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fres of our own hearts. 4. We have offended against thy
5. We have feft undone those things which we ought to have done ; 6. And we have done those things which we ought not to have done ; 7. And there is no health in us. 8. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. 9. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. io. Restore thou them that are penitent; 11. According to thy promises declared unto 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.
PA RA PH RA SE.
3. We acknowledge that we have too often yielded to those unlawful desires which we have been prompted to by the corruption of our nature, occasioned by original fin.
4. To these we have added many positive breaches of thy holy laws, the observance of which has been so ftriatly enjoined us.
5. We, moreover, acknowledge ourselves to have been guilty of many fins of omission, in neglecting the duties commanded us.
6. And we have also been guilty of many fins of commiflion, by doing such actions as are forbidden by the law of God.
7. So that there is no part of our souls free from the infection of fin, but the disease with which they labour, is almost universal; or, (in other words) we cannot hope for health or salvation from ourselves.
&. We therefore have recourse to thy goodness, O God, and humbly implore thy aid, to deliver us from this burden of our fins.
9. Remit therefore, we in treat thee, the punishment which we have incurred by our fins, upon our confession of them, and hearty repentance of chem.
10. And if our penitence be fincere, refore us to the place which we formerly held in thy favour, and which we have forfeited by our transgreffions; and let us partake of the benefits of thine elect faints, whose privileges all wicked and impenitent sinners are excluded from.
11. According to the promises which thou haft made unto us in the gospel-revelation, delivered to us by Jesus Christ. Therefore we beseech thee, O gracious God, not in the name of any faint or angel, but in the name of Thy dear Son, as thou haft promiled to give whatever we ask in his name, (John xvi. 23.) to aslift us so powerfully with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that, for the time to come, we may faithfully acquit ourfelves of every part of our christian duty: that we may lead a godly life, by paying a devout worship to the Almighty : that we may live righteQuliy, in behaving with justice and charity to our neighbours, and suberly,
The Abfolution, or Remiffion of Sins, to be pronounced by the
Priest alone, standing ; the People still kneeling.
who defireth 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 fins : He pardoneth and abfolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. 2. 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 may be pure and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Tbe People shall answer bere, and at the End of all other
in performing all the duties of temperance, chastity, and other virtues, which more immediately concern ourselves. Nor do we defire this, in order to refeat honour upon ourselves, or to acquire any merit by leading fach a religious life, but only, that the greater glory may be alcribed to thy goodness, by whose grace we hope to have this wonderful change effected in our hearts.
1. The almighty God, who is invested with power over all things in heaven and earth, who does not defire that any finner should be everlastingiy unhappy ; (Ezek. xviii. 28.) but rather that he should escape perdition, and enjoy an happy eternity; and to this end, hath impowered the ministers of the gospel, and even given them positive orders, (Marth. xviii. 18. Jobu xx. 23) to declare remission of fins to all sincere penikats: be, by the mouth of his minister, pronounceth pardon and absolation to all who are poffeff:d of the requisite qualifications for it, ..?. 1 facere repentance of his lins, and a firm belief of his Holy Gospel. Mari xv. Ads xx. 21.
2. Therefore, that we may reap the benefit of this holy ordinance, let u pray to God, who is the giver of every good and perfect gift, (James i. 17.) to bettow upon us the grace of true repentance and the afliitance of his Holy Spirit
, for without the aid of this blessed Spirit, which trengthens our weakness and heals our infirmities, our evotion can never be acceptable to him : the afaitance of bis Holy Spirit is likewise necessary
ben the Minister fall kneel, and say the Lord's Prayer with an audible
Voice; the People also kneeling, and repeating it with bim, bob here, and wbere
foever else it is ufed in Divine Service.
5. Thy will be done in Earth, As it is in Heaven. 6. Give us this day our daily bread. 7. And forgive us our crefpaffes, as we forgive them that trespass against us. 8. And
PA RA P H R A SE.
to prevent us from relapsing into a sinful state, but that our souls, which formerly have been denied with many vices, may shine with that purity and holiness which the gospel requires. So that, when we quit this transitory life, we may enter into the joy of the Father, thro' che merits of Jesus Christ, our ever blessed Redeemer.
1. We have recourse to thee, O God, who, by the great work of creation, art the father of us and all mankind, but art, in a more particular manner, the father of us chriitians by adoption. Rom. viii. 15.
2. Offering up our petitions unto thee, the great God of heaven and earth, whose throne and peculiar place of residence is in the empyreum or heaven of heavens. Ija, lxvi. 1. Matt. v. 39.
3. It is our defire, and we will exert our utmost efforts, that thy name, (Exod. xx. 7.) and whatsoever has any connection with thee, may be held facred and preserved from any manner of contempt, and moreover be honoured with distinguishing marks of respect and adoration.
