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The

E

P

E E

of

the

!ABA

The

Exceptions

again

the

Common

-

Prayer

which

Z

offered

the

Brethren

when

they

were

drawing

.up

theirs.

The

Common-

Prayer

Boolt,

is

guilty

of

great

Defetc;fivenefs,

order

and

vain

Repetitions; and

therefore

unfit to

be

the

com-

mon

impofed

Frame

of

Wor,

fhip

to

the God of Order,

without

Amendment, when

we

may

do

it

I.

R D

DR

requireth that

we begin

with Reverent Prayer to God,

for

his

Afíifìance and Acceptance, which

is

not

done.

2.

That

the

Creed and Decalogue,containing the

Faith,in which

we profefsto

af-

femble

for God's Worfhip, and

the

Law which

we have broken

by our

Sins,

Ihould

go before the Confeßìon and Abfolution

;

or

at leaft before the Praifès

of

the

Church

;

which they

do not.

g.

The

Confaifion omitteth

not

only

Original

Sin,

but all a&ual

Sin

as

t

ccifed

by the particular Commandments

violated;

and

almoft all

the Aggravatious

of

thofe

Sins; and

inflead thereof, it

containeth

only the repeated Confefiìon,

that

[

we have erred

and grayed

from

God's

ways:

That

we have

followed the

Devito

and

Defirés

of

our

Hearts

s

That

we have

offended

againft

bis

Laws

That

we

bave

left un-

done

chafe

things

that

we

ought to

have

done,

&o.]

which

is

but to fay,

[we

have finned

by

°Million

and

ommiion :3

Whereas

Confefflon

being

the

Expreffion

of

Repentance,

Mould be

more

particular,

as Repentance

it felf

should be.

4.

When

we have craved help for

God's Prayers,

before

we come to them,

we

abruptly put in the Petition

for fpeedy

Deliverance

[

O

God

snake fpeed to

lave

us

:

O Lord make

h

efte

to help

us.

]

without any Intimation

of

the Danger

that

wb defire

deliverance

from;

and without any other

Petition

conjoined.

5.

It

is

dilorderly in the

Manner,

to

frog

the Scripture

in

a

plain

Tune

after

the

manner

of

reading.

6.

[The

Lord

be

with

you.

And with

thy

Spirit]

being

Petitions for Divine

Al:

fiífance,

come in

abruptly, in the midit or near the

end of

Morning

Prayer:

And

[

Let

us

Pray]

is

adjoined when we were before in Prayer.

7. Lord have

Mercy

upon

as

s

Chrift have

Mercy

upon

m

:

Lord have

Mercy

upon

ea]

Lemeth

an affe&ed

Tautologie, without any

fpecial Caufe,

or Order here: And

the

Lord's Prayer

is

annexed that

was

before recited

:

And yet

the

next

Words am

again but

a

Repetition

of

the

forefaid

oft repeated General

[

O

Lord

f

eew

thy

Mer-

cy upon

us.]

g.

The

Prayer

for

the King

[0

Lord

fave

the

Ring]

is

without

any

Order

put

between the

forefaid

Petition,

and

another General

Regal}

only for

Audience

[

And

mercifully hear

en

when we

call upon

thee]

9.

The

fèeond Colle&

is

intitled

Lila.

Peace] and hath

not

a

Word

in

it

of

Pe-

tition

for

Peace,

but

only for

[Defence in Affaalts

of

Enemies,

and

that

we

may

not

fear

their

Power.] And the Prefaces [In

knowledge

of

whom /tandetb

our eternal Life,

and

wbefe

Service

is perfe

d Freedom]

have

no

more evident refpeet to

a

Petition for

[

Peace]

than to any other.

And the Prayer it felf

comes

in

diforderly, while

ma-

ny

Prayers or Petitions

are omitted, which according both to the

method of

the

Lard's

Prayer,

and the

Nature

of

the

things, fhould go

before.

re.

The third Collett

intituled

[

[sr

Grace]

is

diforderly, in

that it

followeth

bat

for

Peace;

which

belongs

to the

lait

Petition

of

the

Lord's Prayer

;

and in

that

in

the Conclufion

of Morning Prayer,

we begin to

beg

the

Meicies

for

the Day.

And

it

is

defeltive,

in that it

is

but

a

General

Requeft for defence from

Sin and Dan-

ger.

And

thus

the

main parts

of

Prayer, according to the Rule

of the

Lord's

Pray-

er;

and our common

Necellities

are omitted,

as

may be

feen

by comparing

oser

Forms

with

thefe.

rr.

MO

of our

Neceflities are paffed over

in

the

like defebtive Generals

alfo

in

the

Evening

Prayer.

la.

The

Letany,

which

fhould

contain

all

the ordinary

Petitions

of

the

Church,

emitteth

very

niany particulars,

as

may appear in our

offered

Forms

compaleh