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And why? thou hast delivered my soul from death: mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

I will walk before the Lord: in the land of the living.

I believed, and therefore will I speak; but I was sore troubled: I said in my haste, All men are liars.

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.

Then the Priest shall say,
Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

What reward shall I give unto the Lord : for all the benefitsUR Father, which art in

that he hath done unto me?

I will receive the cup of salvation: and call upon the Name

of the Lord.

I will pay my vows now in the presence of all his people : in the courts of the Lord's house, even in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.

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.

Or, Psalm cxxvii. Nisi Dominus.

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 For thine is the kingdom, The ation; But deliver us from evil : 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

EXCEPT the Lord build the strong tower;

house their labour is but

lost that build it.

Except the Lord keep the city: the watchman waketh but in vain.

It is but lost labour that ye haste to rise up early, and so late take rest, and eat the bread of carefulness: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

Lo, children and the fruit of the womb are an heritage and gift that cometh of the Lord.

Answer. From the face of her enemy.



Lord, hear our

Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.

Minister. Let us pray. Almighty God, we give thee humble 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 accordHappy is the man that hathing to thy will, in this life prehis quiver full of them they sent; and also may be partaker shall not be ashamed when they of everlasting glory in the life speak with their enemies in the to come; through Jesus Christ gate. our Lord. Amen.

Like as the arrows in the hand of the giant even so are the young children.

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.



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,

BRETHREN, in the Primi

Minister. Cursed is he that removeth his neighbour's landmark.

Answer. Amen.

Minister. Cursed is he that maketh the blind to go out of his way.

tive 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 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.

maketh any carved or molt-
én image, to worship it.

URSED is the man that

And the people shall answer and say,

Minister. Cursed is he that curseth his father or mother. Answer. Amen.

Answer. Amen.

Minister. Cursed is he that

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us) return unto our Lord God, late to knock when the door with all contrition and meek- shall be shut; and too late to ness of heart; bewailing and cry for mercy when it is the lamenting our sinful life, ac- time of justice. O terrible voice knowledging and confessing our of most just judgement, which uffences, and seeking to bring shall be pronounced upon them, forth worthy fruits of penance. when it shall be said unto them, For now is the ax put unto the Go, ye cursed, into the fire everroot of the trees, so that every lasting, which is prepared for tree that bringeth not forth the devil and his angels. Theregood fruit is hewn down, and fore, brethren, take we heed cast into the fire. It is a fearful betime, while the day of salvathing to fall into the hands of tion lasteth; for the night comthe living God: he shall pour eth, when none can work. But down rain upon the sinners, let us, while we have the light, snares, fire and brimstone, storm believe in the light, and walk and tempest; this shall be their as children of the light; that we portion to drink. For lo, the be not cast into utter darkness, Lord is come out of his place where is weeping and gnashing to visit the wickedness of such of teeth. Let us not abuse the as dwell upon the earth. But goodness of God, who calleth who may abide the day of his us mercifully to amendment, coming? Who shall be able to and of his endless pity promisendure when he appeareth? eth us forgiveness of that which His fan is in his hand, and he is past, if with a perfect and will purge his floor, and gather true heart we return unto him. his wheat into the barn; but he For though our sins be as red as will burn the chaff with un- scarlet, they shall be made white quenchable fire. The day of the as snow; and though they be Lord cometh as a thief in the like purple, yet they shall be night and when men shall say, made white as wool. Turn ye Peace, and all things are safe, (saith the Lord) from all your then shall sudden destruction wickedness, and your sin shall come upon them, as sorrow not be your destruction: Cast cometh upon a woman travail-away from you all your ungoding with child, and they shall liness that ye have done: Make not escape. Then shall appear you new hearts, and a new spithe wrath of God in the day of rit: Wherefore will ye die, Oye 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 corners; assuring ourselves that he rection. Then shall it be too is ready to receive us, and most

Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness: that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

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.

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.

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


Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord: and my mouth shall shew thy praise.

For thou desirest no sacri

HAVE mercy upon me, Office, else would I give it thee: but thou delightest not in burntofferings.

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.

But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.

Thou shalt purge me with

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.

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.


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Let us pray. 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 pardou may be absolved; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Most mighty God, and merciful Father, who hast compassion upon all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made; who wouldest not the death of a sinner, but that he should rather turn from his sin, and be saved;

Mercifully forgive us our trespasses; 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 people, whom thou hast redeemed enter not into judgement with thy servants, who are vile earth, and miserable sinners; but so turn thine anger 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. O good Lord, 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.

TURN thou us,

Then the Minister alone shall say,

THE Lord bless us, and keep

us; the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon us, and give us peace, now and for evermore. Amen.

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