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A Prayer of St. Chrysostom.
at this time with one accord, to make our common fupplications unto thee, and dost promise, that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name, thou wilt grant their requests : Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy Servants, as may be most expedient for them ; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.
Cor. xiii. 14
§ The Creed of Saint Athanasius. Upon Christmas-day, the Epiphany, Saint Matthias, Easter-day, Afcenfion-day, Whitsunday, Saint John Baptist, Saint James, Saint Bartholomew, Saint Matthew, Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Saint Andrew, and upon Trinity-Sunday, shall be fung or said at Morning Prayer, instead of the Apostles Creed, this Confession of our Christian Faith, commonly called, The Creed of Saint Athanasius, by the Minister and People, standing.
Quicunque vult. Hofoever will be saved: before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholick Faith.
Paraphrase on the Athanafian Creed. Whosoever hopes to enjoy the benefits of Redemp- God but one, 1. Cor. viii. 4. That there is one Father of ton, it is absolutely necessary that he believe the Gof- all, Ephef. iv. one Lord Jesus Chrift, Ephes, iv 5. and pel
. The principal articles of Faith contained, in one Holy Spirit, Ephef. iv. 4. That the Father is God, 1. which are these following, viz. That there is none other Cor viii. 6. The Son is God, John i i and the Holy Ghost
+ This Prayer of St. Chryfoftom, has been used in Christ, and conveyed to us by the Fellowship of the the service of the Greek Church above one thousand HolyGhost. three hundred years: and the several petitions which $ This Creed was first published in the eighth Cenhave been offered up in separate Collects are fumm'd tury. The condemnatory Expressions contained in it, up in this.
relate only to those who when they clearly see the This Benedi&tory Prayer of St. Paul contains the Truth, fof the Doctrines contained in this Creed, perdum and substance of Christianity, shewing that the versely frut their Eyes against Conviction, and chure Bleffings of the Gospel, are derived from the Love darkness rather than light. of God; obtained thro' the Grace of our Lord Jesus
Which Faith, except every one do keep whole and undefiled: without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
And the Catholick Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity;
Neither confounding the Persons : nor dividing the Substance.
For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son : and another of the Holy Ghost.
But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one : the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son: and such is the Holy Ghost.
The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate : and the Holy Ghost
The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible: and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.
The Father eternal, the Son eternal : and the Holy Ghost eternal.
And yet they are not three eternals: but one eternal.
As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated: but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible.
So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty: and the Holy Ghost Almighty.
And yet they are not three Almighties : but one Almighty.
So the Father is God, the Son is God : and the Holy Ghost is God.
And yet they are not three Gods: but one God.
So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord: and the Holy Ghost Lord;
Paraphrase on the Athanafian Creed. God, Acts v. 3.4.and that there are three that who being in the form of God, rbought it no robbery 10 bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the be equal with God, Phil. ii. 6. yet was made in the likeness Holy Ghost, and these three are ine, 1. John v. 7:-That of Men. Phil. ii. 7. being made of a Woman, Gal. iv. 4. Jesus Christ is the only begotten of ike Father, John i, 14. who suffered for us; and bis ocu'nfelf bare our Sins
And yet not three Lords: but one Lord.
For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity : to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord;
So are we forbidden by the Catholick religion : to say, There be three Gods, or three Lords.
The Father is made of none; neither created, nor begotten.
The Son is of the Father alone : not made, nor created, but begotten.
The Holy Ghost is of the Father, and of the Son : neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons: one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
And in this Trinity, none is afore, or after other : none is greater, or less than another
But the whole three persons are co-eternal together: and co-equal.
So that in all things, as is aforesaid: the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshiped.
He therefore that will be saved : must thus think of the Trinity.
Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting falvation: that he also believe rightly the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the right faith is, that we believe and confess: that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man;
God of the substance of the Father, begotten before the world : and Man of the fubstance of his Mother, born in the world.
Perfect God, and perfect Man: of a reasonable soul, and human flesh fubsisting;
Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead : and inferior to the Father, as touching his manhood.
