|The Book of Common Prayer|
¶ The Assencion Day.
[¶ Proper Psalmes and Lessons.
Psalms viii. xv. xxi.
Second Lesson, John xiv. unto the end.
¶ At the Communion.]*
Omnes gentes plaudite. Psalm xlvii.
CLAP your handes together (all ye people) : O syng unto God with the
voyce of melody.
we beseche thee, almightie god, that like as we doe beleve thy onely-begotten
sonne our lorde to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in
heart and mind thither ascende, and with him continually dwell[, who
liveth and reigneth with thee and the holy Ghost, one God world without
* 1549 only
Added after 1604.
The Epistle. Acts i.
IN the former
treatise (deare Theophilus) we have spoken of all that Jesus began to
dooe and teache, until the day in which he was take up, after that he
through the holy goste, had geven commaundementes unto the Apostles,
whome he had chosen: to whome he also shewed himselfe alive after his
passion, (and that by many tokens,) appearyng unto them xl dayes, and
speaking of the kingdom of god; and gathered them together, and commaunded
them that they should not depart from Jerusalem: but to wayte for the
of the father, wherof (sayth he) ye have heard of me. For John truely
baptised with water; but ye shalbe baptised with the holy goste, after
these fewe dayes. When they therfore were come together, they asked
of him, saying; lord, wilt thou at this time restore agayn the kingdorne
of Israell? And he sayde unto them; it is not for you to knowe the times
or the seasons, whiche the father hath put in hys owne power. But ye
shall receyve power after that the holy gost is come upon you. And ye
shall bee witnesses unto me, not onely in Jerusalem, but also in all
and in Samaria, and even unto the worldes ende. And when he had spoken
these thynges, while they behelde, he was taken up on hye, and a cloud
received him up out of their sight. And while they loked stedfastly
up toward heaven as he went, beholde, two men stoode by them in white
apparel, whiche also sayde: ye men of Galile, why stand ye gasyng up
into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven,
shall so come, even as ye have sene him goe into heaven.
The Gospel. Mark xvi.
unto the eleven as they sate at meate: and cast in their teth [=upbraided]
there [their] unbelefe and hardnes
of heart, because they beleved not them which had sene that he was risen
agayn from the dead: and he sayd unto them; goe ye into all the world,
and preache the gospel to all creatures: he that beleveth, and is baptised,
shalbee saved; But he that beleveth not shalbee damned. And these tokens
shal folowe them that beleve. In my name they shall cast out devils,
they shal speake with new tonges, they shall dryve away serpentes. And
if they drinke any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall
laye their handes on the sycke, and they shall recover. So then when
the lord had spoken unto them, he was received into heaven, and is on
the right hand of God. And they wente furth and preached every where;
The lord working with them, and confirming the word with miracles folowing.
[¶ Proper psalmes and lessons at Evensong.
Psalms xxiv. lxviii. cxlviii.
The Seconde Lesson, Ephe. iv. unto the ende.]*
|* 1549 only|
¶ The Sonday after the Ascencion.
Dominus regnavit. Psalm xciii.
THE lorde is king,
and hath put on glorious apparel : the lord hath put on his apparell,
and girded himselfe with strength.
O GOD, the kyng
of glory, which hast exalted thine only sonne Jesus Christe, with great
triumphe unto thy kingdom in heaven; we beseche thee, leave us not comfortles;
but sende to us thine holy ghost to comfort us, and exalte us unto the
same place whither our saviour Christe is gone before; who lyveth and
"The Sundaye after the Ascension daye." in 1552; "Sunday after Ascension day." in 1604.
The Epistle. 1 Peter iv.
