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shalt wash me, and I shall be for trial of his patience, or punishwhiter than snow.

ment of his offences, enable him by Thou shalt make me hear of thy grace cheerfully to submit himjoy and gladness; that the bones self to thy holy will and pleasure. which thou hast broken may re-Go not far from those, O Lord, joice.

whom thou hast laid in a place of Turn thy face from my sins ; darkness, and in the deep; and and put out all my misdeeds. forasmuch as thou hast not cut him

Make me a clean beart, O God; off suddenly, but chastenesthim as and renewaright spirit within me. a father; grant that he, duly con

Cast me not away from tby pre- sidering thy great mercies, may sence; and take not thy Holy Spi- be unfeignedly thankful, and turn rit from me.

unto thee with true repentance O give me the comfort of thy and sincerity of heart, through help again ; and stablish me with Jesus Christ our Lord. 'Amen. thy free Spirit.

19 Prayers for Persons under Sentence of 'Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked; and sinners shall " When a Criminal is under Sentence of

Death, the Minister shall proceed, imbe converted unto thee.

mediately after the Collect, o God, who Deliver me from blood-guilti-sparest, &c. to exhort him after this ness, O God, thou that art the Form, or other like: God of my health; and my tongue DEARLY beloved, it hath pleasshall sing of thy righteousness. ed Almighty God, in his jus

Thou shalt open my lips, Otice, to bring you under the senLord; and my mouth shall show tence and condemnation of the thy praise.

law : You are shortly to suffer For thou desirest no sacrifice, death in such a manner, that else would I give it thee; but thou others, warned by your example, delightest noi in burnt-offerings. may be the more afraid to offend;

The sacrifice of God is a trou- and we pray God, that you may bled 'Spirit; a broken and con- make such use of your punishtrite heart, 6 God, shalt thou notments in this world, that your despise.

soul may be saved in the world 1 Then the Minister shall say, Let us pray.

Wherefore we come to you in O Lord, we beseech thee, mer. the bowels of compassion; and,

cifully hear our prayers, and being desirous that you should spare all ihose who confess their avoid presumption on the one sins unto thee; that they, whose hand, and despair on the other, consciences by sin are accused, shall plainly lay before you the by thy merciful pardon may be wretchedness of your condition, absolved, through Christ our and declare how far you ought to 'Lord. Amen.

depend on the mercies of God, O God, whose mercy is everlast, and the merits of our Saviour.

ing, and power infinite; look Considerthen seriously with yourdown with pity and compassion self, in all appearance the time of upon the sufferings of this thy ser- your dissolution draweth near; tant; and whether thou visitest your sins have laid fast hold upon

to come.

you; you are soon to be removed if with a perfect and true heart from among men by a violent we return unto him. death; and you shall fade away Since therefore you are soon to suddenly like the grass, which in pass into an endless and unchangethe morning is green and grow-able state, and your future hapeth up, but in the evening is cut piness or misery depends upon down, dried up, and withered. the few moments which are left After you have thus finished the you; I require you strictly to excourse of a sinful and miserable amine yourself, and your estate life, you shall appear before the both towards God and towards Judge of all flesh; who, as he man; and let no worldly consi. pronounces blessings on the rigli- .'eration hinder you from making teous, shall likewise say, with a a true and full confession of your terrible voice of most just judg- sins, and giving all the satisfaction ment, to the wicked, Go, ye ac- which is in your power to every cursed, into the fire everlasting, one whom you have wronged or prepared for the devil and his injured ; that you may find mercy angels.

at your heavenly Father's hand, Your sins have brought you too for Christ's sake, and not be connear this dreadful sentence: It is demned in the dreadful day of therefore your part and duty, my judgment. brother, humbly to confess and Lastly, beloved, submit your. bewail your great and manifold self with Christian resignation to offences, and to repent you truly the just judgment of God, whichi of your sins, as you tender the your own crimes have brought eternal salvation of your soul. upon you, and be in charity with

