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offences, enable him by thy grace rible voice of most just judgment, to cheerfully to submit himself to thy the wicked, Go, ye accursed, into holy will and pleasure. Go not far the fire everlasting, prepared for the from those, O LORD, whom thou devil and his angels. hast laid in a place of darkness, and in the deep; and forasmuch as thou hast not cut him off suddenly, but chastepest him as a father; grant that he, duly considering thy great mercies, may be unfeignedly thankful, and turn unto thee with true repentance and sincerity of heart, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
Your sins have brought you too near this dreadful sentence: it is therefore your part and duty, my brother, humbly to confess and bewail your great and manifold offences, and to repent you truly of your sins, as you tender the eternal salvation of your soul.
Be not deceived with a vain and presumptuous expectation of GOD'S favor, nor say within yourself, Peace, Peace, where there is no peace; for there is no peace, saith my GoD, to the wicked. GOD is not mocked; he is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity; and without holiness no man shall see the LORD. On the other hand, despair not of God's mercy, though trouble is on every side; for GOD shutteth not up his mercies for ever in displeasure: But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteous. ness. Do not either way abuse the goodness of GOD, who calleth us mercifully to amendment, and of his endless pity promiseth us forgiveness of that which is past, if with a perfect. and true heart we return unto him.
¶ Prayers for persons under sentence of death. When a criminal is under sentence of death, the Minister shall proceed, immediately after the Collect, O God, who sparest, &c. to exhort
him after this form, or other like:
DEARLY beloved, it hath pleased ALMIGHTY GOD, in his justice, to bring you under the sentence and condemnation of the law: You are shortly to suffer death in such a manner, that others, warned by your example, may be the more afraid to offend; and we pray GoD, that you may make such use of your punishments in this world, that your soul may be saved in the world to come.
Wherefore we come to you in the bowels of compassion; and, being desirous that you should avoid presumption on the one hand, and despair on the other, shall plainly lay before you the wretchedness of your Since therefore you are soon to condition, and declare how far you pass into an endless and unchangeought to depend on the mercies of able state, and your future happiness GOD, and the merits of our SAV- or misery depends upon the few moIOUR. Consider then seriously with ments which are left you; I require yourself, in all appearance the time you strictly to examine yourself, and of your dissolution draweth near; your estate both toward GOD and your sins have laid fast hold upon toward man; and let no worldly you; you are soon to be removed consideration hinder you from makfrom among men by a violent death; ing a true and full confession of your and you shall fade away suddenly sins, and giving all the satisfaction like the grass, which in the morning which is in your power to every one is green and groweth up, but in the whom you have wronged or injured; evening is cut down, dried up, and that you may find mercy at your hea withered. After you have thus fin- venly Father's hand, for CHRIST'S ished the course of a sinful and sake, and not be condemned in the miserable life, you shall appear before dreadful day of judgment. the Judge of all flesh; who, as he Lastly, beloved, submit yourself pronounces blessings on the right-with Christian resignation to the just eons, shall likewise say, with a ter-judgment of Gop which your own
crimes nave orought upon you, and succor in behalf of this thy servant, be in charity with all men; being who is now under the sentence of ready sincerely to forgive all such condemnation. The day of his calaas have offended you, not excepting mity is at hand, and he is accounted those who have prosecuted you even as one of those who go down into the unto death and, though this may pit. Blessed LORD, remember thy seem a hard saying, yet know assur- mercies; look upon his infirmities; edly, that without it your charity is hear the voice of his complaint; give not yet perfect. And fail not earnestly him, we beseech thee, patience in this to endeavor and pray for this blessed his time of adversity, and support temper and composure of mind. So under the terrors which encompass may you cast yourself with an entire him; set before his eyes the things dependence upon the mercies of GOD, he hath done in the body, which have through the merits of our Saviour justly provoked thee to anger; and and Redeemer JESUS CHRIST. forasmuch as his continuance appeareth to be short amongst us, quicken him so much the more by thy grace and holy Spirit; that he being converted and reconciled unto thee, be-, from the earth, may at the hour of his fore thy judgments have cut him off death depart in peace, and be received into thine everlasting kingdom,
Here the Minister shall examine him concern
ing his faith, and rehearse the articles of the Creed, Dost thou believe in God, &c. And
the criminal shall answer,
All this I steadfastly believe. Then shall the Minister examine whether he repent him truly of his sins, exhorting him to a particular confession of the sin for which he is condemned; and upon confession, he shall instruct him what satisfaction ought to be made
to those whom he has offended thereby; and through JESUS CHRIST our Lord.
if he knoweth any combinations in wickedness, Amen.
