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hear their cry,and will help them.

20 The Lord preserveth all them that love him; but scatterboth abroad all the ungodly.

21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; and letall flesh give thanks unto his holy name for ever and ever.

Psalm 146. L,aul*t, anima mea.

PRAISE the Lord, O my soul while I live, will I praise the Lord; yea, as long as I have any being, I will sing praises unto in v God.

2 O put not your trust in princes, nor in any child of man; for there is no help in them.

3 For when the breath of man

foeth forth, he shall turn again to is earth, and then all his thoughts perish.

4 Blessed is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help; and whose hope is intheLord hisGod;

5 Who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that therein is; who keepeth his promise for ever

6 Who helpeth them to right that suffer wrong; who feedeth the hungry.

7 The Lord looseth men out of prison; the Lord giveth sight to the blind.

8 The Lord helpeth them that are fallen; the Lord careth for the righteous.

9 The Lord careth forthe stranger; he defendeth the fatherless and widow: as for the way of the ungodly,he turnethitupsidedown.

10 The Lord thy God, O Sion, shall be King for evermore, and throughout all generations.

EVENING PRAYER. Psalm 147. Laudaie Dominion.

OPRAISE the Lord; for it is a good thing to sing praises upto our God; yea, a joyful and pleasant thing it is to be thankful.

2 The Lord doth build up Jerusalem, and gather together the outcasts of Israel.

3 He hculeth. those tliatarebro

ken in heart, and giveth medicine to heal their sickness.

4 He telleth the number of the stars, and calleth them all by their names.

5 Great is our Lord, and great is his power; yea, and his wisdom is infinite.

6 The Lord setteth up the meek, and bringeth the ungodly down to the ground.

7 O Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praises upon the harp unto our God;

8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth; and makeih the grass to grow upon the mountains, and herb for the use of men:

9 Who giveth fodder unto the cattle, and feedeth the young ravens that call upon him.

10 He hath no pleasure in the strength of an horse; neither delighteth he in any man's legs.

11 But the Lord's delight is in them that fear him, and put their trust in his mercy.

12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Sion;

13 For he hath made fast the bars of thy gates, and hath blessed thy children within thee.

14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the flour of wheat.

15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth, and his word runneth very swiftly.

16 He giveth snow like woo!, and scattereth the hoar frost like ashes.

17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels; who is able to abide i i '•frost?

18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them; he bloweth with his wind, and the waters flow.

19 He showetli his word unto Jacob, his statutes and ordinances unto Israel.

20 He hath not dealt so with

any nation; neither have the heathen knowledge of his laws.

Psalm 148. Laudate Dominvm.

O PRAISE the Lord of hea ven; praise him in the height.

2 Praise him, all ye angels of his; praise him, all his host.

3 Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all ye stars and light,

4 Praise him, all ye heavens, and ye waters that are above the heavens.

5 Let them praise the name of the Lord; for he spake the word, and they were made; he commanded, and they were created.

6 He hath made them fast for ever and ever; he hath given them a law, which shall not be broken.

7 Praise the Lord upon earth, ye dragons, and all deeps;

8 Fire and hail, snow and vapours, wind and storm, fulfilling his word;

9 Mountains and all hills; fruitful trees and all cedars;

10 Beasts and all cattle; worms and feathered fowls;

11 Kings of the earth and all people; princes and all judges of the world;

12 Young men and maidens, old men and children, praise the name of the Lord; for his name only is excellent, and his praise above heaven and earth.

13 He shall exalt the horn of his people: all his saints shall

praise him; even the children of srael, even the people that serveth him.

Psalm 149. Canlale Domino.

OSING unto the Lord a new song; let the congregation of saints praise him.

2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him, and let the children of Sion be joyful in their King.

