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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. 2. And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our fins before God, yet ought we moit chiefly so to do, when we afsemble and meet together, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at
PA RA PHRASE. eye of God, who sees the real nature of every thing. Nor should we be guilty of so vile an act of hypocrisy, as, notwithstanding our manifold fins, publicly in the church, in the presence of God and his holy angels, to stand upon our justification : but if we discharge the duty of sincere christians, we must perform these three parts of true repentance : first, with an humble and lowly heart make confession of our fins to God, with a dejection of spirit, and a confusion equal to that of the publican, who stood afar off, and would not lift up his eyes to heaven : secondly, to this we should add a true penitent sorrow of mind, for having offended so good a Being, and brought ourselves into such great danger : finally, all these confiderations Tould give us such a disguit against our fins, as to make us form a resolution to pay an uniform obedience to the laws of God for the time to come, If in this manner we repent of our fins, we shall have just grounds to hope, that God will pardon them. But ftill we fould not infagine that even a repentance, fo circumftantiated, will give us any elaim to merit, whereby we may be intitled to impunity of our fins : for that we must be indebted to the infinite goodness and mercy of God, reached out to us in the mystery of our redemption, and by the sufferings of our blefied Saviour Jesus Christ.
2. And tho' we ought at all times, or in those more frequent courses of private devotion, which are enjoined us by our religion, to discharge this duty of religion, as it is one of the most important parts of prayer; it cannot be denied, that there is a more particular reason for making use of it in the solemn asemblies of chwistians in the church, where they meet together to perform the four great parts of religious worship; first, thankrgiving for favours and mercies already received : secondly, praises and adorations of the perfections and goodness of the Almighty : thirdly, hearing the word of God read and preached : fourthly, petition or de firing of God both spiritual and temporal blessings. But we cannot rightly discharge any of these public duties. without the confeftion of our lins, and the other neceffary parts of true repentance. As long as we continue to abuse the mercies of God, we cannot thank him as we ought : we cannot praise and admire his excellencies, of which, in an veregene. rate state, we can have but a faint idea ; whild we retain all our carnal affections, we cannot devoutly listen to the word of God: nor can we hope that our prayers will prove acceptable, when by the wickedness of our Hves, they ałe rendered an abeininatio. unto Godo
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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. fore 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 Confeson, to be said of the whole Congregation,
after the Minister, all kneeling. LMIGHTY, and most merciful Father.
have erred and strayed from thy ways like loft sheep. 3. We have followed too much the devices and de
PA RA PHRASE. 3. I therefore earnesty desire of every one of you, (whether laymen or ciergvmen) to address yourselves with me to God, in fervent prayer ; which I, as God's minister, offer up to the throne of his grace,
both for myfelf and you ; this I do not do alone, as the priests were wont to do under the Jewish dispensation, in which circumstance they have been imitated by the papists, but I desire you who are possessed of higher priviledges, by virtue of Christ's covenant, to accompany me thither ; repeating after De the words prescribed by the church on this occasion : intreating you, at the same time, to manifelt in your devotion, sincerity, attention, and gravity, the genuine effects of a pure heart, and to behave in every respect in a manner worthy the devout worship of God; taking particular care in your responses as well to avoid a loud, clamorous voice, as an inarticulate motion of the lips ; and that you use a low and humble tone of voice pro-, perly adapted to this folemnity.
1. O Lord, we address ourselves unto thee on account of those attrikutes of thine, which incline thee to pardon Inners, thy Omnipotence, by which thou art endowed with sufficient power to help us ; and thy mercy, whereby thou art always ready to do it: having likewise a confia debe expectation of forgiveness from that relation of father-hood, which thou dost bear to us, as thou art plealed thyself to acknowledge.
2. We must, to our shame, acknowledge that we have, by our fins of furprise and infirmity, erred and deviated from the path of our daty, and at other times ftray'd and made larger excursions from shofe way's
which the holy religion, by thee revealed, has chalked out to us to walk in; and this, to use the comparifon of our Saviour, after the manner of loft heep that ftraggle from their thepherd, and are thereby exposed to innumerable dangers.
3. We acknowledge that we have too frequently yielded to those un. lawful desires, to which we have been prompted by our corrupt nature and L'iginal deprasity
fires of our own hearts. 4. We have offended against thy
5. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done ; 6. And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. 7. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. 8. Spare thou, them, O God, which confess their faults. 9. Restore thou them that are penitent; 10. According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord. 11. And grant, О most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life; To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.
