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Then the Priest shall say,
Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
UR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
Minister. O Lord, save this woman thy servant;
Answer. Who putteth her trust in thee.
Minister. Be thou to her a strong tower;
Answer. From the face of her enemy.
Minister. Let us pray.
ALMIGHTY God, we give
thee humble thanks for that thou hast vouchsafed to deliver this woman thy servant from the great pain and peril of Childbirth; Grant, we beseech thee, most merciful Father, that she, through thy help, may both faithfully live, and walk according to thy will, in this life present; and also may be partaker of everlasting glory in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Woman, that cometh to give her Thanks, must offer accustomed Offerings; and, if there be a Communion, it is convenient that she receive the holy Communion.
OR DENOUNCING OF GOD'S ANGER AND JUDGEMENTS AGAINST SINNERS,
WITH CERTAIN PRAYERS, TO BE USED ON THE FIRST DAY OF LENT, AND AT OTHER TIMES, AS THE ORDINARY SHALL APPOINT.
After Morning Prayer, the Litany ended according to the accustomed manner, the Priest shall, in the Reading-Pew or Pulpit, say,
RETHREN, in the Primitive Church there was a godly discipline, that, at the beginning of Lent, such persons as stood convicted of notorious sin were put to open penance, and punished in this world, that their souls might be saved in the day of the Lord; and that others, admonished by their example, might be the more afraid to offend.
Instead whereof, (until the said discipline may be restored again, which is much to be wished,) it is thought good, that at this time (in the presence of you all) should be read the general sentences of God's cursing against impenitent sinners, gathered out of the seven and twentieth Chapter of Deuteronomy, and other places of Scripture; and that ye should answer to every Sentence, Amen: To the intent that, being admonished of the great indignation of God against sinners, ye may the rather be moved to earnest and true repentance; and may walk more warily in these dangerous days; fleeing from such vices, for which ye affirm with your own mouths the curse of God to be due.
contrition and meekness of heart; and his angels. Therefore, brebewailing and lamenting our sin- thren, take we heed betime, while ful life, acknowledging and con- the day of salvation lasteth; for fessing our offences, and seeking the night cometh, when none can to bring forth worthy fruits of work. But let us, while we have penance. For now is the ax put the light, believe in the light, unto the root of the trees, so that and walk as children of the light; every tree that bringeth not forth that we be not cast into utter good fruit is hewn down, and darkness, where is weeping and cast into the fire. It is a fearful gnashing of teeth. Let us not thing to fall into the hands of the abuse the goodness of God, who living God: he shall pour down calleth us mercifully to amendrain upon the sinners, snares, ment, and of his endless pity fire and brimstone, storm and promiseth us forgiveness of that tempest; this shall be their por- which is past, if with a perfect tion to drink. For lo, the Lord and true heart we return unto is come out of his place to visit him. For though our sins be as the wickedness of such as dwell red as scarlet, they shall be made upon the earth. But who may white as snow; and though they abide the day of his coming? be like purple, yet they shall be Who shall be able to endure made white as wool. Turn ye when he appeareth? His fan is (saith the Lord) from all your in his hand, and he will purge wickedness, and your sin shall his floor, and gather his wheat not be your destruction: Cast into the barn; but he will burn away from you all your ungodthe chaff with unquenchable fire. liness that ye have done: Make The day of the Lord cometh as you new hearts, and a new spia thief in the night: and when rit: Wherefore will ye die, O ye men shall say, Peace, and all house of Israel, seeing that I things are safe, then shall sud- have no pleasure in the death of den destruction come upon them, him that dieth, saith the Lord as sorrow cometh upon a woman God? Turn ye then, and ye shall travailing with child, and they live. Although we have sinned, shall not escape. Then shall ap- yet have we an Advocate with pear the wrath of God in the day the Father, Jesus Christ the righof vengeance, which obstinate teous; and he is the propitiation sinners, through the stubborn- for our sins. For he was woundness of their heart, have heaped ed for our offences, and smitten unto themselves; which despised for our wickedness. Let us therethe goodness, patience, and long-fore return unto him, who is the sufferance of God, when he calleth them continually to repentance. Then shall they call upon me, (saith the Lord,) but I will not hear; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me; and that, because they hated knowledge, and received not the fear of the Lord, but abhorred my counsel, and despised my correction. Then shall it be too late to knock when the door shall be shut; and too late to cry for mercy when it is the time of justice. O terrible voice of most just judgement, which shall be pronounced upon them, when it shall be said unto them, Go, ye cursed, into the fire everlasting, which is prepared for the devil
