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great mercy to thy glory, the Christ our Lord; to whom, advancement of thy Gospel, with thee, and the Holy Spirit, the honour of our Country, as for all thy mercies, so in parand, as much as in us lieth, to ticular for this victory and delithe good of all mankind. And verance, be all glory and howe beseech thee, give us such nour,world without end. Amen. a sense of this great mercy, as
2 Cor. xiii. 14.
HE grace of our Lord fulness, such as may appear in Jesus Christ,and the love our lives, by an humble, holy, of God, and the fellowship of and obedient walking before the Holy Ghost, be with us all thee allourdays,throughJesuslevermore. Amen.
At the Burial of the Dead at Sea, the Office in the Common Prayer Book may be used ; only instead of these words, We therefore commit his body to the ground, earth to earth, &c. say, We therefore commit his Body to the deep, to be turned into corruption, looking for the Resurrection of the Body when the Sea shall give up her dead, and the life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ; who at his coming shall change our vile Body, that it may be like his glorious Body, according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things to himself.
A FORM OF PRAYER FOR
THE VISITATION OF PRISONERS.
When Morning or Evening Prayer sira'l be read in any Prison, instead of she Psalm, 0 come let us sing, &c. shall be read the 1301h Psalm; and the Minister shall inseri, after the Collect for the Day, the Collect in the following Service, O God whu sparest, &c. and at such times as the Litany is not read, he shall add the Prayer, O God, merciful Father, who despisest not, &c.
And when Notice is given io the Minister, that a Prisoner is confined for some great or capital crime, he shall visit him ; and when he cometh into the place where the Prisoner is, he shall say, kneeling down,
our iniquities, nor the most precious blood, and be iniquities of our forefathers; not angry with us for ever. neither take thou vengeance Ans. Spare us, good Lord. of our sins : Spare' us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom Lord, have mercy upon usa
Let us pray.
Chrisi, have mercy upon us. thercastaway theirconfidence
UR Father, who art in but in thee. Relieve the dis-
ftressed, protect the innocent, Min. () Lord, show thy and awaken the guilty: And mercy upon us;
forasmuch as thou alone bring. Ans. And grant us thy sal- est light out of darkness, and vation.
good out of evil, grant that Min. Turn thy face from the pains and punishments our sins;
which these thy servants enAns. And blot out all our dure, through their bodily coniniquities.
finement, may tend to setting Min. Send us help from free their souls from the chains thy holy place;
of sin; through Jesus Christ Ans. For thine indignation our Lord. Amen. lieth hard upon us.
6 Here the Minister, as he Min, O Lord, hear our shall see convenient, may prayer ;
read the Prayer for All Ans. And let the sighing conditions of Men, the Colof the Prisoners come before
lect for Ash-Wednesday, thee.
and the Collect beginning,
Almighty God, the fountain
other Prayer, of the Lilur.
hort the prisoner or Pri. may mercifully be relieved ;
soners after this Form, or through our Lord and Saviour other like: Jesus Christ. Amen.
this,that Almighty God, we deserve punishment, whose never-failing provi. and in thy wrath rememberest dence governeth all things mercy; we humbly beseech both in heaven and earth, hath thee, of thy goodness, to com- so wisely and mercifully orfort and succour all those who dered the course of this world, are under reproach and misery that his judgments are often in the house of bondage ; cor-sent as fatherly corrections to rect them not in thine anger, us: and if with due submission neither chasten them in thy and resigna ion to his holy will sore displeasure. Give them we receive the same, they will a right understanding ofthem- work together for our good. selves, and of thy threats and
It is your part and duty, promises ; that they may nei- therefore, to humble yourself
God, who sparest when D FARLY beloved, know
underthe mighty hand of God, white as snow ; though your to acknowledge the righteous- wickedness have gone over ness of his judgments, and to your head, yet shall they not endeavour, that, by his grace, be your destruction. this present visitation may We exhort you therefore in lead you to a sincere and the name of God, and of his hearty repentance.
dear Son Jesus Christ our SaThe way and means thereto viour, and as you tender your is, to examine your life and own salvation, to take good conversation by the rule of heed of these things in time, God's commandments; and while the day of salvation whereinsoever you shall per-lasteth; for the night cometh, ceive yourself to have offend- when no man can work. While ed, either by will, word, or you have the light, believe in deed, there to bewail your the light, and walk as children own sinfulness, and to confess of the light, that you be not yourself to Almighty God, cast into outer darkness; that with full purpose of amend you may not knock, when the ment of life. And if you shall door shall be shut ; and cry for perceive your offences to be mercy, when it is the time of such as are not only against justice. Now you are the ol). God, but also against your ject of God's mercy, if by reneighbours ; then to reconcile pentance and true faith you yourself to them, being ready turn unto him : but if you neg10 make restitution and satis-lect these things, you will be faction, according to the utter-the object of his justice and most of your power, for all vengeance: Now you may injuries and wrongs done by claim the merits of Christ; but you to any other : and being if you die in your sins, his suflikewise readyto forgiveothers ferings will tend to your greatwho have offended you, as you er condemnation. Obeloved, would have forgivenessofyour consider in this your day, how offences at God's hand. And fearful a thing it will be to fall to this true repentance and into the hands of the living change of mind you must adda God, when you can neitherfly lively and steadfast faith, and to his mercy to protect you, nor dependence upon the merits of to the merits of Christ to cothe death of Christ, with an en- ver you in that terrible day. tire resignation of yourself to the will of God. Except you,
Here the Minister shall exrepent, and believe, we can
amine him concerning his give you no hope of salvation :
Faith, and rehearse the ArBut if you do sincerely repent believe in God, &c.
