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A Prayer for the Royal Family.
Lmighty God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly befeech thee to blefs our gracious Queen CHARLOTTE, his Royal Highnefs GEORGE Prince of Wales, and all the Royal Family: Endue them with thy Holy Spirit; enrich them with thy heavenly grace; profper them with al happiness; and bring them to thine everlafting Kingdom, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen..
A Prayer for the Clergy and People.
God, who alone workest
great marvels; Send down upon our Bifhops and
in a more particular manner over the perfon of George our king. We befcech thee to fill him with thy Holy Spirit, that his heart being in thy hand, thou mayeft incline him, to difcharge the duty of his exalted ftation, in fuch a manner as may be agreeable to thy heavenly, will, and conformable to the holy law which thou haft ordained. Pour upon him the fpirit of wifdom and understanding, endue him with counsel and might, and all other gis and graces which thou shalt judge requifite for bim, either as a monarch or a chriftian; grant him length of days, health of body, and fucccfs in all his enterprifes. Be thou a faving ftrength to thine anointed, that he may be thereby enabled to overcome his enemies abroad, by victorious arms, and to baffle the wicked attempts of his adverfaries at home. And finally, that after having led a holy and happy life in this world, he may enjoy everlafting happiness in the life to come; and this we beg for the fake of our bleffed Saviour Jefus Christ. Amen.
Paraphrafe on the PRAYER for the Royal Family.
O thou omnipotent God, who art the fource of life, and the inexhauftible fountain of goodnefs, from which proceed all the bleflings of this life; we beseech thee to biefs our gracious queen Charlotte, his royal highness George prince of Wales, and all the other branches of the royal family, who by the laws of this kingdom are in their turns entitled to Succeed to the government of this nation when thou shalt think proper : fanctify them by thy Holy Spirit, pour upon them the riches of thy grace, and favour them with thy choiceft bleffings; that their happinets in this world may be as great as the condition of human nature admits of; and when thou art pleafed to call them to the next, confer upon them a crown of glory in the everlating kingdom of our God. Amen.
Paraphrafe on the PRAYER for the Clergy and Prople. Os powerful and everlasting God, whofe influence alone is able to produce those wonderful effects in the fouls of men, which are frequently
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 bleffing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator Jefus Chrift. Amen.
A Prayer of St. Chryfoftom.
at this time
Lmighty God, who haft given us grace with one accord, to make our common fupplications unto thee, and doft promife, that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name, thou wilt grant their requefts; Fulfil now, O Lord, the defires 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.
to be difcovered in the miniftry of the preachers of thy gofpel, through the operation of thy grace, confpiring with their endeavours: we beseech thee to confer thy faving grace upon all the bishops and inferior clergy of thy church, and alfo upon the feveral congregations whofe fouls are committed to their care, and that their labours may be productive of fruits which may prove pleafing in thy fight; we beg of thee, that thy bleffing, like a conftant dropping of a kindly dew upon the grafs, may tend to give an increafe to what they plant and water, by enforcing the precepts of the gospel, and difcharging the other duties of the minifterial office. And this we intreat thee to grant for the honour of Chrift Jefus, whofe honour is greatly promoted by the increase of his church and the falvation of fouls. Amen.
Paraphrafe on the PRAYER of St Chryfoftom.
All-powerful God, to whofe grace and favour we are indebted for this opportunity of addreffing ourselves unto thee in the public fervice of the church, and who, in thy holy word, haft promised that, where two or three are gathered together in thy name, thou art in the midst of them, and that what they agree to pray for, fhall, by thee, be granted unto them. We therefore with a firm reliance upon the gracious promife which thou hast been pleased to make unto thy church, humbly address ourfelves to the throne of thy grace, intreating thee to grant all we have prayed for, as far as thou, in thy heavenly witdom, fhalt judge expedient: at the fame time defiring thee to afford us all neceffary knowledge in the truths of religion, whilt we remain in this world, and to beftow upon as everlafling life when we pafs to the other. Amen.
2 Cor. 13. 14.
HE grace of our Lord Jefus Chrift, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghoft, be with us all evermore. Amen.
Paraphrafe on the Bleffing.
My chriftian brethren, I shall now conclude this part of the fervice with the benediction ufed by St Paul, (2 Cor. xiii. 14.) committing both you and myself to the care and protection of the ever-bleffed trinity; intreating the great God, in whom three perfons are united, that we may be abfolved by the grace, obtained for us by our bleffed Lord and Saviour in the great work of redemption; that we may be juftifed by the love of the Father, who is now reconciled to us by his blood: and that, finally, we may be fanctified by partaking of the communication of the Holy Ghoft. Amen.
