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with him ; that through the grave and gate of death we may pass to our joyful resurrection, for his merits, who died, and was buried. and rose again for us, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

GIVE us grace, O Lord, so to order our conversation in the world, that we may come to the close of life in thy fear and favour; and receive death not as our curse, but our deli verance, as an entrance upon a life without sorrow and without sin.

Whenever thou dost visit us with bodily sickness, teach us to resign ourselves to thee; to show forth devotion of spirit, humble patience, faith, and confidence. Bless us on our sick-bed with the benefit of a spiritual guide, and with an opportunity of receiving the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ, that the strength of that heavenly food may cheer our fainting spirits, and carry us with joy to our journey's end. In our last agonies, O Lord, do thou support us; and when our strength and our heart faileth, be thou the strength of our heart, and our portion for ever, through Jesus Christ our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

Office of Devotion for Easter Day. THE Lamb of God that was slain, is alive again ; and he liveth for ever.

Come, let us adore him. Alleluja.

Christ is risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept.

Come, let us adore him. Alleluja.

The Lord of Life is risen again, and hath clothed himself with immortal glory.

Come, let us adore him. Alleluja.

He loosed the bands of death and hell ; for it was impossible he should be holden by them.

Come, let us adore him. Alleluja.

He that raised up Jesus, will also raise us up; and refine our vile flesh into a likeness of his glorious body.

Come, let us adore him. Alleluja.

WORTHY is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and honour, and worship, blessing, and glory.

Therefore, blessing, honour, glory, power be to him that sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever. Alleluja.

O death, I have been thy plagues.
O grave, I have been thy destruction.
o death, where is thy sting?
O grave, where is thy victory?

Sing unto our Lord a psalm of joy ; sing praises to the
God of our salvation.

Sing with a loud and cheerful voice; sing with a glad and thankful heart.

Say to the weak in spirit, Be strong; and unto the sorrowful, Be of good comfort.

Tell all mankind this soul-reviving truth; and may their hearts within them leap to hear it.

Tell them—The Lord of life is risen again, and has clothed himself with immortal glory.

He made the angels messengers of his victory; and vouchsafed even himself to bring us the joyful news.

How many ways did thy mercy invent, O thou wise contriver of all our happiness

To convince thy followers of the reality of thy resurrection, and to settle in their hearts a firm belief of this glorious truth?

Thou didst appear to the holy women in their return from the sepulchre; and didst open their hearts to know and adore thee.

Thou didst overtake in the way the two that discoursed of thee, and made their hearts burn within them to hear thee.

Through the doors, though shut, thou didst swiftly pass, to carry peace to thy comfortless friends;

To allay their fears by thy blessed presence, and to secure their faith by thy powerful arguments.

How often didst thou condescend to eat before them, and invite them to touch thy impassable body!

How didst thou sweetly invite the incredulous Thomas, to thrust his hand into thy wounded side!

O how adorable are thy counsels! O Lord, how endearing are the ways of thy love!

Say now my soul, is not this evidence sufficient to satisfy our darkest doubts ?

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Is not this hope abundantly sufficient to sweeten all our most bitter sorrows ?

What though we mourn, and are afflicted here, and sigh under the miseries of this world for a time;

We are sure our tears shall one day be turned into joy; and that joy none shall take from us.

What though our bodies are crumbled into dust; and that dust blown about over the face of the earth ;

Yet we undoubtedly know our Redeemer lives, and shall appear in brightness at the last great day.

He shall appear in the midst of innumerable angels; and with these very eyes we shall behold him.

We shall see him in whom we have so long believed; we shall find him whom we have so often sought:

We shall possess him whom our souls have loved ; and be united to him for ever, who is the only end of our being.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

THE LESSON.-From 1 Cor. xv. 20, and Col. iii.

Christ is risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection from the dead. For, as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things that are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God. Set your affections 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 your life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members that are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence and covetousness, which is idolatry: for which things' sake the wrath of God cometh upon the children of disobedience: in the which you also walked when


lived in them. But now you also put off all these, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication ou! of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that you

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 that created him; where there is neither Greek nor Jew, cir. cumcision nor uncircumsion, Barbarian, Scythian, bund, or free; but Christ is all, and in all.

O glorious Jesus ! in whom is the spring of our spiritual life; mortify in us all sensual desires, and quicken our hearts with thy holy love; that we may no longer esteem the vanities of the world, but place our affections entirely on thee ;

Who didst die for our sins, and rise again for our justi. fication.

O thou, our only hope and portion in the land of the living , may our thoughts and discourses still be of thee, our labours and sufferings all for thee;

Who didst die for our sins, and rise again for our justi. fication.


The rising God forsakes the lomb,

Up to his Father's courts he flies ;
Cherubic legions guard him home,

And shout him welcome to the skies!
Cease from your tears, ye saints! and tell

How high our great deliverer reigns ;
Sing, how he spoil'd the hosts of hell,

And led the tyrant death in chains.
Say–Live for ever, glorious King!

Born to redeem, instruct, and save;
Then ask—“O death, where is thy sting?
And where thy victory, O grave ?"

To Father, Son, &c.

GOD, whose gracious providence restores to thy Church the voice of holy exultation, by the triumphant festival of our Saviour's resurrection; grant that we may devoutly participate in the holy joy which on this day animates the souls of the faithful; and, by purisying our hearts, give us a title, we beseech thee, to the high and glorious hopes, so firmly sealed by the resurrection of Jesus, of rising at last from our graves, and rejoicing thenceforth in a state of blissful immortality; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ; who having conquered death, liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

O MOST glorious Saviour and Redeemer Jesus, who didst die for our sins, and rise again for our justification; prepare us, by thy grace, for that blessed immortality which thou hast made the portion of thy servants ; that, placing our affections on things above, we may constantly aspire after the immortal glories of thy heavenly kingdom; and look forward with joyful hope, to the period when this corruption shall put on incorruption, and this mortal immortality; when our souls and bodies, redeemed by thy mighty power, shall be admitted to the fruition of the blissful presence of the Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Add the Collect for the Day.)

Devotions for the Festival of St. Mark, the

Evangelist. LET us remember Mark, whose name is blessed in all the Churches ; let us praise our God, who, by this Evangelist, has published to us the glad tidings of salvation.

Beautiful, most beautiful are the feet of them who publish the Gospel of peace.

Their name shall be had in everlasting remembrance.

O GOD, who dost, on this day, summon thy Church to celebrate the festival of the blessed Evangelist St. Mark; grant that we may humbly adore thee for the glorious truths of salvation promulgated by his ministry, and may also show forth in our lives, our faith in that blessed Gospel which he proclaimed, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Devotions for the Festiral of St. Philip and

St. James. NOW it sufficeth thee, Philip; our Lord hath shown thee the Father; and henceforth, for ever, thou shalt see him face to face. Alleluja.

Happy art thou, O Philip; and thou, holy James, brother of our Lord, art gloriously happy in enjoying for ever the same blissful vision. Alleluja.

St. Philip, the Apostle, faithful and zealous, faithful even to death, ascended to his Master; and blessed James, the long reverenced Bishop of Jerusalem, thrown from the top of the temple, breathed out his soul in prayer for his murderers.

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