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At the beginning of Morning Prayer, the Minister shall read one or more of the following Sentences of Scripture; and then he shall read the Exhortation.
for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. Psal. cxliii. 2.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John, i. 8, 9.
The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a spirit, and they who worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth. John, iv. 23, 24.
DEARLY beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness, and that we should not dissemble nor cloak 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 same, by his infinite
goodness and mercy. And although we ought, at all times, humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we 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 soul. 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 after me.
A general Confession to be said by the whole Congregation after the Minister.
ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which ought to have done; And we have done those things
which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders. Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent, According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and sober life; To the glory of thy holy name. Amen.
Then shall the Minister say this Prayer.
O LORD, we beseech thee, mercifully hear our prayers, and spare all those who confess their sins unto thee; that they whose consciences by sin are accused, by thy merciful pardon may be absolved, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us, And lead us not into
temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
Then likewise he shall say,
O LORD, open thou our lips;
Answ. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
Min. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God;
Answ. Be honour and glory, through Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen. Min. Praise ye the Lord. Answ. The Lord's name be praised.
Then shall be sung, or else repeated by the Minister and People alternately, the following Anthem ; except on the days for which other Anthems are appointed; which are Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter, and Whitsunday.
O COME, let us sing unto the Lord; let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiv
eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God;
Be honour and glory, through Jesus Christ, for Amen.
ever and ever.
Then may follow an Anthem, or a Voluntary on the Organ. After which the Minister shall read the FIRST LESSON, taken out of the Old Testament; and at the end of it he shall say, Here endeth the FIRST LESSON. Then shall be sung, or else repeated by the Minister and People alternately the Hymn called Te Deum.
WE praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
The glorious company of the apostles, praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets, praise thee.
The noble army of martyrs, praise thee.
The holy church throughout all the world, doth acknowledge thee,
The Father of an infinite majesty; The Creator and Preserver of the universe,
The God and Father of Jesus Christ our Saviour,
The Enlightener and Sanctifier of men.
All happiness proceedeth from thee;
And to thee all gratitude and adoration are due.
thou hast redeemed through his most precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy saints, in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage. Govern them, and lift them up for ever.
Day by day we magnify thee;
And we worship thy name, ever, world without end. bus Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord have mercy upon us; have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us, as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have we trusted; let us never be confounded.
Or this Psalm.
I WILL magnify thee, O God, my King; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
Every day will I give thanks unto thee, and praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and