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Morning and Evening
•P R AYE R
Daily throughout the YEAR. , : , .
At the beginning of Morning Prayer y the Minister Jhall read with a loud voice some one or more of these § Sentences of the Scriptures that follow: and then he jhall fay that which is writ
j ten after the said Sentences.
1W T HEN the wicked man turneth away from his wickedV V ness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is
lawful and right, he mall save his foul alive. Ezek. 18. 27. 2 I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before
me. Pfal. 51. 3*.
; I3 Hide thy face from my fins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Ver. 9.
4 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit :' a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Ver. 17.
Paraphrase on the SENTENCES,
1 When a Sinner truly repents, and reforms his 3 O God forgive mine Offences.
past Conduct, h.? fliall find Mercy with God. 4 A truly penitent Heart, is a most acceptable
2 i confess I have greatly sinned. Offering to the Almighty.
•PRAYER is the offering up of our desires to § That we may not rush unprepared upon so sacred a
God, for Things lawful and needful, with an humble work as God's worship; it is properly introduced by se
confidence to obtain them through the Mediation of veral Sentences out of the Old and New Testament,
Christ. And Common Prayer is founded upon our Sa- exhorting, inviting, and intreating Men, to turn to
viour's promise, that if t-wo Jhall agree on Earth, at God by Repentance; and is to the fame effect, as in the
touching any Thing that they Jhall ajk in his Name, it Communion Service: "Hear what comfortable words
jhalLht dent for them os his Father which is in Hea- our Saviour faith to all them, that with hearty Repen
w«. . . Uike and true Faith turn unto him."
5 f 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. Joel 2. 13.
6 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. 9. 9, 10.
7 O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing. Jer. 10. 24. Psal. 6. 1.
8 Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. S. Mati 3- 2
9 I will arise and go to my father, and will fay unto him, Father, I have finned against heaven, and before tnee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. S. Luke 15. 18, 19.
I o Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord; for in thy fight shall no man living be justified. Psal. 143. 2.
II If we fay that we have no fin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our fins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our fins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 S. John 1. 8, 9*
Paraphrase on the S E N T E N C E Si
5 Think not to appease God merely by outward 9 I will return to my Father, and acknowledge that marks of penitence, but show such a sorrow of Heart, my Sins are so many, that I am unworthy of Pardon, as will produce a real amendment of Life: and God, either from God or him.
who is infinitely merciful, will pardon your Sins. 10 Lord examine not too strictly into my Conduct;
6 Though we have forsaken the Service of God, for under such trial the best of Men mult not hope to yet he is still ready to pardon us upon our sincere be acquitted from blame.
Repentance. 11 We are greatly mistaken if we suppose we are clear
7 O Lord inflict not upon me that punishment which from Sin. But if we sincerely confess and forsake our my Sins have justly deserved; but deal with me accord- Sins, we may assuredly hope that God will Pardon us, ing to thy Mercy. according to his promises in Jesus Christ.
8 Repent: for the Gospel will shortly be revealed.
t Rtnt jour Heart, tffc. It was customary with the But a? these outward signs were too often abused to Jews in Timesof public Penitence, to lhew many oat- the purposes of Hypocrisy; the Prophet therefore reward Marks of it, luch as renting their Cloaths, throw- commends a real contrition and change of the Heart ing Mies upon their Heads, and sitting in the Dul\ preferably to all such external appearances.
§ 1 "\ Early beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in furtJl^/ dry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold fins and wickedness, and that we should not dissemble 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. And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our sins before God, yet ought we most 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 foul. 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 aster me.
A gene?" a I Confession to be said os thi whole Congregation, aster1 the Minister, all kneeling.
X A Lmighty and most merciful Father; We haVe erred and /j^ strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have
Paraphrase on the Exhortation. low Voice, the following Confession.
that it is our Duty to confess our Sins to God with Jin- Most mighty yet merciful Father, we acknowledge
cere and truly penitent Hearts, as a means to obtain and bewail the many Sins both of Omission and Com
his Forgiveness. And though we ought to do this at mission, whereby we have provoked thy divine Majesty,
all Times, yet it seems particularly requisite when we Pardon and Forgive us who Repent of them, accord
alsemble and meet together, to thank and praise Him ing to thy promises by Jesus Christ: and, for his fake,
to hear his Word, and to pray to Him. Wherefore I we beseech thee to give us Grace, to live hereafter godly,
desire you would repeat after me sincerely, and with a righteously, and soberly to the Glory of thy Name.
, i This Exhortation is a very judicious preparation after the Minister.
for the solemn Work we are entering upon, as it serves t This Confession is in its Form most solemn, in
to instruct the ignorant, to admonish the negligent, to its extent most comprehensive: for it takes in all kinds
support the fearful; to comfort the doubtful, to cau- of Sin, both of Omission and Commission. And whilst
tion the formal; according to that general rule of every single Person makes this general Confession with
the Son of Syrach, before thoa prttyest prepare thyself; and his Lips, he may make a particular Confession with
/>e not at one that tempteth the Lord. Whilst this Ex- hii H:arc, of his own personal Sins: which if parti
hortarion is reading* every Person ought diligently cuhrly, tho' secretly confessed and repented of, will
to listen to its stnje, and not to repeat the Words assurdly be forgiven.