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MORNING AND EVENING PRAYER.

At the beginning of Morning or Evening Prayer, the Minister shall read with a loud

voice, some one or more of these sentences of Scripture. WHEN the wickedmanturneth Repent ye: for the kingdom of

away from his wickedness heaven is at hand. Matt.iii. 2. that he hath committed, and doeth I will arise and go to my Father; that which is lawful and right, he and will say unto him, Father, I shall save his soul alive. Ezekiel have sinned against heaven, and xviii. 27.

before thee, and am no more worthy I acknowledge my transgres- to be called thy son.

Luke xv. sions, and my sin is ever before me. 18, 19. Psalm li. 3.

Enter not into judgment with Hide thy face from my sins, thy servant, O Lord: for in thy and blot out all mine iniquities. sight shall no man living be jusPsalm li. 9.

tified. Psalm cxliii. 2. The sacrifices of God are a a If we say that we have no sin, broken spirit: a broken and a con- we deceive ourselves, and the truth trite heart, O God, thou wilt not is not in us: But if we confess despise. Psalm li. 17.

our sins, He is faithful (c) and Rend your heart, and not your just to forgive us our sins, and to garments, and turn unto the Lord cleanse us from all unrighteousyour God: for he is gracious and

1 John i. 8, 9. merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him Dearly beloved brethren, the of the evil. Joel ii. 13.

Scripture moveth us in sundry To the Lord our God belong places to acknowledge and confess mercies and forgiveness, though our manifold sins and wickedness ; we have rebelled against him ; and that we should not dissemble neither (a) have we obeyed the nor cloke them before the face voice of the Lord our God, to walk of Almighty God our heavenly in his laws, which he set before Father; but confess them with an us. Dan. ix. 9, 10.

humble, lowly, penitent, and obeO Lord, correct me, but with dient heart; to the end that we may judgment (6): not in thine anger, obtain forgiveness of the same, by lest thou bring me to nothing. | his infinite goodness and mercy. Jer. x. 24. Psalm vi. 1.

And although we ought at all

ness.

(a) “ neither have we,” i.e.“ and have Dot."

(6) “ judgment” or “mercy; moderation,” not beyond what I can bear.

(c) “ faithful,” because it is what he has promised.

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times humbly to acknowledge our Almighty God, the Father of our sins before God, yet ought we Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth most chiefly so to do when we

not the death of a sinner, but rather assemble and meet together, to

that he may turn from his wickrender thanks for the great benefits

edness and live; and hath given that we have received at his hands,

power and commandment to his to set forth his most worthy praise, Ministers, to declare and proto hear his most holy Word, and

nounce to his people, being penito ask those things which are re

tent, the Absolution and Remisquisite and necessary, as well for sion of their sins: He pardoneth the body as the soul. Wherefore and absolveth all them that truly I pray and beseech you, as many repent, and unfeignedly believe as are here present, to accompany his holy Gospel. Wherefore let us me with a pure heart and humble beseech him to grant us true revoice, unto the throne of the

pentance, and his holy Spirit; that heavenly grace, saying after me:

those things may please him which A general Confession, to be said of the we do at this present, and that the

whole Congregation after the Minister, all rest of our life hereafter may be kneeling

pure and holy; so that at the last Almighty and most merciful

we may come to his eternal joy, Father, We have erred and strayed through Jesus Christ our Lord. from thy ways like lost sheep : Amen. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own

Then the Minister shall kneel, and say the hearts : We have offended against Lord's Prayer with an audible voice; thy holy Laws: We have left un- the People also kneeling, and repeating done those things which we ought

it with him. to have done; And we have done Our Father, which art in heaven, , those things which we ought not

Hallowed be thy Name; Thy to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord. kingdom come ; Thy will be done

in earth, as (d) it is in heaven : have mercy upon us, miserable of fenders : Spare thou them, O God, And forgive us our trespasses, as

Give us this day our daily bread; which confess their faults: Restore thou them that are penitent; Ac. against us; And lead us not into

we forgive them that trespass cording to thy promises declared temptation, But deliver us from unto mankind in Christ Jesu our

evil: For thine is the kingdom, Lord. And grant, Omost merciful Father, for his sake, That we may and ever.

the power, and the glory, for ever

and ever. Amen. hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy

Then likewise he shall say, holy Name. Amen.

O Lord, open thou our lips ; The Absolution, or Remission of Sins, to be

Answ. And our mouth shall pronounced by the Priest alone, standing; the People still kneeling.

shew forth thy praise. (d) “ As it is in heaven;" With the same by the angels in heaven. 2 Till. 141. readiness, cheerfulness and zeal, as it is

Priest. O God, make speed to 3 For the Lord is a great God : save us.

and a great King above all gods. Answ. O Lord, make haste to 4 In his hand are all the corners help us.

of the earth : and the strength of

the hills is his also. Here all standing up, the Priest shall say,

5 The sea is his, and he made Glory be to the Father, and it: and his hand prepared the dry to the Son : and to the Holy land. Ghost (e);

6 0 come, let us worship, and Answ. As it was in the begin- fall down: and kneel before the ning, is now, and ever shall be:

Lord our Maker. world without end. Amen.

