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At the Burial of the Dead, at Sea, the Office of the Common Prayer Book may be used; only instead of these words, We therefore commit his Body to the ground, earth to earth, &c. say, We therefore commit his Body to the deep, to be turned into corruption, looking for the Resurrection of the Body when the Sea shall give up her dead, and the life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ; who at bis coming shall change our vile Body, that it may be like his glorious Body, according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things to himself.

A FORM OF PRAYER FOR THE VISITATION OF PRISONERS. 1 When Morning or Erening Prayer shall be read in any Prison, instead of the Psalm, 0 come let us sing, &c. shall be read the i3uth Psalm ; and the Minister shall insert, after the Collect for the Day, the Collect in the following service, O God, who sparest, &c. and at such times as the Litany is not read, he shall add the Prayer, O God, merciful Father, who despisest pot, &c. 1 And when Notice is given to the through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Minister, that a Prisoner is con- Christ. Amen. fined for some grea! or capital O God, who sparest when we de crime, he shall visit him; and serve punishment, and in thy when he cometh into the place wrath rememberest mercy; we hum. where the Prisoner is, he shall say, bly beseech thee of thy goodness to kneeling down.

comfort and succour all those who are

and misery quities, nor the iniquities of our house of bondage; correct them not forefathers; neither take thou venge in thine anger, neither chasten them ance of our sins : Spare us, good Lord, in thy sore displeasure. Give thein a spare thy people, whom thou hast re- right understanding of themselves, deemed with thy most precious blood; and of thy threats and promises ; and be not angry with us forever. that they may neither cast a way their Ans. Spare us, good Lord.

confidence in thee, nor place it any

where but in thee. Relieve the dis. Lord, have mercy upon us.

tressed, protect the innocent, and Christ, have mercy upon us. awaken the guilty : and forasmuch as Lord, have mercy upon us.

thou alone bringest light out of darkOUR Father, who art in Heaven, ness, aur good out of cvil, grant that c.

the pains and punislunents which Min. O Lord, show thy mercy upon these thy servants endure, through 25;

their bodily confinement, may tend to Ans. And grant us thy salvation. setting free their souls from the chains Mus. Turn thy face from our sins; of sin; through Jesus Christ our Ans. An i blot out all our iniquities. Lord. Amen. Min. Send us help from thy holy 1 Here the Minister, as he shall see place;

convenient, may read the Prayer Ans. For thine indignation lieth hard for All conditions of Men, the Colupon us,

lect for Ash-Wednesday, and the Min. O Lord, hear our prayer; Collect beginning Almighty God, the Ans. And let the sighing of the Pri- fountain of all wisdom, &c. or any soners come before thee.

other Prayer of the Liturgy, which The Collect.

he shall judge proper. GRANT, we beseech thee, Al... Then shall the Minister exhort

mighty God, that we, who for the Prisoner or Prisoners after this our evil deeds do worthily deserve to Form, or other like: be punished, by the comfort of thy DEARLY beloved, know this, that grace inay mercifully be relieved';

Almighty God, whose never fail

Let us pray.

ing providence governeth all thingslieve in the light, and walk as chis both in heaven and earth, hath so dren of the light, that you be not cast wisely and mercifully ordered the into outer darkness; that you may course of this world, that his judg. not knock, when the door shall be ments are often sent as fatherly cor- shut ; and cry for mercy, when it is rections to us; and if with due sub- the time of justice. Now you are the mission and resignation to his holy object of God's mercy, it by repentwill we receive the same, they will ance and true faith you turn unto work together for our good.

him: but if you neglect these things, It is your part and duty, therefore, to you will be the object of his justice and humble yourself under the mighty vengeance : Now you may claim the hand of God, to acknowledige the merits of Christ : but if you die in righteousness of his judgments, and to your sins, his sufferings will tend to endleavour, that, by his grace, this your greater condemnation. O belov. present visitation may lead you to a ed, consider in this your day, how sincere and hearty repentance. fearful a thing it will be to fall into

