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the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day : and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Tim. iv. 8. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and

ever. Amen. Rev. i. 5, 6. The Epistle. Rom. xiii. I to 8.Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God; the powers that be, are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the Ordinance of God, and they that resist shall receire to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power ? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is eril, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in rain: for he is the minister of God, a reeenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath but also for Conscience sake. For, for this cause pay ye tribute also : for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this rery thing. Render therefore to all their dues ; tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour.

The Gospel. St. Luke ix. 51 to 57.And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before his face : and they went and entered into a rillage of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receire him, because his face was as though he would go to rusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from hearen, and consume them, even as Elias did ? But he turned and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. Ang they went to another village. CCLXXXV. A Prayer for a spirit of Thank

fulness and of Obedience. 1. O God, 1. O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy Name whose name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the is excellent in all the heavens. Psal. viii. 1. The Lord is high above all earth, and thy glory

nations, and his glory above the heavens. Who is

like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high? who on this Psal. cxiii. 4, 5. But it came to pass, that when day didst mi. Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the preserve our Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the Church and State from

walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the the secret breaches began to be stopped, then they were very contrivance and hellish wroth, and conspired all of them together to come malice of Po- and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it. rators; and Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, also didst be. and set a watch against them day and night, begin to give us cause of them. And our adversaries said, They liverance shall not know, nor see, till we come in the midst open tyrar.ny among them, and slay them, and cause the work to and oppres- cease. Neh. iv. 7, 8, 9. 11. The wall was finished sion of the

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and blood- and two days. And it came to pass, that when all thirsty enemies :

our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes ; for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God. Neh. vi. 15, 16. Certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy. And he [the chief captain) wrote a letter after this manner: Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting. This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them : then came I with an army, and rescued him. Acts xxiii. 12, 13. 25, 26, 27. I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant. Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments : and I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God : and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the

Egyptians. Exod. vi. 5, 6, 7. 2. We bless 2. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and glorious May praise thy glorious Name. I Chron. xxix. 13. We jesty, as for will bless the Lord from this time forth and for everthe former,

more. Praise the Lord. Psal. cxv. 18. Bless the this thy late Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me bless his lovingkind- holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul : and forget Church and not all his benefits. Psal. ciii. 1, 2. Blessed be the Nation, in Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wonthe preserva

drous things. And blessed be his glorious name for Religion and

ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory: Amen, and Amen. Psal. lxxii. 18, 19. Blessed be the Lord : for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city. Psal. xxxi. 21. We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple. God is known in her palaces for a refuge.

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For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together. They saw it, and so they marvelled ; they were troubled, and hasted away. Psal xlviii. 9. 3, 4, 5. The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Psal. lxxxvii. 2, 3. He is the tower of salvation for his king : and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore. 2 Sam. xxii. 51. He had peace on all sides round about him. And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig-tree. 1 Kings iv. 24, 25. Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.

Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psal. cxxiv. 6, 7, 8. And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the Jews that were in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both nigh and far, to stablish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly, as the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day : that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor. The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time every year; and that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city ; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed. Esth. ix. 20, 21, 22. 27, 28.

3. O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be humbly pray, attentive to the prayer of thy servants, who desire vout sense of to fear thy name. Neh. i. 11. Many a time have

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this thy re- they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not peated mercy prevailed against me. Psal. cxxix. 2. He sa ved and increase them from the hand of him that hated them, and in us a spirit redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. Many thankfulness times did he deliver them. Psal. cvi. 10. 43. I love to thee its only Author; the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my a spirit of peaceable

supplications. Psal.cxvi. 1. I will love thee, O Lord, submission my strength. Psal. xviii. 1. I will extol thee, O

Lord; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not gracious Sor, made my foes to rejoice over me. Psal. xxx. I. Queen Victo. My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and ria; and a spi: thy salvation all the day: for I know not the numzeal for our bers thereof. Psal. lxxi. 15. And all men shall holy religion, which thou' fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they hast so won shall wisely consider of his doing. Psal. lxiv. 9. cued, and es- And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did blessing to us upon the Egyptians : and the people feared the and our pos. Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses. this we beg Exod. xiv. 31. Submit yourselves to every ordi

nance of man for the Lord's sake : whether it be to sake. Amer. the king, as supreme ; or unto governors, as unto

them that are sent by him for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God. 1 Pet. ii. 13, 14, 15. Then Solomon sat on the throne as king instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him. And all the princes, and the mighty men, and all the sons likewise of king David, submitted themselves unto Solomon the king. 1 Chron. xxix. 23, 24. The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. Psal. Ixix. 9. Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Wherefore, Behold I give unto him my covenant of peace : and he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood ; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel. Num. XXV. 11, 12, 13. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem : they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and

prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good. Psal. cxxii. 6 to 9. Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us : and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. Psal. xc. 16, 17. In his temple doth every one speak of his glory. Psal. xxix. 9. See also, the Books of EZRA and NEHE



To be used yearly on the thirtieth day of January.

The Sentences.---To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him : neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us. Dan. ix. 9, 10. Correct us, O Lord, but with judgment; not in thine anger : lest thou bring us to nothing. Jer x. 24. Enter not into judyment with thy servants, O Lord: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. Psalm cxliii. 2.

The Hymn.-Righteous art thou, O Lord: and just are thy judgments! Psal. cxix 137.- Thou arl just, O Lord, in all that is brouyni upon us : for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly. Neh. ix. 33. Nevertheless, our feet were almost gone: ont treadings had well-nigh slipped. For why? we were griered at the wicked: we did also see the ungodly in such prosperity. Psal. Ixxiii. 2, 3. · The people stood up, and the rulers look counsel together : against the Lord, and against his Anointed. Psal. ii. 2. They cast their heuds together with one consent: and were confederate against him. Psal. lxxxiii. 5. He heard the blasphemy of the multitude, and fear was on every side: while they conspired together against him, to take away his life. Psal. xxxi. 15. They spake against him with false tongues, and compassed him about with words of hatred : and fought against him without a cause. Psal. cix. 2. Yea, his own familiar friends, whom he trusied: they that eat of his bread, laid great wait for him. Psal. xli. 9. They rewarded him evil for good : to the great discomfort of his soul. Psal. xxxv. 12. They took their counsel tugether, saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute him, and take him, for there is none to deliver him. Psal. Ixxi. 9. The breath of our nostrils, the Anointed of the Lord was taken in their pits : of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall be safe. The adversary and the enemy entered into the gates of Jerusalem : saying, When shall he die, and his name perish? Let the sentence of guiltiness proceed against him: and now that he lieth, let him rise up no more. Psal. xli. 5. 8. Lam. iv. 20.12. False witnesses also did rise up against him: they laid to his charge things that he knew not. Psal. xxxv. II. For the sins of the people, and the iniquities of the priests: they shed the blood of the just in the midst of Jerusalem. Lam. iv. 13. O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united : for in their anger they slew a man ; Gen. xlix. 6. Even the man of thy right hand: the Son of man, whom thou hadst made so strong for thine own self. Psal. lxxx. 17. In the sight of the unte ise he seemed to die: and his departure was taken for misery. Wisd. iii. 2. They, fools, counted his life madness, and his end to be wilhout honour: but he is in peace. Wisd. v. 4, & iii. 3. For though he was punished in the sight of men: yet was his hope full of immortality. Wisd. iii. 4. How is he numbered with the children of God: and

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