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shall also be an help to your husband in all good and lanful things, looking to your family, and walking in all honesty and virtue, without worldly pride, that you may give an example to others of modesty.]
Wherefore you N. and you N. having now understood that God hath instituted marriage, and what he commands you therein; are you willing thus to behave yourselves in this holy state, as you here do confess before this christian assembly, and desirous that you be confirmed in the same ?Answer. Yes.
Whereupon the Minister shall say, I take you all, who are met'hore to witness, that there is brought no lanful impediment.
Further to the married persons. Since then it is fit that you be furthered in this your work, the Lord God confirm your purpose, which he hath given you; and your beginning be in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Hereupon they shall join hands together, and the Minister speak first to the
bridegroom. N. Do you acknowledge here before God, and this his holy church, that you have taken and do take to your lawful wife, N. here present, promising her never to forsake her; to love her faithfully, to maintain her, as a faithful and pious husband is bound to do to his lawful wife; that you will live holily with her; keeping faith and truth to her in all things according to the holy gospel ?- Answer. Yes.
Afterwards to the bride. N. Do you acknowledge here before God, and this his holy church, that you have taken, and do take to your lawful husband, N. here present, promising to be obedient to him, to serve and assist him, never to forsake him, to livé holily with him, keeping faith and truth to him in all things, as a pious and faithful wife is bound to her lawful husband according to the holy gospel ? - Answer. Yes.
Then the Minister shall say, The Father of all mercies who of his grace hath called you to this holy state of marriage, bind you in true love and faithfulness, and grant you his blessing. Amen.
Hear now from the gospel, how firm the bond of marriage is, as described, Matthew, chap. xix. verses 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
“ The Pharisees came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, is it lanful for a man to put away his wife," &c.
Believe these words of Christ, and be certain and assured, that our Lord God hath joined you together in this holy state. You are therefore to receive whatever befals you therein, with patience and thanksgiving, as from the hand of God, and thus ali things will turn to your advantage and salvation. Amen.
PRAYER Hearken now to the promise of God, from Psalm 128.Blessed is, &c.
The Lord our God replenish you with his grace, and grant that ye may long live together in all godliness and holiness.
FOR THE CONSOLATION OF SICK AND DYING 30.-Mat. 5. 8.--Mat. 15. 19.--Gal. 5. 22.-John 3.3. Mark 10. 14, 15.-Rom. 8. 7.
THE FOLLOWING TEXTS OF SCRIPTURE SUGGEST INSTRUC
TION AND COMFORT.
1. Sin and death.—Psalm 51. 5.-Rom. 5. 12.-Gen. 3. 17, 19,--Psalm 89.48.-Eccles. 9.5.--Heb. 13. 14.-Heb. 9. 27,-2 Sam. 14. 14.-Job. 9. 25.–Psalm 39. 4, 5, 6, 7. -Eccles. 12. 7.-James 4. 14.—1 Pet. 1. 24.Eccles. 3. 1, 2.-Job 14. 5.-Acts 17. 26.-Job 7. 6.-Job 9. 25.Heh. 11. 13.—Psalm 90. 10.--2 Pet. 3. 8.—Ephes. 2. 3. -Titus 1. 16.–Psalm 14. 1.-Rom. 7. 19.—Psalm 51.
II. Justification for the righteousness of Christ, imputed to us who believe on him.-Rom. 3. 24, 28, 30.-Acts 10. 43.-Phil. 3. 8.—Psalm 32. 1, 2.—Rom. 5. 1.-Rom. 8. 1.
3. 30, 35.- Isa. 1. 18.- Tit. 2. 14.-James 2. 18.-Gal. 3. 13.--Acts 13. 38, 39.—Heb. 11.6.-Heb. 2. 17.-Rom. 3. 28.-Rom. 4. 24, 25.-Rom. 5. 17, 18, 19.-Jer. 23. 6. 2 Cor. 5. 2).