The way and means thereto is, to the hands of the living God, when you examine your life and conversation by can neither fly to his mercy to protect the rule of God's commandment : you, nor to the merits of Christ to and whereinsoever you shall perceive cover you in that terrible day. yourself to have offended either by S Here the Minister shall examine will, word, or deed, there to bewail him concerning his Faith, and reyour own sinfulness, and to confess hearse the Articles of the Creed, yourself to Almighty God, with full Dost thon believe in God, &c. And purpose of amendment of life. And if the prisoner shall answer, you shall perceive your offences to be all this I steadfastly believe. such as are not only against God, but then shall the Minister eramine also against your neighbours; then to whether he repent him truly of his reconcile yourself to thein, being sins, and be in charity with all the ready to make restitution and satis- world, and further admonish him faction, according to the uttermost of particularly concerning the crimes your power, for all injuries and wherewith he is charged; and et. wrongs done by you to any other : hort him, if he have any scruples, and being likewise ready to forgive that he w uld declare the same, and others who have offended you, as prepare himself for the Holy Com you would have forgiveness of your of munion, against the time that it lences at God's hand. And to this true may be proper to administer it repentance and change of mind you to him. must add a lively and steadfast faith, 1 Then, all lineeling, the Minister and dependence upon the merits of shill say as follows, from the 31st the death of Christ, with an entire Psalm : resignation of yourself to the will of HAVE mercy npon me, o God, Gol. Except you repent, and believe, after thy great goodness; accord. we can give you no hope of salvation; ing to the multitude of thy mercies, do But if you do sincerely repent and away mine offences, believe, God hath declared, though Wash me thoroughly from my wick. your sins be as red as scarlet, they edness; and cleanse me from my sin. shall be made white as snow; though For I acknowledge my faults; and your wickednesses have gone over my sin is ever before me. your head, yet shall they not be your Against thee only have I sinned, and destruction.

done this evil in thy sight; that thou We exhort you therefore in the mightest be justified in thy saying, name of God, and of his dear Son and clear when thou art judged. Jesus Christ our Saviour, and as you Behold, I was shapen in wickedness; tender your own salvation, to take and in sin hath my mother conceived good heed of these things in tine, me. while the day of salvation lasteth; for But lo, thou reqnirest truth in the the night cometh, when no mau can inward parts; and shalt make me to work. While you have the light, be- I understand wisdomn secretly.

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Thou shalt purge me with hyssop,and Prayers for Persons under sen. I shall be clean ; thou shalt wash me,

tence of derth. and I shall be whiter than snow. When a Criminal is under Sen

Thou shalt make me hear of joy and tence of Death, the Minister shall gladness ; that the bones which thous proceed, immediately after the Col. hast broken may rejoice.

lect, o God, who sparest, &c. to Turn thy face from my sins; and exhort him after this Form, or put out all my misdeeds.

other like : Make me a clean heart, God; and DEARLY beloved, it hath pleased renew a right spirit within me.

Almighty God, in his justice, to Cast me not away from thy pre- bring you under the sentence and consence; and take not thy Holy Spirit demnation of the law: You are shortfrom me.

ly to suffer death in such a manner, O give me the comfort of thy help that others, warned by your example, again ; and stablish me with thy may be the more afraid to offend; aná free Spirit.

we pray God, that you may make Then shall I teach thy ways unto the such use of your punishments in this wicked; and sinners shall be con- world, that your soul may be saved in verted unto thee.

the world to come. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O Wherefore we come to you in the God, thou that art the God of my bowels of compassion ; and, being health ; and my tongue shall sing of desirous that you should avoid prethy righteousness.

sumption on the one hand, and des. Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord; pair on the other, shall plainly lay and my mouth shall show thy praise. before you the wretchedness of your

