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also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us no rend it, but caft lots i fort it, whose it Thall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which faith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things there-fore the soldiers did. Now there-stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mothers sister, "Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. < When Jefus therefore faw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, : he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy fond d Then saith he to the disciple, *Behold thymother. And

And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. After this, Jefus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, faith, I thirft. Now there was fet a vessel fuil of vinegar; and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When: Jesus therefore had received the vinegar," he said, #It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies fhould not remain upon the cross on the fabbath-day (for that fabbathday was an high day) befought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then came the foldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was- crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead abre:idy, they. brake not his legs. But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and I forthwith came there out blood and

Bebeld thy Mother. Whatever 'some in these --God's Justice is satisfied, - and the great work of Days pright think of such an action, our Saviour, here- Man's Redemp.ion is accomplished.” in, gave a proof of his regard for St. John, as well as I Forthwith came thereout Blood and Water. The for his Mother: and entrafted her to his care as an Apostle seems to Irave taken particular notice of this Honour ngt indulged to his other Disciples. Hereby incident both here and in this firft Epistle chap. v. 6. acknowledging him, in his last moments, as the Dij because it was an evident proof of the certainty of his ciple whom he particularly loved as one whom he knew Death's (in opposition to the opinion of some Heretics to be his Frier.d indeed. If Jesus took fuch Thought, who affirmed that he only died in appearance:) Por for his worljly Parent amidt all the agonies of his Cru- : Anatomists tell us that there is a Capsula near the : cifixion : none furely can justly be accounted his Fol- Heart, called the Pericardium, which hath: Water ini. lowers who neglect a proper discharge of this duty. it; and therefore that the coming out of Water, with.

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water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he faith true, that ye might believe. For these things were done that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. And again, another scripture faith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

Easter-Even.

The Collect.
Rant, O Lord, that as we are baptized into the death of thy

blessed Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; so by continual mortifying our corrupt affections, we may be buried with hin, and that through the grave and gate of death, we may pass to our joyful resurrection, for his merits, who died, and was buried, and iofe again for us, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epiftle.

I S. Pet. 3: 17. T is better if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well-doing,

than for evil-doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for fins, the just for the unjust; (that he might bring us to God) being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: by which also. he went and preached'unto *the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing; wherein few, thac is, teight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto, even baptism doth alfo now save us (not the putting away the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience towards God) by

Paraphrafe on the College for Eafter. Even. Grant, O Lord, that as, by Baptifm, we are plant- ftrès ; that, Death and the Grave may become to used into the likeness of thy Son Jefus Christ's Death, a pallage to a blessed Resurrection, through the Merits fo-we may imitate his Burial also by continually killing of that Saviour, who died, and was buried for our Sins, and subduing in ourselves all lnful pallions and de- and rose again for our Juftification.

* The Spirits in Prison. Signify the Souls of those tion to Noah and his family, by lifting up the Ark wicked Men who, in the time of Noah were disobe on high. In like manner Baptism is a means of our dient, and shut up in the Prison of Sin and Senfuality. Spiritual Salvation through Chrift, as the Water of the To these Christ preached by bis Spiri, through the Mi- Flood, through the Ark, was of their corporal safety. nistry of Noah, when God of his Mercy, bore with Only we must take heed that we reft not in the outward their wickedness for the space of 120 Years, before he fign; or fuppose that we fall be saved merely by the brought a Flood upon the Earth..

being washed, or spririkled with Water : but muft add + Eight Souls were saved by Water. The fame Water there to an earnest defire to know the Will of God, which defireyed the Ungodly, was a means of preferua- and a diligent endeavour to performn it...

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the resurrection of Jesus Christ: who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God, angels, and authorities, and powers being made subject unto him.

