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he would declare the same, and prepare
of your offences at God's hand. the living God, when you can And to this true repentance and neither fly to his mercy to change of mind you must add protect you, nor to the merits a lively and steadfast faith, and of Christ to cover you in that dependence upon the merits of terrible day. the death of CHRIST, with any
C/ Here the Minister shall examine him entire resignation of yourself
concerning his faith, and rehearse the to the will of God. Except articles of the Creed, 'Dost thou believe in you repent, and believe, we can
GOD, &c. And the prisoner shall answer, give you no hope of salvation. All this I steadfastly believe. But if you do sincerely repentThen shall the Minister examine whether and believe, God hath declared, he repent him truly of his sins, and be in though your sins be as red as
charity with all the world, and further
admonish him particularly concerning the scarlet, they shall be made crimes wherewith he is charged ; and white as snow; though your exhort him, if he have any scruples, that wickednesses have gone over
himself for the Holy Communion, against your head, yet shall they not be the time that it may be proper to administer
it to him. your destruction.
We exhort you therefore in T Then, all kneeling, the Minister shall say the name of God, and of his as follows, from the 51st Psalm. dear Son JESUS CHRIST our HAVE mercy upon me, O Saviour, and as you tender God, after thy great goodness ; your own salvation, to take according to the multitude of good heed of these things in thy mercies, do away mine time, while the day of salvation offences. lasteth ; for the night cometh, | Wash me thoroughly from when no man can work. While my wickedness; and cleanse you have the light, believe in me from my sin. the light, and walk as children For I acknowledge my faults; of the light, that you be not and my sin is ever before me. cast into outer darkness ; that Against thee only have I you may not knock, when the sinned, and done this evil in door shall be shut; and cry thy sight; that thou mightest for mercy, when it is the time be justified in thy saying, and of justice. Now you are the clear when thou art judged. object of God's mercy, if by Behold, I was shapen in repentance and true faith you wickedness ; and in sin hath turn unto him: but if you my mother conceived me. neglect these things, you will But lo, thou requirest truth be the object of his justice and in the inward parts; and shalt vengeance. Now you may make me to understand wisdom claim the merits of CHRIST ; secretly. but if you die in your sins, his Thou shalt purge me with sufferings will tend to your hyssop, and I shall be clean ; greater condemnation. Ở be- thou shalt wash me, and I shall loved, consider in this your be whiter than snow. day, how fearful a thing it will Thou shalt make me hear be to fall into the hands of of joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken thou visitest for trial of his may rejoice.
| patience, or punishment of his Turn thy face from my sins ; offences, enable him by thy grace and put out all my misdeeds. cheerfully to şubmit himself to
Make me a clean heart, O thy holy will and pleasure. Go God; and renew a right spirit not far from those, O LORD, withịn me,
whom thou hast laid in a place Cast me not away from thy of darkness, and in the deep ; presence; and take not thy and forasmuch as thou hast holy Spirit from me.
not cut him off suddenly, bu o give me the comfort of thy chastenest him as a father ; help again ; and stablish me grant that he, duly considering with thy free Spirit,
thy great mercies, may be Then shall I teach thy ways unfeignedly thankful, and turn unto the wicked; and sinners unto thee with true repentance shall be converted unto thee. and sincerity of heart, through
Deliver me from blood- Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health ; and T Prayers for persons under sentence of
death. my tongue shall sing of thy | When a criminal is under sentence of righteousness.
death, the Minister shall proceed, imme
diately after the Collect, .0. GOD, who Thou shalt open my lips, O sparest, &c. to exhort him after this form, LORD; and my mouth shall or other like : show thy praise.
