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God, heavenly Father, who by thy Son Je- For tem-

sus Christ hach promised to all them that poral seek thy Kingdom, and the Righteousness there. Blessings. of, all things necessary to their bodily Suftenance; send us, I beseech thee, such feasonable Weather as may preserve to our Use the kindly Fruits of the Earth, and that in due time we may enjoy them. I acknowledge, O Lord, that it is from thy Gift that the Rain doch fall, the Earth is fruitful, Beasts increase, and Fishes do multiply; and though for our Sins we have worthily deserved Scarcity and Dearth, and have juftly exposed ourselves to be punished with great Sickness and Mortality, and to be delivered into the Hands of our Enemies; yet for the sake of thy blessed Son, and upon our own true Repentance, send us Cheapness and Plenty, healthful Seasons, Unity, Peace, and Concord : deliver us from Lightning and Tempest, from Plague, Pestilence, and Famine, from Battle and Murder, and from fudden Death. Increase the Fruits of the Earth by thy heavenly Benediction, and grant that we receiving thy bountiful Liberality, may use the same to thy Glory, the Relief of those that are needy, and to our own Comfort, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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III.
Almighty God, who in thy Wrath didst for avert-

send a Plague upon thine own People ing Judg. in the Wilderness, for their obftinate Rebellion ments. against Mofes and Aaron, and also in the Time of King David didst Nay with the Plague of Pestilence threescore and ten thousand; be mer4

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ciful to thy sinful People, who have so many Ways provoked thy Wrath, that we are afraid of thy Jugments: Remember not, Lord, our Sins, nor che Sins of our Forefaihers, but according to the Greatness of thy Mercies think thou upon us for thy Goodness fake. Turn us, O Lord, and so let thy ringer cease from us. Be favourable, O Lord, be favourable to thy People, who turn to thee in Weeping, Fasting, and Praying. Thou sparest when we deserve Punishment, and in thy Wrath thinkest upon Mercy. Spare thy People, goou Lord, spare them, and let not thy Heritage be brought to Confusion. Hear us, O Lord, for thy Mercy is great, and after the Multitude of thy Mercies look upon us, through the Merits and Mediation of thy blessed Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

CHAP. VII.
Einber Days in Utihitsun-

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HAT Fast doth the Church observe at

this Time? A. The second Season of the Ember Days ; which are the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after the Feast of Pentecoft ; Trinity Sunday, which immediately follows, being one of the stated Times for Ordinations.

Q. What do you mean by Ordination?

A. A Privilege peculiar to the Character of a Bishop, who is a Governor in the Church of God; whereby he conveys Authority to some to

preach

Deut. 34.

preach the Gospel, and to administer the Sacraments, who are called Presbyters, and from whence is derived our Word Priest; and to others to be Assistants to himself and the Prefbyters in their spiritual Administrations; who are called Deacons ; which is performed by Prayer and the Imposition of Hands: A solemn Ceremony of blessing and devoting Persons to the sacred Function. For as the laying the Hands upon the Head was a Rite of Benediction used by

Jacob in blessing Joseph's Children, and by Mo-Gen. 48. ses in blessing Jofua ; so by the Sinners laying 14: their Hands on the Heads of the Sacrifice, it

9. appears that it was a Ceremony used in devoting' Things to God; upon which Account this was appropriated to the Ordination of Church-men, who are to be blessed and devoted to God, and was made use of to express that Right and Authority which Persons do receive together with it, for the Exercise and Discharge of their Ministerial Function.

Q. What Foundation is there for this Subordination of Church Officers from the Institution of Jesus Christ?

A. Our Blessed Saviour, while here upon Heb. 5. Earth, was himself the great Shepherd and Bi-10. shop of Souls, and High-Priest called of God; who in his Life-time established under himself two distinct Orders of Church-Oficers, the one superior to the other, viz. the Twelve Apostles and the Seventy Disciples; who are fo diitin-Luke6.13. guished from one another, that it implies a Dif-10.1. tinction in their Office; they are mentioned apart by different Names, and sent forth at different Times. In which Establishinent our Saviour kept as nigh to the Form in use among

the

the Jews as was possible; who had their HighPrie;ts, the Priests, and the Levites.

Q. How doib it appear that the Office of the Apoitles was superior to that of the Seventy?

A. This is evident not only from our Saviour's particular Care, Solicitude, and Intercession for these Twelve, and his diligent instructing and teaching them more than the rest of his Followers, revealing to them the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven; but from hence also, that the Successors of the Apostles were chosen out of the Seventy; and that Matthias, who was ordained into the Place of Judas, is by the Ancients affirmed to be of that Number; which argues the Apostles to be superior to the Seventy, otherwise it had been no Advancement to

the Seventy to have succeeded them. Besides, the Mat.10 8. Apostles exercised Powers which were not comLuke io. mon with the Seventy, as cleansing the Lepers, 1.9.

and raising the Dead; and our Saviour after his Resurrection, gave them a second solemn Miffion, whereby these peculiar spiritual Powers were increased.

Q. What Powers did the Apostles exercise

which the Seventy were not endowed with? Acts 6.

A. The Power of Imposition of Hands in Ordinations, as is plain in the Institution of Deacons ; who, though chosen by the rest of the Disciples, yet were set before the Apostles, and when they had prayed, they laid their Hands on them.

The Power of confirming baptized Christians; Afts 8.

for when St. Philip had converted and baptized the Men of Samaria, the Apostles fent St. Peter and St. John to lay their Hands on them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: The Power of Jurisdiction and Authority to govern the Church,

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as is evicient in the Case of Diotrephes a Presby-
ter; whom, for not giving Heed to St. John's
Letters, and for his Rejection of some faithful
People from the Catholick Communion, with
out Cause and without Authority, St. John the
Apostle threatened, that when he came, he would 3 John 1o.
remember bis Deeds; which would have been to
no Purpose, if he had not had coercive Juris-
diction to have punished his Delinquency.

Q. But was not this Superiority and Subjection
among the ecclesiastical Orders temporary, and to
cease with the Persons of the Apostles ?

A. These Powers peculiar to the superior Order being necessary for the good Government of the Church, it is plain in fact they did not expire with the Apostles. But as our Saviour glo-Heb.5.5: rified not himself to be made an High-priest, but had his Commission from God the Father ; so after his Resurrection, he invested the Apostles with the same Commission his Father had given unto him. As my Father bath sent me, even so send John 20. I you ; and he breathed on them, and said unto them, 21,22,6*c. Receive ye the Holy Ghost. In which Commisfion is plainly contained the Authority of ordaining others, and a Power to transfer that Commission upon others, and those upon others to the End of the World. And to thew that it was not merely personal to the Apostles, our Saviour promises to be with them and their Succeffors in the Execution of this Commission always, even unto the End of the World. And Mat. 28. in pursuance of this Commission, the Apostles20. ordained Biskops in all Churches, particularly St. James at Jerusalem, Epaphroditus at Philippi, as St. Paul did Titus at Crete, that he fhould fet Things in order that were wanting

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