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his fide. 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 me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and faith unto theni, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitced unto them; and whose soever fins ye retain, they are retained.
The second Sunday after Easter.
The Colleet: Lmighty God, who hast given thine only Son to be A unto us both a sacrifice for sin, and alto 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 iteps of his most holy life, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epiftle. St Pet. ii. 19. THIS is thank-worthy, if a man for conscience toward
[ God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it if when ye be buffered 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 : becaule Christ also suffered for us. leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps : Who
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On the COLLECT for the second Sunday after Eafter. O almighty God, who out of thy great mercy, didit send thy only Son into the world, to make attonement and satisfaction for fin, by bearing our fins in his body on the tree, (1 Pet. ii. 24.) and by suffering for us, (ver 21.) as also to leave us an example that we might follow his steps in meekness and patience, (ver. 23.) we beseech thee to afford us thy grace, that our minds may always retain the profoundest sense of so extraordinary a favour as the Son of God dying for our sins; and that we may likewise, with the utmost diligence, endeavour to copy his example, and imitate that life of unblemithed holiness and purity, which he has set before us; and this we beg for the sake of our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amer.
did no fin, neither was guile found in his mouth : Who when he was reviled, reviled not again ; when he suffered, he chreatened not; but committed himself to him that judgech righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sin, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going aftray ; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. .
The Gospel. St John X. II. TESUS said, I am the good shepherd : the good shepherd J giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the Thepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the theep, and Aeech; and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the theep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even fő 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 alfo I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there fhall be one fold, and one shepherd.
The Third Sunday after Easter.
The Colleet. A Lmighty God, who shewest to them that be in error the a 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 thay eschew those things that are contrary to their profeflion, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the fame, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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On the COLLECT for the obird Sunday after Easfer. O Almighty, who didft cause the gospel to be preached, to the end that thou mightest reduce co sobriety of life and purity of doctrine, those who were plunged into Pagan ignorance and immorality, and misled by
The Epistle. 1 St Pet. ii. 11.
grims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversacion honest among the Genciles: 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 visitacion. 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 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 filence the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness : but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
The Gospel. St John xvi. 16. TESUS said to his disciples, A little while, and ye shall J 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 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 faith. A little while; we cannot tell what he saith. Now Jefus 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 fay unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world mall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your forrow Mall be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in travail, hath forrow, because her
.PARA P H R A S E. Jewish superstitions we beseech thee to grant that all they who are lo happy as to be received members of the church of Christ, may thun all those things which are condemned by their holy religion, all things with which their adversaries might reproach ihem, and that they may also pracrise all those admirable duties which are recommended by the gospel ; and this we pray for the sake of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
hour is come : but as soon as she is delivered of the child, . she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have forrow : but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man takech from you.
The fourth Sunday after Easter.
and affections of finful men; Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandelt, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the fundry 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 Epiftle. St James i. 19. D VERY good gift, and every 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 a kind of first-fruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, now to fpeak, Dow to wrath : for the wrath of man worketh not the righte. ousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness, and
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On tbe COLLECT for the fourth Sunday after Eafter. O Almighty God, we being informed by thy holy word, that every good and perfect gift cometh down from thee the Father of lights (Fam. i. 17.) and among these, dost beltow upon us the gift of reftraining our corrupt and carnal affections and inordinate love of this world; we befeech thce to grant that we thy faithful servants, being divelted of these earthly inclinations, may heartily love thy commands, and above all things, defire that recompence which thou hast promised us for our obedience ; and that being unmoved at all the accidents of this world, our affections may be entirely fixed upon the joys of Heaven; and this we bez for the sake of Jesus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
fuperfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.
The Gospel. St John xvi. 5: TESUS said unto his disciples, Now I go my way to him J that fent 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 sin, 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 will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that fhall he fpeak : and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me : for he shall receive of mine, and thall shew it unto you. All things chat the Father hath are mine : therefore faid I, that he shall take of mine, and thalt few it unto you.
The fifth Sunday after Easter.
to us thy humble servants, that by thy holy inspira. tion we may think those things that be good, and by thy mercitul guiding may perform the fame, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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On the COLLECT for the fifth Sunday after Eafter. O Lord, from whose grace all good thoughts and virtuous a&tions do proceed, grant that we thy ardent worshippers, who are now assembled in thy presence, may, by the inspiration of thy holy Spirit, obtain such a