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who keepeth his promise for ever; strength of an horse; neither de
6 Who helpeth them to right lighteth he in any man's legs. that suffer wrong; who feedeth the 11 But the Lord's delight is in hungry.
them that fear him, and put their 7 The Lord looseth men out of trust in his mercy, prison; the Lord giveth sight to 12 Prạise the Lord, o. Jerusathe blind.
lem; praise thy God, O Sion; 8 The Lord helpeth them that 13 For he hath made fast the are fallen; the Lord careth for the bars of thy gates, and hath blessed righteous.
thy children within thee. 9 The Lord careth for the stran- 14 He maketh peace in thy borger; he defendeth the fatherless ders, and filleth thee with flour of and widow: as for the way of wheat. the ungodly, he turneth it upside 15 He sendeth forth his comdown.
mandment upon earth, and his 10 The Lord thy God, O Sion, word runneth very swiftly. shall be King for evermore, and 16 He giveth snow like wool, throughout all generations. and scattereth the hoar frost like
EVENING PRAYER. ashes. Psalm 147. Laudate Dominum. 17 He casteth forth his ice like
PRAISE the Lord; for it morsels; who is able to abide his
is a good thing to sing frost ? praises unto our God; yea, a joy- 18 He sendeth out his word, and ful and pleasant thing it is to be melteth them; he bloweth with thankful.
his wind, and the waters flow. 2 The Lord doth build up Je- 19. He showeth his word unto rusalem, and gather together the Jacob, his statutes and ordinances outcasts of Israel.
unto Israel. 3. He healeth those that are 20 He hath not dealt so with broken in heart, and giveth medi- any nation; neither have the heacine to heal their sickness. then knowledge of his laws.
4. He telleth i the number of the Psalm 148. Laudate Dominum. stars, and calleth them all by their O PRAISE the Lord of heanames.
ven, praise him in the . 5 Great is our Lord, and great 2 Praise him, all ye angels of is his power; yea, and his wisdom his; praise him, all his hosts. is infinite.
3 Praise him, sun and moon; 6 The Lord setteth up the meek, praise him, all ye stars and light. and bringeth the ungodly down to 4 Praise him, all ye heavens, the ground.
and ye waters that are above the 70 sing unto the Lord with heavens. thanksgiving; sing praises upon 5 Let them praise the name of the harp unto our God;
the Lord; for he spake the word, 8 Who covereth the heaven with and they were made; he comclouds, and prepareth rain for the manded, and they were created. earth; and maketh the grass to 6 He hath made them fast for grow upon the mountains, and ever and ever; he hath given herb for the use of men.
them a law, which shall not be 9 Who giveth fodder unto the broken. cattle, and feedeth the young ra- 7 Praise the Lord upon earth, vens that call upon him.
ye dragons, and all deeps; 10 He hath no pleasure in the! 8 Fire and hail, snow and va
pours, wind and storm, fulfilling) 5 Let the saints be joyful with his word;
glory; let them rejoice in their
; 9 Mountains and all hills : beds. fruitful trees and all cedars; 6 Let the praises of God be
10 Beasts and all cattle; worms in their mouth, and a two-edged and feathered fowls;
sword in their hands. 11 Kings of the earth and all 7 To be avenged of the heathen, people ; princes and all judges of and to rebuke the people ; the world;
8 To bind their kings in chains, 12 Young men and maidens, and their nobles with links of old men and children, praise the iron. name of the Lord; for his name 9 That they may be avenged only is excellent, and his praise of them; as it is written, Such above heaven and earth.
honour have all his saints. 13 He shall exalt the horn of Psalm 150. Laudate Dominum.
him in the firIsrael, even the people that serv-mament of his power. eth him.
