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conveniences of life. Above all, we adore thy mercy in sending thy Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and eternal death, and in giving us the knowledge and sense of our duty toward thee. We bless thee for thy patience with us, notwithstanding our many and great provocations; for all the directions, assistances, and comforts of thy Holy Spirit; for thy continual care and watchful providence over us through the whole course of our lives; and particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day; beseeching thee to continue these thy blessings to us; and to give us grace to show our thankfulness in a sincere obedience to his laws, through whose merits and intercession we received them all, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
IN particular, we beseech thee to continue thy
gracious protection to us this night. Defend us from all dangers and mischiefs, and from the fear of them ; that we may enjoy such refreshing sleep, as may fit us for the duties of the following day. Make us ever mindful of the time when we shall lie down in the dust; and grant us grace always to live in such a state, that we may never be afraid to die; so that, living and dying, we may be thine, through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, in whose name we offer up these our imperfect prayers. Amen. THE grace of our Father in heaven, the love
of Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
ORDER FOR MORNING PRAYER.
| The Minister shall begin the Morning Prayer, by reading
one or more of the following Sentences of Scripture : THE Lord is in his holy temple ; let all the
earth keep silence before him.-Hab. ii. 20. From the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same, my name shall be great among the Gentiles ; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering; for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.—Mal. i. 11.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Ps. xix. 14.
When the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.- Ezek. xviii. 27.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit ; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.—Ps. li. 17. Rend
your heart and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness.—Joel ï. 13.
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness.—Dan. ix. 9.
Repent ye; for the ki lom of heaven is at hand.–St. Matt. iii. 2.
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.—St. Luke xv. 18, 19.
T Then the Minister shall say, DEARLY beloved brethren, the Scripture
moveth us, in sundry places, to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness, and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before the face of our Heavenly Father, but confess them, with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we 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 heavenly grace, saying –
TA general Confession, to be said by the whole Congrega
'tion after the Minister, all kneeling : O GREAT and most merciful Father ; We
have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the desires and devices of our own hearts. We have 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 us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those who confess their faults ; restore thou those who are penitent; according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, О most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy name. Amen. 1 The Declaration of Absolution, or Remission of Sins; to be made by the Priest alone, standing; the people still
kneeling: THE Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who de
sireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness and live, 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 those who 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 here.
and holy ; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I The People shall answer here, and at the end of every
1 Or this: OUR heavenly Father, who, of his great mercy,
hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who, with hearty repentance and true faith, turn unto him ; have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
T Then the Minister shall kneel, and say the Lord's Prayer;
the People still kneeling, and repeating it with him, both
here, and wheresoever else it is used in Divine Service. OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be
thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven ; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass 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.
1 Then likewise he shall say: O Lord, open thou our lips ;
Ans. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.