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9 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 io earth, c. say, We therefore coinmit his Boly 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 glorinus Body, according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things to himselk
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 130th 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. 1 And when Notice is given to the Min-, cour all those who are under reproach and
ister, that a Prisoner is confined for inisery in the house of bondage ; correct some great or capital crime, he shall them not in thine anger, neither chasten visit him; and when he cometh into them in thy sore displeasure. Give them the place where the Prisoner is, he a right understanding of themselves, and of shall say, kneeling down,
thy threats and promises ; that they may nor the iniquities of our forefathers; nor place it any where but in thee. Reneither take thou vengeance of our sins: lieve the distressed, protect the innocent, Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, and awaken the guilty: and forastuch as whom thou hast redeemned with thy most thou alone bringest light out of darkness, precious blood, and be not angry with us and good out of evil, grant that the pains for ever.
and punishments which these thy servants Ans. Spare us, good Lord.
endure, through their bodily confinement, Let us pray
may tend to setting free their souls from Lord, have mercy upon us.
the chains of sin; through Jesus Christ our Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord. Amen. Lord, have mercy upon us.
T Here the Minister, as he shall see con OUR,
Father, who are in Heaven, &c. renient, may read the Prayer for All
conditions of Men, the Collect for Ashupon us ;
Wednesday, and the Collect beginning Ans. And grant us thy salvation. Almighty God, the fountain of all wise Min. Turn thy face from our sins; dom, &c. or any other Prayer of the Ans. And hlot out all our iniquities. Liturgy, which he shall judge proper. Min. Send us help from thy holy place; Then shall the Minister exhort' the
Ans. For thine indignation lietà hard Prisoner or Prisoners after this Form, upon us.
or other like:
prayer; Ans. And let the sigt.ing orihe Prisoners DEARLY beloved, know this, that Al
mighty God, whose never failing proo come before thee.
vidence governeth all things both in heaven The Collect.
and earth, hath so wisely and mercilully God, that we, who for our evil deeds judgments are often sent as fatherly corre”, do worthily deserve to be puid.shed, by theftions to us; and if with due submission and comfort of thy grace may mercifully be resignation to his holy will we receive the relieved; through our Lord and Saviour same, they will work together for our gooi. Jesus Christ. Amen.
It is your part and duty, therefore, to O
purishment, and in thy wrath re-lof God, to acknowledge the righteousness memberest mercy; we humbly beseech of his judgments, and to endeavour, thaly thee of thy goodness to comfort and suc-' by his grace, this present visitatiua may lead
you to a sincere and hearty repentance. Then shail the Minister ecamino
The way and means thereto is, to exa- whether ke repent him truly of his sins, mine your life and conversation by the rule and be in charity with all the world, of God's commandments; and whereinso- and further adnanish him particuever you shall perceive yourself to have larly concerning the crimes wherewith offended either by will, word, or deed, he is charged ; and exhort him, if he there to bewail your own sinfulness, and have any scruples, that he would de lo confess yourself to Almighty God, with clare the same, and prepare himself full purpose of ameudient of life. And for the Holy Communion, against the is you shall perceive your offences to be time that it may be proper to admisuch as are not only against God, but also nister it to him. againsi your neighbours; then to reconcile T Then, all kneeling, the Minister shall yourself to them, being ready to make say as follows, from the 51 st Psalm: -estitution and satisfaction, according to the LAVE mercy upon me, O God, after uitermost of your power, for all injuries
thy great goodness ; according to and wrongs done by you to any other and the multitude of thy mercies, do away
being likewise ready to forgive others who mine offences. have
offended you, as you would have for- Wash me thoroughly from my wickedfreness of your offences at God's hand. ness; and cleanse me from my sin. And to this true repentance and change For I acknowledge my faults; and my vi nind you must add a lively and stead-sin is ever before me. fast taith, and dependence upon the merits Against thee only have I sinned, and cf the death of Christ, with an entire resig- done this evil in thy sight; that thou mightpation of yourself to the will of God. Ex-est be justified in thy saying, and clear cept you repent, and believe, we can give when thou art judged. you no hope of salvation: But if you do sin- Behold, I was shapen in wickedness; cerely repent and believe, God hath declar- and in sin hath my mother conceived me. ed, though your sins be as red as scarlet, But lo, thou requirest truth in the inthey shail be made white as snow; though ward parts; and shalt make me to underyour wickednesses have gone over your stand wisdom secretly. head, yet shall they not be your destruction. Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and
