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us the gate of everlasting life ; We humbly beseech thee,
For the Epifle. Acts x. 34.
ceive that God is no respecter of persons; but in every nation he that fearech him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ, (he is Lord of all) That word (I say) you know, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached : How God anointed Jefus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost, and with power ; who went about doing good, and healing all that were opprefled 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 slew, and hanged on a tree : Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly, not to all the people, but unto witnesses chofen before of God, even to 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 who was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his Name whosoever believeth in him, shall receive remission of sins.
The Gospel. St Luke xxiv. 13. D EHOLD, two of his disciples went that same day to D a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden, that they should not know him. And he
said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleophas, answering, said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem; and haft not known the things which are come to pass there in these days ? And he said unto them, What things ? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word, before God, and all the people : And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have cruci. fied him. But we trusted that it had been he who should have redeemed Ifrael. And beside all this, to-day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, who were early at the fepulchre ; and when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them who were with us, went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said ; but him they saw not. Then he faid unto them, O fools, and now of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken ! ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses, and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures, the things concerning himself, And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone farther. But they constrained him, Taying, Abide with us, for it is towards evening, and the day is far spent: and he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their light. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while be opened to us the Scriptures ? And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
, Tuesday in Eafter-Week.
The Colleet. Almighty God, who through thy only begotten Son A Jesus Christ haft overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; We humbly befeech thee, that as by thy special grace preventing us, thou dust puc into our minds good desires, ro by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who livech and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen. Su the Paraphrafe on the Colleet for Eafter-Day, p. 151.
For the Epistle. Acts xiii. 26. . (EN and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, W and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath-day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be lain. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a fepulchre. But God raised him from the dead : And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath Talled up Jesus again, as it is also written in the second Plalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Wherefore he faith also in another Pfalm, thou shale not suffer thine holy One to fee corruption. - For David after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on Deep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption : But he whom vod raised again saw no corruption. Be it known unto you
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therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of fins : And by him all. that believe are justified from all things from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, leit that come upon you which is spoken of in the prophets ; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which you shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you,
The Gospel. St Luke xxiv. 36. TESUS himself stood in the midst of them, and saich unto
them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he laid unto them, Why are ye troubled, and why do thoughts arise in your hearts ? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and fee; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them,' Have ye here any meat ? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Palms concerning me. Then opened he their under, standing, that they might understand the Scriptures; and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remiffion of fins should be preached in his Name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem, And ye are witnesses of thefe things.
The first Sunday after Easter.
The Colle&t. . A Lmighty Father, who hast given thine only Son to die A for our sins, and to rise again for our justification; Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wicked
AND EXPLAINED 157 ness, 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 Epiftle. St John v. 4. W Hatsoever is born 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 truth. For there are three that 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 which he hath teftified of his
Son. He that believeth on the Son of God, hath the wit- . ness in himself: he that believeth not God, hath made him a liar, because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God håch 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. THE same day at evening, being the first day of the
1 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
her of the Jews are be unto onds and
PA RA PHRASE.
On the COLLECT for the first Sunday after Eafler, O almighty God, who didit deliver thy only Son to die for our offences, and to be raised again for our justification, (Rom. iv. 25.) grant that we Day pataway the leaven of malice and wickedness, and may persevere, in fervingthee with fincerity and truth; and this we beseech thee to grant for the merits of our blessed Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen,