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11 At the Burial of the Dead, at Sea, the Office of 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 bis 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 shall be read in any Prison, instead of the Psalm, 0 come let us sing, &c. shall be read the i3uth Psalm ; and the Minister shall insert, after the Collect for the Day, the Collect in the following service, O God, who 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. 5 And when Notice is given to the through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Minister, that a Prisoner is con- Christ. Amen. fined for some grea! o capital O God, who sparest when we decrime, he shall visit him ; and serve punishment, and in thy when he cometh into the place wrath rememberest mercy; we hum. where the Prisoner is, he shall say, bly beseech thee of thy goodness to kneeling down.

comfort and succour all those who are quities, nor the iniquities of our house of bondage; correct them not forefathers; neither take thou venge- in thine anger, neither chasten them ance of our sins : Spare us, good Lord, in thy sore displeasure. Give thein a spare thy people, whom thou hast re-right understanding of themselves, deemed with thy most precious blood; and of thy threats and promises ; and be not angry with us forever. that they may neither cast away their Ans. Spare us, good Lord.

confidence in thee, nor place it any

where but in thee. Relieve the dis. Lord, have mercy upon us.

tressed, protect the innocent, and Christ, have mercy upon us. awaken the guilty : and forasmuch as Lord, have mercy upon us. thou alone bringest light out of dark OUR Father, who art in Heaven, ness, and good out of evil, grant that

the pains and punishunents which Min, O Lord, show thy mercy upon these thy servants endure, through

their bodily confinement, may tend to Ans. And grant us thy salvation. setting free their souls from the chains Mr. Turn thy face from our sins; of sio ; through Jesus Christ our Ans, And blot out all our iniquities. Lord. Amen. Min. Send us help from thy holy 1 Here the Minister, as he shall see place;

convenient, may read the Prayer Ans. For thine indignation lieth bard for All conditions of Men, the Col. upon us,

lect for Ash-Wednesday, and the Min. O Lord, hear our prayer ; Collect beginning Almighty God, the Ans. And let the sighing of the Pri. fountain of all wisdom, &c. or any soners come before thee.

other Prayer of the Liturgy, which The Collect.

he shall judge proper. GRANT; we beseech thee, Al-Then shali the Minister exhort

mighty God, that we, who for the Prisoner or Prisoners after this our evil deeds do worthily deserve to Form, or other like: be punished, by the comfort of thy DEARLY beloved, know this, that grace may mercifully be relieved"; Almighty God, wiose never-fail

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ing providence governeth all things lieve in the light, and walk as chi both in herven and earth, hath so dren of the light, that you be not cast wisely and mercifully ordered the into outer darkness; that you may course of this world, that his judg. not knock, when the door shall be ments are often sent as fatherly cor- shut; and cry for mercy, when it is rections to us; and if with due sub- the time of justice. Now you are the mission and resignation to his holy object of God's mercy, it by repentwill we receive the same, they will ance and true faith you turn unto work together for our good.

him: but if you neglect these things, It is your part and duly, therefore, to you will be the object of his justice and humble yourself under the mighty vengeance : Now you may claim the hand of God, to acknowledge the merits of Christ : but if you die in righteousness of his judgments, and to your sins, his sufferings will tend to endeavour, that, by his grace, this your greater condemnation. O belov. present visitation may lead you to a ed, consider in this your day, how sincere and hearty repentance. fearful a thing it will be to fall into

