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Companion to the Services
CHURCH OF ENGLAND
EVERY SUNDAY IN THE
Easter-End of Ecclesiasticate
JAMES BURNS, 17 PORTMAN STREET,
“ And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the
earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen."-St. Luke xxiv. 5, 6.
Thou art the sun of other days,
No more a charnel-house, to fence
O blessed Day of the Resurrection, which of old times was called the Queen of Festivals, and raised among Christians an anxious, nay contentious, diligence duly to honour it! Blessed day, once only passed in sorrow, when the Lord actually rose, and the disciples believed not; but ever since a day of joy to the faith and love of the Church!
In ancient times, Christians all over the world began it with a morning salutation. Each man said to his neighbour, “ Christ is risen;" and his neigh
bour answered him, “Christ is risen indeed, and hath appeared unto Simon;" even to Simon, the coward disciple who denied Him thrice, Christ is risen ; even to us, who long ago vowed to obey Him, and have yet so often denied Him before men, so often taken part with sin, and followed the world, when Christ called us another way.
“ Christ is risen again, and hath appeared to Simon !” to Simon Peter, the favoured Apostle, on whom the Church is built, Christ has appeared. He has appeared to His holy Church first of all, and in the Church He dispenses blessings such as the world knows not of. Blessed are they, if they knew their blessedness, who are allowed, as we are, week after week, and festival after festival, to seek and find in that holy Church the Saviour of their souls ! Blessed are they beyond language or thought, to whom it is vouchsafed to receive those tokens of His love, which cannot otherwise be gained by man, the pledges and means of His special presence, in the sacrament of His Supper; who are allowed to eat and drink the food of immortality, and receive life from the bleeding side of the Son of God !