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Here all fanding up, the Priest shall fay,
Anfw. The Lords Name be praised.
Then fhall be faid or fung this Pfalm following: Except on EasterDay, upon which another Anthem is appointed: and on the Nineteenth Day of every Month it is not to be read here, but in the ordinary courfe of the Pfalms.
Venite, exultemus Domino..
Come, let us fing unto the Lord: let us heartily rejoice in the ftrength of our falvation.
Let us come before his prefence with thanksgiving: and fhew ourselves glad in him with pfalms.
For the Lord is a great God: and a great King above all Gods.
In his hands are all the corners of the earth: and the strength of the hills is his alfo.
The fea is his, and he made it: and his hands prepared the 0 dry land.
O come, let us worship, and fall down: and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pafture, and the fheep of his hand.
Paraphrafe on VENITE, EXULTEMUS.
O come let us fing joyful Hymns of Praife to the Lord our Defender. Let us offer up to him the Sacrifice of Thanksgiving. For he is the God moft worthy to be praised, because he is fuperior to all that are called Gods. By him all Things confift, and are fupported in being. For by him they were all created. Come then let us alfo worship and pray to him as our Creator. For he is particularly our God: and we are under the continual protection of his Providence. Let us diligently
This ninety-fifth Pfalm has been properly termed the invitatory Pfalm, because it is calculated to all the Offices of divine Worship, 1ft to Thanksgiving, O come let us fing unto the Lord, &c. 2dly, to Prayer,
hearken to his Voice in the Holy Scriptures, wherein he exhorts us not to reject his instructions as the Ifraelites did in the Wilderness; when they murmured and rebelled against him notwithstanding the Miracles which he wrought in their favour. Forty years they provoked him by their Iniquities, infomuch that he declared they were fo obftinately hardened in Wickedness; that he abfolutely determined they fhould not enter into the Land of Canaan. All Glory and Praise be ascribed, &c. O come let us worship, &c. 3dly, hearing, to day if you will hear his voice, &c. It is therefore fitly placed before the Pfalms, which relate to all those.
To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts: as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness;
When your fathers tempted me: proved me, and faw my works. Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and faid: It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways:
* Unto whom I fware in my wrath: that they should not enter into my reft.
Glory be to the Father,
As it was in the beginning, &c.
Then fhall follow the Pfalms in order as they are appointed. And at the end of every Pfalm throughout the year, and likewife at the end of Benedicite, Benedictus, Magnificat, and Nunc dimittis, fhall be repeated,
Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.
Then follows the First Leffon.
E praise thee, O God: we acknowledge thee to be the
All the earth doth worship thee: the Father everlasting.
the TE DEUM.
The highest Orders of celestial Beings continually celebrate thy infinite Purity, and proclaim thee Lord of Armies-Both Heaven and Earth are full of thy glorious Majefty-The choir of the Apostles exalt thy
Paraphrafe on We praife, and confefs thee, O God, to be the only Lord of all Things-The whole Universe joins in acknowledging thee to be its eternal Creator-All Angels and heavenly Powers unite in loud Hallelujahs
Unto whom I fuvare, &c. This is a strong expreffion in the Eastern Language; which, tho' it may found harthly in an English Ear, fignifies only, that God fully determined that the Ifraelites, for their
Wickedness, fhould not enter into Canaan. For as God is a Spirit, fo neither parts nor paffions can be afcribed to him, any otherwife than metaphorically..
After the Pfalms follow the Leffons. For having (according to the Exhortation) fet forth God's most worthy Praife, we proceed to hear his most holy Word. And when the Soul has been exalted by acts of Praife,
it is the more awakened to pious Meditation opened to us in the Scriptures: and when delighted with beholding the wondrous Things of God's Law, it ea gerly returns to Thanksgiving.
§ Therefore after the firft Lefon, is properly appointed the Hymns Te Deum or the Benedicite. Thefe from their natural majefty and fublimity lift up the Mind, and fit it for attending to the higher Things revealed in the Gospel, which now in the fecond Lefon are read to the Congregation.
To thee all Angels cry aloud: the Heavens, and all the Powers therein."
+ To thee Cherubin, and Seraphin: continually do cry, Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God of Sabaoth.
Heaven and Earth are full of the Majesty: of thy Glory.