The way and means thereto is, to the hands of the living God, when you examine your life and conversation by can neither fly to his mercy to protect the rule of God's commandment : you, nor to the merits of Christ to and whereinsoever you shall perceive cover you in that terrible day. yourself to have offended either by 1 Here the Minister shall'eramine will, word, or deed, there to bewail him concerning his Faith, and reyour own sinfulness, and to confess hearse the Articles of the Creed, yourself to Almighty God, with full Dost thoa believe in God, &c. And purpose of amendment of life. And if the prisoner shall answer, you shall perceive your offences to be AH this I steadfastly believe. such as are not only against God, but 1 Then shall the Minister eramine also against your neighbours ; then to whether he repent him truly of his reconcile yourself to thein, being sins, and be in charity with all the ready to make restitution and satis- world, and further admonish him faction, according to the uttermost of particularly concerning the crimes your power, for all injuries and wherewith he is charged ; and ez. wrongs done by you to any other : hort him, if he have any scruples, and being likewise ready to forgive that he would declare the same, and others who have offended you, as prepare himself for the Holy Com you would have forgiveness of your of-munion, against the time that it fences at God's hand. And to this true may be proper to administer il repentance and change of mind you: to him. must add a lively and steadfast faith, 1 Then, all lineeling, the Minister and dependence upon the merits of shall say as follows, from the 31st the death of Christ, with an entire Psalm : resignation of yourself to the will of HAVE mercy npon me, o God, Gol. Except you repent, and believe, after thy great goodness; accordwe can give you no hope of salvation; ing to the multitude of thy mercies, do But if you do sincerely repent and away mine offences. believe, God hath declared, though Wash me thoroughly from my wick your sins be as red as scarlet, they edness; and cleanse me from my sin. shall be made white as snow; though For I acknowledge my faults; and your wickednesses have gone over my sin is ever before me. your head, yet shall they not be your Against thee only have I sinned, and destruction.

done this evil in thy sight; that thou We exhort you therefore in the mightest be justified in thy saying, name of God, and of his dear Son and clear when thou art judged. Jesus Christ our Saviour, and as you Behold, I was shapen in wickedness; tender your own salvation, to take and in sin hath my mother conceived good heed of these things in tine, me. while the day of salvation lasteth; for But lo, thou requirest truth in the the night cometh, when no man can inward parts; and shalt make me to work. While you have the light, be. I understand wisdom eecretly.

Thou shalt purge me with hyssop,and || Prayers for Persons under sen. I shall be clean; thou shalt wash me,

tence of death. and I shall be whiter than snow. 1 When a Criminal is under Sen Thou shalt make me hear of joy and lence of Death, the Minister shall gladness; that the bones which thouj proceed, immediately after the Colhast broken may rejoice.

lect, o God, who sparest, &c. to Turn thy face from my sins; and exhort him after this Form, or put out all my misdeeds.

other like : Make me a clean heart, o God; and DEARLY beloved, it hath pleased renew a right spirit within me.

Almighty God, in his justice, to Cast me not away from thy pre- bring you under the sentence and consence; and take not thy Holy Spirit demnation of the law: You are shortfrom me.

ly to suffer death in such a manner, O give me the comfort of thy help that others, warned by your example, again ; and stablish me with thy may be the more afraid to offend; and 'ree Spirit.

we pray God, that you may make Then shall I teach thy ways unto the such use of your punishments in this wicked ; and sinners shall be con- world, that your soul may be saved in verted into thee.

the world to come. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, Wherefore we come to you in the God, thou that art the God of my bowels of compassion ; and, being health ; and my tongue shall sing of desirous that you should avoid prethy righteousness.

sumption on the one hand, and des. Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord; pair on the other, shall plainly lay and my mouth shall show thy praise before you the wretchedness of your

For thou desirest no sacrifice, else condition, and declare how far you would I give it thee; but thou de ought to depend on the mercies of lightest not in burnt-offerings. God, and the merits of our Saviour.

The sacrifice of God is a troubled Consider then seriously with your Spirit ; a broken and contrite heart, sell, in all appearance the time of your O God, shalt thou not despise.

dissolution dra weth near; your sins 1 Then the Minister shall say, have laid fast hold upon you ; you are Let us pray.

soon to be removed from among men O Lord, we beseech thee, mercifully by a violent death; and you shall those who confess their sins unto thee; which in the morning is green and that they, whose consciences by sin groweth up, but in the evening is cut are accused, by thy merciful pardon down, dried up, and withered. After inay be absolved, through Christ our you have thus finished the course of a Lord. Amen.

