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It is to be observed, that the Scripture makes mM- 
tion of three Judases ; the first is Judas Maccabeus ; 
the second Judas the son of Joseph, the reputed 
father of our Lord; and third, Judas Iscariot, the 
son of a Tanner, living in repute at Joppa, or Japho, 
ia beautiful sea-port on the we^tof Canaan, about 
thirty-four miles North west of Jerusalem, from 
which it was seen, as it stood on a hill amidst a 
delightful plain. Here Peter restored Dorcas to 
life, and received the messages of Cornelius. In 
the time of the Antichristian war of the Croisades, 
or Crusades, Lewis of France, and Godfrey of 
I Boulogne, and others, repaired and adoriied it; 
j but in these unhappy times, what was one year a, 
I beautiful city, was oft in the next a heap of ruins, 
i At present, and for ages past, it hath but a bad 
harbour, and is remarkable for nothing but ruinous 
remains of antiquity. This Judas who betrayed 
our Lord, was his mother's first child, who dream- 
ed that the child in her womb would prove both a 
thief and a murderer, and bring her and her gener- 
ation to shame and disgrace : which so terrified her, 
that she was like to go distracted ; but her husband 
strove to pacify her, bidding her leave it to God the 


wise disposer of all things, who may take it awaj in 
its infancy or endue it with more grace than erer 
to be guilty of such dishonourable actions. — This 
somewhat quieted her, and she was soon after de- 
livered of a lovely male child ; but under his left 
breast was the following curious marks viz. a cross, 
a gallows, two daggers, and several pieces of money : 
this likewise terrified his mother, who concealed it 
from her husband, determining, as soon as she was 
able, to go to a magician and know the signification 
of these surprising marks. The child being circum- 
cised, and she purified, according to the old Jewish 
custom, she dressed herself in disguise, put a veil on 
her face, and taking with her a kinswoman, went to 
the magician's, and being introduced to him, she re-, 
lated her dream, her fears and the marks upon hef 
son, desiring the interpretation of the dream, and 
the signification of the marks. 

The magician replied, I am no interpreter of 
dreams, neither do I justly know the signification of 
marks ; and the whole of your story appears as 
strange to me, as it can be amazing to you ; but if 
you can tell me when the child was born, I will cal- 
culate its nativity, and see what it pretends. He 
then called for pen, ink, and paper, and sitting down, 
calculated his nativity ; and when he had finished it, 
he shook his head, and his countenance waxed pale ; 
which being perceived by Judas 's mother, she said i 
unto him, do not deceive me, but tell me true, hide 
nothing from me, whether it be good or evil. — Theri,| 
said the magician, to your sorrow, I have seen the 
rules of the planet that reigned predominant at youi 
son's birth, that he would prove a thief and a mur- 
derer, and what is worse, he will, for lucre, betray 
y the Lord of Life ; for which act he will afterwards 
despair of mercy, lay violent hands op himjself, arjiji 

come to a shameful end. — These words pierced the 
mother's heart, who wringing her hands, wished she 
had never been born, rather than to have been the 
rnother of such an unhappy child ; and asked the 
magician what she could do to prevent the bringing 
of shame or disgrace on her family ? He told her ho 
knew no way of prevention, but by laying violent 
hands on it, which might be now easily done in its 
infancy and in a manner so as not to be discovered. 
To this she replied, that she would not for ten thou- 
sand worlds commit such an act of violence on her 
son ; for if her husband had the least suspicion of it, 
he was so fond of Judas, that he would never be re- 
conciled to her any more ; yet for the sake of her 
family, she would by some means or other prevent it 
without destroying it ; and then told the magician, 
that if she had a small boat made like a shell, with 
a cover to go down close that no water might get in, 
and a little vent to let in air at the top, and room in 
it to lie soft and easy, she might without danger send 
him down the river Jordan, and so commit him 
wholly to the protection of providence, which might 
conduct him to some distant shore, into the hands 
of some tender persons, and thereby preserve his 
life ; and if he afterwards commits those base actions 
the shame will fall on his own head, as no one will 
know from whom he is descended. The magician 
highly commended her for her invention, and said 
he would procure such a boat for her ; and she pro- 
mising him a good reward for his assistance, re- 
turned home. After she was gone, the magician 
sent for one Rot, a very cunning Artist, a Joiner by 
trade, who undertook to make the boat, drawing 
out with his pencil, the form of it, carried it home 
with him, wrouglit upon it in private, and having 
soon finished it, brought it to the magician's house, 

