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, [45] his dying Groans then shook the Earth, but now he hath promised, saying, Tet once more I fake not the Earth, but also Heaven, and the Heart of Man: So the Genai turion was shaken, and the People that came together to this Sight, when they beheld the Things that were done, they sipote upon their Breasts, and feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

The Meditation of this Day is enough to melt & to mourn for our own, and for the Sins of others, and to afflict our Souls with Fafting and Humiliation, as it is written, I will pour upon the House of David, and upon Zech. the Inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of Grace and of Supplications, and they shall look upon him whom they have 12. 10 . pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only Son, and shall be in Bitterness for him, as one that is in Bitterriess for his First-born, "I determined (says

I Cor. the Apostle ) not to know any thing among you, but Chrift, and him crucified: All other Knowledge is vain and 2: 2. puffeth up, only this Knowledge is edifying and comfortable : Therefore says the same Apostle again, I count all things but Loss, for the Excellency of the Know

Phil. ledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the Loss of all things, and do count them but Dung, that 3. 7: I

may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own Righteousness, which is of the Law, but that which is through the Faith of Christ, the Righteousness which is of God through Faith: That I may know him Experimentally, and the Power of his Resurrection, and the Fellowship of his. Sufferings, being made comformable unto his Dearh. And again, I am crucified with Christ: Nevertheless, 1 Gal. tive, yet not l, but Chrift liveth.in me :: And the Life 2. 20. which I now live in the Flesh, I live by the Faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me,

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" Therefore the Sacrifices under the Law, and the Sacraments, under the Gospel were appointed to be Types and Memorials of this bloody Sacrifice upon tlie: Cross, to comfort us against the Fears of Death, to strengthen us againit

' the Temptations of the Devil, and to take off our Affections from the Vanities of this Life, that we may Glory is nothing, save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, whereby the World is crucified unto us, and we unto the World.

Now unto him who loved us, and washed us in his own Blood, and hath made us Kings and Priests unto God, and his Father, to him be Glory and Dominion for ever, Amen.

The PRAYER

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Eternal God, and eternal Goodness, infinite Love, and

infinite Justice, what shall we say, what shall we answer before. thy holy and dreadful Majesty. O how our Hearts burn within us, and even boil with contrary Paffions of Love and Fear, of Joy, and "Grief, when we behold at once thy Goodness and thy Severity in that bloody Sacrifice upon the Cross, that to save penitent Sinners, and with all, to conciliate Authority and Respect to thy Holy Laws, thou spared not thy dear Song and iby only begotten Son Jesus Christ, but delivered him up to the Death for us all. Scarcely for a righteous Man will one die, but, O Lord, thou hast commended thy Love unto us, that while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us; the Just for the Unjust, the Master for the Servant, and the Son of God for the Sons of Men.. What greater Love than this,

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e Flod's ( 47 ) for & Man to lay down his Life for his Friends, and thou lookea upon us as such, even when we were thine Enemies

. Thou fought unto us, before we fought unto thee; O how ardently Jould we love thee now, and be afraid to offend thy Majesty any more, when thou haft reconciled us unto thy self, by the Death of thy dear Soni

be I I. O Lord Jesus Christ, blessed be thy Name for ever, albeit thou wert Lord of Heaven and Earth, and Heir of all Things, yet for our fakes, and for our Example was pleased to make thy self of no Reputation, and to live a Life of Poverty and Hardship upon Earth, thon hadft not where to lay the Head, and many Times not to supply the Necessities of Life, but what thy Servants did minister of their Substance ; 'thon waft born under another's Roof, and buried in canother's Garden: We road often of thy weeping, but never of thy

laughing ; Thou was a Man of Sorrows, and acquainted with Grief, from thy Nativity to thy Crucifixion; so great Favour and Grace had thou for the Children of Men, that although thou wast Rich, yet for our fakes thou became Poor, that we through thy Poverty might become Rich. O fiveer Saviour of the World, who by thy powerful Passion didst rent the Rocks and shake the Earth, foften our Hearts with Compassion for thy Sufferings, and melt them into godly Sorrov, that we may mourn Day and Night for our Sins, which crucified thee, the Lord of Glory. Surely thou was wounded for our Transgressions, and bruised for our Iniquities; all we like Sheep have gone astray

, we have twined every one to his own Way, and the Lord hath laid on thy blessed Body the Iniquities of us all. of Afflictions which thy cruel Enemies poured upon thee, quench it; neither the Tears of the bleffed Virgin thy Mother, nor the Grief of thy Disciples, nor the Greatness of thy own Säfferings, could move thee to come down from the Cross, until for our fakes thou hadft spent all thy Blood, and laid down thy Life and finished the Work of our Redemption.

