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to con found the Arts, and conquer the Oppositions of the Heathen world, and inaugre all the Devices of satan, to'fer up the Kingdom of the Lord Chrift: And shall not we praise Thee for the Miraculous dispensations by which the Gospel was made known even to us in these utmost corners, and in the last times ? yes, Holy Jefus, we will also meet with one ac. cord at thy Table, not doubring but Thou wouldIt give us the fame measures of thy Spirit there, if our Duty or our neceflity did requireit. It is enough to me that thou knowest my needs; more than will supply'em I dare not ask, lefs Thoit wilt nor give: Thou hast given me thy felf, wherefore I believe Thou wilt not deny methy Spirit, without which I can have no Interest in Thee. I go not, gracions Lord, with the carnal Jews to devour thy felh, but to partake of thy Spirit which only giveth Life, the flesh profitech nothing : Behold thy spirit has converted Millions, let me therefore together with thy precions Body, receive there such proportions of thy Holy spirit as may fuppress my evil affections, revive my dead heart, comfort my dejected mind, and turn my Igno. ránce into Knowledge, my knowledge into Practice, and make that Practice so sweet and easy, that this may be a Day of Joy to mealso, folemniz'd in the white garments of sancti. fication and rejoycing: And finally, let nor this Heavenly In. Spiration be only express’d in Extasies and holy Ferrors this Day, but let thy spirit reft upon me, and dwell in me for ever; to shall I alwaies have cause to bless Thee for so incomparable a Gift. Methinks I feel already the force thereof bearing down my Curruprions, and its bright beams driving away the mists offin and Error. I find its Flames warming my heart with Zealand Charity, and irs quickening power opening my seal. ed lips to show forth thy Praise. Therefore with Angels igc. als
Nota, To this I add the next for Trinity Sunday, if I shall not then Communicate.
5. 6. A Meditation before the Communion on Trinity-Sunday, Which I add to that for Whitsunday, if I do not Partake of the Lord's Supper, on this Day.
O Admirablemy stery to be adored in the profoundest silence; by the contemplation whereof,when I am ftruck with amazement, I can learn Humility, and discover my own Ignosance: And I have th'opportunity of exercising a nobler Faith than if I could comprehind it with my shallow reasoning sand
imperfect demonstrations. The Trinity in Unity, and th Unity in Trinity has been derided by the Heathens ,l and indeav ored to be perplext by the wits of all kinds of bereticks; bur it fuffices me, Blessed Feszes, that thou hast reveal'd it, and thy holy Church (divided in too many other things) has univers ally agreed in this great Truth: And I'm the more confirm'd in it, because Ilearn by it to Worship with a regular Devotion; from hence l'ın taught to pray to the Father, in the Name of the Son, through th'assistance of the Holy Ghoft; and as long as Ilive will I praise Thee particularly at this Holy Feast for lo excellent a Revelation, for this Ordinance it self contains nuany:hings above my Understanding, and is all Mystery. The Trinity is the Anicle, and this Sacrament the Rite which do distinguish thy true Religion from all the fects in the World: where fore by observing this Rite I do imbrace this Faith, and upon the representation of thy Death, I do profess to live in it, and dy for it, resolving never to have other Lord:aod when I find the Father giving, the fon given, and the Holy Ghost dispensing that Gift unto my soul in this facred Communion, it shall be a greater confirmation to my Faith in this Divine Mystery than can be acquir'd by the most curious search into it : However I'm resolved my Reason shall veil to thy Word, and I will be content to stay for a full apprehension of this sublime Truth, till I'm advanced to a state of Angelick perfection, and come to behold the Glories of the Trin-une God: till then I will bless Thee for what I kaow, and believe more than I can conceive sfand I wil worship the fame Majes. ty, which the heavenly Quire doth, in these addrestes. Therefore with Angels and Archangels and with all G coas in S. 2.
S. 7. SOME aflirm that Bishop Fabian , of Rome the Martyr, (about 236 years after Chrift) did order those Seasons especially forall the faithful to Receive. And truly a folemn time of Joy feenis the molt proper for the Celebration of this Heavenly Feaft.
S. 8. OUR Church has fet apart other Feaft.dgies, as all Sundaies in the year, (wbereof I've largely treated) the Circum. cision, Epiphany, Purification and Annunciation of the bletled Virgin, Monday and Tuesday in Easter and Whitfun-week and the holy Innocents; for the Remembrance of some special Mercies of God, And surely whacver is truly thankful for those rich Mercies, can't think it cop much to let apart fome daies in a y car for that purpose.
$. 9. A general Morning Prayer to be said on all the forementioned Holy days.