#ho p^id hitii lif'gely for it, tod sent a senrant io 
the house of Sim5n, trhd toM Judas's mother, that 
the matter whi^h tils master aiid she spoke oif was 
rioW finished. She lihderststiiding him, went next 
niorning to the inagician's holise, viewed the boat, 
and liked it well, saying it was vei'y convenient for 
the end ititended, Mt seemed peri)lexed how she 
should do it privately, and keep it froni discovery, 
as death was the consequence thereof. Iter kins- 
woman begged hef" to leave that to her, anfl all 
should be safe enough ; for We will feign the child 
sick for a day or two, in thei meantime we wilt make 
some inq[uiry iii the city tot the dead body of some 
poor male child which we l^ill btiy of its parents, 
and have it privately brought to oiir house to be 
buried ; in the meantiiitie We Will dispatch your son 
to sea, and make him believe the other child to be 
his, arid that he died during his absence ; so having 
it buried, the matt^ir can never be brought to light. 

The mother liked the contrivance, and going 
home with a promise of a great reward^ ana her 
friendship for life, she swore her servants to secfecy, 
and then said she. We thtist act in this manner. 
When yotir master comes home at nighty I shall 
put on very dejected looks, and wheii he asks the 
cause, I shall tell him that Judas is not well, and 
that l am ajjprehetisive of his death, which you 
mtist all testify and confirm. She accordingly put 
thi^ i^cheme into practice at night, when her hus- 
band did all he cotild to comfort ner^ telling her that 
they were yoiiiig, they might, be parents of many 
children : and going tip stairs to see the child, the 
maid then pinched its lieck till it was black in the 
face, and thinking it in convulsions, g^ve it over 
^o death. As soon as he was gone out in th0 
<aiorning, the mother and kinswoman took the child 


and went to the magician's liouse, in order to pnt 
the child to sea. They put on him many wai-m 
and rich garments, with an upper coat of oil, that 
no water might penetrate it ; and the magician, on 
a piece of parchment, wrote the following words : 


which his mother sewed round his neck and pu.. 
him into the boat, and shut down the cover. At 
parting with the child the mother was almost dis- 
tracted, wringing her hands and veeping bitterly, 
but being comforted by the magician and her kins- 
woman she was ^t last pacified, and desired to go 
liome, as she could not bear to see the child put into 
the water, so she and her kinswoman departed home. 
The magician then took the boat and carried it 
down to his own garden, at the foot of which ran 
the riyer Jordan, and putting it in where a strong 
stream ran, it was soon carried out of sight. 

The mother when she got home fainted away* 
but was revived by being informed by her maid- 
servant, that during her absence they had almost 
brought the matter to a close, hating found a neigh- 
bour's male child, who had died the day before, and 
was just of the same age as Judas, for whose body 
they had given the parents a small sum of money, 
and paid the expense of burying a cofiin full of 
bones, by way of a blind : and the only thing that 
remained was to deceive her husband, and get this 
fehiid buried under the sanction of Judas 's body. 

The father coming home at night, and finding 
his wife in tears, soon guessed the dismal cause ; 
and inquiring of the servants, they with dissembled 
grief informed him, that the child died in the 
morning soon after his departure. The man was 


much affected with the loss of his child, and thinks 
ing to prevent his wife*s grief by the sight of the 
body he had it removed to a kinsman's house, and 
in a day or two interred it from thence, supposing 
it to be his son Judas. ' ^ ] i 

By this time Providence had conducted Judas, 
alive and well, unto the coast of Iscariot, a king- 
dom in Palestine, where Pheophilus the king often 
used to recreate himself, in beholding the ship! 
pass and repass at sea. It happened that the Term 
day that Judas was cast on the coast, the king andl 
his nobles came on that diversion, and as they wer0^ 
standing on the top of the rock, looking into the 
sea, the king espied a little boat floating upon the 
water, and thinking it to be a chest of some wreck- i 
ed ship, he ordered a servant to put out a boat and 
fetch it ; which being done, and brought to the 
king, he ordered it to be broken open; when to 
their great surprise, they found a lovely babe, who 
look'd up, and smiled in the king's face. Then 
said the king to the child, welcome as my own child ; 
and expressed much joy in being providentially 
sent to preserve the babe's life, and taking it up in 
his arms, said if thou wert a child begat by me, I 
could not esteem or value thee more. Then hd 
espied about its neck the aforementioned parch- 
ment, viz : 


Well, said the king, as thy name is Judas, I will 
now double name thee, and then called him Judas 
Iscariot, because he found him near the coast of 
that name. He was then brought to court, treated 

as the king's own child, and at a proper age educa* 
ted well, and at last became a man of learning and 

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genius and behaved himself so wisely, that the king 
made him his principal steward. 

