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The first Sondaie after Easter.

Beatus vir. Psalm cxii.

BLESSED is the man that feareth the lorde : he hath greate delite in his commaundementes.
    His seede shalbe mightie upon yearthe : the generacion of the faithefull shalbe blessed.
    Riches and plenteousnes shalbe in his house : And hys righteousnes endureth for ever.
    Unto the Godly there ariseth up light in the darkenes : he is mercifull, lovyng and righteous.
    A good man is mercifull and lendeth : and wil guyde his wordes with discrecion.
    For he shal never be moved: and the righteous shalbe had in everlastyng remembraunce.
    He will not bee afraied for any evill tidynges : For hys heart standeth fast, and beleveth in the Lorde.
    His hearte is stablished and will not shrinke : untill he se his desire upon his enemies.
    He hath sparsed [=dispersed] abroade and geven to the poore : and his righteousnes remaineth for ever, his home shalbee exalted with honor.
    The ungodly shall se it, and it shall greve him : he shall gnashe with his teeth, and consume awaye, the desire of the ungodly shall perishe.
    Glory be to the father, and to the sonne &c.
    As it was in the beginnyng, is now, and ever &c.

The Collect.

    ALMIGHTY Father, &c. as at the [second]* Communion on Easter day.

* 1549 book only

The Epistle. 1 John v.

AL that is borne of GOD overcommeth the world. And this is the victory that overcommeth the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcommeth the worlde, but he whiche beleveth that Jesus is the sonne of God? This Jesus Christ is he that came by water and bloud; not by water onely, but by water and bloud. And it is the spirite that beareth witnes, because the spirite is truthe. For there are three whiche beare recorde in heaven, the father, the woorde and the holy Ghoste, and these three are one. And there are three whiche beare recorde in yearth, the spirite, and water, and bloud: and these iii are one. If wee receive the witnes of menne, the witnes of God is greater. For this is the witnes of God that is greater, whiche he testified of his sonne. He that beleveth on the sonne of God, hath the witnes in hymselfe. He that beleveth not God, hath made him a her [heir], because he beleveth not the recorde that God gave of his sonne. And this is the record, how that God hath geven unto us eternall life, and this lyfe is in his sonne. He that hath the sonne, hath lyfe; and he that hath not the sonne of God, hath not lyfe.



[1 John 5:4-12]

The Gospell. John xx.

THE same daye at nyghte; whiche was the firste daye of the Sabbothes [=week], when the dores were shut (where the disciples were assembled together, for feare of the Jewes,) came Jesus and stode in the middes [midst], and saide unto them; Peace bee unto you. And when he had so saide, he shewed unto them his handes and hys syde. Then were the disciples glad when thei sawe the lorde. Then saide Jesus to them againe: Peace be unto you. As my father sente me, even so sende I you also. And when he had saide those wordes, he breathed on them, and saide unto them; receive ye the holy ghoste. Whosoevers synnes ye remitte, they are remitted unto them. And whosoevers synnes ye retaine, they are retained.



[John 20:19-23]


The second Sondaie after Easter.

Deus in adjutorium. Psalm lxx.

HASTE thee, O God, to deliver me : Make haste to helpe me, O Lorde.
    Let them bee ashamed and confounded that seke after my soule : let them bee turned backward and put to confusion, that wishe me evill.
    Let them (for their reward) be sone [soon] brought to shame : that crye over me, there, there.
    But let all those that seke thee be joyfull and gladde in thee : and let all suche as delight in thy salvacion, saye allwaie, the Lorde be praised.
    As for me, I am poore and in misery : Haste thee unto me, (O God.)
    Thou art my helpe and my redemer O lorde make no long tariyng.
    Glory be to the father, &c.
    As it was in the, &c.

The Collect.

ALMIGHTIE God, whiche haste geven thy holy* sonne to bee unto us, bothe a sacrifice for synne, and also an example of Godly life; Geve us the grace that we maie alwaies moste thankfully receive that his inestimable benefite, and also dayely indevour ourselfes to folow the blessed steppes of his moste holy lyfe.

