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sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. Luke, xv. 18, 19.
Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. Psal. cxliii. 2.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John, i. 8, 9.
The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a spirit, and they, who worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth. John, iv. 23, 24.
DEARLY beloved brethren, the Scripture mov-. eth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess
our manifold sins 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 same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought, at all times, humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we 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 requisite 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.
A general Confession to
be said by the whole Congregation after the Minister.
ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We 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. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders. Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent, According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and sober life; To the glory of thy holy name. Amen.
Then shall the Minister say this Prayer.
O LORD, we beseech thee, mercifully hear our prayers, and spare all those who confess their sins unto thee; that they, whose consciences by sin are accused, by thy merciful pardon may be absolved, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
OUR 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.
Then likewise he shall say,
O LORD, open thou our lips;
Answ. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
Min. Now unto the King eternal, immortal,
O COME, let us sing unto the Lord; let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God; and a great king above all gods.
In his hand are all the corners of the earth; and the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it; and his hands prepared the dry land.
O come, let us worship, and fall down, and kneel before the Lord our Mak
For he is the Lord our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
O. worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth; and with righteousness to judge the world, and the people with his truth.
Then shall be said, by the Minister and People alternately, the Psalms for the Day. And at the close of the Psalms shall be repeated the following Doxology.
NOW unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God;
Be honor and glory, through Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen.
Then may follow an An
them, or a Voluntary of the prophets, praise
on the Organ. After which the Minister shall read the FIRST LESSON, taken out of the Old Testament; and at the end of it he shall say, Here endeth the FIRST LESSON. Then shall be sung, or else repeated by the Minister and People alternately the Hymn called Te Deum.
WE praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.
To thee all angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the powers therein.
To thee cherubim and seraphim continually do
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.
The glorious company of the apostles, praise thee. The goodly fellowship
The noble army of martyrs, praise thee.
The holy church throughout all the world, doth acknowledge thee,
The Father of an infinite majesty ;
Thine honorable, true, and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.
bered with thy saints, in marvellous, worthy to be praised; there is no end of his greatness.
One generation shall praise thy works unto Govern them, and lift another, and declare thy them up for ever. Day by day we magnify thee;
O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage.
And we worship thy name, ever, world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without
O Lord have mercy upon us; have mercy upon
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us, as our trust is in thee.
The memorial of thine abundant kindness shall be shown; and men shall sing of thy righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful, long suffering, and of great good
The Lord is loving unto every man, and his mercy is over all his works.
All thy works praise thee, O Lord, and thy saints give thanks unto thee.
O Lord, in thee have we trusted; let us never be confounded.
Or this Psalm.
I WILL magnify thee, O God, my King; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
Every day will I give thanks unto thee, and praise thy name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and down.
They show the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
That thy power, thy glory, and mightiness of thy kingdom might be known unto men.
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all ages.
The Lord upholdeth all such as fall, and lifteth up all those who are