THE ende of all
thinges is at hand; be ye therfore sobre, and watch unto praier. But
above all thinges have fervent love among yourselves: for love shal
cover the multitude of synnes. Be ye herberous [harborous,
i. e., hospitable] one to another without grudgyng. As every
man hath received the gyfte, even so minister the same one to another,
as good ministers of the manifold grace of God. If any man speake, let
him talke as the wordes of God. If any man minister, let him do it as
of the habilitie [ability]
whiche God ministreth to him; that God in all thinges may be gloryfied
through Jesus Christ; to whome be prayse and dominion for ever and ever.
[1 Peter 4:7-11]
The Gospell. John xv. xvi.
WHEN the comforter
is come whom I will sende unto you from the father (even the spirite
of trueth, which procedeth of the father,) he shall testyfye of me.
And ye shall beare witnes also, because ye have bene with me from the
|Last sentence (v. 4b) dropped in 1552.|
¶ Proper Psalms and Lessons at Matins.
Psalm xlviii. lxvii. cxlv.
The Second Lesson, Acts x. "Then Peter opened his
mouth," unto the end.
¶ At the Communion.
Exultate justi in Domino. Psalm xxxiii.
in the Lorde, O ye righteous : for it becommeth well the juste to be
whiche as upon this daye haste [hast]
taughte the heartes of thy faithful people, by the sending to them the
lyght of thy holy spirite; graunte us by the same spirite to have a
right judgement in al thinges, and evermore to rejoyce in hys holy coumforte;
through the merites of Christ Jesus our saviour; who liveth and reigneth
with thee, in the unitie of the same spirite, one God, worlde without
The Epistle. Acts ii.
WHEN the fiftie
dayes were come to an end, they were al with one accorde together in
one place. And sodenly there came a sound from heaven, as it had bene
the comming of a mighty wind, and it filled al the house where they
sate. And there appered unto them cloven tonges, like as they had bene
of fyre, and it sate upon eche one of them; and they were al filled
with the holy gost, and began to speake with other tonges, even as the
same spirite gave them utteraunce. There were dwelling at Jerusalem
Jewes, devout men out of every nacion of them that are under heaven.
When thys was noysed about,['At
this sound' in modern translations] the multitude came to gether
and were astonied [astonished],
because that every man heard them speake with his owne language. They
wondred all, and merveiled, saying among themselfes; behold, are not
al these, which speake, of Galile? And how heare we every man his owne
tong, wherin we were borne? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and
the inhabiters of Mesopotamia, and of Jewry [Judea],
and of Capadocia, of Pontus and Asia, Phrigia and Pamphilia, of Egipte,
and of the parties of Libia, whiche is beside Siren [Cyrene],
and straungers of Rome, Jewes and Proselites, Grekes and Arrabians we
have heard them speake in our owne tongues the great weorkes of God.
The Gospel. John xiv.
JESUS sayde unto
his disciples; If ye love me kepe my commaundementes, and I wil pray
the father, and he shall geve you another camforter, that he maye abyde
with you for ever; even the spirite of trueth, whome the worlde cannot
receive, because the worlde seeth him not, neither knoweth hym. But
ye knowe hym; for he dwelleth with you, and shalbe in you. I will not
leave you coumfortles; but will come to you. Yet a litle while, and
the worlde seeth me no more; but ye se me. For I lyve, and ye shall
lyve. That daye shall ye knowe that I am in my father, and you in me,
and I in you. He that hath my commaundementes, and kepeth them, the
same is he that loveth me. And he that loveth me, shalbe loved of my
father; and I will love him, and wil shewe mine owne selfe unto hym.
[Judas sayeth unto hym (not Judas Iscariot:) Lord, what is done that
thou wylt shewe thy self unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus aunswered
and sayd unto them: if a man love me, he wyl kepe my sayinges: and my
father wyll love him: and we wyl come unto him, and dwell wyth hym.
He that loveth me not, kepeth not my sayinges. And the word which ye
heare, is not myne, but the fathers whych sente me. These things have
I spoken unto you, beynge yet present wyth you. But the comforter, which
is the holy ghost whom my Father wyll sende in my name, he shall teache
you all thynges, and bryng all thynges to your remembraunce whatsoever
I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you: my peace I geve unto you:
not as the worlde geveth, geve I unto you. Let not youre heartes be
greved, neyther feare.
