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heads, and made us to stand in might, wbich none is able to with: the day of battle.
stand; we bless and magnify thy The Lord hath appeared for us; great and glorious name for this the Lord hath overthrown our happy victory, the whole glory enemies, and dashed in pieces whereof we do ascribe to thee,wbo those that rose up against us. art the only giver of victory. And
Therefore not unto us, O Lord, we beseech thee, give us grace to not unto us; but unto thy name improve this great mercy to thy be given the glory:
glory, the advancement of thy The Lord hath done great Gospel, the honour of our counthings for us; the Lord hath done try, and, as much as in us lieth, to great things for us, for which we the good of all mankind. And rejoice.
we beseech thee, give us such a Our help standeth in the name sense of this great mercy, as may of the Lord, who hath made hea- engage us to a true thankfulness, ven and earth.
such as may appear in our lives, Blessed be the name of the by an humble, holy, and obedient Lord, from this time forth for walking before thee all our days,
through Jesus Christ our Lord Glory be to the Father, and to to whom, with thee, and the Holy the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; Spirit, as for all thy mercies, so in
As it was in the beginning, is particular for this victory and now, and ever shall be, world deliverance, be all glory and ho without end. Amen.
nour, world without end. Amen 1 After this Hymn may be said the Te Deum.'
2 Cor. xiii. 14. Then this Collect.
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Almighty God, the Sovereign Christ, and the love of God, and
Commander of all the world, the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, in whose hand is power and be with us all evermore. Amen., * At the Burial of the Dead at Sea, the Office in the Common Prayer Book may be
used; only instead of these words, Wetherefore commit his Body to the ground, earth to earth, 8-c. say, We therefore commit his Body to the deep, to be tumed into corruption, looking for the Resurrection of the Body when the Sea shall give up her dead, and the life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ; who at his coming, shall change our vile Body, that it may be like his glorious Body, according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdua all things to himself.
A FORM OF PRAYER FOR THE VISITATION OF PRISONERS When Morning or Evening Prayer shall be read in any Prison, instead of the Psalm, 0 come let us sing, &c. shall be read the 150th Psalm ; and th. Minister shall insert, after the Collect for the Day, the Collect in the following service, O God, who sparest, &c. and at such time, as the Litany is not read, he shall
add the Prayer, o God, nrerciful Father, who despisest not, &c. 1. And when Notice is given to the Minis- REMEMBER not, Lord, our
ter, that a Prisoner is confined for soinu iniquities, nor the iniquities great or capital crime, he skoll visit of our forefathers ; neither take plues where the Prisoner is, he shull thou vengeance of our sins: Spare qay, kneeling down,
us, good Lord, spare thy people,
Let us pray.
whom thou hast redeemed with innocent, and awaken the guilty : thy most precious blood, and be and forasmuch as thou alone bringnot angry with us for ever. est light out of darkness, and good Ans. Spare us, good Lord. out of evil, grapt that the pains
and punishments which these thy Lord, have mercy upon us. servants endure, through their Christ, have mercy upon us. bodily confinement, may tend to
Lord, have mercy upon us. setting free their souls from the OUR Father, who art in Hea-chains of sin; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen. Min. O Lord, show thy mercy 1 Here the Minister, as he shall see conupon us;
venient, may read the Prayer for All Ans. And grant us thy salvation.
conditions of Men, the Collect for Ash
Wednesday, and the Collect beginning Min. Turn thy face from our
Almighty God, the fountain of all wis. sins;
dom, &c. or any other Prayer of the LiAns: And blot out all our ini
turgy, which he shall judge proper.
T Thon shall the Minister cxhort the quities.