We exhort you therefore in the name I shall be clean; thou shalt wash me, and of God, and of his dear Son Jesus Christ. I sliall be whiter than snow. our Saviour, and as you tender your own Thou shalt make me hear of joy and Salvation, to take good heed of these gladness; that the bones which thou hast things in time, while the day of salvation broken may rejoice. lasteth; for the night cometh, when no man Turn thy face from my sins; and put cau work. While you have the light, be- out all my misdeeds. lieve in the light, and walk as children of Make me a clean heart, O God; and rethe light, that you be not cast into outer new a right spirit within me. darkness; that you may not knock, when Cast me not away from thy presence ; the door shall be shut; and cry for mercy, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. when it is the time of justice. Now you O give me the comfort of thy help again; are the object of God's mercy, if by re- and stablish me with thy free Spirit. pentance and true faith you turn unto him: Then shall I teach thy ways unto the but if you neglect these things, you will wicked ; and sinners shall be converted be the object of his justice and vengeance: unto thee. Now you may claim the merits of Christ : Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, but if you die in your sins, his sufferings thou that art the God of my health; and will tend to your greater condemnation. Omy tongue shall sing of thy righteousness, beloved, consider in this your day, how Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord; and tearful a thing it will be to fall into the my mouth shall show thy praise. hands of the living God, when you can nei- For thou desirest no sacrifice, else would ther Ay to his mercy to protect you, nor I give it thee; but thou delightest not in to the merits of Christ to cover you in that burnt-offerings. terrible day.
The sacrifice of God is a troubled SpiHere the Minister shall examine kim rit; a broken and contrite heart, o God, concerning his Faith, and rehearse the shalt thou not despise. Articles of the Creed, Dost thou believe 1 Then the Minister shall say, in God, gc. And the prisoner shall answer, All this I steadfastly believe.
Lord, we beseech thee, mercifully O
hear our priyers, and so are all those
who confess their sing unto thee ; that they, 1. Your sins have brought you too near this
; whose consciences hy sin are accused, by dreadful sentence: It is therefore your thy merciful pardon may be absolved, part and duty, my brother, humbly to con through Christ our Lord. Amen. less and bewail your great and manifold 0
God, whose mercy is everlasting, and offences, and to repent you truly of your
power infinite; look down with pity sins, as you tender the eternal salvation of and compassion upon the sufferings of this your soul. thy servint; and whether thou visitest Be not deceived with a vain and prefor trial of his patience, or punishınent of sumptuous expectation of God's favour, his offences, enable kim by thy grace nor say within yourself, Peace, Peace, cheerfully to submit himself to ihy holy where there is no peace; for there is no will and pleasure. Go not far from those, peace, saith my God, to the wicked. God O Loru, whom thou hast laid in a place is not mocked; he is of purer eyes than to of darkness, and in the deep; and (oras- behold iniquity; and without holiness no inuch as thou hast not cut hiin off sudden-man shall see the Lord. On the other ly, but chasteaest him as a father; grant hand, despair not of God's mercy, though that he, duly considering thy great mercies, trouble is on every side ; for God shutteib may be unfeignedly thankful, and turn not up his mercies for ever in displeasure: unto thee with true repentance and since. But if we confess our sins, he is faithful rity of heart, through Jesus Christ our and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse Lord. Amen.
us from all unrighteousness. Do not either g Prayers for Persons under Sentence way abuse the goodness of God, who call of Death.
eth us inercifully to amendment, and of 9 When a Criminal is under Sentence his endless pity promiseth us forgiveness of
of Death, the Minister shall proceed, that which is past, if with a perfect and inmediately after the Collect, o God, true heart we return unto himn. who sparest, fc. to echort him after Since therefore you are soon to pass
inthis Forin, or other like:
to an endless and unchangeable state, and EARLY beloved, it hath pleased Al- your future happiness or misery depends you under the sentence and condemnation I require you strictly to examine yourself, of the law: You are shortly to suffer death and your estate both towards God and to in such a manner, that others, warned hy wards inan; and let no worldly considera your example, may be the more afraid to tion hinder you from making a true and offend; and we pray God, that you may full confession of your sins, and giving all make such use of your punishments in this the satisfaction which is in your power to world, that your soul may be saved in the every one whom you have wronged or inworld to come.
