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thy servant: Thou that forgettest injuries, overlook all bis failings, pardon his offences both voluntary and involuntary, and deliver him from eternal punish
For thou art he who hast said, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven: Thou art our God, the God that canst shew mercy and save and forgive fins. To Thee therefore, with the Eternal Father, and the life-giving Spirit, is due all honour and glory, now and for ever, world without end. Amen.
Then all the Priest say,
OD the Father bless thee; Jesus Christ protect
and keep thee; The Holy Spirit enlighten thee all the days of thy life. The Lord pardon all thy trespasses and sins. Amen. And then the person shall take his station among
, yes, forlat the kingdom of heaven is at
The PENITENTIAL OFFICE, To be used on all Wednesdays and Fridays, (except
those between Easter and Pentecost, and Christmasday,) and on the fix days next before Easter, and on every day of the week before Holy-week but
Sunday and Saturday. Note, That none are to be present at this Office, but
the Faithful and the Penitents. The Deacon standing turned towards the People, fall
say the following sentences of Scripture.
for hand. S. Matth. When the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Ezek. 18. 27.
Rent your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious, and merciful, now to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Joel 2. 13.
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivea nesses, 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, .
If we say that we have no fin, we deceivę. ourselves, and the truth is not in us: But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. IS. John 1. 8, 9.
Then all the Deacon say the following Exhortation. DE
Early beloved, the Scripture moveth us in sundry
places to acknowledge and confess our manifold fins and wickedness, and that we should not disfemble nor cloke 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 fame by his infinite goodness and mercy, Let us therefore examine our lives and conversations by the rule of God's commandments; and wherein soever we perceive our selves to have offended, either by will, word, or deed, there let us bewail our own sinfulness, and confess our selves to Almighty God, with full purpose of amendment of life. And if we perceive our offences to be such, as are not only against God, but also against our neighbours, then let us reconcile our selves unto them, being ready to make restitution and satisfaction, according to the uttermost of our powers, for all injuries and wrongs done by us to any other; and being likewise ready to forgive others, who have offended us, as we would have forgiveness of our offences at God's hand. Thus let us judge our selves, that we be not judged of the Lord; let us have a lively and stedfast faith in Christ our Saviour; and let us return to him, who is the merciful receiver of all true penitent sinners ; assuring. our selves that he is ready to receive us, and most willing to pardon us, if we come unto him with faithful repentance; if we submit our felves unto, him, and from henceforth walk in his ways; if we will take his easy yoke and light burden upon us, following him in lowliness, patience, and charity, being ordered by the governance of his. Holy Spirit,
seeking always his glory, and serving him duly in our vocation with thanksgiving. This if we do, Christ will deliver us from the extreme curse, which shall light upon them that shall be set on his left hand; and he will set us on his right hand, and give us the gracious benediction of his father, commanding us to take possession of his glorious kingdom : unto which may he vouchsafe to bring us all of his infinite mercy. Amen.
Then, after a convenient pause for recollection, shall
be said or sung (in the same manner as the Psalms for the day are said or Jung) the Psalm following.
Miserere mei, Deus. Pfal. 51, HAVE mercy upon me, O God, after thy great
goodness : according to the multitude of thy mercies, do away mine offences.
Wash me throughly from my wickedness: and cleanse me from my fin.
For I acknowledge my faults; and my fin is ever before me.
Against thee only have I finned, and done this evil in thy sight : that thou mightest be justified in thy faying, and clear when thou art judged.
Behold, I was shapen in wickedness : and in sin hath my mother conceive me.
But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts : and shalt make me to understand wisdom fecretly.
Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness: that the bones which thou hast broken, may rejoice.
put out all
Turn thy face from
Make me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence: and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
O give me the comfort of thy help again : and stablish me with thy free Spirit.
Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked: and finners shall be converted unto thee.
Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health: and my tongue shall sing of thy righteousness.
Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord: and my mouth shall Thew thy praise.
For thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it thee: but thou delightest not in burnt-offerings.
The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou shalt not despise.
O be favourable and gracious unto Sion : build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with the burnt-offerings and oblations: then shall they offer young
thine altar. Then the Deacon mall turn to the People, and say, LET us fall upon our knees, and fervently and
intensely pray to God through his Christ. Then the Priest and People fall say the following
Prayer, all kneeling.
be turned. Be favourable, O Lord, be favourable to thy people, Who turn to thee with contrition