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A general Thanksgiving. and to refresh it when it was dry, ALMIGHTY God, Father of all || to the great comfort of us thy mercies, we thine unworthy ser unworthy servants, and to the vants do give thee most hum glory of thy holy Name, through ble and hearty thanks for all thy mercies in Jesus Christ our thy goodness and loving-kind- || Lord. Amen. ness to us and to all men, * This to be said [*particularly to those

For fair Weather. who desire now to O LORD God, who hast justly have been prayed a for desire to re• offer up their praises humbled us by thy late plague of curn praise. and thanksgivings for immoderate rain and waters, and thy late mercies vouchsafed unto in thy mercy hast relieved and them.] We bless thee for our comforted our souls by this seacreation, preservation, and all the sonable and blessed change of blessings of this life; but above weather; We praise and glorify all, for thine inestimable love in || thy holy Name for this thy mercy, the redemption of the world by and will always declare thy lov. our Lord Jesus Christ; for the ing-kindness from generation to means of grace, and for the hope generation, through Jesus Christ of glory. And we beseech thee, our Lord. Amen. give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be

For Plenty. unfeignedly thankful ; and that || O Most merciful Father, who we may shew forth thy praise, l of thy gracious goodness hast not only with our lips, but in our heard the devout prayers of thy lives; by giving up ourselves to Church, and turned our dearth thy service, and by walking be. and scarcity into cheapness and fore thee in holiness and righte plenty; We give thee humble ousness all our days, through thanks for this thy special bounty; Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom beseeching thee to continue thy with thee and the Holy Ghost be loving-kindness unto us, that all honour and glory, world with

our land may yield us her fruits out end. Amen.

of increase, to thy glory and our

comfort, through Jesus Christ our For Rain.

Lord. Amen. O God our heavenly Father, who by thy gracious providence For Peace and Deliverance from our dost cause the former and the

Enemies. latter rain to descend upon the O ALMIGHTY God, who art a earth, that it may bring forth strong tower of defence unto thy fruit for the use of man ; We servants against the face of their give thee humble thanks that it enemies; We yield thee praise hath pleased thee, in our great and thanksgiving for our delivernecessity, to send us at the last a ance from those great and appajoyful rain upon thine inheritance, ll rent dangers wherewith we were

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THANKSGIVINGS. compassed. We acknowledge it for our transgressions by thy late thy goodness that we were not || heavy and dreadful visitation; delivered over as a prey unto | and now in the midst of judgethem ; beseeching thee still to ment remembering mercy, hast continue such thy mercies to. | redeemed our souls from the jaws wards us, that all the world may of death; We offer unto thy faknow that thou art our Saviour therly goodness ourselves, our and mighty Deliverer, through souls and bodies, which thou Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. hast delivered, to be a living sa

crifice unto thee, always praising For restoring Public Peace at Home. and magnifying thy mercies in O ETERNAL God, our heavenly

the midst of thy Church, through Father, who alone makest men to

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. be of one mind in a house, and stillest the outrage of a violent

Or this : and unruly people ; We bless thy

We humbly acknowledge before holy Name that it hath pleased

thee, O most merciful Father, thee to appease the seditious tu.

that all the punishments which mults which have been lately

are threatened in thy law might raised up amongst us; most

justly have fallen upon us, by. humbly beseeching thee to grant

reason of our manifold transgresto all of us grace, that we may

sions and hardness of heart. Yet . henceforth obediently walk in thy

seeing it hath pleased thee of thy holy commandments; and lead

tender mercy, upon our weak ing a quiet and peaceable life in

and unworthy humiliation, to all godliness and honesty, may

asswage the contagious sickness continually offer unto thee our

wherewith we lately have been sacrifice of praise and thanks

sore afflicted, and to restore the giving for these thy mercies to

voice of joy and health into our wards us, through Jesus Christ

dwellings ; We offer unto thy our Lord. Amen.

divine Majesty the sacrifice. of

praise and thanksgiving, lauding For Deliverance from the Plague, or other and magnifying thy glorious common Sickness.

Name for such thy preservation O LORD God, who hast wounded | and providence over us, through. us for our sins, and consumed us Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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THE

COLLECTS, EPISTLES, AND GOSPELS.

Nore, That the COLLECT appointed for every SUNDAY, or for any HOLY-DAY that hath a Vigit

or Eve, shall be said at the EVENING SERVICE next before.

