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The Offices for every Day of the Week, though indeed they may be used on any other Day, are appropriated to their respective Days, not only for the sake of Order, or Method, but for particular Reasons, upon which
the great Author had his Eye in their respective Appropriations. This appears from the Offices themselves; as in that of Thursday, which is all upon the Subject of of the Holy Eucharist, and its Institution, because on that Day our Lord before his Paf fion appointed that Holy Sacrament, and commemorative Sacrifice, to be a perpetual Memorial, or Commemoration before God,as well as among Men,of the great Propitiatory Sacrifice he made upon the Cross.
The Subject of Friday's Devotions, is our Saviour's Sufferings, and our Redemption by them.
Saturday's Office is upon the fame Subect of our Lord's meritorious Sufferings, with a particular Respect to the Victory, he thereby obtained over Sin and Death, and the Powers of Darkness.
Sunday's Devotions are chiefly upon the Subject of our Lord's glorious Resurrectia on, with some Psalms in it, which become the Christian Sabbath, upon God's finishing the Creation, and resting from all the Works which be had made:
The Office of Monday, which was the second Day of the Creation, is all compos’d in the Praise of God for the Works of Creation, and in celebrating his infinite Power,Wisdom,and Goodness as of the great Architect of the World, who made it with infinite Skill and Art,in Number, Weight, and Measure.
Tuesday's Office is made in the Praise of God, as Preserver and Sustainer of all that he hath Created, and particularly, as the Preserver, and Guardian of Men.
Wednesday's Office is appointed to adore God, as the great Governour, and Sovereign of the Creation, who appoints every Creature its proper Office, and guides all the Motions of the Universe according to his own insinite Wisdom, and Counféls, so as to bring about his own glorious Designs.
The Office of our Saviour is all contrived to set forth his Nature,as Mediator,and Redeemer and the Praises of his infinite love towards Men in undertaking, and accomplishing thegreat Work of our Redemption.
The Office of the Holy Ghost is all in the Praise and Adoration of the Holy Spirit of God, the Third Person of the blessed and undivided Trinity, as he is our Sanctifier, where, after asserting his eternal Procession from the Father and the Son, and his Equa
lity with them in Glory, the Author celebrates his Praises in most Divine Psalms, and Hymns, as the Author of our second Birth, and glorifies him for all his Gifts, and Graces, and comforts to the Sons of Mer. More particularly for illuminating our Understandings, and fanctifying our Wills, for helping us in our Prayers, and assisting us against Evil Spirits ; Finally, for being our Director, Guide, and Counsellor, for making our Bodies his Temples, and for
finishing the Mystery of our Rédemption ; withal, praising our Lord for sending him in his miraculous Effusions upon the Apostles punctually, according to his Promise, and shewing how every person of the blessed Trinity, as one Co-infinite Goodness, contributed to our Redemption, and graciously agreed to compleat our Felicity.
In the Office for the Dead, everything is said, that the Subject of Death, or vir Preparation for it can require. 1 here is set forth, in most affecting manner, The Mifery and Vanity of Man, as Mortal; The Excellency of his better, and immortal Part; The Happiness of departed Spirits ; The Moderation with which we ought to temper, and limit our Sorrow for our dead Friends; hom nearly it concerns #s to secure our
Peace wich God before we die ; with many Things interspersed concerning the Refurrection, and the last Judgment, and the impartial, and indispensible Justice of God in inflicting Death without Distinction, or Respect of Persons, upon all Sorts, Ranks and Conditions of Men.
In the Office of Saints are described, in most devout manner, the Sovereign Majesty, and Glory of God, as King of Saints and Angels, the Glories of the other State in the Kingdom of Heaven, the Union of Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, and Confesors, and all the Saints, departed in one happy Fellowship, with Angels, and Seraphim; The wonderful Progress from Grace to Glory; The immenfe Goodness of God, who rewards such imperfect Services, and Mort Sufferings, with infinite Rewards, and the Obligation, which lies upon us to mention the Saints departed with Honour, to commemorate and imitate their Vertues, Yo follow their blessed Examples, and reverently to obey the Church in observing those Festivals, which she bath appointed to remember their Vertues, and recite their Sufferings for our own Edification, their Honour, and the Glory of God, to whom the Church of England, in her excellent Office of Communion, first after the Reformation,
did in most Catholick Manner, offer most high Laud, and hearty Thanks
for the wonderful Graces, and Vertues,which he had declared in all his saints, and by them bestowed upon his Church from the Beginning of the World.
Every one of these Ofices hath Four Parts; and every one of these Parts may, as they are reform’d in this Book, beperform'd in Single, or Solitary Devotion, in a Quarter of an Hour, or little more, which make but a small part of Time in every Day to spend in God's Service, and may well he spared from our other common Employments, or from our vacant Hours, wherein we do nothing, or are apt to do Ill, and are much better spent, than in giving and receiving vain, idle, and unprofitable Visits, or wasting our precious Hours in Places of publick, and dangerous Refort, or long and tedious Dreses, one of the great Sins of this Age, or foolish Amusements of our Thoughts, which so many times in the Day might be so nobly entertained with the fublime, and ingewious Notions of this Book.
Two of these Four Parts are allotted for the Morning, or Forexoon, and Two for the Evening, or Afternoon, at such Hours as every one may find most con