O SAVIOUR of the world, who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us, save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O LORD.
Then the Minister, standing, shall say, IN the midst of life we are in death: of whom may we seek for succor, but of thee, O LORD, who for our sins art justly displeased?
Yet, O LORD GOD most holy, O LORD most mighty, O holy and most merciful SAVIOUR, deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death. Thou knowest, LORD, the secrets
After which shall be said the Collect following: O HOLY JESUS, who of thine infinite goodness, didst accept the conversion of a sinner on the cross; open thine eye of mercy upon this thy servant, who desireth pardon and forgiveness, though in his latest hour he turneth unto thee. Renew in him whatsoever hath been decayed by the fraud and malice of the devil, or by his own carnal will and frailness. of our hearts: shut not thy merciful Consider his contrition; accept his ears to our prayers; but spare us, repentance; and forasmuch as he LORD most holy, O GOD most putteth his full trust only in thy mercy, impute not unto him his former sins, but strengthen him with thy blessed Spirit; and when thou art pleased to take him hence, take him unto thy favor: This we beg through thy merits, O LORD, our Saviour and our Redeemer. Amen.
mighty, O holy and merciful SAVnal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for IOUR, thou most worthy Judge eter any pains of death to fall from thee.
Then shall the Minister say, O FATHER of mercies and GOD of all comfort; we fly unto thee for
Then the Minister shall say, THE Almighty GOD, who is a most strong tower to all those who put their trust in him; to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey; be now land evermore thy defence; and make
thee know and feel that there is none nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth other name under heaven given to the peaceful fruit of righteousness, man, in whom and through whom unto them which are exercised thou mayest receive salvation, but thereby. only the name of our Lord JESUS CHRIST. Amen.
And after that shall say, UNTO GOD's gracious mercy and protection we commit thee: The LORD bless thee and keep thee: The LORD make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace both now
TA Prayer for imprisoned Debtors. MOST gracious GOD, look down in pity and compassion upon these thine afflicted servants, who are fallon under the misery of a close restraint. Give them always a deep sense of their sins, and of thy fatherly love and correction; and the more their confinement presseth hard upon them, the more let the comforts of thy grace and mercy abound toward
The Collect for the Communion Service.
Give to their creditors ten
O GOD, who declarest thy Almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity; we beseech thee to them. have mercy upon this thy servant, derness and compassion, and to them who for his transgressions is appoint a meek and forgiving spirit toward ed to die. Grant that he may take all those who have confined them, and thy judgments patiently, and repent a full purpose to repair all the inju. him truly of his sins; that he recov: ries and losses which others have ering thy favor, the fearful reward sustained by them. Raise them up of his actions may end with this life; friends to pity and relieve them; give and whensoever his soul shall depart them the continued comfort of thy from the body, it may be without spot countenance here; and so sanctify presented unto thee, through JESUS their afflictions, that they may work CHRIST Our Lord. Amen. for them an eternal weight of glory, through the merits and mediation of JESUS CHRIST thy Son cur Lord. Amen.
At the time of Execution, besides all, or such parts of the foregoing office as the Minister shall Judge proper, shall be said the Commendatory prayer for a person at the point of depart ure, as it is in the Visitation of the Sick.
The Epistle. Heb. xii. 11. NO chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous;
The Gospel. St. John v. 24. VERILY, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
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 thine increase; so shall thy barns be Morning Prayer shall be the following: filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. Prov. iii. 9, 10.
