Collects, Epistles, and
The First Sunday after Christmas Day.
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.
NOW I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth
nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under
tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the
elements of the world: but when the fulness of the time was come,
God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive
the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent
forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son,
then an heir of God through Christ.
THE birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: and knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
O come, all ye faithful - Adeste Fideles
While shepherds watched their flocks - Winchester Old
While shepherds watched their flocks - Hampton
Now yield we thanks and praise - Was frog ich nach der Welt
Sion, the marvelous story be telling - Avison
Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming - Es ist em Ros
A great and mighty wonder - Rosa Mystica
It came upon the midnight clear - Carol
It came upon the midnight clear - Noel
Of the Father's love begotten - Divinum Mysterium
O little town of Bethlehem - Forest Green
O little town of Bethlehem - St. Louis
From heaven above to earth I come - Vom Himmel Hoch
Calm on the listening ear of night - St. Agnes
Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light - Ermuntre dich
Sing, O sing this blessed morn - England's Lane
Hark! the herald angels sing - Mendelssohn
Angels from the realms of glory - Regent Square
Dost thou in a manger lie - Dies est Laetitiae
Dost thou in a manger lie - Mauburn
The first Nowell - The First Nowell
Good Christian friends, rejoice - In Dulci Jubilo
All my heart this night rejoices - Ebeling
Silent night, holy night - Stille nacht
Silent night, holy night - the "original"
Unto us a boy is born - Puer Nobis Nascitur
He whom joyous shepherds praised - Quem Pastores
What child is this, who, laid to rest - Greensleeves
Gentle Mary laid her child - Weimar
Here betwixt ass and oxen mild - Gevaert
A babe lies in the cradle - Corner
God rest you merry gentlemen - God Rest You Merry
The snow lay on the ground - Venite Adoremus
Angels we have heard on high - Gloria
Away in a manger - Cradle Song
In the bleak mid-winter - Cranham
Joseph dearest. Joseph mine - Resonet In Laudibus
Joy to the world! - Antioch