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Thou shalt purge me with hyssop,and I shall be clean; thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Turn thy face from my sins; and put out all my misdeeds.
Make me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
O give me the comfort of thy help again; and stablish me with thy Free Spirit.
Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health; and my tongue shall sing of thy righteousness.
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.
The sacrifice of God is a troubled
Then the Minister shall say,
O Lord, we beseech thee, mercifully
Prayers for Persons under sen
tence of death.
When a Criminal is under Sen tence of Death, the Minister shall proceed, immediately after the Collect, O God, who sparest, &c. to erhort him after this Form, or other like:
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.
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 self, in all appearance the time of your dissolution draweth near; your sins have laid fast hold upon you; you are soon to be removed from among men
by a violent death; and you shall fade away suddenly like the grass, which in the morning is green and 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 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 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
peace; 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 sirs, 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 examins whether he repent him truly of hir sins, exhorting 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 com binations 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 iuto an endless and unchangeable state, and your future happiness or misery Holy Jesus, who of thine infinite depends upon the few moments which goodness, didst accept the conare 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, ser both 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 puthand, 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, judgraent.
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 Father of mercies and God of all have prosecuted you even unto death: comfort; we fly unto thee for suc And, 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 be him 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, All this I steadfastly believe
as his continuance appeareth to be Ishort amongst us, quicken him sa
N the midst of life we are in death: Of whom may we seek for succour, bu: of thee, O Lord, who for our sins art justly displeased?
the point of Departure, as it is in
The Collect for the Communion
O God, who declarest thy Almighty
The Epistle. Heb. xii. 11.
seemeth to be Joyous, but griev
Yet, O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty, O holy and most merel- NO chaatening for the present ful Saviour, deliver us not into the bit-ous; nevertheless, afterwards i ter pains of eternal death.
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.
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
ousness, unto them which are exeryieldeth the peaceable fruit of righte cised thereby.
The Gospel. St. John v. 24. VERILY, verily, I say unto you,
He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath 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
in heaven, in earth, and under the pity and compassion upon these 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 UNTO God's gracious mercy and meek and forgiving spirit towards all protection we commit thee: The those who have confined them, and a Lord bless thee and keep thee: The full purpose to repair all the injuries Lord make his face to shine upon and losses which others have sustainthee, 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
And after that shall say,
At the time of Execution, besides afflictions, that they may work for ell 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 Ccmn-J of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. mendatory Prayer for a Person at Amen.
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 deceiv eth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled be fore 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, elow 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 tiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. Be ye doers of the word; and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth herein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious,
unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the Publi. cans the same? Or if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the Publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
FORMS OF PRAYER
TO BE USED IN FAMILIES.
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:
UR 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.
LMIGHTY and everlasting God, in whom Acknowledgment 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.