PA RA P H R Å SE. 4. To these we have added many actual transgremions of thy holy laws, which we were so striály bound to observe.
5: We morcover acknowledge ourselves to have been guilty of vario!'s kinds of actual fins, being chargeable with many sins of omiffion, by neglecting the several duties commanded us.
6. And many sins of commission, by wilfully doing what we were exprefly forbid, so that every part of our souls is infected with fin, and they are, as it were, attacked with an universal disease, (for we can hope for no health
salvation from ourselves.) '7. We therefore have recourse to thy goodness, O God, for a deliverance from this load of our fins, and, after the example of the penitent publican, intreat thee to be merciful to us finners.
8. Remit therefore, we pray thee, the punishment due to our fins, upon our confession of and sincere repentance for them.
9. And, upon our being truly penitent, restore us to the place which we formerly held in thy favour, and which, by our disobedience, we have forfeited, let us partake of the benefits of thine elect saints, from whole priviledges unrepenting finners are excluded.
10. According to the promises thou hast made us in the charter of the gospel delivered to us by Jesus Christ.
11. We therefore helee:h thee, () gracious God, not for the sake of any faint or angel, but for the sake of thy beloved Son, in whose name, when we ask any thing, thou bait promised to give it, (John xvi. 23.) to afford us such a powerful af:itance of the grace of thy holy Spirit, that, for the future, we muy panctually discharge all the parts of cir christian duty: that we may live a godly life, by paying a devout worr ship to the Almighty: that we may live righteously, in doing all acts of charity and juftice to our neighbour: and loberly, in performing all the duties of temperance, chaitiiy, and other virtu:s which are centered in ourselves : nor do we ask this to reflect any honour upon ourselves, or to acquire any merit by such a religious life, but only that the greater glory
The Absolation, or Remision of Sins, to be pronounced by the
Prieft alone, standing ; the People still kneeling.
who defireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given power and commandment to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins : He pardoneth and abfolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. 2. Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit ; that those things may please him, which we do at this present, and that the reft of our life hereafter may be pure and holy; fo that at the last we may come to his eternal joy, through Jesus Chrilt our Lord. Amen.
PA RA P H R AS E may be ascribed to thy goodness, whereby we expect to have thofe dispofxicos and habits wrought in us.
1. The omnipotent God, who is poffered of the sole power over all things, both in beaven and earth, and who does not desire that any finner hould perilh everlastingly, (Ezek. xviii. 28.) but rather, that repenting of his hins, he should obtain everlasting happiness; for which end he has empowered and commanded the ministers of the gospel, (Matt. xviii. 18. Zobw xx. 33.) to declare remillion of fins, to those who are truly peniceut: be therefore, by the mouth of his minifter, pronounceth pardon and absolution to every one of you, that is duly qualified for it; in order to obtain this, he requires of you a true repentance of your fins, and a sinrere belief of his holy gospel. Mark. xy. Aets xx, 21.
2. To the end therefore that we may obtain the benefit of this holy or, dinance, let us pray to God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift, to afford us the grace of true repentance ; and at the fame time the alliance of his Holy Spirit ; for nothing but the illumination of this blefled Spirit, which helps our infirmities, can' render our devotion acceptable unto him. The afiftanre of his Holy Spirit is like vise necessary, to prevent as from returning again to our fins, and to make our fouls, which have formerly been polluted with many vices, shine with that parity and holiness which are required of us by the gospel : so that, when the bour of death approaches, we may hope to enter into the joy of the Father, thro' the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our blesfed Saviour and Redeemer.
Then the Minister shall kneel, and say the Lord's Prayer; the People also
kneeling, and repeating it with bim. UR Father, which art in heaven; Hallowed be thy
Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trefpass 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.
*.* See the Paraphrase on the Lord's Prayer, Page 8, 9.
Then likewise be shall fay.
Here all standing up, the Priest fall say,
Answ. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
Priest. Praise ye the Lord.
PA RA PHRASE. Priest. O God, to whom we owe the gift of utterance, (Exod. vi. 11. Prov. xvi.) aslift us in our devotion by the influence of thy Holy Spirit.
Answ. And then we shall utter forth thy praises as we ought to do. Prieft. Afford us speedily thy allistance, in order to further us in all things necessary to our salvation
Answ. And do not refuse us any thing that may contribute to forward us in that most important of all our concerns.
Prirft. May all glory be ascribed to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, the three persons of the ever-bieled trinity.
Answ. As they have from all eternity exifted in ever glorious felicity, and still exist in glory, and will to all eternity.
Prieft. Sing to God hallelujah.