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eth, and believeth in him, shall not which thy well-beloved Son shall die eternally; who also hath taught then pronounce to all that love and us, by his holy Apostle Saint Paul, fear thee, saying, Come, ye-blessed not to be sorry, as men without children of my Father, receive the hope, for them that sleep in him; kingdom prepared for you from the We meekly beseech thee, O Father, beginning of the world: Grant this, to raise us from the death of sin we beseech thee, O merciful Father, unto the life of righteousness; that, through Jesus Christ, our Mediator when we shall depart this life, we and Redeemer. Amen. may rest in him, as our hope is this general Resurrection in the last day, Christ, and the love of God, and we may be found acceptable in thy the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be sight; and receive that blessing, with us all evermore. Amen.'

THE

THANKSGIVING OF WOMEN AFTER CHILD-BIRTH,

COMMONLY CALLED,

THE CHURCHING OF WOMEN.

The Woman, at the usual time after her Delivery, shall come into the Church de cently apparellal, and there shall kneel doron in some convenient place, as hath been accustomed, or as the Ortlinary shall direct: And then the Priest shall say unto her,

from

Almighty God of his goodness tears, and my feet from falling. to give you safe deliverance, and I will walk before the Lord : in hath preserved you in the great dan- the land of the living. ger of Child-birth; you shall there. I believed, and therefore will I fore give hearty thanks unto God, speak; but I was sore troubled : 1

said in my haste, All men are liars.

What reward shall I give unto the ( Then shalt the Priest say the cxvith Psalm,)

Lord : for all the benefits that he

hath done unto me? Dilexi quoniam.

I will receive the cup of salva

and say,

I Am wehepleased that the Lord tionc. and call upon the Name of the

hath voice my Lord prayer;

I will pay my vows now in the That he hath inclined bis ear unto presence of all his people : in the me : therefore will I call upon him

courts of the Lord's house, even in as long as I live.

the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. The snares of death compassed me

Praise the Lord. round about : and the pains of hell Glory be to the Father, and to the gat hold upon me.

Son : and to the Holy Ghost; I found trouble and heaviness, As it was in the beginning, is now, and I called upon the Name of the and ever shall be : world without Lord : O Lord, I beseech thee, deli. end. Amen. ver my soul. Gracious is the Lord, and right

Or, Psalm cxxvii. Nisi Dominus. eous : yea, our God is merciful.

The Lord preserveth the simple : house : their labour is but lost I was in misery, and he helped me. that build it.

Turn again then unto thy rest, O my soul : for the Lord hath reward. watchman waketh but in vain.

Except the Lord keep the city : the ed thee. And why? thou hast delivered myl to rise up early, and so late take rest,

It is but lost labour that ye haste OR DENOUNCING OF GOD'S ANGER AND JUDGEMENTS

and eat the bread of carefulness : for power, and the glory, For ever and so he giveth his beloved sleep. ever. Amen. Lo, children and the fruit of the

Minister, O Lord, save this wo. womb : are an heritage and gift that man thy servant ; cometh of the Lord.

Answer. Who putteth her trust Like as the arrows in the hand of in thee. the giant : even so are the young Minister. Be thou to her a strong children.

tower; Happy is the man that hath his

Answer. From the face of her quiver full of them : they shall not enemy, be ashamed when they speak with Minister. Lord, hear our prayer. their enemies in the gate.

Answer. And let our cry come Glory be to the Father, and to the unto thee. Son : and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now,

Minister. Let us pray. and ever shall be : world without thee humble thanks for inat

ALMIGHTY end. Amen.

thou hast vouchsafed to deliver this Then the Priest shall say,

woman thy servant from the great Let us pray.

pain and peril of Child-birth; Grant, Lord, have mercy upon us.

we beseech thee, most merciful FaChrist, have mercy upon ut. ther, that she, through thy help, Lord, have mercy upon us. may both faithfully live, and walk UR Father, which art in hea according to thy will, in this life

ven, Hallowed be thy Name. present ; and also may be partaker Thy kingdom come. Thy will be of everlasting glory in the life to done in earth, As it is in heaven. come; through Jesus Christ our Give us this day our daily bread. Lord. Amen. And forgive us our trespasses, As The Woman, that cometh to give her we forgive them that trespass a. Thanks, must offer accustomed Offergainst us. And lead us not into ings; and, if there be a Communion, temptation; But deliver us from it is convenient that she receive the evil: For thine is the kingdom, The holy Communion.

