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sprung from a wrong conception of this important doctrine which is necessary to salvation, and is the cornerstone on which is founded the answer to this great question, What must I do to be saved? Therefore leaving all human opinion behind, let us have recourse to the sacred Records of Truth, for information; and learn, from the gracious mouth of our Savia our, what is the true nature of Faith, who, when he commissioned his Apostles, said unto them, Go ye into all the World, and preach the Gospel to every Creature. He that be. lieveth and is baptized, shall be saved ;- but he that believeth not, shall be damned. Here all is clear and perfectly intelligible. The single act of the mind concerning Faith, as is here described by our Saviour, is that of believing, and the object of Faith, is that history of our Redemption delivered by the inspired Preachers of the Gospel, and now recorded in their writings. So plain and simple is the account of Faith, given us by the Author and Finisher of it.” Therefore on this plan, we shall lay before the Reader, the NATURE, ORIGIN, OPERATION and CONNEXION of FAITH with GOOD WORKS, hoping thereby to do service to our pure religion, and good to mana kind, in this appeal to their understandings, from the authority of the Scriptures, the WORD of GOD.
NEW WEEK'S PREPARATION, 86,
- The Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was be
trayed, “ took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me.” After the same manner he took the cup when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood"; this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me: for, as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death until he come. 1 Cori xi. 23. 24, 25, 26.
On Monday Morning when first you awake, say,
A RISE, thou that sleepest; arise, my dull A drowsy Soul, and Christ will give the light.
To thee, O Lord, do I lift up my eyes, my hands, my heart from my Bed, where my body hath taken its nightly repose, towards thy Heaven, where my Soul hopes to have her eternal rest.
My voice shalt thou hear betimes in the morning ; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
When we rise.
TN the name of Jesus Christ, who was cru.
I cified for our sins, and rose again for our justification, I arise from this place of bodily rest to fulfil thy will, O my God; preserve, me, therefore, for the merits of his Cross and Passion, bless, govern, and keep me this day, and for ever, Amen."
I laid me down and slept, and rose again, for the Lord hath sustained me. Amen,
When you are ready, look on your soul as still
undressed, till you have said your prayers.
Blessed Lord! who hast invited and com,
mạnded us to pray unto thee, let thy Spirit help my infirmities; and do thou so dispose my mind, and influence my heart in my preparation for a worthy receiving of thy holy Sacrament, that my prayers and praises may be acceptable in thy sight, through the mediation and for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
n Almighty Lord God, mortify and kill U all vice in me : and so strengthen me with thy grace, that by the influence of my life, and the constancy of my faith, I may always glorify thy great and holy name. Grant me the true circumcision of the Spirit;
* From Bishop Cosime
that my heart and all my members being mortia fied from all wordly and carnal lust, I may in all things obey thy blessed will. Enable me to love my enemies, to do good to them that hate me, and pray for them that despitefully use me, and persecute me, in obedience to the command, and in imitation of the example of my great LORD and master, Christ Jesus,
Here may be added (if time rvill permit) the
Morning Prayer, which is the first of the occasional Prayers at the end of this book. OUR father which art in Heaven, &c. o sa far may be used every day in the Morning before the Meditation,
The Meditation for Monday Morning, Upon aur Saviour's invitation to the communion
of his body and blood. .
My little Children, these things write I unto you,
that ye sin not. But if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteouş. 1 John ii. 1.
irOME now, O my soul, and let us re,
U tire from the pursuits of this vain deceitful world ; and let us well consider the gracious and condescending invitations wherewith A 4
our our blessed Lord and only Saviour hath called us, in his holy Gospel, to be partakers of his Holy Table. Why then this wavering, or coldness, O my soul! give ear to Eternal
Truth, who will remove all thy doubts and fears by the following Invitation :
Come' unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. The bread, that I give, is my flesh; which I will give for the life of the world. Take, eat, this is my body, which is given for you ; this do in remembrance of me. . He that eateth my flesh, and drinkeih my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. - The words, which I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. Mat. xi. 28. Joắn vi. 51. 1 Cor. xi. 24. John vi. 56. 63.
Il. Rise then, my soul, and take thy swiftest wings, and fly to this great mystery. . There we shall see the Prince of Peace sacrifice him. self to reconcile us with the Father :-there shall we sce, O stupendous mercy !-the Son of God with Heavenly food entertaining the sons of men. Can we, 0 dear Redeemer ! believe the wonders of this mystery, and not be ravished with the admiration of thy great goodness? Can we acknowledge thy perfect veracity, and not believe this wonder of thy love ?-let us not then refuse to believe our