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sundry Prophets were raised up to comfort and support the minds of the faithful with the certain expectation of the Messiah, when the fulness of time should come for his appearance upon earth. That these predictions should be so exactly fulfilled as the New Testament informs us they were, affords the strongest proof of the overssiadowing care and protection of a gracious God: for if they had not been brought about by the Almighty power of God, they could never by any ordinary or human means have been carried into execution.
The triumphal entry of the Messiah into Jerusalem, as we have proved above, must by mere human means have turned out to the disgrace of those concerned in it, instead of their honour. And the same observation may likewise be extended to many other circumstances of our Lord's ministry.
In the second place, these marks and tokens of the true Messiah, which were recorded in these antient prophecies, were so particular and extraordinary, that the Jewissi nation, if they chose to attend to them, might know for certain by' them, when he did really come; and consequently might prepare themselves to receive him with that honour which was so eminently his due. That some few of the Jews fully understood the prophecies in general, and this one in partieular, is evident from the triumph with which the multitude hailed his approach into Jerusalem: and that much greater numbers did not comprehend it, must be attributed to their mistaking this particular prophecy, or else to their overlook, ing it wilfully in the pride ot their hearts, and expecting him to come surrounded with temporal honours and power. But this mistake of the Jewissi nation concerning the nature of our Lord's kingdom, is no objection to the truth or reality of it; and is to be attributed solely to the pride and hardness of their hearts.
In the third place, it is evident, that a religion which is thus attested by prophecies and their exact fulfilment, by miracles and the overssiadowing protection of a gracious Providence, is "worthy of all acceptation," and deserving of the fullest and most intire credit from all who will take the trouble of searching into the nature of the evidence by which it is supported.
Finally, let us endeavour to prove the sincerity of our Faith in this holy and pure religion, by the exactness of our obedience to the commands which it enjoins:—Let us beseech the Almighty Spirit of purity and truth to assist our
weak endeavours after holiness, by the powerful influence which it sheds abroad in our hearts :—Let us use our utmost exertion* with these holy aids, without which we can do nothing, to live holy, righteous, and pious lives, whilst we continue upon earth, that we may hereafter receive a crown of glory, and unfading felicity in the Heavens above, for ever and ever, Amen.
For the Evening.—Being Jlanding,
Ma/ler. TN the name of the Father, and of the Son, and A of the Holy Ghost.—Answer. Amen.
M. Lord, as the night calls us to our beds, we must one day go to our graves.—A. O make us wife to consider our latter end.
Then Jhallfollow the IntroiL
M. Man goeth forth to his work and to his labour: until the evening.—A. The days of man are but as grafs: for he flourisheth -as a flower of the field.
M. For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone: and the place thereof shall know it no more.—'A. Man is like a thing of nought: his time passeth away like a shadow.
M. For a thousand years, O Lord, in thy sight are but as yesterday: seeing that is past as a watch in the night.—A, As soon as thou scatterest them, they are even as a deep: and fade away suddenly like the grass. ,
As. In the morning it is green, and groweth up: but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.—A. For when thou art angryt all our days are gone: we bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is told.
M. The, days of our age are threescore years and terl; and though men be so strong that they come to fourscore years; yet is their strength'then but labour and sorrow, so soon passeth it away, and we are gone.—A. So teach us to number our days: that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
M. Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense: and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.—A. Keep me as the apple of an eye : hide me under the shadow of thy wings.
M. O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength: before I go hence, and be no more seen.—A. Consider, and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, that I Deep not in death.
M. For thou shalt light my candle: the Lord my God stall make my darkness to be light.—A. I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest: for it is thou, Lord, only that makest me dwell in safety.
As. I will behold thy presence in righteousness: and when I awake up after thy likeness, I (hall be satisfied with it.—A. Into thy hands I commend my spirit: for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.
As. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.—A. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
First Lesson.—Then all fay the Hymn.
O JESUS CHRIST, thou joyful light of the sacred glory of the immortal, heavenly, holy, blessed Father: we now being come to the setting of the sun, and seeing the evening light, do laud and praise the Father, the Son, and the Holy spirit of God. Thou art worthy to have hymns at all times fung unto thee with holy voices, O Son of God, who givest life. Therefore the world glorifieth thee. Amen.
