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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; look down upon him here prostrate at the footstool of thy throne, turn thou his heaviness into joy, put pff his sackcloth, and gird him with gladness; that after his separation from the delicacies of thy table, he may henceforth be satisfied with the plenteousness 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 ad? vocate. Amen.

'Then stall the Priest lay his hands upon the Penitent, while he stays the following prayer over him hewing his head.

r\ Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, thou ^-J 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; 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 fnercy. 0 Lord and Master, hear my prayer for


thy servant: Thou that forgettest injuries, overlook all his failings, pardon his offences both voluntary and involuntary, and deliver him from eternal punishment. For thou art he who hast said, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven j and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven: Thou art our God, the God that canst shew mercy and save and forgive sins. To" Thee therefore, with the Eternal Father, and the life-giving Spirit, is due all honour and glory, now and for ever, world without end. Amen.

Then jhall the Prieji fay,

GO D the Father bless thee; Jesus Christ protect and keep thee; The Holy Spirit enlighten thee all the days of thy life. The Lord pardon all thy trespasses and sins. Amen.

And then the person Jhall take his station among the Faithful.


The Penitential Office,

To be used on all Wednesdays and Fridays (except those between Eajler and Pentecost, and Cbriftmasday,) and on the fix days next before Eajler, and on every day of the week before Holy-week but Sunday and Saturday.

Note, That none are to be prefait at this Office, but the Faithful and the Penitents.

The Deacon sanding turned towards the People, Jhall fay the following sentences of Scripture.

REpent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. S. Matth. 3. 2.

When the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doth that which is lawful and right, he {Hall save his foul alive. Ezek. 18. 27.

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.

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.

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If we fay that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us: But if we confessour sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us bur sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 S. John 1. 8, 9.

tfbenjhall the Deacon say the following Exhortation.

DEarly beloved, the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manir fold sins 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. Let us therefore examine our lives and conversations by the rule of God's commandments; and wherein soever we perceive our selves to have offended, either by will, word, or deed, there let us bewail our own sinfulness, and confess our selves to Almighty God, with full purpose of amendment of life. And if we perceive our offences to be such, as are not only against God, but also against our neighbours, then let us reconcile our selves unto them, being ready to make restitution and satisfaction, according to the uttermost of our powers, for all injuries and wrongs done by ^usto any other; and being likewise ready to forgive others, who have offended us, as we would have forgiveness of our offences at God's hand. Thus let us judge our selves, that we be not judged of the Lord; let us have a lively and stedfast faith in Christ our Saviour; and let us return to him, who is the merciful receiver of all true penitent sinners; assuring our selves that he is ready to receive us, and most willing to pardon us, if we come unto him with faithful repentance; if we submit our selves unto, him, and from henceforth walk in his ways; if we will take his easy yoke and light burden upon us^ following him in lowliness, patience, and charity, heing ordered by the governance of his.Holy Spirit,


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