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be said and used throughout the Year. THE Morning and Evening Prayer, shall be used in the accustomed Place of the Il Church, Chapel, or Chancel; except it shall be otherwise determined by the Ordinary of the Place. And the Chancels thall remain as they have done in Times prit.

And here is to be noted, That such Ornaments of the Church, and of the Ministers thereof, at all Times of their Miniftration, shall be retained, and be in use, as were in this Church of England, by the Authority of Parliament, in the Second Year of the Reign of King Edward the Sixth.

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. COMMON PRAYER, &c. ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED.

At tbe beginning of Morning Prayer, the Minister fall read with a loud

osice jsme one or more of these Sentences of the Scriptures that follow : and zben be fball say that which is written after the said sentences.

HEN the wicked'man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and docth that which is lawful and right, he

shall save his soul alive. Ezek. xviii. 27. 2. I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Pfal. li. 3.

3. Hide thy face fro ny sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Ver. 9.

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1. I ET the wickedness of a finner be ever so great, God will re

L ceive him into favour whenever he quits his evil courses, and returns to him by a fincere repentance. For in the same manner that those who have formerly led a virtuous life, shall, if they deviate into fin, forfeit the favour of the Almighty, and destroy their souls, notwithstanding their former goodnels : in like manner a wicked man, if he reforms his life and turns to God, will become acceptable to him and partake of his mercy, whereby his fonl will be redeemed from eternal damnation.

2. I don't attempt to palliate my guilt by excuses, much less do I deny it ; but acknowledge it with sorrow and contrition, never losing light of it, but retaining always a severe sense of it in my mind.

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4. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Ver. 17.

5. Rent your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God : for he is gracious and merciful, flow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Voel ii. 13.

6. To the Lord our God belong mercies, and forgiveneffes, though we have rebelled against him : neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, tơ walk in his laws which he set before us. Dan. ix. 9, 10.

7. O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, left thou bring me to nothing. Jer. X. 24. Pf. vi. D.

8. Repent ye; for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. St Matt. iii. 2.

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PA RA P H R A S E... 3. O Lord, in the fulness of thy mercy, overlook my transgressions : and from my unfeigned repentance, in which I implore thy afilistance, blot my iniquities from the book wherein they stand recorded against me.

4. God is better pleased with a sincere repentance, than with the most poin pous oblations which could be made (according to the legal inftitu. tions for a broken heart) by a broken heart labouring under that dejection and grief which always accompany a fincere repentance. This is a facrifice which will never be rejected by the Almighty like the sacrifices offer'd by wicked men meerly in compliance with form.

5. You must feel a real and deep regret for having offended God, and not think to appease him by external expressions of sorrow, such as the renting of garments, of which the scripture affords us many instances : for God's graciousness, mercy, tenderness for mankind, and nowness to punish, are high encouragements to sinners to hope for pardon upon their return to God: he may likewise be said to repent him of the evil or punishment which he infiicts upon men, in withdrawing is as soon as they delift to offend,

6. So unbounded is the mercy of Almighty God that he is dispos’d to pardon us, tho' we have never so grievously offended him, and tho' we have, as it were, renounced our allegiance to the Divine Being, and de. clared cpen rebellion against him, by notoriously violating his laws, yet Hill he is ready to pardon us, and offers us the means of reconciliation.

2. O Lord, I beseech thee got to view my faults and imperfections with the fevere eye of a judge, but with the indulgence of a merciful father, for I could expect nothing but deftruction Touldst chou proceed with me according to rigid justice. 8 Repent of your fins, and endeavour to be reconciled to God before Chrill's glorious kingdom begins, which is to

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AND EXPLAINED. 3 9. 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. St Luke X. 18, 19.

10. Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord ; far in thy sight shall no man living be justified. Ps. cxliii. 2.

11. If we say that we have no fin, we deceive ourselves, 20d 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. 1 St John i. 8, 9.

In Early beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in

fundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold fins and wickedness: and that we should not difsemble, nor cloke them before the face of Almighty God

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be preceded by the general judgment; and if you fhould appear at the tribanal of God unprepared, and without having repented of your fins, you moft expect to perish everlastingly.

4. I will, after the example of the prodigal fon, lying under the opprefion of the guilt and inisery which my sins have brought upon me, retara to my heavenly Father, and acknowledge the heinousness of them, whereby I have deservedly forfeited his favour and protection.

10 O Lord, do not too severely mark what I have done amiss ;--the kord in the original Hebrew signifies, do not enter into judgment with me, or carry me before thy awful tribunal ;- for shouldft thou exact perfact righteousness, the most upright man cannot stand the trial; no man liring can expect salvation for his own righteousness, the very best of men cannot expect to be saved by his good works, but mult depend upon thy mercy.

11. This life being a state which can never attain to perfection, and the very beft men being obnoxious to great failings, to say that we are Catirely free from the dominion of sin, is altogether faile and absurd, it is utterly inconsistent with the truth and fimplicity of our religion : but if we acknowledge our sins before God, and sincerely repent of them, his mercy being equal to his justice, he will pardon us upon our fulfilling those conditions, and will, for the time to come, preserve us from any mortal fin, by affording us the assistance of his holy spirit, which will confirm and establish us in every good work. Rom. xvi. 20.

1. My beloved brethren and fellow christians, the holy scriptures, obore authority is acknowledg'd by you, and by all truc believers, not

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our heavenly Father ; but confess thein 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. 2. And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our fins before God, yet ought we most chiefy fo 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 moft worthy praise, to hear his most holy word, and to ask those things which are requisite

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PA RA PHRASE. only in the parts which I have just read to you but in their whole tenour, do exhort us to confess unto God our numerous transgressions of his facred laws : besides, it is the height of folly for us to hape to conceal them from the searcher of hearts, from whose piercing fight no secrets can escape. Our guilt would be greatly inhanced by hypocrisy, should we, notwith. standing our many fins, attempt to justify ourselves in the awful presence of the Almighty. It is our duty, as christians, to perform these three parts of true repentance : first, we should, with an humble and contrite heart, confess our sins before God, like the publican who addressed the Almighty in these pathetic terms—God be merciful to me a finner: fecondly, to this we should add a real and un feign'd sorrow, for having offended the Almighty, and for having juftly incurr'd his displeasure: And lastiy, we should, above all, take such a disgust against our fins, as ta re, solve to forsake them for ever, and to regulate the remainder of our lives according to God's holy law. We need never despair of God's forgive. ness, if we repent of our fins in this manner; but we Mould not presúme that even such a-repentance will entitle us to claim impunity of our fins from God; for this we must rely wholly upon that infinite goodness and mercy which is offer'd to us by his son our Saviour Jesus Christ. It is the mystery of redemption alone that can save us ; we cannot hope to have our sins wash'd away, but by the blood of our blessed Lord who suffer'd for us upon the cross.

2. And altho' we ought at all times, or in those frequent private devotions which are enjoined us by our religion, to perform this duty of confellion, which is so important a part of prayer, it is in a particular mannos incumbent upon us to have recourse to it in the public assemblies of christians, who meet together to acquit themselves of the four great duties enjoined them by religious worthip: first, to return thanks for favours already conferr'd upon them : fecondly, to praise and adore the Almighty for his transcendent goodness: thirdly, to hear God's word read and preached : fourthly, to intreat God to bestow spiritual and temporal bleilings upon them. But without a confeßion of our fins, and the other eflential parts of true repentance, we cannot discharge any of these public duties. As long as we remain in our fins we cannoi render an acceptable

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