merciful receiver of all true penitent sinners; assuring ourselves that he is ready to receive us, and most willing to pardon us, if we come unto him with faithful repentance; if we submit ourselves unto him, and from henceforth walk in his ways; if we will take his easy yoke, and light burden upon us, to follow him in lowliness, patience, and charity, and be ordered by the governance of his Holy Spirit; seeking always his glory, and serving him duly in our vocation with thanksgiving: This if we do, Christ will deliver us from the curse of the law, and from the extreme malediction which shall light upon them that shall be set on the left
Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health and my tongue shall sing of thy right
hand; and he will set us on his
Then shall they all kneel upon their knees, and the Priest and Clerks kneeling (in the place where they are accustomed to say the Litany) shall say this Psalm.
Miserere mei, Deus. Psalm li.
Hafter thy great goodness: AVE mercy upon me, O God, according to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences. Wash me throughly from my wickedness: and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my faults: and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight that thou mightest be justified in thy saying, and clear when thou art judged.
Behold, I was shapen in wickedness and in sin hath my mother conceived me.
But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.
Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be
whiter than snow.
Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness: that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Turn thy face away from my sins and put out all my misdeeds.
Make me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
O give me the comfort of thy help again and stablish me with thy free Spirit.
Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord and my mouth shall shew thy praise.
For thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it thee: but thou delightest not in burntofferings.
The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise.
O be favourable and gracious unto Sion build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with the burnt-offerings and oblations then shall they offer young bullocks upon thíne al
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
UR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, against us. And lead us not into As we forgive them that trespass temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Minister. O Lord, save thy servants;
Answer. That put their trust in thee.
Minister. Send unto them help from above.
Answer. And evermore mightily defend them.
Minister. Help us, O God our Saviour.
Answer. And for the glory of thy Name deliver us; be merciful to us sinners, for thy Name's sake.
Minister. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.
Minister. Let us pray.
LORD, we beseech thee, mercifully hear our prayers, and spare all those who confess their sins unto thee; that they,
truly repent us of our faults, and so make haste to help us in this world, that we may ever live with thee in the world to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ Then shall the people say this that followeth, after the Minister.
and so shall we be turned.
whose consciences by sin are ac-TURN thou us, O good Lord, cused, by thy merciful pardon may be absolved; through Christ
our Lord. Amen.
MOST mighty God, and com
ciful hast passion upon all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made; who wouldest not the death of a sinner, but that he should rather turn from his sin, and be saved; Mercifully forgive us our trespasses; receive and comfort us, who are grieved and wearied with the burden of our sins. Thy property is always to have mercy; to thee only it appertaineth to forgive sins. Spare us therefore, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed; en
ter not into judgement with thy servants, who are vile earth, and miserable sinners; but so turn thine anger from us, who meekly acknowledge our vileness, and
Be favourable, O Lord, Be favourable to thy people, Who turn to thee in weeping, fasting, and God, Full of compassion, Longart a merciful praying. For suffering, and of great pity. Thou sparest when we deserve punishment, And in thy wrath thinkest upon mercy. Spare thy people good Lord, spare them, And let confusion. Hear us, O Lord, for not thine heritage be brought to thy mercy is great, And after the multitude of thy mercies look upon us; Through the merits and mediation of thy blessed Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ¶ Then the Minister alone shall