The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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which he found in the apostolical or prophetic writings, but to the utmost of his power endeavoured to perform them all. These things I much love and admire in the aforesaid bishop; because I do not doubt that they were pleasing to God; but I do not praise or approve his not observing Easter at the proper time, either through ignorance of the canonical time appointed, or if he knew it, being prevailed on by the authority of his nation, not to follow the same. Yet, this I approve in him, that in the celebration of his Easter, the object which he had in view in all he said, did, or preached, was the same as ours, that is, the redemption of mankind, through the passion, resurrection and ascension into heaven of the man Jesus Christ, who is the mediator betwixt God and man. And therefore he always celebrated the same, not as some falsely imagine, on the fourteenth moon, like the Jews, whatsoever the day was, but on the Lord's day, from the fourteenth to the twentieth moon, and this he did from his belief of the resurrection of our Lord happening on the day after the Sabbath, and for the hope of our resurrection, which also he, with the holy Church, believed would happen on the day after the Sabbath, now called the Lord's Day.


CHAPTER XVIII.
OF THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE RELIGIOUS KING SIGBERCHT.

At this time, the kingdom of the East Angles, after the death of Eorpwald, the successor of Redwald, was subject to his brother Sigbercht, a good and religious man, who long before had been baptized in France, whilst he lived in banishment, flying from the enmity of Redwald; and returning home, as soon as he ascended the throne, being desirous to imitate the good institutions which he had seen

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