* vs. 22 - 31a added in 1552.
¶ Proper psalmes and lessons at Evensong.
Psalms ciiii. cxlv.
The ii Lesson, Actes xix. "It fortuned when Apollo wente to Corinthum," unto " After these thinges."
[Acts 19:1-20]; 1549 only
¶ Monday in whitsonweke.
Jubilate Deo. Psalm c.
O BE joyful in
the Lorde (all ye landes) : serve the Lord with gladnes, and come before
his presence with a song.
¶ God, which, &c. as upon witsonday.
The Epistle. Acts x.
THEN Peter opened
his mouth and sayd; of a truth I perceyve that there is no respecte
of persones with God, but in all people, he that feareth hym, and woorketh
righteousnesse, is accepted with hym. Ye knowe the preachyng that God
sente unto the children of Israell, preachyng peace by Jesus Christe,
whiche is Lorde over all thynges; whiche preachyng was published throughoute
all Jewrye [=Judea],
(and began in Galile, after the baptisme whiche John preached) how God
annointed Jesus of Nazareth with the holye goste, and with power. Whiche
Jesu went about doyng good, and healing all that were oppressed of the
devill. For God was with hym. And we are witnesses of all thynges whiche
he did in the land of the Jewes and at Jerusalem, whome they slewe and
hanged on tree: Hym God raysed up the thirde day, and shewed him openly,
not to all the people, but unto us witnesses, (chosen before of god
for the same entente;) whiche dyd eate and drynke with hym, after he
arose from deathe. And he commaunded us to preache unto the people,
and to testifye that it is he, whiche was ordayned of God to be the
judge of quicke and dead. To hym geve all the Prophetes witnesse, that
through his name whosoever beleveth in him, shall receyve remission
The Gospel. John iii.
SO God loved the
worlde, that he gave his only-begotten sonne that whosoever beleveth
in him, shoulde not perishe, but have everlastyng lyfe. For God sent
not his sonne into the world to condemne the worlde, but that the worlde
through him mighte be saved. He that beleveth on hym is not condemned.
But he that beleveth not, is condemned already, because he hath not
beleved in the name of the onelye-begotten sonne of God. And thys is
the condemnacyon; that lyghte is come into the worlde, and menne loved
darkenes more then lighte, because theyr dedes were evill. For every
one that evill doeth, hateth the light, neither cummeth to the lighte,
leste his dedes shoulde bee reproved. But he that doth trueth cummeth
to the light, that his dedes may be knowen, how that they are wrought
¶ At the Communion.
Misericordiam. Psalm ci.
song shall bee of mercye and judgemente : unto thee (O Lorde) will I
GOD, which &c., as upon witsonday.
"The Tuesdaie after Whytsundaye" in 1552; "Tuesday in Whitsun Week" in late 1500's
The Epistle. Acts viii.
WHEN the Apostles
whiche were at Jerusalem heard saye, that Samaria had receyved the woord
of god, they sent unto them Peter and John. Whiche, when they were come
downe, prayed for them, that they mighte receive the holy goste: for
as yet he was come on none of them; but they were baptised onely in
the name of Christ Jesu. Then layde they theyr handes on them, and they
receyved the holy gost.
The Gospell. John x.
I say unto you; he that entreth not in by the dore into the shepe folde,
but climeth up some other way, the same is a thefe and a murtherer.
But he that entreth in by the doore, is the shepeheard of the shepe:
To hym the porter [=gatekeeper]
openeth, and the shepe heare his voyce, and he calleth hys owne shepe
by name, and leadeth them out. And when he hath sent furth his owne
shepe, he goeth beefore them, and the shepe folow him: for they knowe
his voyce. A straunger wil they not folowe; but will flye from hym;
for they knowe not the voyce of straungers.
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