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MORNING and EVENING
P R A Y E
Daily throughout the YEAR.
At the beginning of Morning Prayer, the Minister Mall read with
a loud voice fome one or more of these § Sentences of the Scriptures that follow : and then be Mall say that which is written after the said Sentences.
HEN the wicked man turneth away from his wicked
ness that he hath committed, and doeth, that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Ezek. 18. 27.
2 I acknowledge my transgressions, and my fin is ever before me. Psal. 51. 3: 3 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
4 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit :' a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Ver. 17.
Paraphrase on the SENTENCES. 1 When a Sinner truly repents, and reforms his 3 O God forgive mine Offences. paft Conduct, he shall find Mercy with God.
4 A truly penitent Heart, is a most acceptable 2 I confess I have greatly finned.
Offering to the Almighty.
PRAYER is the offering up of our destres to $ That we may not rush unprepared upon so sacred a God, for Things lawful and needful, with an humble work as God's worship; it is properly introduced by feconfidence to obtain them through the Mediation of veral Sentences out of the old and New Testament, Chrift. And Common Prayer is founded upon our Sa- exhorting, inviting, and intreating Men, to turn to viour's promise, that if two fhall agree on Earth, as God by Repentance; and is to the fame effect, as in the touching any Thing that they fall as in his Name, it Communion Service : “ Hear what comfortable words fall be done for them of his Father which is in Hea- our Saviour faith to all them, that with hearty Repen
tance and true Faith turn unto him."
5 + Rent your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, flow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Joel 2. 13.
6 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him: neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us. Dan. 9. 9, 10.
7 O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, left thou bring me to nothing. Jer. 10. 24. Psal. 6. 1.
8 Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. S. Mat. 3.2.
9. I 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 15. 18, 19.
10 Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. Pfal. 143. 2.
11 If we say that we have no fin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. i S. John 1. 8, 9.
Paraphrafe on the SENTENCES. 5 Think not to appease God merely by outward
9 I will return to my Father, and acknowledge that marks of penitence, but show such a sorrow of Heart, my Sins are so many, that I am unworthy of Pardon, as will produce a real amendment of Life: and God, either from God or him. who is infinitely merciful, will pardon your Sins.
10 Lord examine not too ftrily into my Conduct; 6 Though we have forsaken the Service of God, for under such trial the best of Men mutt not hope to yet he is itill ready to pardon us upon our sincere be acquitted from blame. Repentance.
u We are greatly mistaken if we suppose we are clear 7 o Lord infiet not upon me that punishment which from Sin. But if we sincerely confess and forsake our my Sins have justly deserved; but deal with me accord- Sins, we may affuredly hope that God will Pardon us, ing to thy Mercy
according to his promises in Jesus Chrift. 8 Repent: for the Gospel will fhortly be revealed.
+ Rent rcur Heart, &c. It was customary with the But as thefe outward signs were too often abused to Jews in Timesof public Penitence, to thew many out the purposes of Hypocrily; the Prophet therefore re: ward Marks of it, iuch as renting their Cloaths, throw- commends a real contrition and change of the Heart ing Athes upon their Heads, and fitting in the Dut'. preferably to all such external appearances.
Early beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in fun
dry places to acknowledge and confefs our manifold fins and wickedness, and that we should not dissemble nor cloke them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father, but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart, to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the fame by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our fins before God, yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at 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. Wherefore 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 Confession to be said of the whole Congregation, after the Minister, all kneeling:
Lmighty and most merciful Father; We have erred and
strayed from thy ways like loft sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have Paraphrase on the EXHORTATION.
low Voice, the following Confession. We learn from the foregoing passages of Scripture
Paraphrafe on the CONFESSION. that it is our Duty to confess our Sins to God with fin Most mighty yet merciful Father, we acknowledge cere and truly penitent Hearts, as a means to obtain and bewail the many Sins both of Omission and Comhis Forgiveness. And though we ought to do this at mission, whereby we have provoked thy divine Majesty. all Times, yet it seems particularly requisite when we Pardon and Forgive us who Repent of them, accorda assemble and meet together, to thank and praise Him ing to thy promises by Jesus Christ : and, for his fake, to hear his Word, and to pray to Him. Wherefore I we beseech thee to give us Grace, to live hereafter godly, desire you would repeat after me sincerely, and with a righteously, and soberly to the Glory of thy Name.
