country shepherds abiding in the called The Prophet of the Highest: field, keeping watch over their for thou shalt go before the face flock by night.
of the Lord, to prepare his ways; 9 And, lo, the angel of the 77 To give knowledge of salva- Lord came upon them, and the tion unto his people, by the re-glory of the Lord shone round mission of their sins, about them: and they were sore
78 Through the tender mercy afraid. of our God; whereby the day- 10 And the angel said unto spring from on high hath visited them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great 79 To give light to them that sit joy, which shall be to all people. in darkness and in the shadow of 11 For unto you is born this death, to guide our feet into the day, in the city of David, a Saway of peace. viour, which is Christ the Lord. 80 And the child grew, and 12 And this shall be a sign unto waxed strong in spirit, and was you; Ye shall find the babe wrapin the deserts till the day of his ped in swaddling-clothes, lying shewing unto Israel.
in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was The Roman empire taxed. with the angel a multitude of the ND it came to pass in those heavenly host praising God, and
A days, that there went out a saying,
Simeon and Anna's
Chap. ii. prophecy of Christ.
14 Glory to God in the highest, 25 And, behold, there was a ¶ and on earth peace, good-will to-man in Jerusalem, whose name wards men. was Simeon; and the same man
15 ¶ And it came to pass as the was just and devout, waiting for angels were gone away from them the Consolation of Israel: and the into heaven, the shepherds said Holy Ghost was upon him. one to another, Let us now go 26 And it was revealed unto even unto Beth-lehem, and see him by the Holy Ghost, that he this thing which is come to pass, should not see death, before he which the Lord hath made known had seen the Lord's Christ.
27 And he came by the Spirit
16 And they came with haste, into the temple: and when the and found Mary, and Joseph, and parents brought in the child Jethe babe lying in a manger. sus, to do for him after the cus17 And, when they had seen tom of the law,
it, they made known abroad the 28 Then took he him up in his saying which was told them con-arms, and blessed God, and said, cerning this child. 29 Lord, now lettest thou thy 18 And all they that heard it, servant depart in peace, according wondered at those things which to thy word:
were told them by the shepherds. 30 For mine eyes have seen thy 19 But Mary kept all these salvation, things, and pondered them in her heart.
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
20 And the shepherds return- 32 A light to lighten the Gened, glorifying and praising God tiles, and the glory of thy people for all the things that they had Israel.
heard and seen, as it was told un- 33 And Joseph and his mother to them. marvelled at those things which
21 ¶ And when eight days were were spoken of him. accomplished for the circumcis- 34 And Simeon blessed them, ing of the child, his name was and said unto Mary his mother, called JESUS, which was so Behold, this child is set for the named of the angel before he was fall and rising again of many in conceived in the womb. Israel; and for a sign which shall
22 ¶ And when the days of her be spoken against; purification, according to the law 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce of Moses, were accomplished, through thy own soul also ;) that they brought him to Jerusalem, the thoughts of many hearts may to present him to the Lord; be revealed.
23 (As it is written in the law 36 TAnd there was one Anna, a of the Lord, Every male that prophetess, the daughter of Phaopeneth the womb shall be called nuel, of the tribe of Aser; she holy to the Lord,). was of a great age, and had lived 24 And to offer a sacrifice, ac- with her husband seven years cording to that which is said in from her virginity;
the law of the Lord, A pair of 37 And she was a widow of turtle-doves, or two young pige-about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the tem