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When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death: thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God: in the Glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come: to be our Judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants: whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy Saints; in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save thy people: and bless thine heritage.
And we worship thy Name: ever world without end.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted: let me never be confounded.
73. According to whose exhortation do we praise God and acknowledge Him to be the Lord ?
According to David's exhortation in Psalm cxxxv. 3, "Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good: sing praises unto his name, for it is pleasant."
74. In what psalm does David exhort all the earth to worship God? In Psalm xcviii. 4: "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all the earth; make a loud noise, and rejoice and sing praise."
75. Where are the cherubin, and seraphin, and all the angelic host, represented as praising God?
In Isaiah vi. 2, 3: "Above it stood the seraphims; and one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory."
76. Where are the glorious company of the Apostles represented praising God?
In Acts iv. 24: "They lifted up their voices to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is."
77. How do the goodly fellowship of the prophets praise God? "To him give all the prophets witness." (Acts x. 43.)
78. Where are the noble army of martyrs said to praise God? In Revelation vii. 15: "They are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple."
79. Shew that the holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge God the Father of an infinite Majesty ?
Thy saints shall bless thee; they shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power to make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of thy kingdom." (Ps. cxlv. 10, 11, 12.)
80. Shew that the Church acknowledges God's honourable, true, and only Son.
Every member of the Church says in the Creed, "I believe in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord." "All men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father." (John v. 23.)
81. Shew that the Church acknowledges also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.
Every member of the Church says in the Creed, "I believe in the Holy Ghost." "The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father shall send in my name, he shall teach you all things." (John xiv. 26.)
82. Why is Christ called the King of Glory?
According to that expression of St. James (ii. 1), "Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory."
83. Shew that He is the Everlasting Son of the Father.
"Unto us a son is given, and his name shall be called the everlasting Father, the Prince of peace." (Isa. ix. 6.)
84. Shew that Christ was born of a pure virgin.
"Then Joseph, being raised from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife (the Virgin Mary), and knew her not till she had brought forth her first-born son; and she called his name Jesus." (Matt. i. 24, 25.)
85. Shew that when He had overcome the sharpness of death, He opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life." (John iii. 36.)
86. Shew that He sitteth at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father.
"He was received up into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God." (Matt. xvi. 19.)
87. Prove that He will come to be our Judge.
"He was ordained of God to be a judge of quick and dead." (Acts x. 42.)
88. With whom do we pray that we, Christ's servants, whom He hath redeemed with his most precious blood, may be numbered?
With his saints in glory everlasting. "After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands." (Rev. vii. 9.)
89. Where are the words "O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage, govern them, and lift them up for ever," to be found?
In Psalm xxviii. 9.
90. Where are the words "day by day we magnify thee, and we worship thy name ever world without end," taken from?
They correspond with Psalm cxlv. 2: "Every day will I bless thee, and I will praise thy name for ever and ever."
91. What do we pray God to keep us without?
Without sin. "Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins, lest they get the dominion over me." (Ps. xix. 13.)
92. What reason have we to hope that if we put our trust in God we shall never be confounded?
Because, "Our fathers trusted in thee; they trusted, and thou
didst deliver them; they cried unto thee, and were delivered; they trusted in thee, and were not confounded." (Ps. xxii. 4, 5.)
93. What is the canticle, " Benedicite omnia opera ?"
It is a paraphrase of Psalm cxlviii., and is an elegant summons to all God's works to praise Him, and invites all the children of men to unite in magnifying Him for ever.
94. What is the next part of the Church Service?
The Second Lesson, which is always taken from the New Testament; the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles being used in the Morning Service, and the Epistles in the Evening.
95. Why is the First Lesson from the Old, and the Second from the New Testament?
That we may hear the law first, and then the Gospel; the law being the Gospel foreshewed, and the Gospel the law fulfilled.
96. What are the hymns which follow the Second Lesson ?
The first is called "Benedictus," or "Blessed be the Lord," and is taken from Luke i. 68; the second, "Jubilate Deo," or, "O be joyful in the Lord," and is the 100th Psalm of David,
97. Repeat the next Rubric.
Then shall be sung or said the Apostles' Creed by the Minister and the people, standing: except only such days as the Creed of St. Athanasius is appointed to be read.
