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either according to our duty or thy glories! yet be pleased to accept the humblest adorations, and with a favourable and a gracious eye behold the lowest worshippings and duty of thy servants. We confess and glory in thy omnipotency, thy immensity, thy goodness, thy uncircumscribed nature, thy truth, thy mercy, thy omniscience. O let us also receive thy blessings and gracious influences, that we may adore thee with all our powers and possibilities for ever, love thee with all our affections for ever, serve with our best and earliest, and all our industry: that, being here wholly inebriated with love, and busied in thy service and the duties of a holy obedience, we may, to all eternity, rejoice in the beholding of those glories which are above all capacities, above all heavens, above all angels, even those glories which stream forth from the throne of the eternal God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, to whom be glory and dominion, honour and adoration, eternally confessed due, and humbly paid by all men and all angels, world without end. Amen.

A Collect to be used upon any of the Festivals or Commemoration of the Apostles.

Almighty God, who hast built thy holy church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone, we bless and magnify thy name, thy holy and ever glorious name, for thy great graces which thou gavest to thy apostles, and prophets, and martyrs, in the days of their flesh; and this day we have thy servant [here name the apostle, &c.] in remembrance; praising thee for the benefits which the church hath received by his ministry and example; we pray unto thee to give us thy grace, that we, obeying thy doctrine which he taught and published, and following his example as he followed Christ, we also may, with safety and holiness, pass through this valley of tears; that, serving thee in our generation, advancing thy honour, and obeying thy laws, we may, in the society and communion of saints and angels, sing eternal Hallelujahs to the honour of thy merey and of thy majesty, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name: Thy kingdom come: Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven: Give us this day our daily bread: And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us: And lead us not into temptation: But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Collect.

O King of Glory, Lord and Maker of the world, thou art a God knowing all things and all thoughts even long before they are; be thou present with us in this religious solemnity, calling upon thee. Deliver us from the shame of our sins, from the corruption and evil inclinations that attend them, and from all the evils that may justly follow them. Cleanse our wills and our understandings from all evil lusts and concupiscence, from the deceits of the world, from the violence and snares of the devil, from all guile and hypocrisy, from every evil word and work, that we may serve thee faithfully, worship thee religiously, and pray unto thee acceptably; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Minister humbly say this Prayer of Preparation, first in behalf himself, then of the Congregation.

O Lord God, who in mercy and great compassion, dost consider thy people, and hast given unto us, thy unworthy servants, miserable sinners, confidence and commandment to present ourselves before thee at thy holy table to represent a holy, venerable, and unbloody sacrifice for our sins, and for the errors and ignorances of all thy people, look upon me, the meanest and most polluted of all them that approach to thy sacred presence. Pity me, O God, and wash away all my sins. Cleanse my heart and my hands, my head and my lips from all impurities of the flesh and spirit: and remove far from me all irreverence and undecency, all foolish imaginations and vain reasonings; and, by the power of the Holy Ghost, make me worthy for this ministry, accepting this service for his sake, whose sacrifice I represent, and by whose commandment I minister, even our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Have mercy upon this thy people, who with hungry and thirsty souls, come to be refreshed and comforted by the divine nutriment of thy holy body and blood. Pity our infirmities, despise not our unworthiness, curse not our follies, and take not from thy servants thy grace and the light of thy divine countenance, but according to the multitude of thy great mercies do away all our offences, that, without self-condemnation, we may appear before thy glory, covered with the veil of Jesus, adorned with the robe of his righteousness, and illustrated with the brightness of thy Divine Spirit; that we may live by thy grace, and feel thy mercy and pardon in this world and in the world to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Minister, rising up, rehearse, with a loud voice, the Eight
Beatitudes: the People still kneeling.

Minister. Our Lord Jesus, seeing the multitudes, went up into a mountain; and he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

1. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

People. Lord, pardon our faults, and incline our hearts to obey thee, that we may inherit this blessing.

Minister. 2. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

People. Lord, pardon our faults, and incline our hearts to obey thee, that we may inherit this blessing.

Minister. 3. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

People. Lord, pardon our faults, and incline our hearts to obey thee, that we may inherit this blessing.

Minister. 4. Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

People. Lord, pardon our faults, and incline our hearts to obey thee, that we may inherit this blessing.

Minister. 5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

People. Lord, pardon our faults, and incline our hearts to obey thee, that we may inherit this blessing.

Minister. 6. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

People. Lord pardon our faults, and incline our hearts to obey thee, that we may inherit this blessing.

Minister. 7. Blessed are the peace-makers: for they shall be called the children of God.

People. Lord, pardon our faults, and incline our hearts to obey thee, that we may inherit this blessing.

Minister. 8. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

People. Lord, make us ready in heart and body to obey thee in every thing, that we may inherit all these blessings in the kingdom of our Lord Jesus. Amen.

Let us pray.

O Lord God, our Creator, who hast given us life and being, and hast shown unto us the way of salvation, vouchsafing to us the revelation of heavenly mysteries, and hast commanded to us this service in the power of the Holy Ghost, and obedience of the Lord Jesus; be thou well pleased, O Lord, with this our service and duty, and grant that, with a holy fear, and a pure conscience, we may finish this service, presenting a holy sacrifice holily unto thee, that thou mayest receive it in heaven, and smell a sweet odour in the union of the eternal sacrifice, which our blessed Lord

perpetually offers; and accept us graciously as thou didst entertain the gifts of Abel, the sacrifice of Noah, the services of Moses and Aaron, the peace-offering of Samuel, the repentance of David, and the incense of Zacharias: and as from the hands of thy holy apostles thou didst accept this ministry; so vouchsafe, by the hands of us miserable sinners, to finish and perfect this oblation, that it may be sanctified by the Holy Ghost, and be accepted in the Lord Jesus; that we,being adopted into the society and participation of his holiness and sufferings, admitted to his service, incorporated to his body, united to his purity, made partakers of his intercession, pardoned by his mercy, sanctified by his grace, confirmed by his strength, professing his religion, believing in his word, hoping in his promises, and keeping all his commandments,— may receive the reward of faithful and wise stewards in the day of thy righteous judgment.

Grant this, O God, for his sake, who is the food of our souls, and the joy of our hearts, the object of our faith and hope, and the great example of charity and all excellencies, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Then, all arising from their knees, shall be read some portions of Scripture, relating to the present Mystery, viz.

1 Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians, chap. xi. from verse 23 to the end.

The Gospel according to St. Mark, xiv. 2. unto verse 26.


1 Epistle of St. Paul written to the Corinthians, chap. x.

from verse 1 to verse 18.

Gospel according to St. Matthew, chap. xxvi. from verse 17

to verse 30.

Sometimes one of these may suffice; but never above two are to be used at once, one out of the Epistles, one out of the Gospels.

Then shall follow this Eucharistical Hymn, all standing up, reciting the verses interchangeably.

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that I will seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to visit his temple.

For, in the time of trouble, he shall hide me in his pavilion; in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me, and set me upon a rock.

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