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Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Waters, that be above the firmament, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O all ye Powers of the Lord, bless ye the Lord : praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Sun and Moon, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Stars of Heaven, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Showers and Dew, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Winds of God, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Fire and Heat, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Winter and Summer, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Dews and Frosts, bless ye the Lord : praise him, and magnify him for ever.

0 ye Frost and Cold, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Ice and Snow, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Nights and Days, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Light and Darkness, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Lightnings and Clouds, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

Olet the Earth bless the Lord: yea, let it praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Mountains and Hills, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O all ye Green Things upon the Earth, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Wells, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Seas and Floods, bless ye the Lord : praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Whales, and all that move in the waters, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O all ye Fowls of the air, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O all ye Beasts and Cattle, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Children of Men, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O let Israel bless the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Spirits and Souls of the Righteous, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye holy and humble Men of heart, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O Ananias, Azarias, and Misael («), bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

Glory be to the Father, &c.

As it was in the beginning, &c.

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IN THE EVENING SERVICE, either

The Song of the blessed Virgin Mary, (after the Annunciation, that she should be the Mother of the Messiah.)

Luke i. 46.

Jviy soul doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

47 For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his handmaiden.

48 For, behold, from henceforth: all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his Name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him: throughout all generations.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath exalted the humble and meek.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He remembering his mercy, hath holpen his servant Israel: as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.

Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.

Or else this Psalm; except it be on the Nineteenth Day of the Month, when it is read in the ordinary course of the Psalms.

Psalm xcviii. (0) O Sing unto the Lord a new song: for he hath done marvellous things.

2 With his own right hand, and with his holy arm: hath he gotten himself the victory.

3 The Lord declared (p) his salvation: his (y) righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

4 He hath remembered his mercy and truth toward the house of Israel: and all the ends of the world have seen the salvation of* our God.

5 Shew yourselves joyful unto the Lord, all ye lands: sing, rejoice, and give thanks.

6 Praise the Lord upon the harp: sing to the harp with a psalm of thanksgiving.

7 With trumpets also and shawms: O shew yourselves joyful before the Lord the King.

8 Let the sea(r) make a noise, and all that therein is: the round world, and they that dwell therein.

9 Let the floods clap their hands, and let the hills be joyful together before the Lord: for he cometh to judge the earth.

10 With righteousness shall he

(o) A spirited triumphal Hymn, upon some signal instance of God's assistance. Dr. Hammond thinks it an abridgment of the Song of Moses, in Exod. xv. after the destruction of the Egyptians, about 1490 years before our Saviour's birth, which is much earlier than any heathen composition now in being. The note in D'Oyly and Mant is, " The Prophet, transported by "the Spirit into the times of the Messiah, "speaks in this Psalm of the great De"liverance, as already effected."

(p) v. 3. " Declared his salvation," i. e.

"demonstrated the assistance he could

"g>ve."

(q) v. 3. " His righteousness," i. e. "in "protecting those who trust in him;" or "(D. & M. from Poole), his faithfulness "in accomplishing his great Promise of "sending the Messiah."

(r) 0.8. " Let the sea, &c." Highly poetical to call upon the inanimate parts of the creation to join in praising God. Similar instances occur Ps. xcvi. 11. and Ps. cxlviii. 3, 4, &c. and see Ps. lxv. 14.

judge the world: and the people with equity.

Glory be to the Father, &c.

As it was in the beginning, &c.

Then shall be read the Second Lesson, taken out of the New Testament. And after that, IN THE MORNING SERVICE,

The Hymn following; except when that shall happen to be read in the Chapter for the Day, or for the Gospel on Saint John Baptist's Day.

Luke i. 68. (s)

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: for he hath visited and redeemed his people;

69 And hath raised up a mighty (/) salvation for us: in the (u) house of Ins servant David;

70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets: which have been since the world began;

71 That we should be saved from our (#) enemies: and from the hand of all that hate us;

72 To perform the (y) mercy promised to our forefathers: and to remember his holy covenant;

73 To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham: that he would give us;

74 That we being delivered out of the hand of our (.r) enemies: might serve him without fear,

75 In holiness and righteousness before him: all the days of our life.

76 And thou, Child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest; for thou shalt go(*) before the

(1) The Hymn of Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, on the circumcision of his son. It occurs again in the Gospel for St. John the Baptist's day. Post.

