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29. O ye holy and humble Men of heart, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.
30. O Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, bless ye the Lord : praise him, and magnify him for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghoft;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
Then fall be read in like manner the Second Lefon, taken out of the New
Tefamont : And after that, the Hymn following ; except when that foal! bappen to be read in the Chapter for the Day; or for the Gospel of St. John Baptit's Day.
Benedi&tus. St. Luke 1. 68.
: for he hath
visited, and redeemed his people ; 2. And hath raised up a mighty falvation for us : in the house of his servant David;
3. As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets : which have been since the world began;
4. That we should be saved from our enemies : and from the hands of all that hate us;
PAR AP H R AS E. 29. O you, who are endued with true virtue and humility, bless the Lord, praise and extol him for aver.
30. 0 Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, bless ye the Lord, exert yourfelves to the utmost to praise him and glorify his name.
1. Blessed and praised be the Almighty Sovereign of the world, who is in a more peculiar manner the God of the people of Israel, the rest of pankind remaining in ignorance and idolatry, (Pfal. Ixxii. 18. and cvi. 13.) who has visited, (this expression, according to the Hebrew idiom implies, kindly come to the alliance of his people. Exod. iii. 16.) and tedected them from che lavery.of fin.
2. And has raised up such a salutiferous horn, i.e. a royal power, ?Dan, vii. 24. Zach. i. 18 ) as will not fail to procure us falvation, andi It is out of the family of holy David, from who fe race the Melliah is to come.
3. Which coming of the Mefiah's was foretold by a chain of prophe. cies from the beginning of the world ; when it was declared by the Almighty, that the woman's feed should bruise the serpent's head. Gen. iii. 15.
4. The end of whose coming is to rescue us from our most inveterale Feries, the world, the fesh, and the devil.
· 5. To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers : and to remember his holy covenant ;
6. To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham: that he would give us ;
7. That we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies : might serve him without fear ;
8. In holiness and righteousness before him; all the days of our life.
9. And thou, Child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest : for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
10. To give knowledge of salvation unto his people : for the remission of their sins,
11. Through the tender mercy of our God: whereby the Day-spring from on high hath visited us ;
12. To give light to them that fit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
PA RA PHRASE. 5. That the merciful promises made by God to our forefathers the patriarchs, to whom he declared what favours he would confer
their pofterity, might be accomplished. Gen. xii. 3. and xxxv, 2. Exod. xx. 6.
6. And that he might fulfil the oath, (Gen. xii. 16.) by which he ra. tified the covenant that he had made with Abraham, that he would confer upon us the following blestings.
7. That being freed by the Messiah from our grand enemy, the devil, we might worship God with greater confidence and satisfaction, and be less afraid of his wrath, than under the Mofaical ordinances.
8. Not so much by adhering to legal institutions, as by piety and jusrice, and whatever else belongs to a spiritual worship.
9. And thou, O my little child here present, thall be the prophet spoken of by Isaiah, and the forerunner of the Messiah, who is to prepare the way of the Lord,
1o. And to declare to the world, particularly to the Jewish nation, that salvation was now coming to them, and that they mighr fhortly expee the remiffion.
11. Which pardon of sins, and other favours of the Mefliah, were the effects of the tender mercy of the divine Nature, which would not suffer che human race to perish without a Redeemer; and therefore sent that day-spring, the Mesliah, to shine upon us.
12: And as the sun dispels the darkness, after a long winter's night, to give a comfortablc light to those who have palled so many hours in the
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
Or ibis Pfalm. Jubilate Deo. Pfalm C.
with gladness, and come before his presence with a song.
2. Be ye sure that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourfelves, we are his people, and the Theep of his pasture.
3. O go your way into his gates with thankfgiving, and into his courts with praise : be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.
4. For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting: and his truth endureth from generation to generation.
PA RA P H R AS E. hadow of death, and have had nothing else to direct them but the imperfect revelation of the Mofaic law, by the glorious light of the gospel guiding their feet with certainty in the paths to everlasting happineis.
Tbe title, in the original Hebrew, implies a Psalm of praise: the Jews sell us, that it was customary 10 ping it at the Euchariftical Sacrifices, just as :be prift was entering tbe temple.
1. O give thanks unto God, all ye heathen nations, join with us in the praise and adoration of the one true God, and present yourselves before him in his holy temple.
2. Doubt not that the Lord our God, Jehovah, is the only true God: for it was he that called us into existence, which is the undoubted proof of omnipotent power ; by which power he governs the whole universo wbich he created; but having singled out the posterity of Abraham to be bus flock and his peculiar people, we are become his by election, and ho is our God in a particular manner.
3. Now, fince we have received these extraordinary fivours, do you, se facted ministers who are entitled, by your office, ca make the neareit approach to the divine presence, enter the temple-gates with fongs of thanksgiving : and do you, O people, who are not permitted to go any farther than the court, join, on your part, in the universal praise.