DEARLY beloved, it hath For thou desirest no sacrifice. I pleased ALMIGHTY God, in his else would I give it thee: but justice, to bring you under the thou delightest not in burnt- sentence and condemnation of offerings.
the law : You are shortly to The sacrifice of God is a suffer death in such a manner, troubled spirit; a broken and that others, warned by your contrite heart, O God, shalt example, may be the more afraid thou not despise.
to offend ; and we pray God, Then the Minister shall say,
that you may make such use of Let us pray:
| your punishments in this world,
that your soul may be saved in O LORD, we beseech thee, the world to come. mercifully hear our prayers, Wherefore we come to you and spare all those who confess in the bowels of compassion; their sins unto thee; that they, and, being desirous that you whose consciences by sin are should avoid presumption on accused, by thy merciful pardon the one hand, and despair on may be absolved, through the other. shall plainly lay CHRIST our Lord. Amen. before you the wretchedness of
O GOD, whose mercy is your condition, and declare how everlasting, and power infinite; far you ought to depend on the look down with pity and com- mercies of God, and the merits passion upon the sufferings of of our Saviour. Consider then this thy servant; and whether seriously with yourself, in all
appearance the time of your our sins, and to cleanse us from dissolution draweth near; your all unrighteousness. Do not sins have laid fast hold upon either way abuse the goodness you; you are soon to be re- of God, who calleth us merci. moved from among men by a fully to amendment, and of his violent death; and you shall endless pity promiseth us forfade away suddenly like the giveness of that which is past, grass, which in the morning is if with a perfect and a true green and groweth up, but in heart we return unto him. the evening is cut down, dried Since therefore you are soon up, and withered. After you to pass into an endless and have thus finished the course unchangeable state, and your of a sinful and miserable life, future happiness or misery you shall appear before the depends upon the few moments Judge of all flesh; who, as he which are left you; I require pronounces blessings on the you strictly to examine yourself, righteous, shall likewise say, and your estate both towards with a terrible voice of most God and towards man; and let just judgment, to the wicked, no worldly consideration hinder Go, ye accursed, into the fire you from making a true and everlasting, prepared for the full confession of your sins, and devil and his angels.
giving all the satisfaction which Your sins have brought you is in your power to every one too near this dreadful sentence : whom you have wronged or it is therefore your part and injured; that you may find duty, my brother, humbly to mercy at your heavenly Father's confess and bewail your great hand, for CHRIST's sake, and and manifold offences, and to not be condemned in the dreadrepent you truly of your sins, ful day of judgment. as you tender the eternal salva-l Lastly, beloved, submit your tion of your soul.
self with Christian resignation Be not deceived with a vain to the just judgment of God, and presumptuous expectation which your own crimes have of God's favour, nor say within brought upon you, and be in yourself, Peace, Peace, where charity with all men; being there is no peace ; for there is ready sincerely to forgive ali no peace, saith my God, to the such as have offended you, wicked. God is not mocked ; not excepting those who have he is of purer eyes than to prosecuted you even unto death: behold iniquity; and without and, though this may seem a holiness no man shall see the hard saying, yet know assuredly, LORD. On the other hand, that without it your charity is despair not of God's mercy, not yet perfect. And fail not though trouble is on every side ; earnestly to endeavour and for God shutteth not up his pray for this blessed temper mercies for ever in displeasure: and composure of mind. So But if we confess our sins, he may you cast yourself with an is faithful and just to forgive us entire dependence upon the
mercies of God, through the thee for succour in behalf of merits of our Saviour and this thy servant, who is now Redeemer JESUS CHRIST. under the sentence of cone 1 Here the Minister shall examine him
demnation. The day of his concerning his faith, and rehearse the calamity is at hand, and he is articles of the Creed, Dost thou believe, in accounted as one of those who GOD, &c. And the criminal shall answer,
go down into the pit. Blessed. All this I steadfastly believe. I LORD, remember thy mercies: 1 Then shall the Minister examine whether look upon his infirmities; hear he repent him truly of his sins, exhorting
the voice of his complaint; give him to a particular confession of the sin he voice of Nis compram, sive for which he is condemned; and upon him, we beseech thee, patience confession, he shall instruct him what satisfaction ought to be made to those whom |
in this his time of adversity, he has offended thereby; and if he knoweth and support under the terrors any combinations in wickedness, or any | which encompass him ; set evil practices designed against others, let him be admonished to the utmost of his berore his eyes the things he power to discover and prevent them. hath done in the body, which 1 After his confession, the Minister shall have justly provoked thee to declare to him the pardoning mercy of GOD, in the form which is used in the Com
anger; and forasmuch as his munion Service.
