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16. He therefore that will be faved, muft thus think of the Trinity.
17. Furthermore it is neceffary to everlasting falvation, that he also believe rightly the incarnation of our Lord Jefus Chrift.
18. For the right Faith is, that we believe and confefs, that our Lord Jefus Chrift, the Son of God, is God and Man;
19. God, of the Subftance of the Father, begotten before the worlds: and Man, of the Subftance of his mother, born in the world;
20. Perfect God and perfect Man of a reasonable soul, and human flesh fubfifting;
21. Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead: and inferior to the Father, as touching his Manhood;
22. Who although he be God and Man: yet he is not two, but one Chrift.
23. One; not by converfion of the Godhead into flesh: but by taking of the Manhood into God;
16. This is the orthodox chriftian faith, concerning the trinity, and by this only we can hope for falvation.
17. We fhould likewife endeavour to believe rightly concerning Christ's incarnation, in order to render our faith perfect.
18. For we are bound to believe that both the divine and human natures are united in our bleffed Saviour Jefus Christ.
19. As he is God, he derived his divine nature from the Father, by a generation that preceeded all time: as he was man, he was compofed of the bodily fubftance of his mother, and born in time.
20. Not being merely, according to the heretical opinion of Arius and his followers, a being of an exalted nature, but true and perfect God, nor was his humanity, according to the opinions of the Apollinarians, abforbed by his divinity, but he was perfect man likewife; which manhood of Chrift confifts in the union of a rational foul with a human body.
21. Being entirely upon an equality with the Father, in respect of his being God: but inferior to him, as participating of human nature,
22. But tho' our bleffed Saviour united the divine and human nature, we should not conclude, as the Neftorians have done, that he comprises two perfons; but that, by the union of deity with humanity, he became that one fingle perfon, who goes by the apellation of Jefus Chrift.
23. Having become one by bearing the human nature, in conjunction with the divine, and not by converting the divine nature into a human body.
24. One altogether; not by confufion of Subftance: but by unity of Perfon.
25. For as the reafonable foul and flesh is one Man: fo God and man is one Chrift.
26. Who suffered for our falvation: defcended into hell, role again the third day from the dead.
27. He afcended into heaven, he fitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty; from whence he fhall come to judge the quick and the dead.
28. At whose coming all men fhall rife again with their bodies and fhall give account for their own works.
29. And they that have done good, fhall go into life everlafting and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire.
30. This is the Catholic Faith: which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be faved.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever fhall be: world without end. Amen.
24. And this by a very clofe and perfect union, yet not fuch as to confound the human and divine nature, and to make Chrift have but one will, (which was the herefy of the Eutychians and Monothelites) but by a perfonal unity refembling that which we perceive in our own nature.
25. For as the rational foul and human body conftitute an individual, in like manner God and man make but one Chrift.
25. We believe that our bleffed Lord fuffered death upon the crofs, in crder to procure us the remiffion of our fins; that he defcended into hades or hell; and on the third day rofe from the dead.
27. I believe likewile that he afcended into heaven, and is now feated in the plenitude of glory at God's right hand, from whence, in procefs of time, he fhall come to judge the quick and the dead.
28. And at his coming all men fhall appear before his judgment feat, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that be hath done, whether it be good or bad.
2 Cor. v. 10.
29. And bad men fhall go away into everlafting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal. Matt. xxv. 46.
30. This being the catholic faith preached by our blefed Saviour and his apoftles, they cannot, from God's ordinary mercy, hope for falvation. till they renounce their wicked errors and heretical pravity.
1. O hea
Here followeth the Litany, or General Supplication, to be fung or faid after Morning Prayer upon Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and at ether. Times, when it shall be commanded by the Ordinary.
God the Father of heaven: have mercy upon us miferable finners.
O God the Father of heaven: have mercy upon us miferable finners.
2. O God the Son, Redeemer of the world: have mercy upon us miferable finners.
O God the Son, Redeemer of the world: have mercy upon us miferable finners.
3. O God the Holy Ghoft, proceeding from the Father and the Son: have mercy upon us miferable finners.
O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son have mercy upon us miferable finners.
4. O holy, bleffed, and glorious Trinity, three persons, and one God: have mercy upon us miferable finners.
O holy, bleffed, and glorious Trinity, three perfons, and one God: have mercy upon us miferable finners.
5. Remember not, Lord, our offences, nor the offences of our forefathers; neither take thou vengeance of our fins:
1. O heavenly Father, primary fource of the deity, and of all created beings, the first perfon of the ever-bleffed Trinity, fhew compaffion upon us, by pardoning our fins, and removing the punishment which we have incurred by them; it has already rendered us miferable, and, if it is not prevented by our repentance, will hereafter make us more wretched.
2. O God the Son, who before thou cameft among us, didit, by a moft merciful agreement with the Father and united love for us miferable finners, bring about the redemption of the world, by thy being born into it and dying for it,-fhew thy pity unto us, &c.
