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EVENING PRAYER.

ng The Lord looseth men out| cattle, and feedeth the young of prison; the Lord giveth sight ravens that call upon him. to the blind.

10 He hath no pleasure in 8 The LORD helpeth them the strength of an horse: nei. that are fallen; the LORD careth ther delighteth he in any man's for the righteous.

legs. 9 The LORD careth for the 11 But the LORD's delight is stranger ; he defendeth the in them that fear him, and put fatherless and widow: as for their trust in his mercy. the way of the ungodly, he 12 Praise the LORD, O Jeru. turneth it upside down. salem; praise thy God, O Sion;

10 The LORD thy God, O 13 For he hath made fast the Sion, shall be King for ever- bars of thy gates, and hath more, and throughout all gene- blessed thy children within thee. rations.

14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with

the flour of wheat. PSALM 147. Laudate Dominum.

15 He sendeth forth his comO PRAISE the LORD, for it mandment upon earth, and his is a good thing to sing praises word runneth very swiftly. unto our God; yea, a joyful 16 He giveth snow like wool, and pleasant thing it is to be and scattereth the hoar-frost thankful.

like ashes. 2 The LORD doth build up 17 He casteth forth his ice Jerusalem, and gather together like morsels ; who is able to the outcasts of Israel.

abide his frost ? 3 He healeth those that are 18 He sendeth out his word, broken in heart, and giveth and melteth them; he bloweth medicine to heal their sickness. with his wind, and the waters

4 He telleth the number of flow. the stars, and calleth them all 19 He showeth his word unto by their names.

Jacob, his statutes and ordi. 5 Great is our LORD, and nances unto Israel. great is his power; yea, and his 20 He hath not dealt so with wisdom is infinite.

any nation; neither have the 6 The Lord setteth up the heathen knowledge of his laws. meek, and bringeth the ungodly

PSALM 148. Laudate Dominum. down to the ground.

7 0 sing unto the LORD with O PRAISE the Lord of thanksgiving; sing praises upon heaven ; praise him in the the harp unto our God; height.

8 Who covereth the heaven 2 Praise him, all ye angels of with clouds, and prepareth rain his ; praise him, all his hosts. for the earth; and maketh the 3 Praise him, sun and moon; grass to grow upon the moun- praise him, all ye stars and light. tains, and herb for the use of 4 Praise him, all ye heavens, men ;

and ye waters that are above 9 Who giveth fodder unto the the heavens.

5 Let them praise the name

3 Let them praise his name of the LORD ; for he spake the in the dance; let them sing word, and they were made; he praises unto him with tabret -commanded, and they were and harp. created.

4 For the LORD hath pleasure 6 He hath made them fast for in his people, and helpeth the ever and ever; he hath given meek-hearted. them a law which shall not be 5 Let the saints be joyful broken.

with glory; let them rejoice in 7 Praise the LORD upon earth, their beds. ye dragons, and all deeps ; 6 Let the praises of God be

8 Fire and hail, snow and in their mouth, and a two-edged va pours, wind and storm, ful- sword in their hands. filling his word;

ng To be avenged of the hea9 Mountains and all hills ; then, and to rebuke the people; fruitful trees and all cedars; 8 To bind their kings in

10 Beasts and all cattle ; chains, and their nobles with „worms and feathered fowls; links of iron.

11 Kings of the earth, and 9 That they may be avenged all people; princes and all of them; as it is written, Such judges of the world ;

honour have all his saints. 12 Young men and maidens,

PSALM 150. Laudate Dominum. old men and children, praise the name of the LORD; for his O PRAISE God in his holiname only is excellent, and his ness; praise him in the firma praise above heaven and earth. ment of his power.

13 He shall exalt the horn 2 Praise him in his noble of his people: all his saints acts; praise him according to shall praise him ;

the his excellent greatness. children of Israel, even the 3 Praise him in the sound of people that serveth him. the trumpet; praise him upon

the lute and harp. Psalm 149. Cantate Domino.

4 Praise him in the cymbals ( SING unto the LORD a and dances ; praise him upon new song ; let the congregation the strings and pipe. of saints praise him.

5 Praise him upon the well2 Let Israel rejoice in him tuned cymbals; praise him upon that made him, and let the the loud cymbals. children of Sion be joyful in 6 Let every thing that hath their King

breath praise the LORD

even

THE END OF THE PSALTER.

AS ESTABLISHED BY THE BISHOPS, THE CLERGY, AND LAITY OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL

CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN CONVENTION, ON THE TWELFTH DAY OP SEPTEMBER, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1801.

