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if when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it
patiently'; but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye
take it patiently ; this is acceptable with God. For even
hereunto were ye called : because Christ also suffered for
us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps :
who did no fin, neither was guile found in his mouth.

The Gospel. St. Matt. xxi. 33.
HERE was a certain housholder, which planted a

vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a wine-press'in it, and builded a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.. Again he sent other servants, more than the first and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the fon, they said among themselves, This is the heir, come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and flew him. When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They fay unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

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After the Nicene Creed, shallsbe read, instead of the Sermon for that day, the first and second parts of the Homily against Disobedience and wilful Rebellion, set

forth by authority; or the Minister who officiates shall preach á Sermon of his own composing upon the same argument. I

[ In the Offertory shall this Sentence be read.


would that men should do unto you, even fo do unto them: for this is the law and the prophets. St. Matt. vii. 12.

the last murdered by them; though we cannot reflect upon to foul an act but with horror and astonishment, yer do we most gratefully commemorate the glories of thy grace, which chen hined forth in thine Anoited; whom ikou walt pleafed, even at the hour of death, to endue with an eminent measure of exemplary patience, meekness, and charity, before the face of his cruel enemies. And albeit thou didst suffer them to proceed to fuch an height of violence, as to kill him, and to take poffeffion of his throne ; yet didst thou in great mercy preferve his Son, whofe right it was, and at length by a wonderful providence bring hiin back, and fet him thereon, to restore thy prue Religion, and to: fetile peace amongst us: for these phy great mercies we glorify thy Name, through Jesus, Chrilt our blessed Saviour. Amen. Immediately ofter the Calleci (Lighten our darkness, sc.)

shall these three next following be used. 1! O Lord, we befeech chce, &c.

O moft mighty God, and merciful Father, &c.
Turn thou us, O good Lord, and fo, i'c.

As before at Morning Prayer.
Immediately before the Prayer of St. Chryfoftom, skall

tbis Collect, which next followeth, be used., LMIGHTY and everlasting God, whofe righreousa

ness is like the strong mountains, and thy judgments like the great deep; and who, by that barbarous murder, as on this day committed upon the facred Perfon of thine Anointed, haft taught us, that neither the greatest of Kings, nor the best of men, are more fecure from violence than from natural death : Teach us alfo hereby fo to nuinber our days, that we may apply our hearts utiio wifdom. And grant that neither the splendour of 20y thing that is great, nor the conceit of any thing that is good in us, may withdraw our eyes from looking upon ourselves as finful dust and alhes; but that, according to the example of this thy blessed Martyr, we may prefs fortward to ihe prize of the high calling that is before us, in :." and patience, humility and meekness, mortification

and self-denial, charity and constant perseverance unto the end; and all this for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ his fake: to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be ali honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

A Form of Prayer,

WITH : THANKSGIVING TO ALMIGHTY GOD. For having put an End to the Great Rebellion, by the

Restitution of the King and Royal Family, and the Restoration of the Government after many years interruption : which unspeakable mercies were wonderfully cumpleted upon the Tiwenty-ninth of May, in the year 1660. And in memory thereof, that day in every year is, by Act of Parliament, appointed to be for ever kepe holy.

The A&t of Parliament made in the twelfth, and cofirmed in the thirteenth year of King Charles The Second, for the observation of the Twenty-ninth Day of May yearly, as a day of public Thanksgiving, is to be readabLicly in all Churches at Morning Prayer, inmediately after the Nicene Creed, on the Lord's Day next before everg Juch Twenty-ninth of May, and notice to be given for the due observation of the faid day.

A form of prayer, &c) In the sessions 1660, an Act was passed for a petpetual anniversary thanksgiving for his Majesty's happy restoration; upom which occasion the bishops were commanded to draw up a suitable form of prayer. This form, however, was afterwards altered, and some objectionable pallages expunged, such as the following : “ We befeech thee to give us grace to remember and provide for our latter end, by a careful and studious imitation of this thy blessed faint and martyr, and all other thy faints and martyrs that have gone before us; that we may be made worthy to receive the benefit by their prayers, which they, in communion with thy church catholic, offer up unto thee for that part of it here militant, and yet in fight with, and danger from the flesh.”