sinful and miserable life, you shall O God, whose mercy is everlasting, appear before the Judge of all flesh ;

and power infinite ; look down who, as he pronounces blessings on with pity and compassion pon the the righteous, shall likewise say, with sufferings of this thy servant ; and a terrible voice of most just judgment, whether thou visitest for trial of his to the wicked, Go, ye accursed, into patience, or punishment of his offen- the fire everlasting prepared for the ces, enable him by thy grace, cheer- devil and his angels. fully to submit himself to thy holy. Your sins have brought you too near will and pleasure. Go not far from this dreadful sentence : It is therefore those, O Lord, whom thout hast laid your part and duty, my brother, in a place of darkness, and in the deep; humbly to confess and bewail your and forasmuch as thou hast not cut great and manifold offences, and to him off suddenly, but chastenest him repent you truly of your sins, as you ai a father ; grant that he, duly contender the eter val salvation of your sidering thy great mercies, may be soul. un feignedly thankful, and turn unto Be not deceived with a vain and thee with true repentance and since- presumptuous expectation of God's rity of heart, through Jesus Christ favour, nor say within yourself, our Lord. Amen.

Peace, Peace, where there is nu

peace; for there is no peace, saith my Then shalf the Minister exanins God, to the wicked. God is not mock whether he repent him truly of his ed; he is of purer eyes than to behold sins, exhorting him to a particular iniquity : and without holiness no Confession of the sin for which he man shall see the Lord. On the other is condemned ; and upon Confeshand, despair not of God's mercy, sion, he shall instruct him what though trouble is on every side ; for satisfaction ought to be made to God shutteth not up his mercies for those whom he has offended there. ever in displeasure : But if we con by; and if he knoweth any comfess our sins, he is faithful and just to binations in wickedness, or any evil forgive us our sics, and to cleanse us practices designed against others, froin all unrighteousness. Do not let him be admonished to the utmosi either way abuse the goodness of God, of his power to discover and prewho calle!h us mercifully to amend-vent them. ment, and of his endless pity promis- 11 After his Confession, the Minister eth us forgiveness of that which is shall declare to him the pardoning past, if with a perfect and true heart mercy of God, in the Form whicl. we return unto him.

is used in the Communion Service. Since therefore you are soun to pass 1 After which shall be said the Col. iute an endless and unchangeable stale,

lect following. and your future happiness or misery O Holy Jesus, who of thine infinite stepenits upon the few moments which goodness, didst accept the conare left you ; I require you strictly to version of a sinner on the cross ; open examine yourself, and your estate thine eye of mercy upon this thy serboth towards God and towards man; vant, who desireth pardon and forand let no worldly consideration giveness, though in his latest hour he frinder you from making a true and turueth unto thee. Renew in him foll confession of your sins, and giving whatsoever hath been decayed by the all the satisfaction which is in your fraud and malice of the devil, or bir prower to every one whom you have his own carnal will and trailness. wronged or injured ; that you may Consider his contrition ; accept his find mercy at your heavenly Father's repentance; and forasmuch as he put. hand, for Christ's sake, and not be teth his full trust only in thy mercy, condemned in the dreadful day of impute not unto him his former sins, judgraent.

but strengthen him with thy blessed Lastly, beloved, submit yourself Spirit ; and when thou art pleased to with Christian resignation to the just take him hence, take him unto thy judgment of God, which your own favour: This we beg through thy crimes have brought upon you, and be merits, O Lord, our Saviour and our in charity with all men; being ready Redeemer. Amen. sincerely to forgive all such as have 1 Then shall the Minister say, offended

you, not excepting those who O Father of mercies and God of all have prosecuted you even unto death: comfort ; we fly unto thee for suc. And, though this may seem a hard cour in behalf of this thy servant, who saying, yet know assureilly, that with is now under the sentence of conout it your charity is not yet perfect. demnation. The day of his calamity And fail not earuestly to endeavour is at hand, and he is accounted as one und pray for this blessed temper and of those who go down into the pit. composure of mind. So may you Blessed Lord, remember thy mercies; cast yourself with an entire depend- look upon his intirinities ; hear the ence upon the mercies of God, through voice of his complaint ; give him, we the merits of our Saviour and Re-beseech thee, patience in this his time deemer Jesus Christ.