Judas being arrived at this rank, still coveted 
greater, and remembering the queen one day said, 
that if the prince, her son died, Judas should be 
her heir, he therefore set about contriving to kill 
him, accordingly he professed great love and friend- 
ship for him ; and one day being walking together, 
Judas took occasion to quarrel with the prince, and 
maliciously slew him, thinking all would go well 
with him if he was dead. 

Behold the serpent, which the king 

Long nourished in his breast, 
Grown warm, strikes forth his baneful sting, 

And robb'd him of his rest. 

Though none accused him of the murder, yet his 
conscience so stung him, that he so«n quitted the 
kingdom, leaving all his pomp and finery behind 
him, and changing his name, took upon him the 
mean employ of a servant, wandering about from 
place to place, until at length he arrived at Joppa, 
the place of his nativity ; here he soon got a place 
in a nobleman's family, where he behaved so well 
as to gain the esteem of his lord and lady, and all 
that knew him. One day it happened that as his 
lady was walking abroad big with child, she longed 
for some fruit, which she saw in Judas's father's 
garden, bidding him go and buy her some. He 
took the money, but was resolved to steal the fruit ; 
and going to the garden, broke down the fences, 
which as he was doing his father came out, and 
seized him for the robbery ; and Judas to extricate 
himself from the hand of justice murdered his 
father upon the spot, and immediately escaped to 

Theba, a city about seveuty-siz leagues dist^HK?*^ 
Here lie continued four years, in which timQ tbi 
noise of the murder being blown over, he returned 
back again, and got another place ir* a uobleman'i 
family, where he lived sometime, till his own motb^i 
accidentally seeing him fell in love with and Xtmv'm 
him. o'^j; J 

About five years after they had been manTie^ 
one morning in bed Judas's shirt bosom lay opeilt 
when ghe saw under his left breast the marks lit 
was born with ; upon which she waked him in m 
agony, and told him the whole story of his birth 
and the part she had acted therein. Judas hean 
this with wonder and astonishment, and on his part 
confessed to Iier the many crimes he had been guilty 
of ; after which she desired him to depart from. her^ 
and seek mercy of God in another country ; protest- 
ing she would never be carnally known to biill 

Judas full of grief and remorse of consci^MiJe, hi 
Joppa, and wandered about like a pilgrim, till 
heard of a mighty prophet, called Jesus of Nazareth 
in ilie land of Judea, who wrought many miraclea 
smA wonderful works ; to him he went, and likiuj 
his doctrine and seeing his miracles, he begged ( 
our Lord to be jadmitted one of his followers : Oi^ 
Saviour chose him to be one of his disciples, auf 
gave him the charge of what money or provisiol 
he carried about with him. There is no evidenc 
that his religious instructions, or his preaching 
the word, or miracles, were inferior to tiiose of his 
brethren: but covetousness still reigned in his 
heart. Notwithstanding all this Judas could not 
forget his covetousness, for when Mary Magdalene 
/ brought a box of costly ointment, to anoint our de^r 
Lord's feet, at the house of Simon tlie Tieperj Judlis 


was highly offended thereat, because the volm 
thereof was not put into his bag. But our Lord 
knowing his covetous and wicked heart, sharply re- 
buked him ; at which he was so enraged, that he 
in reyenga premeditated, and put into execution, 
the worst action of all his life, and going to the 
chief priests and elderis, he said mito them, what 
will you give me, and I will betray him they call 
Jesus into your hands ? And they agreed with 
him for tiiirty pieces of silver ; or £3, 8s. 5d. 
English money. 

The love of money is a rock 
yi4ii Which causes eai'e and trouble, 
,10 V/ And he that hasteth to be rich, 
.810 He makes his sorrows double. 

• - 'Money's a most alluring l)ait, 
Conducive unto evil, 
For this base Judas sold his God, 
Himself unto the aevil. 