The First Sunday in Advent. both the quick and dead, we may
The Collect.

rise to the life immortal, through

him who liveth and reigneth, with ALMIGHTY God, give us grace thee and the Holy Ghost, now that we may cast away the works and ever. Amen. of darkness, and put upon us the

[This Collect is to be repeated every Day, with armour of light, now in the time the other Collecls in Advent, until Christ of this mortal life, in which thy mas Eve.] Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last The Epistle. Rom. xiii. 8. day, when he shall come again Owe(a) no man any thing, but to in his glorious Majesty, to judge | love one another : for he that

(a)“ Owe,&c. i.e. “have no debts or “ though I have the gift of prophecy “ propensities, but those of benevolence.” “ and understand all mysteries, and all It is one of the great characteristics of “ knowledge, and though I have all Christianity, that it makes general bene « faith, so that I could remove mounvolence, and whatever has a tendency " tains, and have no charity, I am nothat way, a most important duty. When « thing: and though I bestow all my a lawyer asked our Saviour, which was “ goods to feed the poor, and though I the great commandment in the law, and “ give my body to be burned, and have our Saviour answered, “ thou shalt love “ not charity, it profiteth me nothing." “ the Lord thy God with all thy heart, St. James says, “ if ye fulfil the royal law " and with all thy soul, and with all thy “ according to the scripture, thou shalt, « mind, this is the first and great com love thy neighbour as thyself.St. John “ mandment ;" he immediately added, dwells very much upon this essential " and the second is like unto it, thou duty. “He that saith he is in the light; “ shalt love tby neighbour as thyself." See “ and hateth his brother, is in darkMatt. xxiii. 36. See also Luke x. 25. In “ ness even until now." John ii. 9. John xiii. 34. our Saviour, just before he Again, “ He that loveth not his brother, was betrayed, says, “ a new command “ abideth in death.” i John iii. 14. “ ment I give unto you, that ye love one So, “ Let us not love in word, neither “ another, as I have loved you, that ye “ in tongue, but in deed and truth; “ also love one another. By this shall " and hereby we know that we are « all men know, that ye are my disciples, « of the truth; and shall assure our « if ye have love one to another." St. “ hearts before him.” i John iii. 18. Paul says, Gal. v. 14. “ all the law is Again, i John iv. 7, 8. « Beloved, let * fulfilled in one word, even in this, “ us love one another, for love is of " thou shalt love thy neighbour as thy “ God, and every one that loveth is “ self;" and in his famous eulogium upon o born of God, and knoweth God: he charity, or general benevolence, he says, ll “ that loveth not, knoweth not God.”

loveth another hath fulfilled the || hended in this saying, namely, . law. For this; “ Thou shalt not Thou shalt love thy neighbour.

« commit adultery, Thou shalt 66 as thyself.” Love worketh no 13. “ not kill, Thou shalt not steal, ill to his neighbour : therefore " Thou shalt not bear false wit. || love is the fulfilling of the law. “ ness, Thou shalt not covet ;" And that, knowing the time, that 11. and if there be any other com now it is high time to awake out of mandment, it is briefly compre sleep: for now is our (6) salvation

So in verse 12, “If we love one another, l « death, and the father the child,” &c. • God dwelleth in us, and his love is per Matt. X. 21.; and it is obvious from the " fected in us." And in v. 20. “ If a Epistles in the New Testament, that they “ man say I love God, and hateth his were severely persecuted. St. Paul “ brother, he is a liar ;" that is, the enumerates what he had gone through, thing is impossible, for the only way in 2 Cor.xi. 24, 25. “ of the Jews five times which we can love God, is by keeping “ received I forty stripes save one, thrice his commandments, and “this command. was I beaten with rods, once was I " ment have we from him, that he who • stoned,” &c. St. Stephen was stoned “ loveth God, love his brother also." to death, Acts vii. 59, 60. “Herod killed 1 John iv. 21. Many other passages " James, the brother of John, with the there are which inculcate the duty of « sword,” Acts xii. 1, 2, 3. St. Paul, benevolence, and it would be well for before his conversion, made havock of every one who is indignant for an injury the church, Acts viii. 3. and xxvi. 10. he has received, or feels any emotion of St. Paul, in 2 Thess. i. 4. speaks of tancour or ill.will, to search them out, their Patience and Faith in all their and lay them to heart.

“ persecutions and tribulations which (6)“ Salvation,"i.e. The great change “ they endured ;” and St. Peter, 1 Pet. they were to experience for the better at iv. 12. speaks of their persecutions and the time so often alluded to by the expres. afflictions as “ the fiery trial, which sions," the day of the Lord,” « the “ was to try them.” One of the great “ coming of the Lord,” &c." The first arguments to inspire them with fortitude converts to Christianity underwent great and resolution was this, that at the period trials. The prophets Zechariah and Ma. referred to by the coming of the Lord, they lachi had intimated that they would. should experience a signal deliverance. The former, Zech.xiii. 9. says, “I” (that Our Saviour had expressly promised them, is, the Lord) “ will bring the third part” that be who should endure to the end (meaning those who should not be cut should be saved,Matt. x. 22. and xxiii. 13. off for their disbelief) “ through the and that the prospect of this event might “ fire, and will refine them as silver is not be too remote, he assured his apostles, " refined, and will try them as gold Matt. x. 23. that “ they should not have " is tried.” And Málachi iii. 2. says “ gone through the cities of Israel till of the Messiah, “ who may abide the “ the Son of Man should be come ;" and “ day of his coming, and who shall after his famous prophecy of the destruc“ stand when he appeareth-for he is tion of Jerusalem, &c. in Matt. xxiv. " like a refiner's fire, and like ful. 34. he tells them, that “ that generation " ler's sope : and he shall sit as a re should not pass, till all those things “ finer and purifier of silver, and he “ were fulfilled ;" thereby intimating " shall purify the Sons of Levi, and that they should occur before the per" purge them as gold and silver.” sons then living should all be dead. The Our Saviour also apprized the apostles same intimation occurs in Luke xxi. 32. and his other disciples, that “ they should post 30. See also John xxi. 22. This topic “ be bated of all men for his Name's was accordingly pressed upon the converts “ sake,” Matt. x. 22. and xxii. 9. "that with great force by the authors of the " they should be delivered up to the Epistles. In l'hilipp. i. 6. St. Paul ex" councils, and scourged in the syna presses his confidence, that “he who had * gogues,” Matt. x. 17. “ that the bro. “ begun a good work in the converts at " ther should deliver up the brother to “ Philippi, would perform it until the day

