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Luke i. 68. (n)
That we being delivered out BLESSED be the Lord God of of the hand of our enemies : Israel : for he hath visited and || might serve him without fear, redeemed his people ;
In holiness and righteous2 And hath raised up a mighty || ness before him : all the days of salvation for us : in the (6) house our life. of his servant David;
9 And thou, Child, shalt be 3 As he spake by the mouth called the Prophet of the Highest: of his holy prophets : which have for thou shalt go (9) before the face been since the world began; of the Lord to prepare his ways;
4 That we should be saved 10 To give knowledge of salfrom our enemies : and from the vation unto his people : for the hand of all that hate us;
remission of their sins, 5 To perform the (p) mercy 11 Through the tender mercy promised to our forefathers : and of our God : whereby the(r) Day. to remember his holy covenant ; spring from on high hath visited
6 To perform the oath which us; he sware to our forefather Abra i2 To give (s) light to them that ham : that he would give us ; sit in darkness, and in the shadow
(n) The Hymn of Zacharias, the father “ of the earth be blessed.” See Gen. xxii. of John the Baptist, on the circumcision 10 to 18. God had made him the like of his son. It occurs again in the Gospel promise before, Gen. xii. 3. See post, for St. John the Baptist's day.
note on Mal. iii. 1. (o) “In the house," i.e.“ of the family, (a) “ Go before." It was to John the v. 9. “ a descendant." The Messiah was to be Baptist that Isaiah refers in ch. xl. 3. of the lineage of David ; and David is of “ T'he voice of him that crieth in the ten mentioned as a type or figure of him. “ wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Thus, Jer. xxiii. 5. post. “ Behold the . “ Lord,” &c. And he is the messenger “ days come, saith the Lord, that I will to whom Malachi refers, ch. iii. 1. “ Be. " raise unto David a righteous Branch; “ hold I will send my messenger, and he " and a King shall reign and prosper, « shall prepare the way before me; and " and shall execute judgment and justice “ the Lord whom ye seek (i.e. the “ in the earth. In his days Judah shall “ Messiah) shall suddenly come to his “ be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely. “ temple," &c. Mal. iv. 5,6. gives him “ And this is the name whereby he shall the appellation of Elijah the prophet, from " be called, the Lord our Righteous the correspondence of their characters, “ ness." See also Jer.xxx. 8, 9. And one and describes his office to be,“ to turn of the common appellations of our Saviour, “ the heart of the fathers to their child.
accordingly, was “ the Son of David.” « ren, and the heart of the children to 5.6. () Immediately after the Fall, God " their fathers,” to produce peace,
promised that “ the Seed of the woman and unanimity. This was to be his "should bruise the Serpent's head," mode of preparing a way for the Messiah, Gen. ii. 15. intimating, (though obscure by correcting the minds and dispositions ly, and in a manner probably not then of the people. See post 32. note on distinctly understood,) that some future Matt. xi. 10. descendant of Eve should so far destroy (r) “ Day-spring." He is called, v.11. the effe&t of Adam's disobedience, as to || Mal. iv. 2. “The Sun of Righteousness, give mankind the chance of complete “ with healing in his wings.” forgiveness and eternal life. And when (s) “ To give light, &c. Isaiah,, 0. 12, Abraham so far obeyed God's command speaking prophetically of the times ment as to take the knife to sacrifice his of the Messiah, says, “ the people that only son to God, God swore by himself, “ walked in darkness have seen a as a reward for his obedience, that “in his “ great light; they that dwell in tho (Abraham's) “ seed should all the nations "« Land of the Shadow of Deatby
Luke ï. 29.
of death : and to (t) guide our
IN THE EVENING SERVICE, feet into the way of
The Song of Simeon, upon his seeing th
Lord, now (x) lettest thou thy
servant depart in peace : accord O be joyful in the Lord, all ye ing to thy word. lands : serve the Lord with glad
2 For mine eyes have seen ness, and come before his pre
thy (y) salvation. sence with a song.
3. Which thou hast prepared 2 Be ye sure that the Lord
before the face of all people; he is God; it is he that hath
4 To be a (2) light to lighten made us, and not we ourselves :
the (a) Gentiles : and to be the we are his people, and the sheep glory of thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father, &c. 3 O go your way into his As it was in the beginning, &c. gates with thanksgiving, and into Or else this Psalm ; except it be on the his courts with praise : be thank- Twelfth Day of the Month. ful unto him, and speak good of
Psalm lxvii. (6) his Name.
God be merciful unto us, and 4. For the Lord is gracious, || bless us : and shew us the light his mercy is everlasting : and his of his countenance, and be mercitruth endureth from generation to generation.
2 That thy (c) way may be Glory be to the Father, &c. known upon earth : thy saving As it was in the beginning, &c. health among all nations.
of his pasture.
ful unto us;
upon them hath the light shined.” Isaiah ix. 2.
(1) “ To guide, &c.” This was to be the nature of his office, not as the Jewsex. pected, to lead them to temporal honours. According to Isaiah xi. 5. “Righteousness
was to be the girdle of his loins.” In Isaiah ix, 6. he is called “ the Prince of “ Peace.” And when Haggai foretels his coming to the temple they were then build. ing, he says, “ In this place will I give
peace, saith the Lord of hosts." Part of the song of the heavenly host on our Saviour's birth
on earth peace.” And one of the peculiarities of Christianity is, that it inculcates meekness, forbearance, forgiveness of injuries, and whatever has a tendency to prevent or terminate dissension.
(u) A Hymn, supposed to be used by the Priest, at the sacrifice of such
peace offerings as were by way of thanksgiving. See Levit. vii. 11, 12.
(*) “Now, &c.” It had been revealed to him by the Holy Ghost, that he
should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. See Luke ii. 26.
( )“Salvation.” According to Matt.i. . 21. the reason why the name of Jesus was given to him was, because he was to save his people from their sins.
(z) “ A light.” See note on p. 7, 1 vill, 12. (a) “ The Gentiles." This
appellation for all who were not Jews. The promises to Abraham and Isaac were, that in their seed, not the Jews only, but all the nations of the earth, should be blessed. See Gen. xii. 3-xviii. 18.xxü. 18.—xxvi. 4.- and xxviii. 14.
(6) A prayer for peculiar blessings upon the Jews, to convince other nations, that their God is the only true God, and so to bring those nations in to worship him.
(c) « That thy way, &c.” That by v seeing the great advantages thou givest to thy servants, all nations may turn to thee. See Ps. vii. 7.-Ps. xxxii. 7.
Ps. li. 13.
. 3 Let the people praise thee, And in Jesus Christ his only O God : yea, let all the people || Son, our Lord ; Who was conpraise thee.
ceived by the Holy Ghost, Born 4 O let the nations rejoice || of the Virgin Mary, Suffered and be glad : for thou shalt judge under Pontius Pilate, was crucithe folk righteously, and govern fied, dead, and buried : He dethe nations upon earth.
scended into hell; The third day 5 Let the people praise thee, he rose again from the dead : He O God: yea, let all the people ascended into heaven, And sitpraise thee.
teth on the right Hand of God 6 Then shall the earth bring the Father Almighty ; From forth her increase : and God, thence he shall come to judge the even our own God, shall give us | quick and the dead. his blessing.
I believe in (e) the Holy 7 God shall bless us : and all Ghost; The holy (s) Catholic the ends of the world shall fear Church; The (8) Communion of him.
Saints; The Forgiveness of Sins ; Glory be to the Father, &c. | The Resurrection of the Body, As it was in the beginning, &c. || And the Life everlasting. Anien.
Tben shall be sung or said the (d) Apostles'
Creed by the Minister and the People
Athanasius is appointed to be read.
And after that, these Prayers following,
Minister. Let us pray.
(d) “Apostles' Creed.” It is not to opposition to particular heresies and be understood that this Creed was framed errors. by the Apostles, or indeed that it existed (e) “ The Holy Ghost," i. e. “ The as a Creed in their time. . Before the year “ Holy Spirit.” 600 it was no more than this, “I believe L (5) « Holy Catholic Church," that “ in God the Father Almighty : and in is, not the Church of Rome, but the “ Jesus Christ his only begotten Son, whole body of true Christians. See post, " our Lord; who was born of the Holy note on Ephes. xi. 20. that the whole “ Ghost and Virgin Mary, and was body of true Christians throughout the “ crucified under Pontius Pilate, and was world constitute one church, and that « buried, and the third day rose again this church is open to persons of all na“ from the dead, ascended into Heaven, tions, ages, &c. “ sitteth on the right hand of the Father, () « The Communion of Saints," i.e. “ whence he shall come to judge the what the Scripture calls “the fellowship” “ quick and the dead ; and in the Holy between God and true believers ; the par. “ Ghost, the Holy Church, the remission ticipation true believers have in the fa« of sins, and the resurrection of the vour and goodwill of God, and also the “ Aesh. Amen." Anon. on Athanasian common bond or union among Chris. Creed, 102. cites Bingham orig. Eccl. tians, considering them members of that B. 10. C. 4. 5. 12. fol. ed. p. 450. and see body of which our Saviour Christ is the Pearson on the Creed, 47. 157. 181.225. head, and looking to the common object 334. 351. 371. 389. How long that they have of advancing God's glory, form had existed is not exactly known. | acknowledging his goodness, &c. The additions were probably made in. ||
Christ, have mercy upon us.
