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Then opened he their under- | which he hath testified of his standing, that they might un- Son. He that believeth on the derstand the Scriptures, and Son of God hath the witness in said unto them, Thus it is writ- himself: he that believeth not ten, and thus it behoved Christ God hath made him a liar, beto suffer, and to rise from the cause he believeth not the redead the third day; and that cord that God gave of his Son. repentance and remission of And this is the record, that sins should be preached in his God hath given to us eternal Name among all nations, be- life; and this life is in his Son. ginning at Jerusalem. And ye He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son are witnesses of these things. hath not life.
The first Sunday after Easter.
ALMIGHTY Father, who only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification; Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may alway serve thee in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 St. John v. 4.
of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but 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 there are bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 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 witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God,
The Gospel. St. John xx. 19.
week, when the doors were
midst, and saith 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 be unto you: As my Father hath sent even so send I
you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the holy Ghost. Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained.
The second Sunday after Easter.
ALMIGHTY God, who hast 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 most holy life; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 St. Peter ii. 19.
THIS is thank-worthy, if a fold, and one shepherd.
God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it paBut 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 sin, 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 self bare our sins in his
own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, 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
The Gospel. St. John x. 11.
shepherd: the good shepherd 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 sheep. 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 I must bring, and they shall hear my
voice; and there shall be one
The third Sunday after Easter. The Collect.
ALMIGHTY God, who that be in error the light of thy truth, to the intent that they may return into the way of righteous ness; 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 all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen. The Epistle. 1 St. Peter ii. 11.
DEA EARLY beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation lo nest 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
of man for
to the Lord's sake; whether it be to the King, as supreme: OF unto governours, as unto them that are sent by him, for the punishment of 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 silence 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. JESUS said to his disciples, A ye shall not see me; and again, a little
while and ye shall see me; be- | The Epistle. St. James i. 17.
I Father. Then
said some of his disciples among
themselves, What is this that he saith 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 saith, 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 shall re-souls. joice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be The Gospel. St. John xvi. 5. turned into joy. A woman, JESUS said unto his disciples, when she is in travail, hath sor- Now I go my way to row, because her hour is come: that sent me, and none of you but as soon as she is delivered asketh me, Whither goest thou? of the child, she remembereth But, because I have said these no more the anguish, for joy things unto you, sorrow hath that a man is born into the filled your heart. Nevertheless, world. And ye now therefore I tell you the truth; it is expehave sorrow: but I will see you dient for you that go away: again, and your heart shall re- for if I go not away, the Comjoice, and your joy no man tak-forter will not come unto you; eth from 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 judgement: of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; of judgement, because the prince of this world is judg ed. 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 will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak and he will shew you things to
The fourth Sunday after Easter.
The Collect. Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men; Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, 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.
E perfect gift is from above,
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 should be kind of first-fruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift wrath; for the wrath of man to hear, slow to speak, slow to worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your
come. He shall glorify me: for | ask, and ye shall receive, that he shall receive of mine, and your joy may be full. These shall shew it unto you. All things have I spoken unto you things that the Father hath are in proverbs: the time cometh mine: therefore said I, that he when I shall no more speak unshall take of mine, and shall to you in proverbs, but I shall shew it unto you. shew you plainly of the Father, At that day ye shall ask in my Name: and I not unto you, say that I will pray the Father for you; for the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest that thou knowest all things, no proverb. Now are we sure and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. Jesus them, Do ye now believe? Beanswered hold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
The fifth Sunday after Easter.
BE E ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. For he beholdeth himself, and goeth, his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion, and undefiled before God and the Father, is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the
The Gospel. St. John xvi. 23.
I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my Name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my Name:
GRANT, we beseech thee, as we do believe thy only-beAlmighty God, that like gotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
For the Epistle. Acts i. 1. HE former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the Apostles whom he had chosen to whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs; being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertain-is ing to the Kingdom of God: and, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly bap tized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven, as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you
heaven, shall come,
like manner as ye have seen
The Gospel. St. Mark xvi. 14. JESUS appeared unto the ele ven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and
baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat 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.
Sunday after Ascension-day.
God the King of glory, who hast exalted thine
only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven; We beseech thee, leave 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 Epistle. 1 St. Peter iv. 7.