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31.°

The

LIFE

of

the

L

I

B.

I.

us,

and

ffseedily

deliver

as,

who

through oar

fm and

wsckedn

j

are

fire

let

and

hindered

1

without acquainting

us

what

the

wickednefs or

the Jett

is

which

is

meant.

The

Prayer on Chriftmas

-day

determineth that ChriB

was born

as

on that

day,

when the world of learned

Men

are

not

agreed

of

the Month or Year,

much

ids

the Day

:

And the

fame

Prayer

is

appointed for

divers days after

:

fo

that

if

by

i

day]

is

meant any

other

fpace

of

time than

a

Natural Day

,

then

it

is

no

fitter for

Chriitmasday than

another.

If

it

mean

a

Natural Day, then it

is

an untruth

on

the following

days,

in the

fence

of

the

Impofers.

The

Collect on

Se.

Stephen's

day

bath but one Petition.

That

on

St.'obn's

day

path nothing in it proper to

him

in the

reafon

of

it.

That

the

Jews .Children are

called

Innocents,

that

were two years old

; and that

they are

faid

to

confefs

drift

by

dying, and

fo muff

have a

Holy -day, when

they

confeffed

him

but objectively

as

Sacrifices

did

;

that hence

we take occafion

to

pray

for

the killing

of

Vices

in

us,

that our

Lives

may exprefsour Faith;

is

partly

uncer-

tainty (at the heft)

and partly incoherence.

The

Colle& for the

Epiphany

bath no Petition, but one,

for [the fruition of

thegls.

rioas Godhead after this

L].

The Coiled

for the

firft

Sunday after the

Epiphany is

o more

pertinent to

that

day than

to

another;

and

is

only for the Generals

[tthe

bearing

of

am

Prayers,

the

knowing

our duty

and

doing

it].

That

for

the fecond

Sunday after

Epiphany is

no more

pertinent,

and

is

only

for

audience

and

peace.

That

on the third Sunday after the

Epiphany is

no

more pertinent

;

and hath no-

thing

but in General, that

Godwin

look

apon our Infirmities,

and

help us

in all

dangers

and

necefties.

The

fame

is

to

be faid

of that

for

the

fourth Sunday after

Epiphany,

which

is

on-

ly

for

[health

of

body

and foul

to

pa/and

overcome

Sufferings].

The

Colle& for the keeping

of

the Church in the

true Religion,

is

no

more per-

tinent

to the

fifth.

Sunday after the

Epiphany,

than to another

day.

The

Colle&

on

Septuagefsma

Sunday

is,

[that

we

that

are

juflly

punifbed

for

our of-

fences, may

be

mercifully

delivered

];

when

perhaps the

Church

is

tinder

no

fpecial

Punifhment

:

nor

is

there any reafon

for the

order

of

this

Prayer.

That

on the Sunday

called

Sexagefsma

hash

no

reafon

of

its location

or

order

there

:

and

bath no Petition but that

fo oft

repeated one,

to

be

[defendedagainfl

all

adverftty].

The Petition

for

Charity

on

Qaingnagefsma

Sunday

,

bath no

reafon for

difor-

der

;

not

for

appropriation

to

that day, but

fhould be

part

of

every days Re.

queito.

The

fame

is

to

be faid

of

the

Collet

on the

firft

day

of

Lent; which

alfo

un-

Ithndfomly faith,

that

[God

hateth nothing

that

he

bath made],

which

is

true only in

a

formal fence,

quâ

tales

;

For

be

batetb all

the works

of

iniquity,

Pfal.

S.

f

The

General Petitions

on

the

fecond Sunday in Lent, [to

keep

our

bodies

from ad-

ver/ty,

and

our fouls

from evil

thoughts]

have no reafonfor

their

order.

The

fame

is

true

of

that on the third

Sunday in

Lent,

which bath no

Petition,

but that

God

will

look upon our

defines,

andlretcbfortb

hi

right hand

to

be

our

defence

againJl

Enemies.

.

There

is

no

more reafon for that order of that on the fourth

Sunday in Lent,

which

is

only

a

Petition

[for

relief

to as

that

are worthily punifhed],

when perhaps

we

are underno

fpecial

Punilhment, but

in Profperity.

The

fame Ataxie

is

in that

on

the

fifth Sunday

in

Lent,

which

asketh

nothing

but

to

be [governed and

preferved evermore].

That

on the

Sunday before Eafler,

and

divers days

after,

giveth

no

reafon

of

Chrift's Incarnation

and

Death, but that [all

mankind

fhouldfollow the

example

of

his

humility],

and yet

mutt

be ufed

rather

then that on the fecond Sunday after

Ea:1hr,

which

in fewer words

conjoyneth

[both

a

Sacrifice

for

Sin, and

alfo

an

Enfample

of

Godly

Life].

The

firft

Colle& on

Good-

fryday

bath no Petition

-,

but that God

will

[

gracioufly

behold

this his

Family]

(

inconveniently

alló

expreffed;

the Pronoun [rbis]

feeming

plainly

to mean, that,particular

Congregation

;

which

is

not to

be called

God's

Fa-

mily,

but part

of

ir).

The

following Colleets for the

day are

good, but

have

no order

as

to their

loca-

tion,

Even