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f "A yf"OST gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, as for this JLVX kingdom in general, so 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 surest 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 ColleSi or Prayer for all conditions of Men, to be used at such times 'when the Litany is not appointed to be said.

4f^\ God, the Creator and Preserver os 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 saving 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 on the Praytr for the Parliament. established, that peace, justice, and piety may always

O God of infinite goodness, we hurrfbly address flourish among us. These, and whatsoever else thou

thee, not only in behalf of this Nation in general, but secst needful for them, us, and thy whole Church, we

also particularly for its Representatives, now assembled humbly imreat thee to grant for the fake, and through

by the appointment of our most pious and benevolent the Intercession of Jesus Christ.

Sovereign : that thou wouldst be pleased so to influence Paraphrase 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 soever: but

that their acts may be so wisely form'd, and so firmly more particularly we implore thy Blessing upon the

f 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 sect

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 distin

would so direct their Counsels, that •xtmay lead a quiet guished.—It ex ends not to Persons under one kind of

and peaceable Life in all Godliness andHonesty, affliction alone, but to all that labour under any sort of

• This Prayer is composed in the true Spirit of distress whether of Mind, Body, or Estate.

sess and call themselves Christians, may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirits 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 distrefted in TM\*ii«t£ mind, body, or estate ^especially those for whom p£a.S'*,heCon8rL". our prayers are desired'] that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities; giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus. Christ his fake. Amen. . — . . v

; A Prayer that may be said,aster any os the formers +/r"\ God, whose nature and property is ever to have mercy and 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. •• _ i c.r.ii'"

\ . L::;. :. A general Thanksgiving. \ :.•:•> Lr. • :*v 1 t A Lmighty God, Father oi all mercies, we thine unworthy /j^ servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving kindness to us, and to all Men

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universal Church of Christ; that it may be so influenced by the governance of thy Spirit, that all Professors of Christianity may have a right understanding in all Things, and may prove the soundness of their Faith by their Unanimity, Pcaceableness, and Holi. ness of Life. To conclude, we commend to thy Mercy all that labour under any temporal Affliction of what kind soever; beseeching thee to afford them such comfort and relief as their wants may require, granting them a humble resignation to thy will under All their

t Sin indeed is a Chain of servitude from which we can be loosed alone by the Grace of God through Jelus Chris.;*'"" ']

t This general Thanksgiving presents us, in order, with a comprehensive view of all God's Blessings bestowed upon us, both with respect to this fife and another. Our Creation is mentioned first because it is necefiiary, that we may be capable of enjoying the rest.

distresses, and a happy release from all their Calamities. This we beg for Jesus Christ's fake. \

Paraphrase on the Prayer that may\ be said after any of the former. I •

O God, who art infinitely merciful,, and ready to forgive the truly penitent, accept our lowly Requests; and tho' the heinoufnese of our Sins, have justly provoked thee to permit us to pcrilh in our Iniquities; yet mercifully deliver us we beseech thee from this spiritual Bondage, through the Merits of Jesus Christ, who pleadeth for us at thy right hand as our intercessor.

And certainly it demands our highest Gratitude, that God has form'd us not Brutes, but rational-Creatures, whereby we are enabled to contemplate, love, serve, and enjoy him for ever. But how much are our obligations increased, when we consider, that to him we are indebted also for our continual Preservation and support; without which we mutt quick'y return to our original dust—and that he has bestowed upon us

^"n^ny'hau^ [ * particularly to those who desire now to- offer up their fi"toictutnt«ae* praises and thanksgivings for thy late marcus vouchsafed unto them.~\ We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life, but above, all for thine inestimajble 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 hefeech thee, give us that due fense 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;


OLord God, who hast justly humbled us by thy late plague of immoderate Rain and Waters, and in thy Mercy; hast, relieved and comforted our Souls by this, seasonable and blessed change os Weather; we praise and glorifyi thysiibly KfaimeTsq^ this thy Mercy, and will always declare thy loving kindness frojri' Generation to Generation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. -Amen.

