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Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health; and my tongue shall sing of thy righteousness.
DEARLY beloved, it hath pleased
Almighty God, in his justice, to bring you under the sentence and condemnation of the law: You are shortly to suffer death in such a manner, that others, warned by your example, may be the more afraid to offend; and we pray God, that you may make such use of your punishments in this world, that your soul may be saved in the world to come.
Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord; and my mouth shall show thy praise. For thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it thee; but thou delightest not in burnt-offerings.
Wherefore we come to you in the bowels of compassion; and, being desirous that you should avoid presumption on the one hand, and des. pair on the other, shall plainly lay before you the wretchedness of your condition, and declare how far you ought to depend on the mercies of God, and the merits of our Saviour. Consider then seriously with your
The sacrifice of God is a troubled
Then the Minister shall say,
O Lord, we beseech thee, mercifully
by a violent death; and you shall 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 are accused, by thy merciful pardon inay be absolved, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
groweth up, but in the evening is cut down, dried up, and withered. After you have thus finished the course of a sinful and miserable life, you shall appear before the Judge of all flesh;
O God, whose mercy is everlasting,
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 an 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 nu
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.
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:
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
PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING
To Almighty God, for the Fruits of the Earth, and all the other Blessings of his merciful Providence; to be used yearly on the first Thursday in No vember, or on such other Day as shall be appointed by the Civil Authority.
The Service shall be as usual, except where it is hereby otherwise appointed.
Among the Sentences at the begin-, thy gates; he hath blessed thy chilning of Morning Prayer shall be dren within thee. He maketh peace in thy borders, HONOUR the Lord with thy sub- and filleth thee with the finest of the stance, and with the first fruits, wheat. of all thine increase; So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. Prov. iii. 9, 10.
The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens: By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. Prov. ii. 19, 20.
Then shall be said or sung one of the Selections, or some other portion of the Psalms, at the discretion of the Minister.
The First Lesson shall be Deut. viii. and the Second Lesson shall be 1 Thess. v. 12 to 24.
After the General Thanksgiving, shall be said this which followeth: MOST gracious God, by whose The eternal God is thy refuge, and knowledge the depths are broken underneath are the everlasting arms. up, and the clouds drop down the Deut. xxxiii. 27. dew; we yield thee unfeigned thanks Israel then shall dwell in safety and praise, as for all thy mercies, so alone; the fountain of Jacob shall be especially for the returns of Seed-time upon the land of corn and of wine, and Harvest, and for crowning the also his heaven shall drop down dew. year with thy goodness, in the inDeut. xxxiii. 23. Icrease of the ground, and the gather Happy art thou, O Israel; who isjing in of the fruits thereof. And, we like unto thee, O people saved by the beseech thee, give us a just sense of Lord, the shield of thy help, and who this great mercy; such as may ap is the sword of thy excellency! Deut.pear in our lives, by an humble, holy, and obedient walking before thee all
xxxii. 29. Instead of, O come let us sing, &c. our days, through Jesus Christ our the following shall be said or Lord; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all glory and honour, world without end. Amen.
The Collect to be used instead of that for the day.
PRAISE ye the Lord; for it is goodi to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely. The Lord Joth build up Jerusalem; Most merciful Father, who hast he gathereth together the out-casts of blessed the labours of the husIsrael. bandman in the returns of the fruits He healeth those that are broken in of the earth; we give thee humble heart, and bindeth up their wounds. and hearty thanks for this thy bounty: He covereth the heaven with clouds, beseeching thee to continue thy loving and prepareth rain for the earth; hejkindness to us; that our land may maketh the grass to grow upon the still yield her increase, to thy glory and jour comfort, through Jesus Christ our
He giveth to the beast his food; and, Lord. Amen. to the young ravens which cry.
The Epistle. St. James i. 16.
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem: Do not err, my beloved brethren: Praise thy God, O Sion. every good gift and every perfect
For be bath strengthened the bars of gift is from above; and cometh down
and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
from the Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us of the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the The Gospel. St. Matt. v. 43. wrath of man worketh not the righte-YE have heard that it hath been ousness of God. Wherefore lay apart) said, Thou shalt love thy neighall filthiness and superfluity of naugh-bour and hate thine enemy. But I say ciness, and receive with meekness the unto you, love your enemies, bless engrafted word, which is able to save them that curse you, do good to them your souls. Be ye doers of the word; that hate you, and pray for them and not hearers only, deceiving your which despitefully use you and perseown selves. For if any be a hearer cute you; that ye may be the children of the word, and not a doer, he is like of your Father which is in heaven: for unto a man beholding his natural face he maketh his sun to rise on the evil in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and on the good, and sendeth rain on and goeth his way, and straightway the just and on the unjust. For if ye forgetteth what manner of man he love them which love you, what rewas. But whoso looketh into the ward have ye? do not even the Publiperfect law of liberty, and continueth cans the same? Or if ye salute your therein, he being not a forgetful hear- brethren only, what do ye more than er, but a doer of the work, this man others? do not even the Publicans so? shall be blessed in his deed. If any Be ye therefore perfect, even as your man among you seem to be religious, Father which is in heaven is perfect.
FORMS OF PRAYER
The Master or Mistress having called together as many of the Family as can conveniently be present; let one of them, or any other whom they shall think proper, say as follows, all kneeling :"
OUR Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy Name; Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, in whom
of we live and move and have our being; we, God's mercy and preser thy needy creatures, render thee our humble vation,especially through praises, for thy preservation of us from the begin- the night past. ning of our lives to this day, and especially for having delivered us from the dangers of the past night. To thy watchful providence we owe it, When disturbances of (that no disturbance hath come nigh us or our any kind befall a Fami dwelling; but, that we are brought in safety to ly, instead of this, say, the beginning of this day.) For these thy mer- that notwithstanding our cies, we bless and magnify thy glorious Name; dangers, we are brought humbly beseeching thee to accept this our morn- in safety to the beginning ing sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; for his of this day.
anke who lay down in the grave, and rose again
for us, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.