jured; that you may find mercy at your Wherefore we come to you in the bow-heavenly Father's hand, for Christ's sake, els of compassion; and, being desirous that and not be condemned in the dreadful day you should avoid presumption on the one of judgment, Land, and despair on the other, shall plain- Lastly, beloved, submit yourself with ly lay before you the wretchedness of your Christian resignation to the just judgment condition, and declare how far you ought of God, which your own crimes have to depend on the mercies of God, and ihe brought upon you, and be in charity with merits of our Saviour. Consider then se- all men; being ready sincerely to forgive riously with yourself, in all appearance the all such as have offended you, not excepttime of your dissolution draweth near; ing those who have prosecuted you even your sins have laid fast hold upon you ; unto death: And, though this may seem you are soen to be removed from arnong a hard saying, yet know assuredly, that men ny a violent death; and you shall fade without it your charity is not yet perfect. away suddenly like the grass, which in the And fail not earnestly to endeavour and morning is green and groweth up, but in the pray for this blessed iemper and compo evening is cut down, dried up, and with sure of mind. So may you cast yourself ered. After you have thus finished the with an entire dependence upon the mer course of a sinful and miserable life, you cies of God, through the merits of our shall appear before the Judge of all flesh; Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ. who, as he pronounces blessings on the T Here the Minister shall examine him righteous, shall likewise say, with a terrible concerning his Faith, and rehearse the voice of most just judginent, to the wick- Articles of the Creed, Dost thou believe ed, Go, ye accursed, into the fire everlast- in God, &c. And the Criminal shall ing prepared for the devil and his angels.' answer,
All this I steadfastly believe.
1 Adding this. Then shall the Minister eramine whe- 0
Saviour of the world, who by thy ther he repent him truly of his sins, ex
cross and precious blood hast rehorting him to a particular Confes- deemed us, save us and help us, we humsion of the sin for which he is con- bly beseech thee, O Lord. demned; and upon Confession, he T Then the Minister, standing, shall shall instruct him, what satisfaction ought to be made to those whom he has In the midst of life we are in death:
knoweth Of any combinations in wickedness, or of thee, O Lord, 'who for our sius art justly any evil practices designed against displeased ? others, let him he admonished to the Yet, O Lord God most holy, O Lord utmost of his power to discover and most miglity, O holy and most merciful prevent them.
Saviour, deliver us not into the bitter 1 After his Confession, the Minister pains of eternal death. shall declare io him the pardoning
Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our mercy of God, in the Form which is hearts: Shut not thy merciful ears to our
used in the Communion Service. prayers; but spare us, Lord most holy, 1 After which shall be said the Collect Saviour, thou most worthy Judge eternal,
O God most mighty, O holy and merciful following:
suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains O Holy Trees webopf thiec infinite Scroods of death to fall from thee, ness, didst accept conversion of
& Then the Minister shall say, a sinner on the cross; open thine eye of MHE Almighty God, who is a most mercy upon this thy servant, who desirein T, pardon and forgiveness, though in his latest their trust in him; to whom all things in
strong tower to all those who put hour he turneth unto thee. Renew in him heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do whatsoever hath been decayed by the fraud bow and obey; be now and ever more and malice of the devil, or hy his own carnal thy defence; and make thee know and feel will and frailness. Consider his contrition; that there is none other name under hea. accept his repentance; and forasmuch as ven given to man, in whom and through he putteth his full trust only in thy mercy; whom thou mayest receive salvation, but impute not unto him his former sins, but only the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. strengthen him with thy blessed Spirit; and Amen. when thou art pleased to take him herce, And after that shall
say, take him unto thy favour: This we beg
prothrough thy merís, O Lord, our Saviour UNECO God's gracious mercy
tection we commit thee: The Lord and our Redeemer. Amen.
