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LII. LORD'S DAY. Q. 127. Which is the sixth petition ?

A. e“ And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil ;98 that is, since we are so weak in ourselves, that we cannot stand f a moment; and besides this, since our mortal enemies, & the devil, the ke world, and our own i flesh, cease not to assault us ; do thou therefore preserve and strengthen us by the power of thy holy Spirit, that we may not be overcome in this spiritual warfare ; j but constantly and strenuously may resist our foes, till at last we k obtain a complete victory.

Q. 128. How dost thou conclude thy prayer ?

A. 1" For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever ;' that is, all these we ask of thee, because thou being our King and Almighty, art willing and able to m give us all good ; and all this we pray for, that thereby not we, but thy holy name may n be glorified for ever.

Q. 129. What doth the word “ AMÊN" signify ?

A. O “ Amen" signifies, it shall truly and certainly be; for my prayer is more assuredly heard of God, than I feel in my heart, that I desire these things of him. e Mat. 6. 13.

k 1 Thes. 3. 13. and 5. 23. f John 5. 5. Psa. 103. 14. 1 Mat. 6. 13. g 1 Pet. 5. 8.

m Rom. 10. 12. 2 Pet. 2. 9. h Eph. 6. 12. John 15. 19. n John 14. 13. Psa. 115. 1. į Rom. 7. 23. Gal. 5. 17.

Phil. 4. 20. · Mat. 26, 41. Mark 13. 33. o 2 Cor. 1. 20. 2 Tim. 2. 13.

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A COMPENDIUM
OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION

FOR THOSE WHO INTEND TO APPROACH

THE HOLY SUPPER OF THE LORD.

Question 1.

How many things are necessary for thee to know

that thou enjoying real comfort, mayest live and die happily ?

Answer. Three : first how great my sins and miseries are : the second, how I may be delivered from all my sins and miseries : the third, how I shall express my gratitude to God for such deliverance.

THL FIRST PART.

OF THE MISERY OF MAN.
Q. 2. · Whence knowest thou thy misery ?
A. Out of the law of God.
Q. 3. What hath God commanded thee in his law ?

A. That is contained in the ten commandments, which he hath revealed in scripture, as follows :

Exodus xx, and Deut. v, 4, 5, &c. I am the Lord thy God which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

1. Com. Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.

II. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth, thou shalt not bow dowi: thyself to them, nor serve them : for I the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fouth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

III. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain : for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

IV. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy : six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates, for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day : wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

V. Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

VI. Thou shalt not kill.
VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
VIII. Thou shalt not steal.
IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his man-servant, por his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

Q. 4. How are the ten commandments divided ?
A. Into two tables.

Q. 5. Which is the sum of what God requires of thee in the four commandments of the first table ?

A. That I shall love the Lord my God, with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength: this is the first and great commandment.

Q. 6. Which is the sum of what God commands thee, in the six commandments of the second table ?

A. That I shall love my neighbour as myself: on these two command gents hang the whole law and the prophets.

Q. 7. Canst thou keep all these things perfectly ?

A. In no wise : for I am prone by nature to hate God and my neighbour ; and to transgress the commandments of God in thought, word, and deed.

Q. 8. Hath God created thee naturally so wicked and perverse ?

A. By no means : but he created me good and after his own image, in the true knowledge of God, in righteousness and in holiness.

Q. 9. Whence then proceeds that depravity, which is in thee?

A. From the fall and disobedience of Adam and Eve in Paradise, hence our nature is become so corrupt that we are all conceived and born in sin.

Q. 10. What was that disobedience ?

A. That they did eat of the fruit of the tree, which God had forbidden them.

Q. 11. Does the disobedience of Adam concern us ?

A. Certainly ; for he is the father of us all ; and we have all sinnad in him. Q. 12. Are we then incapable of doing any good of ourselves ;

and prone to all manner of wickedness?

A. Indeed we are : unless we are regenerated by the Spirit of God.

Q. 13. Will God suffer such disobedience and corruption to go unpunished ?

A. By no means; but in his just judgment will punish them, both in time and eternity, as it is written : cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

THE SECOND PART.

OF MAN'S DELIVERANCE OUT OF HIS MISERY. Q. 14. By what means canst thou escape this punishment, and be again received into favour ?

A. By such a Mediator, who is in one person very God, and a real righteous man.

Q. 15. Who is that Mediator?

A. Our Lord Jesus Christ, who in one person is true God, and a real righteous man.

Q. 16. Could not the angels be our mediators ?

A. No: for they are neither God nor men. • Q. 17. Cannot the saints be our mediators ?

A. No: for they themselves have sinued, and have obtained salvation by no other means than through this Mediator.

Q. 18. Shall all men then be saved by the Mediator Jesus, as they are all condemned in Adam?

A. No: but those only who receive him by a true faith ; as it is written, John iii. 16, for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotton Son, that whos ver believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Q. 19. What is true faith?

A. It is a certain knowledge of God, and of his promises revealed to us in the gospel, and an hearty confidence that all my sins are forgiven me, for Christ's sake.

Q. 20. What is the sum of that which God hath promised in the gospel, and commanded us to believe?

A. That is comprehended in the twelve articles of the Catholic Christian Faith, which are as follows :

1. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth : II. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord : III. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:

IV. Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried : He descended into hell.

V. The third day he rose again from the dead :

VI. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty :

VII. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead :
VIII. I believe in the Holy Ghost :
IX. I believe an holy Catholic Church : the communion of saints :
X. The forgiveness of sins :
XI. The resurrection of the body :
XII. And the life everlasting. AMEN.

Q. 21. When you profess to believe in God the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost, do you mean three Gods thereby ? A. In no wise : for there is but one only true God.

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