3 Let them praise his name in the dance; let them sing praises unto him with tabret and harp.

4 For the Lord hath pleasure in his people, and helpeth the meek-hearted.

5 Let the saints be joyful with glory; let them rejoice' in their beds. '6 Let the praises of God be in

their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hands:

7 To be avenged of the heathen, and to rebuke the people;

8 To bind their kings in chains, and their nobles with links of iron.

y That they may be avenged of them; as it is written, Such honour have all his saints. Psalm 150. Laudale Dominum.

O PRAISE God in hisholiness; praise him in the firmament of his power.

2 Praise him in his noble acts; praise him according to his excellent greatness.

3 Praise him in the sound of the trumpet; praise him upon the lute and harp.

4 Praise him in the cymbals and dances; praise him upon the strings and pipe.

5 Praise him upon the welltuned cymbals; praise him upon the loud cymbals.

6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.

The end of the Psalter.

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As established by the Bishops, the Clergy, and Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, in Convention, on the twelfth Day of Septemher, in the Year of our Lord 1801.

Art. I. Of faith in the Holy Trinity.

THERfc is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or passions; of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker and Preserver of au things both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead, there be three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Shost.

Art. II. Of the Word, or Son of God, which was made very man.

The Son, which is the Word of the Father, hegotten from everlasting of the Father, the very and eternal God, of one •ubstance with the Father, took Man's nature in the womb of the blessed V'ir. gin, of her substance: so that two whole and perfect Natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one Person,never to l,e divided, whereof is one Christ, very God, and very Man; who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for actual sins of men.

Art. III. Of the going down of Christ into Hell

As Christ died fur us, and was buried; so also is it to he believed, that lie went down into hell. Ait IV. Of the Resurrection of Christ.

Christ did truly rise again from death, and took again his body, with flesh, bones, and all things appertaining to the perfection of Man^s nature, wherewith he ascended into Heaven, and there sitteth, until he return to judge all men at the last day.

Art. V. Of the Holy Ghost.

The Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one Substance, Majesty and Glory with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God. Art. VI. Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures Jar Salvation.

Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to Salvation: so that whatsoever Is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby,is not to be required ofany man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to Salvation. In the name Of the Holy Scripture we do under

stand those Canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose AuthorT T was never any doubt in the Church. ^ OftU flames and JVumber of the Canonical Hooks.

Genesis. Exodus, Leviticus, Humeri, Deuteronomium, Joshuc, Judges, Rmtk, The First Book of SamueL The Second Book of Samuel, The First Book of K ing-i, The Second Bonk of Kings, The Fi^a Book of Chronicles, The Second Book ct Chroincles, The First Book nf Esdras, Tie Second Book of Esdras, The Book of Hater, The Book of Job, The Psalms, The Proverbs, Ecclesiastes or Preacher, CasO:ca or Songs of Solomon, Four PrcpheU the greater, Twelve Prophets the less.

And the other Books (as Hierome saiiL. the Church doth read for example of life and instruction of manners; but yet dbth it not apply them to establish any doctrine; such are these following:

The Third Book of Esdras, The Fourth Book of Esdras, The Book of Tobiai, Tht Book of Judith, The rest of the Book *f Hester, The Book of Wisdom, Jena Ue Son of Sirach, Baruch the Prophet, The Song of the three Children, The Ston*f Susanna, Of Bel and the Dragon, Tu Prayer of Manasses, The first Book *f Maccabees, The Second Book of Mac bees.

AH the Books of the New Testament. as they are commonly received, we 6* receive and account them Canonical. Art- VII. Of the Old Testament.

The Old Testament is not contrarv in the New; for both in the Old and New Testament everlasting life is offered 11 mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator hetween God and Man, being both God and Man. Wherefore they are v* to be heard, which feign that the Okl Fathers did look only tor transitory Promises. Although the Law given frow God by Moses, as touching ('ereraoni and Rites, do not bind Christian met. nor the Civil Precepts thereof ought i f necessity to be received in any Commonwealth i yet notwithstanding, w Christian man whatsoever is free firm the obedience of the CouunandmeuU which are called moral.

Art VUI. Of the Creeds.

