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ness, that we may always ferve thee in pureness of living and truth, through the merits of the same thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. i St. John v. 4.
and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, bur he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the wite ness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God, which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God, hath the witness in himself: he that be. lieveth not God, hath made him a liar; because he be. lieveth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life: and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son, hath life; and he that hath not the Son, hath not life'.
The Gospel. St. John xx. 19. HE same day at evening, being the first day of the
week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus, and stood in the midst, and faith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace it; because those that were baptized on Easter-éve, wore seven days after white garments, called chrysoms; figns of the purity which they received in baptism; which white clothes they this day put off.-Sparrow.
Colleft) This prayer for purification of foul was composed for Edward the Vith's first prayer-book, and appointed at that time for Easter-Tuesday. At the review 1662, it was fixed for this Sunday. The introitus was plalm cxü.
be unto you: As my Father hath sent me, even fo send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and faith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose foever fins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever fins ye retain, they are retained.
The Second Sunday after Easter.
unto us both a sacrifice for sin, and also an ensample of godly life; Give us grace, that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavour ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his molt holy life, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epifle. 1 Peter ii. 19.
God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently; this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no fin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; When he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own. felf bare our fins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to fins, should live unto righteousness: -by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
The Collect] This prayer for ability to follow the example of Christ was composed A. D. 1549, and inserted in Edward Vith's first prayerbook. The introitus was the lxxth psalm.
The Gospel. St. Johni x. 11. ESUS said, I am the good shepherd: the good shep
herd giveth his life for the sheep.' But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the theep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so'know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one hepherd.
The Third Sunday after Easter.
be the light of thy truth, to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness; Grant unto all them that are admitted into the fellowship of Christ's Religion, that they may eschew those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow such things as are agreeable to the same, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Epistle. 1. Peter ii. 11.
pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evil. doers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God' in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's fake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are fent by him for the punishment of
The Collect] This prayer for grace to perform our Christian duty was tranlated, in 1549, from a form in the Sacramentarium of Gregory, and the Liturgy of Si. Ambrofe. The introitus was the lxxvth plalm.
evil-doers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well-doing ye may put to filence the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the ser. vants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
The Gospel. St. John xvi. 16. (ESUS said to his disciples, A little while, and ye
fall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father. Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he faith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father? They said therefore, What is this that he faith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith. Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me? Verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world thall rejoice: and ye shall be forrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguilh, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now there. fore have forrów: but I will see you again, and your
heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
The Fourth Sunday after Easter.
wills and affections of sinful men; Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou com
The Colle[?] This prayer for an attachment to the things which are above, was composed in 1549, and altered at the last review, 1662, to the form it now wears, from the following commencement: “ Almighty God, which doft make the minds of all men to be of one will, grant," &c. The introitus was the lxxxiüd plalm.
mandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so among the sundry and manifold changes of the world our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. St. James i.
and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we Mould be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, flow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and re. ceive with meekness the ingrafted word, which is able to fave your souls.
The Gospel. St. John xvi. 5. ESUS said unto his disciples, Now I go my way to
him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goeft thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you: but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of fin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, becaule the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he willguide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak, and he will hew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall thew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall Thew it unto you.