When our Lord was instituting his last supper, 
he said unto his disciples, I have chosen you twelve, 
but one of you is a devil. And again. Verily I say 
unto you, one of yo« this night shall betray me, and 
he it is unto whomsoever I shall give a sop : then 
giving sop unto Judas, he said unto him what 
thou dost do quickly. With the sop the devil en- 
tered into Judas, and he went out from amongst 
them.— Judas then went to the chief priests, and 
received the thirty pieces of silver ; so taking with 
him an armed band of men, to apprehend his mas- 
ter. He led them to the Garden, of Getbsemane 
where Jesus was wont to retire for his devotion ; 
he went telling them, that whomsoever he should 


kiss, the same was he, hold him fast. There our 
Lord beheld his adversaries coming with burningl 
torches and lanterns, and weapons to apprehen J 
him ; then spake he to his disciples, and saidi 
** Bise let us go ; behold he is at hand that will beM 
tray me.'* And while he was speaking, came JudJ 
the traitor, saying, Hail, Master, and kissed him" 
For it is written, that it was the manner and custom 
of our Lord Jesus towards his disciples, that when 
at any time he had sent them out, at their return 
again, he would receive them with a loving kiss. 
Then they laid hands on the Lord, and bound him 
as a thief and a murderer, and led him away to 
tlie high Priest and Elders, who asked him many 
questions ; to which our Lord gave them no answer, 
but stood like a lamb dumb before his shearers. 
And here let us behold our Lord Jesus, how pa- 
tiently and meekly he receives that false and treach- 
erous kiss from that unfaithful disciple, whose feet 
he had vouchsafed to wash with his own hands, 
and whom out of his unspeakable charity he refused 
not to feed with the precious food of his blessed 
body. Consider likewise how meekly he suffered 
himself to be taken, bound, struck, and furiously 
dragged away, as if he had been a thief, or the 
most wicked person in the world, void of power to 
help himself. Contemplate also the i^reat sorrow 
and inward affliction he had of his disciples, who 
fled and left him in the hands of those ravenous 
wolves. And on the other side, consider the grief of 
their hearts, since the cause of their leaving him was 
not the perversity of their will, but the frailty of 
their weak nature : for which they heartily mourn 
and sigh, like poor orphans that know not what they 
y do, or whither to go ; and their sorrow was so much 
the greater, as they knew in what viUanous man- 


ner their Lord and master would be treated and 
abused. Nevertheless, the whole assembly, though 
they found nothing worthy of death in him, one by 
one passed the following sentences on him. 









Better one man should die, than all perish. 


Let him be bound, and kept fast in chains. 


Let us put him to death. 

liCt US bajaish him, or ho will destroj^ our ( 


He is worthy of death, because he seduceth the 

Guilty or not, let the seducer die. 


Let us bani-:h him for ever, 


If he be iniiocent ht^lmll diiB, bacsyuse he stirretU 
up the people. 


Guilty or not rrnilf^. let us sentence him to death 
or punishpfjit, 


Either banish him, or send him unto Csesftr. 

Punish him with death. 



Let him be banished for sediicing the people. 

The mob also cried out to Pontius Pilate, if joi 
let this man go, you are not Csesar's friend ; there- 
fore, crucify l^ira ! crucify him ! 




J E S U S C H R I S T 



1 Po^iTius Fih^TEf Jj^dge in Jerusalem under the 
mo^t potent Tiberius, happy and prosperous be his 
;'eign, having heard and known the accusation of 
Jusus of Nazareth, whom the Jews brought bound, 
to pronounce his sentence ; seeing he, by presump 
tuous expressions, called himself the Son of God, 
and the King of the Jews, and said he would destroy 
the Temple of Solomon. Let him be condemned to 
the cross with the two Thieves. 


Thus was the Lord of Life condemn'd, 

On Calv'ry's mount to die, 
As Moses* Serpent so was he 

There lifted up on high. 

'Twas not for sins that were his own, 
He there shed forth his blood, 

But that such sinners vile as we, 
Might be brought near to God, 

Let us obey the gospel call, 

Now while it is to-day, 
Lest ere to-morrow Death should cry, 

To judgmeiit come away. 