ticles of the Creed, Dost thou
And and believe, God hath declar
the Prisoner shall answer, ed, though your sins be red as scarlet, they shall be made All this I steadfastly believe.
Then shall the Minister ex-bones which thou hast broken amine whether he repent may rejoice. him truly of his sins, and be Turn thy face from my sins; in charity with all the world, and put out all my misdeeds. and further admonish him Make me a clean heart, O particularly concerning the God; and renew a right spirit crimes wherewith he is within me. charged ; and exhort him, Cast me not away from thy if he have any scruples, that presence; and take not thy he would declare the same, Holy Spirit from me. and prepare himself for the O give me the comfort of Holy Communion, against thy help again ; and stablish the time that it may be firo-me with thy free Spirit.
per to administer it to him. Then shall I teach thy ways I Then, all kneeling, the Mi- shall be converted unto thee.
unto the wicked; and sinners nister shall say as follows, Deliver me from blood guilfrom the 5181 Psalm :
tiness, O God, thou that art
God,after thy great good-tongue shall sing of thy righteness ; according to the multi-ousness. tude of thy mercies, do away Thou shalt open my lips, O mine offences.
Lord; and my mouth shall Wash me thoroughly from show thy praise. my wickedness; and cleanse For thou desirest no sacri. me from my sin.
fice, else would I give it thee; For I acknowledge my faults; but thou delightest not in and my sin is ever before me. burnt offerings.
Against thee only have I The sacrifice of God is a sinned, and done this eril in troubled Spirit; a broken and thy sight; that thou mightest contrite heart, O God, shalt be justified in thy saying, and thou not despise. clear when thou art judged. " Then the Minister shall say,
Behold, I was shapen in wickedness ; and in sin hath O LORD, we beseech thee, my mother conceived me. mercifully hear our pray
But lo, thou requirest truth ers, and spare all those who in the inward parts ; and shalt confess their sins unto thee ; make me to understand wis- that they, whose consciences dom secretly.
by sin are accused,by thy mer. Thou shalt purge me with ciful pardon may be absolvhyssop, and I shall be clean ; ed, through Christ our Lord. thou shalt wash me, and I shall.Amen. be whiter than snow.
O is Thou shalt make me hear everlasting, and powerinof joy and gladness; that the finite ; look down with pity and
Let us pray.
compassion upon the suffer-jand, being desirous that you ings of this thy servant; and should avoid presumption on whetherthou visitest fortrial of the one hand, and despair on his patience, or punishment of the other, shall plainly lay beliis offences, enable him by thy fore you the wretchedness of grace cheerfully to submithim- your condition, and declare self to thy holy will and plea- how far you ought to depend sure. Go not far from those, on the mercies of God, and the O Lord, whom thou hast laid merits of our Saviour. Conin a place of darkness, and insider then seriously with yourthe deep; and forasmuch as self, in all appearance the time thou hast not cut him off sud-of your dissolution draweth denly, but chastenest him as a near; your sins have laid fast Father; grant that he duly hold upon you ; you are soon considering thygreat mercies, to be removed from among may be unfeignedly thankful, men by a violent death ; and and turn unto thee with true you shall fade away suddenly repentance and sincerity of like the grass, which in the heart, through Jesus Christ morning is green and groweth our Lord. Amen.
up, but in the evening is cut I Prayers for Persons under
down, dried up, and withered. Sentence of Death.
After you have thus finished
the course of a sinful and mi! When a Criminal is under serable life. you shall appear
Sentence of Death, the Mi-before the Judge of all flesh ; nister shall proceed, imme- who, as he pronounces blesdiately after the Collect, Osings on the righteous, shall God who sparest, &c. to ex-likewise say, with a terrible hort him after this Form, or voice of most just judgment, other like :
to the wicked, Go, ye accursed, EARLY beloved, it hath into the fire everlasting, prein his justice, to bring you un- gels. der the sentence and condem- Your sins have brought you nation of the law : You are too near this dreadlul senshortly to suffer death in such tence: It is therefore your part a manner, that others, warned and duty, my brother, humbly by your example, may be the to confess and bewail your more afraid to offend; and we great and manifold offences, pray God, that you may make and to repent you truly of your such use of your punishments sins, as you tender the eternal in this world, that your soul salvation of your soul. may be saved in the world to Be not deceived with a vain come.
and presumptuous expectation Wherefore we come to you ofGod's favour. nor say within in the bowels of compassion; yourself, Peace, Peace, when