Be not deceived with a vain all men; being ready sincerely to and presumptuous expectation of forgive all such as have offended God's favour, norsay within your-you, not excepting those who have self, Peace, Peace, where there prosecuted you even unto death: is no peace; for there is no peace, And, though this may seem a saith my God, to the wicked. hard saying, yet know'assuredly, God is not mocked; he is of purer that without it your charity is not eyes than to behold iniquity; and yet perfect. And fail not earnestwithout holiness no man shall see ly to endeavour and pray for this the Lord. On the other hand, de- blessed temper and composure of spair not of God's mercy, though mind. So may you cast yourself trouble is on every side; for God with an entire dependence upon shutteth not up his mercies for the mercies of God, through the ever in displeasure : But if we merits of our Saviour and Reconfess our sins, he is faithful and deemer Jesus Christ. just to forgive us our sins, and to T Here the Minister shall examine him cleanse us from all unrighteous concerning his Faith, and rehearse the ness. Do not either way abuse

Articles of the Creed, Dost thou believe

in God, &c. A.d the Criminal shall the goodness of God, who calleth us mercifully to amendment, and

All this I steadfastly believe. of his endless pity promiseth us o Then shall the Minister examine wheforgiveness of that which is past, ther he repent him truly of his sins, ex

answer,

horting him to a particular Confession his time of adversity, and support of the sin for which he is condemned under the terrors which encomand upon Confession, he shall instrucí kim what satisfaction ought to be made pass him; set before his eyes the to those whom he has offinded thereby; things he hath done in the body, and if he knoweth any combinations in which have justly provoked thee wickedness, or any evil practices design ed against others, let him be admonished to anger; and forasmuch as his to the utmost of his power to discover continuance appeareth to be short and prevent them.

amongst us, quicken him so much 1 After his Confession, the Minister shall the more by thy grace and boly God, in the Form which is used in the Spirit; that he, being converted Communion Service.

and reconciled unto thee, before 1 After which shall be said the Collect thy judgments have cut him off following

from the earth, may at the hour O Holy Jesus, who of thine in. lof his death depart in peace, and

finite goodness, didst accept be received into thine everlastthe conversion of a sinner on the ing kingdom, through Jesus Christ cross; open thine eye of mercy our Lord. Amen. upon this thy servant, who de

1 Adding this: sireth pardon and forgiveness, O Saviour of the world, who by though in his latest hour he turn- thy cross and precious blood eth unto thee. Renew in him hast redeemed us, save us and help whatsoever hath been decayed by us, we humbly beseech thee, O the fraud and malice of the devil, Lord. or by his own carnal will and frail- 1 Then the Minister, standing, shall say, ness. Consider his contrition; ac- In the midst of life we are in cept his repentance; and foras- death : Of whom may we seek much as he putteth his full trust for succour, but of thee, O Lord, only in thy mercy, impute not who for our sins art justly disunto him his former sins, but pleased ? strengthen him with thy blessed Yet, O Lord God most holy, o Spirit; and when thou art pleased Lord most mighty, O holy and to take him hence, take him unto most merciful Saviour, deliver us thy favour: This we beg through not into the bitter pains of eterthy merits, O Lord, our Saviour nal death. and our Redeemer. Amen. Thou knowest, Lord, the se

Then the Minister shall say, crets of our hearts : Shut not thy O Father of mercies and God of merciful ears to our prayers ; but

all comfort; wefly unto thee spare us, Lord, most holy, O God for succour in behalf of this thy most mighty, O holy and merciservant, who is now under the ful Saviour, thou most worthy sentence of condemnation. The Judge eternal, suffer us not, at day of his calamity is at hand, and our last hour, for any pains of he is accounted as one of those death to fall from thee. who go down into the pit. Blessed 1 Then the Minister shoes Tord, remember thy mercies : THE Almighty Governo look upon his infirmities; hearthe njost strong tower to all thone voice of his complaint; give bim, who put their trust in thin we beseech thee, patience in this whom all things in heaven,

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earth, and under the earth, do The Epistle. Heb. xij. 11. bow and obey; be now and ever. No chastening for the present more thy defence; and make seemeth to be joyous, but thee know and feel that there is grievous; nevertheless, afterwards none other name under heaven it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of given to man, in whom and righteousness, unto them which through whom thou mayest re-are exercised thereby. ceive salvation, but only the

The Gospel. St. John, v. 24. naine of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