Paraphrase on the Athanafian Creed. in bis own Body on the Tree, 1. Pet. ii. 21. 24. But his ruption, A&ts ii. 31. for be rose again the third Ddy, Soul was not left-in Hell, neither aid his Body Jee Cor Cor. xv. 4. ascended up far above all Heavens, Epher.
Who, although he be God and Man: yet he is not two, but one Christ.
One; not by conversion of the Godhead into Aesh, but by taking of the Manhood into God.
One altogether ; nct by confusion of Substance : but by unity of person.
For as the reasonable foul and flesh is one man : So God and man is one Chrift:
Who suffered for our salvation : descended into Hell, rose again the third day from the dead.
He ascended into Heaven, he fitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty : from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
Ai whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies : and shall give account for their own works.
And they that have done gocd, shall go into life everlasting : and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire.
This is the Catholick Faith : which except a man believe faithfully he cannot be saved.
Glory be to the Fa:her, &c. Here followeth + the LIT ANY, or General Supplication, to
be sung or said after Morning Prayer upon Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and at other times, when it Mall be commanded by the Ordinary.
Paraphrase on the Athanafian Creed. iv. 10. and fitteth on the right Hand of God, Col. iii
. 1. every one of us shall give an account of himself to God, and he hall judge the quick and the dead at his ap- Rom. xiv. 12. And the wicked shall go away into pearing, and his Kingdom 2. Tim. iv. 1. for the bour is everlasting punishment : but the righteous into Life eternal, coming, in the which all that are in the Graves small hear Mat. xxv. 46. 'All Glory and Praise, &c. bis voice, and shall come forth, John v. 28. 29. and
+ The Litany fignifies, as it is expressed in the Rub- is petition for others, from Wc Sinners do befeecb, &c. sick, a General Supplication : and, according to the A- to the end. It is therefore an excellent Form of Prayer postles Rule, 1. Tim. ii. 1. consists ist of a Depreca- in itself : and, as the People are allowed such a share tion, that is, of petition against Evil, from O God the in the delivery of it with their Yoice, seems well calceFather, &c. to in all Times of our Tribulation, &c. zdly, lated for devotion. Prayer, that is petition for good. 3dly Interceflion, that
God the Father of heaven : have mercy upon us mise
rable finners. O God the Father of heaven: have mercy upon 14s miserable finners.
2 O God the Son, Redeemer of the world: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.
O God the Son, Redeemer of the world: have mercy upon us miserable finners.
3 O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father, and the Son : have mercy upon us miserable finners. O God the Holy Ghost
, proceeding from the Father, and the Son: have mercy upon us miserable finners.
4 O Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three Persons, and one God: have mercy upon us miserable finners.
O Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three Perfons, and one God: have mercy upon us miserable finners.
5 Remember not, Lord, our offences, nor the offences of our forefathers, neither take thou vengeance of our fins: spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever.
Spare us, good Lord. 6 From all evil and mischief, from sin, from the crafts and assaults of the devil, from thy wrath, and from everlasting damnation,
Good Lord, deliver us. 7 From all blindness of heart; from pride, vain glory, and
Paraphrase on the Litany. 1 O God our heavenly father pardon and forgive us visit upon us the iniquities of our fathers, neither inpenitent Sinners.
fiet that punishment upon us which our sins have de2 O God the Son, who art the Saviour of mankind, served: but pardon and have mercy upon us for the intercede for the remiffion of our Sins.
fake of that precious Blood, which was shed for our 30 God the Holy Ghost who proceedest from the Redemption. Father and the Son, help our infirmities, and enable 6 Gracious Lord preserve us, we beseech thee, from us to pray as we ought, and fanctify us unto all Obe. all things that may injure us, particularly from Sin the dience.
greatest of Evils, from the devices and temptations of 4 O holy, holy, holy Lord God of Hofts, be merciful Satan, 'from thy displeasure, and its confequences, unto thy people that prayeth, and pardon our Sins. eternal punishment.
5 Remember not against us our old Sins, O Lord, nor