Practical Discourses on All the Parts and Offices of the Liturgy of the Church of England; Wherein Are Laid Open the Harmony, Excellency, and Usefulness of Its Composure. in Four Volumes. Useful for All Families. Practical Volume 4, No. 3
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1716 edition. Excerpt: ... Distress. This the Sympathy that is or ought to be between the Members of Christ's mystical Body obliges them all to do, to look upon and commiserate each other's Condition as their own, and to beg Relief and Assistance of God accordingly.: Remember them that are in Bonds (faith the Apostle) as bound with them; and them which suffer Adversity, as being your selves also in the Body: Heb. 13. 3. Hence our Church teaches us to pray for all Prisoners and Captives, as the Christians here did for St. Peter under his sore Imprisonment. But what was the Issue of the Church's Prayers in the behalf of St.Peter? Why, the Night before his intended Execution, God sent an Angel from Heaven to release him out of Prison, and thereby prevented their wicked Pur pose pose against him: the Manner whereof, the following Words declare. When Herod would have brought him forth to the People the fame night Peter was sleeping between two Soldiers, bound with two Chains, and the Keepers before the door kept the Prison. Peter was found fast asleep, when the Angel came to release him: a good Conscience can give Rest in the midst of Enemies and the greatest Dangers, for God is their Keeper who watches over them, and giveth his Beloved Sleep. A good Man (faith Solomon) is satisfy'd from himself: His Mind is at quiet, and no Chains or Imprisonment can disturb his Rest. While Peter was thus taking his Rest in the midst of Soldiers and Keepers, Behold, the Angel of the Lord came unto him, and a Light shined in the Prison, which dispel'd the Darkness of the Dungeon and he smote Peter on the fide, not to annoy, but to awake him and.raise him up, faying to him, Arise up quickly: which he accordingly did, and the Ghains immediately fell off his hands of their own accordi And...
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