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Heaven. That the Order and Disci.
pline of the Catholick Church, into
which we are admitted by Baptism,
oblige, not only to inward Peace, but
also to an outward Decorum, and visible
Uniformity; which, tho' confessedly
one of the Minor a Legis, or lesser things
of the Law, yet if it be voluntarily and
presumptuously neglected, will certain-
ly commence a great and heinous Sin.
A Sin being not always to be efteem'd
according to the value of the Duty omit-
ted, but from the Disobedience of the
Heart, and from the Perverse and Law-
less determination of the Will in omit-
ting it. That, lastly, they have no
regard to the Exhortations and Ex-
amples of the Saints both in the Old and
New Testament, which loudly call upon
us, not for the Adoration of our Souls
only, but for our Bodily Worship also.

i fays the Psalmist, Let us wor- i Ps.95.6.
ship, and fall down, and kneel before the
Lord our Maker: And again, We will go
into his Tabernacle, and fall low on our
Knees before his Foot-ftool

. k Daniel kneeld upon his Knees three times a Day, and Prayed. St: Stephen kneeld 1 A&.7.60 down, when, with his last Breath, he interceeded for his Murtherers. And


O come,

k Daniel kc.6.v.10.

St. Paul us'd the same humble Posture, when he took his leave of the Asiatick Bishops at Miletus, and afterwards of his Tyrian Friend on the Sea-shore,

He kneeled down and Pray'd with them m Act. 20. alt

, m says St. Luke, m And they all brought

us on our way, with Wives and Children, till we were out of the City: And we kneeled down on the Shore, and Pray'd. In short, our blessed Saviour himself (whom certainly they will not charge either with Unskilfulness or Superstition ) hath taught us by his own infallible Example to demean our felves after this manner in our devotional Addresses to our Hea. venly Father. He was withdrawn from them, says the forecited Evangelift, c. 22. about a Stones cast, and knesled down and Pray’d. Let us then, my Brethren, be always careful to glorifie God with our Bodies, as well as with our Spirits, with the reverential and becoming Gestures of the one, as well as with the humble and pious Disposition of the other, since (as St. Paul most truly tells us) they are neither of them our own, but his. Let us, I say, with all due proftration both of Body and Mind, adore the Blessed Name of Jesus, by which alone we can be say'd, and

which was given him by the Father to
this very End and Purpose, that at the
Name of Jesus, every Knee should
bow of things in Heaven, and things
on Earth, and things under the Earth.
Let us more especially at his Holy Ta-
ble, when we commemorate his infi-
nite Love in dying for us, and have the
Blessed Instruments and Pledges of the
Divive Grace reach'd out to us by his
Representative, with a Prayer for our
Eternal Happiness upon the due recep-
tion of them, behave our felves with
Reverence and Godly Fear. Then let
us worship, and fall down, and kneel
before the Lord, our Redeemer, and if
there be any thing viler than the Dust,
or any place lower and baser than the
Earth, let our sinful Bodies be prostrat-
ed and lie there.

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5. Come to the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper in Love and Charity with all the World. This our great Mafter explicitly commands in his Ser: mon upon the Mount. nif thou bring . Mart. . thy Gift to the Altar, says he, and there 23 24

remembrest that thy Brother hath ought aį gainst thee; leave there thy Gift before the Altar, and go thy way, first be reconcil'd to


thy Brother, and then come and offer thy Gift. For the most judicious Interpreters agree, that by the Altar in this Place our Lord particularly means his Holy Table, which he, and after him succeeding Ages, call by that Name, not because his natural Body and Blood are there really offer'd up by the Priest, unto the Father, as the Romijl Doctors would have us against Sense, Reason, Scripture, and Tradition to imagine; but because we there offer up our Prayers, our Praises, our Alms, our broken and contrite Spirits, and our whole

felves, Souls and Bodies, which in the o See PS: Language of the Holy Ghost are fre141.2. Pf. quently Itild Sacrifices. And indeed 59:14,23° there is nothing more repugnant to 15,16. Ps

. the harmonious and blessed Temper SI, 170, of the Gospel, than Malice and ReRom. 12.1,

venge. They render us unfit for any act of Worship, and therefore we are commanded in our Prayers to lift up Holy Hands qweis opañas cj dramogeopecov, without Wrath and Disputings. They exclude us from all hopes of Pardon, and call for immediate Vengeance upon our Heads : For as often as we say the Lord's Prayer, we appeal unto the Divine Omniscience, that we desire



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the Pardon of our Sins no other-
wise, than as we remit the lefser In-
juries of our Brethren to our felves.
Forgive us our Trespasses, as we forgive
them that Trespass against us.
retain then in our Hearts the Seeds
of Rancour and Malice against any of
our Brethren, we pronounce Sen-
tence against our selves, we change
our Prayers into Imprecations, and
instead of the great Blessings of Par-
don and Peace, we consign our selves
over to the tremendous Effects of
Almighty and Everlasting Venge-
ance. Nay, They are the visible,
distinguishing Badge of the Prince
of Darkness; the Livery of him,
who by their instigation first brought
Calumnies and Lies, and then Sin
and Death into the World. P For in P Ep.3.10,
this (says St. John) the Children of God 15.
are manifeft, and the Children of the
Devil : Whosoever doth not Righteouf-
ness, is not of God, neither be that
loveth not his Brother. And whosoe-
ver hateth his Brother is a Murder-
er; and such (I have just now remind-
ed you) is the Devil from the begin-
ning. If you desire then to approve
your selves the Elect of God, Holy


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