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will, and walk in thy way: Endue him plenteously with heavenly gifts, grant him in health and wealth long to live, strengthen him, that he may vanquish and overcome all his enemies; and finally after this life, he may attain everlasting joy and felicity, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for the Royal Family.. * A Lmighty God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly

A beseech thee to bless our Gracious Queen Charlotte, their Royal Highnesses George Prince of Wales, the Princess Dowager of Wales, and all the Royal Family: Endue them with thy Holy Spirit ; enrich them with thy heavenly grace; prosper them with all happiness; and bring them to thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for the Clergy and People. IA Lmighty and everlasting God, who alone workest great

A marvels; Send down upon our Bishops and Curates, and all Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace ; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator Jesus Christ. Amen.

Paraphrafe on the Prayer for the Royal Family. Paraphrase on the Prayer for the Clergy and people. O God of infinite power, from whom all good Things

O most mighty and eternal God, who art wonderdo come, we implore thy blessing upon our amiable

ful in thy doings towards the Children of Men ; send Queen Charlotte, their Royal Highnesses George

down upon all ranks of the Clergy and their People, Prince of Wales, the Princess Dowager of Wales, and

i the light of thy Holy Spirit, to lead them in the way of all the Royal Family : Help and defend them by thy

Salvation ; and that they may serve thee acceptably, Holy Spirit ; adorn them with every Christian Virtue ;

ristian Virtue: let thy blessing defcend like the dew, upon their laand grant them to enjoy the most exalted felicity, both

bours, that they may bring forth Fruit to perfe&tion. here and for ever, through Jesus Christ.

Grant this for the sake of his glorious Merits, who is our Mediator and Interceffor.

* To pray for the King and the Royal Family is not become fo. only our duty, as we are taught by St. Paul, 1 Tim. äi. I No less is it reasonable that men should pray for 2. but likewise it is thewing a proper regard to our their spiritual Guides, and for a bleffing upon their interest : because if it is for the welfare of a Nation labours : because tho' Paul plant and Apollos water, get that its Governors should be Righteous ; it must certainly it is God that must give the increase. be wisdom to implore God's allittance to enable them to

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom. + A Lmighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with

A one accord, to make our common supplications 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.

2 Cor. xiii. 14. *T HE Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of

God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

$ The Creed of Saint Athanasius. Upon Christmas-day, the Epiphany, Saint Matthias, Easter-day,

Ascension-day, Whitsunday, Saint John Baptist, Saint James, Saint Bartholomew, Saint Matthew, Saint Simon and Saint

fude, 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 Athanasus, by the Minister and People, standing.

Quicunque vult. W H ofoever 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 tion, it is absolutely necessary that he believe the Gof- all, Ephef. iv. one Lord Jesus Chrift, Ephes, iv s. 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 thoufand HolyGhost. three hundred years: and the several petitions which Ś This Creed was first published in the eighth Cenhave been offered up in separate Collects are summ'd tury. The condemnatory Expressions contained in it, up in this.

relate only to those who when they clearly see the • This Benedictory Prayer of St. Paul contains the Truth, fof the Doctrines contained in this Creed, perlum and substance of Christianity, shewing that the versely shut their Eyes against Convištion, and chure Bleffings of the Gospel, are derived from the Love darkness rather than light. of God; obtained throʻ 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 Sub

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 uncreate.

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 üncreated: 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, thought it no robbery 10 bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the be equal with God, Phil. ii. 6. get was made in the likeness Holy Ghost, and these three are cne, . John v. 7:—That of Men. Phil. ïi. 7. being made of a Woman, Gal. iv. 4: Jesus Christ is the only begotten of the Father, Jchni. 14. who suffered for us; and his orunself 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 himfelf 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 salvation: 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 fesh subsisting;

Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead : and inferior to the Father, as touching his manhood.


Paraphrase on the Athanafian Creed. in his own Body on the Tree, 1. Pet. ii. 21. 24. But his ruption, Acts ii. 31. for be rose again the third Day, Soul was not left-in-Hell, neither aid his Body Jee Core I Cor. xv. 4. ascended up far above all Heavens, Ephes.

Who, although he be God and Man: yet he is not two, but one Christ.

One; not by conversicn of the Godhead into flesh, 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 Christ:

Who suffered for our salvation : descended into Hell, rose again the third day from the dead.

He ascended into Heaven, he sitteth 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 Father, &c. Here followeth of the LITANY, or General Supplication, to

be sung or said after Morning Prayer upon Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and at other times, when it shall be conmanded 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 hall give an account of himself 10 God, and be: Tall judge the quick and the dead at his ap- Rom. xiv. 12. And the wicked shall go away into scaring, and his Kingdom 2. Tim. iv. 1. for the hour is everlasting punishment : but the righteous into Life eternal, coming, in the which all that are in the Graves soall hear Mat. xxv. 46. All Glory and Praise, &c. bis voice, and all come forth, John v. 28. 29. and

+ The Litany signifies, as it is expressed in the Rub- is petition for others, from We Sinners do beseech, &c. rick, 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. confifts 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 Voice, seems well calcaFather, &c. to in all Times of our Tribulation, &c. 2dly, latèd for devotion, Prayer, that is petition for good. 3dly Intercession, that

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