nearer than when we (c) believed. The Gospel. Matt. xxi. 1. 12. The night is far spent, the day is | WHEN they drew nigh unto

at hand: let us therefore cast off | Jerusalem, and were come to

the works of darkness, and let us Bethphage, unto the Mount of 13. put on the armour of light. Let Olives, then sent Jesus two

us walk honestly, as in the day; disciples, saying unto them, “ Go 2. not in rioting and drunkenness, “ into the village over against not in chambering and wanton “ you, and straightway ye shall

ness, not in strife and envying. o find an ass tied, and a colt 14. But put ye on the Lord Jesus “ with her: loose them, and

Christ, and make not provision “ bring them unto me. And if Ġ for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts “ any man say ought unto you, thereof.

" ye shall say, “ The Lord hath

of Jesus Christ," as if the period would “ him at his coming.” Many other pas-
arrive in their time ; and in Philipp.iv. 5. sages might be added, but it is sufficient
he says, “ The Lord is at hand.” The to adduce these. They have all a strong
author to the Epistle to the Hebrews tendency to shew, that the prophecies
presses them to hold fast the profession recorded in St. Matthew were well known
of their faith, without wavering, &c. &c. to the disciples before the destruction of
and so much the more as ye see the day Jerusalem, and that the Epistles were
approaching,” Hebr. x. 25. St. Paul written before that event. The prospect
charges Timothy to keep a particular of a most extraordinary judgment from
commandment without spot, “ until the || God upon the unbelievers, and of signal
'appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,” deliverance to those who embraced and
as if he fully expected it in Timothy's held fast the faith, was admirably calcu-
time, 1 Tim. vi. 14. In Tit. ii. i. lated to inspire the converts with courage
to' 14. St. Paul says, “ The grace of and perseverance, and was therefore a
“ God that bringeth salvation háth ap- || topic likely to be brought forward by
“ peared to all men, teaching us, that the disciples whilst that prospect conti-
“ denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, nued. After the event it would have been
“ we should live sobcrly, righteously, absurd. Jerusalem was destroyed in the
“ and godly in this present world, look year of our Lord 70; the Epistle to the
“ ing for that blessed hope, and the glorious Romans is supposed to have been written
appearing of the great God, and our Sa. about A.D.58; that to the Philipp.
viour Jesus Christ, who gave himself A.D. 59; the 1st to Timothy AD.
“ for us, that he might redeem us from 64 ; that to the Hebrews A. D. 63;
“ all iniquity, and purify unto himself St. James's A. D. 61; the 1st of Ši.
“ a peculiar people, zealous of good | Peter A.D. 64; and the Ist of St. John,
“ works. St. James advises the bre- || A.D. 69. It is asserted that no Chris-
thren to “ be patient, unto the coming of tian perished at the siege of Jerusalem,
“ the Lord :" "to stablish their hearts, 2 Newton's Prophecies, 154, 160. 5 Wat-
for the coming of the Lord draweth son's Tracts, 134.; and the immense
“ nigh:” “ not to grudge one ano. slaughter among their inveterate enemies
“ ther, lest they should be condemned ; the Jews, would of course tend greatly
“ for behold the Judge standeth before to relieve them from persecution. It is
the door," James v. 7, 8, 9. St. Peter observable, that “the day," the day of
speaks of the afflictions the converts the Lord, “ the coming or appearing of
had undergone, “ that the trial of their “ the Lord,” are spoken of as things of
“ faith might be found unto praise, which the converts were before apprized.
" and honour, and glory, at the appear There is no explanation what is meant,
ing of Jesus Christ," i Peter i. 7. || as would probably have been the case
Lastly, St. John says, 1 John ii. 28. had not the meaning been fully under-
“ And now little children, abide in him, || stood. .
“ that when he shall appear, we may have (c) “ Believed," j.e. " first believed."
“ confidence, and not be ashamed before Il

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