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in this [Doll Function] We pray, that it may please thee [to give] large measures of [the grace] to fanctifie their hearts, [and] to send great success by thy [heavenly Benediction on their endeavours, [that both by] the Holiness of [their life, and] the truth of their [Doctrine,] many may be drawn to imitate their Example, and believe thy Gospel, that thereby [thep may] answer the great end of their Calling, which is to [let forth thy Gloze,) and shew shy mercy towards poor Sinners, [and] withal to [let pozward] Souls in their way to Heaven in order to the Salvation of all men,] which thou desirel), and these may effect, if thou "please thus to bless them (through Jésus Chzit,] who bought thy Church ; we therefore beg it, and we hope thou wilt grant it, since he is [our Lord] and our Redeemer. [men.]

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The Second Prayer in Ember-week,

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Hese Ember-weeks do return so frequently,

that it is thought fit to add another Col. lect, for the help of those whose Devotions are apt to be allifted by variety. Yet since the Request is the same, the Sense is little different from the other, unless this may be thought most proper to be used after the Candidates have passed Examination, as the other is fittest to be used before. In other things they both agrec, the Method being almost the same, as the Analysis will declare : so that when we have considered that, qur Discourse on this shall be very brief.

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The Analysis of the Second Prayer.

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S.VIII.2 L mighty God, the giver of all good Gifts,

who of the divine Providence bat appotnted dibers Diders in the Church.]

The foundation of this Prayer is very firm, being laid upon two Places of Holy Scripture, for firft S. Jamesi, 17, afsureth us, that every good Gifts is from above, and cometb down from the Father of Lights ; and then S. Paul teacheth us, that He is the Author of those distinct Orders and Offices in his Church, for He gave fome A. poffles, some Prophets, Some Evangelists, fome Pajtors and Teachers, Epheliv.2. No humane Policy did invent these different places, but God himself foresaw it would be necessary in the Church , as well as in all other Socie

That some thould be fuperiors as the Apostles and Bishops, some inferiors, as Priests and Deacons. Some in this Body were to act as the Head, some as the Hands, fome as the Feet; 'yet every one doth serve as well to the beauty as the conveniency of the whole : So that we have good ground to hope, that God will hear this requelt, for he appointed the Offices, and he gives different gifts to fit men for the discharge of them for to one is given the word of wisdom, to another the Word of Knowo ledg by the same Spirit, &c. 1 Cor.xii. 8. The gifts of Learning and Elocution, of prudence and courage,

of devotion and piety do all come from the hand of God; whatever place any man hath in the Church, it is of God's appointing, and whatever abilities any man hath to discharge his duty therein, it is by the Gift of God: Buc by gifts in this place, we may understand not only the Qualifications, but the very Orders themselves i for Ecclefiaftical Offices are called Gifts by S. Paul ,

where

where he faith, that Christ at his Ascension,gave gifts temes to men, to fome Apostles, &c. Ephef.iv.8.11. And Justinian calls the Priesthood one of the greatest Gifts, which ever God gave unto men. in Authentic. However we interpret , this is sure that the Church is the Houfe of the living God, 1 Tim.iii.15. And as every man expects the power to appoint to all in his own Family their several places, so we may well allow God to do in his; and when he hath set them in their proper place, we may justly intreat him to bless those who are his gift to us ; and 'tis very likely he will hear us in behalf of those whom he hath constituted, and as he hath called them, he will fit them.

S.IX.BJbe the grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all

those, who are to be called to any Difice, 02 somtntttration in the same, and so replentch them with the Truth of the Doctrine, and endue them with innocency of Life.

Amongst all the Gifts of God, the best and noblest is his Gzace, without which all other gifts are abused to pride or other evil purposes: Grace is requisite for all, but chiefly necessary for those, who are to instill grace into others: S.Paul faith he was made a Minister by the Gift of the grace of God, Eph.iii.7. And in the Greek Forms the Bishop faith when he ordaineth any, the divine Grace promoteth thee; (1) 'EvEcuesa yea they do particularly pray for &ν υπέρ αυτέ, ίνα the Ordained, that the Grace of Enging Érdutöv ü the most holy Spirit might come χάρις τε παναγία upon them (1). And we beg the mysúvat Euch. fame for all Orders among us, and for every person in those Orders, because none of them can please God or profit others without it. Whether therefore they be called to be Priests, which is here

understood

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