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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
It is but lost labour that ye haste to rise up early, and so late take rest, and eat the bread of for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
Lo, children and the fruit of the womb are an heritage and gift that cometh of the Lord.
Like as the arrows in the hand of the giant even so are the young children.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them they shall not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.
Then the Priest shall say,
Or, Psalm cxxvii. Nisi Dominus.
house their labour is but lost that build it.
Except the Lord keep the city: the watchman waketh but in vain.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
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 And lead us not into temptthem that trespass against us ation; But deliver us from evil : For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
Minister. O Lord, save this woman thy servant; Answer. Who putteth her trust in thee.
Minister. Be thou to her a
Answer. From the face of her enemy. Minister.
Lord, hear our
Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.
Minister. Let us pray. Almighty God, we give thanks for that
thou hast vouchsafed to deliver this woman thy servant from the great pain and peril of Childbirth; Grant, we beseech thee, most merciful Father, that she, through thy help, may both faithfully live, and walk according to thy will, in this life present; and also may be partaker of everlasting glory in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Woman, that cometh to give her Thanks, must offer accustomed Offerings; and, if there be a Communion, it is convenient that she receive the holy Communion.
DENOUNCING OF GOD's ANGER AND JUDGEMENTS 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 shail, in the Reading-Pew or Pulpit, say,
BRETHREN, in the Primitive Church there was a godly discipline, that, at the beginning of Lent, such persons as stood convicted of notorious sin were put to open penance, and punished in this world, that their souls might be saved in the day of the Lord; and that
Minister. Cursed is he that
others, admonished by their ex-perverteth the judgement of the ample, might be the more afraid stranger, the fatherless, and to offend. widow.
Instead whereof, (until the said discipline may be restored again, which is much to be wished,) it is thought good, that at this time (in the presence of you all) should be read the general sentences of God's cursing against impenitent sinners, gathered out of the seven and twentieth Chapter of Deuteronomy, and other places of Scripture; and that ye should answer to every Sentence, Amen: To the intent that, being admonished of the great indignation of God against sinners, ye may the rather be moved to earnest and true repentance; and may walk more warily in these dangerous days; fleeing from such vices, for which ye affirm with your own mouths the curse of God to be due.
And the people shall answer and say,
Minister. Cursed is he that curseth his father or mother. Answer. Amen.
Minister. Cursed is he that removeth his neighbour's landmark.
Minister. Cursed is he that maketh the blind to go out of his way.
Minister. Cursed is he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. Answer. Amen.
Minister. Cursed is he that lieth with his neighbour's wife.
Minister. Cursed is he that taketh reward to slay the innocent.
Minister. Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, and taketh man for his defence, and in his heart goeth from the Lord.
én image, to worship it.
CURSED is the man that maketh any carved or molt-NOW seeing that all they are accursed (as the prophet David beareth witness) who do err and go astray from the commandments of God; let us (remembering the dreadful judgement hanging over our heads, and always ready to fall upon
Minister. Cursed are the unmerciful, fornicators, and aduiterers, covetous persons, idolaters, slanderers, drunkards, and extortioners.