III. Death desirable to a Believer.--2 Cor. 5. 1.-8.Rom. 7. 24.-Rom. 8. 22.-1 Cor. 13. 12.-—Isa. 64. 4.-1 Cor. 2.9.-Psalm 84. 10.–Psalm 34. 1, 4.-Psalm 36. 8. -John 14. 2, 3.--Rev. 21. 23.-Phil. 1. 21-23.- John 12. 26.--John 5. 24.--Luke 23. 42, 43.- Eccles. 12. 7.Phil. 3. 20, 21.—1 Pet. 5. 10.-Rom. 8. 17, 18.-2 Cor. 4. 17.--Psaim 30. 5.1 Pet. 4. 13.--Heb. 13. 12.-1 Pet. 2. 21.--James 1. 2.-Rom. 5. 3, 4, 5.-James 5. 8, 11.--Heb. 2. 9.-Mat. 10. 22.--2 Tim. 4. 7, 8.-James. I, 12.
IV. Watch and pray.-1 Pet. 4. 7.---Luke 12. 35–13, Mat. 25. 13.--Mark 13. 33.-2 Pet. 3. 10.—Luke 2). 34,
V. Resurrection and glory.—1 Cor. 15. 16.- Ezek. 37.. 5.-Job 19. 25, 26.-John 5. 25. 29.1 Thess. 4. 13, 17.. - 2 Cor. 5. 10.--John 11. 25, 26.-John 14. 19.-John 17. 24.-Rev. 3. 21.-Rev. 7. 14-17.-1 Cor. 15. 4957.-Acts 7, 59.-Rev. 22. 20.
THE CONFESSION OF FAITH, COMPOSED IN THE COUNCIL OF NICE, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LODR, 325.
E believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and
earth, and of all things visible and invisible : and in one Lord Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father, before all worlds ; God of God, light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, heing of one substance with the Father, hy whom all things were made : who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he arose again according to the scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead ;, whose kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Ghost, who spake by the prophets. And one holy Catholic and Apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins ; we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
THE CREED OF ATHANASIUS,
WRITTEN IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, 333. 1
he hold the Catholic faith.—2. Which faith except one do kvep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perishi everlastingly.-3. The Catholic Faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity.---4. Neither confounding the Persons nor dividing the Substance. 5. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost.-6. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one ; the Glory equal, and the Majesty co-eternal.7. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.-8. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Ghost uncreated.9. The father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.--10. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal.-11. And yet there are not three Eternals ; but one Eternal.-12. As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three Uncreated, but one Uncreated, and one Incomprehensible.--13. So like. wise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Ghost almighty.-14. And yet there are not three Almighties, but one Almighty. 15. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God. 16. And yet there are not three Gods, but one God.--17. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Sou Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord.—-18. And yet there are not three Lords, but one Lord.-19. For, as we are compelled hy the Christian Truth to acknowledge each Person by himself to be God and Lord. 20. So we are forbidden by the Catholic Faith, to say, there be three Gods, or three Lords.--21. The Father is made of none, neither created no! begotten.--22. The Son is of the Father alone, not inade, nor created, hu begotten.–23. The Holy Ghost is of the Father, and of the Son, neiti
made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.--24. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.-25. And in this Trinity, there is not First nor Last, nor greater nor less.-26. But the whole three Persons are co-eternal to gether, and co-equal.—27. So that in all things, as it is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.—28. He therefore that will be saved, must thus think of the Trinity.-29. Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting salvation, that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.-30. For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man. –31. God of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the World; and Man of the Substance of his Mother, born in time.-32. Perfect God, and perfect Man, having a reasonable Soul and a human Body.-33. Equal to the Father according to his Godhead : and inferior to the Father as to his Manhood.-34. Who, although he he God and Man, yet he is not two but one Christ.–35. One, not by conversion of the Godhead into Flesh, but by taking of the Manhood into God.-36. He is not one by Mixture of Substance, but by Unity of Person.–37. For the reasonable Soul and Flesh is One Man; só God and Man is one Christ.–38. Who suffered for our Salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third Day froin the Dead.-39. He ascended into Heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.-40. From whence he shall come to judge the Quick and the Dead. -41. At whose coming, all Men shall rise again with their Bodies.-42. And shall give Account for their own works.—43. And they that have done Good, shall go into Life everlasting ; and they that have done Evil, into everlasting fire.–44. This is the Catholic Faith, which except a Man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.
** The Reader will please to interline with his pen, on the first line of the second verse of the 420 Hymn, page 366, the word anxious, between the words what and cares, as necessary to complete the sense. The line will then read th us :
66 What anxious cares corrode."
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