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before thee, humbly confessing our manifold sins and unsufferable wickednesses, by which we have deserved thy wrath, and that we should be separated from the sweetest comforts of thy presence for ever.
II. We confess, O great God, we have sinned against thee by knowledge and by ignorance, by folly and by surprise, by word and deed, by anger and desires, by night and by day, in private and in public, by the lusts of the flesh, and the vanity and pride of our spirits : our sins of omission are infinite, and the sins of our tongue cannot be numbered; O God, thy words and laws are holy, and thy judgments are terrible; but we have broken all thy righteous laws and commandments, and we have great cause to be afraid of thy severest judgments: and where shall we appear, when thou art angry with us ?
III. But thou shalt answer for us, O Lord our God: thou art our Judge, but thou art our Redeemer; we have sinned, but thou, o blessed Jesus, art our Advocate. Have mercy upon us; have mercy upon us most miserable sinners; enter not into judgment with us, lest we die; let not thine anger arise, lest we be consumed; but spare us, gracious Lord, spare thy servants, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood; O reserye not evil in store for us against the day of vengeance, but show thy goodness in us, and let thy mercies be magnified upon us; deliver us, O Lord, from the power of sin ; and preserve us from the punishments of it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Deprecation to be used upon solemn Days, or at the Dis
cretion of him that ministers.
I. O LORD our God, whose power is infinite, whose glory is supreme, whose mercy is without measure, whose goodness is unspeakable, despise not thy returning servants, who earnestly beg for pardon and to be reconciled to thee: sanctify, O God, our bodies and souls, search out our spirits, and cast out all iniquity from within us; all weak principles and false arguings, every impure lust and filthy desire, all pride and envy, all hypocrisy and lying, all inordinate love of this world, and base covetousness; all hardness of heart, and unrelenting dispositions, all peevishness and hasty anger, all mindfulness of injuries and revengefulness, all blasphemy and irreligion; and every motion of soul and body, whic can withdraw us from thee, and is against thy will and commandment.
II. Gracious Father, give us perfect pardon for what is past, and a perfect repentance of all our evils, that, for the time to come, we may, with pure spirits, with broken and contrite hearts, with sanctified lips and holy desires, serve thee religiously; walk humbly with our God; 'converse justly and charitably with men; and possess our souls in patience and holiness, and our bodies in sanctification and honour, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Prayer of Absolution, to be said by the Minister alone,
according to his Piety and Discretion, when he sees cause, not frequently.
Our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus, the great Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, that Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world, who promised paradise to the repenting thief, and gave pardon to the woman taken in adultery,-pardon and forgive all your sins known and unknown.
O blessed Jesus, in whatsoever thy servants as men bearing flesh about them, and inhabiting this world, or deceived by the devil, have sinned, whether in word or deed, whether in thought or desire, whether by omission or commission, let it be forgiven unto them by thy word and by thy Spirit; and for ever preserve thy servants from sinning against thee, and from suffering thine eternal anger, for thy promise' sake, and for thy glorious name's sake, o blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus. Amen.
Then devoutly and distinctly say the Lord's Prayer. Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us, this day, our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them, that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation : But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever
The Doxology. . GLORY be to the Father of mercies, the Father of men and angels, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Glory be to the most holy and eternal Son of God, the blessed Saviour and Redeemer of the world, the Advocate of sinners, the Prince of Peace, the Head of the church, and the mighty Deliverer of all that call upon him. .
Glory be to the holy and eternal Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost the Comforter, the sanctifying and life-giving Spirit.
All glory and thanks, all honour and power, all love and obedience, be to the blessed and undivided Trinity, one God eternal.
The heavens declare thy glory, the earth confesses thy providence, the sea manifests thy power; and every spirit, and every understanding creature, celebrates thy greatness, for ever and ever. All glory and majesty, all praises and dominion be unto thee, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, for ever and ever. Amen.
Then arising from their knees, let the Psalter be read in order, as shall be
Days of Festivity, or of Humiliation, respectively.
in the Old Testament. The chapter out of the Old Testament is to be read
Lesson out of the New Testament.
REJOICE in the Lord, ye righteous : for praise is comely for the upright.
The word of the Lord is true; and all his works are faithful.
He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord : let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him: upon them that hope in his mercy,
To deliver their souls from death : and to keep them alive in the time of famine.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous : but the Lord delivereth him out of all.
Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous, shall be desolate.
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked · works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
Cause me to hear thy loving-kindness in the morning : for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk : for I lift up my soul unto thee.
Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God; thy spirit is good: lead me into the land of uprightness.
Gather not my soul with sinners : nor my life with bloody
The poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
O taste and see that the Lord is good : blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
O how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee, before the sons of men.
Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion, from the strife of tongues.
O love the Lord, all ye his saints : for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plenteously rewardeth the proud doer.
Be of good courage, and ye shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
Sing praises unto God, sing praises : sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth : sing ye praises with understanding.
God reigneth over the nations : God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.
He is our refuge and strength: a very present help in trouble.
Many, O Lord our God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are towards us : they cannot be reckoned in order.
For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood; thou driest up mighty rivers.
The day is thine, the night also is thine : thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
Thou hast set all the borders of the earth, thou hast made summer and winter.
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth, the Lord is upon many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful: the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every man speak of his glory.
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous : and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
For this God is our God for ever and ever, he will be our guide unto death.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
Apostles: in order, or by choice, upon extraordinary occasions.
which recite one of these following Psalms.
THE mighty God, even the Lord hath spoken, and called the earth, from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
Out of Sion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.
And the heavens shall declare his righteousness; for God is Judge himself.