NOW JUDAS, the Traitor, had no sooner seei 
his master condemned by the Jewish council, thai 
his conscience upbraided him ; he brought back th< 
thirty pieces of silver, and confessed he had betray 
ed his innocent master. But the Jewish rulen 
replied, that that was none of their business, h( 
might blame himself. And ho threw back th< 
thirty pieces of silver and went out and hanged hitii 
self; but the rope breaking, or the tree giving way 
he fell and his body burst asunder, and his bowelij 
gushed out. Then the Jews, as they thought ih 
price of blood was not fit for the Treasury, they, ai 
agents for Judas, gave it for the Potters-field t< 
bury strangers in. 


Tho* Judas 'mongst the Apostles wm 
And with them took his part, 

His awful end proved him to be 
A traitor in his heart. 

On the Evening after our Lord's resurrection he 
ippeared unto ten of the apostles, Judas being dead, 
md Thomas absent : he renewed their mission, and 
wreathed on them, as a token of his sending the 
Holy Ghost. After giving them repeated proofs of 
lis resurrection, he just before his ascension gave 
:hem a formal commission, saying, " Go ye therefore^ 
ind teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of 
'he Father , and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost ; 
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have 
commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even 
mto the end of the world, Amen,^' After they had 
writnessed their master's departure to the heavenly 
mansions, Peter proposed, that one who had been a 
constant witness of his marvellous suflferings and 
conduct, should be chosen to fill the room of Judas, 
^he disciples chose Barsabas and Matthias for the 
candidates. As the office was extraordinary, and 
perhaps the votes equal, the final determination, 
which of the two should be the apostle, was left to 
the decision of God by the lot After prayer, the 
lots were cast, and it fell upon Matthias : he wa« 
therefore numbered with the eleven apostles. 

On the day of Pentecost, a feast appointed to 
commemorate the giving of the law, the Holy Ghost, 
in the shape of cloven tongues of fire, descended on 
each of them ; rendered them bold and infallible 
in preaching the gospel ; qualified them with power, 
to speak in every language, to discern men's tern- 


pers, and to cotifS&r th^ mii^Bui iiiihiMifQ of 
speaking with tongue^ on oiMf^, hf the l^tying on 

Learn hence a lot's a sacred thing, 

Let's not it vanity nse, 
Since God thereby has oft thought fit, 

To choose and to tefuS€^. s 

Let's be content \rith what^s otir lot; « 

Since God to us it gave, ' 
Let's pray that Christ may be the gift, 

Greater can^t sinners have. 

Correspondent to the twelve p^tria;f($hs, of tW^M ' 
tribes of Isra^sl, our Saviour, in the second or thircf 
year of his public ministry, first appointed, and then^ < 
sent forth twelve of his followers, whoih he ham^xf 'l 
Apostle's. These he Sent out by two's, ^ 

SIMON PlETER, and ANDREW hlS'^<«^ ; 
JAMBS the Son of ZEBEDEfi, aM JOHN h»=' 
brother ; 

JAMES the son of ALPHEUS, JUDB hii 
brother ; ' ' 

SIMON the Canaanite, and JUDAS ISCARIOT j 
MATTHIAS, Succeeded Judas aft# the resur'- 
rection of our Lord. 




UCHING the wonderful ascension of otir Lord 
jas, it behoves thee, pious reader, to awaken thj 
irty and render thyself with more than ordinarly 
«ntion to all that is here said or done, relating 
this subject, if thou desire to feed thy soul with 
gtvenly comfort^ and reap the spiritual unetion,^ 
lich plentifully flows from the derdut conte^pla- 
J .n of so divine a subject. 

I On the fortieth day after the resurrection, our 
ltd Jesus, knowing that his tiiii^ Is^as now come to 
part from this world* and to p^ss hence to his 
fcther* taking with him the holy patriarchs, pro- 
lets, and others, who after his resurrection were 

the terrestrial paradise, and blessing Enoch 
rd Blias, who remained there still alive, he came 

his apostles, i^ho were gathered together on 
;ount Sion, which wa^ the place Where he made 
s last supper the night before his passion. There 
gr© likewise with the apostles at this place, the 
essed Virgin, and many other disciples ; and our 
ord appearing to them said, that he Would eat 
ith them before he departed from them, as a 
lecial token and memorial of the love he bore theiri. 
nd as they were all eating, being full .of joy and 
rtritUal comfort at this last refection of our Lord 
I8SUS, he said to them, ** The time is now cotne in 
hieh i must return again to him that sent me : 
tit you shall remain in the city till you are clothed 
ith the tirtue descending from above ; for within 



