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and the third day he rose 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, the Lord and Giver of life; who proceedeth from the Father; who, with the Father and the Son together, is worshiped and glorified; who spake by the Prophets. And one Holy Catholick and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the Remission of sins. And I look for the Resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
After the Creed comes the Sermon, or a reading from
some useful and religious book. The bishop then reads one or more of the following
LESSED be the man that provideth for
the sick and needy: the Lord shall deliver him in the time of trouble. Psalm xli.
He that hath pity upon the poor.lendeth unto the Lord : and look, what he layeth out, it shall be paid him again. Prov. xix.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. St. Matt. v.
Lay not up for yourselves treasure upon the earth; where the rust and moth doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up
for yourselves treasures in heaven; where neither rust nor moth doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal. St. Matt. vi.
Whatsoever ye would that men should do urto you, even so do unto them ; for this is the Law and the Prophets. St. Matt. vii.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. St. Matt. vii.
Zacchæus stood forth, and said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have done any wrong to any man, I restore four-fold. St. Luke xix.
Who goeth a warfare at any time of his own cost ? Who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? Or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? I Cor. ix.
If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your worldly things ? I Cor. ix.
Do ye not know, that they who minister about holy things live of the sacrifice; and they who wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord also ordained, that they who preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel. 1 Cor. ix.
He that soweth little shall reap little ; and he that soweth plenteously shall reap plenteously. Let every man do according as he is disposed in his heart, not grudgingly, or of necessity ; for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. ix.
Let him that is taught in the Word minister unto him that teacheth, in all good things. deceived, God is not mocked : for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he reap. Gal. vi.
While we have time, let us do good unto all men; and specially unto them that are of the houshold of faith. Gal. vi.
Godliness is great riches, if a man be content with that he hath: for we brought nothing into the world, neither may we carry any thing out. I Tim. vi..
Charge them who are rich in this world, that they be ready to give, and glad to distribute ; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may attain eternal life. i Tim. vi.
God is not unrighteous, that he will forget your works, and labour that proceedeth of love; which love
ye have shewed for his Name's sake, who have ministered unto the saints, and yet do minister. Heb. vi.
To do good, and to distribute, forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Heb. xiii.
Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth
up his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him ? I St. John iii.
While these sentences are in reading, the deacons,
or other fit persons, receive the alms of the people
on a basin convenient for that purpose. After the collection, the bishop and people stand up,
and the bishop says:
Let us pray for the whole state of Christ's Church
militant here in earth.
LMIGHTY and everliving God, who by
thy holy Apostle hast taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give
thanks, for all men; We thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and lovingkindness to us and to all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and the hope of glory. And we humbly beseech thee most mercifully to receive these our prayers, which we offer unto thy Divine Majesty ; beseeching thee to inspire continually the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord : And grant, that all they that do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity, and godly love. We beseech thee also to save and defend all Christian Kings, Princes, and Governours ; and specially thy servant VICTORIA our Queen ; that under her we may be godly and quietly governed : And grant unto her whole Council, and to all that are put in authority under her, that they may truly and indifferently minister justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of thy true religion, and virtue. Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all Bishops and Curates, that they may both by their life and doctrine set
forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments : And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace; and especially to this congregation here present; that, with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear, and receive thy holy Word; truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life. And we most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them, who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom : Grant this, o Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
Then the people sing, or the bishop reads, the
following: LORY be to God on high, and in earth peace : good will towards men.
We praise thee, we bless thee, we
worship thee, we glorify thee, We give thanks unto thee, for thy great glory:
O Lord, O King, O Heavenly, o God, o Father, O Almighty ;
O Lord, O Only-begotten, O Jesu Christ;