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Easter Even.

GOD, who hast caused the light of the life eternal to shine upon the world, we pray that at this holy season our minds may be so kindled with heavenly desires, and thy love so shed abroad in all our hearts, that we may continually seek the things which are above; and that, abiding in purity, we may finally attain unto thine everlasting kingdom. Amen.

Easter Day; Day of the Resurrection.


O MERCIFUL GOD, by whose power thy Son Jesus Christ hath overcome death,. and opened unto us the gates of everlasting life; grant that we, thy servants, having this hope, may purify ourselves, even as he is pure; and by continually mortifying our corrupt affections, may pass the grave and gate of death, to our joyful resurrection; which we ask as disciples of him who died, and was buried, and rose again for us, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. John xx. I.

HE first day of the week cometh Mary
Magdalene early, when it was yet dark,
unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken

away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together; and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre; and he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter, following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, and the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the Scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.


Col. iii. I.

IF ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is

hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry; for which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience; in the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put away all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him; where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free; but Christ is all and in all.

The First Sunday after Easter.


ALMIGHTY FATHER, who hast sent thy

dear Son to bring us to thee; grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve thee in pureness of living and truth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. John xx. 19.

HE same day at evening, being the first
day of the week, when the doors were
shut, where the disciples were assembled, for
fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the
midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto
you. And when he had so said, he showed
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 me,
even so send I you. And when he had said
this, he breathed on them, and said unto
them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose
soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto
them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they
are retained.


I John v. 4.

WHATSOEVER is born of God over

cometh 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. And there are three that bear witness on 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 testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness 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 hath 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 of God, hath not life.

The Second Sunday after Easter.



LMIGHTY GOD, who hast given thy wellbeloved Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly living; give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive this inestimable benefit, and daily endeavor ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


St. John x. II.


ESUS said, I am the good 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

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