Paraphrase on the several Thanksgiving. „ . ■ upon our Hearts such a deep sense of all thy Merci«S

O moil mighty God, and most merciful Father, we, as may render us truly thankful, not oniy with our

who are not worthy of the least of thy Mercies, desire lips, but by dedicating our lives to Any ierv&cc in.' ail

to oiler up to thee our unfeigned Thanks for the va- -Holiness, through Jesus Christy to whom with ^hee, an<|

riqus instances os' thy goodness towards us, and all our the Holy Spirit be ascribed ail glory and praise for ever

fellow Creatures. We praise thee for forming us ra- and ©ver.- • ... i. . . . a

•tiorial' Beings,, protecting us from'the many dangers to Paraphrase on the Thanksgivingfor fair Weather.

wnrcfc«\ir;fMSl Natures are-exposed, and bestowing up- O God the Lord of all things, who has justly chas .Aidi inftttmerable comforts And conveniencies for tiled us for our Offences by the late afflicting" fforrns

the present life; but above all. for the invaluable delive- of Rain; and has mercifully relieved our dtftress by

'ranee of our Souls from Sin and Death through Jesus restoring to us fair Weather in due season; We osier

Christ,—for the powerful means of improvement in unto thee our sincerest Thanks for this thy mercy to

Holinefs,—and the glorious Hope of eternal Happi- wards us, and will always gratefully acknowledge thy

ness which- thou hast set 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

fpect to the present Life, such as Health, Friends, he has set before xts to encourage our Obedience

Food, and .Raiment, &c. But when to these we add surely the least return we can maty: for these inva

the unspeakable Love, which he has shewn to Mankind luable Blessings must be not only by offering up to

in our Reiiemption from Sin and Death by Jd'us Christ him the sacrifice of Praise with dur Lips, but by de

—the powerful Means 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.



* COLLECTS, EPISTLES, and GOSPELS,7 be used throughout the Year.

Notey that the Collect appointed for every Sunday', or for any Holy-day that hath a Vigil or Eve> Jhall be said at the Evening Service next before. '■ ••: .

■f The 'first Sunday in Advent. r ," \'r

y . :,; The ColleEi. s ,

ALmighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the 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 rife to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. - Amen. ' «• .» t ': J •;.?

This Colletl is to be repeated every Day with the other ColleCls in Advent, until Chrijlmas-Eve.

The Epistle. Rom. 13. 8. 'V E 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 riot, kill, Thou malt not

Paraphrase on the Colled for the first Sunday in Advent. - ■, . , f

Most mighty God', as thy Son Jesus Christ was pleased gainst Temptation, and art ornament to dur Prosesttor*: to come down upon Earth, in great Humility, to Re- that at pur Lord's second glorious appearance to deem us from all Iniquity; so enable us now to for- judge the World,-we may be raised to eternal Happifzke all the Vices of Heathen ignorance, and to ac- ness, through him,' who reigneth with thee and the irone all those Virtues which may be a descnee a- Holy Spirit both now and for ever.'" '•' ■ -■ f: '1 . 1

• They are supposed to be so called, because they And the Offices which are appointed in this) Season os 2re generally collided out of the Epistles and Gospels Advent, are not only designed to prepare us for a due

: event;

that follow them, or because the Minister, in these, col- "celebration of that event; but also for his second

to into one Prayer the Petitions of the People1.' 'corning' to judge the World,' that'-we may then be

f 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 cas! atuay'the Works ofDarkness,and put upon us tbt

Saviour by lib Birth, which we shortly after celebrate. Armour of light.


steal, Thou stialt not bear false witness, Thou {halt not covet; and If there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this faying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself* Love woi*keth\ no ill tq his neighbour, therefore % 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 uV "therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour M 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 Gferjst, and make not provision for the jle£h, to fulfil the Kists thereof. u., j . - ■ . . c+ o;s;, > . ,

*. .j ^; rThe Gospel. S. Matth. 21. r. : J

WHEN they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, "unto the pipunt of Olives^then,, senti Jesus two disciples, saying unto them, Go into the vijiage over against you, and straightway ye mall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye mall say, The Lord hath need os them; and straightway he'will send them. All this was done, that it might be.fulfilled. wBch'was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of &ionJ, Behold, thy King cometh unto r:bee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the sole of an ass. •f And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,

Love 11the<Ifilling of the Lain, s it may be tinguilhed to be his Disciples, as Men are by the Garlaid to be, both with relpect to the first and second menu they wear.

Table: because, as no one truly loveth God, who _ f By this action our Saviour intended to shew that loveth not his Brother also; so no Man loveth his he was indeed the King, whom the Jews were to exNeighbour as he qught, who doth not love him for pect, 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 fcheir desires upon the enjoyment of temceslarily make ,u»J9; have a respect unto all God's poral Glory ahdj Pbniiijion; but set their afFection on Commandments. Things above, where Christ jsifteth at the right H)uid •,. 4 Put yi on the Lori jefus Chris, i. e. let that Pu- of God ; that at the Day of Judgment they may wellity, Holiness, and Temperance which were so remark- come his coming with Bletfctt it it that tometb in tbt able in Christ Jesus be the constant Garb and ornament HgfH of the Lord. of your Souls: that ye may therein be as visibly dis

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