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they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the fick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had {poken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and fat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.

The Sunday after Afcenfion-Day.

The Collect. O

only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven; We beseech thee, leavę us not comfortless; but send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same place whither our Saviour Christ is gone before, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epiftle. i St. Peter, iv. 7. THE end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore

sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity fall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man harh received the gift, even so minister the fame one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; If any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ; to whom be praise and dominion for ever and




Sunday after Afcenfion-Day] This is called expectation week; for now the apostles were earnestly expecting the fulfilling of that promise of our Lord, “ If I go away, I will send the Comforter to you.” John xvi. 7.

The Collect] This prayer for the comfort of the Holy Ghost, and exaltation into heaven, was adopted in 1549 from the old missals, with a little alteration. The venerable Bede was remarkably fond of it, and repeated it in his dying moments. Guil. Malm.l. i. c. 3. The introitus was pl. xciii,


The Gospel. St. John xv. 26, and part of the

xvith Chapter. HEN the Comforter is come, whom I will send!

unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

And ye also thall bear witnefs, because ye have been with me from the beginning. These things have ! fpoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They thall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killerh you will chink that he doeth God fervice. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them.



The Collect.
OD, who, as at this time, didst teach the

hearts of thy faithful people, by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us 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 liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle. 'Acts ii. 1.
HEN the day of Pentecost was fully come, they

were all with one accord in one place. And fuddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were

Whit-Sunday] It received this name, either from the white garments which the newly-baptized Christians wore to church at this season; or from the French word Huit eight, Whit or Huit Sunday, being the eighth Sunday from Easter. Wheatley tells us that he had a MS. letter of the learned Gerard Langbain, which derives the name from the custom observed by our ancestors of giving all the milk of their ewes and kine (called white meat) to the poor on this day.

The Colleft] This prayer for the illumination of the Holy Spirit, was adopted in 1549, from the Sacra. of Greg. The introitus was plalm xxxiii.


fitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like as of fire, and it fat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was poised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphilia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and profelytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them fpeak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

The Gospel. St. John xiv. 15. ESUS said unto his disciples, If ye love me, keep my

commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth withi you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet á little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas faith unto him, (not Iscariot) Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If any man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and take up our abode with him. He that loveth me not, keepeth not my lay


ings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my Name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have faid unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Here. after I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this word cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do.


Monday in Whitsun-Week.

The Collect.
OD, who, as at this time, didst teach the hearts of

thy faithful people, by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us 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 liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle. A&s x. 34. 'HEN Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth

1 perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh righte

Monday, &c.] In ancient times, the Wednesday, Thursday, and Frie day of this week, were observed as fasts by the general church, though that of England made a festival of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The third was discontinued at the Reformation. The introitus for Moy day was pfalm c.; and for Tuesday pfalm ci.

ousness, is accepted with him. The word which God fent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) that word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost, and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they flew and hanged on a cree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even unto us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To hini give all the prophets witness, that through his Name, whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of fins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the Word. And they of the circumcifion who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with congues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not he baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? and he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they hiin to tarry certain days.

The Gospel. St. John iii. 16.
OD so loved the world, that he gave his only-be-

gotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should Dot perish; but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on hiin, is not condemned: but he that believeth Dot, is condemned already, because he hath not believed

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