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to whom it belongeth justly to punish Sinners, and to be merciful to them that truly repent: Save and deliver us, we humbly befeech thee, from the hands of our Enemies; abate their pride, affwage their malice, and confound their devices, that we being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore from all perils, to glorify thee, who art the only giver of all victory, through the merits of thy only Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. In the Ember-Weeks, to be said every Day, for those that are to be admitted into Holy Orders. Lmighty 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 Tlack, that they may lay hands suddenly on no Man, but faithly and wisely make choice of fit Persons to serve in the facred Misiltry of thy Church.” And to those which shall be ordained to any holy function, give thy Grace and heavenly Benediction, that both by their life and doctrine they may set forth thy glory, and fet forward the salvation of all Men, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. A Prayer for the High Court of Parliament, 'to be read during
Paraphrase on the Prayer in the Time of Wars and Paraphrase on the Prayer for those that are to be adTumults.
mitted into Hory Orders.
O molt mighty and gracious God, who through O most mighty God, who ruleft over all the King- Jesus Chriit haft procured to thyself an universal doms of the world with irresistible power, punishing Church ; thew favour towards it, and at this time so the wicked and shewing Mercy to the Penitent; pre- influence its governors, that they may act with strict serve us we beseech thee from the assaults of our Ene- caution, discretion and integrity, in their appointment mies, humble their insolence, calm their ill will, and of Perfons to the facred Ministry. And give thy aslifdefeat their injurious designs against us; thai being, tance and bleffing, we beseech thee, to all who shall be fafe under thy protection from all dangers, we may chosen to this Oce, that both by their Doctrine and ever give thee praise; and this we beg for the Merits. Example they may advance thy Glory, and promote the of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Salvation of ail Mankind, through Jesus Christ.
OST gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, as for this
kingdom in general, fo especially for the High Court of Parliament, under our moft religious and gracious King at this time assembled: That thou wouldest be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations to the advancement of thy glory, the good of thy Church, the safety, honour, and welfare of our Sovereign and his Kingdoms; that all things may be so ordered and settled by their endeavours, upon the best and fureft foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations. These and all other necessaries for them, for us, and thy whole Chụrch, we humbly beg in the Name and Mediation of Jesus Christ our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen. A Colle&t or Prayer for all conditions of Men, to be used at such
times when the Litany is not appointed to be said. God, the Creator and Preserver of all Mankind, we
humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of Men, that thou wouldeft be pleased to make thy ways known unto them; thy faving health unto all nations. More especially we pray
for the good estate of the Catholick Church; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who pro
Paraphrafe on the Prayer for the Parliament. established, that peace, justice, and piety may always O God of infinite goodness, we humbly address flourish among us. These, and whatsoever else thou thee, not only in behalf of this Nation in general, but feest needful for them, us, and thy whole Church, we also particularly for its Representatives, now asiembled humbly intreat thee to grant for the sake, and through by the appointment of our most pious and benevolent the Intercession of Jesus Christ. Sovereign : that thou wouldst be pleased fo to influence Paraphrafe on the Prayer for all conditions of Men. their debates and resolutions, as may conduce to thy . O God, the Father of all Men, let thy goodness and Glory, the benefit of thy Church, the security, dig- the light of thy Gospel extend to the People of all nity, and happiness of our King and his Dominions; Countries, of what rank and condition foever : but that their acts may be so wisely form’d, and fo firmly more particularly we implore thy Blessing upon the
+ As the Parliament is a part of the Constitution and Christian Charity. It regards, not one peculiar part of Government of this Kingdom, and as the welfare of the the human species, but all Men—not
one particular fect People greatly depends upon their determinations, so it of Christians, but the universal Church of Christ, highly becomes us to pray that our infinitely wise God wheresoever it is founded, and howsoever it is diftinwould so direct their Counsels, that we may lead a quiet guished.--It ex ends not to Persons under one kind of and peaceable Life in ail Gudlines and Honesty.
affli&tion alone, but to all that labour under any fort of This Prayer is coinposed in the true Spirit of distress whether of Mind, Body, or Eftate.
This to be said
fefs and call themselves Christians, may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally we commend to thy fatherly goodness, all those who are any ways afflicted or distrested in
mind, body, or estate [ * especially those. for whom
our prayers are desired) that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several neceffities; giving them patience under their fufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ his fake. Amen.
A Prayer that may be said after any of the former.
to forgive; Receive our humble petitions; and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us, for the honour of Jesus Christ our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
A general Thanksgiving..!!
fervants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving kindness to us, and to all Meń
universal Church of Chrift; that it may be so influ- distresses, and a happy release from all their Calamities.
