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unfeignedly thankful, and turn unto thee with true repentance and sincerity of heart, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
I T Prayers for Persons under Sentence vfDcatfu
IT When a Criminal is under Sentence of Death, the Minister shall proceed, immediately after the Collect, O God, who sparest, tyc. to exhort him after this Form, or other like:
DEARLY heloved, it hath pleased Al mighty 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 cume.
Wherefore we come to you in the bowels of compassion; and, heing desirous that you should avoid presumption on the one hand, and despair 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 yourself, 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 appear before the Judge of all flesh; who, as he pronounces blessings on the righteous, shall likewise say,witha terrible voice of most just judgment, to the wicked, Go, ye accursed, into the fire everlasting, prepared for the devil and bis angels.
Your sins have brought you too near this dreadful sentence: It is therefore your part and duty, my brother, humbly to confess and bewail your great and manifold offences, and to repent you truly of your sins, as you tender the eternal salvation of your soul.
Be not deceived with a vain and presumptuous expectation of God's favour, nor say within yourself, Peace, Peace, where there is no 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 irvahte ^ an «y<ry ^. fo,. Qua sh£^ ,
teth not up his mercies for ever wi displeasure: But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ail 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.
Since therefore you are soon to pass into an endless and unchangeable staie,and your future happiness or misery depends upon the few moments which are left you; I require you strictly to examine yourself, and your estate both towards God and towards man; and let no worldly consideration hinder you from making a true and full confession of your sins, and giving all the satisfaction which is in your power to every one whom you have wronged or injured; that you may find mercy at your heavenly Father's band, for Christ's sake, and not be condemned in the dreadful day of j udgment 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 offended you, not excepting those who have prosecuted you even unto death: And, though this may seem a hard saying, yet know assuredly, that without it your charity is not yet perfect And fail not earnestly to endeavour and pray for this blessed temper and composure of mind. So may you cast yourself with an entire dependence upon the mercies of God, through the merits of our Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ. V Here the Minister shall examine him concerning his Faith, and rehearse the Articles of the Creed, Dost thou believe in God, ^rc And the Criminal shall answer,
All this I steadfastly believe. IT Then shall the Minister examine whether h? repent him truly of his sins, w horting Mm 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 anv combinations in wickedness, or any evil practices designed against others, let hxn be admonuhed to the utmost of his power to ducovzr andprevent them. IT After his Confession, the Minister sheS ^declare to him the pardoning mercy if God, in the Form whUh is und %nthe C tint/nipt jgn Strvke.
V After which shall be said the ColUct following.
OHOLY Jesus, who of thine infinite' goodness, didst accept the conversion of a sinner on the cross; open thine eye of mercy, upon this thy servant, who desireth pardon and forgiveness, though in his latest hour he tumeth unto thee. Renew in him whatsoever hath been decayed by the fraud and malice of the devil, or by his own carnal will and frailness. Consider his contrition; accept bis repentance; and forasmuch as he putteth his full trust only in thy mercy, impute not unto him his former sins, but strengthen him with thy blessed Spirit: and when thou art pleased to take him hence, take hi m unto thy favour: This we beg through thy merits, O Lord, our Saviour and our Redeemer. Amen,
H Then the Minister shall say,
O FATHER of mercies, and God of all comfort; we fly unto thee for succour in behalf of this thy servant, who is now under the sentence of condemnation. The day of his calamity is at hand,-and he is accounted as one of those who go down into the pit. Blessed Lord, remember thy mercies; look upon his infirmities; hear the voice or his complaint; give him, we beseech thee, patience in this his time of adversity, and support under the terrors which encompass him; set before his eyes the things he liath done in the body, which have justly provoked thee to angers and forasmuch as bis continuance appeareth to be short amongst us, quicken him so much the more by thy grace and Holy Spirit; that he, being' converted and reconciled unto thee, before thy judgments have cut him mtf from the earth, may at the hour of his death depart in peace, and he received Into thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus C hrist our Lord. Amen. Adding this.
OS AVIODR of the world, who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us, save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord. f Then the Minister, standing, thall say,
IS the midst of life we are in death: Of whom may we seek for succour, but of tbee, O Lord, who for our sins art justly displeased?
Yet, O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty, 0 holy and most merciful Saviour, deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death.
Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts: Shut not thy merciful ears to our prayers; bat spare us, Lord most holy, OQod most mighty,O holy andi'uvitul
Saviour, thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death to fall from thee.
IT 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 ohey; be now and ever more thy defence; and make thee know and feel that there is none other name under heaven given to man, in whom, and through whom, thou mayest receive salvation, but only in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
1 And after that shall say,
UNTO God's gracious mercy and pi otection we commit thee': The Lord bless thee and keep thee: The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace, both now and evermore.
V At the time of Execution, besides alt, or such parts of the foregoing Office as the Minister shall judge proper, shall be said the Commendatory Prayer for a person at die point of Departure, as it is in the Visitation of the Sick.
V The Collect for the Communion Service.
OGOO, who declarest thy Almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity; we beseech thee to have mercy upon this thy servant, who for his transgressions is appointed to die. Grant that he may take thy judgments patiently, and repent him truly of his sins; that he recovering thy favour, the fearful reward of his actions may end with this life; and whensoever his soul shall depart from the body, it may be without spot presented unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Heb.xU.tl.
