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Lastly, beloved, submit yourself with Christian resignation to the just judgment of God, which your own crimes have brought upon you, and be in charity with all men; being ready sincerely to forgive all such as have offended you, not excepting those who have prosecuted you even unto death : and, though this may seem a hard saying, yet know assuredly, that without it your charity is not yet perfect. And fail not earnestly to endeavour and pray for this blessed temper and composure of mind. So may you cast yourself with an entire dependence upon the mercies of God, through the merits of our Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ.
| Here the Minister shall examine him concerning 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. I 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 if he knoweth any combinations in wickedness, or any evil practices designed against others, let him be admonished to the utmost of his power to discover and prevent them. After his confession, the Priest shall declare to him the pardoning mercy of God, in the form which is used in the Communion Service.
1 After which shall be said the Collect following. 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. Consider his contrition ; accept his repentance; and forasmuch as he 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 favour. This we beg through thy merits, O Lord, our Saviour and our Redeemer. Amen.
I Then shall the Minister say, O
FATHER of mercies, and God of all comfort; We fly
unto thee for succour in behalf of this thy servant, who is now under the sentence of condemnation. The day of his calamity is at hand, and he is accounted as one of those who
down into the pit. Blessed Lord, remember thy mercies ; look upon his infirmities; hear the voice of his complaint; give him, we beseech thee, patience in this his time of adversity, and support under the terrors which encompass him ; set before his eyes the things he hath done in the body, which have justly provoked thee to anger; and 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, before thy judgments have cut him off from the earth, may at the hour of his death depart in peace,
and be received into thine everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
| Adding this. 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.
I Then the Minister, standing, shall say, IN N the midst of life we are in death : of whom may we
seek for succour, 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 of our hearts; shut not thy mercisul ears to our prayer; but spare us, Lord most holy, 0 God most mighty, O holy and merciful Saviour, thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death, to fall from thee.
I Then the Minister shall say,
HE 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 and evermore thy defence; and make thee know and seel, that there is none other Name under heaven given to man, in whom, and through whom, thou mayest receive salvation, but only the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
1 And after that shall say, UNTO
NTO 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 and evermore. Amen. 1 At the time of Erecution, 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 departure, as it is in the Visilation of the Sick. The Collect for the Communion Service.
; have mercy upon this thy servant, who for his transgressions is appointed to die. Grant that he may take thy judgments patiently, and repent him truly of his sins; that he recovering thy favour, the fearful reward of his actions may end with this life; and whensoever his soul shall depart from the body it may be without spot presented unto thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Heb. xii. 11. No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but
grievous ; nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness, unto them which are exercised thereby
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.
A Prayer for imprisoned Debtors. MOST
OST gracious God, look down in pity and compassion
upon these thine afflicted servants, who are fallen 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 towards them. Give to their creditors tenderness and compassion, and
to them a meek and forgiving spirit towards all those who have confined them, and a full purpose to repair all the injuries and losses which others have sustained by them. Raise them up friends to pity and relieve them; give them the continued comfort of thy countenance here; and so sanctify their afflictions, that they may work for them an eternal weight of glory; through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.
A FORM OF
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.
I The service shall be as usual, except where it is hereby otherwise appointed. Among the Sentences at the beginning of Morning Prayer shall be the following: ONOUR the LORD with thy substance, and with the first
fruits of all thine increase; so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. Prov. iii. 9, 10.
The LORD by wisdom hath founded 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 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 upon 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, fc., the folloroing shall be said or sung. RAISE
ye 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
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.
4 Then shall be said or sung one of the Selections, or some other portion of the Psalms,
at the discretion of the Minister. I The First Lesson shall be Deut. viii., and the Second Lesson shall be 1 Thess.
v. 12 to 24. After the General Thanksgiving, shall be said this which followeth. MOS
OST gracious God, by whose knowledge the depths are
broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew; We yield thee unfeigned thanks and praise, as for all thy mercies, so especially 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 honour, world without end. Amen.
The Collect to be used instead of that for the day. O MOST merciful Father, who hast blessed the labours 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.