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And blessed be the name of his majesty for ever; and all the earth shall be filled with his majesty. Amen, amen.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
The Collect. O most holy, most glorious Saviour and Redeemer Jesu, who for our sakes didst descend from the glories of God to the pains and labours of the earth, and didst pass from a painful life to an ignominious death, from the bitterness of death to the darkness of the grave, and by thy divine power didst raise thyself from death to life again; we give thee thanks for thy infinite love to us and all mankind; we acknowledge thee to be our Lord, and confess thee to be our God; we adore thy majesty, and rejoice in thy mercies; we humbly pray thee to enable us, with thy Spirit, to believe all thy doctrines, and to obey all thy commandments, that after a holy and religious life, spent in doing honour to thy holy name, we may be partakers of thy holy resurrection, passing from death to life, from the darknesses of the grave to the light of heaven, from an imperfect duty to the perfection of holiness in the fruition of the joys of God in thy eternal kingdom, O most holy, most glorious Saviour and Redeemer Jesu. Amen.
Instead of the Psalms of the day, read at Morning Prayer, Psalm xv. xxi. xxiv.
Evening Prayer, Psalın xcii. xcvi. xcrii.
O BLESSED High Priest, holy Jesus, King of the world and Head of the church, who,-when thou hadst taken upon thee our nature and our sin, and appeased thy Father's wrath,
and performed all his will, and overcome death, and rescued all obedient souls from the hand of the enemy,—didst ascend to thy eternal Father, and open the kingdom of heaven to all believers ; thou hast espoused thy church unto thyself with the eternal circles of thy providence, with thy love and with
thy care, with thy word and with thy Spirit, thy promises and thy holy intercession; thou hadst a feeling of our infirmities, and art our merciful High Priest, making intercession for us for ever; O! be pleased to represent and supply all our wants; excuse all our infirmities; pity all our calamities, pardon our sins, and send down thy Holy Spirit of grace into our hearts, that though we walk upon the earth, yet our conversation may be in heaven, and there also may be our portion and inheritance for ever, through thy mercies, 0 most gracious Saviour and Redeemer Jesus. Amen.
Evening Prayer, Psalm ii. xlv. cx.
Evening Prayer. Sing aloud unto God our strength : make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will: remember thy wonders of old; I will meditate of all thy works, and talk of thy doings.
Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God ? thou art the God that doest wonders; thou hast declared thy strength among the people.
Vow and pay unto the Lord your God: let all that be round about him, bring presents unto him, that ought to be feared.
He shall cut off the spirit of princes : he is terrible to the kings of the earth.
Say unto God, how terrible art thou in thy works; through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
Sion heard and was glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoiced, because of thy judgments, O Lord.
For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth : thou art exalted far above all gods.
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart
Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous : and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
The Lord hath made known his salvation : his righteousness hath he openly showed in the sight of the heathen.
He hath remembered his mercy and truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.
For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth : he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
The Collect. O eternal God, the great Father of spirits, the great. Lover of souls, who didst send thy Holy Spirit upon thy church in the day of Pentecost, and hast promised that he shalt abide with the church for ever, let thy Holy Spirit lead us into all truth, defend us from all sin, enrich us with his gifts, refresh us with his comforts, rule in our hearts for ever, conduct us with his truth, and lead us in the way everlasting, that we, living by thy Spirit, and walking in him, may by him be sealed up to the day of our redemption; O let thy Spirit witness to our spirits, that we are the children of God, and make us to be so for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
O blessed, ineffable, and most mysterious Trinity, how admirable are thy beauties, how incomparable are thy perfections, how incomprehensible are those relations of the three most blessed persons, which we believe, and admire, and adore, but understand not! The angels are amazed in the unimaginable beauties of that glorious presence, and are swallowed up with the ocean of thy infinity. How then can we - who are in the lowest order of understanding creatures, and have removed ourselves farther from thee, and the participation of thy excellencies, by a sinful life,-praise thee
either according to our duty or thy glories ! yet be pleased to accept the humblest adorations, and with a favourable and a gracious eye behold the lowest worshippings and duty of thy servants. We confess and glory in thy omnipotency, thy immensity, thy goodness, thy uncircumscribed nature, thy truth, thy mercy, thy omniscience. O let us also receive thy blessings and gracious influences, that we may adore thee with all our powers and possibilities for ever, love thee with all our affections for ever, serve with our best and earliest, and all our industry: that, being here wholly inebriated with love, and busied in thy service and the duties of a holy obedience, we may, to all eternity, rejoice in the beholding of those glories which are above all capacities, above all heavens, above all angels, even those glories which stream forth from the throne of the eternal God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, to whom be glory and dominion, honour and adoration, eternally confessed due, and humbly paid by all men and all angels, world without end. Amen.
A Collect to be used upon any of the Festivals or Commemo
ration of the Apostles. Almighty God, who hast built thy holy church foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone, we bless and magnify thy name, thy holy and ever glorious name, for thy great graces which thou gavest to thy apostles, and prophets, and martyrs, in the days of their flesh; and this day we have thy servant [here name the apostle, &c.] in remembrance; praising thee for the benefits which the church hath received by his ministry and example; we pray unto thee to give us thy grace, that we, obeying thy doctrine which he taught and published, and following his example as he followed Christ, we also may, with safety and holiness, pass through this valley of tears; that, serving thee in our generation, adyancing thy honour, and obeying thy laws, we may, in the society and communion of saints and angels, sing eternal Hallelujahs to the honour of thy mercy and of thy majesty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
OFFICE OR ORDER
ADMINISTRATION OF THE HOLY SACRAMENT
ACCORDING TO THE WAY OF THE APOSTOLICAL CHURCIIES,
AND THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name: Thy kingdom come: Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven : Give us this day our daily bread: And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us: And lead us not into temptation: But deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Collect. O King of glory, Lord and Maker of the world, thou art a God knowing all things and all thoughts even long before they are; be thou present with us in this religious solemnity calling upon thee. Deliver us from the shame of our sins, from the corruption and evil inclinations that attend them, and from all the evils that may justly follow them. Cleanse our wills and our understandings from all evil lusts and concupiscence, from the deceits of the world, from the violence and snares of the devil, from all guile and hypocrisy, from every evil word and work, that we may serve thee faithfully, worship thee religiously, and pray unto thee acceptably; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.