The holy Church throughout all the world: doth acknowledge thee.
Alfo the Holy Ghoft: the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory: O Christ.
Thou art the everlafting Son: of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver Man: thou didft not abhor the Virgin's Womb.
When thou haft overcome the sharpness of Death: thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all Believers.
The Father of an infinite Majefty:
Thou fitteft at the right Hand of God: in the Glory of the father. We believe that thou fhalt come: to be our Judge.
Paraphrafe on praife, who fhine as the Stars for ever and ever- The graceful affembly of the Prophets hymn' forth thy Glory-The illuftrious body of Martyrs magnify thee, who in witneffing thy Truth have been faithful unto Death Christ's univerfal Church profeffeth her Faith in thee the Father, whofe greatnefs is unbounded; in thy only begotten Son who is true, and highly to be reverenced; and in the Holy Spirit, whom thou fendeft to be the Comforter of thy People. Thou art our glorious King, O Chrift-Thou art the Son of God the Father, whofe Throne is for ever and ever.-Thou didst condefcend to be born of a poor Virgin, in order to our Redemption.-By thy Refurrection from Death thou hast given the affurance of eternal Life to all that truly believe in thee.-Thou art exalted to the right Hand of the Majefty on high, in the Glory which
+ To thee Cherubin, and Seraphin, &c. Thefe are fuppofed to be the highest Orders of Angels. The
thou hadst with the Father before the World was- -We
Name of the first fignifics Fullness of Knowledge the fecond, Burning, or Fervency of Affection.
We therefore pray thee help thy Servants: whom thou haft redeemed with thy precious Blood.
Make them to be numbred with thySaints: in Glory everlasting.
And we worship thy Name: ever World without end.
O Lord, in thee have I trufted: let me never be confounded. Then shall be read in like Manner the Second * Lesson, taken out of the New Teftament: And after that the Hymn following, &c. Benedictus. S. Luke 1. 68.
Leffed be the Lord God of Ifrael: for he hath vifited, and
And hath raised up a mighty falvation for us: in the house: of his Servant David;
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets which have been fince the world began;
That we fhould be faved from our enemies; and from the hands of all that hate us;
To perform the mercy promifed to our forefathers; and to remember his holy covenant ;
Paraphrafe on the BENEDICTUS.
Praised be God, for he hath redeemed his People by a mighty Saviour of the Lineage of David, which he foretold by his Prophets, even from the beginning of the World-declaring by them that we fhould be delivered from the Dominion of all our Enemies, in
The Second Leffon is chosen from the New Tefta ment, because it was the fecond in the courfe of Re
performance of that folemn promife which he made,
velation, and because in it the Law and Prophets are
To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham: that he would give us;
That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies: might ferve him without fear;
In holiness and righteousness before him: all the days of our life. And thou, Child, fhalt be called the Prophet of the Higheft: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of falvation unto his people: for the remiffion of their fins,
Through the tender mercy of our God: whereby the § Dayfpring from on high hath visited us ;
To give light to them that fit in darkness, and in the shadow of death and to guide our feet into the way of peace. Glory be to the Father, &c.
Or this Pfalm: Jubilate Deo. Pfalm 100.
Be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands: ferve the Lord with gladnefs, and come before his presence with a song. Be ye fure 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 hispasture.
O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and fpeak good of
For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting: and his truth endureth from generation to generation.
Paraphrafe on the BENEDICTUS.
thou shalt go forth before the Saviour of the World,
The Day-fpring from on high. Juftly doth this Title as well as that of the Sun of Righteoufnefs belong to our Saviour. For as the whole Creation after being hid in Darkness, is refreshed, and enlivened by the cheering Rays of the Morning Light; and as the
Paraphrafe on the 100th PSALM.
O all Nations fing joyful Hymns to Jehovah. For he most affuredly is our God: fince he alone hath created us, and continually fupports us by his Providence-Go therefore and publickly praife him, and acknowledge his goodness towards you in his holy Temple. For his kindness towards you never ceafeth: and his promifes never fail to the moft diftant Generations. All Glory and Praife, &c.
Traveller is thereby enabled to purfue his journey with fafety and certainty. So the World when buried in the Egyptian darkness of Sin and Corruption was revived and enlightened by Jefus Chrift; and guided in the Path that leads to eternal Life.