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rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of man.

Help Thy servants to faithfully preach His holy Gospel this day, that they may produce in the hearts of men, a longing to worship and honor the Christ. Raise up many more young men, to preach the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ. May all godly mothers and fathers consecrate their children to Thee, and train them for Thy service, for His dear Name's sake. Amen.



18. Now 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.

19. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

20. 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.

21. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23. 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.

24. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25. And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son and he called his name JESUS.


PRAYER FOR FOURTH MONDAY IN ADVENT Our blessed Lord, we do thank Thee for the morning message, that the Saviour prophesied was born, and the prophecy fulfilled. The world has waited long for the fulfillment of the promise, that a virgin should conceive and bear a Son. Incredible as it seemed to men, yet nothing is impossible with God. Thy Word has been fulfilled and Jesus was born as the prophets

said. May we receive Him as the Son of God, and by our believing, be eternally saved. Blessed Lord, may the glorious tidings of a Saviour born for the whole world, be speedily carried to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. Rejoicing in the light we have, may we do what we can to send it to others. Raise up from our sons and daughters missionaries and ministers to preach His blessed Gospel and to carry it to the ends of the earth. May many say, like Isaiah of old, "Here am I, send me !"

If we cannot go, may we give of our means that others can go.

Come, blessed Jesus, and abide in our hearts and home, for Thy dear Name's sake. Amen.



39. And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;

40. And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.

41. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

42. And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

44. For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

45. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which 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.

48. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54. He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

55. As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.


PRAYER FOR FOURTH TUESDAY IN ADVENT Our Father in heaven, we thank Thee to-day for Thy great love, manifest in Jesus Christ our Saviour. "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him might not perish but have everlasting life." Thanks be unto Thee for that "whosoever." Thou didst not limit salvation to any nation, not even Thy chosen people. Thine "whosoever" rings around the world, and makes it possible for every man and woman in this world to be saved. May they hear and heed Thy blessed invitation. Oh, hasten the day when the prophecy shall be filled, that the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea, and Jesus Christ shall be acknowledged King of kings, and Lord of lords, for His dear Name's sake. Amen.



21. For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

22. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

23. But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

24. But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

25. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

27. But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

28. And base things of the world, and things which are

despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

29. That no flesh should glory in his presence.

30. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

31. That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.




Our kind and loving Father, we are moved by Thy great mercy and lovingkindness to give praise unto Thee. Thou hast spared our unprofitable lives until this present, for some good purpose. May we remember that all we have and are, are Thy gifts. Our very life, our souls, are from Thee, and to Thee we must account for their proper use. May we use them all for Thine honor and glory. May we begin and end all our days in Thee.

Fill our hearts with Thy love to-day. Be about us as a wall of fire to protect us against the evil one. Rule Thou in our lives and in our home. May the Word of God dwell in our hearts richly, and may it ever be our delight to do Thy will, for Thy dear Name's sake. Amen.



57. Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.

58. And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.

59. And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.

60. And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.

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 called.

63. And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.

64. And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.

65. And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judea.

66. And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.


PRAYER FOR FOURTH THURSDAY IN ADVENT We thank Thee, O our God, for the wonderful plan of salvation wrought out for all men, everywhere. We thank Thee for its marvelous simplicity, that by simply believing and obeying we may be saved. Give us all that saving faith. May it transform our lives and make us like our Divine Example. Abide with us in our home. Suffer us not for anything in this world to fall away from Thee. May we honor Thee in our souls and bodies, in our work and pleasures, in our thoughts and actions. May the spirit of kindness. pervade our hearts and lives. We pray for all men everywhere, that they may believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and find in Him salvation and peace. Comfort all the troubled and sorrowing ones, and bring us all to Thyself in peace, for Thy blessed Name's sake. Amen.



The Benedictus

67. And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,

68. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

69. And hath raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

70. As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

71. That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;

72. To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

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