2 Praise him in his noble acts; Psalm 149. Cantate Domino. praise him according to his excelO
SING unto the Lord a new lent greatness.
song ; let the congregation 3 Praise him in the sound of of saints praise him.
the trumpet; praise him upon the 2 Let Israel rejoice in him that lute and harp. made him, and let the children of 4 Praise him in the cymbals Sion be joyful in their King. and dances; praise him upon the
3 Let them praise his name in strings and pipe. the dance ; let them sing praises 5 Praise him upon the wellunto him with tabret and harp. tuned cymbals ; praise him upon
4 For the Lord hath pleasure the loud cymbals. in his people, and helpeth the 6 Let every thing that hath meek-hearted.
breath praise the Lord.
bis people : all baise saints shall O PRAISE Godinin his holi
THE END OF THE PSALTER.
ARTICLES OF RELIGION,
As established by the Bishops, the Clergy, and Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United
States of America, in Convention, on the twelfth Day of September, in the Year of our Lord 1801.
Art. I. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity. And the other Books (as Hierome saith) the "HERE is but one living and true God, ever-Church doth read for example of life and instruction finite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker Lablish any doctrine; such are these following: and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. The Third Book of Esdras, The Fourth Book of And in unity of this Godhead, there be three per- Esdras, The Book of Tobias, The Book of Judith, sons, of one substance, power, and eternity; the The rest of the Book of Hester, The Book of WisFather, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
dom, Jesus the Son of Sirach, Baruch the Prophet,
The Song of the three Children, The Story of Su ART. II. Of the Word, or Son of God, which was sanna, Of Bel and the Dragon, The Prayer of Ma. made very Man.
nasses, The First Book of Maccabees, The Second The Son, which is the Word of the Father, be.
Book of Maccabees. golten from everlasting of the Father, the very and All the Books of the New Testament, as they are eternal God, of one substance with the Fatber, look commonly received, we do receive and account them Man's pature in the womb of the blessed Virgin, of Canonical. her substance: so that two whole and perfect Natures that is to say, ine Godhead and Manhood, were Art. VII. Of the Old Testament. joined together in one Person, never 10 be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God, and very Man; for both in the Old and New Testament everlasting
The Old Testament is not contrary to the New; who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, life is offered 10 mankind by Christ, who is the only to reconcile bis Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, Mediator between God and Man, being both God. not only for original guilt, but also for actual sins of and Man. Wherefore they are not to be heard,
which feign, that the Old Fathers did look only for ART. III. Of the going down of Christ into Hell. God by Moses, as touching Ceremonies and Rites,
transitory Promises. Although the Law given from As Christ died for us, and was buried, so also is do not bind Christian men, nor the Civil Precepis it to be believed, that he went down iulo hell. thereof ought of necessity to be received in any
Commonwealth ; yet notwithstanding, no Christian • ART. IV. Of the Resurrection of Christ. man whatsoever is free from the obedience of the
Commandments which are called inoral. Christ did truly rise again from death, and took again his body, with flesh, bones, and all things ap
Art. VIII. Of the Creeds. pertaining to the perfection of Man's nature, where. with he ascended into heaven, and there siueth, up- The Nicene Creed, and that which is commonly til he return to judge all men at the last day.
called the Apostles' Creed, ought thoroughly to be
received and believed: for they may be proved by ART.V. Of the Holy Ghost.
most certain warrants of Holy Scripture. The Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father
Art. IX. Of Original or Birth-Sin. and the Son, is of one substance, Majesty, and Glory, with the Father and the Son, vi y and eternal Original Sin standeth not in the following of Adam God.
(as the Pelagians do vainly talk ;) but it is the fault
and corruption of the pature of every man, that ART. VI. Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam, for Salvation.
whereby man is very far gone from original righ
teousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, so Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to that the Aesh lusteth always contrary to the Spirit; Salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, and therefore in every person born into this world, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of it deserveth God's wrath and damnation. And this any man, that it should be believed as an article of infection of nature doth remain, yea, in them that the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to are regenerated; whereby the lust of the flesh, Salvation. In the name of the Holy Scripture we called in Greek, ogórnuco o agros, which some doex do understand those Canonical Books of the Old pound the Wisdom, some Sensuality, some the Afo and New Testament, of whose Authority was never section, some the Desire of the Flesh, is not subject any doubt in the Church.
