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OST gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, as for this
kingdom in general, fo especially for the High Court of Parliament, under our most 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 fareft 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 Church, we humbly beg in the Name and Mediation of Jesus Christ our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen. A Colleet 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 wouldest 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. cstablished, 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 assembled humbly intreat thee to grant for the sake, and through by the appointment of our most pious and benevolent the Intercession of Jesus Chrift. 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 cuadition 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 Mennot one particular feet People greatly depends upon their determinations, so it. of Christians, but the universal Church of Christ, highly becomes us to pray that our infinitely wife God wherefoever 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 Gudliness and Honesty.
afilition alone, but to all that labour under any fort of • This Prayer is coin posed in the true Spirit of distress whether of Mind, Body, or Estate,
This to be said shen any desire the Prayers of the Congregation.
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 distressed 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 necessities; 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 fins, yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us, for the honour of Jesus Christ our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
servants do give thee moft humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving kindness to us, and to all Men
universal Church of Chrift; that it may be so influ- distresses, and a happy release from all their Calamities. enced by the governance of thy Spirit, that all Pro- This we beg for Jesus Chritt's fake. festors of Christianity' may have a right understanding Paraphrafe on the Prayer that may be said after any of
ihe former. in all Things, and may prove the foundness of their
O God, who art infinitely merciful, and ready to Faith by their Unanimity, Peaceableness, and Holi. ness of life. To conclude, we commend to thy Mercy forgive the truly penitent, accept our lowly Requefts; all that labour under any temporal AMiction of what and tho the heinousness of our Sing have jully pro kind foever ; befeeching 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 befeech 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. 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, ferve, 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 Blesings be- gations increased, when we consider, that to him we fowed 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
* This to be fad when any that house
[ * particularly to those who desire now to offer up their fire to return przite
. praises and thanksgivings for thy late mercies vouchlafed
unto them.] We bless thee for our' création, 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
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. ? ESSI :95:37
A Thanksgiving for fair Weather.
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 glorifyi 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.
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 may render us truly thankful, not only with our who are not worthy of the least of thy Mercies, desire lips, but by dedicating our lives, torty te více in all to offer up to thee our unfeigned Thanks for the va- Holiness, through Jesus Christ, to whom with thee, and sious 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. tional Beings, protecting us from the many dangers to Paraphrase on the Thanksgiving for fair Weather. which our friál Natures are 'ex posed, 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 storras the present life; but above all for the invaluable delive- of Rain; and has mercifully relieved our dutress by 'sance of our Souls from Sin and Death through Jefus restoring to us fair Weather in due seafon ; We offer Christ, for the powerful means of improvement in unto thee our sincereft Thanks for this thy mercy toHoliness, and the glorious Hope of eternal Happi- wards us, and will always gratefully acknowledge thy ness which thou haft fet before us as an encouragement goodness, through every period of our lives, through to our obedience. And we beseech thee to impress Jesus Chrift 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 surely the least return we can make for these invathe unspeakable Love, which he has thewn to Mankind luable Bleffings must be not only by offering up to in our Redemption from Sin and Death by Jefus Christ him the facrifice of Praise with our Lips, but hý dethe powerful Mians of Grace he has afforded us to dicating our lives to his service in all Holiness and help our Infirmities, viz. his Word, his Ordinances, and Righteousness.
The COLLECTS, EPISTLES, and GOSPELS,
To be used throughout the Year.
Holy-day that hath 'a Vigil or Eve, shall 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. This Colleet is to be repeated every Day with the other Collects in Advent, until Christmas-Eve.
The Epistle. Rom. 13. 8. WE no man any, thing, but to love one another: for he that, loveth another, hath fulfilled the law, For this
, Thou shalt 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 Christ 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 all Iniquity; fo enable us now to for- judge the World, we may be raised to eternat 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. 9
• They are supposed to be so called, because they And the Offices which are appointed in this Season of are generally colle Eted 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 call atuay the works of Darknefs, and put upon us the Saviour by his Birib, which we shortly after celebrate. Armour of light.
steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyfelf. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour, therefore I love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. - Let us walk honestly as in the day, not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But $ put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the desh, to fulfil the luits thereof.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 21. 1.
Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then fent Jesus two disciples, saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway
. ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if
any man fay ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and fitting upon an 'ass, and a colt the fole of an ass. + And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
Love is the fulfilling of the Law. This it may be tinguished to be his Disciples, as Men are by the Garfaid to be, both with relpect to the first and second ments they wear. Table : because, as no one truly loveth God, who + By this action our Saviour intended to thew that loveth not his Brother also; so no Man loveth his he was indeed the King, whom the Jews were to exNeighbour as he ought, who doth not love him for peat, but that his Kingdom was not of this world. God's fake, And where our Love to Mankind is Therefore let not those who profess themselves his founded upon a religious principle, it will almost ne Followers fix their desires upon the enjoyment of temceflarily make us to have a respect unto all God's poral Glory and Dominion; but fet their affection on
Things above, where Christ litteth at the right Hand Put ye on the Lord Jesus Chrift; i. e. let that Pu- of God; that at the Day of Judgment they may wel. rity, Holiness, and Temperance which were fo remark. come his coming with Blefjea is ke that comes in the able in Christ Jesus be the constant Garb and ornament Name of the Lord. of your Souls: that ye may therein be as visibly dis