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O holy and merciful Saviour P,' by thy precious death and burial, by thy glorious resurrection and ascension; in the hour of death, and in the day of judgment, good Lord, deliver us 9.'
We believe that thou shalt come to be our Judge'!'-O, thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death, to fall from thee;' but grant that, at thy second coming to judge the world, we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Ament.
OF ETERNAL LIFE.
As there is an hour of death, and a day of judg ment";' so there will be, in the world to come, a life everlasting *! For our blessed Lord, not only, 'by his death, hath destroyed death;' but, by his rising to life again, hath restored to us everlasting life. For as For as God, the King of glory, hath exalted his only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto his kingdom in heaven,' so He will 'exalt' his faithful people unto the same place whither their Saviour Christ is gone before; that, as He hath ascended into the heavens,' and 'sitteth at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father",' so they, who now stedfastly look up to heaven, and by faith behold the glory that shall be revealed,' shall
'come to those unspeakable joys which God hath prepared for them that unfeignedly loved' Him; and, ever holding fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, they shall receive the crown of everlasting glory f.' As they have been made partakers of the death' of Christ, and also partakers of his resurrection; so finally, with the residue of his holy Church, they will be inheritors of his everlasting kingdom,' and ' at the last come to his eternal joy !'
"O Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life;' vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation.' O, direct, sanctify, and govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments, that, through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life.' 'O God, who hast prepared for them that love thee such good things as pass man's understanding; pour into our hearts such love towards thee, that we, loving thee above all things','' may obtain thy gracious promises, and be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure, through Jesus Christ our Lord m.'
'Thou art the King of glory, O Christ; thou art the everlasting Son of the Father; we, therefore, pray thee, help thy servants, whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood; and make them to be numbered with thy saints in glory everlasting"!'
'O merciful God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the resurrection and the life, in whom whosoever believeth shall live, though he die;' grant
d Collect, All Saints.
f Collect, Saint Peter's Day.
• Collect, Second Sunday in Advent. 8 Thanksgiving, Baptism.
h Absolution. i Collect, Saint Philip's and Saint James's Day. 1 Collect, Sixth Sunday after Trinity. n Te Deum.
* Collect, Communion.
m Collect, Eleventh Sunday after Trinity.
us so to live and believe in Him,' that we may 'not die eternally,' but that, being stedfast in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted in charity, we may so pass the waves of this troublesome world, that finally we may come to the land of everlasting life, there to reign with thee, world without end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.'
OF THE CHURCH.
THE visible Church of Christ is a Congregation of faithful men, in the which the pure Word of God is preached, and the Sacraments be duly ministered according to Christ's Ordinance in those things that of necessity are requisite to the same. This is the 'one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church;' the Congregation of Christ's flock,' 'in all the parts of the world";' the 'universal Church, which Almighty God, our heavenly Father, hath purchased to himself by the precious blood of His dear Son "."
By his Divine Providence and Holy Spirit, He hath appointed, in this his Church, divers Orders of Ministers ',' namely, Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, to the edifying and making it perfect";' 'that is to say, to be Messengers, Watchmen, and Stewards of the Lord; to teach and to premonish, to feed and provide for the Lord's family,' by 'setting forth his true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administering his holy Sacraments;' and 'to seek for Christ's sheep that are dispersed abroad, and for his children who are in the midst of this
naughty world, that they may be saved through Christ for ever1*.'
'To the charge,' then, of these Ministers are committed the sheep of Christ, which He bought with his death, and for whom He shed his blood,the Church and Congregation, which is his Spouse, and his Body;' that they may bring all such unto that agreement in the faith and knowledge of God, and to that ripeness and perfectness of age in Christ, that there be no place left, either for error in religion, or for viciousness in life.'
'Into so high a Dignity, to so weighty an Office and Charge, are they called!' Namely, to be 'Ministers and Stewards of the mysteries' n" of Christ; earnestly to feed his flock; diligently to preach his holy Word;' rightly and duly to administer his holy Sacraments P;' to seek for his sheep that are dispersed abroad";' by their life and doctrine to set forth God's glory, and set forward the salvation of all men';' and, by the power which our Lord Jesus Christ hath left to his Church, to absolve all sinners who truly repent, and believe in Him.'
But though, by his authority committed to "' them, and by the power and commandment which Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, hath given to his Ministers,' they declare and pronounce to his people, being PENITENT, the Absolution and Remission of their sins;' yet they, at the
1 Ordering of Priests.
* Note. 'It is not lawful for any man to take upon him the office of public Preaching, or ministering the Sacraments in the Congregation, before he be lawfully called, and sent to execute the same. we ought to judge lawfully called aud sent, which be chosen and called to this work by Men who have public authority given unto them in the Congregation, to call and send Ministers into the Lord's Vineyard' ART. 23.
m Ordering of Priests.
Absolution, Visitation of Sick.
" Collect, Third Sunday in Advent.