to the law of God. And although there is no eon1 Of the Names and Number of the Canonical Books. demnation for them that believe and are baptized;
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numeri, Deuterono- yet the Apostle doth confess, that concupiscence and nium, Joshue, Judges, Ruth, The First Book of Sa- lust hath of itself the nature of
sin. muel, The Second Book of Samuel, The First Book of Kings, The Second Book of Kings, The First
ART. X. Of Free-Will. Book of Chronicles, The Second Book of Chronicles, The condition of man after the fall of Adam, is The First Book of Esdras, The Second Book of Es- such, that he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his dras, The Book of Hester, The Book of Job, The own natural strength and good works, to faith, and Psalms, The Proverbs, Ecclesiastes or Preacher, calling upon God: wherefore we have no power to Cantica or Songs of Solomon, Four Prophets the do good works pleasant and acceptable to God, greater, Twelve Prophets the less.
without the grace of God by Christ preventing us,
that we may have a good will, and working with were laid) he hath constantly decreed, by his counus, when we have that good will.
sel, secret to us, to deliver from curse and dampa
tion, those whom he hath chosen in Christ out of ART. XI. Of the Justification of Man. mankind, and 10 bring them by Christ to everlasting We are accounted righteous before God, only for salvation, as vessels made to honour. Wherefore Saith; and not for our own Works or Deservings. Spirit working in due season : they through grace the Merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by they, which he endued with so excellent a benefit of
God, be called according to God's purpose by his Wherefore, that we are justified by Faith only, is a most wholesoine doctrine, and very full of comfort, made Sons of God by adoption: they be made like
obey the calling: they be justified freely : they be as more largely is expressed in the Homily of Jus- the image of his only begotten Son Jesus Christ: tification.
they walk religiously in good works; and at length ART. XII. Of good Works.
by God's mercy they attain to everlasting felicity.
As the godly consideration of Predestination, and Albeit that good Works, which are the Fruits of our Election in Christ, is full of sweet, pleasant, and Faith, and follow after Justification, cannot put unspeakable comfort to godly persons, and such as away our sins, and endure the severity of God's feel in themselves the working of the Spirit of Christ, Judgment; yet are they pleasing and acceptable to mortifying the works of the Aesh and their earthly God in Christ, and do spring out necessarily of a nembers, and drawing up their mind to high and true and lively Faith ; 'insomuch that by them a heavenly things, as well because it doth greatly eslively Faith may be as evidently known, as a tree tablish and confirm their faith of eternal salvation, discerned by the fruit.
to be enjoyed through Christ, as because it doth fer
vently kindle their love towards God: so, for curious ART. XIII. Of Works before Justifcation.
and carnal persons, lacking the Spirit of Christ, 10
have continually before their eyes the Sentence of Works done before the grace of Christ, and the God's Predestination, is a most dangerous downinspiration of his Spirit, are not pleasant to God, fall, whereby the Devil doth thrust them either into forasmuch as they spring not of faith in Jesus Christ, desperation, or into wretchlessness of most unclean nejther do they inake men meet to receive grace, or living, uo less perilous than desperation. (as the School-Authors say) deserve grace of con- Furthermore, we must receive God's Promises in gruity : yea rather, for thai they are not done as God such wise as they be generally set forth to us in holy hath willed and commanded them to be done, we Scripture: And in our doings, that will of God is to doubt pot but they have the nature of sin. be followed, which we have expressly declared unlo
us in the Word of God. ART. XIV. Of Works of Supererogation. Voluntary Works, besides over and above God's Art. XVIII. Of obtaining Eternal Salvation only Commandments, which they call Works of Super.
