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Then /hall the Priejl fay the following prayer, all Jlanding but the Energumens, who are to bow their heads.
f~\ Thou, who hast bound the strong one, and
Then the Deacon being turned to the Energumens,
Depart ye Energumens.
Prayers for the Candidates for Baptism, or those Catechumens who have given in their names before Lent to be baptized at the approaching Paschal Festival.
These prayers are to be used from AJh-wednesday tt the time the Candidates are baptized.
The Deacon being turned towards the People, fall fay,
"\/E Candidates for Baptism, pray: Here theCan-*-• didates are to kneel down, on Sundays and all days without exception: And let all us of the Faithful earnestly pray for them, that the Lord would vouch-safe that they being initiated into the death of Christ, may rise again with him, arid be made members of his kingdom, and partakers of his mysteries; that he would unite them to and number them with those, who mall be saved in his holy church.
People. Lord, have mercy upon them :- Save them, O God, and raise them up by thy grace.
Deac. Bow down your heads, ye Candidates for Baptism, and receive the Benediction.
Then stall the' tyries say the following prayer; all sanding but the Candidates, who are to bow their heads,
(~\ Thou, who by the prediction of thy holy pro^^ phets didst say to them that are to be initiated, Wash ye, make you clean, and by Christ didst appoint a spiritual regeneration * Look down now upon these persons who ere to be baptized, and
fele& bless and sanctify them; lit and prepare them, that they may be worthy of thy spiritual gift, of the true adoption of children, and of thy spiritual mysteries, and may be deservedly numbered among those who shall be saved, through Christ our Saviour; by whom glory, honour, and adoration be to Thee in the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
then the Deacon being turned to the Candidates for Baptism, Jhall say,
Depart, ye Candidates for Baptism;
Prayers for the Penitents, or persons in the state of Penance.
the Deacon being turned towards the People, Jhall fay
"V"E Penitents, pray: Here the Penitents are to .*. kneel down, on Sundays and all days without exception: And let Us all earnestly pray for our brethren, who are in the state of penance j that God, the lover of compassion, would thew them the way of repentance, and accept their return and confession; that he would speedily beat down Satan under their feet, deliver them from the snare of the devil and the incursion of evil spirits, and preserve them from all impure thoughts, all wicked words, and all unlawful deeds j that he would-forgive them all their sins voluntary and involuntary, blot out the hand-writing that is against them, and write their names in the book of life; that he would cleanse them from all filtltiness of flesh and spirit, and re-* store and unite them to his holy flock: For he
E knoweth knowcth our frame; and who can glory that he hath a clean heart? or who can say that he is pure from sin? For we are all worthy of punishment. Let us still pray more earnestly for them, since there is joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, that they may turn from every evil work, and constantly practise all that is good; that the merciful God would hasten to accept their petitions, would restore to them the joy of his salvation, and strengthen them with his free Spirit, that they may never fall or be shaken again, but that being admitted to communicate in his holy solemnities, and to be partakers of his divine mysteries, they may be made worthy of the adoption of children, and may obtain everlasting life.
People. Lord, have mercy upon them: Save them, O God, and raise them up by thy mercy.
Deac. Bow down your heads, ye Penitents, and receive the Benediction.
Then jhall the Priejl fay the following prayer, all (landing but the penitents, who are to bow their heads.
s~\ Almighty and Eternal God, Lord of the whole ^"-' world, creator and governour of all things, who by Christ hast made man to be the great ornament of the world, and hast given him both a natural and a written law, that he might live by the rules thereof as a rational creature; who hast also, when he hath sinned, given him a motive and encouragement to repent, even thine own goodness: Do thou now look down upon these thy servants, who bow the neck of their souls and bodies unto thee; for thou desirest not the death of a sinner, but his repentance, that he should turn from his evil way
and and live. O Thou, who didst accept the repentance bf the Ninevites; who wouldst have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth} who didst receive again the prodigal son, that had spent his substance in riotous living, with the compassionate bowels of a Father, on account of his repentance: Do thou now accept the repentance of these thy supplicants, for there is no man that sihneth hot against thee; and if thou, Lord, wilt mark what is done amiss, O Lord, who may abide it? But with thee there is mercy and propitiation. Restore them" therefore to thy holy church in their former dignity and honour, through Christ our God and Saviour; by whom glory and adoration be to Thee in the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
'then the Deacon being turned to the Penitents Jhall sayi
Depart, ye Penitents;
The Form of admitting a Person to be a Catechumen,
Iso be used on Sunday morning immediately before the Prayers for the Catechumens.
Deac. What is thy desire ?.
Anfw. I humbly desire to be admitted a Catechumen of the christian church;
Deac Wilt thou receive and follow the instructions that shall be given thee?
Anfw. I will thankfully receive them, and with God's help will diligently follow them.
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