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nations; and then shall the end, things are honest, whatsoever things
are just, whatsoever things are 1 At another time Jesus said to pure, whatsoever things are lovely, His apostles, Peace be unto you : as whatsoever things are of good reMy Father hath sent Me, even so port; if there be any virtue, and if send I you. And when He had said there be any praise, think on these this, He breathed on them, and saith things. unto them, Receive ye the Holy * Put on therefore, as the elect of Ghost : Whose soever sins ye remit, God, holy and beloved, bowels of they are remitted unto them; and mercies, kindness, humbleness of whose soever sins ye retain, they mind, meekness, long - suffering ; are retained.
forbearing one another, and for2 And I John saw another angel giving one another, if any man have fly in the midst of heaven, having a quarrel against any: even as the everlasting Gospel to preach Christ forgave you, so also do ye. unto them that dwell on the earth, And above all these things put on and to every nation, and kindred, charity, which is the bond of perand tongue, and people, saying with fectness. And let the peace of God a loud voice, Fear God, and give rule in your hearts, to the which glory to Him; for the hour of His also ye are called in one body; and judgment is come: and worship be ye thankful. Let the word of Him that made heaven, and earth, Christ dwell in you richly in all and the sea, and the fountains of wisdom ; teaching and admonishing waters.
one another in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs, singing with Seventh Tweek.
grace in your hearts to the Lord. Exhortation to persevere in all vir- And whatsoever ye do in word or
tue, and to cultivate a love for deed, do all in the name of the spiritual wisdom.
Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God
and the Father by Him.
from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus
first day the
week. Christ : Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like
From the Holy Gospel according unto His glorious body, according to
to St. John. the working whereby He is able even WHEN the same day at evening, to subdue all things unto Himself. Therefore, my brethren dearly be- week, when the doors were shut loved and longed for, my joy and where the disciples were assembled crown, so stand fast in the Lord, for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and my dearly beloved. Rejoice in the stood in the midst, and saith unto Lord alway: and again say, Re- them, Peace be unto you.
And joice. Let your moderation be when He had so said, He shewed known unto all men. The Lord is unto them His hands and His side. at hand. Finally, brethren, what. Then were the disciples glad when soever things are true, whatsoever they saw the Lord.
.. But Thomas, one of the twelve, called | bread, and in prayers. And fear Didymus, was not with them when came upon every soul. And Jesus came.
3 Phil. iii. 20.
1 St. John xx. 21.
2 Rev. xiv. 6.
The other disciples they, continuing daily with one therefore said unto him, We have accord in the temple, and breakseen the Lord. But he said unto ing bread from house to house, them, Except I shall see in His did eat their meat with gladness hands the print of the nails, and put and singleness of heart, praising my finger into the print of the nails, God, and having favour with all and thrust my hand into His side, the people. I will not believe. And after eight days again His disciples were within, Same subject continued. and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and From the Book of the Prophet Jerestood in the midst, and said, Peace
miah, and from the Holy Gospel be unto you. Then saith He to
according to St. Matthew. Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, 3 EAR the word of the Lord, O and behold My hands; and reach ye nations, and declare it in hither thy hand, and thrust it into the isles afar off, and say, He that My side : and be not faithless, but scattered Israel will gather him, believing. And Thomas answered and keep him, as a shepherd doth and said unto Him, My Lord and his flock. For the Lord hath remy God. Jesus saith unto him, deemed Jacob, and ransomed him Thomas, because thou hast seen from the hand of him that was Me, thou hast believed: blessed stronger than he. Therefore they are they that have not seen, and yet shall come and sing in the height of have believed.
Zion, and shall flow together to the
goodness of the Lord, for wheat, Short chapters which may be read and for wine, and for oil, and for
instead of the foregoing, when the young of the flock and of the there has been Holy Communion. herd : and their soul shall be as a
watered garden ; and they shall not From the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, and from the Acts of the the virgin rejoice in the dance, both
sorrow any more at all. Then shall Holy Apostles.
young men and old together : for I I THE Lord hath sworn by His will turn their mourning into joy,
of His strength, Surely I will no them rejoice from their sorrow. more give thy corn to be meat for And I will satiate the soul of the thine enemies ; and the sons of the priests with fatness, and My people stranger shall not drink thy wine shall be satisfied with My goodness, for the which thou hast laboured : saith the Lord. but they that have gathered it shall 4 At that time Jesus said, Come eat it, and praise the Lord; and unto Me, all ye that labour and are they that have brought it together heavy laden, and I will give you shall drink it in the courts of My rest. Take My yoke upon you, and holiness.
learn of Me; for I am meek and 2 And the disciples continued lowly in heart: and ye shall find stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine rest unto your souls. For My yoke and fellowship, and in breaking of is easy, and My burden is light.