The Gospel. S. Matth. 27. 57.
Hen the even was come,

was come, there came a rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus disciple. He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 'And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulcher. Now the next day that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the fepulcher be made sure until the third day, *lest his disciples come by night and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen fiom the dead: fo the last error shall be worse than the first. Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch, go your way, make it as sure as you can. So they went and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

Easter-day. At Morning Prayer, instead of the Psalm (0 come, let us, &c.] these Anthems shall be sung or said: Hrist our passover is facrificed for us: therefore let us keep the

feaft. Not with the old leaven, neither with the leaven of Left bis Disciples should come by Night, &c. Tho'it Sepulcher left empty, notwithstanding; it must have was very unlikely that a company of poor dispirited been done by a divine power. Thus God not only frusPersons should engage in such an undertaking as the trates the councels of the wicked; but makes them incarrying off the Body would not have been serviceable struments to his glory, to their intereft; yet the care which the Jews took to prevent it, afforded another strong proof of Christ's Re- Lamb of the Passover amongst the Jews. Because, as by furrection ; because under the curtody of such a guard; the sprinkling of the Blood of the Paschal Lamb upon it was imprubable that his Disciples should attempt the Doors of the Israelites, the destroying Angel palled * remove the Body:--but as it was removed and the over them: fo by the Shedding of the precious Blood

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malice and wickedness a but with the unleavened bread of fincerity and ; truth. I Cor. 56:7. a. YHrift being raised from the dead, dicth no more: death hath

no more doprinior over him. For in that he died, he died unto (in onge: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.' Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto fin : but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lordi : Roin. 6.9.

YHrift is risen from the dead: and become the first-fruits of

them that flept. For fince by man came death: by man caine also the refurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die: even so in Christ shall all be made alive. I Cor. 15. 20.

Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.
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The Collect.
Lmighty God, who through thine only begotten Son Jesus

Chrift, haft overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life ;: We humbly beseech thee, that as by thy special grace preventing us, thou dost put into our minds good desires; so by thy continual help we may bring the fame to good effect, through Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The - Epistle. Col. 3. 1, then be risen with Christ, seek those things 'which are above, where Christ fitteth on the right hand of God. Set your

Paraphrase on the Colleft for Easter-Day.. Most mighty God, who, through thy Son Jesus Grace, produce in us good actions, through the fime Chrift haft vanquished Death, and given us eternal Jesus Christ, who reigaeth with thee and the Holy Life ; grant, we beseech thee, that those good desires, Spirit one God for ever and ever. which thou inspirest into our Hearts, may, by thy of Christ, we are faved from the wrath to come. As abstaining from the leaven of Sin, and by the practice the Pallover was kept in commemoration of the Ifrae- of all Christian Purity. lites deliverance from the Bondage of Egypt: fo the If ye then be risen with Chri, &c. The DocFeaft of Christ's Resurrection is inftituted in remem- trine of Chrits Resurrection should be a continual mo: brance of our deliverance from the favery of Sin and tive to Believers to rise from the death of Sin to a Death. As the Jews were commanded to eat no lea. of Righteousness,-to mortify and fubdue in them. vened Bread during their Feast of the Pallover;-fo felves an inordinate Affections to the Things of this Mould Christians commemorate their Redemption by Worid, and principally to desire, and endeavour toate

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affection 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 our life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness which is idolatry: for which things sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience. In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

The Gospel. S. John 20. 1.
HE first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early,

when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher. Then she runneth and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and faith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulcher. So they ran both together; and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulcher: and he stooping down, and looking in , saw the linen clothes lying, yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the fepulcher, and seeth the linen clothes lie; and the napkin that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple which came first to the fepulcher, and he saw and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

Monday in Easter-week.

The Collect.
Lmighty God, who through thy only begotten Son Jesus
Chrift, haft overcome death, and opened unto us the gate

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It is worthy to be observed in general concerning contained in it, go on (to use David's Exprefsion) fror this portion of Scriptore appointed for this day's Gof- Strngtb to Streength, and fine as it were mucre and more pel, that the Testimonies of our Lord's Resurrectiod unto the perfest Day.

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