* Corrected to "only" in Elizabethan times.

The Epistle. 1 Peter ii.

THIS is thankeworthie, yf a man for conscience toward God endure griefe, and suffre wrong undeserved. For what praise is it yf when ye bee buffeted for your fautes [faults], ye take it paciently? But and yf, when ye doo well, ye suffre wrong and take it paciently, then is there thanke with God. For herunto verely were ye called: For Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an ensample [example], that ye should folowe his steppes, whiche dyd no synne, neyther was there guyle found in his mouthe: whiche, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatned [threatened] not; but committed the vengeaunce to him that judgeth righteously, whiche his owne selfe bare our synnes in his body on the tree, that we beyng delivered from sinne, should live unto righteousnes. By whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as shepe going astraie; But are now turned unto the shephard and bishop of your soules.



[1 Peter 2:19-25]

The Gospel. John x.

CHRISTE sayed to his disciples, I am the good shephard, a good shephard geveth his lyfe for the shepe. An hired servaunt, and he which is not the shepharde, (neyther the shepe are his owne) seeth the wolfe commyng, and leaveth the shepe and flieth; and the woulfe catcheth, and skatereth the shepe. The hired servaunt flieth, because he is an hired servaunt, and careth not for the shepe. I am the good shepehard, and knowe my shepe, and am knowen of myne. As my Father knoweth me, even so knowe I also my Father. And I geve my lyfe for the Shepe: and other Shepe I have, whiche are not of this folde. Them also must I bring, and they shall heare my voyce, and there shalbe one folde, and one shepeherde.



[John 10:11-16]


The iii Sondaye[ after Easter]*.

Confitebimur. Psalm lxxv.

UNTO thee (O God) doo we geve thankes : yea, unto thee do we geve thankes.
    Thy name also is so nye : and that doe thy wonderous workes declare.
    When I receyve the congregacion : I shall judge according unto right.
    The yearth is weake, and all the inhabitours therof : I beare up the pillers of it.
    I sayed unto the fooles, deale not so madly : and to the ungodly, set not up your home.
    Set not up your home on hye : and speake not with a stiffe necke.
    For promocion commeth neyther from the East, nor from the west : nor yet from the Southe.
    And why? GOD is the judge : he putteth doune one, and setteth up another.
    For in the hand of the lorde there is a cup, and the wine is red : It is full mixte, and he poureth out of the same.
    As for the dregges thereof : all the ungodly of the yearth shall drynke them, and sucke them out.
    But I will talk of the GOD of Jacob : and praise hym for ever. All the hornes of the ungodly also will I breake and the hornes of the righteous shalbe exalted.
    Glory be to the father, and to the sonne, &c.
    As it was in the beginnyng, &c.

The Collect.

ALMIGHTYE God, whiche shewest to all men that be in errour the light of thy truth, to the intent that they maie returne into the waye of righteousnes; Graunt unto all them that bee admitted into the felowship of Christes religion, that they maye exchew [eschew] those thinges that be contrary to their profession, and folow all such thinges as be agreable to the same; through our Lorde Jesus Christ.


* added in the late 1500's

The Epistle. 1 Peter ii.

DERELY beloved, I beseche you as straungiers and pilgremes, abstain from fleshly lustes, which fight against the soule: and see that ye have honest conversacion emong the Gentiles; that whereas they backbite you as evilldoers, they maye see your good workes, and prayse God in the day of visitacion. Submit yourselfes therfore unto [al maner ordinaunce of]* man, for the Lordes sake, whether it bee unto the kyng as unto the chief head; either unto rulers, as unto them that are sent of him, for the punishment of evilldoers, but for the laude of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well-doing, ye maie stop the mouthes of foohishe and ignoraunt men: as free, and not as having the libertie for a cloke of maliciousnes, but even as the servauntes of God. Honor all men, love brotherly felowship, feare God, honor the Kyng.


