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Thursday in Easter Week

Collect

O GOD, who hast united the diversity of nations in the confession of thy Name: grant that they who are born again in the waters of baptism may agree in steadfastness of faith and godliness of  life. Through., etc.

For the Epistle. Acts 8.26

In those days : The Angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying: Arise, and go toward the south, unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza which is desert. And he arose and went. And, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip: Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said: Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said: How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this: He was led as a sheep to the slaughter: and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth. In his humiliation his judgment was taken away. And who shall declare his generation for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said: I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water and the eunuch said: See, here is water: what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said: If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said: I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more. And he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea, the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Gospel.  St. John 20.11

At that time: Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping. And as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre and seeth two Angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her: Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them: Because they have taken away my Lord and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing; and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her: Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou? She,supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him: Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her: Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him: Rabboni (which is to say, Master). Jesus saith unto her: Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father but go to my brethren, and say unto them: I ascend unto my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

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