Said day) In the same manner the Ad for the observation of the Fifth of November is appointed to be read, by that Ad itself, publicly in the Church after morning prayer or preaching, on the faid day. And yet it is remarkable, that both these acts, together with the act for the thirtieth

The Service fhall be the same wit the 25 Ofe for Holy-days, except where it is in this face szarje appointed.

If this day shall happen to be Ascension-day or Whidupday, the Collects of this office are to be added to the critices of these Festivals in their proper places: If it be Monday or Tuesday in Whitson-week, or Trinity Sunday, ike proper Psalms anpointed for this day, injtead of those of ordinary course, shall be also used, and the Colieas added as before ; and in all these cases the rest of this cffice fliall be omitted : But if it shall happen to be any orker Sunday, this whole office shall be ujed, as it followeth, entirely. And what festival soever fhall happen to fall upon this solemn day of Thanksgiving, ihe following Hymi, appointed instead of Venite, exultemus, shall be corJiantly ufed.

| Morning Prayer fiall begin with these sentences.
"O the Lord our God belong mercies and forgive.

nesses, though we have rebelled against him : neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us. Dan, ix. 9, 10.

It is of the Lord's mercies that we were not consumed: because his compassions fail not. Lam. iii. 22.

of January, appoint these several days to be folemnly observed, and both fuppose and enact that proper prayers and praises shall be used on those days; yet not one of them provides for or establishes any office for the ufe of either one or other of the faid days : nor have our kings, by whose order and directions alone these several offices are printed and annexed to the Book of Common Prayer, and appointed to be used on their respective days, any power or authority inverted in them by King Charles Ild's Ad of Uniformity, to establish or enjoin any other form than what is provided in the Book of Common Prayer, or to do any thing else in relation to that book, than to alter and change from time to time the names of the king, queen, and royal progeny. So that it might be very well questioned whether these or any other occasional offices, put out by the same order, could fafely be used, were it not for the general connivance, or rather concurrence, of the two other parts of the legislative authority, the Lords and Commons, who, if fitting, are always present at the performance of fuch offices, and frequently address the king to order them.

Instead of Venite, exultemus, fhall be faid or sung this
Hymn following ; one verse by the Prieft, and another by the

Clerk and People.

Y song shall be alway of the loving-kindness of the

Lord: with my inouth will I ever be shewing forth his truth from one generation to another. Psalm lxxxix. 1.

The merciful and gracious Lord hath so done his marveldows works : that they ought to be had in remembrance. Psalm csi. 4.

Who can express the noble acts of the Lord : or thew forth all his praise? Psalm cvi. 2.

The works of the Lord are great: foughé out of all their that have pleasure therein. Pfalm cxi. 2.

The Lord setteth up the meek: and bringeth the _ungodly down to the ground. Psalm cxlvii. 6.

The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment : for all them that are oppressed with wrong. Pfalm ciii

. 6. For he will not always be chiding: neither keepech he his anger for ever. ver. 9.

He hath not dealt with us after our fins : nor rewarded us according to our wickednesses. ver. 10.

For look how high the heaven is in comparison of the earth : so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. ver. II.

Yea, like as a father pitieth his own children : even fo is the Lord merciful unto them that fear him. ver. 13.

Thou, O God, hast proved us : thou also hast tried us, even as silver is tried. Pfalm Ixvi. 9.

Thou sufferedt men to ride over our heads, we weni through fire and water : but thou hast brought us out into a wealthy place. ver. 11.

Oh, how great troubles and adversities halt thou shewed us! and yet dialt thou turn and refresh us : yea, and broughtest us from the deep of the earth again. Psalm Ixxi. 18.

Thou didst remember us in our low estate, and redeem us from our enemies : for thy mercy endureth for ever. Pfalm

cxxxvi. 23, 24

This hymn] This was framed anew in the reign of James. II.

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