knowledge of whom standeth our Lord, have mercy upon us.
eternal life, whose service is per
fect freedom ; Defend us thy Then the Minister, Clerks, and People shall humble servants, in all assaults say the Lord's Prayer with a loud
of our enemies; that we surely voice. Our Father, which art in hea
trusting in thy defence, may not
fear the power of any adversaries, ven, Hallowed be thy Name ;
through the might of Jesus Christ Thy kingdom come ; Thy wilí
our Lord. Amen. be done in earth, as it is in hea. ven : Give us this day our daily
For Grace. bread; And forgive us our tres- O LORD our heavenly Father, passes, as we forgive them that
Almighty and everlasting God, trespass against us; And lead
who hast safely brought us to the us not into temptation, But de
beginning of this Day; Defend liver us from evil. Amen.
us in the same with thy mighty Then the Priest, standing up, shall say, power; and grant that this day O Lord, shew thy mercy upon
we fall into no sin, neither run
into any kind of danger ; but us; Answ. And grant us thy sal
that all our doings may be orvation.
dered by thy governance, to do Priest. O Lord, save the
always that is righteous in thy King;
sight, through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen. Answ. And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
IN THE EVENING, Priest. Endue thy Ministers
the two following with righteousness;
O God, from whom all holy Answ. And make thy chosen
desires, all good counsels, and people joyful. Priest. o Lord, save thy
all just works do proceed; Give
unto thy servants that peace people;
which the world cannot give; Answ. And bless thine inheri.
that both our hearts may be set tance. Priest. Give peace in our time,
to obey thy commandments, and
also that by thee we being deO Lord;
fended from the fear of our Answ. Because there is none
enemies, may pass our time in other that fightech for us, but
rest and quietness, through the only thou, o God.
merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Priest. O God, make clean
Amen. our hearts within us. Answ. And take not thy Holy
For did against all Perils. Spirit from us.
Lighten our darkness, Then shall follow three Colle&s; the first
beseech thee, O Lord; and by of the Day, and then
thy great mercy defend us from IN THE MORNING,
all perils and dangers of this For Peace.
night, for the love of thy only O God, who art the author of San our Saviour Jesus Christ. peace, and lover of concord, in Amen.
In Choirs and Places where they sing, here | ing kingdom, through Jesus followeth the Anthem.
Christ our Lord. Amen. Then these five Prayers following are to be
read here, except when the Litany is read; and then only the two last are to
A Prayer for the Clergy and People. be read, as they are there placed.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, A Prayer for the King's Majesty.
who alone workest great maryels; O LORD our heavenly Father, |
Send down upon our Bishops high and mighty, King of kings,
and Curates, and all Congrega. Lord of lords, the only Ruler of
tions committed to their charge, princes, who dost from thy throne
the healthful Spirit of thy grace: behold all the dwellers upon And that they may truly please earth; Most heartily we beseech
thee, pour upon them the conthee with thy favour to behold
tinual dew of thy blessing : our most gracious Sovereign
Grant this, O Lord, for the Lord, King GEORGE; and so
honour of our Advocate and replenish him with the grace of
Mediator Jesus Christ. Amen. thy Holy Spirit, that he may alway incline to thy will, and walk A Prayer of St. Chrysostom. in thy way: Endue him plen
ALMIGHTY God, who hast given teously with heavenly gifts ; grant
us grace, at this time, with one him in health and wealth long to
accord to make our common live ; strengthen him, that he
supplications unto thee; and may vanquish and overcome all
dost promise, that when two or his enemies; and finally, after
three (b) are gathered together in this life, he may attain everlasting
thy Name, thou wilt grant their joy and felicity, through Jesus
requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, Christ our Lord. Amen.
the desires and petitions of thy A Prayer for the Royal Family.
servants, as may be most expe
dient for them ; granting us in ALMIGHTY God, the fountain
this world knowledge of thy of all goodness, we humbly be
truth, and in the world to come seech thee to bless our gracious
life everlasting. Amen.
2 Cor. xiii, 14. all the Royal Family: Endue The grace of our Lord Jesus them with thy Holy Spirit; enrich Christ, and the love of God, and them with thy heavenly grace; the fellowship of the (1) Holy prosper them with all happiness ; | Ghost, be with us all evermore. and bring them to thine everlast
(6) “ Two or three." See Matt. xviii. “ my Father which is in heaven: for 19, 20. where our Saviour says to his dig. « where two or three are gathered to ciples, “ If two of you shall agree on Il “ gether in my name, there am I in the “ earth touching any thing that they l « midst of them.” " shall ask, it shall be done for them of 1 (i) i. e. “ Spirit.”
Here endeth the Order of Morning and Evening Prayer.