As. Let us fervently and intensely pray to God through his Christ.—A. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
Here kneel down.
M. O thou, who infpirest thy Saints with songs in the night, and givest wholesome sleep to thy beloved; whose name we will think ol in the night season, and will keep thy law: let thy protection and mercy be upon us, and preserve our lying down and our rising up.—A. From this time forth and even for evermore.
As. O thou, who didst at midnight raise the prophet David, and Paul, and Silas, to sing praises to thee, because of thy righteous judgments: make us in our beds to think , with gladness upon thee, whose presence maketh our darkness to be light:—A. And saw us.
As. O thou, who had compared thy second coming to that of a bridegroom at midnight: let this cry, Behold the bridegroom cometh, be constantly founding in our ears; and grant that we may always be in readiness with oil in our lamps, to go out and meet him :—A. And save us.
M. O thou, who wast in the evening taken down from the cross, and laid in the sepulchre; kill in us, we beseech thee, the body of sin, and bury in thy grave all our corrupt affections, hiding and covering up our evil with thy good works;—A. And save us.
Second Lesson.—Then the InterceJJion.
M. O LORD, who hast commanded us to make prayers and intercessions for all others as well as for ourselves, we commend to thy favour and divine providence the wants and necessities of all mankind.—A. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
M. Particularly, O Lord God, we implore thy mercy for this sinful nation, for the iniquity of the land is exceeding great.—A. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
M. Lord, let it be thy good pleasure to inspire continually, the universal church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord; and to bless all bishops, priests, and deacons, with apostolical graces, exemplary lives, and found doctrine. —A. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
M. O let it be thy good pleasure to save and defend the King from all his enemies; make his reign happy, and grant that under his government we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.—A. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
M. Lord, let it be thy good pleasure to grant to all magistrates integrity and zeal for religion; to the gentry and commonalty pious and just, charitable, humble, and contented hearts; and to the whole nation healthful, fruitful, and peaceful times.—A. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.'
M. Lord, let it be thy good pleasure to grant to all yews, Turks, Infidels, and Hereticks conversion, to all malefactors and wicked men timely repentance, and to all holy persons increase of grace and perseverance.—A. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
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As. Lord, let it be thy good pleasure to bless all those whom we have any way wronged, and to forgive those who have wronged us, to comfort the disconsolate, to give healthto the sick, ease to :hose that are in pain, patience to the afflicted, food to the hungry, cloaths to the naked, liberty to the captive, and a safe delivery to women with child.—A. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
As. Lord, be thou the guardian of infants, a guide to the traveller, safety to those that are at sea, and a refuge to the oppressed; be thou a father to the fatherless, take care ofthe widows, pity and relieve all poor prisoners for debt, and have mercy on all ideots and mad persons.—A. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
As. Lord, let it be thy good pleasure to bless all our relations, acquaintance, friends, and benefactors, those .who pray for us, and all who desire or (land in need of our prayers: thou best knowest all their conditions, all their desires, all their wants; O do thou therefore suit-all thy graces arid blessings to their several necessities ot body and soul:—TA. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us,- good Lord,
As. We pray lastly for our unworthy selves; give us grace to love and fear thee, and to keep thy commandments always, that it may be well with us, and that thou mayest rejoice over us to do us good.—A. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
As. Hear these our intercessions, O gracious Lord, and accept them for the fake of thy dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord, and Saviour.—A. Lord have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
Then the following Prayers.
M. WE return thee our humble arid hearty thanks, 0 Lord God, for thy preservation of us the day past, and for all the blessings of our whole livesi—At All love, all praise be to thee.
As. Lord, have mercy upon us*.—A.- Lord, have mercy upon us.
M. Christ, have mercy upon us.—-A. Christ, have-mercy upon us.
As. Lord, have mercy upon us.—A. Lord, have mercy upon us.
As. Father, forgive us the sins of the day past, and of all the rest of our lives; give us grace to repent of them, and resolution