[1 Peter 2:11-17]

* Replaced by "every" in 1552.

The Gospel. John xvi.

JESUS sayed to his disciples; After a while ye shall not see me, and again after a while ye shall se me; for I go to the father. Then saied some of his disciples betwene themselfes; what is this that he sayth unto us, after a while ye shall not se me, and again, after a while ye shall se me, and that I go to the father? Thei saied therefore; what is this that he sayeth, after a whyle? We cannot tel what he saith. Jesus perceyved that they would aske hym, and saied unto them; ye inquire of this betwene yourselfes, because I sayed, after a whyle ye shall not se me, and again after a while ye shall se me. Verely, verely, I saye unto you, ye shall wepe and lament; but contrarywyse, the worlde shall rejoyse. Ye shall sorowe, but your sorowe shalbee turned to joye. A woman, when she travayleth hath sorow; because her houre is come. But as sone as she is delivered of the child, she remembreth no more the anguish, for joye that a man is borne into the world. And ye now therfore have sorowe: but I will se you again, and your hartes shall rejoyse, and your joye shall no manne take from you.



[John 16:16-22]


The iiii Sondaye[ after Easter]*.

Deus stetit in Synagoga. Ps. lxxxii.

GOD standeth in the congregacion of princes : He is judge emong Goddes.
    How long wyll ye geve wrong judgement : and accept the persones of the ungodly?
    Defende the poore and fatherlesse : se that suche as be in nede and necessitie have right.
    Deliver the outcast and poore : Save them from the hande of the ungodly.
    They will not be learned nor understande, but walke on still in darkenes : all the foundacions of the yearth be out of course.
    I have sayd, ye are Goddes : and ye all are children of the most highest.
    But ye shall die like men: and fall like one of the princes. Arise, O God, and judge thou the yearth : For thou shalt take all the Heathen to thyne inheritaunce
    Glory be to the father, and to the sonne, &c.
    As it was in the beginnyng, is now, &c.

The Collect.

ALMIGHTIE God, whiche doest make the myndes of all faythfull men to be of one wil; graunt unto thy people, that they maye love the thyng, whiche thou commaundest, and desyre, that whiche thou doest promes [promise]; that emong the sondery [sundry] and manifold chaunges of the worlde, oure heartes maye surely there bee fixed, whereas true joyes are to be founde; through Christe our Lorde.


* added in the late 1500's

The Epistle. James i.

EVERY good gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, and commeth doune from the father of lightes, with whom is no variablenes, nether [is he chaunged unto darkenes]*. Of his owne will begat he us, with the worde of truthe, that we should be the first fruites of his creatures. Wherfore (dere brethren) let every man be swift to heare, slowe to speake, slowe to wrath. For the wrathe of man worketh not that whiche is righteous before God. Wherfore laye apart all filthines, and superfluitie of maliciousnes, and receive with mekenes the worde that is graffed [graft] in you, whiche is able to save your soules.



[James 1:17-21]

* Changed to "shadowe of chaunge." in 1552

The Gospell. John xvi.

JESUS saied unto his disciples; nowe I go my waie to him that sent me, and none of you asketh me whither I go. But, because I have sayed suche thinges unto you, youre heartes are ful of sorow. Nevertheles I tel you the truth, it is expedient for you that I go awaye. For if I go not away, that comforter [=Holy Spirit] will not come unto you. But if I depart, I wil sende him unto you. And when he is come, he wil rebuke the worlde of sinne, and of righteousnes, and of judgement. Of sinne, because they beleve not on me: Of righteousnes, because I go to my father, and ye shall se me no more. Of Judgement, because the Prince of this worlde is judged already. I have yet many thynges to saye unto you, but ye cannot beare them awaye nowe: howbeit, when he is come, (whiche is the spirite of truth,) he will leade you into all truth. He shall not speake of hymselfe, but whatsoever he shall heare, that shall he speake, and he wyll shewe you thynges to come. He shall glorifie me: for he shall receyve of myne, and shall shewe unto you. All thynges that the father hath, are mine: therfore sayed I unto you, that he shall take of myne, and shewe unto you.



