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At the beginning of Morning Prayer, the Minister shall read one or more of the following Sentences of Scripture; and then he shall read the Exhortation.
WHEN the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness which he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Ezek. xviii. 27.
I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me. Psal. li. 3.
Hide thy face from my sins; and blot out all mine iniquities. Psal. li. 9.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psal. 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, and repenteth him of the evil. Joel, ii. 13.
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us. Dan. ix. 9, 10.
O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing. Jer. x. 24.
Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 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. Luke, xv. 18, 19.
Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord;
for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. Psal. cxliii. 2.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John, i. 8, 9.
The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a spirit, and they who worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth. John, iv. 23, 24.
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 Almighty God 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 the heavenly grace, saying after me.
A general Confession to be said by the whole Congregation after the Minister.
ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires 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. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders. Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent, According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord.
And grant, O most merciful Father, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and sober life; Το the glory of thy holy name. Amen.
Answ. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
Min. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God;
Answ. Be honour and glory, through Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen. Min. Praise ve the Lord. Answ. The Lord's name be praised.
Then shall be sung, or else repeated by the Minister and People alternately, the following Anthem; except on the days for which other Anthems are appointed; which are Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter, and Whitsunday.
O COME, let us sing unto the Lord; let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence. with thanksgiv
ing; and show ourselves glad in him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God; and a great king above all gods.
In his hand are all the corners of the earth; and the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it ; and his hands prepared the dry land.
O come, let us worship, and fall down, and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is the Lord our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
O worship the Lord 'in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth; and with righteousness to judge the world, and the people with his truth.
Then shall be said, by the Minister and People alternately, the Psalms for the Day, or a Selection from the Psalms, at the discretion of the minister. And at the close of the Psalms shall be repeated the following Doxology.
NOW unto the King
eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God;
Be honour and glory, through Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen.
Then may follow an Anthem, or a Voluntary on the Organ. After which the Minister shall read the FIRST LESSON, taken out of the Old Testament; and at the end of it he shall say, Here endeth the FIRST LESSON. Then shall be sung, or else repeated by the Minister and People alternately the Hymn called Te Deum.
WE praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.
To thee all angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the powers therein.
To thee cherubim and seraphim continually do cry,
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.