For thou desirest no sacrifice, else condition, and declare how far you would I give it thee; but thou de ought to depend on the mercies of lightest not in burnt-offerings. God, and the merits of our Saviour. The sacrifice of God is a troubled Consider then seriously with your. Spirit; a broken and contrite heart, sell, in all appearance the time of your U God, shalt thou not despise. dissolution dra weth near; your sins 1 Then the Minister shall say, have laid fast hold upon you ; you are Let us pray.

soon to be removed from among men O Lord, we beseech thee, mercifully by a violent death; and you shall

hear our prayers, and spare all fade away suddenly like the grass, those who confess their sins unto thee; which in the morning is green and that they, whose consciences by sin roweth up, but in the evening is cut are accused, by thy merciful pardon down, dried up, and withered. After inay he absolved, through Christ our you have thus finished the course of a Lord. Amen.

sinful and miserable life, you shall O God, whose mercy is everlasting, appear before the Judge of all flesh ;

and power infinite ; look down who, as he pronounces blessings on with pity and compassion upon the the righteous, shall likewise say, with sufferings of this thy servant; and a terrible voice of most just judgment, whether thou visitest for trial of his to the wicked, Go, ye accursed, into patience, or punishment of his offen- the fire everlasting prepared for the ces, enable him by thy grace, cheer- devil and his angels. fully to submit himself to thy holy Your sins have brought you too near will and pleasure. Go not far from this dreadful sentence: It is therefore those, O Lord, whom thou hast laid your part and duty, my brother, in a place of darkness, and in the deep; humbly to confess and bewail your and forasmuch as thou hast not cut great and manifold offences, and to him off suddenly, but chastenest him repent you truly of your sins, as you az a father; grant that he, duly con- tender the eternal salvation of your sidering thy great mercies, may be soul. unfeignedly thankful, and turn unto Be not deceived with a vain and thee with true repentance and since- presumptuous expectation of God's rity of heart, through Jesus Christ favour, nor say within yourself, our Lord. Amen.

Peace, Peace, where there is no

pence; for there is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. God is not mocked; he is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity and without holiness no man shall see the Lord. On the other hand, despair not of God's mercy, though trouble is on every side; for God shutteth not up his mercies for ever in displeasure: But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Do not either way abuse the goodness of God, who calleth us mercifully to amendment, and of his endless pity promiseth us forgiveness of that which is past, if with a perfect and true heart we return unto him.

Then shall the Minister ezanine whether he repent him truly of hir sins, ezhorting him to a particular Confession of the sin for which he is condemned; and upon Confession, he shall instruct him what satisfaction ought to be made to those whom he has offended thereby; and if he knoweth any combinations in wickedness, or any evil practices designed against others, let him be admonished to the utmost of his power to discover and prevent them.

After his Confession, the Minister shall declare to him the pardoning mercy of God, in the Form which is used in the Communion Service. After which shall be said the Collect following.


Since therefore you are soon to pass into an endless and unchangeable state, and your futare happiness or misery Holy Jesus, who of thine infinite depends upon the few moments which goodness, didst accept the couare left you; I require you strictly to version of a sinner on the cross; open examine yourself, and your estate thine eye of mercy upon this thy serboth towards God and towards man; vaut, who desireth pardon and foraud let no worldly consideration giveness, though in his latest hour he hinder you from making a true and turneth unto thee. Renew in him full confession of your sins, and giving whatsoever hath been decayed by the all the satisfaction which is in your fraud and malice of the devil, or br power to every one whom you have his own carnal will and frailness. wronged or injured; that you may Consider his contrition; accept his find mercy at your heavenly Father's repentance; and forasmuch as he put hand, for Christ's sake, and not be teth his full trust only in thy mercy, condemned in the dreadful day of impute not unto him his former sins, judgment. but strengthen him with thy blessed Spirit; and when thou art pleased to take him hence, take him unto thy favour: This we beg through thy merits, O Lord, our Saviour and our Redeemer. Amen.