98. Why is this creed called the Apostles' Creed?
Though it cannot be traced to the Apostles themselves, yet it may be called Apostolic, because it contains the sum of the Apostles' doctrine; and the age of it is so great, that it must be dated from the very Apostolic times; and it has the highest claim to our assent, as it can be proved to be scriptural throughout.
99. Repeat the Apostles' Creed.
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; The third day he rose again from the dead, He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Catholick Church; The Communion of Saints; The forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting. Amen.
100. How many Articles of Faith does this Creed contain? Twelve; and the words "I believe" may very properly be repeated before each of them.
101. What is the first article of faith?
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
102. Shew upon what texts of Scripture this Article of the Creed is founded.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth :"There is none other God but one." (1 Cor. viii. 4.) "I ascend unto my Father and your Father." (John xx. 17.) "With God all things are possible." (Matt. xix. 26.) "In six days the Lord made heaven and earth." (Exod. xx. 11.)
103. Repeat the second article of belief.
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord.
104. Prove this from Scripture.
And in Jesus Christ-"Thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins." (Matt. i. 21.) His only Son-"God sent his only-begotten Son into the world." (1 John iv. 9.) Our Lord,-" My Lord and my God." (John xx. 28.)
105. Repeat the third article.
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary.
106. Prove this.
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,-" The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke i. 35.) Born of the Virgin Mary,—“ Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son." (Isa. viii. 14.)
107. Repeat the fourth article.
Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried, He descended into hell.
108. Prove this from Scripture.
Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried,—" And when they had bound him, they led him away to Pontius Pilate the governor, and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. Jesus, when he had cried with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost; and when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid him in his own new tomb." (Matt. xxvii. 2. 26. 50. 59, 60.) He descended into hell;— "What is it but that he first descended into the lower parts of the earth?" (Eph. iv. 9.)
109. Repeat the fifth article.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
110. Prove this from Scripture.
The third day he rose again,-" He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures." (1 Cor. xv. 4.)
111. Repeat the sixth article.
He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
112. Shew this from Scripture.
He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God,-" After the Lord had spoken unto them he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God." (Mark xvi. 19.)
113. Repeat the seventh article.
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. He shall come to judge the quick and the dead." It is he whom God hath ordained to be the judge of quick and dead." (Acts x. 42.) 114. Repeat the eighth article. I believe in the Holy Ghost.
115. Prove this.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;-"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." (Matt. xxviii. 19.)
116. Repeat the ninth article. The holy Catholick Church.
117. Why do you believe in this?
The holy Catholick Church;-Because he is the Head of the body, the Church." (Col. i. 18.)
118. Repeat the tenth article.
The forgiveness of sins.
119. Why do you believe in this?
The forgiveness of sins;-Because the Scripture describes Christ as the sacrifice "in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins." (Eph. i. 7.)
120. Repeat the eleventh article.
The Resurrection of the body.
it is said of Christ, "And
121. Why do you believe this?
The Resurrection of the body-Because Jesus Christ Himself says, "The hour is coming, in the which all that are in their graves shail hear his voice, and come forth; they that have done good unto the resurrection of life: and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation." (John v. 28, 29.)
122. Repeat the twelfth article of the Creed.
The life everlasting.
123. Why do you believe in this?
Because it is written, "Whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." (John iii. 16.)
124. Repeat the next Rubric, and short Litany which follows it.
The Lord be with you.
Answer. And with thy spirit.
¶ And after that, these Prayers following, all devoutly kneeling; the Minister first pronouncing with a loud voice,
125. Having then acknowledged our sins in confession, having set forth God's most worthy praise in the Psalms, having heard his most holy Word in the Lessons, having expressed our faith in the Creed, what are we now desired to do?
To ask those things which are requisite and necessary both for the body and the soul, in compliance with the exhortation made at the commencement of the service.
126. What does the verse "The Lord be with you," and the response "And with thy spirit," imply?
It shews the affectionate union and brotherly love existing between the minister and the people.
127. What are the other verses of the short Litany?