of adversity, and support under the 11 Here the Minister shall examine terrors which encompass him; set be him concerning his Faith, and re-fore his eyes the things he hath done hearse the Articles of the Creed, in the body, which have justly proDost thou believe in God, &c. And voked thee lo anger; and forasmach the Criminal shall answer, as his continuance appeareth to be All this I steadfastly believe Ishort amongst us, quicken him so

Thou shalt purge me with hyssop,and || Prayers for Persons under sen. I shall be clean; thou shalt wash me,

tence of death. and I shall be whiter than snow. # When a Criminal is under Sen

Thou shalt make me hear of joy and tence of Death, the Minister shall gladness; that the bones which thouj proceed, immediately after the Col. hast broken may rejoice.

lect, O God, who sparest, &c. to Turn thy face from my sins; and exhort him after this Form, or put out all my misdeeds.

other like : Make me a clean heart, O God; and

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EARLY beloved, it hath pleased renew a right spirit within me.

Almighty God, in his justice, to Cast me not away from thy pre- bring you under the sentence and consence; and take not thy Holy Spirit demnation of the law : You are short. from me.

ly to suffer death in such a manner, O give me the comfort of thy help that others, warned by your example, again ; and stablish me with thy may be the more afraid to offend ; aná Free Spirit.

we pray God, that you may make Then shall I teach thy ways unto the such use of your punishments in this wicked ; and sinners shall be con- world, that your soul may be saved in verted into thee.

the world to come. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O Wherefore we come to you in the God, thou that art the God of my bowels of compassion; and, being health ; and my tongue shall sing of desirous that you should avoid prethy righteousness.

sumption on the one hand, and des. Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord; pair on the other, shall plainly lay and my mouth shall show thy praise. before you the wretchedness of your

For thou desirest no sacrifice, else condition, and declare how far you would I give it thee; but thou de ought to depend on the mercies of lightest not in burnt-offerings. God, and the merits of our Saviour.

The sacrifice of God is a troubled Consider then seriously with your Spirit ; a broken and contrite heart, sell, in all appearance the time of your O God, shalt thou not despise. dissolution dra weth near; your sins 11 Then the Minister shall say, have laid fast hold upon you ; you are Let us pray.

soon to be removed from among men O Lord, we beseech thee, mercifully by a violent death ; and you shall

hear our prayers, and spare all fade away suddenly like the grass, those who confess their sins unto thee; which in the morning is green and that they, whose consciences by sin groweth up, but in the evening is cut are accused, by thy merciful pardon down, dried up, and withered. After inay be absolved, through Christ our you have thus finished the course of a Lord. Amen.

sinful and miserable life, you shall O God, whose mercy is everlasting, appear before the Judge of all Nesh ;

and power infinite ; look down who, as he pronounces blessings on with pity and compassion upon the the righteous, shall likewise say, with sufferings of this thy servant ; and a terrible voice of most just judgment, whether thou visitesi for trial of his to the wicked, Go, ye accursed, into patience, or punishment of his offen- the fire everlasting prepared for the ces, enable him by thy grace, cheer- devil and his angels. fully to submit himself to thy holy Your sins have brought you too near will and pleasure. Go not far from this dreadful sentence: It is therefore those, O Lord, whom thou hast laid your part and duty, my brother, in a place of darkness, and in the deep; humbly to confess and bewail your and forasmuch as thou hast not cut great and manifold offences, and to him off suddenly, but chastenest him repent you truly of your sins, as you an a father ; grant that he, duly contender the eternal salvation of your sidering thy great mercies, may be soul. unfeignedly thankful, and turn unto Be not deceived with a vain and thee with true repentance and since- presumptuous expectation of God's rity of heart, through Jesus Christ favour, nor say within yourself, our Lord. Amen.

Peace, Peace, where there is no

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