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come to Church; no trivial Pretences were thien admitted for any one's Absence from the Congregation, but, according to the Merit of the Cause, severe Cenfures were passed upon them.
Q. W bat are the great Adventages of the Religious Observation of the Lord's Day?
A. It keeps up the Solemn and Public Worship of God, which might be very much neglected, if it were left to depend upon the Determinations of Human Authority. It preserves the Knowledge and visible Profession of the Christian Religion in the World, when, notwithstanding the great Differences there are among Christians in other Matters, they yet all concur in observing this Day in Memory of our Saviour's Resurrection. And considering how much Time is taken up, by the greatest Part of Mankind, in providing for the Neceflaries of Lite; and how negligent and careless they are in the Coacerns of their Souls, who flow in Plenty and Abundance; this stated Season is highly useful to instruc? the Ignorant by Preaching and Catechising, and to put those in Mind of their Duty, who in their Prosperity are apt to forgetGod. Moreover, by spending this Day in Religious Exercises, we acquire new Strength and Resolution to perform God's Will in our several Stations the Week following.
Q. Since a great Part of the Duty of the Day co!!Sijis in Thanksgiving, pray what is implied in that Duty?
Å. A due Acknowledgment of God's Blessings; a just Value and Esteem of them; and a Detire and Endeavour to make all poisible Returns.
Q. When may we be said dily to acknowledge Gol's Mercies?
A. When we do not let them pass undiscerned and unregarded by us, but carefully contider and take Notice of them; and when we do not ascribe the good Things he has given us to our own Deserts
and Endeavours, or to any other Thing or Creature, but only to him. All glorying in ourselves, takes from the Acknowledgment of the Giver's Bounty.
Q. W ben may we be said to have a juft Value and Efteem of God's Mercies?
A. When we retain them in our Memory, and make frequent Reflections upon them; it being natural to remember those Things we highly prize. When we do not grudge or repine at our Portion, but are contented with those Circumstances which the Providence of God has made to be our Lot.
Wbat Return ought we to make to God as a Teftimony of our Thankfulness?
A. We ought to profess our Dependance upon him, and our Obligations to him for the good Things we enjoy. We ought to publish to the World our Sense of his Goodness with the Voice of Praise, and tellof all his wondrous Works. We cught to comfort his Servants and Children in their AiHictions, and relieve his poor distressed Members in their manifold Neceficies; for he that giveth Alms, sacrificell Praise. We ought carefully to obey him in all those Instances wherein he has declared his Will and Pleasure, and be ready to sacrifice the dearest Things in this World, even our Lives, for the Advancement of his Glory, and the Maintenance of his Truth.
The P R A Y ER S.
I. Bp. Keen GLORY be to thee, O my God, who in Com
pallion to human Weakness, which is not cafervation pable of an uninterrupted Contemplation of thee,
such as the Saints have above, haft appointed a soDay. lemn Day on purpose for thy Remembrance. Glory
be to thee, for proportioning a seventh Part of our Time to thyicif, and liberally indulging the Re
of the Lord's
mainder to our own Use. Let me ever esteem it my Privilege and my Happiness, to have a Day of Reit set apart for thy Service, and the Concerns of my own Soul; to have a Day free from Distractions, disengaged from the World, wherein I have nothing to do but to praise and to love thee. Give me Grace to worship thee in my Closet, and in the Congregation; to spend it in doing Good, in Works of Necellity, Devotion, and Charity, in Prayer, and Praise, and Meditation. O let it be ever to me a Day sacred to divine Love, a Day of heavenly Rest and Refreshment. Grant, o Lord, I may not only give thee due Worship myself, but may give Rest and Leisure also to all my Family, to all under my Charge, to serve thee also; to indulge Ease to my very Beasts, fince good Men are merciful even to them. O blefled Spirit, who on the first Day of the Week didst descend in miraculous Gifts and Graces on the Apostles, descend upon me, that I may be always in the Spirit on the Lord's Day. And since the Blesling of everlasting Salvation, which we Christians on thy Day commemorate, does wonderfully exceed the Creation commemorated by the Fews: O let our Love and Praise, Devotion and Zeal, proportionably exceed theirs also: and this I beg for Jesus Christ his Sake, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
II. WORTHY art thou, O Lord of Heaven A General
and Earth, to receive Glory, and Honour, giving. and Power, for thou hast created all Things, and for thy Pleasure they are and were created. Thou haft made Heaven the Heaven of Heavens, with all their Hoft, the Earth and all Things that are therein; thou preferveft them all, and the Host of Heaven praiseth thee. Glory by to thee, O Lord God Almighty, for creating Man after thine own
Image, and making so great a Variety of Creature: to minister to his Use. Glory be to thee O Heavenly Father, for my Being and Preservation, Strength and Health, Understanding and Memory, Friends and Benefactors, and for all my Abilities of Mind and Body. Glory be to thee, for my competent Livelihood, for the Advantages of my Education, for all my known or unobserved Deliverances; and for the Guard the holy Angels keep over me.
But above all, Glory be to thee, for giving thy Son to die for my Sins; and for all the spiritual Blessings he has purchased for me; for my Baptism, and all the Opportunities thou givest me of serving thee, and of receiving the holy Eucharift; for whatever Sin I have escaped, for whatever Good I have done, or thought, for all my Helps of Grace and Hopes of Heaven, Glory be to thee. Praise the Lord, o ary Soul, and all ibat is within me praise bis boly Name.
Glory be to thee, O Lord Jesus! for thy inexpressible Love to loft Man, for condescending to take our frail Nature on thee, for all thy heavenly Doctrine to instruct us, thy great Miracles to convince us, and thy unblamable Example to be a Guide to us. Glory be to thee, for thy Agony and bloody Sweat, for all the Torments and Anguish of thy bitter Paffion. Glory be to thee, for thy glorious Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven, and Intercession for us at the right Hand of thy Father. O gracious Lord, thou who hast done fo much for me, how can I ever sufficiently praise and love thee! Praise the Lord Jesus, O my Soul, and all that is within me praise bis holy Name.
Glory be to thee, O blessed Spirit, Glory be to thee, for all the miraculous Gifts and Graces thou didst bestow on the Apoftles to fit them to convert the World, and for inspiring the sacred Penmen of Holy Scripture! Glory be to thee, for instilling holy Thonghts into my Soul, for all the Ghostly Strength
and Support, Comfort and Illumination I receive
Blessing and Honour, Thanksgiving and Praise,
CHA P. II.
A. The four Sundays that precede the
Q. When is the first Sunday in Advent ?
A. The first Sunday in Advent is always the nearest Sunday to the Feast of St. Andrew, whether bcfore or after.
Q. With what Temper of Mind ought we to commemorate the great Blelling of Christ's Coming in the Flesh ?
A. With firm Purposes and sincere Resolutions of conforming ourselves to the End and Delign of our Saviour's coming into the World. For lince the Son of God was manifesied to destroy the Works of john ii. 8. ibe Devil, the great Care and Business of our Lives should tend to avoid every Thing that is evil, to mortify the Deeds of the Flesh, and not suffer Sin