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tion & Collect by name. The numbers range from 1 to 85; not because that is the exact number, but in accordance with the system adopted in the small Collect Book published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (No. 31, permanent Cat.); so much used in our schools. The exact number of Collects is 83 ; Nos. 5 and 9 (the Collects for Christmas Day and the Sunday after) being alike; and No. 32 not being a Collect at all, but the anthems, which, in the Prayer-book, are placed immediately before the Collect for Easter-day. These Numbers, therefore, are left as blanks and the order of the rest maintained.

In the “ Analysis ” now following, the words and phrases printed in italics will all be found explained fully, and illustrated when necessary, in the glossary at the end, where they are arranged in alphabetical order so as to be readily found and examined. The passages of Scripture referred to in connexion with each statement are not always direct proofs so much as illustrations. Direct proofs are given, it is hoped, in every case requiring them. In other cases the design has frequently been to illustrate the doctrines set forth by reference to examples, or characters, in whose history they are exemplified; or to apply them to the heart by way of comfort or admonition as the case may be; or to prove them by inference or consequence from something done or said.

No. I.
First Sunday in Aduent.*

A PRAYER FOR GRACE TO FORSAKE SIN AND

FOLLOW HOLINESS.

The Invocation is simply:

“ Almighty God,”— Thus containing no special statement. The Petition is :

“ 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 rise to 4. That he is coming to visit us again. John, xiv. 1-3 ;

the life immortal,In this petition the following truths are contained: 1. That Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Luke, i. 35;

Heb. i. 2; John, iii. 16, 17; Matt. i. 23. 2. That this Jesus Christ once came to visit us. Ps.

xl. 7, 8; Luke, ii. 8-12; John, i. 11; iii. 13. 3. That he then came in great humility. Luke, ii. 6,

7, 49_51; 2 Cor. viii. 9; Phil. ii. 5–8.

* For Questions on the Seasons of the Year, and on the Titles of God, in this and every other case, see Part I., pages 19 and 24.

Acts, i. 11; 1 Thess. iv. 13-17; Heb. ix. 28. 5. That his next coming will be in great glory. Matt.

xvi. 27; xxiv. 30; xxv. 31; Jude, 14, 15; 2 Thess.

i, 7-10. 6. That this will be at the last day. John, vi. 39,

44; Rev. x. 6; 2 Peter, iï. 10. 7. That it will be to judge the quick and the dead.

Matt. xxv. 32, 33; 2 Cor. v. 10; Rom. xiv. 10;

Rev. xx. 11-13; John, v. 22, 27. 8. That at the last day some will rise to a life that is

immortal. John, v. 28, 29; Matt. xxv. 34; 1 Cor.

xv. 53, 54. 9. That if we would rise to that immortal life we must

forsake sin and follow holiness. Heb. xii. 14; Rev. xxi. 27; 1 John, i. 6, 7; Acts, ii. 19; Rom.

xiii. 12, 13; John, iii. 19-21. 10. That this must be done now during our mortal life.

John, ix. 4; xi. 9, 10; 2 Cor. vi. 2. 1]. That to do this we need the grace of God to help us.

John, xv. 5; Rom. viii, 3; Phil. ii, 13; 2 Cor. ii. 5.
For which grace, therefore, we here offer our

prayers. Heb. iv. 15, 16. The Conclusion is :*

“through him (i.e: Jesus) who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now

and ever. Amen." In this conclusion we also state: 1. That Jesus the Son of God is now both living and

reigning. Acts, i. 33; Eph. i. 20; Heb. i. 3;

xii. 2; 1 Cor. xv. 20, 22, 24; Rom. vi. 9, 10. 2. That this is in union with God the Father and God

the Holy Ghost. 1 John, v. 7; Matt. xxviii. 19. 3. That he is so now, and that he will be so for ever.

Heb. i. 8; Ps. xlv. 6.

* For Questions on this Conclusion and every other, see Part I., pages 26–27.

Supplementary Questions : (To be used after the Questions on the first and second Topics,

and on the Attributes, have been gone through.) Whose Son is Jesus Christ here said to be ? What did He once come to do? How did He come ? In what did that humility consist ? Which apostle urges it on us as an example we should

follow?
And where?
Is He ever to come again?
When ?
How the next time?
What for?
What do we mean by quick ?
By judging ?
What will happen after this second coming of Christ?
What do we call the present life?
What the next?
Why the one “ mortal,” and the other “ immortal" ?
What must we do if we would rise to the life immortal ?
What do we mean by “works of darkness” — “armour

of light ? ”
When are we to do this ?
Why now and not by and by ?
Or after death ?
What do we want in order to this ?
Can we obtain this ?
How?
How may we come to ask it?
Why? (Heb. iv. 15, 16.)

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