{t) 0.69. "Mighty," or rather "Horn of." So B. T." Horn' signifies a kingdom, denoting strength and exaltation. Kidder 16.

(k) 5.69. " House," i. e. " family." The Messiah was to be of the lineage of David. Jer. xxiii. 5. post, —" Behold the days "come, saith the Lord, that I will raise "onto David a righteous Branch; and a '• King shall reign and prosper, and shall "execute judgment and justice in the "earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, "and Israel shall dwell safely. And this "i» the name whereby he shall be called, "the Lord (Hebr. Jehovah) ourRighteous"ness." See also Jer. xxx. 8,9. One of the common appellations of our Saviour, accordingly, was " the Son of David."

(*) f.71. 74. "Enemies," i.e. " Satan "and our spiritual enemies." Kidder 18. (y) c.72,73. Immediately after the Fall, God promised that " the Seed of the "woman should bruise the Serpent's "head," (Gen. iii. 15.) intimating, (though obscurely, and in a manner probably not then distinctly understood,) that some future descendant of Eve should so far destroy the effect of Adam's disobedience, u to give mankind the chance of complete

forgiveness and eternal life. And when Abraham so far obeyed God's commandment as to take the knife to sacrifice his only son to God, God swore by himself, as a reward for his obedience, that " in his "(Abraham's) seed should all the nations "of the earth be blessed." See Gen. xxii. 10. to 18. God had made him the like promise before, Gen. xii. 3. See post, 69. note on Mai. iii. 1.

(z) v. 76. "Go before." It was to John the Baptist that Isaiah refers in ch. xl. 3. "The voice of him that crieth in the "wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the "Lord, (Hebr. Jehovah,) &c." And he is the messenger to whom Malachi refers, ch. iii. 1. "Behold I will send my messen"ger, and he shall prepare the way before "me; and the Lord (Hebr. Adonai, not "Jehovah,) whom ye seek (i. e. the Mes"siah) shall suddenly come to his temple, "&c." Mai. iv. 5, 6. gives him the appellation of Elijah the prophet, from the correspondence of their characters, and describes his office to be, " to turn the heart "of the fathers to their children, and the "heart of the children to their fathers," to produce peace, and unanimity. This was to be his mode of preparing a way for the Messiah, by correcting the minds and dispositions of the people. See post, 36. note on Matt.xi. 10.

face of the (a) Lord to prepare his ways;

77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people: for the remission of their sins,

78 Through the tender mercy of our God: whereby the (6) Dayspring from on high hath visited us;

79 To give (c)light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: and to(c?) guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.

Or this Psalm.

Psalm c. (e)

O Be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands: serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song.

2 Be ye sure that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us and not we ourselves: we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

3 O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.

4 For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting: and his truth endureth from generation to generation.

Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.

IN THE EVENING SERVICE,

either

The Song of Simeon, (upon his seeing the Infant Jesus;)

Luke ii. 29.

Lord, now (g) lettest thou thy servant depart in peace: according to thy word.

30 For mine eyes have seen: thy (A) salvation.

31 Which thou hast prepared: before the face of all people;

32 To be a (i) light to lighten

(a) t>.76. "The Lord," i.e. " Christ." And yet according to Is. xl. 3. it was the way of Jehovah he was to prepare: the person therefore here called "the Lord" is there called "Jehovah." See Bellarmine de Christo, lib. i. c. 7. p. 315.

(b) v. 78. "Day-spring." He is called, Mai. iv. 2. "The Sun of Righteousness, "with healing in his wings."

(c) v. 79. " To give light, &c." Isaiah, speaking prophetically of the times of the Messiah, says, " the people that walked in "darkness have seen a great light; they "that dwell in the Land of the Shadow of "Death, upon them hath the light shined." Isaiah ix. 2.

