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ing in thy holy temple. This day hast thou given us thine only begotten Son, the mignty God, the Prince of Peace, as thou hädst promised through thy prophets: this day do we bend in gratitude before thee for the holy gift, the high behest which thou, Lord, in thy merciful and tender love towards the creatures of thy hand, hast bestowed upon · us, vouchsafing to redeem, through the intercession of thy pure and immaculate Son, thy rebellious people ; and to turn them from their perverse and sinful ways to the pure worship of thee, through the means and mediation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the heir of all things, the brightness of thy glory, and the express image of thyself. We praise, we laud, we extol thy mercy and thy , lovingkindness towards us. O let our gratitude bring forth the fruits of thy goodness; and aid us, with thy holy Spirit, to throw off the old, and take upon us the new man ; that so devoting ourselves to thy service in purity of worship and simplicity of heart, the great sacrifice and atonement which thou hast accepted for the transgressions of our former nature may not have been made in vain. Endue us with thy grace, and strengthen us in thy faith, fear and love, that we may wean all our
affections from the things of this world, and set our hearts and feelings on the promises of bliss eternal, which thou hast given us through thy Son, our Lord, our Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ ; to whom be all glory, and praise, and might, and dominion, with thee, and with the Holy Ghost, for ever and ever. Amen.
For Good Friday.-MSS.
All powerful Ruler of the universe, at whose mighty word the corners of the earth tremble, and the mountains shake to their bases; who ridest on the storm, and doth let loose thine anger in the whirlwind; Olet thy justly-excited wrath cease, and let not the fulness of thine indignation be poured out upon guilty man. In all humility we prostrate ourselves before thee; we acknowledge our sin, and the weight of our transgression is very heavy upon us. Hear us, have mercy upon us, for we are fallen low and in despair. Thou, Lord, didst send thy Son on earth for our redemption : thine onlybegotten did leave the realms of bliss, to taste the bitter cup of misery and death, to drink the very dregs of human aMiction. Rejected of men, whom he came down to save, he was a
man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; he was persecuted for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities; a stranger on the earth which was fashioned by his hands, and an outcast among the people whom his Father had made, O Lord God, great disposer of events, where shall I hide my head ? where avoid thy dreadful presence ? I am ashamed of my nature, for the cruelty of man is great. I dread thy wrath, for thy people have rebelled, and have not heard thy word. They have laid their sacrilegious hands upon our Lord and Saviour ; they have smitten and scourged him, and led him out to crucifixion. They oppress him, and he is afflicted, but he opens not his mouth. He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, but he is dumb, and reproacheth them not. When I behold him stretched upon the cross, in the agonies of death, surrounded by his persecutors, the bloody sweat dropping from the sacred brow of our Lord, our Master and Redeemer, how can I expect to escape the heavy and wrathful displeasure of the Almighty? Who shall redeem us from the burthen of our sin ? Who shall blot out our iniquities? We cannot do these things of ourselves, for we are weak, frail, and fallible beings. Who shall be our guide ? Who shall open the gates of heaven, and bid us come in? Thou, Lord,
whom we persecuted; thou Saviour of the world, whom we smote, thou hast made thyself a propitiation for the wickedness of man, and hast offered up thine own immaculate body as a free-will offering and sacrifice for his transgressions. Thou, Lord Christ, who, when mocked, derided, and insulted, in thy last bitter anguish didst pray for thy persecutors, thou shalt plead our cause with the avenging God, and avert the heavy judgment of his anger. Thou shalt gather thy flock within the fold, and thy mercy shall grant what thy judgment would withhold. Thou wilt receive the penitent, nor shut the door upon the sinner who shall transgress no more.
O Almighty God, let these our hopes be confirmed at thy mercy seat, and let the memory of this day's ingratitude and cruelty be washed away from the book of thy judgments : but impress upon our minds for ever the awful recollection, that it be a warning in the hour of temptation, a barrier against future transgression. Let the silent reproach it breathes within us, warm our souls with redoubled exertion to wash our crime away, and render ourselves worthy and meet partakers of the everlasting kingdom which is prepared above by our Lord and Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ; to whom, with Almighty God, and the Holy Spirit, be all praises for evermore.
For Easter Day.--MSS.
Almighty God, whose mercy and lovingkind. ness are, like unto thy power, immeasurable and unbounded, receive our praises and thanksgivings for the abundant display of both, which we record and celebrate this day. Thou hast overcome the power of death, and thrown
the gates of everlasting bliss to those who truly believe and faithfully obey thy sacred word. Christ, thine only begotten Son, is risen from the dead, and hath dispelled the clouds that gathered round us; hath given us new day, and offered to us new hopes. Christ is risen, and sitteth at thy right hand, O Lord, Father of all. He who has mediated for our sins, shall be our advocate with thee for thy continued mercy towards us. Our sins were grievous and heavy to bear, but he has relieved us from the burthen of them. Turn, then, O Lord, our grateful and obedient hearts toward the path our gracious Saviour hath opened before us. Cleanse us from