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this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. .
LITANY...... That it may please thee .... finally to beat down Satan under our feet.
General THANKSGIVING. Almighty God.... We bless thee for....., for the hope of glory.
COLLECT for the second Sunday in Advent.... . That by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
For St. Stephen's Day. Grant, O Lord, that in all our sufferings here upon earth, for the testimony of thy truth, we may steadfastly look up to heaven, and by faith behold the glory that shall be revealed.
For the Epiphany ...... Mercifully grant, that we, which know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead.
For the sixth Sunday after the Epiphany. O God, whose blessed Son was manifested, that he might destroy tbe works of the devil, and make us the sons of God, and heirs of eternal life ; grant us, we beseech thee, that having this hope, we may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto him in his eternal and glorious kingdom ;......
For Easter-Day. Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ, hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; ......
For the first Sunday after Easter. Almighty Father, who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justifica. tion;...
For the eleventh Sunday after Trinity ...... Mercifully grant unto us such a measure of thy grace, that we, running the way of thy commandments, may obtain thy gracious promises, and be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure;.......
For St. Peter's Day ......Make, we beseech thee, all bishops and pastors diligently to preach thy holy Word, and the people obediently to follow the same, that they may receive the crown of everlasting glory through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For All Saints' Day. O Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; grant us grace so to follow thy blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys, which thou hast prepared for them that unfeignedly love thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
COMMUNION. Nicene Creed ...... And I look for ...... the life of the world to come.
From the Thirtp-nine Articles,
ARTICLE XVII. .
Of Predestination and Election.
Predestination to life, is the everlasting purpose of God, whereby, before the foundations of the world were laid, he hath constantly decreed by his counsel, secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation, those whom he hath chosen in Christ out of mankind, and to bring them bý Christ to everlasting salvation, as vessels, made to honour, Wherefore, they which be endyed with so excellent a benefit of God, be called ancording to God's purpose by his Spirit working in due season : they through grace obey the cal. ling: they be justified freely : they be made sons of God by, adoption: they be made like the image of his only-begotten Son Jesus Christ: they walk religiously in good works : and at length, by God's mercy, they attain to everlasting felicity.
As the godly consideration of Predestination, and our Election in Christ, is full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to godly persons, and such as feel in themselves the working of the Spirit of Christ, mortifying the works of the flesh, and their earthly members, and drawing up
their mind to high and heavenly things; as well because it doth greatly establish and confirm their faith of eternal salvation, to be enjoyed through Christ ; as because it doth fervently kins dle their love towards God: so, for curious and carnal persons, lacking the Spirit of Christ, to have continually before their eyes the sentence of God's Predestination, is a most dangerous down. fall, whereby the devil doth thrust them either into desperation, or into wretchedness of most unclean living, no less perilous than desperation.,
Furthermore, we must receive God's promises in such wise, as they be generally set forth to us in Holy Scripture, and in our doings, that will of God is to be followed, which we have expressly declared unto us in the Word of God,
From the Homilies.
CRANMER'S CATECHISM. Fourthly, we must believe everlasting life. Wherefore it followeth in the Creed, “ I believe everlasting life;" that is to say, I believe, that when we shall rise from death, then we shall live ever with Christ in perfect holiness and justice, and in such a glorious joy, as no tongue can tell, nor heart think. And this treatise of the Creed we must end with this word, “Amen;" which is as much as to say, as, I believe all the articles of our belief, before rehearsed, be very true, and thereof I have a true faith, trust, and confidence. Therefore, good children, from the bottom of your hearts, you must believe in the Holy Ghost, which doth promise unto us remission of our sins, by all the true preachers and ministers of God's Word. And he doth also give light to our hearts and minds, and moveth us to believe God's Word, and to put our faith and trust in him. And the same Holy Ghost doth daily purify and sanctify us, purge and cleanse us from sin, and, after this bodily death, shall raise us again to everlasting life. And take this for a sure conclusion, and doubt nothing thereof, that the Holy Ghost, as he hath begun these things in us, so he will finish the same in us, it we obey him, and continue in faith unto the end of our lives : for he, that continueth unto the end shall be saved. And this is the sum, and also the most plain un. derstanding of this third part of the Creed, en. treating of our sanctification or hallowing: