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appearance the time of your our sins, and to cleanse us from dissolution draweth near; your all unrighteousness. Do not sins have laid fast hold upon either way abuse the goodness you; you are soon to be re- of God, who calleth us merci. moved from among men by a fully to amendment, and of his violent death; and you shall endless pity promiseth us forfade away suddenly like the giveness of that which is past, grass, which in the morning is if with a perfect and a true green and groweth up, but in heart we return unto him. the evening is cut down, dried Since therefore you are soon up, and withered. After you to pass into an endless and have thus finished the course unchangeable state, and your of a sinful and miserable life, future happiness or misery
appear before the depends upon the few moments Judge of all flesh; who, as he which are left you; I require pronounces blessings on the you strictly to examine yourself, righteous, shall likewise say, and your estate both towards with a terrible voice of most God and towards man; and let just judgment, to the wicked, no worldly consideration hinder Go, ye accursed, into the fire you from making a true and everlasting, prepared for the full confession of your sins, and devil and his angels.
giving all the satisfaction which Your sins have brought you is in your power to every one too near this dreadful sentence: whom you have wronged or it is therefore your part and injured ; that you may find duty, my brother, humbly to mercy at your heavenly Father's confess and bewail your great hand, for Christ's sake, and and manifold offences, and to not be condemned in the dreadrepent you truly of your sins, ful day of judgment. as you tender the eternal salva- Lastly, beloved, submit your tion of your soul.
self with Christian resignation Be not deceived with a vain to the just judgment of God, and presumptuous expectation which your own crimes have of God's favour, nor say within brought upon you, and be in yourself, Peace, Peace, where charity with all men; being there is no peace ; for there is ready sincerely to forgive all no peace, saith my God, to the such as have offended you, wicked. God is not mocked ; not excepting those who have he is of purer eyes than to prosecuted you even unto death: behold iniquity ; and without and, though this may seem a holiness no man shall see the hard saying, yet know assuredly, LORD. On the other hand, that without it your charity is despair not of God's mercy, not yet perfect. And fail not though trouble is on every side; earnestly to endeavour and for God shutteth not up his pray for this blessed temper mercies for ever in displeasure: and composure of mind. So But if we confess our sins, he may you cast yourself with an is faithful and just to forgive us entire dependence upon the
mercies of God, through the thee, for succour in behalf of merits of our Saviour and this thy servant, who is now Redeemer Jesus Christ. under the sentence of con
demnation, Here the Minister shall examine him
The day of his concerning his faith, and rehearse the calamity is at hand, and he is articles of the Creed, Dost thou believe in accounted as one of those who GOD, &c. And the criminal shall answer, All this I steadfastly believe. LORD, remember thy mercies ;
down into the pit. I Then shall the Minister examine whether look upon his infirmities; hear
he repent him truly of his sins, exhorting the voice of his complaint; give him to a particular confession of the sin for which he is condemned ; and upon him, we beseech thee, patience confession, he shall instruct him what in this his time of adversity, he has offended thereby; and if he knoweth and support under the terrors any combinations in wickedness, or any which
encompass him ; evil practices designed against others, let him be admonished to the utmost of his before his eyes the things he
power to discover and prevent them. hath done in the body, which 1 After his confession, the Minister shall have justly provoked thee to in the form which is used in the Com! anger; and, forasmuch as his
continuance appeareth to be After which shall be said the Collect short amongst us, quicken him following:
so much the more by thy grace O HOLY Jesus, who of and holy Spirit ; that he, thine infinite goodness, didst being converted and reconciled accept the conversion of a sin- unto thee, before thy judgments ner on the cross ; open thine have cut him off from the earth, eye of mercy upon this thy may at the hour of his death servant, who desireth pardon depart in peace, and be received and forgiveness, though in his into thine everlasting kingdom, latest hour he turneth unto through Jesus Christ our Lord. thee. Renew in him whatsoever Amen. hath been decayed by the fraud
1 Adding this. and malice of the devil, or by his own carnal willand frailness.
O SAVIOUR of the world, Consider his contrition ; accept
who by thy cross and precious his repentance; and forasmuch blood hast redeemed us, save as he putteth his full trust only us, and help us, we humbly in
thy mercy, impute not beseech thee, O Lord. unto him his former sins, but T Then the Minister, standing, shall say, strengthen him with thy blessed IN the midst of life we are Spirit; and when thou art in death : of whom may we pleased to take him hence, take seek for succour, but of thee, him unto thy favour: This we O Lord, who for our sins art beg through thy merits, O LORD, justly displeased? our Saviour and our Redeemer.
Yet, O LORD God most holy, Amen.
O LORD most mighty, O holy 1 Then shall the Minister say, and most merciful Saviour, O FATHER of mercies and deliver us not into the , bitter God of all comfort; we fly unto pains of eternal death.
Thou knowest, LORD, the to die.