Art. I. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity. First Book of Samuel, The Second Book of

Samuel, The First Book of Kings, The THERE is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or passions ; of Chronicles, The Second Book of Chronicles,

Second Book of Kings, The First Book of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the maker and preserver of all things both visible of Esdras, The Book of Hester, The Book

The first Book of Esdras, The Second Books and invisible. And in unity of this GODHEAD, F Job, The Psalms, T'he Proverbs, Ecclethere be three persons, of one substance, power: šiastes or Preacher, Cantica or Songs of and eternity ; the FATHER, the Son, and the

Solomon, Four Prophets the greater, Twelve HOLY GHOST.

Prophets the less. ART. II. Of the WORD, or SON OF GOD, which

And the other books, (as Hierome saith) the was made very man.

Church doth read for example of life and The Son, which is the WORD of the FATHER, instruction of manners ; but yet doth it not begotten from everlasting of the FATHER, the apply them to establish any doctrine ; such are very and eternal God, of one substance with these following: the FATHER, took man's nature in the womb of

The Third Book of Esdras, The Fourth the blessed' virgin, of her substance : so that Book of Esdras, The Book of Tobias, The two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, Book of Judith, The rest of the Book of the GODHEAD and manhood, were joined Hester, The Book of Wisdom, Jesus the Son together in one person, never to be divided, of Sirach, Baruch the Prophet, The Song of whereof is one CHRIST, very God, and very

the three Children, The Story of Susanna, man; who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, Of Bel and the 'Dragon, l'he Prayer of and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and Manasses, The First Book of Maccabees, to be a sacrifice, not only

for original guilt, but The Second Book of Maccabees. also for actual sins of men.

All the books of the New Testament, as they ART. III. Of the going down of CHRIST into are commonly received, we do receive and Hell.

account them canonical. As CHRIST died for us, and was buried ; SO Art. VII. of the Old Testament. also is it to be believed, that he went down into The Old Testament is not contrary to the hell.

New; for both in the Old and New Testament ART. IV. Of the Resurrection of CHRIST. everlasting life is offered to mankind by CHRIST,

who is the only mediator between God and CHRIST did truly rise again from death, and man, being both God and man. Wherefore took again his body, with flesh, bones, and all they are not to be heard, which feign, that the things appertaining to the perfection of man's old fathers did look only for transitory promises. nature, wherewith he ascended into heaven, Although the law given from God by Moses, as and there sitteth, until he return to judge all touching ceremonies and rites, do not bind men at the last day.

Christian men, nor the civil precepts thereof ART. V. Of the Holy Ghost.

ought of necessity to be received in any com.

monwealth ; yet notwithstanding, no Christian The Holy Ghost, proceeding from the man whatsoever is free from the obedience of FATHER and the Son, is of one substance, the commandments which are called moral. majesty, and glory, with the FATHER and the Son, very and eternal God.

ART. VIII. Of the Creeds. ART. VI. of the Sufficiency of the Holy monly called the Apostles' Creed, ought

The Nicene Creed, and that which is com. Scriptures for salvation.

thoroughly to be received and believed : for Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary, they may be proved by most certain warrants to salvation : so that whatsoever is not read of Holy Scripture. therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed ART. IX. Of Original or Birth-Sin. as an article of faith, or be thought requisite or Original sin standeth not in the following of necessary to salvation. In the name of the Adam (as the Pelagians do vainly talk; )but it Holy Scripture we do understand those canon- is the fault and corruption of the nature of every ical books of the Old and New-'i ustament, of man, that naturally is engendered of the off: whose authority was never any doubt in the spring of Adam, whereby man is very far gone Church.

from original righteousness, and is of his own

nature inclined to evil, that the flesh 9 Of the names and number of the

lusteth always contrary 10 the Spirit ; and Canonical Books.

therefore in every person born into this world, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numeri, it deserveth God's wrath and damnation. And Deuteronomium, Joshue, Judges, Ruth, The I this infection of nature doth remain, yea, in

SO

them that are regenerated ; whereby the lust Art. XVI. Of Sin after Baptism. of the flesh, called in Greek, opóunya sapkos,

Not every deadly sin, willingly committed which some do expound the Wisdom, some

after baptism, is sin against the Holy GHOST, Sensuality, some the Affection, some the Desire and unpardonable. Wherefore the grant of of the Flesh, is not subject to the law of God. And although there is no condemnation for them repentance is not to be denied to such as fall

into sin after baptism. After we have received that believe and are baptized; yet the Apostle the Holy Ghost, we may depart from grace doth confess, that concupiscence and lust hath given, and fall into sin, and by the grace of God of itself the nature of sin.

(we may) arise again, and amend our lives.