The Tficene Creed, and that which is

commonly called the ApostWs C.W, might thoroughly to be received and believed: for they may he proved by most certain warrants of holy Scripture.

Art. IX. Of Original or Birth-Sin.

Original sin standeth not in the following of Adam (as the Pelagians do vainly talk;) but it is the fault and corruption of the nature of every man, that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam, whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, so that the flesh lusteth always contrary to the Spirit; nnd therefore in every person born into this world, it deserveili God's wrath and damnation. And this infectiun of nature doth remain, yea, in them that are regenerated; whereby tlie lust of the flesh, called in Greek Q,eovltu& tra^xK, which some do expound the Wisdom, some Sensualitv, some the Affection, some the Desire of the Flesh, is not subject to the Law of God. And although there is no condemnation for them that helieve and are baptized; yet the Apostle doth confess that vmcupiscence and lust hath of itself the nature of sin.

Art. X. OfFree-mn.

The condition of man after the fall of Adam, is such, that he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and good works, to faith, and calling upon God: wherefore we have no power to do good works pleasant and acceptable to God, without the grace of God by Christ preventing us, that we may have a good will, and working with us, when we nave that good will. Art. XI. Of the Justification of Man.

We are accounted righteous hefore 4-*od, only for Die Merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by Faith; and not for our own Works or Deservings. "Wherefore, that we are justified by Faith onlv, is a most wholesome doctrine, and vprv full °f comfort, as more largely is expressed in the Homily of Justification. Art. XII. Of good Works.

Albeit that good Works, which are the fruits of Faith, and follow after Justifi cation, cannot put away our sins, ana endure the severity of God's Ju gment i vet are they pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ, and do spring out necessarily of a true and lively Faith; insomuch that by them a lively Faith may be as evidently known, as a tree discerned by the fruit. Art- XIII- Of' Works btfore Justification,

Works donehcforetnegraceofChrist and the inspiration of his Spirit, ore not pleasant to God,forasmuch as they spring not of Faith in Jesus Christ, neither do

they make men meet to receive grace, or (as the School-Authors say) deserve grace of congruity: yea rather, for that they are not done as God hath willed ami commanded them to be done, we doubt not but they have the nature of sin. Art. XIV. Of Works of Supererogation.

Voluntary Works, besides over and above God's Commandments, which they call Works of Supererogation, cannot he taught without arrogancy and impiety. For by them men do declare, That they do not only render unto God as much as they are bound to do, but that they do more for his sake than of bounden duty is required: Whereas Christ satth plainly, When ye liave done all that are commanded to you, say, We are unprofitable servants. Art. XV. Of Christ alone without sin.

Christ in the truth of our nature, was made like unto us in all things, sin only except, from which he was clearly void, both in his nesh,and in his spirit. Hecama to he a Lamb without spot, who by sacrifice of himself once made, should take away the sins of the world; and sin (as St. John saith) was not in him. But all we the rest (although baptized and born again in Christ) yet offend in many things; and if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Art. XVI. Of sin after Baptism.

Not every deadly sin, willingly committed after Baptism, is sin against the Holy Ghost, and unpardonable. Wherefore the grant of repentance is not to be denied to such as fall into sin after Baptism. After we have received the Holy Ghost, we may depart from grace given, and fall into sin, and by the grace of God (we may) arise again, and amend our lives. Ami therefore they are to be condemned, which say, they can no more sin as long as they live here, or deny the place of forgiveness to such as truly repent Art. XVII. Of Predestination and Election.

