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water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he faith true, that ye might believe. For these things were done that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. And again, another scripture faith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

Eafter-Éven.

The Colle&t.
Rant, O Lord, that as we are baptized into the death of thy

blessed Son our Saviour Jesus Chrift; so by continual mortifying our corrupt affections, we may be buried with hin, and that through the grave and gate of death, we may pass to our joyful resurrection, for his merits, who died, and was buried, andiose again for us, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epiftle. I S. Pet. 3: 17: "T is better if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well-doing,

than for evil-doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for fins, the just for the unjust; (that he might bring us to God) being put to death in the Aesh, but quickened by the Spirit: by which also: he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing; wherein few, that is, teight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto, even baptism doth alto now save us (not the putting away the filth of the Aesh, but the answer of a good conscience towards God) by

Paraphrase on the Collea for Eafter- Even. Grant, O Lord, that as, by Baptism, we are plante ftrés; that, Death and the Grave may become to used into the likeness of thy Son Jefus Chrift's Death, a pallage to a blefled Resurrection, through the Meris fo-we may imitate his Burial also by continually killing of that Saviour, who died, and was buried for our Sins, and subduing in ourselves all linful pations and de- and rose again for our Juftification.

* The Spirits in Prifon. Signify the Souls of those tion to Noah and his family, by lifting up the Ark wicked Men who, in the time of Noah were disobe on high. In like manner Baptism is a means of our dient, and fhut up in the Prison of Sin and Sensuality. Spiritual Salvation through Chrift, as the Water of the To these Chrift preached by bis Spirit, through the Mi- Flood, through the Ark, was of their corporal safety. nistry of Noah, when God of his Mercy, bore with Only we mult take heed that we reft not in the outward their wickedness for the space of 120 Yeart, before he fign; or fuppose that we fhall be saved merely by the brought a Flood upon the Earth..

being warhed, or spririkled with Water : but muft add + Eight Souls were saved by Water. The same Water therero an earnest defire to know the Will of God, which defirayed the Ungodly, was a means of preferuar and a diligent endeavour to perform ito.

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the resurre&iion of Jesus Christ: who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God, angels, and authorities, and powers being made subject unto him.

The Gospel. S. Matth. 27. 57.
Hen the even was come, there came a rich man of Ari-

mathea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus disciple. He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 'And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulcher. Now the next day that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the fepulcher be made sure until the third day, *left his disciples come by night and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: fo the last error shall be worse than the first. Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch, go your way, make it as sure as you can. So they went and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

Easter-day. At Morning Prayer, instead of the Psalm [o come, let us, &c.] these Anthems fall be sung or said: "Hrist our pafsover is sacrificed for us : therefore let us keep the

feast. Not with the old leaven, neither with the leaven of Left bis Disciples should come by Night, &c. Tho'it Sepulcher left empty, notwithstanding; it must have was very unlikely that a company of poor dispirited been done by a divine power. Thus God not only frusPersons Thould engage in such an undertaking as the trates the councels of the wicked; but makes them in carrying off the Body would not have been serviceable struments to his glory, to their intereft ; yet the care which the Jews took to * Cbrif our Pajover, & Chrift resembled the prevent it, afforded another strong proof of Chritt's Re- Lamb of the Passover amongst the Jews. Because, as by furrection; because under the custody of such a guard; the sprinkling of the Blood of the Pafchal Lamb upon it was improbable that his Disciples fhuuld attempt the Doors of the Israelites, the destroying Angel palled to remove the Body:~but as it was removed and the over them: so by the Medding of the precious Blood

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maliçe and wickedness - but with the unleavened bread of fincerity and, truth. 1 Cor. 5:17.5 15 23 YHrist being raised from the dead, dicth no more: death liath

no more doprinion over him. For in that he died, he died unto (in once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.' Likes wisę reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto fin : but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lordi : Rom. 6.9. YHrift is risen from the dead: and become the first-fruits of

them that slept. For since by man came death: by man caine also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die: even so in Christ fhall all be made alive. I Cor. 15. 20. Glory be to the Father, &C. 1. As it was in the beginning, &c.

The Colleet.
Lmighty God, who through thine only begotten Son Jesus

Chrift, haft overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life;. We humbly beseech thee, that as by thy special grace preventing us, thou dost put into our minds good desires; fo by thy continual help we may bring the fame to good effect, through Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The - Epistle. Coli 3. 1, F ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ fitteth on the right hand of God. Set your

Paraphrafe on the Colle& for Eafter-Day. Most mighty God, who, through thy Son Jesus Grace, produce in us good actions, through the fame Chrift haft vanquilhed Death, and given us eternal Jesus Christ, who reigaeth with thee and the Holy Life; grant, we beseech thee, that those good desires, Spirit one God for ever and ever. which thou inspireft into our Hearts, may, by thy of Christ, we are faved from the wrath to come. As abstaining from the leaven of Sin, and by the practice the Passover was kept in commemoration of the Israe- of all Christian Purity. lites deliverance from the Bondage of Egypt: fo the . If ye eben be rifen with Chrift, &c. The Docs Feast of Christ's Resurrection is infitated in remem- trine of Chris Resurrection should be a continual mo.. brance of our deliverance from the slavery of Sin and tive to Believers to rise from the death of Sin to a life Death, As the Jews were commanded to eat no lea. of Righteousness,—to mortify and subdue in them.. vened Bread during their Feat of the Paffover; fo felves all inordinate Affections to the Things of this Should Christians commemorate their Redemption by World, and principally to desire, and endeavows to ale :

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affection on things above, not on things on the earth: for ye
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 fake the
wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience. In the
which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

The Gospel. S. John 20. I.
HE first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early,

when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and feeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher. Then she runneth and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and faith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulcher. So they ran both together; and the other disciple did outrun Peter; and came first to the sepulcher: 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 sepulcher, 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 sepulcher, and he saw and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the difciples went away again unto their own home.

Monday in Easter-week.

The Collect.
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of everlasting life;. We humbly befcech thee, that as by thy special gráce preventing us, thou dost put into our minds good desires, fo by thy continual help we may bring the fame to good effect, through Jefus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God world without end. Amen..

For the Epiftle, Acts 10. 34. Eter opened his mouth, and faid, Of a truth I perceive that

God is no respecter of persons; but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word which God fent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ, (he is Lord of all) that word, (Isay) you know which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilée, after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghoft and with power, * who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed 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 few, and hanged on a treię: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openlyz. ' not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he arose 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 bim give all the prophets witness, that through his Name, whosoever believeth in him shall receive remiffion of sins.

The Gospel. S. Luke 24: 13. Ehold, two of his disciples went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about Sthreescore

Paraphrase on the Collea for Monday in Eafier-Week. O all powerful God who through the Refurrection inspires us may produce in us good Works, through of thy Son'our Lord halt triumphed over Death, and the same thy Son Jesus Christ, who reigneth with thee civen us an Assurance of eternal life : grant, we beseech and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. thee, that those good difpofitions, with which thou

Wha went about doing good. The Life of Christ best Christian who is most actively employed in promowas not solitary,, but social. And he certainly is the ting the Welfare of his Fellow-Creatures.

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