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Then shall the Minister ex-bones which thou hast broken amine whether he repent may rejoice. him truly of his sins, and be Turn thy face from my sins; in charity with all the world, and put out all my misdeeds. and further admonish him Make me a clean heart, O particularly concerning the God; and renew a right spirit crimes wherewith he is within me. charged ; and exhort him, Cast me not away from thy if he have any scruples, that presence; and take not thy he would declare the same, Holy Spirit from me. and prepare himself for the O give me the comfort of Holy Communion, against thy help again ; and stablish the time that it may be firo-me with thy free Spirit. per to administer it to him. Then shall I teach thy ways
unto the wicked; and sinners Then, all kneeling, the Mi
shall be converted unto thee. nister shall say as follows,
Deliver me from blood guilfrom the 51st Psalm :
tiness, O God, thou that art HAVE mercy upon me, o the God of my health ; and my
God,after thy great good-tongue shall sing of thy righteness ; according to the multi-ousness. tude of thy mercies, do away Thou shalt open my lips, O mine offences.
Lord; and my mouth shall Wash me thoroughly from show thy praise. my wickedness; and cleanse For thou desirest no sacri. me from my sin.
fice, else would I give it thee; For Iacknowledge my faults; but thou delightest not in and my sin is ever before me. burnt offerings.
Against thee only have I The sacrifice of God is a sinned, and done this eril in troubled Spirit; a broken and thy sight ; that thou mightest contrite heart, O God, shalt be justified in thy saying, and thou not despise. clear when thou art judged. Then the Minister shall say,
Behold, I was shapen in wickedness ; and in sin hath O LORD, we beseech thee, my mother conceived me. mercifully hear our pray
But lo, thou requirest truth ers, and spare all those who in the inward parts ; and shalt confess their sins unto thee ; make me to understand wis- that they, whose consciences dom secretly.
by sin are accused,by thy merThou shalt purge me with ciful pardon may be absolvhyssop, and I shall be clean ; ed, through Christ our Lord. thou shalt wash me, and I shall Amen. be whiter than snow.
O is Thou shalt make me hear everlasting, and powerinof joy and gladness; that the finite; look down with pity and
Let us pray.
compassion upon the suffer-and, being desirous that you ings of this thy servant; and should avoid presumption on whether thou visitest fortrial of the one hand, and despair on his patience, or punishment of the other, shall plainly lay behis offences, enable him by thy fore you the wretchedness of grace cheerfully to submithin your condition, and declare self to thy holy will and plea- how far you ought to depend sure. Go not far from those, on the mercies of God, and the O Lord, whom thou hast laid merits of our Saviour. Conin a place of darkness, and insider then seriously with yourthe deep; and forasmuch as self,in all appearance the time thou hast not cut him off sud- of your dissolution draweth denly, but chastenest him as a near ; your sins have laid fast Father; grant that he duly hold upon you ; you are soon considering thygreat mercies, to be removed from among may be unfeignedly thankful, men by a violent death ; and and turn unto thee with true you shall fade away suddenly repentance and sincerity of like the grass, which in the heart, through Jesus Christ morning is green and groweth our Lord. Amen.
up, but in the evening is cut Prayers for Persons under down, dried up, and withered.
you have thus finished
the course of a sinful and mi9 When a Criminal is under serable life, you shall appear
Sentence of Death, the Mi- before the Judge of all fesh; nister shall proceed, imme- who, as he pronounces blesdiately after the Collect, Osings on the righteous, shall God who sparest, &c. to ex-likewise say, with a terrible hort him after this Form, or voice of most just judgment, other like :
to the wicked, Go, ye accursed, EARLY beloved, it hath into the fire everlasting, prein his justice, to bring you un- gels. der the sentence and condem-| Your sins have brought you nation of the law : You are too near this dreadful senshortly to suffer death in such tence: It is therefore your part a manner, that others, warned and duty, my brother, humbly by your example, may be the to confess and bewail your more afraid to offend; and we great and manifold offences,
l pray God, that you may make and to repent you truly of your such use of your punishments sins, as you tender the eternal in this world, that your soul salvation of your soul. may be saved in the world to Be not deceived with a vain come.
and presumptuous expectation Wherefore we come to you ofGod's favour, nor say within in the bowels of compassion; yourself, Peace, Peace, where
there is no peace; for there to the just judgment of God, is no peace, says my God, which your own crimes have to the wicked. "God is not brought upon you, and be in mocked; he is of purer eyes charity with all men ; being than to behold iniquity; and ready sincerely to forgive all without holiness no man shall such as have offended you, not see the Lord. On the other excepting those who have prohand, despair not of God's secuted you even unito death : mercy, though trouble is on And, though this may seem a every side ; for God shutteth hard saying, yet know assurnot up his mercies for ever in edly, that without ityour chardispleasure : But if we confessity is not yet perfect. And our sins, he is faithful and just fail not earnestly to endeavour to forgive us our sins, and to and pray for this blessed temcleanse us from all unrighte- per and composure of mind : ousness. Do not either way So may you cast yourself with abuse the goodness of God, an entire dependence upon the who calleth us mercifully to mercies of God, through the amendment, and of his endless merits of our Saviour and Repity promiseth us forgiveness deemer Jesus Christ. of that which is past, if with
* Here the Minister shall er. a perfect and true heart we
amine hiin concerning his return unto him.