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O sweet Jesus, what shall we return to thy blessed Majesty for that unspeakable Love to us, which thou witnessed with so much Blood and Sufferings, whereby we have Remiffion of Sins, Redemption from Hell

, and are admitted into thy heavenly Kingdom. O Made abroad thy Love into our Hearts, that at least we may love thee again who firft loved us, and gave thy self for us, an Offering and a Sacrifice unto God for a sweet smelling Savour.

We adore thee, Sweet Jefus, and prostrate our selves before that glorious Head which was crowned with Thorns. We adore thee, O sweet Jesus, and prostrate our felves before that meek and lovely Countenance which was sit upon by filiby Wretches. We adore thee, O sweet Jesus, and prostrate our selves before these bloody Wounds which were made by thy cruel Enemies. We adore thee, O sweet Saviour, and proftrate our selves before that blessed Body, which was so cruelly scourged all over, and torn with the Spear and Nails. O sweet Saviour of the World, who was fcourged for our lakes, have Mercy on us, miserable Wretches, wash us in thy precious Blood, heal us with thy Stripes, hide us in thy Wounds, and yeceive us into thy holy Arms, which were stretched out upon the Cross, to receive and embrace all penitent Sinners.

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By that bloody Sweat and Agony thou suffered in the Garden, when thou hadst none to comfort thee' but an Angel from Heaven, have Mercy upon us, miferable Sinners; and comfort us in our last Pasjage out of this World.

By that unjust Sentence of thy cruel Enemies which condemned thee to dié when thou stood before them, like an innocent Lamb in the midst of ravenous Wolves, have Mercy upon us miserable Sinners, and absolve us in our last Minutes, and in the Day of Judgment, when we fball fand before thy righteous Tribunal.

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By all these cruel Mockings and Scourgings which thou endured of the Soldiers, when they clothed thee with a Purple Rob, and put a Reed in thy Hand, bowing the Knee in Derision, and Saying, Hail King of the Jews, we beseech thee to have Mercy on us, miserable Sinners, and to save us from everlasting Punishment and Contempi. | By that earnest Prayer which thou madest upon the Cross for thy cruel Enemies, saying, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do, have Mercy upon us, miserable Sinners, and fill our Hearts with unfeigned and universal Charity to forgive all our Enemies; to bless them that curse us, to good to them that hate us, and to pray for them that despitefully use" us and persecute us, By that gracious Answer thou gavest unto the penitent Thief, saying, This Day thou shalt be with me in Paradise, have Mercy upon 345, miserable Sinners, and grant us peedy Repentance, and a Place with thi self in the Kingdom of Heaven.

By that tender Recommendation of thy blessed Mother to the Care and Attendance of the beloved Disciple after thy Death, saying, Woman, behold thy Son, and then saying to thy Disciple, Behold thy Mother, have Mercy on us, miserable Sinners, and comfort us in all our Solitudes and Sufferings with thy molt gracious Presence, and the Protection of thy holy Angels.

By that fad Complaint thou madeft unto thy heavenly Father, under thy grievous sufferings, saying, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me, have Mercy upon us, miserable Sinners : Increase our Faith in Affliction, and lay no more on us than we are able to bear, but with the Temptation grant us a happy Deliver

By that unquenchable Thirst which thou suffered upon the Cross, when all thy Veins were emptied, and thy Blood exhausted, saying, I Thirst, have Mercy on us, miserable Sinners, and save us from these scorching Flames in Hell

, where the Worm never dies, nor the Fire quenchedo

By that Perfect Sacrifice and Accomplishment of all Things, which thou madeft upon the Cross for our Redemption, when thou faidst, It is Finished, have mercy on us, miserable Sinners, and

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