by the Name of Christ. erogaion, cannot be taught without arrogancy and They are also to be had accursed, that presume impiety. For by them men do declare, Thai they to say, that every man shall be saved by the Law do not only render unto God as much as they are or Sect which he professeth, so that he he diligent bound to do, but that they do more for his sake than to frame his life according to that Law, and the of bounden duty is required: Whereas Christ saith light of nature. For holy Scripture doth set out plainly, When yé have done all that are commanded unto us only the Name of Jesus Christ, whereby to you, say, We are uuprofitable servants. men must be saved. ART. XV. Of Christ alone without sin,
ART. XIX. Of the Church. Christ in the truth of our nature, was made like The visible Church of Christ is a Congregation unto us in all things, sin only excepi, from which he of faithful men, in the which the pure Word of God was clearly void, both in his flesh, and in his spirit is preached, and the Sacraments be duly ministered He came to be a Lamb without spot, who by sacri- according to Christ's Ordinance, in all those things fice of himself once made, should iake away the sins that of necessity are requisite to the same. of the world, and sin (as St. John saith) was not in As the Church of Hierusalem, Alexandria, and him. But all we the rest (although bapuized and Antioch, have erred; so also the Church of Rome born again in Christ) yet offend in many things; hath erred, not only in their living and manner of and if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, Ceremonies, but also in malters of faith. and the truth is not in us.
Art. XX. Of the Authority of the Church. ART. XVI. Of Sin after Buptism.
The Church hath power to decree Rites or CereNot every deadly sin, willingly committed after monies, and Authority in Controversies of Faith : Baptism, is sin against the Holy Ghost, and unpar. And yet it is not lawful for the Church to ordain any donable. Wherefore the grant of repentance is not thing that is contrary to God's Word wriuen ; neito be denied to such as fall into sin after Baptism. (ther may il so expound one place of Scriplure, that After we have received the Holy Ghost, we may de- it be repugnant to another. Wherefore, although the part from grace given, and fall into sin, and by the Church be a Witness and a Keeper of Holy Writ, grace of God (we may) arise again, and amend yet as it ought not to decree any thing against the our lives. And iherefore they are to be condemned, same, so besides the same ought it not to enforce which say, they can no more sin as long as they live any thing to be believed for necessity of salvation. here, or deny the place of forgiveness to such as truly repent.
Art. XXI. Of the Authority of General Councils.* ART. XVII. Of Predestination and Election.
Art. XXII. of Purgatory. Predestination to life is the everlasting purpose of the Romish doctrine concerning Purgatory, ParGod, whereby (before the foundations of the world dons, Worsbipping, and Adoration, as well of Ima
The 21st of the former articles is omitted, because it is partly of a local and civil natwe, and is provided for, at to the remaining parts of it, in other articles.
ges, as of Reliques, and also Invocation of Saints, ART. XXVII. Of Baptism. is a fond thing vainly invented, and grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, but rather repuguant to or Difference, whereby Christian men are discerned
Baptism is not only a sign of Profession, and mark the Word of God.
from others that be not christened: but it is also a Art. XXIII. Of Ministering in the Congrega- sign of Regeneration, or new Birth, whereby, as by tion,
an instrument, they that receive Baptism rightly are
grafied into the Church : the promises of the forgiveIt is not lawful for any man to take upon him the ness of sin, and of our adoption to be the sons of Office of public Preaching, or Ministering the Sa- God by the Holy Ghost, are visibly signed and sealeraments in the Congregation, before he be lawfully ed: faith is confirmed, and grace increased by vir. called, and sent to execute the saine. And those we tue of Prayer unto God. The Baptism of young ought to judge lawfully called and sent, which be children is in any wise to be retained in the Church chosen and called to this Work by men who have as most agreeable with the institution of Christ. public Authority given unto them in the Congregation, to call and send Ministers into the Lord's
ART. XXVIII. Of the Lord's Supper. Vineyard.
The Supper of the Lord is not only a sign of the Art. XXIV. Of Speaking in the Congregation in Love that Christians ought to have among them." such u tongue as the People understandeth. selves one to another ; but rather it is a Sacrament
of our Redemption by Christ's death: insomuch It is a thing plainly repugnant to the Word of that to such as rightly, worthily, and with faith reGod, and the custom of ihe Primitive Church, to ceive the same, the Bread which we break is a par. have Public Prayer in the Church, or to minister taking of the Body of Christ; and likewise the the Sacraments in a longue not understanded of the Cup of Blessing is a partaking of the Blood of people.