Lastly, beloved, submit yourself with Christian resignation to the just judgment of God, which your own crimes have brought upon you, and be in charity with all men; being ready sincerely to forgive all such as have

Then shall the Minister say, offended you, not excepting those who O Father of mercies and God of all have prosecuted you even unto death: comfort; we fly unto thee for sucAnd, though this may seem a hard cour in behalf of this thy servant, who saying, yet know assuredly, that with-is now under the sentence of conout it your charity is not yet perfect. demnation. The day of his calamity And fail not earnestly to endeavour is at hand, and he is accounted as one ud pray for this blessed temper and of those who go down into the pit. composure of mind. So may you Blessed Lord, remember thy mercies; cast yourself with an entire depend-look upon his infirmities; hear the ence upon the mercies of God, through voice of his complaint; give him, we the merits of our Saviour and Re- beseech thee, patience in this his time deemer Jesus Christ. of adversity, and support under the Here the Minister shall examine terrors which encompass him; set behim concerning his Faith, and re-fore his eyes the things he hath done hearse the Articles of the Creed, in the body, which have justly proDost thou believe in God, &c. And voked thee to anger; and forasmuch the Criminal shall answer, as his continuance appeareth to be All this I steadfastly believe Ishort amongst us, quicken him sa

much the more by thy grace and holy Spirit; that he, being converted and reconciled unto thee, before thy Judgments have cut him off from the earth, inay at the hour of his death depart

in peace, and be received into thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus

Christ our Lord. Amen.


O God, who declarest thy Almighty and pity; we beseech thee to have power chiefly in showing mercy mercy upon this thy servant, who for Grant that he may take thy Judgments his transgressions is appointed to die. re-patiently, and repent him truly of his sins; that he recovering thy favour end with this life; and whensoever his the fearful reward of his actions may soul shall depart from the body, it may be without spot presented unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adding this.

Saviour of the world, who by thy cross and precious blood hast deemed us, save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

Then the Minister, standing, shall

the point of Departure, as it is in the Visitation of the Sick.

The Collect for the Communion


IN the midst of life we are in death:
Of whom may we seek for succour,
bu: of thee, O Lord, who for our sins Amen.
art Justly displeased?

The Epistle. Heb. xii. 11.

Yet, O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty, O holy and most merci- No chaatening for the present ful Saviour, deliver us not into the bit-ous; nevertheless, afterwards i seemeth to be Joyous, but grievter pains of eternal death. ousness, unto them which are exeryieldeth the peaceable fruit of righte cised thereby.

Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts: Shut not thy merciful ears to our prayers; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and merciful Saviour, thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death to fall from thee.

The Gospel. St. John v. 24. VERILY, verily, I say unto you, believeth on him that sent me, hath He that heareth my word, and everlasting life, and shall not come into condeinnation; but is passed from death unto life.

A Prayer for imprisoned Debtors. MOST gracious God, look down in pity and compassion upon these

Then the Minister shall say, THE Almighty God, who is a most strong tower to all those who put their trust in him; to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey; be now and thine afflicted servants, who are fallevermore thy defence; and make en under the misery of a close rethee know and feel that there is none straint. Give them always a deep other name under heaven given to sense of their sins, and of thy fatherman, in whom and through whom ly love and correction; and the more thou mayest receive salvation, but their confinement presseth hard upon only the name of our Lord Jesus them, the more let the comforts of thy Christ. Amen. grace and mercy abound towards them. Give to their creditors tenderness and compassion, and to them a meek and forgiving spirit towards all those who have confined them, and a full purpose to repair all the injuries

And after that shall say,

UNTO God's gracious mercy and protection we commit thee: The Lord bless thee and keep thee: The Lord make his face to shine upon and losses which others have sustain thee, and be gracious unto thee: The ed by them. Raise them up friends Lord lift up his countenance upon to pity and relieve them; give them thee, and give thee peace both now the continued comfort of thy counand evermore. tenance here; and so sanctify their

At the time of Execution, besides afflictions, that they may work for cll or such parts of the foregoing them an eternal weight of glory, office as the Minister shall judge through the merits and mediation proper, shall be said the Ccin- of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. imendatory Prayer for a Person at


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