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Christians on thy Day commemorate, does wonderfully exceed the Creation commemorated by the Jews: 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.
Orthy art thou, O Lord of Heaven and AGeneral
giving and Power, for thou hast created all things, and for thy Pleasure they are and were created. Thou hast made Heaven, the Heaven of Heavens, with all their Hoft, the Earth, and all Things that are therein; thou preservest them all, and the Host of Heaven praiseth thee. Glory be to thee, O Lord God Almighty! for creating Man after thine own Image, and making so great a Variety of Creatures to minister to his Use. Glory be to thee, O Heavenly Father ! for my Being and Preservation, Strength and Health, Underitanding 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 thy 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 Eucharist ; 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 my Soul, and all that is witbin me praise his holy Name.
Glory be to thee, O Lord Jesus ! for thy inexpreffible Love to loft Man, for condesconding 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 Passion. Glory be to thee, for thy glorious Resurrection and Afcenfion into Heaven, and Interceffion for ūs at the right Hand of thy Father. O gracious Lord! thou who hast done so 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 his boly Name.
Glory be to thee, O blessed Spirit! Glory be to thee, for all the miraculous Gifts and Graces thou didst bestow on the Apostles, to fit them to convert the World, and for inspiring the sacred Penmen of Holy Scripture. Glory be to thee, for instilling holy Thoughts into my Soul, for all the ghostly Strength and Support, Comfort and Illumination I receive from thee; for all thy preventing, and restraining, and sanctifying Grace. Glory be to thee, Blessed Spirit ! let me never more by my Sins grieve thee, who are the Author of Life and Joy to me. Praise the Lord, O my Soul, and all that is within me praise bis holy Name.
Blelling and Honour, Thanksgiving and Praise, more than I can utter, more than I can conceive, be unto thee, O most adorable Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, by all An
gels, all Men, all Creatures, for ever and for
CH A P. II.
HAT do you mean by Advent Sun
A. The four Sundays that precede the Great Festival of our Saviour's Nativity, which make. a Part of that Time appointed by the Church to prepare our Minds by proper Meditations for a due Commemoration of Christ's coming in the Flesh.
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 before or after.
Q. With what Temper of Mind ought we to commemorate the great Bleffing of Christ's coming in the Flesh ?
A. With firm Purposes and sincere Resolutions of conforming ourselves to the End and Design of our Saviour's coming into the World. For since the Son of God was manifested to destroy 1 John 3. the Works of the Devil, the great Care and 8. Business of our Lives should tend to avoid every thing that is evil, to mortify the Deeds of the Flen, and not suffer Sin to reign in our mortal Rom. 6. Bodies, that me should obey it in the Lusts thereof : 12. That since he gave himli:lf for us, to purity to
Tit. 2.14. himself a peculiar People, zealous of good Works; 2 Pet. 1. we should give all Diligence to add to our Faith 5, 6, 7, 8.
Virtue, to Virtue Knowledge, to Knowledge Temperance, to Temperance Patience, to pa.. tience Godliness, to Godliness brotherly Kindness, and to brotherly Kindness Charity; for if these things be in us, and abound, we shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Q. What Consideration doth the Church offer to us, as proper to bring our Lives to a Conformity with the End and Design of Christ's Coming in the Flesh?
A. The Consideration of his second Coming to judge the World, when he will execute Vengeance upon all those who obey not the Gospel of Christ.
Q. What do you mean by Christ's Coming to Judgment ?
A. That our Lord Jesus Christ Mall at the End of the World descend from Heaven in his human Nature, and summon all Mankind to appear before his dreadful Tribunal, where they shall come upon their Trial, have all their Actions strictly examined, and, according to the Nature and Quality of them, be adjudged to eternal Happiness or eternal Mifery.
Q. How doth it appear, that there shall be a general Judgment ?
A. Both from the Principles of Reason, and the clear and express Testimonies of Scripture.
Q. How doth it appear from the Principles of Reason that there foall be a general Judgment?
A. The Light of Nature discovers to us an esential Difference between Good and Evil;
whence, by the common Consent of Mankind, Rewards are affixed to the one, and Punishments to the other : And according as Men govern their Actions in relation to rhese effential Differences of Good and Evil, so are their Hopes and their Fears. The Practice of Virtue is attended not only with present Quiet and Satisfaction, but with the comfortable Hope of a future Recompence; the Commission of any wickad Action, though never so secret, sits uneasy upon the Mind, and fills it full of Horror and Amazement: All which would be very unaccountable, without the natural Apprehension and Acknowledgment of future Rewards and Punishments. And it must be from this Principle, that many of the Heathens esteemed Virtue and Honesty dearer than Life, with all the Advantages of it, and abhorred Villainy and Impiety worse than Death. Besides, the Dispensations of God's Providence towards Men in this World are very promiscuous ; good Men often suffer, and that even for the sake of Righteousness; and bad Men as frequently prosper and flourish, and that by the Means of their Wickedness. So that to clear the Justice of God's Proceedings, it seems reafonable there should be a future Judgment for a suitable Distribution of Rewards and Punishments. And this Principle of a Judgment to come Justin Martyr propounds to the Gentiles Ad Græc. as generally acknowledged by all their Writers, Cohort. and as the great Encouragement for his Apolo- P. 1. gy for the Christian Religion.
Q. How does it appear from Scripture that · tbere Mall be a general Judgment?
A. God hath given Asurance into all Men, Acts 17. i but be will judge ihe World by Jesus Christ, in 31.