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A Prayer for the King's Majesty. O Lord, our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King
of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth; most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to behold our most gracious Sovereign Lord King GEORGE; and to replen sh him with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that he may alway incline to thy 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 aitain everlast ng joy and felicity, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for the Royal Family. Amebere God, the fountain of all goodness, we lium.
bly beseech thee to bless our gracious Queen Charlotte, their Royal Highnesses George Prince of Wales, the Princess 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 thineeverlasting kingdom, thro' Jesus Christour Lord. Amen.
TA Prayer for the Clergy and People. Almighty, and everlasting God, who alone workeft
great 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.
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom.
with one accord to make our common supplications protecting compallion only, we can shelter ourselves from the dangers of darkness; and with the conviction of whose blessing overthadowing us, we may “lay us down in peace to take our reft.”
unto thee; and doft 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 fervants, 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. xlii. 14. TH "HE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of
God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all ever more. Amen.
Here endeth the Order of Evening Prayer throughout
The CREED of ST. ATHANASIUS.
Upon these Feafts; Christmas-day, the Epiphany, Saint
cessary that he hold the Catholic Faith. The Creed of St. Athanafius]. It is uncertain who was the author of this summary of the doctrine of the Trinity, and of the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Chrift; though the fuffrages of the learned unite in denying it to be the composition of Athanafius.--G. Vojius, torit. vi. 516, 52 2. It is attributed with probability to Vigilius, the African, who flourished towards the close of the fifth century; and said to have been originally composed in Latin, and afterwards translated into Greek. In the rubric's of Edward and James the Ilt's Common Prayer-Book, this service is not given to any particular author, but called amplyaconfeílion of our Christian faith. A senlible liturgical writer has offered the following ingenious apology for those of the clergy who omit the recitation of it in their churches. * Notwithitanding the cacellence of the creed, the expediency of using it
Which Faith, except every one do keep whole and undefiled: without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
And the Catholic Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity;
Neither confounding the persons: nor dividing the substance.
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 coeternal.
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 incomprehensible, nor three uncreated: 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;
And yet not three Lords: but one Lord.
in a public liturgy has been questioned by divines, who both steadily be lieved the doctrines it contains, and approved of the expositions of them it delivers. I think it probable that they argued upon this principle: Our congregations being infected with no erroneous opinions in matters of faith; being, in general happily unacquainted, not only with the nature but even with the very names of the various corruptions, against which this creed explicitly guards, there is less occafion in our public worship for the recital of fo minute an explication of points, which are confessedly abstruse.'-Shepherd.
· For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity: to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord;
So are we forbidden by the Catholic 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 worshipped.
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 worlds: and Man, of the Substance of his Mother, born in the world ;
* Perfect God, and perfect Man: of a reasonable soul, and human flesh subsisting;
Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead: and inferior to the Father, as touching his Manhood.
Who although he be God and Man: yet he is not two, but one Christ;
One; not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh: but by taking of the Manhood into God;
One altogether; not by confusion of Substance: but by unity of Perfoni.
For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one Man: so God and Man is one Chrift;
Who suffered for our salvation: descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, he fitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty: from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
T'? At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies: and shall give account for their own works.
And they that have done good, shall go into life everlafting: and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire.
This is the Catholic Faith: which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
Here followeth the LITANY, or General Supplication, to be sung or said after Morning Prayer upon Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and at other times, when it fvall be commanded by the Ordinary.
God the Father of heaven: have mercy upon us mi
serable finners. The Litang] Litany signifies an humble, and earneft fupplication. These forms of prayer (wherein the people are more exercised than in any other part of the service, by continual joining in every passage of it) are thought by fome to have been brought into the
church about 400 years after Chriit, in times of great calamity, for the appeasing of God's wrath. True it is that they are very feasonable prayers in fuch times; and therefore were by Gregory and others used in processions for the averting of God's wrath in public calamities; but it is as true that they were long before that time, even in the first services that we find in the church, ufed at the communion service, and other offices, as ordination of priests, &c.; where we find the deacon ministering to the people, and directing them from point to point what to pray for, as it is in our Litany; and the people are appointed to answer to every petition, Domine miserere, “ Lord have mercy.”--Sparrow. Prefixed to the Litany and fuffrages in Henry's Primer, A. D. 1546, is the following advertisement:-“ As these holy prayers and suffrages following are set forth of most godly zeal for edifying and firring of devotion of all true faithful Christian hearts; so it is thought convenient in this common prayer of procession, to have it fet forth and used in the vulgar tongue, for stirring the people to more devotion; and it shall be every Christian man's part reverently to use the same,