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Ember Wednesday in Whitsuntide


WE beseech thee, O Lord, that the Comforter which proceedeth from thee may enlighten our minds : and lead us, as thy Son hath promised, into all truth. Who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.  Amen.

The Lesson from the Acts of the Apostles. (Acts 2. 14)

IN those days : Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them : Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words. For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day : but this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel : And it shall come to pass in the last days, (saith God,) I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. And on my servants and on my hand maidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit, and they shall prophesy : and I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath ; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass : that whosoever shall call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved.


COME, thou Holy Spirit, come ; and from thy
celestial home send thy light and brilliancy.

Come, thou father of the poor, come who givest all
our store, come the soul's true radiancy.

Come, of comforters the best, of the soul the sweetest
guest, sweetly and refreshingly.

Come, in labour rest most sweet, shade and coolness
in the heat, comfort in adversity.

Thou who art the Light most blest, come fulfil their
inmost breast, who believe most faithfully.

For without thy Godhead's dower, man hath nothing
in his power, save to work iniquity.

What is filthy make thou pure, what is wounded
work its cure, water what is parched and dry.

Gently bend the stubborn will, warm to life the
heart that's chill, guide who goeth erringly.

Fill thy faithful who adore, and confess thee ever
more, with thy sevenfold mystery.

Here thy grace and virtue send, grant salvation in
the end, and in heaven felicity. Amen. Alleluia.

The Continuation of the HOLY GOSPEL according to John (St. John 6. 44)

AT that time : Jesus said unto the multitudes of the Jews : No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him : and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets : And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. Verily, verily, I say unto you : he that believeth on me hath ever lasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven : that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever : and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

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