Winter and Spring
Summer and Autumn
by Abel Grimmer
Devotions for Ember Saturday in Whitsun Week
Collect for Whitsuntide(to be said each day of Pentecost Week)
God, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
Collect for Ember Saturday
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who hast purchased to
thyself an universal Church by the precious blood of thy dear Son:
Mercifully look upon the same, and at this time so guide and govern
the minds of thy servants the Bishops and Pastors of thy flock, that
they may lay hands suddenly on no man, but faithfully and wisely
make choice of fit persons, to serve in the sacred Ministry of thy
Church. And to those who shall be ordained to any holy function,
give thy grace and heavenly benediction; that both by their life and
doctrine they may show forth thy glory, and set forward the salvation
of all men; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephesians 2:13-22.
NOW in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made
nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both
one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of
commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of
twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile
both unto God in one body by the cross, having slam the enmity
thereby: and came and preached peace to you which were afar off,
and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by
one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers
and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the
household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles
and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; in
whom all the building fitly framed to unto an holy temple in the
Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God
through the Spirit.
The Gospel. St. John 20:19-23.
THE same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when
the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of
the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them,
Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them
his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw
the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again. Peace be unto you: as my
Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this,
he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy
Ghost: whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and
whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.