us) return unto our Lord God, with all contrition and meekness of heart; bewailing and lamenting our sinful life, acknowledging and confessing our uffences, and seeking to bring forth worthy fruits of penance. For now is the ax put unto the root of the trees, so that every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God: he shall pour down rain upon the sinners, snares, fire and brimstone, storm and tempest; this shall be their portion to drink. For lo, the Lord is come out of his place to visit the wickedness of such as dwell upon the earth. But who may abide the day of his coming? Who shall be able to endure when he appeareth? His fan is in his hand, and he will purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the barn; but he will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire. The day of the Lord cometh as a thief in the night: and when men shall say, Peace, and all things are safe, then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as sorrow cometh upon a woman travailing with child, and they shall not escape. Then shall appear the wrath of God in the day of
late to knock when the door shall be shut; and too late to cry for mercy when it is the time of justice. O terrible voice of most just judgement, which shall be pronounced upon them, when it shall be said unto them, Go, ye cursed, into the fire everlasting, which is prepared for the devil and his angels. Therefore, brethren, take we heed betime, while the day of salvation lasteth; for the night cometh, when none can work. But let us, while we have the light, believe in the light, and walk as children of the light; that we be not cast into utter darkness, where is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Let us not abuse the goodness of God, who calleth us mercifully to amendment, and of his endless pity promis eth us forgiveness of that which is past, if with a perfect and true heart we return unto him. For though our sins be as red as scarlet, they shall be made white as snow; and though they be like purple, yet they shall be made white as wool. Turn ye (saith the Lord) from all your wickedness, and your sin shall not be your destruction: Cast away from you all your ungodliness that ye have done: Make you new hearts, and a new spirit: Wherefore will ye die, O ye
vengeance, which obstinate sin-house of Israel, seeing that I ners, through the stubbornness have no pleasure in the death of of their heart, have heaped unto him that dieth, saith the Lord themselves; which despised the God? Turn ye then, and ye goodness, patience, and long-suf- shall live. Although we have ferance of God, when he calleth sinned, yet have we an Advocate them continually to repentance. with the Father, Jesus Christ Then shall they call upon me, the righteous; and he is the (saith the Lord,) but I will not propitiation for our sins. For he hear; they shall seek me early, was wounded for our offences, but they shall not find me; and and smitten for our wickedness. that, because they hated know- Let us therefore return unto ledge, and received not the fear him, who is the merciful reof the Lord, but abhorred my ceiver of all true penitent sincounsel, and despised my cor- ners; assuring ourselves that he rection. Then shall it be too is ready to receive us, and most
willing to pardon us, if we come | hyssop, and I shall be clean : unto him with faithful repent- thou shalt wash me, and I shall ance; if we submit ourselves be whiter than snow. unto him, and from henceforth walk in his ways; if we will take his easy yoke, and light burden upon us, to follow him in lowliness, patience, and charity, and be ordered by the governance of his Holy Spirit; seeking always his glory, and serving him duly in our vocation with thanksgiving: This if we do, Christ will deliver us from the curse of the law, and from the extreme malediction which shall light upon them that shall be set on the left hand; and he will set us on his right hand, and give us the gracious benediction of his Father, commanding us to take possession of his glorious kingdom: Unto which he vouchsafe to bring us all, for his infinite mercy. Amen.
Then shall they all kneel upon their knees, and the Priest and Clerks
kneeling (in the place where they are accustomed to say the Litany) shall say this Psalm. Miserere mei, Deus. Psalm li. HA AVE mercy upon me, God, after thy great goodness: according to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences.
Wash me throughly from my wickedness and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my faults: and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight that thou mightest be justified in thy saying, and clear when thou art judged.
Behold, I was shapen in wickedness and in sin hath my mother conceived me.
Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness: that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.
Thou shalt purge me with
Turn thy face away from my sins and put out all my misdeeds.
Make me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
give me the comfort of thy help again and stablish me with thy free Spirit.
Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health and my tongue shall sing of thy right
For thou desirest no sacriOfice, else would I give it thee: but thou delightest not in burntofferings.
The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise.
O be favourable and gracious unto Sion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord: and my mouth shall shew thy praise.
Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with the burnt-offerings and oblations: then shall they offer young bullocks upon thine altar.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
Mercifully forgive us our tres passes; receive and comfort us, who are grieved and wearied with the burden of our sins. Thy property is always to have taineth to forgive sins. Spare us mercy; to thee only it appertherefore, good Lord, spare thy deemed, enter not into judgepeople, whom thou hast rement with thy servants, who sinners; but so turn thine anger are vile earth, and miserable from us, who meekly acknowledge our vileness, and truly repent us of our faults, and so inake haste to help us in this world, that we may ever live with thee in the world to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the people say this that followeth, after the Minister.
and so shall we be turned. Be favourable, O Lord, Be favourable to thy people, Who turn to thee in weeping, fasting, and praying. For thou art a merciful God, Full of compassion, Long-suffering, and of great pity. Thou sparest when we deserve punishment, And in thy wrath thinkest upon mercy. Spare thy people, good Lord, spare them, And let not thine heritage be brought to confusion. Hear us, O Lord, for thy mercy is great, And after the multitude of thy mercies look upon us; Through the merits and mediation of thy blessed Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then the Minister alone shall say,
THE Lord bless us, and keep us; the Lord up light of his countenance upon us, and give us peace, now and for evermore. Amen.