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PART

II.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

319

t6. That

whereas

orderly Conne&ion

of

Prayers, and

of

particular Petitions

and Expreffions,

together with

a

competent length

of

the Forms

ufed, are

tending

much to Edification, and to gain the reverence

of

People to them.

There

ap-

pears

to

us

too great

a

negle&

of

both,

of

this

Order, and

of

other

jufi

Laws,

of

Method.

Particularly.

a.

The

Colle&s are generally lhort,

many

of

them

confiiing

but

of

one, or at

moll two

Sentences

of Petition

; and thefe generally ufhered

in

with

a

repeated

mention of the Name and Attributes

of

God, and prefently concluding with the

Name andMerits

of

Chrift

;

whence

are

caufed

many unneceffary

Intercil

ons

and

Abruptions, which when many Petitions are to

be offered

at the

fame

time, are

neither

agreeable

to

Scriptural Examples,

nor

fuited to the

Gravity

and

Serioufihefs

of

that Holy

Duty.

2.

The

Prefaces

of

many

Colle&s

have

not

any clear and fpecialRefpeçt to the

following Petitions

;

and

particular Petitionsare

put

together, which have

not any

due Order, nor evident Conne&ion one with another, nor

fuitablenefs

with the

Occafions upon

which they are

ufed, but feem to have fallen

in rather

cafually,

than

from an orderly Contrivance.

It

is

defired,

that

inftead

of

chore

various Colleets,

there may

be one methodical

and

incite

form

of

Prayer compofed out

of many

of

them.

17.

That

whereas

the

publick

Liturgy

of

a

Church

Mould

in

reafon compre-

hend the

Summ

of

all

fuch Sins

as

are ordinarily to be

confeffed

in

Prayer

by the

Church,

and

of

fuch Petitions and Thankfgivings

as

are ordinarily

by

the Church

to

be

put up

to

God, and the

publick Catechifms

or

Syflems

of

Do&rine,

fhould

fummarily

comprehend

all

fuch Do&rines

as

are neceffary

to be believed, and thefe

explicitly

fee

down

:

The

prefent Liturgy

as

to

all thefefeems very defe&ive.

Particularly.

I. There

is

no

preparatory Prayer in our

Addrefs

to God

for Aflîfiance or Ac-

cepptance;

yet many

Colle&s

in the

midft

of

the Worship have little or nothing

cite.

z.

The

ConfefEon

is

very

defe&ive,

not

clearly expreffing original Sin,

nor

fuf-

ficiently

enumerating a&ual

Sins,

with their Aggravations; but confifting only

of

Generals

:

Whereas confeffion being

the Exercife

of

Repentance, ought to

be

more

particular.

;.

There

is

alfo a

great Defe&

as

to Inch Forms

of

publick Praife

and Thankfgi-

ving,

as

are fuitable toGofpel-worlhip.

4.

The

whole Body

of

the Common-Prayer

alío confifleels

very much

of

meer

Generals:

as,

(To bave

our Prayers

heard)

to be

kept

from

all

Evil,

and from

all Enemies,

and

all Adve

Jty,

that

sue

might

do God's

WiR;

without

any

mention

of

the

Particu-

lars

in which

thefe Generals

exilt.

y.

The Catechifn

is

defeetive

as

to many. neceffary Do&rines

of our Religion

;

fome even

of

the EJfential

of

Chriftianity not mentioned except in the Creed, and

there not

fo explicite

as

ought to

be

in

a

Catechifm.

18. Besaufe this

Liturgy containeth the Impofition

of

divers Ceremonies which

from

the

firft

Reformation

have by

fundry learned and

pious

Men

been judged un-

warrantable,

as

u.

That

Publick Worfhip may

not

be celebrated by any

Minuter that

dare

not

wear

a Surplefi.

z.

That

none

may baptife,

nor

be

baptifed, without

the

tranfient Image

of

the

Crois,

which hath at leaf/ the Semblance

of

a

Sacrament

of

human

Inititution,

be.

ing

ufed

as

an ingaging Sign

in

our

firft and folemn

Covenanting with

Chrift,

and

the Dutieswhereunto

we are really obliged by Baptifm, being more exprefly fixed

to

that airy

Sign

than to

this

holy Sacrament.

;.

That

none may

receive

the

Lord's Supper

that

dare not

kneel

in the

alt of

re-

ceiving; but the Minifter inuit

exclude

all

fach from

the Communion

:

although

fuch kneeling not only

differs

from the

pra&ice

of

Chrilt

and

of

his

Apollles,

but

(at

leali on the Lord's

Day)

is

contrary to the pra&ice of the Catholick Church for

many hundred Years after, and forbidden by the moll

venerable Councils

that

ever

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