continuance appeareth to be [ After which shall be said the Collect short amongst us, quicken him following:
so much the more by thy grace O HOLY Jesus, who of and holy Spirit ; that he, thine infinite goodness, didst being converted and reconciled accept the conversion of a sin- unto thee, before thy judgments ner on the cross ; open thine have cut him off from the earth, eye of mercy upon this, thy may at the hour of his death servant, who desireth pardon depart in peace, and be received and forgiveness, though in his into thine everlasting kingdom, latest hour he turneth unto through Jesus CHRIST our Lord. thee. Renew in him whatsoever Amen. hath been decayed by the fraud
Adding this. and malice of the devil, or by his own carnal will and frailness. 0 SAVIOUR of the world, Consider his contrition ; accept |
pt who by thy cross and precious his repentance; and forasmuch
blood hast redeemed us, save as he putteth his full trust only us, and help us, we humbly in thy mercy, impute not beseech thee, O LORD. unto him his former sins, but I Then the Minister, standing, shall say, strengthen him with thy blessed IN the midst of life we are Spirit; and when thou art in death : of whom may we pleased to take him hence, take seek for succour, but of thee, him unto thy favour: This we O Lord, who for our sins art beg through thy merits, O Lord, I justly displeased ? our Saviour and our Redeemer. Yet, O Lord God most holy, Amen.
10. Lord moșt mighty, O holy Then shall the Minister say, and most merciful SAVIOUR, O FATHER of mercies and deliver us not into the bitter God of all comfort; we fly unto pains of eternal death.
Thou knowest, LORD, the to die. Grant that he may secrets of our hearts : shut not take thy judgments patiently, thy merciful ears to our prayers; and repent him truly of his but spare us, LORD most holy, sins ; that he recovering thy O God most mighty, o holy favour, the fearful reward of and merciful SAVIOUR, thou his actions may end with this most worthy Judge eternal, life ; and whensoever his soul suffer us not, at our last hour, shall depart from the body, it for any pains of death to fall may be without spot presented from thee.
unto thee, through JESUS CHRIST Then the Minister shall say, our Lord. Amen. THE Almighty God, who is The Epistle. Heb. xii. 11. a most strong tower to all those who put their trust in him: to NO chastening for the prewhom all things in heaven, in sent seemeth to be joyous, but earth, and under the earth, do grievous ; nevertheless, afterbow and obey; be now and wards it yieldeth the peaceable evermore thy defence ; and fruit of righteousness, unto make thee know and feel that them which are exercised there is none other name under thereby. heaven given to man, in whom
The Gospel. St. John v. 24. and through whom thou mayest receive salvation, but only the
VERILY, verily, I say unto name of our Lord Jesus Christ. you, He that heareth my word, Amen.
and believeth on him that sent . And after that shall say,
me, hath everlasting life, and UNTO God's gracious mercy tion : but is passed from death
shall not come into condemnaand protection we commit thee:
unto life. The Lord bless thee and keep thee : The Lord make his face 1 A Prayer for imprisoned Debtors. to shine upon thee, and be MOST gracious God, look gracious unto thee: The LORD down in pity and compassion lift up his countenance upon upon these thine afflicted serthee, and give thee peace both vants, who are fallen under the now and evermore.
misery of a close restraint. I At the time of Execution, besides all, or Give them always a deep sense such parts of the foregoing office as the of their sins, and of thy fatherly Minisier shall judge proper, shall be said live and correction • and the the Commendatory prayer for a person at the point of departure, as it is in the more their confinement presseth Visitation of the Sick.
hard upon them, the more let T The Collect for the Communion Service. the comforts of thy grace and
O GOD, who declarest thy mercy abound towards them almighty power chiefly in Give to their creditors tendershowing mercy and pity; weness and compassion, and to beseech thee to have mercy them a meek and forgiving upon this thy servant, who for spirit towards all those who his transgressions is appointed | have confined them, and a full