And therefore they are to be condemned, which Art. X. Of Free-Will.

say, they can no more sin as long as they live The condition of man after the fall of Adam here, or deny the place of forgiveness to such is such, that he cannot turn and prepare him as truly repent. self, by his own natural strength and good ART. XVII. Of Predestination and Election. works, to faith, and calling upon GOD: where. fore we have no power to do good works pleasant

Predestination to life is the everlasting pur. and acceptable to God, without the grace of pose of God, whereby (before the foundations God by CHRIST preventing us, that we may of the world were laid) he hath constantly have a good will, and working with us when decreed, by his counsel, secret to us, to deliver we have that good will.

from curse and damnation, those whom he hath

chosen in CHRIST out of mankind, and to bring ART. XI. Of the Justification of Man. them by Christ to everlasting salvation, as We are accounted righteous before God, only be endued with so excellent a benefit of GOD,

vessels made to honour. Wherefore they which for the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus be called according to God's purpose by his CHRIST by faith ; and not for our own works SPIRIT working in due season : they through or deservings. Wherefore,

that we are justified grace obey the calling: they be justified freely : by faith only, is a most wholesome doctrine, they be made sons of God by adoption: they and very full of comfort, as more largely is be made like the image of his only begotten expressed in the Homily of Justification.

Son JESUS CHRIST : they walk religiously in Art. XII. Of good Works,

good works; and at length by God's mercy

they attain to everlasting felicity. Albeit that good works, which are the fruits As the godly consideration of predestination, of faith, and follow after justification, cannot and our election in CHRIST, is full of sweet, put away our sins, and endure the severity of pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to godly God's judgment; yet are they pleasing and persons,' and such as feel in themselves the acceptable to God in CHRIST, and do spring out working of the SPIRIT of CHRIST, mortifying necessarily of a true and lively faith; insomuch the works of the flesh and their earthly memthat by them a lively faith may be as evidently bers, and drawing up their mind to high and known, as a tree discerned by the fruit.

heavenly things, as well because it doth greatly

establish and confirm their faith of eternal ART. XIII. Of Works before Justification. salvation, to be enjoyed through CHRIST, as

Works done before the grace of CHRIST, and because it doth fervently. kindle their love the inspiration of his Spirit, are not pleasant to towards God : so, for curious and carnal perGOD, forasmuch as they spring not of faith in sons, lacking the Spirit of CHRIST, to have JESUS CHRIST, neither do they make men continually before their eyes the sentence of meet to receive grace, or (as the School God's predestination, is a most dangerous authors say deserve grace of congruity : yea downfall, whereby the devil doth thrust them rather, for that they are not done as God hath either into desperation, or into wretchlessness willed and commanded them to be done, we

of most unclean living, no less perilous than doubt not but they have the nature of sin.

desperation.

Furthermore, we must receive God's proART. XIV. Of Works of Supererogation. mises in such wise as they be generally set

forth to us in holy Scripture : and in our Voluntary works, besides over and above doings, that will of God is to be followedl, which God's commandments, which they call Works

we have expressly declared unto us in the word of Supererogation, cannot be taught without of God. arrogancy and impiety. For them men do declare, That they do not only render unto GOD ART. XVIII. Of obtaining Eternal Saldation as much as they are bound to do, but that they

only by the Name of CHRIST. do more for his sake than of bounden duty is required: whereas Christ saith plainly, When

They are also to be had accursed, that preye have done all that are commanded to you, the law or sect which he professeth, so that

sume to say, that every man shall be saved by say, We are unprofitable servants.

he be diligent to frame his life according to ART. XV. Of CHRIST alone without sin.

that law, and the light of nature. For holy

Scripture doth set out unto us only the name CHRIst in the truth of our nature, was made of Jesus CHRIST, whereby men must be saved. like unto us in all things, sin only except, from which he was clearly void, both in his flesh,

ART. XIX. of the Church, and in his spirit. He came to be a Lamb The visible Church of CHRIST is a congrega. without spot, who by sacrifice of himself once tion of faithful men, in the which the pure made, should take away the sins of the world ; word of God is preached, and the sacraments and sin (as St. John saith) was not in him. be duly ministered according to Christ's ordi But all we the rest (although baptized and born nance, in all those things that of necessity are again in CHRIST) yet oflend in many things; requisite to the same. and if we say we have no sin, we deceive As the Church of Hierusalem, Alexandria, ourselves, and the truth is not in us,

and Antioch, have erred; so also the Church

of Rome hath erred, not only in their living wholesome effect or operation : but they that and manner of ceremonies, but also in matters receive them unworthily, purchase to themof faith.