Faith, and rehearse the ArSince therefore you are soon
ticles of the Creed, Dost to pass into an endless and
thou believe in God, Sc. unchangeable state, and your
And the Criminal shall anima future happiness or misery de
swer, pends upon the few moments which are left you ; I require All this I steadfastly believe. you strictly to examine your-" Then shall the Minister erself, and your estate both to- amine whether he repent him wards God and towards man; truly of his sins, exhorting and let no worldly considera- him to a particular Confestion hinder you from making sion of the sin for which he a true and full confession of is condemned; and upon your sins, and giving all the Confession, he shall instruct satisfaction which is in your him what satisfaction ough? power to every one whom you to be made to those whom he have wronged or injured ; that has offended thereby; and if you may find mercy at your he knoweth any combinations heavenly Father's hand, for in wickedness, or any evil Christ's sake, and not be con- practices designed against demned in the dreadful day others, let him be admonof judgment.
ished 10 the utmost of his Lastly,beloved,submit your power to discover and preself with Christian resignation vent them.
After his Confession, the complaint ; give him, we beMinister shall declare lo him seech thee, patience in this his the pardoning mercy of God, ume ofadversity, and support in the Form which is used under the terrors which enin the Communion Service. compass him; set before his After which shall be said in the body, which have justly
eyes the things he hath done the Collect following.
provoked thee to anger ; and HOLY Jesus,who of thine forasmuch as his continuance
infinite goodness, didst ac- appeareth to be short amongst cept the conversion of a sinner us, quicken him so much the on the cross ; open thine eye more by thy grace and holy of mercy upon thisthy servant, Spirit; that he, being convertwho desireth pardon and for-ed and reconciled unto thee, giveness, though in his latest before thy judgments have cut hour he turneth unto thee. him off from the earth, inay Renewin bim whatsoeverhath at the hour of his death debeen decayed by the fraud and part in peace, and be receivmalice of the devil, or by his ed into thine everlasting kingown carnal will and frailness. dom, through Jesus Christ Consider his contrition ; ac- our Lord. Amen. cept his repentance; and for
Adding this : asmuch as he puttcth his full trust only in thy mercy,impute O SAVIOUR of the world, not unto him his former sins, who by thy cross and prebut strengthen himn with thy cious blood hast redeemed us, blessed Spirit; and when thou save us and help us, we humart pleased to take him hence, bly besecch thee, Lord. take him unto thy favour :
1 Then the Minister, standThis we beg through thy merits, O Lord, our Saviour and
ing, shall say, our Redeemer. Amen. N
in death : Of whom may Then the Minister shall say,
we scek for succour, but of O FATHER of mercies and thee, O Lord, who for our
God of all comfort ; we sins art justly displeased. fly unto thee for succour in be- Yet, O Lord God most holy, half of this thy servant, who O Lord most mighty, O holy is now under the sentence of and most merciful Saviour, condemnation. The day of deliver us not into the bitter his calamity is at hand, and he pains of eternal death. is accounted as one of those! Thou knowest, Lord, the who go down into the pit. secrets of our hearts : Shut Blessed Lord, remember thy'not thy merciful ears to our mercies ; look upon his infir- prayers : but spare us, Lord mities ; hear the voice of his most holy, Godmost mighty,
THE Almighty God, who sins; that he recovering the
O holy and merciful Saviour, beseech thee to have mercy thou most worthy Judge eter- upon this thy servant, who for nal, suffer us not, at our last his transgressions is appointhour, for any pains of death ed to die. Grant that he may to fall from thee.
take thy judgments patiently, Then the Minister shall say, and repent him truly of his
favour, of a
tower to all those who put their trust
his actions may end with this in him ; to whom all things in
life ; and whensoever his soul
shall depart from the body, it heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey ;
may be without spot presented be now and evermore thy de.
our Lord. Amen. sence ; and make thee know and feel that there is none oth- The Epistle. Heb. xii. 11. ername under heaven given to man, in whom and through NO chastening for the pre
sent seemeth to be joyous, whom thou mayest receive salvation, but only the name of
but grievous; nevertheless af
terwards it yieldeth the peaceour Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
able fruits of righteousnessy And after that shall say, unto them which are exerUNTO God’s gracious cised thereby.
mercy and protection we commit thee: The Lord bless The Gospel. St. John v. 24. thee and keep thee: The Lord VERILY, verily, I say unto make his face to shine upon you, He that heareth my thee, and be gracious unto word, and believeth on him thee: The Lord list up his that sent me, hath everlasting countenance upon thee, and life, and shall not come into give thee peace, both now and condemnation ; but is passed
from death unto lise. [At the time of Execution, besides all, or such parts of
TA Prayer for imprisoned the foregoing Office as the
Debtors. Alinister, shall judge pro- MOST gracious Godlook per, shall be said the Commendatory Prayer for a Per-passion upon these thine afson at the point of Depar- Alicted servants, who are fallen ture, as it is in the Visitation under the misery of a close of the Sick.
restraint. Give them always The Collect for the Commu-a deep sense of their sins, and
nion Service. of thy fatherly love and corO GOD, who declarest thy rection; and the more their
Almighty powerchiefly in confinement presseth hard showing mercy and pity ; we upon them, the more let the