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in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, left his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truch cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifeft, that they are wrought in God.
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thy faithful people, by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant ús by the fame Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort, through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour; who livethi and. reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epistles Acts viii. 14. 'HEN the Apostles who were at Jerusalem heard
that Samaria had received the word of God, they fent unto them Peter and John; who when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
The Gospel. St. John X. 1. V
by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the fame is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth themi out. And when he putteth forth his own feep, he goeth
before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow: but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they underllood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then faid Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say uuto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not kear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he fall be saved, and Mall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that chey might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true Faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity; We beseech thee, that thou wouldest keep us ftedfast in this faith, and everinore defend us from all adverfities; who livest and reignelt one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epiftle. Rev. iv. 1,
in heaven: and the first voice which I heard, was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must
Trinits-Sunday! In ancient liturgies and ritualists we find this day looked upon as an octave of Pentecost; or as a Doininica vacans, (that is, a Sunday which had no particular office appointed for it, on account of the preceding Saturday being a day of laborious devotion) and that the observing of it as a feast of the Trinity was of later use, and more late in the Roman church than in some others.-Decretal. lib. ii. T. 9, de feris: It was, however, by Pope Benedi&t XIII. ordained to be a solemn feast,
The Collect] This prayer for ftcdfastness in the Trinitarian faith was adopted 1549; from the Sacram. of Gregory. The introitus was Pf. lxvii.
be hereafter. And immediately I was in the Spirit: and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one fat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper, and a fard ne stone and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in fight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders fitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings, and Thunderings, and voices; And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion; and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him, and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory, and honour, and thanks to him that fat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the 'throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are, and were created.
The Gospel. St. John iii. 1.
mus, a ruler of the Jews: the same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: For no man can do these miracles that thou doelt, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus faith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his
mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit. Marvel not that I faid unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou heareft the found thereof; but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goetb: fo is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus anfwered and faid unto him, How can these things be? Jefus answered and said unto him, Art thou a mafter of Isracl, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen: and ye receive not our witnefs. If I have told you carthly things, and ye believe not; how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?" And no man hath alcended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up che ferpent in the wilderness, even fo must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him hould not perish, but have eternal life.
The first Sunday after Trinity.
thee, Mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal pature we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments we may please thee, both in will and deed, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Collect} This prayer for fruitfulness in good works was adopted 1549, from the Liturgy of St. Ambrose; where it is the first colleat after the octaves of Pentecoft. The introitus was part oft of Pfalm cxix.
The Epistle. 1 John iv. 7.
knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath feen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth' in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his spirit. And wę have seen and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment : because as he is, so are we in this vorld. There is no fear in love; but perfect love caftech out fear, because fear hath torment: He that feareth, is got made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath feen, how can he love God whom he hath pot seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God, love his brother also.
The Gospel St. Luke xvi. 19.
day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of fores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table:
Rich man] This parable was introduced by our Saviour to reprehend and alarm the Pharisees for their ill-gotten riches and avarice.