bless thee and keep thee: The Lord make 9 Then the Minister shall say, his face to shine upon thee, and he gracious
his countecomfort; we fly unto thee for succour nance upon thee, and give thee peace both in behalf of this thy servant, who is now now and evermore. under the sentence of condemnation. The 1 At the time of Execution, besides all, day of his calamity is at hand, and he is ac- or such parts of the foregoing office counted as one of those who go down into as the Minister shall judge proper, the pit. Blessed Lord, remember thy mer- shall be said the Commendatory Praycies; look upon his infirmities; bear the er for a person at the point of Deparvoice of his complaint; give him, we be- ture, as it is in the Visitation of the seech thee, patience in this his time of ad- Sick. versity, and support under the terrors (The Collect for the Communion Service. which eyes the things he hath done in the body, wier O God, who declarest thy Almighty
power chiefly in showing mercy and have justly provoked thee to anger; and pity; we beseech ihee to have mercy upon forasmuch as his continuance appeareth to this thy servant, who for his transgressions he short amongst us, quicken him so much is appointed to die. Grant that he may the more by thy grace and holy Spirit ; take thy judgments patiently, and repent that he, being converted and reconciled him truly of his sins; that he rec"vering thy unto thee, before thy judgments have cut favour, the fearful reward of his actions him off from the earth, may at the hour of may end with this life; and whensover bis death depart in peace, and be received his soul shall depart from the body, it may Into thine everlasting kingdom, through be withoutspot resented unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Heb. xii. 11. always a deep sense of their sins, and of
to be joyous, but grievous; neverthe- möre their confinement presseth hard upon less, afterwards it yieldeth the peaceable them, the more let the comforts of 'thy fruit of righteousness, unto them which are grace and mercy abound towards them. exercised thereby:
Give to their creditors tenderness and coinThe Gospel. St. John v. 24. passion, and to them a meek and forgiving
spirit that heareth my word, and helieveth thein, and a full purpose to repair all the on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, injuries and losses which others have suso and shall not come into condemnation ; bui tained by them. Raise them up friends to passed froin death unto life.
pity and relicve thein; give them the con * A Prayer for imprisoned Debtors. tinued comfort of thy countenance bere; MOST gracious
God, look down in and so sapetify their afflictions, that they and compassion upou these thine may work for them an eferual weight of afflicted servants, whr are fallen under the glory, through the merits and mediation of misery of a close restraint. Give them Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.
A FORM OF PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING To Almighty God, for the Fruits of the Earth, and all the other Blessings of his mer.
ciful Providence; to be used yearly on the first Thursday in November, or oo such other Day as shall be appointed by the Civil Authority, I The Service shall be as usual, except wherc it is hereby otherwise appointedha
Among the Sentences at the beginning, He covereth the heaven with clouds, Of Morning Prayer shall be the fol- and prepareth rain for the earth; he maketh โorning :
grass to grow upon the mountains. Н"
TOXOUR the Lord with thy substance, He giveth to the beast his fuod ; and to
and with the first fruits of all thine the young ravens which cry. increase: So shall thy harns be filled with Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem: Praise plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with thy God, o Sion. new wine. Prov. iii. 9, 10.
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy The Lord by wisdom hath founded the gates; he hşath blessed thy children within earth; hy understanding hath he established ihee. the heavens: By his knowledge the depths He maketh peace in thy borders, and are hroken up, and the clouds drop down filleth thee with the firest of the wheat. the dew. Prov. iii. 19, 20.
# Then shall be sail or sung one of the The eternal God is thy refuge, and un- Selections, or some other portion of derneath are the everlasting arms. Deut. the Psalms, at the discretion of the Xxxiii. 27.
Minister. Israel then shall dwell in safety alone; " The First Lesson shall be Deut. vüi. the fountain of Jacob shall be upon the and the Second Lesson shall be 1 Thess. land of corn and of wine, also his beaven v. 12 to 24. shall drop down dew. Deut. xxxiii. 28. 1 After the General Thanksgiving, shall Happy art thou, O Israel; who is like bc said this which followeth:
, , the shield of thy help, and who the sword MOST sracious God, by whose know
ledge the depths are broken up, and of thy excellency! 'Deut. xxxiii. 29. the clouds drop down this dew; we yield q Instead of, o come let us sing, fc. the thee unfeigned thanks and praise, as for all following shall be said or sung: thy mercies, so especially for the returns
is of sing praises unto our God; for it is ing the year with thy goodness, in the inpleasant, and praise is comely. crease of the ground, and the gathering in
The Lord doth build up Jerusalem; he of the fruits thereof. And, we heseech gathereth together the out-casts of Israel. thee, give us a just sense of this great mer
He healeth those that are broken in cy; such as may appear in our lives, by an beart, and bindeth up their wounds. barable, holy, and obedient walking before