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fitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like as of fire, and it fat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devour men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was poised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphilia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and profelytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

The Gospel. St. John xiv. 15. ESUS said unto his disciples, If ye

love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth withi you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet å little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas faith unto him, (not Iscariot) Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If any man love me, he will keep my words: and my father will love him, and we will come unto him, and take up our abode with him. He that loveth me not, keepeth not my fay


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ings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my Name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have faid unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Here. after I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this word cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world


know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do.


Monday in Whitsun-Week.

The Collect.
OD, who, as at this time, didst teach the hearts of

thy faithful people, by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the fame Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort, through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle. A&s x. 34. 'HEN Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth

1 perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh righte

Monday, &c.] In ancient times, the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week, were observed as fasts by the general church, though that of England made a festival of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The third was discontinued at the Reformation. The introitus for Moy day was pfalm c.; and for Tuesday pfalm ci.

ousness, 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, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost, 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 flew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and thewed him openly; not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even unto us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To hini give all the prophets witness, that through his Name, whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the Word. And they of the circumcifion who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with congues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not he baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? and he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they hiin to tarry certain days. The Gospel. St. John ii. 16.

iii, OD so loved the world, that he gave his only-be

gotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should Dot perish; but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on hiin, is not condemned: but he that believeth Dot, is condemned already, because he hath not believed

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in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, left his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Tuesday in Whitsun.Fleek.

The Colleet. G

OD, who, as at this time, didst teach the hearts of

thy faithful people, by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the fame Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort, through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour; who liveth and. reigneth with thee, in the unity of the fame Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle. Acts viii. 14.
THEN the Apostles who were at Jerusalem heard

that Samaria had received the word of God, they fent unto them Peter and John; who when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them; only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

The Gospel. St. John X. 1.
ERILY, verily, I say unto you, He that entreth not

by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way,

the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the Theep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth themi out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth


before them, and the theep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow: but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable (pake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then faid Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not kear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he fall be saved, and Mall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.


The Collcct.
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us thy servants grace, by the confeßlion of a true Faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unicy; We beseech thee, that thou wouldest keep us itedfast in this faith, and evermore defend us from all adverkties; who livest and reignelt one God, world without cad. Amen.

The Epi/lle. Rev. iv. 1.
FTER this I looked, and behold, a door was opened

in heaven: and the first voice which I heard, was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must

Trinits-Sunday! In ancient liturgies and ritualists we find this day looked upon as an octave of Pentecoft; or as a Dominica vacans, (that is, 2 Sunday which had no particular office appointed for it, on account of the preceding Saturday being a day of laborious devotion) and that the observing of it as a feast of the Trinity was of later use, and more late in the Roman church than in some others.-Decretal. lib. ii. T. 9, de feriis: It was, however, by Pope Benedi& XIII. ordained to be a folemn featt,

The Collect] This prayer for stedfastness in the Trinitarian faith was adopted 1549; from the Sacram. of Gregory. The introitus was Pf. lxvii.


A.D. 1405.

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