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Queen Dowager, and all the Royal Family; endue them with thy holy Spirit; enrich them with thy heavenly grace; prosper them with all happiness; and bring them to thine everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for the Clergy and People.

LMIGHTY and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels, send down upon our Bishops and Curates, and all Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful spirit of thy grace; and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.


A Prayer of St. Chrysostom.

LMIGHTY God, who hast given us grace, at this time, with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name, thou wilt grant their requests; fulfil, now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us, in this world, knowledge of thy truth, and, in the world to come, life everlasting. Amen.

2 Cor. xiii.

Tever God, and the fellowship of the Holy HE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the

Ghost, be with us all evermore.


Here endeth the Order of Evening Prayer throughout the Year.

Adelaide the Queen Dowager.]-There seem grounds for criticism in the terms in which Her Majesty the Queen Dowager is here directed to be prayed for; but the considerations to be submitted will appear in a succeeding note.


Upon these Feasts; Christmas-day, the Epiphany, Saint Matthias, Easter-day, Ascension-day, Whitsunday, Saint John Baptist, Saint James, Saint Bartholomew, Saint Matthew, Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Saint Andrew, and upon Trinity-Sunday, shall be sung, or said, at Morning Prayer, instead of the Apostles' Creed this Confession of our Christian Faith, commonly called The Creed of Saint Athanasius, by the Minister and People, standing.


Quicunque vult.

THOSOEVER will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith.

Which Faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.

And the Catholic Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity;

Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance.

For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost.

But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one; the Glory equal ; the Majesty co-eternal.

Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.

The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Ghost uncreate.

The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal.

And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal.

As also there are not three incomprehensibles,

The Father incomprehensible, &c.]-We should very much misunderstand this clause of the Athanasian Creed, were we to take the word "incomprehensible" in the sense at present usually given to it, and which is alone taken notice of in most of our dictionaries. "" not The primary meaning of the word, and that in which it is here used, is, that of being containable," or the condition of pervading all things; or, "without a limit." What, therefore, is really here asserted, is the ubiquity or omnipresence of the Father, and equally of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

nor three uncreated; but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible.

So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty.

And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.

So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God.

And yet they are not three Gods, but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord.

And yet not three Lords, but one Lord.

For like as we are compelled, by the Christian verity, to acknowledge every Person, by himself, to be God and Lord;

So are we forbidden by the Catholic religion to say, There be three Gods, or three Lords.

The Father is made of none: neither created nor begotten.

The Son is of the Father alone: not made, nor created, but begotten.

The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son: neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.

So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.

And in this Trinity none is afore or after other ; none is greater or less than another;

But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together, and co-equal.

So that, in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped.

He, therefore, that will be saved, must thus think of the Trinity.

Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation, that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man


God, of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the Substance of his Mother, born in the world;

Perfect God, and perfect Man; of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting.

Equal to the Father as touching his Godhead ; and inferior to the Father as touching his Manhood. Who, although he be God and Man, yet he is not two, but one Christ;

One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of the Manhood into God;

One altogether; not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person.

For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ ;

Who suffered for our salvation; descended into hell; rose again the third day from the dead;

He ascended into heaven; he sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty; from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead


At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies, and shall give account for their own works;

And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.

This is the Catholic Faith: which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Here followeth the LITANY, or General Supplication, to be sung, or said, after Morning Prayer upon Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and at other times when it shall be commanded by the Ordinary.


God the Father of heaven, have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the Father of heaven, have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, have mercy upon us miserable


O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three Persons and one God, have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three Persons and one God, have mercy upon us miserable


Remember not, Lord, our offences, nor the offences of our forefathers, neither take thou vengeance of our sins: spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever.

Spare us, good Lord.

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O God the Father of heaven.]—A similar misconception, by the moderns, in this place, to that displayed upon the subject of the opening words of the Lord's Prayer, has produced the innovation of placing a comma after the word "Father," in this opening clause of the Litany. But, here, the words "O God the Father of heaven," mean only, "O God the heavenly Father;" as in the Lord's Prayer, the words "Our Father which art in heaven," mean only, "Our heavenly Father." Illustrations and proofs of the correctness of these explanations are omitted, in order to preserve the brevity of the notes. There may be cited, however, the "Prayer for Rain," beginning," O God, heavenly Father." The "Prayer in the Time of Dearth," beginning, "O God, heavenly Father;" also, the prayer "In the Ember Weeks," "Almighty God, our heavenly Father;" the "Thanksgiving for Rain,' ," "O God, our heavenly Father;" and the "Thanksgiving for restoring Public Peace;" in all of which the sense is the same as in the words above, namely, "O God the Father of heaven."

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