a few days you shail be filled with the Holy Ghost I 
as I before promised you. After which, you shalftf 
be dispersed throughout the whole world, to preaclW. 
my gospel, baptizing all that shall believe in nie, s< «4 i 
that you shall be my witnesses to the utmost cdn Bvai 
fines of the earth/* He likewise reproved then litli 
for their incredulity in not believing them who hacp 
seen him rise, that is the angels. This he chose Jto iitl 
do at the time he was speaking to them of preach p 
ing his gospel, to give them to understand, thatjnot 
they ought to have believed the angels, even be ltur 
fore they saw him, much sooner than they ought tciaffl 
be believed by those to whom they were to preaoh.jLo 
who, nevertheless, would believe them (the apostles^ Ieo( 
though they should not see him, (Jesus Christ^] Ij 
And this he did, that by knowing their fault theyimi 
might remain humble ; shewing them at his de^ljfa 
parture how much he admired that virtue, and thal^ai 
he recommended it to them in a singular manneiiini 
They asked him concerning many things that weniioi 
to come to pass ; but he would not resolve them, in^ i 
asmuch as it was not necessary for them to laiow c 
the secrets of God, which his father had reserved a 
in his own power, to fulfill at his own will and t 
pleasure. Aiid thus they continued discoursing and 1 
eating together, with great comfort and satisfaction, 
occasioned by the presence of their Lord ; yet their 
comfort was mixed with some grief, by reason of his 
departure from them. For they loved him so ten- 
derly, that they could not hear him speak of leaving 
them without heaviness and sorrow. 

And what can we think of his blessed Mother? 
May we not devoutly imagine that, sitting near 
him, and hearing what he said concerning his de- 
parture, she was moved with the tenderness of her 
motherly affection ; and that overcome with griefiu 


rbich suddenly seized, and oppressed her blessed 
k)ul, she inclined her head towards him, and rest- 
id it upon his sacred breast! For, if John the 
Svangelist at the last supper, took this freedom, 
drith much more reason may we suppose her to do 
the same on this doleful occasion. Hence, then, 
Irith tears, and many sighs, she spoke to him in 
ins manner : "Oh my beloved son, I beseech thee 
lot to leav« me ; but if thou must depart, and re> 
;urn again to thy heavenly Father, take me, thy 
iffiicted Mother, along with thee ! " But our blessed 
Lord endeavoured to comfort her, and said, Grieve 
lot, oh beloved parent, at my leaving you because 
[ go to my Father ; and it is expedient that you re- 
nain here a short time longer, to confirm in their 
■aith, such as shall be converted, and believe in me, 
xnd afterwards I will come again, and take you with 
ne, to be a partaker of my glory/* To whom again, 
}ur Lady replied, " My beloved Son, may thy will 
ilways be fulfilled in all things, for I am not only 
contented to remain here during thy pleasure, but 
ilso, to sulfer death for love of those souls, for which 
thou hast so willingly vouchsafed to lay down thy 
life: this, however, I beseech thee, be thou ever 
mindful of me." Our Lord then again comforted 
ber, with the disciples, and Mary Magdalene, say- 
ing, ** Let not your hearts be troubled, nor fear ye 
any thing, I will not leave you desolate ; I go, but 
will shortly return again to you, and will remain 
always with you." At length he bid them remove 
from thence, and go to Mount Olivet, because fron; 
that place he would ascend into heaven, in the 
presence of them all : saying this, he disappeared. 

His holy Mother, with the rest of the company^ 
without any delay, hastened to the said mount, about, 
a mile distant from Jerusalem, as he had appointed 

them, where our Lord again BoOtt apjieai'^^ ft^ 
Behold on this day wo have two different appatitio^i 
of our Lord. Thus being all together, our Loi*S| 
erabraced his holy Mother, and she again erabrat^ili 
him in a most tender manner, taking leave of eadB^I 
other. And the disciples, Mary Ma^alene, and thlf 
rest falling down to the gi'ound, and weeping witlf 
tenderness, kissed his blessed feet, and he, raising i 
them up, embraced all his apostles most lovingly, i 
Let us now, pious i-eader, diligently cotisidet I 
them, and devoutly contemplate all that is herO j 
done ; and amongst the rest, let us behold thd holy 
Panthers, who being there present though invisible, , 
joyfully admire, and inwardly praise the ble^^d 
Vii'gin, by whom they received so great a benefit as ! 
their salvation. They behold with pleasing Jtdmira- 1 
tion, the glorious champions, aiid leaders of God's 
hosts, the apostles, whoffl our Lord Jesus had chosen 
from among all others, to conquer subdue th6 
world, and bring it orer to tfe Miief of his tiolf 

