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obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he fet before us.-Dan. ix. 9, 10.
O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, left thou bring me to nothing. Jer. x. 24; Pf. vi. 1.
Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. St. Matt. iii. 2.
I will arise, and go to my father; and will say unto him, Father, I havelinnedagainst heaven, and before thee, and am 00 more worthy to be called thy son.-St. Luke xv. 18, 19.
Enter not into judgment with thy fervant, O Lord; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.-Pf.cxliii. 2.
If we say that we have no fin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us: but if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our fins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.—1 St. John i. 8, 9.
EARLY beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us
in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold fins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them, with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the fame, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our fins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands; to set forth his most worthy praise; to hear his most holy Word; and to ask those things which are requifite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me:
14. general Confeffion to be said of the whole Congregation,
after the Minister, all kneeling. Almighty and moft merciful Father, we have erred have followed too much the devices and desires of our own
hearts: We have offended against thy holy laws: We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults: Restore thou them that are penitent; According tothy promises, declared unto mankind in Christ Jefu our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his fake, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober lite, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.
The Absolution or Remission of fins, to be pronounced by the Pricft alone, standing; the People fill kneeling,
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who defiretlı not the death of a finner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given power and commandment to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their fins; He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore, let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit; that those things may please him, which we do at this present, and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy;, so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Then the Minister shall kneel, and say the Lord's Prayer;
the People also kneeling, and repeating it with him. O
UR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy
Name; Thy kingdom come ; Thý will be done in earth, as it is in heaven : Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespaffes, as we forgive them that trefeass 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 and ever. ". Amen. -;
The Lord's Prayer] In my, observations on this divine form of prayer in the Morning Service, I have remarked that Christ composed it from a judicious felection of particulars contained in the Jewish prayers. Lightfoot, Calmet, and others converfant in Hebrew and Talmudical learning have pointed out the forms (composed by Efdras during the Babyloniih
Then likewise be shall say,
Answ. O Lord make haste to help us. captivity) from which our bleffud Lord adopted its different paragraphs: "Our Father which art in heaven;". Maimonedes in Tipliilloth. “ Hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come;" Bab. Baracoth, fol. xl. 2.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,” &c.; Bab. Baracoth, fol. xxix. 2. “ Deliver us from evil;" Id. Baracoth., fol. xvi. 2. Exclulive, however, of this external evidence of our blefied Saviour having condescended to adopt forms v;hich were already familiar to his difciples, there is an internal one of great weight, that points to the fame conclulion. It is obfervable, that Christ delivers all the clauses of the Lord's Prayer, fave one, in dislinet propositions, and not in an interwoven feries, which would have been the case had the form been an original compofition; and also, that he does not accompany these clauses by any comment or explication, because this would have been an unnecessary addition to forms already in use
, and well understood by those to whom he repeated them. To this however there is one exception, namely, in the prayer for forgiveness of trefipasses or debts. Here Chrift follows up the clause with a comment, by which he points out the connection between the performance of an important duty, and the fuccets of the petition; “ For if ye forgive men their. trefpaffes,” &c.; Matt. vi. 14, 15 : plainly indicating that he had here added something new to their old and accustomed prayers, by the explanation which he has thought proper to give of the reason, beauty, and necellity of its introduction.
O God, make Speed, &c.] The evening or fervice, according to Henry's Primer, commenced with these two verticles. It began at six o'clock'in the afternoon, and confiited of psalms cxii. cxxxiv. cxxxvii; the anthem; the chapter; the hymn
O Lord, the world's faviour,
Which haft preterved us this day,
And lave us ever, we thce pray.
And 1pare us, which do pray to thee;
That our darkness lightened be.
Nor that our enemy us beguile,
Our soul and body do defile.
With hearts desire we pray to thee,
We may rise chaste and worship thee. Amen. The verficle; the answer; the Magnificat; the anthem; the verlicle; the answer; and a prayer for grace and sanctification. The Complzne jor service that took place at nine o'clock at night, and was so called from its compleating the religious duties of the day) follows the evening fong in Henry's Primer, and confifts of four verlicles, and the Gloria Patri; pfalms
Here all standing up, the Priest shall say, Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
Answ. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
Priest. Praise ye the Lord. Answ. The Lord's Name be praised. Then fall be said or fung the Psalms in order as they are appointed. Then a Lefjon of the Old Testament, as is appointed: and after that, Magnificat, (or the Song of the blessed Virgin Mary) in English, as followeth.
Magnificat. St. Luke i. 46. My foule doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath
For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his hand-maiden.
For behold, from henceforth: all generations shall call me bleffed.
xii. xlii.; the anthem; the chapter; the hymn; the versicle; the an. swer; Nunc Dimittis; the anthem; the versicle; the answer; the collect, “ Lighten our darkness;" and these two ejaculations, "Bless we the Lord: thanks be to God.”
The Psalms in Order, &c.] St. Chryfoftom observes: "For holy David's Pfalms the grace of the holy Spirit hath fo ordered it, that they fhould be faid or lung night and day. In the Church's vigils, the first, the midst, and the last, are David's pfalms: in the morning David's psalms are fought for, and the first, the midft, and the last, is David. At funeral folemnities the first, the midst, and the laft, is David. In private hou ses where the virgins spin, the first, the midft, and the last, is David. Many that know not a letter, can fay David's pfalms by heart: In the monasteries, the quires of heavenly hosts, the first, the midft, and the laft, is David: In the deserts, where men that have crucified the world to themselves converse with God, the first, the midst, and the last, is David: In the night when men are asleep, David awakes them up to ling; and gathering the servants of God into angelical troops, turns earth into heaven, and makes angels of men finging David's psalms."-Sparrow.
Magnificat] This is a hymn of thanksgiving and praise uttered by the Virgin Mary when Elizabeth hailed her as the mother of our blessed Lord. As in the person of Christ the types and prophecies of the Old Testament received their completion, so there feems to be great propriety in introducing it after the first lesson, which is taken from the old covenant. Its adoption into the Liturgy is fanctioned by the authority of the Western Church as early as the lixth century; for we meet with it prescribed for public use in the rules of Cæsarius Arelatensis, and Aurelian, about the year 506.-Bingham's Antiq. b. xiv. C. 2. The reformed churches on the Cop. tinent afe it at prelent in their evening ferpice.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him: throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath fent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Ilrael: as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his feed for ever.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c. For else this Psalm; except it be on the Nineteenth day
of the Month, when it is read in the ordinary course of the Psalms.
Cantate Domino. Psalm xcviii.
marvellous things. With his own right hand, and with his holy arm: hath he gotten himself the victory.
The Lord declared his falvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the fight of the heathen.
He hath remembered his mercy and truth toward the house of Israel: and all the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God.
Shew yourselves joyful unto the Lord, all ye lands: sing, rejoice, and give thanks.
Praise the Lord upon the harp: sing to the harp with a psalm of thanksgiving
With trumpets also and fhawms: 0 Thew yourselves joyful before the Lord the King.
Cantate Domino] This was added in Edward's second Book; and seems eligible to be repeated when the first lesson has recounted any inftance of extraordinary protection, mercy, or compassion. It was probably composed by David after some lignal fuccels.