(d) t>. 79. " To guide, &c." This was to be the nature of his office, not (as the Jews expected) to lead them to temporal honours. According to Isaiah xi. 5. "Righteousness was to be the girdle of "his loins.'' In Isaiah ix. 6. he is called "the Prince of Peace." And when Haggai

foretels his coming to the temple they were then building, he says, " In this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts. Haggai ii. 9." Part of the song of the heavenly host on our Saviour's birth was, "on earth peace." And one of the peculiarities of Christianity is, that it inculcates meekness, forbearance, forgiveness of injuries, and whatever has a tendency to prevent or terminate dissension.

(e) A Hymn, supposed to be used by the Priest, at the sacrifice of such peace offerings as were by way of thanksgiving. See Levit.vii. 11, 12.

(g) v. 29. "Now, &c." It had been " re"vealed to him by the Holy Ghost, that "he should not see death before he had "seen the Lord's Christ. Luke ii. 26."

(h) v.30." Salvation." Thename " Jesus" was given him, because he was to save his people from their sins. Matt. i. 21.

(»') v. 32. " A light." See note, p. 8. on v. 78, 79.

the (£) Gentiles: and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, &c.

As it was in the beginning, &c.

Or else this Psalm; except it be on the Twelfth Day of the Month.

Psalm lxvii. (/) God be merciful unto us, and bless us: and shew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us;

2 That thy (m) way may be known upon earth: thy saving health among all nations.

3 Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the people praise thee.

4 O let the nations rejoice and be glad: for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.

5 Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the people praise thee.

6 Then shall the earth bring forth her increase : and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.

7 God shall bless us: and all the ends of the world shall fear him.

Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.

Then shall be sung or said the (n) Apostle's
Creed by the Minister and the People
standing: except only such days in the
Morning Service as the Creed of Saint
Athanasius it appointed to be read.

I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell (o); The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended

(i) v. 32. "The Gentiles." The appellation for all who were not Jews. The promises to Abraham and Isaac were, th«t in their seed, (not the Jews only, but) all the Tuitions of the earth, should be

blessed. See Gen. xii. 3.—xviii. 18

m'L 18.—xxvi. 4.—and xxviii. 14.

(/) A prayer for peculiar blessings upon the Jews, to the end that other nations might be convinced that their God is the only true God, and so be brought in to worship him.

(m) v.2. " That thy way, &c." That by seeing how thy servants are rewarded, all nations may turn to thee. See Ps. vii. 7. —Ps.xxxii.7.—Ps.li. 13.

(b) "Apostles' Creed." It is not to be understood that this Creed was framed by the Apostles, or indeed that it existed at a Creed in their time. Before the year 600 it was no more than this, "I be"lieve in God the Father Almighty: and *- in Jesus Christ his only begotten Son, "our Lord; who was born of the Holy •* Ghost and Virgin Mary, and was cruci"fied under Pontius Pilate, and was "buried, and the third day rose again "from the dead, ascended into Heaven, - «tteth on the right hand of the Father,

"whence he shall come to judge the "quick and the dead; and in the Holy "Ghost, the Holy Church, the remission "of sins, and the resurrection of the flesh. "Amen." Anon, on Athanasian Creed, 102. cites Bingham orig. Eccl. B. 10. c. 4. s. 12. fol. ed. p. 450. and see Pearson on the Creed, <7. 157. 181. 225. 334. 351. 371. 389. How long that form had existed is not exactly known. The additions were probably made in opposition to particular heresies and errors of after times, (o) " Hell," not the place of torment, but that of the departed spirits; and (in this passage,) that portion of it which was allotted to the good: what our Saviour, when upon the cross, called " Paradise:" —" To-day shalt thou be with me in Para"dise. Luke xxiii. 42." — 1 Bp. Horsley's Sermons, 387. to 398. and Horsley on Hosea, 46. "Hell" is considered as a Saxon word, from "hillan" or "helan" to hide, or from "holl" a cavern, and antiently denoted the unseen place of the dead. Parkh. Hebr. Lexicon, 709.. It formerly signified no more than the grave.' Kennett's Paroch. Antiq. 51. See Ps. xvi. 11. Ps. lxxxviii. 2. Ps. cxvi. 8.

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