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Almighty and everlasting God, who hast bestowed on us this Paschal Sacrament, for a pledge of our redemption : grant, we beseech thee ; that those things which we observe in our outward profession we may effectually imitate within our souls. Through Jesus Christ, etc.

Epistle.  1 Peter 3.18.

Dearly beloved: Christ hath once nsuffered for sins, 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 longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us: not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God.

Gospel.  St. Matt. 28. 16.

At that time : The eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying: All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have cômmanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

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