Here endeth the Order of Evening Prayer throughout the Year.
Upon thefe Feafts; Christmas-day, the Epiphany, St Matthias, Eafterday, Afcenfion-day, Whitfunday, St John Baptift, St James, St Bartholomew, St Matthew, St Simon and St Jude, St Andrew, and upon Trinity-Sunday, fhall be fung or faid at Morning Prayer, instead of the Apoftles Creed, this Confeffion of our Chriflian Faith, commonly called The Creed of St Athanafius, by the Minifter and People, fanding.
Hofoever will be faved: before all things it is neceffary that he hold the Catholick Faith.
2. Which Faith, except every one do keep whole and undefiled without doubt he fhall perifh everlaftingly.
1. Since the gospel is to be preached to every creature, (Mark 16. 15.) who are to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghoft, (Matt. xxviii. 19.) in order to obtain falvation; it is neceflary
at every man believe in thefe three perfons of the holy Trinity, in the names of whom he is baptized.
2. And fince we are directed by the apoftle to hold fast the form of found words; (2 Tim, i. 7.) and fince it is enjoined us to contend earneftly. for the faith once delivered to the faints; (Jud. iii.) fince the hereties, which oppofe this doctrine, are declared to be damnable, and fince all those shall be damned who do not believe these fundamentals of chriftianity, which are effential qualifications for baptifm, we cannot think it a 12
3. And the Catholic Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity.
4. Neither confounding the Perfons; nor dividing the Substance.
5. For there is one Perfon of the Father, another of the Son and another of the Holy Ghost,
6. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft is all one: the Glory equal, the Majefty coeternal.
7. Such as the Father is, fuch is the Son and fuch is the Holy Ghoft.
The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate and the Holy Ghoft uncreate.
The Father incomprehenfible, the Son incomprehenfible: and the Holy Ghoft incomprehensible.
The Father eternal, the Son eternal: and the Holy Ghost eternal;
8. And yet they are not three eternals: but one eternal. As also there are not three incomprehenfibles, nor three uncreated but one uncreated, and one incomprehenfible.
So likewife the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty : and the Holy Ghost Almighty;
And yet they are not three Almighties: but one Almighty.
breach of christianity to fay, that they who make heretical innovations, contrary to this faith, fhall, without doubt, perish everlastingly.
3. This catholic faith, which was formerly delivered to the apostles, implies that we are bound to worship the three Perfons, Father, Son, and Holy Ghoft, in an unity of essence.
4. Neither fhould we, by confounding the perfons, make them one perfon under different denominations; nor make them three Gods by dividing the effence.
5. For Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, are three different hypoftafes of the divinity, and have each of them their perfonality.
6. But there is but one Godhead belonging to thefe three perfons, as they all partake of equal glory and of eternal majefty.
7. And every perfon fhares of the effential attributes of God, being all uncreated, incomprehenfible, eternal and omnipotent.
8. Yet we should not understand hereby, that they are three diftin&t, uncreated, incomprehenfible, and eternal beings.
So the Father is God, the Son is God: and the Holy Ghoft is God;
And yet they are not three Gods: but one God.
So likewife the Father is Lord, the Son Lord: and the Holy Ghost Lord;
And yet not three Lords: but one Lord.
For like as we are compelled by the Chriftian verity: to acknowledge every Perfon by himself to be God and Lord; So are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion, to say, There be three Gods, or three Lords.
9. The Father is made of none: neither created, nor begotten.
10. The Son is of the Father alone: not made, nor created, but begotten,
11. The Holy Ghoft is of the Father, and of the Son: neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
12. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghoft, not three Holy Ghosts.
13. And in this Trinity none is afore or after other: none is greater or lefs than another;
14. But the whole three Perfons are co-eternal together: and co-equal.
15. So that in all things, as is aforefaid: the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped.
9. The Father is felf-exiftent as his being was not conferred upon him by any other; not being created by men or angels, nor begotten like the fon.
10. The Son derives his exillence from the Father, not being produced 25 a creature, but from all eternity, in a manner not to be conceived. This origination is, in the fcripture phrafes, tiled, begetting.
11. The Holy Ghoft derives his effence equally from the Father and the Son, and this, in the language of fcripture, is called going out or proceeding.
12. So that only one of thefe perfons is Father, one is Son, and one is Holy Ghoft: none of the perfonal attributes of any being communicate to the other two.
13. Nor is any of thefe perfons fuperior to the other two, either in dignity or power.
14. All of them are equal in eternity, dignity, and power.
15. So that when, in our addreffes to the Godhead, we pay our adoration to any one perfon, we, in effect, worship all three.