4. We also ardently with for the time when thy glorious kingdom, which cinnot be inherited by Alesh and blood, shall commence, (1 Cor. 11. 20.) and into which the elect are to be received. Mart. xxv. 34, 5.
5. pray thee, O Lord, to haften thy kingdom of grace, introductory to thy kingdom of glory hereafter, that all our irregular passions and fensual affections, being subdued by thee our king and governor, we may be numbered amongst those blessed, who are poor in fpirit, and to whom thy dear Son our redeemer has appropriated the kingdom of heaven. We pray farther, that we christians here upon earth may discharge our duty to God, and conform ourselves to his will, made known to us by the preaching of the gospel, with as much readiness and punctuality as the angels in heaven perform it. Pf. ciii. 21. Matt. xvijj. 10.
6. We petition thee farther to supply us with our daily sustenance, (1 Tim. vi. 8.) not only with bread, but with cloaths and all the other necessaries of life, in fuch proportion as thou Malt judge proper.
7. Intreating thee to pardon our fins, as well great as small, both of which render uis obnoxious to divine justice, as we, on our part, profess to have freely forgiven all those who have offended against as, knowing that we cannot otherwise hope for the mercy of God. Mart. vi. 15.
lead us not into temptation ; 9. But deliver us from evil : 10. For_thine is the Kingdom, And the Power, And the Glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
Then likewise be Mall say;
PA RA P H R AS E. 8. We request of thee, that thou would it be pleased to preserve us from any Atrong temptation, which we may not have strength to overcome, (Matt. xxvi. 40.) for the immediate government of thy kingdom of grace in this wicked and perverse generation. Let not any trying temptation be laid in our way, in this, too apt to be biased and corrupt, state of feeble nature ; give us not over into the enemy's hand; forsake as not in Oar spiritual conflict; guide us in the way of thy commandments; and grani ibat, thro' Christ, we may be conquerors, not conquered by the worldly and glittering allurements to sin ; or if we fall into temptations, afford us such a potent assistance of thy grace, as may enable us to get the better of them. 2 Cor. xii. 9.
9. But rescue us from every evil to which human nature is obnoxious, as well from the dominion of sin, (Eph. ii. 1. Heb. x. 12:) as that of calamities, and that from evil occasioned by the malice of evil spirits. Job, i. 6, 8. Rev. xii. 8.
10. These blessings, we trust, thou wilt not with-hold from us ; thy divine perfections giving us encouragement to expect them from thee : for thine is the empire and supreme command over all things, and thy unlimited power no being can refift; (1 Chron. xxix. io. Yud. 25.) thou art invested with infinite power, and nothing can oppole thee ; (Job, xxxvii. 11. P/al. Ixv. 7.) and thy own glory is displayed in making thy creatures happy. Jud. 25. Eph. i. 6.
Prieft. Do thou, O God, who haft bestowed upon us the gift of utterance, (Exod. iv. 11. Prov. x. 32.) by thy Holy Spirit, aflitt us in our devotions.
Ax/wer. And then we shall speak forth thy praise, as we are in duty bound.
Prifi. Delay not to afford us thy alistance, in promoting all things Beceflary for our salvation.
Anur. And be not backward in supplying us with whatever may Help us forward in that mol important of all cur concerns.
Here all standing up, the Priest fall say. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost ,
Answ. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
Prieft. Praise ye the Lord.
Answ. The Lord's Name Be praised. Then shall be faid or fung this Psalm following ; except on Ea ter-day, upor
which another Anthem is appointed: And on the Nineteenth Day of every Month it is not to be read here, but in tbe ordinary Course of the Psalms.
Venite, exultemus Domino. Psal. xcv.
rejoice in the strength of our salvation. 2. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving : and shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.
3. For the Lord is a great God : and a great King above
4. In his hand are all the corners of the earth : and the Itrength of the hills is his also.
5. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands prepared the dry land.
PA RA PHRASE Prief. All glory be ascribed to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
Answer. They have existed in glory from all eternity, Atill continne to exist, and will exist for ever. Amen.
Priest. Sing an hallelujal onto the Lord.
1. Come, let us exert ourselves in singing forth the praises of the Lord, let us make a jubilee Before our God and our blessed Redeemer.
2. Let us present ourselves before the ark, the special place where he manifests his Divine Presence, with giving of thanks: and rejoice before him with psalmody,
3: For Jehovah our God, is not an imaginary being, like the gods of the heathens, but the Creator of the universe, the only
true God. 4. The darkest corners and the lowest caverns of the earth were at first made by hish, and fill remain ac his disposal : he has a right and lovereignty over the moft lofty mountains, mountains that are of such a prodigions height that they cite those who attempt to afcend them.