This Exhortation is a very judicious preparation after the Minister. for the folemn Work we are entering upon, as it serves | This Confession is in its Form most folemn, in to instruct the ignorant, to admonish the negligent, to its extent most comprehensive : for it takes in all kinds support the fearful; to comfort the doubtful, to cau- of Şin, both of Omission and Commisfion. And whilft tion the formal; according to that general rule of every single Person makes this general Confession with the Son of Syrach, before shou prayest prepare thyself; and his Lips, he may make a particular Confeffion with bie not as one that tempteth the Lord. Whilt this Ex- his Heart, of his own personal Sins : which if parti: kortation is reading every Person ought diligently cularly, tho' secretly confeffed and repented of, will to listen to its fenje, and not to repeat the Words affurdly be forgiven.
offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done ; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done ; And there is no health in
But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared untó mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord. And grant, О most merciful Father, for his fake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen. The Absolution or Remission of fins, to be pronounced by the Priest alone, standing; the People ftill kneeling.
Lmighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
desireth 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 absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. 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 rest of our life hereafter
pure and holy, so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Paraphrafe on the ABSOLUTION.
God, who desireth not the Destruction but Reforma- him therefore to give us such a real Repentance, and tion of Sinners, and hath authorized his Ministers to such aslistance of his holy Spirit, as may enable us to declare his Pardon to the Penitent: He assures you serve Him acceptably both now and for ever: that we that whosoever truly repents and believes the Gospel, may attain that Eternal Life, which he hath given us thall obtain Forgiveness of his Sins. Let us beseech in Jesus Christ.
# This Absolution is a comfortable declaration that his holy Spirit, in order to our prefent acceptance and God will pardon the Sins, of them that truly repent future conduct, and as the end of both, everlasting and believe his Gospel, together with an Exhortation Life. This is to be pronounced by the Minister to pray that God will grant us“ true Repentance and only.
The People fall answer bere, & àt the end of all other Prayers, Amen. Then the Minister fall kneel, and say the Lords Prayer with an
audible voice; the People also knceling, and repeating it with him, both here, and wheresoever. else it is used in Divine Service.
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 třespáss 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.
Then likewise he shall say, §. O Lord, open thou our lips; :: Anfw, And our mouth, shall Thew forth thy praise.
Priest. Ő God make speed to save us. Answ. O Lord, make haste to help us. [Thus far the Morning and Evening Service are alike; but in the Evening Service, Venite exultemus is not used; the Pjalms of the Day are read, and tþen follows the Eirst Leffon, and after that one of ihe Hymns, Magnifica or Cantate.)
с finc Pårapbrase on the LORDS PRAYER!! : requests: and therefore to thee all Glory and Praise Father of all Men, who dwellest in Light unap- is due for ever and ever. proachable, and in Bliss inexpressible, teach us to re
Paraphrase on the VERSICLES. verence and worship Thee in a manner becoming thy Lord grant us hopes of thy Pardon and we will divine Majelty, Led thy Kingdom of Grace extend - praise thee with joyful Lips.-Haften O God to deliver to all Nations : and enable us to serve thee on Earth, ; us from the dominion of Sin Speedily aslitt,
us with that diligence, fervency and chearfulness with i serve thee acceptably. All Glory and Praire Be which thine Angels do in Heaven, Give us daily ascribed unto God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. fuch Things as are needful both for our Bodies and - As this Offering was due from Man from the beŞauls : and pardon our Sins, as we forgive those who ginning of the Worla, so it i now, and fall be herehave injured, us.
And permit us not to be led into after to all Eternity. Let us now join together in Temptation, but so as to deliver us from the evil of it
: Hymns of praise to the Lord. We readily unite in for thou ruleit over all, and alone art able to fulfil our this Service.
The Lords Prayer being added in this place af-'a just reason why we should always attend at the betér the Confeflion and Absolution, makes the whole, as ginning of the Serviceś. it were, hørt diftinet Office, and contains an excelTent fummary of what has been already prayed for, The Short petitions before we enter upon the which is now followed by one of another kind, viz. 6f Office of praise leem very proper after the confeflion Thanksgiving;, which this very properly produces: of Sin, which naturally inspire us with humility and for till we be réconciled unto God, how can we hope a deeper fehse of our own inability to please God that our other Offices will be acceptable, which affords without his affiítancë.