[John 16:5-14]


The v. Sondaie[ after Easter]*.

Quam dilecta tabernacula! Psalm lxxxiv.

O HOWE amiable are thy dwellinges : Thou Lorde of Hostes? My soule hath a desire and longing to entre into the courtes of the Lorde : My heart and my flesh rejoise in the living God.
    Yea, the Sparowe hath found her an house, and the Swalowe a neste where she maie laie her young : Even thy altares, O Lorde of Hostes, my kyng and my God.
    Blessed are thei that dwell in thy house : thei will be alwaie praisyng thee.
    Blessed is that manne whose strength is in thee : In whose hearte are thy waies.
    Whiche goyng throughe the vale of misery, use it for a well and the pooles are filled with water.
    Thei will go from strength to strength : and unto the God of Goddes appeareth every one of them in Syon.
    O Lorde God of Hostes, heare my praier : Harken, O God of Jacob.
    Beholde, O God our defender : and loke upon the face of thyne annoynted.
    For one daie in thy courtes : is better then a thousand.
    I had rather be a dorekeper in the house of my God : then to dwell in the tentes of ungodlynes.
    For the Lorde God is a light and defence : the Lorde will geve grace and worship, and no good thynge shall he withhold from them that live a godly life.
    O Lorde God of Hostes : blessed is the man that putteth his trust in thee.
    Glory be to the father, and to the sonne, &c.
    As it was in the beginnyng, &c.

The Collect.

LORDE from whom all good thynges do come; graunte us, thy humble servauntes, that by thy holy inspiracion wee maie thynke those thynges that bee good, and by thy mercifull guydyng maye perfourme the same; thorow our Lorde Jesus Christ.


* added in the late 1500's

The Epistle. James i.

SE that ye bee doers of the worde, and not hearers onely, deceivyng youre owne selfes. For if any man heare the worde, and declareth not the same by his workes, he is like unto a man beholdyng his bodely face in a glasse. For as sone [soon] as he hath looked on hymselfe, he goeth his waie, and forgetteth immediatly what his fashion was. But whoso looketh in the perfect lawe of libertie, and continueth therin, (if he bee not a forgetfull hearer, but a dooer of the woorke,) the same shalbee happie in his deede. If any man emong you seme to be devoute, and refraineth not his toungue but deceiveth his own harte, this mannes devocion is in vaine. Pure devocion, and undefiled before God the father, is this; to viset the fatherles and widowes, in their adversitie, and kepe hymselfe unspotted of the worlde.



[James 1:22-27]

The Gospell. John xvi.

VERELY, verely, I saye unto you, whatsoever ye shall aske the father in my name, he will geve it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothyng in my name. Aske, and ye shall receive, that your joye maye be full. These thinges have I spoke unto you by proverbes. The tyme will come when I shall no more speake unto you by proverbes; but I shall shewe you plainly from my father. At that daye shall ye aske in my name. And I saye not unto you that I wyll speake unto my father for you. For the father hymself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have beleved that I came out from God. I wente out from the father, and came into the worlde. Againe, I leave the world, and go to the father.
    His disciples sayed unto hym; Loe nowe talkest thou plainly, and speakest no Proverbe. Nowe are we sure that thou knowest all thinges, and nedest not that any man should aske thee any question: therefore beleve we that thou camest from God. Jesus aunswered them; now ye do beleve. Beholde, the houre draweth nye, and is already come, that ye shalbee skatered every man to his owne, and shall leave me alone. And yet am I not alone: for the father is with me. These woordes have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace, for in the worlde shall ye have tribulacion; but be of good chere, I have overcome the worlde.



[John 16:23-33]

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