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Collects, Epistles, and Gospels
for Christmastide.

The Holy Innocents. [December 28.]

Missal Propers

The Collect.

O ALMIGHTY God, who out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast ordained strength, and madest infants to glorify thee by their deaths; Mortify and kill all vices in us, and so strengthen us by thy grace, that by the innocency of our lives, and constancy of our faith even unto death, we may glorify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle. Revelation xiv. 1.

I LOOKED, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: and they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four living creatures, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

The Gospel. St. Matthew ii. 13.

THE angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: and was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

¶ If there be any more days before the Sunday following Christmas Day. the first Epistle and Gospel for Christmas Day shall serve for them.

Hymn Suggestions

Dost thou in a manger lie - Dies est Laetitiae 29
Dost thou in a manger lie - Mauburn 29
Unto us a boy is born - Puer Nobis Nascitur 34
When Christ was born in Bethlehem - Holy Innocents 112
Christ the fair glory - Caelites Plaudant 123
Christ the fair glory - Caelitum Joseph 123
How bright these glorious spirits shine - Ballerma 127
The eternal gifts of Christ- Aeterna Christi munera 132
The eternal gifts of Christ - Guidetti 132
Let all mortal flesh keep silence - Picardy 197
O saving Victim, opening wide - Martyr Dei 209
O saving Victim, opening wide - St. Vincent 209
God moves in a mysterious way - London New 310
Fairest Lord Jesus - Fairest Lord Jesus 346
Fairest Lord Jesus - St. Elizabeth 346
Blest are the pure in heart - Franconia 418
Ye holy angels bright - Darwall 600