Transubstantiation (or the change of the Substance ART. XXV. Of the Sacraments.
of Bread and Wine) in the Supper of the Lord, Sacraments ordained of Christ be not only badges cannot be proved by Holy Writ; but it is repug or tokens of Christian men's Profession ; but rather nant to the plain words of Scripture, overthroweih they be certain sure witnesses, and effectual signs the nature of a Sacrament, and hath given occasion of grace, aud God's good will towards us, by the to many Superstitions.. which he doth work invisibly in os, and doth not
The Body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten in ouly quicken, but also strengthen and confirm our the Supper, only after an beavenly and spiritual faith in him.
And the mean whereby the Bo of There are two Sacraments ordained of Christ Christ is received and eaten in the Supper, is Faith. our Lord in the Gospel, that is to say, Baptismn, Christ's Ordinance reserved, carried about, lifted
The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was not by and the Supper of the Lord.
Those five commonly called Sacraments, that is up, or worshipped. to say, Confirmation, Penance, Orders, Matrimony, and Extreme Unction, are not to be counted for ART. XXIX. Of the Wicked, which eat not of the Sacraments of the Gospel, being such as bave
Body of Christ in the Use of the Lord's Supper. grown, partly of the corrupt following of the Aposdes, parily are states of life allowed by the Scrip- although they do carnally and visibly press with
The wicked, and such as be void of a lively faith, tures; bui yet have not like nature of Sacraments their teeth (as St. Augustine saith) the Sacrament with Baptism and the Lord's Supper, for that they of the Body and Blood of Christ ; yet in no wise have not any visible Sign or Ceremony ordained of God.
are they partakers of Christ; but rather to their
Condemnation do eat and drink the Sign or SacraThe Sacraments were not ordained of Christ to be gazed upon, or to be carried about, but that we
ment of so great a thing. should duly use them. And in such only as worthily
Art. XXX. Of both Kinds. receive the same, they have a wholesome effect or operation : but they that receive them unworthily, The Cup of the Lord is not to be denied to the purchase to themselves damnation, as St. Paul Lay-People : for both the parts of the Lord's Sasaith.
crament by Christ's Ordinance and Commandment,
ought to be ministered to all Christian men alike. ART. XXVI. Of the Unworthiness of the Ministers,
which hinders not the Effect of the Sacruments. ART. XXXI. Of the one Oblation of Christ finished Although in the visible Churct the evil be ever
upon the Cross. mingled with the good, and sometime the evil have
The offering of Christ once made, is that perfect chief authority in ihe ministration of the Word and redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction for all the Sacraments : yet, forasmuch as they do not the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; same in their own name, but in Christ's, and do min- and there is none other satisfaction for sin, but that ister by his Commission and Authority, we may use alone. Wherefore the Sacrifice of Masses, in which their Ministry, both in hearing the Word of God, it was commonly said, that the Priest did offer and in receiving the Sacraments. Neither is the Christ for the guick and the dead, to have remission effect of Christ's Ordinance taken away, by their of pain or guilt, were blasphemous fables, and danwickedness, nor the grace of God's gifts diminished from such, as by faith, and rightly, do receive the
gerous deceits. Sacraments ministered unto them, which be effectual, because of Christ's institution and promise, al
Art. XXXII. Of the Marriage of Priesls. shough they be ministered by evil men.
Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, are not comNevertheless, it appertaineth to the Discipline of manded by God's Law, either to vow the estate of the Church, that inquiry be made of evil Ministers, single li se, or lo abstain from Marriage: therefore an that they be accused by those that have know it is lawful for them, as for all other Christian men, ledge of their offences : and finally being found guil- to marry at their own discretion, as they shall judge ty, by just judgment, be deposed.
the same to serve better to godliness.