OUR

A COMMINATION,

AGAINST SINNERS,

With certain Prayers, to be used on the first Day of Lent, and at other

times, as the Ordinary shall appoint,

After Morning Prayer, the Litany ended according to the accustomed manner,

the Priest shall, in the Reading-Pew or Pulpit, say, RETHREN, in the Primitive, which is much to be wished,) it is cipline, that, at the beginning of the presence of you all) should be Lent, such persons as stood con- read the general sentences of God's victed of notorious sin were put to cursing against impenitent sinners, open penance, and punished in this gathered out of the seven and twen. world, that iheir souls might be tieth Chapter of Deuteronomy, and saved in the day of the Lord; and other places of Scripture, and that that others, admonished by their ye should answer to every Sentence, example, might be the more afraid Amen : To the intent that, being to offend.

admonished of the great indignation Instead whereof, (until the said of God against sinners, ye may the discipline may be restored again, rather be moved to earnest and true

repentance; and may walk more of the living God: he shall pour warily in these dangerous days; flee down rain upon the sinners, snares, ing from such vices, for which ye fire and brimstone, storm and tem. affirm with your own mouths the pest ; this shall be their portion to curse of God to be due.

drink. For lo, the Lord is come out

of his place to visit the wickedness YURSED is the man that maketh of such as dwell upon the earth. C

any carved or molten image, to But who may abide the day of his worship it.

coming? Who shall be able to en1 And the people shall answer and say, dure when he appeareth ? His fan Amen.

is in his hand, and he will purge his Minister. Cursed is he that curseth floor, and gather his wheat into the his father or mother.

barn; but he will burn the chaff Answer. Amen.

with unquenchable fire. The day of

the Lord cometh as a thief in the Minister. Cursed is he that remov. night: and when men shall say, eth his neighbour's land-mark. Ansner. Amen.

Peace, and all things are safe, then Minister. Cursed is he that mak. shall sudden destruction come upon eth the blind to go out of his way.

them, as sorrow cometh upon a

woman travailing with child, and Answer. Amen.

Then sball Minister. Cursed is he that per

they shall not escape. verteth the judgement of the stran appear the wrath of God in the day ger, the fatherless, and widow.

of vengeance, which obstinate sin

ners, through the stubbornness of Answer. Amen.

Minister. Cursed is he that smiteth their heart, have heaped unto them. his neighbour secretly.

selves; which despised the good. Answer. Amen.

ness, patience, and long-sufferance Minister. Cursed is he that lieth of God, when he calleth them conwith his neighbour's wife.

tinually to repentance. Then shall Answer. Amen.

they call upon me, (saith the Lord,) Minister. Cursed is he that taketh but I will not hear; they shall seek reward to slay the innocent.

me early, but they shall not find

me; and that, because they hated Answer. Amen. Minister. Cursed is he that putteth knowledge, and received not the his trust in man, and taketh man for fear of the Lord, but abhorred my his defence, and in his heart goeth Then shall it be too late to knock

counsel, and despised my correction. from the Lord.

when the door shall be shut; and Answer. Amen.

too late to cry for mercy when it Minister. Cursed are the unmer. ciful, fornicators, and adulterers, co voice of most just judgement, which

is the time of justice. O terrible vetous persons, idolaters, slanderers, shall be pronounced upon them, drunkards, and extortioners.

when it shall be said unto them, Answer. Amen.

Go, ye cursed, into the fire everMinister.

lasting, which is prepared for the OW seeing that all they are devil and his angels. Therefore, brebeareth witness) who do err and go the day of salvation lasteth; for the astray from the commandments of night cometh, when none can work. God; let us (remembering the dread. But let us, while we have the light, ful judgement hanging over our believe in the light, and walk as heads, and always ready to fall upon children of the light; that we be us) return unto our Lord God, with not cast into utter darkness, where all contrition and meekness of heart; is weeping and gnashing of teeth. bewailing and lamenting our sinfuí Let us not abuse the goodness of life, acknowledging and confessing God, who calleth us mercifully to our offences, and seeking to bring amendment, and of his endless pity forth worthy fruits of penance. For promiseth us forgiveness of that now is the ax put unto the root of which is past, if with a perfect and the trees, so that every tree that true heart we return unto him. For bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn though our sins be as red as scarlet, down, and cast into the fire. It is they shall be made white as snow: a tearful thing to fall into the hands and though they be like purple, yet they shall be made white as wool. Behold, I was shapen in wicked. Turn ye (saith the Lord) from all ness : and in sin hath my mother your wickedness, and your sin shall conceived me. not be your destruction : Cast a way But lo, thou requirest truth in the from you all your ungodliness that inward parts : and shalt make me to ye have done: Make you new hearts, understand wisdom secretly. and a new spirit: Wherefore will ye Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, die, ye house of Israel, seeing that and I shall be clean : thou shalt I have no pleasure in the death of wash me, and I shall be whiter him that dieth, saith the Lord God? than snow. Turn ye then, and ye shall live. Thou shalt make me hear of joy Although we have sinned, yet have and gladness : that the bones which we an Advocate with the Father, thou hast broken may rejoice. Jesus Christ the righteous; and he Turn thy face away from my sins : is the propitiation for our sins. For and put out all my misdeeds. he was wounded for our offences, Make me a clean heart, O God : and smitten for our wickedness. Let and renew a right spirit within me. us therefore return unto him, who Cast me not away from thy preis the merciful receiver of all true sence : and take not thy holy Spirit penitent sinners; assuring ourselves from me. that he is ready to receive us, and O give me the comfort of thy most willing to pardon us, if we help again : and stablish me with come unto him with faithful re. thy free Spirit. pentance; if we submit ourselves Then shall I teach thy ways unto unto him, and from henceforth walk the wicked ; and sinners shall be in his ways; if we will take his easy converted unto thee. yoke, and light burden upon us, to

Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, follow him in lowliness, patience, o God, thou that art the God of my and charity, and be ordered by the health : and my tongue shall sing of governance of his Holy Spirit; seek thy righteousness. ing always his glory, and serving Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord : him duly in our vocation with thanks- and my mouth shall shew thy praise. giving: This if we do, Christ will For thou desirest no sacritice, else deliver us from the curse of the law, would I give it thee : but thou deand from the extreme malediction lightest not in burnt-offerings. which shall light upon them that The sacrifice of God is a troubled shall be set on the left hand ; and spirit : a broken and contrite heart, he will set us on his right hand, and O God, shalt thou not despise. give us the gracious benediction of O be favourable and gracious unto his Father, commanding us to take sion : build thou the walls of Jerupossession of his glorious kingdom : salem. Unto which he vouchsafe to bring us Then shalt thou be pleased with all, for his infinite mercy. Amen. the sacrifice of righteousness, with

the burnt-offerings and oblations : Then shall they all kneel upon their then shall they offer young bullocks knees, and the Priest and Clerks keneel- upon thine altar. ing (in the place tohere they are accustomed to say the Litany) shall say Son : and to the Holy Ghost ;

Glory be to the Father, and to the this Psulm. Miserere mei, Deus. Psalm li.

Ans. As it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be : world CAVE mercy upon me, O God, without end. Amen.

HA

after thy great goodness : according to the multitude of thy mer. Lord, have mercy upon us. cies do away mine offences.

Christ, have mercy upon us. Wash me throughly from my

Lord, have mercy upon us. wickedness : and cleanse me from

For I acknowledge my faults: ven, Hallowed be thy Name. and my sin is ever before me.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be Against thee only have I sinned, done in earth, As it is in heaven. and done this evil in thy sight : that Give us this day our daily bread. thou mightest he justified in thy say. And forgive us our trespasses, As ing, and clear when thou art juriged. we forgive them that trespass against

my sin.

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us. And lead us not into tempta- mercy; to thee only it appertaineth tion; But deliver us from evil. to forgive sins. Spare us therefore, Amen.

good Lord, spare thy people, whom Minister. O Lord, save thy ser.

thou hast redeemed; enter not into

judgement with thy servants, who vants; Answer. That put their trust in are vile earth, and miserable sin.

ners; but so turn thine anger from thee. Minister. Send unto them help vileness, and truly repent us of our

us, who meekly acknowledge. our from above. Answer. And evermore mightily faults, and so make haste to help

us

in this world, that we may ever live defend them. Minister. Help us, O God our Sa. with thee in the world

to come;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. viour.

Amen.
Answer. And for the glory of thy
Name deliver us; be merciful to us Then shat the people say this that fol-
sinners, for thy Name's sake.

loweth, after the Minister. Minister

. O Lord, hear our prayer: TURN thou use good lords and
And let

shall we be turned. Be fa unto thee,

vourable, O Lord, Be favourable to Minister. Let us pray.

thy people, Who turn to thee in

weeping, fasting, and praying. For O

LORD, we beseech thee, mer
cifully hear our prayers, and

thou art a merciful God, Full of spare all those who confess' their compassion, Long-suffering, and of sins unto thee; that they, whose great pity. Thou sparest when we consciences by sin are accused, by wrath thinkest upon mercy. Spare

deserve punishment, And in thy thy merciful pardon may be absolved; through Christ our Lord. thy people good Lord, spare them,

And let not thine heritage be brought Amen.

to confusion. Hear us, O Lord, for MOST mighty God, and mer- thy mercy is great, And after the

ciful Father, who hast com- multitude of thy mercies look upon passion upon all men, and hatest us; Through the merits and menothing that thou hast made; who diation of thy blessed Son, Jesus wouldest not the death of a sinner, Christ or Lord. Amen. but that he should rather turn from his sin, and be saved ; Mercifully

Then the Minister alone shall say, forgive us our trespasses, receive THE Lord bless us and keep us. us,

the up the light of his and wearied with the burden of our countenance upon us, and give us sins. Thy property is always to have peace, now and for evermore. Amen.

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