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Deut. 27. 15.
mark. ver. 17.
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; Reeing from such vices, for which ye affirm with your own mouths the curse of God to be due.
Ursed is the man that maketh any carved or molten image, to worship it. Deut.
And the People Mall answer and say, Amen. Minister. Cursed is he chat curseth his father or mother. ve. 16.
Minister. Cursed is he that maketh the blind to go out of his way. ver. 18.
Minister. Cursed is, he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, the fatherless, and widow. ver. 19.
Minister. Cursed is he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. wer. 24
Minister. Curfed is he that lieth with his neighbours wife. Lev. 20. 10.
Answ. Amen. Minifter. Cursed is he that taketh reward to slay the innoAntw. Amen. Minister. Cursed is he that putteth his fruft in man, and taketh man for his defence, and in his heart goeth from the Lord. Jer. 17. 5.
Minister. Cursed are the unmerciful, fornicators, and adulterers, covetous persons, idolaters, Nanderers, drunkards, and extortioners. St Malth. 25. 41. 1 Cor. 6.9, 10. Answ. Amen.
Deut. 27. 25.
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David beareth witness) who do err and go astray from the commandments of God, let us (remembering the dreadful judgment hanging over our heads, and always ready to fall upon us) return unto our Lord God with all contrition and meekness of heart ; bewailing and lamenting our sinful life, acknowledging and confessing our offences, and seeking to bring forth worthy fruits of penance. For now is the ax put unto the root of the trees; fo that every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down, and cast into
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 tempeft; 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 fall sudden destruction come upon them, as forrow cometh upon a woman travailing with child, and they shall not escape. Then shall appear the wrath of God in the day of vengeance, which obftinate sinners, through the stubbornness of their heart, have heaped unto themselves, which despised the goodness, patience, and long-sufferance of God, when he called them continually to repentance. Then shall they call upon me (saith the Lord) but I will not hear; they hall leek me early, but they shall not find me ; and that because they hated knowledge, and received not the fear of the Lord, but abhorred my counsel, and despised my correction. Then shall it be too 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 juft judgment, which shall be pronounced upon them, when it shall be faid unto them, Go ye cursed into the fire everlasting, which
is prepared for the devil and his angels. Therefore, bre. thren take we heed betime, while the day of salvation lalt. eth; 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 eait into utter darkne's, where is weeping and gnashing of teeth, Let us not abuse the goodness of God, who callech us mercifully to amendment: and of his endless pity promiscth us forgiveness of that which is part, it with a perfect and true heart we return unto him. For though our fins 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 (faith the Lord) from all your wickedness, and your fin thall not be your destruction. Caft away from your ungodliness that ye have done; make you new hearts, and a new spirit: Wherefore will ye die, O ye house of Israel ; feeing that I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, faith the Lord God? Turn ye then, and ye shall live. Al. though we have finned, yet have we an Advocace with the Fa. ther, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation for our sins. For he was wounded for our offences, and smitten for our wickedness. Let us therefore return unto him, who is the merciful receiver of all true penitent finners; assuring ourselves that he is ready to receive us, and most willing to pardon us, if we come unto him with faithful repentance ; if we will submit ourf.lyes unto him, and from henceforth walk in his ways; if wo 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 Mall be fit on the left hand; and he will set us on his right hand, and give us tę gracious benediction of his Father, como manding us to take poffeífion of his glorious kingdom : unto 'which he vouchsafe to bring us all, for iis infinite mercy. Amen.
gben fall they all kneel upon their knees, and the Priest and Clerks kneeling
(ixibe place where they are accustomed to Jay ibo Litany) full fay this P/alm.
Miferere mei, Deus. Pfal. 51,
ness : according to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences.
Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness : and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my faults; and my fin is ever be
Against thee only have I finned, and done this evil in thy light: that thou mightest be justified in thy laying, and clear when thou art judged.
Behold, I was shapen in wickedness: and in sin hath my mother conceived me.
But lo, choy requirest truth in the inward paris : and Ihalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.
Thou shalt purge me with hyffop, and I shall be clean : thou shalt wath me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladnels; that the bones which thou haft 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 fpirit 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 thall I teach thy ways unto the wicked; and sinners Shall be converted unto thee.
Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou th.it art the God of my health: and my tongue llall sing of thy righteousness.
Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord : and my mouth shall! Thew thy praise.
For thou desirest no facrifice, else would I give it thee : but thuy delightest not in burnt-offerings.
The facrifice of God is a troubled spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not de:pise.
O be favourable and gracious unto Sion : build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Then shalt thou be pleased with the facrifice of righteousness, with the burnt-offerings and oblations: then thall they offer young bullocks upon thine altar.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
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. Amen.
Minister. O Lord, fave thy servants ;
Answ. And for the glory of thy Name deliver us; be merciful to us sinners, for thy Names fake.
Minister. O Lord, hear our prayer,
Minister. Let us pray,
spare all those who confess their fios unto thee; that they whose consciences by fin are accused, by thy merciful pardon may be absolved, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Most mighty God, and merciful Father, who haft
compassion upon all men, and hacest 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,