NO chastening for the present secmeth to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless, afterwards it yiddeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness, unto them which are exercised thereby.
The Gospel. St. John v. 24.
VERILV, verily, 1 say unto you, H* that heareth my word, and helieveth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemn* tion; but is passed from death unto life. IT A Prayer for imprisoned Debtors.
MOST gracious God, look down tn pitv and compassion upon the-? thine afflicted servants, who are fallen under tlie misery of a close rcstrni«L Gfvtf <«eai always u uecp staat- *u lite^
sins, and of thy fatherly love ainl correction; and the more their confinement presseth hard upon them, the more let the comforts of thy 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 losses which others bare sustained hythem. Raise themupfrieiids to pity and relieve them; give them the continued comfort of thy countenance here j and so sanctify their afflictions, that they may work for them an eternal weight of Glory, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.
A FORM OF
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 Jirst Tlauyday in November, or on such other Day as shall he appointed by the Civil Authority.
* The Service shall he as usual, except where it is hereby otherwise appointed.
U Among the Sentences at the beginning of Morning Prayer, shall be "the following:
HONOUK the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits 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. Prot:. iii. 19, 20.
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deut. xxxiii. 27.
Israel then shall dwell in safety alone; the fountain of Jacob shall be upon the land of corn and of wine, also his heaven shall drop down dew. Deut. xxxiii. 28.
Happy art thou, 0 Israel; who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency1 Deut. xxxiii. 21*.
tf Instead of, O com* let us «nf, ifC the
^RAISE ye the Lord; for it is
God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely.
The Lord doth build up Jerusalem; he gatherelh together the outcasts of Israel.
He healeth those that are broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
He covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth; he maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains.
He givethto the beast his food; and to the young ravens which cry.
Praise the Lord, 0 Jerusalem: Praise thy God, 0 Sion.
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
IT Then shall be said or sung one of the Selections, or some other portion of the Psalms, at the discretion of the
broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew; we yield thee upfeigned thanks and praise, as for all thy mercies, so especially for the returns of Seed-time and Harvest, and for crowning the year with thy goodness, in the in crease of the ground, and the gathering in of the fruits thereof. And, we beseech thee, give us a just sense of this great mercy; such as may appear in our lives, by an humble, holy, and obedient walking before thee all our days, through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all glory and honour, world without end. Amen.
V The Coltect to be used instead of that for the day.
MOST merciful Father, who hast blessed the labours of the husbandman in the returns of the fruits of the earth; we give thee humble and hearty thanks for this thy bounty; beseeching thee to continue thy loving kindness to us; that our land may still yield her increase, to thy glory and our comfort, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Epistle. St. James i. 16.
DO not err,my beloved brethren: every good gift and every perfect gift is from above; and cometh down 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 wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, 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 therein, 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, and bndleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and untie filed before God and the Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. The Gospel. St. Matt. v. 43.
YE have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour and hate thine enemy. But I say 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 publicans, 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,
V The Master or Mistress having called together as many of the Family as fa,l 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.
Achunvlcdgv-Mt i LMIGHTY and everlasting God, in whom we
cf ^M'lvurcy and f\- \\ye an(j move and have our being; we, thy
cVuytkmzi'^!* needy creatures,rendertheeourhumbIepraises,for
jiigAtnoifc thy preservation of usfromthebeginningofourlivei
to this day, and especially for having delivered us
from the dangers of the pastnight. To thy watchful
* When dtiturh- providence we owe it, "(that no disturbance hath j""*' t ""K 'ed come nigh us or our dwelling; but, that we are
that notwithstand- these thy mercies, we bless and magnify thy glcingi.'ii danger*, «e rious Name; humbly beseeching thee to accept •re bn,,:;rtit in safe- this our morning sacrifice of praise and thanksgiv ty to the beginning j„g; for bis sake who lay down in the grave, and y" rose again for us, thy Son our Saviour Jesus
Christ. Amen. Dedication n/toui A ND, since it is of thy mercy, O gracious Faand body to G'td'i A ther, that anotlierday is added to our lives; service, with a reta- we )lere dedicate both our souls and our bodies to Si* fa ££7* tne« a"d t1? seFTMe, inB(?ober, righteous, and • ?0"'y "*e: '" which resolution, do thou, O merci
ful God, confirm and strengthen us; that, as we trow in age, wemay grow in grace,and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Ana. Prayer far grace XVUT, O God, who knowest the weakness and to enable m to per- J-> corruption ot our nature, and the manifold fvrmtluuruolution. temptations which we daily meet with; we humbly beseech thee to have compassion on our infirmities, and to give us the constant assistance of thy Holy Spirit; that we may be effectually restrained from sin, and excited to our dutv. Imprint upon our hearts such a dread of thy judgments, and such a grateful sense of thy goodness to us, as may make us both afraid and ashamed to offend thee. And, above all, keep in our minds a lively remembrance of that great Day, in which we must give a strict account of our thoughts, words, and actions; and according to the works done in the body, be eternally rewarded or punished, by him whom thou hast appointed the Judge of quick bad dead, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.