Prisoner or I'risoners after this Form, Min. Send us help from thy or other like: holy place;
DEARLY beloved, know this, Ans. For thine indignation lieth that Almighty God, whose hard upon us.
never-failing providence governMin. O Lord, hear our prayer; eth all things both in heaven and
Ans. And let the sighing of the earth, hath so wisely and merciPrisoners come before thee. fully ordered the course of this The Collcct.
world, that his judgments are ofGRANT, we beseech thee, Al-ten sent as fatherly corrections to
mighty God, that we, who for us; and if, with due submission our evil deeds do worthily deserve and resignation to his holy will to be punished, by the comfort of we receive the same, they will thy grace may mercifully be re-work together for our good. lieved; through our Lord and It is your part and duty, thereSaviour Jesus Christ. Amen. |fore, to humble yourself under O God, who sparest when we the mighty hand of God, to ac
deserve punishment, and in knowledge the righteousness of thy wrath reinemberest mercy ; his judgments, and to endeavour, we humbly beseech thee, of thy that, by his grace, this present goodness to comfort and succour visitation may lead you to a sinall those who are under reproach cere and hearty repentance. and misery in the house of bond The way and means thereto is, age ; correct them not in thine to examine your life and converanger, neither chasten them in sation by the rule of God's comthy sore displeasure. Give then mandments; and whereinsoever a right understanding of them- you shall perceive yourself to have selves, and of thy threats and pro-offended either by will, word, or mises ; that they may neither cast deed, there to bewail your own away their confidence in thee, nor sinfulness, and to confess yourself place it any where but in thee. to Almighty God, with full pur Relieve the distressed, protect the pose of amendment of life. Aiz?
if you shall perceive youroffences you may claim the merits a to be such as are not only against Christ : but if you die in your sins, God, but also against your neigh-bis sufferings will tend to your bours; then to reconcile yourself greater condemnation. O belovto them, being ready to make res- ed, consider, in this your day, how titution and satisfaction, accord- fearful a thing it will be to fall ing to the uttermost of your into the hands of the living God, power, for allinjuries and wrongs when you can neither fly to his done by you to any other: and be mercy to protect you, nor to the inglikewise ready to forgive others merits of Christ to cover you in who have offended you, as you that terrible day. would have forgiveness of your" Here the Minister shall examine him offences at God's hand. And to concerning his Faith, and rehearse the
Articles of the Creed, Dost thou believe this true repentance and change in God, &c. And the Prisoner shall of mind you must add a lively and steadfast faith, and dependence All this I steadfastly believe. upon the merits of the death of " Then shall the Minister examine whether Christ, with an entire resignation charity with all the world, and further
he repent him truly of his sins, and be in of yourself to the will of God. admonish him particularly concerning Except you repent, and believe, the crimes wheruwith he is charged :
and exhort, him if he have any scruples, we can give you no hope of salva
that he would declare the same, and pretion: But if you do sincerely re pare himself for the Holy Communion, pent and believe, God hath declar against the time that it may be proper
to administer it to him. ed, though your sins be as red as Then, all knceling, the Minister shall scarlet, they shall be made wbite
say as follows, from the 51st Psalm: as snow; though your wickednes: HAVE mercy upon me, O God, ses have gone over your head, yet after thy great goodness; acshall they not be your destruction.cording to the multitude of thy
We exhort you therefore in the mercies, do away mine offences. name of God, and of his dear Son Wash me thoroughly from my Jesus Christ our Saviour, and as wickedness; and cleanse me from you tender your own salvation, to my sin. take good heed of these things in For I acknowledge my faults; time, while the day of salvation and my sin is ever before me. lasteth; for the night cometh, Against thee only have I sinned, when no man can work. While you and done this evil in thy sight; have the light, believe in the light that thou mightest be justified in and walk as children of the light, thy saying, and clear when thou that you be not cast into outer art judged. darkness; that you may not knock, Behold, I was shapen in wickwhen the door shall be shut; and sedness; and in sio hath my mocry for mercy, when it is the time ther conceived me. of justice. Now you are the ob But lo, thou requirest truth in ject of God's mercy, if by repent- the inward parts; and shalt make ance and true faith you turn unto me to understand wisdom sehim: but if you neglect thesecretly. things, you will be the object of Thou shalt purge me with byshis justice and vengeance: Nowisop, and I shall be clean; thou
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
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 dowis, 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 teouş, shall likewise say, with aja 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, which : 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 ihere 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 Re. confess our sins, he is faithful and deemer Jesus Christ. just to forgive us our sins, and to 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. And 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