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After these particular Intercessions, we add a general one for all Mankind, especially for all Christians, and most especially for all that are in Affliction : to which we subjoin as general a Thanksgiving for all God's Mercies to Us and Them; but above all, for That; which gives us a Claim to eternal Happiness. Neither of these Forms is taken from any other Liturgy: both are excellent : and every one, who desires it, may, by signifying that Desire, have a feparate Share in either. This Provision is a very useful and comfortable one and we exhort
you; on all fit Occasions to take the Advantage of it. Only we must beg, that they, who have received Benefit by being prayed for, will not forget to return Thanks ; but conscientiously avoid our Saviour's Reproof: Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine f?
The general Thanksgiving may perhaps to some appear superfluous, after we have thanked and praised God in the Use of the Psalms and Hymns. But it was inserted at the Restoration, because others complained it was wanting. And indeed it is a more methodical Summary of the several Mercies of God to Us and to all Men, than we had before: it furnishes an Opportui Luke xyii. 17.
nity of thanking him more expressly for the late Instances of his loving Kindness to the Members of our own Congregation : and besides, as we cannot be too thankful to God; the Acknowledgements, which we offered
in the Beginning of the Service, are very properly repeated in the End. For furely we ought to ask nothing of God, without remembering, what we have received from him: which naturally excites both our Faith and Resignation ; and
prepares the way for that admirable Collect, with which we conclude.
It is taken from the Middle of St. Chrysostom's Liturgy: bût much more judiciously placed in the Clofe of ours. It first thankfully confesses the great
Goodness of our blessed Redeemer, in difposing our Minds, of themselves so variously and wrongly inclined, to ask unanimously of Him fuch Things as we ought, and encouraging our Applications by such explicit Assurances of hearing-us. Then it submits entirely to his Wisdom, in what Manner, and how far, he will think it for our Good to grant us any of our particular Requests; begging nothing abso. lutely, but what he hath absolutely engaged to bestow on our Prayers and Endeavours ; viz. that practical Knowledge here of his Truth, his
Doctrines and Precepts, his Promises and Threatenings, that hereafter we may attain everlasting Life and Happiness.
These Things done, it can only remain, that on departing from God's more immediate Presence in his Church, we intreat for ourselves and one another, (as we do accordingly in the Words of Scripture %) the continual Presence of the Holy Trinity, wherever we go: that Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, which will secure us the Love of God the Father, and the Fellowship, that is, the Communication of the needful Warnings and Assistances of the holy Ghoft.
Now what we thus faithfully ask, may we effe&tually obtain, to the Relief of our Necesity, and the setting forth of God's Glory, through Fesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
% 2 Cor. xiii. 14.
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i CO Ři xiv. 15.
-I will pray with the Spirit, and I will pray with the Understanding also: I will sing with the Spirit, and I will fing with the Underftanding also.
HE Liturgy of our Church has now been explained to you, as far as the
End of the Morning Prayer. The Evening Prayer hath nothing different from it; excepting the Hymns, that follow the Lessons, and the two Collects after that for the Day.
The Hymn after the first Lesson, called Magnificat, from the Word, with which it begins in the Latin, was used anciently by the Western Church; and continues to be used by the Protestants Abroad. It is the Song of the blessed VOL. VI.
Virgin, recorded by St. Luke ·, on the Confirmation which she received, at Elizabeth's House, of what the Angel had told her, that she should become the Mother of our Lord, by the Operation of the holy Ghoft: and it expresses most naturally the Transport, which on that Occafion she must feel ; but, like the Hymn of Zacharias, in Phrases of the Old Testament, to be interpreted from the New ; of which Matter I have already spoken.
My Soul doth magnify the Lord, doth acknowledge the infinite Greatness of his Power and Mercy : for be bath regarded the Lowlinefs of bis Hand-maiden ; that is, the low Estate ; for so the Original fignifies, and so it is expressed in our Bibles; not the Humility of Mind, which the holy Virgin was too humble to afcribe to herself.
From benceforth all Generations shall call me blessed: as We do accordingly, both by repeating this Hymn, and in our common Speech. For be, that is mighty, bath magnified me, hath raised me to great Honour : and holy is his Name; his Truth, his Justice, his Mercy, his Concern for the Goodness as well as Happiness of his Creatures, are gloriously manifested in this wonderful Dispensation. He • i. 46-55