Grant that he may secrets of our hearts : shut not take thy judgments patiently, thy merciful ears to our prayers; and repent him truly of his but spare us, LORD most holy, sins ; that he recovering thy O God most mighty, o holy favour, the fearful reward of and merciful Saviour, thou his actions may end with this most worthy Judge eternal, life ; and whensoever his soul suffer us not, at our last hour, shall depart from the body, it for any pains of death to fall may be without spot presented from thee.
unto thee, through Jesus CHRIST Then the Minister shall say, our Lord. Amen. THE Almighty God, who is
The Epistle. Heb. xii. 11. a most strong tower to all those who put their trust in him ; to
NO chastening for the prewhom all things in heaven, in sent seemeth to be joyous, but earth, and under the earth, do grievous ; nevertheless, afterbow and obey; be now and wards it yieldeth the peaceable evermore thy defence ; and fruit of righteousness, unto make thee know and feel that
exercised there is none other name under thereby. heaven given to man, in whom and through whom thou mayest
The Gospel. St. John v. 24. receive salvation, but only the VERILY, verily, I say unto name of our Lord Jesus Christ. you, He that heareth my word, Amen.
and believeth on him that sent And after that shall
me, hath everlasting life, and UNTO God's gracious merey tion; but is passed from death
shall not come into condemnaand protection we commit thee:
unto life. The Lord bless thee and keep thee : The Lord make his face I A Prayer for imprisoned Debtors. to shine upon thee, and be
MOST gracious God, look gracious unto thee: The LORD down in pity and compassion lift up his countenance upon upon these thine afflicted serthee, and give thee peace both vants, who are fallen under the now and evermore.
misery of a close . restraint. | At the time of Execution, besides all, or
Give them always a deep sense such parts of the foregoing office as the of their sins, and of thy fatherly Minister shall judge proper, shall be said love and correction; and the the Commendatory prayer for a person at the point of departure, as it is in the more their confinement presseth Visitation of the Sick.
hard upon them, the more let I The Collect for the Communion Service. the comforts of thy grace and
O GOD, who declarest thy mercy abound towards them almighty power chiefly in Give to their creditors tendershowing mercy and pity; we ness and compassion, and to beseech thee to have mercy them a meek and forgiving upon this thy servant, who for spirit towards all those who his transgressions is appointed have confined them, and a full
purpose to repair all the injuries here ; and so sanctify their and losses which others have afflictions, that they may work sustained by them. Raise them for them an eternal weight of up friends to pity and relieve glory, through the merits and them; give them the continued mediation of JESUS CHRIST thy comfort of thy countenance 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 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. Among the Sentences at the beginning of of thy help, and who is the Morning Prayer shall be the following: sword of thy excellency! Deut.
HONOUR the LORD with xxxiii. 29. thy substance, and with the 1 Instead of, o come let us sing, &c. the first fruits of all thine increase ; following shall be said or sung: so shall thy barns be filled with PRAISE
the Lord; for plenty, and thy presses shall it is good to sing praises unto burst out with new wine. Prov. our God; for it is pleasant, and iii. 9, 10.
praise is comely. The LORD by wisdom hath The Lord doth build up Jefounded the earth; by under- rusalem; he gathereth together standing hath he established the outcasts of Israel. the heavens : by his knowledge He healeth those that are the depths are broken up, and broken in heart, and bindeth the clouds drop down the dew. up their wounds. Prov. iii. 19, 20.
He covereth the heaven with The eternal God is thy refuge, clouds, and prepareth rain for and underneath are the ever- the earth; he maketh the grass lasting arms. Deut. xxxiii. 27. to grow upon the mountains.
Israel then shall dwell in He giveth to the beast his safety alone; the fountain of food; and to the young ravens Jacob shall be upon the land which cry. of corn and of wine, also his Praise the LORD, O Jerusaheaven shall drop down dew. lem : Praise thy God, O Sion. Deut. xxxiii. 28.
For he hath strengthened Happy art thou, O Israel; the bars of thy gates; he hath who is like unto thee, O people blessed thy children within saved by the Lord, the shield! thee.
12 to 24.
He maketh peace in thy | The Epistle. St. James i. 16. borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
DO not err, my beloved
brethren: every good gift and 1 Then shall be said or sung one of the every perfect gift is from above; Selections, or some other portion of the Psalms, at the discretion of the Minister.
and cometh down from the
Father of lights, with whom is 1 The First Lesson shall be Deut. viii. and the Second Lesson shall be 1 Thess. y.
no variableness, neither shadow
of turning. Of his own will IT After the General Thanksgiving, shall be begat he us of the word of truth,
said this which followeth : that we should be a kind of MOST gracious God, by first fruits of his creatures. whose knowledge the depths Wherefore, my beloved brethare broken up, and the clouds ren, let every man be swift to drop down the dew; we yield hear, slow to speak, slow to thee unfeigned thanks and wrath : for the wrath of man praise, as for all thy mercies, worketh not the righteousness so especially for the returns of of God. Wherefore lay apart seed-time and harvest, and for all filthiness and superfíuity of crowning the year with thy naughtiness, and receive with goodness, in the increase of the meekness the ingrafted word, ground, and the gathering in which is able to save your souls. of the fruits thereof. And, we
Be ye doers of the word ; and beseech thee, give us a just not hearers only, deceiving sense of this great mercy; such your own selves. as may appear in our lives, by be a hearer of the word and not an humble, holy, and obedient a doer, he is like unto a man walking before thee all our
beholding his natural face in a days, through Jesus Christ glass; for he beholdeth himself, our Lord; to whom, with thee and goeth his way, and straightand the Holy Ghost, be all way forgetteth what manner glory and honour, world with of man he was. But whoso out end. Amen.
looketh into the perfect law of
liberty, and continueth therein, 1 The Collect to be used instead of that for he being not a forgetful hearer,
but a doer of the work, this O MOST merciful Father, man shall be blessed in his who hast blessed the labours of deed. If any man among you the husbandman in the returns seem to be religious, and of the fruits of the earth ; we bridleth not his tongue, but give thee humble and hearty deceiveth his own heart, this thanks for this thy bounty ; man's religion is vain. Pure beseeching thee to continue thy religion and undefiled before loving kindness to us; that our God and the Father is this : to land may still yield her increase, visit the fatherless and widows to thy glory and our comfort, in their affliction, and to keep through JESUS CHRIST himself
unspotted from the Lord. Amen.
For if any