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A form of confession of sins and prayer for pardon, to be used immediately before the Lord's Prayer once or twice daily, at such hour or hours as shall be found most convenient and edifying.


WILL arise and go to my Father, and will say unto Him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before Thee, and am no more worthy to be called Thy son. S. Luke xv. 18, 19.


LORD, the God of compassion and mercy, I confess and bewail before Thee all the sins of thought, word, or deed, by which I have provoked Thee to anger, especially . . . . Against Thee, O Lord, have I sinned, and to Thee do I make my confession. Turn not away Thy face from Thy servant, whom Thou hast redeemed with the precious blood of Thy dear Son. Spare me, O Lord, I beseech Thee: and grant me Thy grace, that henceforth I may live in Thy fear and to Thy glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (1)

Miserere mei, Deus.

[AVE mercy upon me, O God, after Thy great

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 hyssop, and I shall be clean Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

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

O 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 righteousness.

Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord and my mouth shall show Thy praise.

For Thou desirest no sacrifice, 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.

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;

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

Lord have mercy upon me.

Christ have mercy upon me. Lord have mercy upon me.


N the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

O Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come.-Ps. lxv. 2.

Or, the Form of Confession, p. 6.


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 trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

LORD, my God and Father, blessed be Thy Name ever; my heart, open my lips, and guide me by Thy Holy Spirit, that my prayers and praises may be acceptable in Thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (2)

Then the Collect for the day from the Book of Common Prayer, and the seven Prayers following, or any of them, or one for each day of the week.



LORD be merciful unto me, and I will sing praises unto Thy Name; yea, I will tell of Thy loving kindness early in the morning, and of Thy truth in the night season. O bless me, and fulfil all Thy works of grace in me, even for Jesus Christ His sake. Amen.


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*Those who pray but twice daily may use this office on Saturday Evening.



LORD, I humbly beseech Thee to look upon me; cleanse my mind and my thoughts from impure desires, and from all uncleanness of the flesh and the spirit, and from all the works of the devil: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (4)



LORD, look upon me, and be merciful unto me, as Thou usest to do unto those that fear Thy Name. Order my steps in Thy word, and so shall no wickedness have dominion over me. Amen. (5)



in Thine anger, lest Thou bring me to nothing: Grant that Thy correction may amend me, and make me Thine, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (6)



LMIGHTY God, hear my prayers, and set my heart free from the temptation of evil thoughts; that by Thy mercy I may be a fit dwelling-place for Thy Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself: It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps: Therefore, O Lord, I beseech Thee, make me know my way, and direct my steps to Thy honour and my own salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (8)



PRAISE the Lord, all ye His servants, ye that by night stand in the house of the Lord: With these, O Lord, I lift up my hands

to Thy Sanctuary, and will praise Thy Name: O Lord, be with me this night in all the mercies of Jesus Christ my Saviour. Amen. (9)

O Lord, open Thou my lips.

And my mouth shall show forth Thy praise. O God make speed to save me.

O Lord make haste to help me.

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.



ND at midnight there was a cry made: 'Behold the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him.'"-S. Matt. xxv. 6.

Blessed is that servant who shall be found watching, but unworthy he who shall be found slothful. See then, my soul, that thou slumber not, lest thou be delivered over unto death and be shut out from the kingdom. But awake and cry out, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty; O Lord have mercy upon me. Watch now, O my soul, and think upon that dread hour. Provide oil in thy vessel with thy lamp; for thou knowest not when that cry shall be made, "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh." Take care, my soul, that thou be ready for the bridal feast, lest thou be left knocking without, as the five foolish virgins when the door was shut. In watchfulness, then, prepare to trim thy lamp, that thou mayest meet Christ thy Lord with the oil of gladness, and that He may grant thee an entrance into the bridechamber of His glory.

Anthem or Antiphon.

remembered my

and thought upon Thee when I was waking? Because Thou hast been my helper, there

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