HONOR the LORD with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all
ed the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens: by his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. Prov. iii. 19, 20.
The LORD by wisdom hath found-[pecially for the returns of seed-time and harvest, and for crowning the year with thy goodness, in the increase of the ground, and the gathering in of the fruits thereof. And, we beseech thee, give us a just sense of this great mercy; such as may appear in our lives, by an humble, holy, and obedient walking before thee all our days, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord; to whom, with thee and the HOLY GHOST, be all glory and honor, world without end. Amen.
The eternal GOD is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deut. xxxiii. 27.
Israel then shall dwell in safety alone; the fountain of Jacob shall be upen the land of corn and of wine, also his heaven shall drop down dew. Deut. xxxiii. 28.
Happy art thou, O Israel; who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! Deut. xxxiii. 29.
Instead of, O come let us sing, &c. the follow ing shall be said or sung: PRAISE ye the LORD; for it is good to sing praises unto our GOD; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely.
The LORD doth build up Jerusalem; he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
He healeth those that are broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
He covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth; he maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains.
He giveth to the beast his food; and to the young ravens which cry. Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem: Praise thy God, O Sion.
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
The Epistle. St. James i. 16. DO not err, my beloved brethren: every good gift and every perfect gift is from above; and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us of the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his crea tures. Wherefore my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of GOD. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naugh. tiness, and receive with meekness the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls. Be ye doers of the word; and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass; for he be holdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso lookpraise, as for all thy mercies, so es-eth into the perfect law of liberty, and
MOST gracious GOD, by whose knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew; we yield thee unfeigned thanks and
¶ Then shall be said or Rung one of the Selections, or some other portion of the Psalms, at the dis cretion of the Minister.
The Collect to be used instead of that for the
The First Lesson shall be Deut. viii, and the
Lesson shall be 1 Thess. v. 12 24.
this which followeth:
O MOST merciful Father, who hast blessed the labors of the husbandman in the returns of the fruits of the earth; we give thee humble and hearty thanks for this thy bounty; beseeching thee to continue thy loving kindness to us; that our land may still yield her increase, to thy glory and our comfort, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen
continueth therein, he being not a unto you, Love your enemies, bless forgetful hearer, but a doer of the them that curse you, do good to them work, this man shall be blessed in his that hate you, and pray for them deed. If any man among you seem which despitefully use you and pero be religious, and bridleth not his secute you; that ye may be the childtongue, but deceiveth his own heart, ren of your Father which is in heaven: this man's religion is vain. Pure for he maketh his sun to rise on the religion and undefiled before GOD evil and on the good, and sendeth rain and the Father is this: to visit the on the just and on the unjust. For if fatherless and widows in their afflic-ye love them which love you, what tion, and to keep himself unspotted reward have ye? do not even the from the world. publicans the same? Or if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
The Gospel. St. Matt, v. 43. YE have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy. But I say
PRAYER TO BE USED IN FAMILIES.
The master or mistress having called together as many of the family as can conveniently be present, let one of them, or any other whom they shall think proper, say as follows, all kneeling
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.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting GOD, in whom we live Acknowledgment of and move and have our being; we, thy needy creatures, servation, God's mercy and pre especially render thee our humble praises, for thy preservation of through the night past. us from the beginning of our lives to this day, and especially for having delivered us from the dangers of the past night. To thy watchful providence we owe it, * (that no disturbance hath come nigh us or our dwelling; family, instead of this, but, that we are brought in safety to the beginning of this say, that notwithstandday.) For these thy mercies, we bless and magnify thy brought in safety to the glorious name; humbly beseeching thee to accept this beginning of this day. our morning sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; for his sake who lay down in the grave, and rose again for us, thy Son our Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Amen.
* When disturbances of a
AND, since it is of thy mercy, O gracious Father, Dedication of soul that another day is added to our lives; we here dedicate and body to God's serboth our souls and our bodies to thee and thy service, in to be growing daily in a sober, righteous, and godly life: in which resolution, goodness.