At length, when ih^ lipt^y M fttlfilled 
and completed, our Lord Jesus began gradually to( 
raise himself up before them, and to ascend by hi^ 
own virtue and power into heaven. And then tfeif 
blessed Virgin, with the rest, fell down and devoullyV 
worshipped him. And otti* Lady ^iid, O iny \0 
loved, I beseech thee to be mittdfttl of Baie,'* aMtf 
with this she burst into tears, riot Befogs able tS^ 
refrain, when she reflected on his departure, yef 
was she full of inward joy, to see her blessed Boii 
thus gloriou^fy ascend into heaven. His disciples^ 
also, When they beheld him ascending, said, Thotf 
knowest, O Lord, that we have renounced all things 
for thee, wherefore, we beseech thee not to forgef 
us, but be ever mindful of us, for whbm we hifcv^ 


Ireaken all." Then om- J.ord lifting up his hands^ 
ith serene and pleasing aspect, crowned with giorj> 
ctoriouslj ascended into heaven^ but first blessing 
em, he said, Be stedfast, and fight couimgeouslj* 
r I shall always be with jou, even to the end of . 
e world." ' 
Thus, our Lord Jesus, ascended into lieave]ii^^ 
iffilling that which the prophet Mieah had said 
ng before his ascension ; And their King sJmUpass 
fore them, and the Lord at the head of ih&m^ So 
lat they all followed him with unspeakable joy, 
id never-ending felicity. 

And Michael, the priaeeof God's celestial host, 
nng before, c^ried the joyful tidings of their 
ord's ascending,, at whiek the whole heavenly court 
' celestial spirits came fotth to meet their Lord, 
td with all wo^hip aad reverence, they led him 
ith hymns and songs af jubilation, repeating with 
expressible joy. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 
Having paid their due reverence to the Lord, and 
!ided the joyful cantic^les, which related to his 
oriotis Ascension, the angels began to rejeiee with 
iich other. And what tongue can express, or mitid 
ineeive, that which passed between them at this 
fcppy meeting ? The blessed spirits began to con- 
atulate them on their arrival, saying : Ye princes 
God's people, you are welcome to our eternal 
ibitation, and we r^ejoice and are glad at your 
Mni : you all are gathered together, and wonder- 
^ exalted with our God ; Alleluia. Therefore 
joice and sing to him who so gloriously aseeiided 
t» hear^, and above the heaven of heavens : 

To w^hich the Fathers again joyfully replied. 
To you, princes of God's people, Alleluia : Our 
lardians and helpers, AHeltiia ; Joy and peace for 



ever, Alleluia : Let us sing and make mirth to our^ 
King and our Satiour, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia; n 
Now we joyfully enter into the house of our Lord^: v 
Alleluia : to remain for ever in the glorious city ofj'j 
God, Alleluia. As sheep of our Lord's pasture wwA 
enter his gates, Alleluia : With hjrmns and canticles, 
Alleluia : For the Lord of power is with us, Alleluia, 
Alleluia, Alleluia." For according to the prophet, 
The Lord is ascending in shouts of joy , and the 
Lord in the sound of a trumpet. 

Our Lord Jesus ascended visibly for the greater 
comfort of his mother and disciples, that they might; 
see him as far as they could. And behold a cloud 
received him out of their sight, and in an instant they 
were present in heaven ! And as the blessed Virgin 
and the disciples were looking still up to heaven, 
two angels stood beside them in white garment)^ 
who began to comfort them, telling them not lm 
look lo»ger after his body, which they saw ascend 
so gloriously into heaven, for that they should not 
see him any more in that form till the day of 
Judgment, when he should come to judge the quick 
and the dead. They bid them return into the ciM 
again, and their to expect the coming of the Hcm 
Ghost, as he himself had told them. His blesww 
Mother spoke to the angels, desiring them to rm 
eommend her to her blessed son ; who profoundly 
inclining to her, promised gladly to fulfil her com- 
mands; And the apostles and Mary Magdalene re- 
commended themselves in the same manner. After 
this, the angels departing, they went according as 
they had been appointed into the city, unto Mount 
Sion, and waited there the coming of the Hol|i^ 


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