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are so many powerful Arguments against Sin ; add to this the Engagements of the Baptismal Vow made in their Infancy, and which they since took upon themselves in Confirmation, and have frequently renewed at the Lord's Table.
Q. What do you mean by the Communion of Saints ?
A. That the Saints have in common one God, one Cbrift, one Spirit, oné Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one Hope ; and that they communicate with one another in all Duties of Piety and Charity, by mutual Help and Affistance in Times of Persecution, by mutual Beneficence and Liberality in Time of Want, and by mutual Participation of one another's Prayers.
Q. What Communion have the Saints bere below with the Saints above?
A. Those upon Earth are called Fellow-Citi-Eph.2.19. zens with the Saints, and of the Houshold of God, 3. 15. of the fame Family with tbose in Heaven. We bless God for them, rejoice at their Bliss, give Thanks for their Labours of Love, and pray that with them we may be Partakers of the heavenly Kingdom. They pray for us, for our Consummation and Bliss, rejoice at our Conversion. But what farther the Saints in Heaven do particularly in Relation to us, or what we ought to perform in Reference to them, is not revealed in Scripture, nor can be concluded from any Principle of Christianity.
Q. What Duties result from the Belief of this Article of our Creed ?
A. To walk in the Light, as God is in the Light ; there being no Communion with his ho. ly Nature without Sanétity. Humbly and chearfully to acknowledge so great a Benefit. To ex
prefs an ardent Affection to those Saints which live, and a reverent Respeet to those which are now with God. And particularly to direct and enlarge our Charity to those who are of the Houlbold of Faith.
6. What may we learn from the Observation of this Festival?
A. The Wisdom and Happiness of being religious. That Heaven deserves the utmost we can do or suffer to obtain it. That through many Tribulations we must enter into the Kingdom of God. That we ought to honour the Saints, by commemorating their Piety, congratulating their Victories over the World, and rejoicing in their Glory; but chiefly by propounding their Example for our Imitation; to learn of them to be humble and meek, and to submit all our Defires to the Will of God; to govern our Senses by Reason, and our Reason by the Dictates of Revelation ; to take up the Cross, and resift un- : to Blood; striving against Sin; that by living as the Saints once did, we may at length inberit thofe Promises, which they by their Faith and Patience in this World, now inherit in the
Q. Woercin consists the Advantage of propounding the Examples of the blessed Saints for our Imitation ?
A. It convinces us of the Posibility of per: forming our Duty, by shewing us Men, cloathed with Flesh and Blood, that have practised it; and fo is apt to cure that Sloth and Defpondency; which the Weakness of our Nature is apt to suggest to us. It gives us sensible Evi dences of the happy. Fruits of a pious Life, which make greater Impressions than thofe Con
sequences which Reason draws for our Conviètion ; and hereby disposes us vigorously to imitate those Virtues which shined in them with fo great a Lustre.
. If Examples at so great a Distance bave such a Power; ought we not to exercise great Care, in reference to what Company we daily converse with?
A. Solomon hath long since observed, that he Prov. 13. that walketh with wise Men Mall be wise ; but 20. that the Companion of Fools fall be destroyed : Which sufficiently denotes, that if we design any Progress in Piety and Virtue, that Wisdom which Solomon recommends, we must frequent those who are eminent Examples of it ; and avoid, as much as is possible, such Fools who make a Mock of Sin. And this Method is com- 14.9. mon to Mankind in all other Cases ; when they aim at PerfeЕtions in any particular Skill or Part of Learning, they covet the Conversation of those that are known to excel that way.
Q. Is it possible in the general Converse of the World to avoid bad Company ? . A. It is very difficult for those whose Business and Circumstances carry them into a great deal of Company always to avoid that which is bad; and Charity sometimes may oblige good Men to converse with such in order to their Reformation, where there are any probable Hopes of making bad Men better; but however it is very much in every Man's Power to chuse what sort of Company he designs for his Diversion and Entertainment; a Matter of such Importance, that it requires most serious Confideration.
touched without defiling; as bad Company frequented and delighted in, without receiving Damage and contracting Pollution.
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thine Elect in one Communion and Fellowship, in the mystical Body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant me Grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly Living, that I may come to those unspeakable Joys which thou hast prepared for them that unfeignedly love thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
love thee, such good things as pass Man's Understanding ; pour into my Heart such Love towards thee, that I, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy Promises, which exceed all that I can desire, through Jesus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
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Linighty God, make me so wise in this lowing State of Probation and Tryal, as to proample of vide for Eternity, by walking in those Paths good Men that conducted thy Blessed Saints to everlasting departed. Bliss. Keep it for ever in the Purpose of my
Heart, as it was in theirs, to obey those Laws which thou my Maker and Sovereign haft enjoined, and according to which I shall be one
Day judged. Grant that I may with all pof-
Ctity, and Lover of Unity, whose Wif-giving for