selves damnation, as St. Paul saith. Art. XX. Of the Authority of the Church. Art. XXVI. Of the Unworthiness of Minis. The Church hath power to decree rites or

ters, which hinders not the effect of the

Sacraments. ceremonies, and authority in controversies of faith: and yet it is not lawful for the Church Although in the visible Church the evil be to ordain any thing that is contrary to God's ever mingled with the good, and sometime the word written ; neither may it so expound one evil have chief authority in the ministration of place of Scripture, that it be repugnant to the word and sacraments : yet, forasmuch as another. Wherefore, although the Church be they do not the same in their own name, but a witness and a keeper of Holy Writ, yet as it in Christ's, and do minister by his commission ought not to decree any thing against the same, and authority, we may use their ministry, both so besides the same ought it not to enforce any in hearing the word of God, and in receiving thing to be believed for necessity of salvation.

the

sacraments, Neither is the effect of

Christ's ordinance taken away by their wick. Art. XXI. Of the Authority of General

edness, nor the grace of God's gifts diminished Councils. *

from such, as by faith, and rightly, do receive Art. XXII. Of Purgatory. the sacraments ministered unto them, which The Romish doctrine concerning purgatory,

be effectual, because of CHRIST's institution and pardons, worshipping, and adoration, as welí promise, although they be ministered by evil of images, as of reliques, and also invocation of men. saints, is a fond thing vainly invented, and Nevertheless, it appertaineth to the discipline grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, but of the Church, that inquiry be made of evil rather repugnant to the word of Gon.

ministers, and that they be accused by those

that have knowledge of their offences : and ART. XXIII. Of Ministering in the finally being found guilty, by just judgment, be Congregation.

deposed. It is not lawful for any man to take upon him Art. XXVII. Of Baptism. the office of public preaching, or ministering the sacraments in the congregation, before he mark of difference, whereby Christian men are

Baptism is not only a sign of profession, and be lawfully called, and sent to execute the same, discerned from others that be not christened : And those we ought to judge lawfully called but it is also a sign of regeneration, or new and sent, which be chosen and called to this birth, whereby, as by an instrument, they that work by men who have public authority given receive baptism rightly are grafted into the unto them

in the congrega:ion, to call and send Church : the promises of the forgiveness of sin, ministers into the LORD's vineyard.

and of our adoption to be the sons of God by Art. XXIV. Of Speaking in the Congre- the Holy Ghost, are visibly signed and sealed:

gation in such à tongue as the People faith is confirmed, and grace increased by understandeth.

virtue of prayer unto God. The baptism of It is a thing plainly repugnant to the word young children is in any wise to be retained in of God, and the custom of the primitive Church, the Church as most agreeable with the institu.

tion of CHRIST. to have public prayer in the Church, or to minister the sacraments in a tongue not under

Art. XXVIII. Of the Lord's Supper. standed of the people.

The Supper of the LORD is not only a sign of

the love that Christians ought to have among ART. XXV. Of the Sacraments.

themselves one to another ; but rather it is a Sacraments ordained of CHRIST be not only sacrament of our redemption by CHRIST'S badges or tokens of Christian men's profession; death : insomuch that to such as rightly, but rather they be certain sure witnesses, and worthily, and with faith receive the same, the eflectual signs of grace, and God's good will bread which we break is a partaking of the towards us, by the which he doth work body of CHRIST ; and likewise the cup of blessinvisibly in us, and doth not only quicken, bụt ing is a partaking of the blood of Christ. also strengthen and confirm our faith in him.

Transubstantiation (or the change of the There are two sacraments ordained of CHRIST substance of bread and wine) in the Supper of our Lord in the Gospel, that is to say, Baptism, the LORD, cannot be proved by Holy Wrii ; but and the Supper of the LORD.

| it is repugnant to the plain words of Scripiure, Those five commonly called Sacraments, that overthroweth the nature of a sacrament, and is to say, Confirmation, Penance, Orders, hath given occasion to many superstitions. Matrimony, and Extreme Unction, are not to be

The body of Christ is given, taken, and counted for sacraments of the Gospel, being eaten in the supper, only after an heavenly and such as have grown, partly of the corupt, spiritual manner. And the mean whereby the following of the apostles, partly are states of body of Christ is received and eaten in the life allowed by the Scriptures; but yet have 'Supper, is faith. not like nature of sacraments with Baptism and The sacrament of the Lord's Supper was not the Lord's Supper, for that they have not any by CHRIST's ordinance reserved, carried about, visible sign or ceremony ordained of God. lifted up, or worshipped.

The sacraments were not ordained of CHRIST to be gazed upon, or to be carried about, but | Art. XXIX. Of the wicked, which eat not that we should duly use them. And in such of the Body of Christ in the use of the only as worthily receive the same, they have a

Lord's Supper.

The wicked, and such as be void of a lively The Twenty-first of the former Articles faith, although they do carnally and visibly is omitted, because it is partly of a local and press with their teeth (as St. Augustine saith) civil nature, and is provided for, as to the the sacrament of the body and blood of CHRIST; remaining parts of it, in other articles. yet in no wise are they partakers of CHRIST;

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