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to be offered, because that the worshippers, once purged, should have had no more conscience of sins ? But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take
away sins. Wherefore, when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me. In burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come, (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. After saying first, Sacrifice and offering, and burnt-offerings, and offering for sin, thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein, which are offered by the law, then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified, through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins ; but this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins, forever sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected forever those who are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Spirit also is a witness to us. For after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, the Lord saith, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them ; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now
where remission of these is, there is no more offer ing for sin.' Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having a high-priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful who promised; and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works ; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Easter Day; Day of the Resurrection.
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. THE HE first day of the week cometh Mary Mag
dalene 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 stooped 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, who 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. iji. 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 sometime, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put away all these ; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of
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 who 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.
, who hast given thine 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 always serve thee in pureness of living and truth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. John xx. 19. THE '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
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 Spirit. Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained.
i St. John v. 4. WHA
THATSOEVER is born of God overcometh
the world ; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he who overcometh the world, but he who believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he who 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 who bear record, 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