3. O God the Holy Ghoft, the third Perfon of the ever-bleffed Trinity, who, by an emanation of effence which never had beginning, doft proceed or go out from the Father and the Son,-fhew thy mercy unto us, &c.
4. O divine Being, who doft at once unite triplicity and unity, thou Trinity of perfons in one Godhead, infinitely holy, and happy and glorious, have compaffion upon us, &c.
Paraphrafe on the DEPRECATION.
5. O Lord, do not retain in thy remembrance our iniquities or the iniquities of our forefathers, whofe tranfgreffions thou doft often punish
ipare us, good Lord, fpare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy moft precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever.
5. Spare us, good Lord.
6. From all evil and mifchief; from fin, from the crafts and affaults of the devil, from thy wrath, and from everlafting damnation.
Good Lord, deliver us.
7. From all blindnefs of heart; from pride, vain-glory and hypocrify; from envy, hatred, and malice, and all uncharitablenefs.
Good Lord, deliver us.
8. From Fornication, and all other deadly fin; and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Good Lord, deliver us.
upon their pofterity. (Exod. xx.) Spare us therefore, merciful God, and exempt from punishment thy faithful people, whom thou hast redeemed by the most precious blood of Jefus Chrift, and be not as the royal Pfalmift expreffes it, angry with us for ever. Pfal. Ixix.
5. Let not thy punishments abide too long with us in this world; at leaft, we intreat thee to deliver us from thine eternal displeasure in the world to come.
6. We beseech thee to refcue us from all evil and mifchief; (i. e. from every fpecies of moral and natural evil) from all the feveral kinds of fin which we may be guilty of; from all the craft of the devil, whereby he tempts us to the commiffion of it; from all his affaults, whereby he overpowers us by temptations; from thy wrath, which we have incurred by our tranfgreffions; and from everlasting damnation, which the heinoufnefs of our fins have deferved and fhould make us expect; -O gracious God, we beseech thee to deliver us from all thefe dreadful ills and calamities.
7. From blindness of heart or obftinate ignorance, whereby we may be rendered infenfible and unperfuadable, whilst under the dominion of fin; from pride, whereby we arrogate too great glory to ourselves, and treat others with contempt; from vain glory, whereby we boaft of whatever perfections we imagine ourfelves poffeffed of; and from hypocrify, whereby we counterfeit thofe which we have not; from envying any man's happinefs; from hatred of their perfons; from forming any malicious defigns against them, and paffing uncharitable judgments upon them ;-O gracious God, we beseech thee to deliver us.
8. From fornication, which is a moft grievous and mortal fin, and excludes men from the kingdom of God; from every other fin of the fame
9. From lightning and tempeft; from plague, peftilence, and famine; from battle and murder, and from fudden death.
Good Lord, deliver us.
10. From all fedition, privy confpiracy, and rebellion; from all falfe doctrine, herefy, and fchifm; from hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word and commandment, Good Lord, deliver us.
11. By the mystery of thy holy incarnation; by thy holy Nativity and Circumcifion; by thy Baptifm, Fafting, and Temptation,
Good Lord, deliver us.
impure nature; from all the baits and temptations to which we may be exposed by the vanity of the world, our fleshly lufts, or the fubtilty of our grand adverfary, Satan ;-O gracious God, we befeech thee to deliver us.
9. Nor do we only pray against fpiritual evils, by which our fouls may be offended; but we likewife befeech thee to deliver us from temporal ones, which may prove prejudicial to our bodies: therefore, from the dreadful confequences by which forms and tempefts are followed, both by land and fea; from the terrible ruin that accompanies confuming peftilences and famines; from the miferies and defolations of wars; from the heinous fin of murder; and finally from the unexpected stroke of sudden death;-O gracious God, we beseech thee to deliver us.
10. From the tumultuous distraction of faction and sedition; from the dangers of fecret piots and confpiracies; from the calamities that attend upon civil war and rebellion; from all troubles in the church, which may take rife from the preaching of heretical doctrines, or by fchifm and unreasonable feparation; from hardness of heart, which render God's ́chaftifements of no effect in bringing about our reformation, which prevent the force of his revelations from reaching us, and the motives of reward and punishment from operating upon our minds; from all contempt of thy holy word, whether manifefled by prophane jefts upon the fcripture, or the undervaluing the minifterial functions and the public fervice of the church; from defpifing the facred laws of God, by violating his holy commandments and treating fin lightly;-O gracious God, we beseech thee to deliver us.
Paraphrafe on the OBSECRATION.
11. And thefe our prayers we intreat thee to hear favourably, for the fake of our bleffed Saviour's merits; in confideration of that great mystery of godliness, whereby God is manifefted to us in the flesh, (1 Tim. iii. 16.) and the fecond perfon of the ever-bleffed Trinity condescended to veil his Godhead and affume a body of flesh like unto ours; by his extraordinary humility, in being born of a virgin in fo mean and defpicable a place;