AL MIGHTY God, who haft eft: blished in thy Church Pastors, and Teachers, and Governors, for the perfecting of the finis, for the work of the ministry, for th'edifying of the Body of Christ; make me careful to observe all those Institutions which are Injoyn'd for theit admirable Ends; and always to esteem Duys set apart forthy Worship, and dedicated to thy Service,as a great Relief to th’ infirmity of my nature,which is not capable of an uninterrupted Contemplation of Thee. Let not th Affairs of this Life, nor my eagernefs in obtaining the good Things of it, fo fa'r ingrossiny Thoughrs, as to make meaeglect those happyopportunities of working out my own Salvation. Let not ihe love of Pleasure prevail upon me to consume them in fenfual Injoyments; but grant that my rejoicing may be accompanied with Temperance and Moderation; and dispose my mind, by all the Refreshments of my Body, to serve Thee with greater diligence and Chearfulness all my Days. Make me constant at those holy Seafonsin attending shy publick Worship, and let me enter thy House with Tecollected Thoughts, composed Behavior, and with a thankful and devout Temper of Mind. Let me hear thy word [preach'd, or read, ) with ferions Attention, and with a particular Application of it to the state of my own foul. [*Lei me approach thy Altarwith fervent and heavenly
Afections and Refolut joas ofbetter Obedience. * To leave this Let me commemorate the Mysteries of my
ont, if it be no
Sacrament Redemption, with profound Humility, with
day. exalted Thoughts of thy wonderful Goodness, and with thankful Acknowledgments ofthy great Love demonftrated to the sons of Men, ] That thus.observing these Days of Rest here below, I may celebrate an Eternal Rest with Thee hereaf. ter in thy heavenly Kingdom, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Ş. 10. OTHER daies Our Church appoints, as in our Coma mon-Prayer. Book under Tables and Rules, in memory of the Apostles and other New-Testament Saints, wherein we are to give hearty thanks to God that they were made Instruments of revealing to us Christ Jesus, and the way of Salvation : and to Meditate on chofe Examples of holy Life they bave given us, 2nd ftir up our Selves to the Imitation thereof : and whoever does uprightly set himself to make
these. Uses of these several Holy daies, will have cause, by the Benefit he shall find from them, 10 thank, and not to blame the Church for ordering them. $. 11.A General Prayer to be used on all the
Saints days. O Lord God, in whose light the death of thy Saints is precious, and tho' their Departure is taken for Misery, yet is their Hope full of Immortality; and having been a little chastised they are now geatly rewarded. Let the mortified Lives of thy Srints raise me above the Pleasures of Seose; and lec the Pattern of their Piety and Devotion, their Humility and Charity, their Meekness and Patient sufferings, be alwaies fo lively imprinted upon my Mind that I may transcribe their Example in my Life and Conversation. Lee the Memory of what they indured support thy Servants who are ingaged in Combats and Trials here below; Abate the Power and Malice of their Enemies; Let all those who hate and perfecute thy Church be brought to Repentance, or miscarry in their cruel Designs against it ; that thy Name may be celebrated to all Generations; that thy Kingdom and thy Coming may be haitened; that thy Saints may obtain the Consummation of their Bliss, by the Resurrection of their Bodies, and receiving the Crown of Righteoufness, which Thou hast prepared for all that put their Trust in Thee, and that I, with them, may Praise thy Name for ever and ever. Amen.
S. 12. AND one Day yearly our Church celebrates the Festival of S. Michael and all Angels, to express our Thankfulzefs to God for those many eminent Advantages that the Christian Church has obtain'd by the Ministry of the Holy Angels, over the Power and Malice of the devil, and chose mischievous Instruments he has imployed to destroy it.; S. 13. A Prayer for the 2d. branch of Charity,
Speaking Good. SET a Guard, O Lord, upon my Lips; that I offend not withiwy tongue. Let Prudence and Circumspection alwaies attend to thut out such Discourses as border the least upon evil Speaking. That I may be tender of the Reputation of my Neighbor, and never diminish hisgood Name by spreading any evil Reports concerning him. That the Deformity
of his Body, or the Weakness of his Miód may never be the subject of my light Mirth. That I may never incourage Backbiters, by listening to their Suggestions, or by giving Credit to Their Slanders. Thou hast given me a Tongue that I might praise Thee, and that I might influence others to bless thy Holy Nime, od let this be the main Imployment of that noble Gift, that my Words may chiefly aim at promoting thy Glory, either to Soften the Pains of th’af. Aicted; to Vindicate the Reputation of my Neighbor, when. cver I hear it injured; to Unite the Minds of those that are al Variance; or to Instruct those that know Thce not enough. And to Entertain all the World, o God, with thy Greatness, and thy Goodness, to Infame all hearts with thy Love, to Provoke them to Praife Thee, to Glorify Thee,
may, one day mingle my Praises with those of thy Elect in Glory, thro' Jefus Christ. Amen.
The Vigils and Fasts of our Church. §. 14. OTHER Days she enjoyns for Fasting and Humiliation for our own and the Nations Sins, as in th' aforesaid Table, which we are to observe in such a Manner as She directs, that is, not only in a bare abstaining from Meat, which is the Body's punishment alone, but in afflicting our Souls, humbling them deeply before God, carnestly praying for his Pardon and Forgiveness, and for turning away of those Judgments which those Sins have call'd for; but above all in turning our felves from our Sins, and exercising our selves in works of Mercy. Ifa. 58.3-1 2. Wherefore have we fafted, say they, and Thou feest uot? wherefore have we afflited our soul, and Thors takest' no knowledge? Behold in the day of your Fast you find pleasure, and exact
all your labours. Belold ye fast for ftrife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness'; ye shall not fust as ye do this day. 10 make your voice to be heard on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as
a bulrush, and to spread fackeloth and ashes under him? wilt per thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? Is
not this the fast that I have chosen ? to loose the bandsofwickedpe? nefs, 10 undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that
every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor, that are cast out, to thy house? when thout feest the naked, that thou cover him,