2 Acts ii. 42.
1 Isai. lxii. 8.
3 Jerem, xxxi. 10.
Then he says,
. Thanks be to God for His
mercy. Ry. Blessing, thanksgiving, and honour, be unto God for ever and ever. Amen.
¥. But may the Lord continue to bless us. Ry. And keep us this night without sin, Then all kneeling, say the Confession and Litany following: 0
BLESSED Trinity, one God, Father, Son, and Holy
Ghost, we here assembled, prostrate in spirit before Thee, do confess in the sight of the whole court of heaven our innumerable offences committed against Thy divine majesty. We have sinned, Lord, we have sinned; we have grievously offended Thee, through the whole course of our lives, in thought, word, and deed, and therefore are most unworthy to lift up our eyes to heaven, or so much as to name Thy sacred name. But, O God, eternal Creator of all things, Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, who hast made us in Thine own image, redeemed us by Thy only Son, adopted us Thy children, and shewest mercy to those who humbly and sincerely seek it, be merciful to us, O Lord, and give us a true contrition for all the sins we have committed against Thee, that, being turned from all our evil ways, we may, by a sincere repentance, obtain Thy peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord, and grant that as we have heard this day in Thy house of prayer what our duty is, we may, by Thy grace and help, be enabled to accomplish it;
That we may not be conformed to this world; but that, denying ungodliness and worldly desires, we may live soberly, justly, and piously;
We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
That we may crucify the flesh with its vices and lusts, and be ever clean of heart;
That being dead to sin, we may live unto righteousness, and arising with Thee, our Redeemer, may die no more;
We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
That it may please Thee to have mercy on our relations, friends, and benefactors, to open their eyes to see the beauty of Thy truth, and give them grace to embrace it;
That it may please Thee mercifully to look down from heaven on all those who suffer, and so to strengthen them in their affliction, that they may be led thereby to a more perfect love of Thee, and a stricter obedience to Thy commandments ;
We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
And that Thou wouldst give to us and to all people the spirit of the Gospel, and inspire us all with a zeal for peace, unity, and truth.
O Lord, graciously hear these our prayers ;
Then all say,
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen,
Here may be said the particular Collect for any Saint's Day
which may fall on a Sunday (see Saints' - Day Morning Prayers), or for the Sundays during the season of Advent (see Week-Day Evening Prayers).
Then, if there has been Holy Communion, he says, POUR into our hearts, O Lord, the spirit of Thy love, that
we, whom Thou hast fed with Thy most sacred Body and Blood, may by Thy goodness live in perfect concord, and being strengthened against all the snares of the world, the flesh, and the devil, may avoid every vice, and practise with diligence all the virtues
proper for our state, so as to serve Thee more faithfully every day. Amen.
Then he says the following Thanksgiving Prayer: 0
ALMIGHTY and eternal God, who hast appointed us six
days in which we may labour and do all our work, and hast consecrated the seventh to Thyself, mercifully forgive the sins, the coldness, and neglect in worshipping Thee of which we have been guilty, and give us grace to avoid them for the future. Make us sensible, O Lord, of the daily blessings we receive from Thy bounty, especially the blessing of this happ day; that as we know Thee by faith, we may love Thee by charity; and fixing all our hopes on the happiness of a future life, we may patiently suffer in submission to Thy holy will what Thou now permittest, and come at length to the joys of Thy heavenly kingdom; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Then he says the two Collects following, and Prayer for a
blessing. We pray Thee, O Lord, graciously continue to visit this
habitation; drive far from it all snares of the enemy; and give us a quiet night and a perfect end; through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
, inspirations, and carry them on by Thy gracious assistance, that every prayer and work of ours may begin always from Thee, and by Thee may happily be ended; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Holy Ghost, bless us and keep us. Amen.