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of thy glorious Godhead; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
2. What is the meaning of the word Epiphany ?
To shew its gratitude to God in manifesting Christ to the Gentile world, and vouchsafing to them equal privileges with the Jews, who had been all along his peculiar people ; and the first instance of this divine favour was his declaring the birth of Christ to the wise men of the East.
5. Repeat that portion of Scripture which relates how God did, by the leading of a star, manifest his only-begotten Son to the Gentiles.
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews ? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go, and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they heard the king they departed, and lo, the star which they saw in the east went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house they saw the young child, with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped him.” (Matt. ii. 1, 2. 7-11.)
6. How do we now know God ?
By faith; for “ we walk by faith, and not by sight.” (2 Cor. v. 7.)
7. What do we pray we may have after this life? The fruition of the
glorious Godhead. “Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundred fold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” (Matt. xix. 29.)
1. Repeat the Collect for the First SUNDAY EPIPHANY. O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people which call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
2. Why do we beseech God mercifully to hear the prayers of his people ?
Because “this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any thing according to his will he heareth us.” (1 John v. 14.)
3. What do we pray we may both perceive and know?
What things we ought to do. “Shew me thy ways, O Lord ! teach me thy paths, lead me in thy truth and teach me; for thou art the God of my salvation, on thee do I wait all day.” (Ps. xxv. 45.)
4. What do we require to enable us faithfully to fulfil the same ?
Grace and power. “Let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and godly fear.” (Heb. xii. 28.)
1. Repeat the Collect for the SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY. ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth ; Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
2. What do we here acknowledge God to be ? Almighty and everlasting. “ His kingdom ruleth over all.” (Ps. cüi. 19.) “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.” (Ps. xlv. 16.) 3. What does God govern?
All things in heaven and earth. “ The kingdom is the Lord's, and he is governor among the nations.” (Ps. xxii. 28.)
4. What do we beseech him to hear ?
Our supplications. “ Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.” (Ps. iv. 1.) 5. What do we beseech Him to grant ?
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. iv. 6, 7.) 6. How long do we pray Him
to grant us this peace ? All the days of our life. “For this God is our God, for ever and ever: he will be our guide unto death.” (Ps. xlviii. 14.)
1. Repeat the Collect for the THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY. ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
2. What do we pray the Almighty and everlasting God mercifully to look upon ?
Our infirmities. “ Look upon mine affliction and my pain, and forgive all my sins.” (Ps. xxv. 18.)
3. When do we pray God to help and defend us ?
In all dangers and necessities. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Ps. xxiii. 6.)
4. Why do we pray God to help and defend us? Because « we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin : let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. iv. 15, 16.)
1. Repeat the Collect for the Fourth SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY. . O God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright; Grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
2. Why are we not always able to stand upright in the midst of so many and great dangers ?
By reason of the frailty of our nature. “ The flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh, and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." (Gal. v. 17.)
3. What do we pray God to grant unto us ?
His strength and protection : “that we may be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” (Eph. vi. 10.)
4. What will his protection support us in ?
All dangers. “The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (2 Tim. iv. 17, 18.)
5. What will it carry us through? All temptations. “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations.” (2 Pet. ii. 9.)
1. Repeat the Collect for the Fifth SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY. O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and houshold continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
2. What are God's people here called ?
His Church and household. “ Christ is the head of the church." (Eph. v. 23.) “ Ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens of the saints and of the household of God.” (Eph. ii. 19.)
3. In what do we pray God continually to keep his Church?
In his true religion. “ I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments to do them.” (Ezek. xxxvi. 27.)
4. Upon what only do we lean ?
Upon the hope of his heavenly grace. “My soul, wait thou still upon God; for my expectation is from him.” (Ps. Ixii. 5.)
5. By what may we hope evermore to be defended ?
By God's mighty power. “ Trust ye in the Lord for ever, for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.” (Isa. xxvi. 4.)
1. Repeat the Collect for the Sixth SUNDAY EPIPHANY. O God, whose blessed Son was manifested that he might destroy the 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 ; where with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, he liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
2. For what purpose was God's blessed Son manifested ? “ That he might destroy the works of the devil.” (Heb. ii. 14.) 3. For what other purpose did He appear upon earth ?
“ To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Gal. iv. 5), and make us heirs of eternal life. For “if children then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.” (Rom. viii. 17.).
4. Having this hope of heirship, what ought we to do?
That we may be made like unto Him in his glorious kingdom, that « when Christ who is our life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” (Matt. xxv. 31.)
6. With whom does Christ live and reign in his glorious kingdom ?
With the Father and the Holy Ghost. “ Jesus is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels, and authorities, and powers, being made subject unto him.” (1 Pet. iii. 21, 22.)
1. Repeat the Collect for the SUNDAY CALLED SEPTUAGESIMA, or the Third Sunday before Lent. O LORD, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people ; that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
2. What is the meaning of the word Septuagesima ?
The first Sunday in Lent being forty days before Easter, was for that reason called Quadragesima Sunday, which, in English, is fortieth ; the Sunday before that, though only forty-seven days from Easter, was called Quinquagesima, which means fiftieth, that being the next round number above forty. The Sunday preceding Quinquagesima was called Sexagesima, which means sixtieth, that being
the next round number above fifty; and this Sunday was called Septuagesima, or seventieth, because that is the next round number above sixty.
4. What is the design of the Church in appointing these Sundays?
As the design of the Sundays in Advent is to prepare us for a religious commemoration of the Advent, or coming of Christ, so the intention of the Church, in this and the following Sundays, is to call us back from our Christmas rejoicing, in order to prepare us for the holy season of Lent.
5. How do we beseech God to hear the prayers of his people ?
Favourably. “He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him, and he shall see his face with joy.” (Job xxxiii. 26.)
6. For what are we justly punished ?
For our offences, « We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.” (Neh. ix. 33.)
7. By what do we pray to be delivered ?
By God's goodness. 66 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions ; according to thy mercy remember thou me, for thy goodness' sake, O Lord.” (Ps. xxv. 7.) 8. How will that deliverance tend to the glory of God's name ?
Because it will shew forth his loving-kindness and mercy, and prove that “the goodness of God endureth continually.” (Ps. lii. 1.)
1. Repeat the Collect for the SUNDAY CALLED SEXAGESIMA, or the Second Sunday before Lent. O Lord God, who seest that we put not our trust in any thing that we do ; Mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
2. What attribute of the Almighty is here acknowledged ?
His omniscience; that is, his power of knowing all things. “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight, but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” (Heb. iv. 13.)
3. What does God see we do not trust in ? In any thing that we do. “ We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” (Isa. Ixiv. 6.)
4. By what do we pray to be defended ?
By the power of God. “ The Lord liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity.” (2 Sam. iv. 9.)
5. Against what do we pray to be defended by God's power ?
Against all adversity. According to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die.” (Ps. Ixxix. 11.)
1. Repeat the Collect for the SUNDAY CALLED QUINQUAGESIMA, or the next Sunday before Lent. O LORD, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth ; Send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of