4. For what can be thronger inducements to praise, than the goodness, the mercy, and the truth of God;" his goodness, in creating us, his mercy in sparing as, and his truth revealed unto us, and for ever to remain with us.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost :
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world, without end. Amen.
Iben shall be sung or faid the Apoftles Creed' by the Minister, and the People,
landing. Except only on fuch Days as the Creed of St. Athanasius is appointed to be read.
Believe in God 2. the Father Almighty, 4. Maker of
Heaven and Earth : 5. And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; 6. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin
PA RA PHRASE. I bere make confeffion of my faith, with regard to those truths which are re
vealed unto me by God himself, and supported by the divine testimony. 1. I believe that there is one only God. Deut. iv.
35. i Cor. viii.
4. 2. That he is Father of all men by being their Creator.
But in a peculiar manner the Father of our blessed Lord by eternal generation.
4. I moreover believe that this one God is poffessed of an infinite power of doing all things, and governing all things by his will and pleasure, that he was the Maker of Heaven and Earth, i. c. the whole universe. and every thing contained in it.
5. I also believe in Jesus Christ, being thoroughly convinced that he is what his name implies, i.e. the Saviour of the world ; that he is Chrift, or the Mefliah, concerning whom prophecies were delivered so long before in the Old Testament. That he is the only Son of God, begotten from all eternity ; it being said concerning him that he came down from keaven, (Joha vi. 22.) and likewise that he made the world, (Heb. i. 2. Col. i. 15.) He is moreover, in many parts of scripture, called the Son of God, and we are exprelly told that the Divine essence was communicated to him, (John xvi. 15.) and that in a manner entirely different from all created beings. (Heb. i. 13.) Who is likewise our Lord, by being the true Jehovah, or Lord. (Hof. i. 7. Matr. iii. 1.) All things were subjected to his dominion. (Psalm cx. 5.) By him we were redeemed from the power of the devil, who had formerly enflaved us. (Heb. i. 2.4. Col. ij. 15.) By his blood he purchased us, and we voluntarily became his servants and followers by baptism.
6. We moreover believe that tho' Chrilt was literaily man, yet he was not produced after the ordinary methods of conception, but by the miraculous influence of the Holy Ghoft: (Luke i. 35.). Was born of Mary, a poor maid of David's race, who continued a virgin after that supernatutal birih. Luke i. 27,
Mary, 7. Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, deat, and buried, 8. He descended into Hell; 9. The third day he rose again from the dead; 10. He ascended into Heaven, 11. and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty ; 12. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
13. I believe in the Holy Ghost; 14. The holy Catho
PA RA PHRASE. 7. That he suffered an ignomenious death upon the cross, as was forecold by the prophet Isaiah ; and that this came to pass when Pontius Pilate was imperial procurator of Judea ; that he was nailed to a cross, a dreadful and infamous punishment by which the Romans used to put their wicked laves to death : that in this grieyous cormene he really expired; (Luke xxiii. 46. Mark xv. 37.) and after that was buried by a faithful difciple.
8. And descended into hell or Hades, the abode destined for separate foals
9. Three days after his crucifixion he rose again, according to his own prediation, delivered in the xxvib chapter of the gospel according to St Manbew.
10. After that, in the presence of a great many witne Tes worthy of credit, he ascended in a moft glorious manner up into heaven, as the prophet had long before foretold, and was shortly after promoted to a particalar honour, which was never conferred upon any person before him.
11. He was admitted to fit on the righi hand of God, which is the mot honourable place in heaven, wherein his spiritual kingdom commences, and where he tramples upon the necks of his principal adversaries, Sin, Satan, and Death.
12. Wbence, at the end of the world, he shall come in a triumphang and glorious procession, accompanied with the angels, and have univer. fal power conferred upon him to judge those who all then be alive, (1 Theff. iv. 15.) and those who thall be rescued from the tomb and refored to life. Matt. xxv. 31.
13. I am thoroughly convinced that the Holy Ghost is God himself, and the third person of the blessed trinity ; that he is not werely a virtue u grace, according to the erroneous opinion of some, but a person (Eph. B. 30.) who, in scripture, generally goes by the namic of the Comforter ; and is exprelly named GOD in the vch chapter of the A&s, ver. the 4th.
14. I moreover believe that there are a number of men separated from the world by faith in Jesus Chrit, that have remained from thee, and thall rrmain till the coming of Chrift; the collective body of these, I call the Catholic Church, which is, in fcripture, tiled holy, on account of the boly profesion of its members, tho' all do not live up to the purity enjoined by it. (Matt. xiii. 24.) It is likewise catholic, or universal, becacícit obtains generally in all parts of the world.
15. I be