VERILY. verily, I say unto you,

He that heareth my word, 1 And after that shall say, and believeth on him that sent UNTO God's gracious mercy me, hath everlasting life, a ad shall

and protection we commit not come into condemnation; but thee : The Lord bless thee and is passed from death unto life. keep thee: The Lord make his

T_A Prayer for imprisoned Debtors. face to shine upon thee, and be

MOST gracious God, look down gracious unto thee: The Lord

in pity and compassion upon lift up his countenance upon thee, these thine afflicted servants, who and give thee peace, both now are fallen under the misery of a and evermore.

close restraint. Give them alAt the time of Execution, besides all, or ways a deep sense of their sins, such parts of the foregoing office as the and of thy fatherly love and corMinister shall judge proper, shall be rection; and the more their consaid the Commendatory Prayer for a person at the point of Departure, as it finement presseth hard upon is in the Visitation of the Sick. them, the more let the comforts,

The Collect for the Communion Service. of thy grace and mercy abound O God, who declarest thy Al- towards them. Give to their credi

mighty powerchiefly in show-tors tenderness and compassion, ing mercy and pity; we beseech and to them a meek and forgive thee to have mercy upon this ing spirit towards all those who thy servant, who for his trans- have confined them, and full gressions is appointed to die. purpose to repair all the injuries Grant that he may take thy judg- and losses wbich others have susments patientiy, and repent him tained by them. Raise them up truly of his sins; that he reco- friends to pity and relieve them. vering thy favour, the fearful re- give them the continued comfort ward of his actions may end with of thy countenance here; and so this life; and whensoever his sanctify their allictions, that they soul shall depart from the body, may work for them an eternal it may be without spot present-weight of glory, t. rugh the meed unto thee, through Jesus rits and mediation of Jesus Christ Christ our Lord. Amen. thy Son our Lord. Amen.

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A FORM OF

PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING

To Almighty God, for the Fruits of the Earth, and all the other Blessings of bls

inercitu Providence; to be used yearly on the first Thursday in November, 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. 1 Among the Sentences at the beginning ken in heart, and bindeth up their

of Morning Prayer shall be the follow-wounds. ing :

He covereth the heaven with HONOUR the Lord with the clouds, and prepareth rain for the

substance, and with the first earth; he maketh the grass to fruits of all thine increase : So shall thy barns be filled with plen-1° He giveth to the beast his food;

(grow upon the mountains. ty, and thy presses shall burst out and to the young ravens which with new wine. Prov. iii. 9, 10. ed the earth ; by understanding Praise thy God, O Sion. The Lord by wisdom bath found-cry

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem : hath he established the heavens: By his knowledge the depths are bars of thy gates; he hath blessed

For he hath strengthened the broken up, and the clouds drop thy children within thee. down the dew. Prov. ii. 19, 20. The eternal God is thy refuge, ders, and filleth thee with the

He maketh peace in thy borand underneath are the everlast- finest of the wheat. ing arms. Deut. xxxiii. 27. Israel then shall dwell in safety" lections, or some other portion of the

1 Then shall be said or sung one of the Se alone; the fountain of Jacob shal! Psalms, at the discretion of the Minister. be upon the land of corn and of The First Lesson shall be Deut. viii. wine, also his heaven shall drop and the Second Lesson shall be 1 Thess. down dew. Deut. xxxiji. 28. Happy art thou, O Israel ; who " After the general Thunksgiving, shall

be said this which followeth : is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy MOST gracious God, by whose help, and who is the sword of thy knowledge the depths are excellency! Deut. xxxiii. 29. broken up and the clouds drop

down the dew; we yield thee un1 Instead of, 0 come let us sing, dro the feigned thanks and praise, as forall following shull be said or sung:

thy mercies, so especially for the PRAISE ye the Lord ; for it is returns of Seed-time and Harvest.

good to sing praises unto our and forcrowning the year with thy God; for it is pleasant, and praise goodness, in the increase of the is comely.

ground and the gathering in of the The Lord doth build up Jeru- fruits thereof. And we beseech salem; he gathereth together the thee, give us a just sense of this out-casts of Israel.

great mercy; such as may appear He healeth those that are bro- in our lives, by an humble, holy,

v. 12 to 24.

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