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Deac. Bow down thy head, and receive the Benediction.
Here the person to be admitted a Catechumen Jhall
kneel down; and the Prieft after having signed
him with the Jign of the cross upon his forehead,
Jhall lay his hands upon him, while he fays the
following prayer over him bowing bis head.
E adore thee, O God, thou Lord of the universe, and give thee thanks in behalf of thy creature, for that thou hast sent thine only begotten Son Jesus Christ to save man by blotting out his transgressions, to forgive him his sins and impieties, to purify him from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, and to sanctify him according to the good pleasure of his loving kindness: Do thou, O Lord, look down upon this thy creature, inspire him with the knowledge of thy will, enlighten the eyes of his heart that he may consider thy wonderful works, and make known unto him the judgments of thy righteousness; that he hating all manner of iniquity, and walking in the way of thy truth, may become worthy of being washed in the laver of regeneration, and thereby obtain the adoption of children which is in Christ; that being planted together in the likeness of his death, in hopes of the glorious fellowship, and being mortified to sin, he may live unto thee in thought, word, and deed, and have his name written in the book of life, through Jesus Christ our Lord j by whom and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.
'Then stall the Priest fay,
THE Lord Jesus Christ, who hath overcome
And then the person stall take his station among the
The Form of admitting a Penitent to
To be used on Sunday morning immediately before the
Note, This Office is to be performed by no Priests but
Pr. What is thy desire?
Anfw. I humbly desire to be admitted to Penance.
Then the Penitent stall kneel down before the Priest,
I Unworthy sinner do humbly confess to Almighty God in the presence of this congregation, that I have been guilty of manifold and grievous transgressions, in thought, word, and deed, [ particularly
Here the Penitent is to name the crime or crimes for which be is to be put under penance, unless it be judged
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improper so to do:] through my fault, through my great fault, through my exceeding great fault. I do earnestly repent, and am heartily sorry for all my misdoings. I am stedfastly resolved with God's assistance to lead a sober, righteous, and godly life for the future. I earnestly implore the mercy ^ of Almighty God, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ my Saviour; and that I may obtain it, I humbly beg to be admitted to penance, and earnestly desire the prayers of the church.
'then the Priest Jhall declare to the Penitent the penance which the Bijhop hath ordered him; after which he Jhall ask him,
Wilt thou perform this?
Penitent. I will by God's grace religiously perform it.
Pr. Our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath said, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven, grant thee his blessing-and remission of thy sins.
then stall the Priest lay his hands upon him, while he fays the following prayer over him bowing his head.
OLord God, whose long-suffering is not weaned by our sins, but who allowest us to appease thy wrath by our repentance; mercifully look upon this thy servant, who confesseth his sin unto thee: Give him a broken and a contrite heart, that he may recover from the snare of the devil, wherein he is, now entangled; and graciously accept his penance, that by his continuance in a state of mournful confession and prayer to thee, he may the sooner obtain thy merciful pardon, and being restored to the privilege of communion with thy church upon earth, may be again entituled to thy kingdom in heaven, through Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
'then Jhall the Prieji Jay,
T^ H E Almighty God be thy helper and protec* tor, and grant thee the pardon of all thy sins, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
And then the Penitent Jhall take his station among the Penitents.
The Form of absolving a Penitent,
to be used on Sunday morning immediately after the Prayers for the Penitents.
Note, 'this Office is to be.performed by no Prie/ls but those who are thereto licensed by the Bijfjop himself
Pr. What is thy desire?
Pen. I humbly desire the benefit of Absolution.
Pr. Hast thou performed the Penance enjoined thee?
Pen. I have with God's assistance sincerely performed it.
then the Penitent Jhall kneel down, and the Prieji Jhall Jay this Prayer.
C\ Lord and holy Father, Almighty and Eternal
God, who wouldest not the death of a sinner,
but desirest rather that he should live; We humbly
E 4 beseecji beseech thy majesty to regard with much mercy this thy servant, here presenting himself before thee 5 look down upon him here prostrate at the footstool of thy throne, turn thou his heaviness into joy, put off his sackcloth, and gird him with gladness; that after his separation from the delicacies of thy table, he may henceforth be satisfied with the plenteoufnefs of thy house, and entring into thy chamber, O King, may praise and glorify thy name for ever and ever, through Jesus Christ our blessed mediatour and advocate. Amen.
'Then stall the Priest lay his hands upon the Penitent, -while he fays the following prayer over him bowing his head.
s\ Lord Jesus phrist, Son of the living God, thou ^—' Shepherd and Lamb, who takest away the fins of the world; thou who didst graciously remit to the two debtors what they owed thee, and didst pardon the woman who was a sinner coming unto thee, and besides the forgiveness of the Paralytick's sin, didst grant him moreover a cure of his disease: Do thou, O Lord, remit, blot out, and pardon whatsoever this thy servant may have committed disobediently against thee, either through ignorance or with knowledge, through infirmity or with wilful guilt. And whereinsoever he hath erred from thy commandments in word or deed, as being encompassed with flesh and blood, or as inhabiting this, world of sin, or as seduced by the instigations of Satan j or whatever peculiar bond he is bound with, by the discipline of thy church: I pray and, beseech thy ineffable goodness to absolve him with thy word, and to loose his bond, according to thy mercy. O Lord and Master? hear my prayer for