Predestination to life is the everlasting purpose of God, whereby (before the foundations of the world were laid) he hath constantly decreed by his counsel, secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation, those whom he hath chosen in Christ out of mankind, and to bring them by Christ to everlasting salvation, as vessels made to honour. Wherefore they, which be endued with so excellent a henefit of God, he called according to God's purpose by his Spirit working in due season: they through grace obey the calling: they be justined freely: thev be made like the image of his only begotten Son Jesus Christ: they walk religiously in good works; and at length by God's mercy they attain to everlasting felicity.

made Sons of God by adoption: they be is contrary to Goii's Word written, un

As the godly consideration of Predestination, and our election in Christ, is full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to godly persons, and such as feel in themselves the working of the Spirit of Christ, mortifying the works of the flesh and their earthly memhers, and drawing up their mind to high and heavenly tilings, as well because it doth greatly establish ami confirm their faith of eternal salvation, to be enjoyed through Christ, as hecause it doth fervently kindle their love towards God: so, for curious Mid carnal persons, lacking the Spirit of Christ, to have continually before their eyes the Sentence of God s Predestination, is a most dangerous downfall,whereby the Devil doth thrust them either Into desperation, or into wretchlessness of most unclean living, no less perilous than desperation.

Furthermore, we must receive God's promises in such wise as they be generally set forth to us in holy Scripture: And in our doings, that will of God is to he followed, which we have expressly declared unto us in the Word of God. Art. XVIII. Of obtaining Eternal Salvation only by the Name of Christ.

They also are to be had accursed, that presume to say, thai every man shall be saved by the Law or Sect which he professeth, so that he he diligent to frame his life according to that Law, and the light of Nature. For holy Scripture doth set out unto us only the Name of Jesus Christ, whereby men must be saved. Art. XIX. Of the Church.

The visible Church of Christ is a Congregation of faithful men, in the which the pure Word of God is preached, and the Sacraments be duly ministered according to Christ's Ordinance, in ail those things that of necessity are requisite to the same.

As the Church of HtcrusaUm, Alexnndria, nnd Antioch, have erred; so also the Church of Rome hath erred, not only in their living and manner of Ceremonies, but also in matters of faith.

Art. XX. Oft ke Authority rf the

The Church hath power to decree Rites or Ceremonies, and Authority in Controversies of Faith: And vet it is not lawful for the Church to ordain any thing that

ther inay it so expound one place oi Scripture, that it be repugnant to another. Wherefore, although the Church be a Witness and a Keeper of Holy Writ, yet as it ought not to decree any thing against the same, so besides the wane ought it not to enforce any thing to he helie\ed for necessity of salvation. Art XXI. Of the Authority of CSeneral Council*'* ~ Art. XXII. Of Purgatory. The Koinish doctrine concerning Purgatory, Pardon, Worshipping and Adoration, as well of Images, as of Heliques and alio Invocation of Saints, is a fond thing vainly invented, and grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, hut rather repugnant to the Word of God. Art. XXIII. Of Ministering in the Congregation. It is not lawful for any man to take upon him the office of public Preaching, of Ministering the Sacraments in the Congregation, hefore he he lawfully called, and sent to execute the same. And those we ought to judge lawfully called and sent, which be chosen and called to this Work by men who have public Authority given unto them in the Congregation, to call and send Ministers into the Lord's Vineyard.

Art. XXIV. Of Speaking in the Congregat ion in snch a tongue atthePeopit understandeth.

It is a thing plainly repugnant to tlie Word of God, and the custom of the Primitive Church, to have Public Praver in the Church or to Minister the Sacraments in a tongue not understanded of the people.

Art. XXV. Of the Sacraments.

Sacraments ordained of Christ be rvt only badges or tokens of Christian men's Profession; but rather they be certain sure witnesses, and effectual signs \,: grace, and God's good will towards us,hl the which he doth work invisibly in u., and doth not only quicken, liiit also strengthen and confirm our faith in him.

There are two Sacraments nrdained of Christ our Lord in the Gospel, that is to say, Baptism, and the Supper of the Lord.

Those five commonly called Sacraments, that is to say, Confirmation, Penance, Orders, Matrimony, and Extreme Unction, are not to be counted for Sacraments of the Gospel, being such as have grown, partly of the corrupt following of the Aiwsties, partly are states of life •)

* The 21st of the former art'clei is omitted, hecause it is partiv of a local and civil nature, nnd is provided for, as to the remaiinng parts of it. in otiier articles

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