O God, who art infinitely merciful, and ready to
tho the heinousness of our Sins have juftly prokind soever ; beseeching thee to afford them such com- voked thee 10 permit us to perish in our Iniquities;
yet fort and relief as their wants may require, granting mercifully deliver us we beseech thee from this fpiritual them a humble resignation to thy will under all their Bondage, through the Merits of Jesus Chrill, who
pleadeth for us at thy right hand as our intercessor. I Sin indeed is a Chain of servitude from which we And certainly it demands our highest Gratitude, that can be loosed alone by the Grace of God through Jelus God has form'd us not Brutes, but rational Creatures, Chrift,
whereby we are enabled to contemplate, love, serve, + This general Thanksgiving presents us, in order, and enjoy him for ever. But how much are our obliwith a comprehensive view of all God's Blefiings be- gations increased, when we consider, that to him we ftowed upon us, both with respect to this life and ano- are indebted also for our continual Preservation and ther. Our Creation is mentioned first because it is ne- support; without which we must quickly return to cessary, that we may be capable of enjoying the rest. qur original duft-and that he has bestowed upon us Paraphrase on the general Thanksgiving. - upon our Hearts such a deep sense of all thy Mercies O moił mighty God, and most merciful Father, we, as inay render us truly thankful, not only with our who are not worthy of the least of thy Mercies, defire lips, but by dedicating our lives torthy fcivice in all to offer up to thee our unfeigned Thanks for the vå- Holiness, through Jesus Christ, to whom with thee, and rious instances of thy goodness towards us, and all our the Holy Spirit be ascribed all glory and praise for ever fellow Creatures. We praise thee for forming us ra- and ever.
This to be fa'd when any that lance
[ * particularly to those who defire now to offer up their lace to returenpanile. praises and thanksgivings for thy late mercies, vouchsafed
unto them.] We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life, but above all for thine inestimable love in the Redemption of the World by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of Grace, and for the hope of Glory. And we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we may shew forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom with thee, and the Holy Ghost be all'honour and glory, World without end. Amen. ?
ci; I :griza A Thanksgiving for fair Weather. Lord God, who hast justly humbled us by thy late plague of
immoderate Rain and Waters, and in thy Mercy haft relieved and comforted our Souls by this seasonable and blessed change of Weather; we praise and glorify thy holy Name for this thy Mercy, and will always declare thy loving kindness from Generation to Generation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. i Amen.
sis tional Beings, protecting us from the many dangers to Paraphrase on the Thanksgiving for fair Weather. which our frá Natures are exposed, and bestowing up- O God the Lord of all things, who has juftly charonus such innumerable comforts and conveniencies for tised us for our Offences by the late aflicting storias the present life; but above all for the invaluable delive- of Rain; and has mercifully relieved our dutress by 'rance of our Souls from Sin and Death through Jefus restoring to us fair Weather in due feafon ; We offer Christ,---for the powerful means of improvement in unto thee our sincereft Thanks for this thy meroy toHolinefs,--and the glorious Hope of eternal Happi- wards us, and will always gratefully acknowledge thy ness which thou haft let before us as an encouragement goodness, through every period of our lives, through to our obedience. And we beseech thee to impress Jesus Christ our Lord. such innumerable comforts and conveniencies with re- his Holy Spirit- and the Hope of eternal Glory, which spect to the present Life, such as Health, Friends, he has set before us to encourage our ObedienceFood, and Raiment, &c. But when to these we add forely the least return we can make for these invathe unspeakable Love, which he has shewn to Mankind luable Blessings must be not only by offering up to in our Redemption from Sin and Death by Jesus Christ him the facrifice of Praise with our Lips, but hý de-the powerful Means of Grace he has afforded us to dicating our lives to his service in all Holiness and bel p our Infirmities, viz. his Word, his Ordinances, and Righteousness.
The * COLLECTS, EPISTLES, and GOSPELS,
! Note, that the Collect appointed for every Sunday,' or for any
Holy-day that hath a Vigil or Eve, mall be said at the Even-
works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life (in which thy "Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility;) that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.
The Epistle. Rom. 13. 8.
that loveth another, hath fulfilled the law, For this, Thou Thalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not
Paraphrase on the Collect for the first Sunday in Advent. Most mighty God, as thy Son Jesus Chritt was pleased' gainst Temptation, and an ornament to our Profeffion: to come down upon Earth, in great Humility, to Re- that at our Lord's second glorious appearance to deem us from an Iniquity; fo enable us now to for- judge the World, we may be raised to 'eternal Happifake all the Vices of Heathen ignorance, and to ac- nefs, through him, who reigneth with thee and the quire all those Virtues which may be a defence a- Holy Spirit both now and for ever. 1 in!!!
They are supposed to be so called, because they And the Offices which are appointed in this Season of are generally collected out of the Epistles and Gospels Advent, are not only designed to prepare us for a due that follow them, or because the Minister, in these, col celebration of that event, but also for his second leas into one Prayer the Petitions of the People. 'coming to judge the World, that we may then be
† The Word Advent signifies the coming or ap- found acceptable in his fight. To this end we are taught proach, and relates to that remarkable coming of our to cast away. the Forks of Darkness, and put upon us ibe Saviour by his Birth, which we shortly after celebrate. Armour of light.