7 For he is the Lord our God: Priest. Praise ye the Lord.

and we are the people of his pasAnsw. The Lord's Name be ture, and the sheep of his hand. praised.

8 To-day (h) if ye will hear his Then shall be said or sung,

voice, harden not your hearts: as IN THE MORNING SERVICE,

in the (i) provocation, and as in This Psalm following, except on Easter

the day of temptation in the wilderday, upon which another Anthem is appointed.

9 When your fathers tempted Psalm xcv. (8)

me: proved me, and saw my O COME, let us sing unto the works. Lord : let us heartily rejoice in the 10 Forty years long was I strength of our salvation.

grieved with this generation, and 2 Let us come before his pre- said : “ It is a people that do err sence with thanksgiving : and

“ in their hearts, for they have not shew ourselves glad in him with

“ known my ways.”. Psalms.

11. Unto whom I sware in my

ness ;

(e) “ Ghost” i.e.“ Spirit.”

(g) A spirited invitation to the public Worship of God, noticing the dependence all things have upon Him, and referring to the punishment he inflicted on the Israelites for a particular instance of their distrust.

(4) v.8.“ To-day, &c." From reminding the Hebrews by this passage, how God had before punished their forefathers for their disbelief and distrust, notwithstanding the signal instances he had given of his power, the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews presses them to regard and attend to the proofs which had been given that Jesus was the Christ, lest they should also be punished for their disbelief and distrust. Heb.iii. 7. to Heb. iv. 10. Should not this be a lesson to us also ?

(1) v. 8. to 11. This refers to what passed in the time of Moses, about 1490 years before Christ. God had promised the Israel

ites the Land of Canaan, and twelve men were sent, one from each tribe, to view it : The report of all but two, Caleb and Joshua, was, that the inhabitants were Giants, stronger than the Israelites, upon which the people murmured against Moses and Aaron, and wanted to return to Egypt, and God said, “ As I live, saith the Lord, all “ that were numbered of you, according to your

whole number, from twenty years “ old and upwards, doubtless you

shall not “come into the Land concerning which I sware to make

you

dwell therein, save “ Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua, “ the son of Nun, and your children shall o wander in the Wilderness forty years. “ Numb. xiv. 28. to 34." and see Deut. i. 22. to 38. And accordingly“ the children “ of Israel walked forty years in the Wilderness, till all the people that were men of

which came out of Egypt, were con6 sumed. Josh, v. 6." See also Ps. cvi. 24.

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wrath : that they should not enter When thou tookest upon thee to into my (k) rest.

deliver man : thou didst not abhor Glory be to the Father, &c. the Virgin's womb. As it was in the beginning, &c. When thou hadst overcome the

sharpness of death: thou didst Then shall be read the First Lesson taken out

open the kingdom of heaven to all of the Old Testament; and after that believers. shall be said or "sung,

Thou sittest at the right hand of IN THE MORNING SERVICE,

God: in the glory of the Father. The Te Deum.

We believe that thou shalt come: WE praise thee, O God: we to be our Judge. acknowledge thee to be the Lord. We therefore pray thee, help

All the earth doth worship thee: thy servants : whom thou hast rethe Father everlasting.

deemed with thy precious blood. To thee all angels cry aloud: Make them to be numbered the heavens, and all the Powers with thy saints : in glory evertherein.

lasting To thee Cherubin and Sera

O Lord, save thy people: and phin : continually do cry,

bless thine heritage. Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God

Govern them: and lift them up " of Sabaoth : - Heaven and earth are full of

Day by day: we magnify thee; “ the majesty: of thy glory.” And we worship thy Name:

The glorious company of the ever, world without end. Apostles: praise thee.

Vouchsafe, O Lord: to keep us The goodly fellowship of the this day without sin. Prophets : praise thee.

O Lord, have mercy upon us: The noble army of Martyrs: have mercy upon us. praise thee.

O Lord, let thy mercy lighten The holy Church throughout upon us : as our trust is in thee. all the world: doth acknowledge O Lord, in thee have I trusted :

let me never be confounded. The Father: of an infinite majesty;

Or this Canticle: Thine honourable, true: and only Son;

O all ye Works of the Lord, Also the Holy Ghost: the Com- bless ye the Lord : praise him, and forter. (1)

magnify him for ever. Thou art the (m) King of O ye Angels of the Lord, bless Glory: O Christ;

ye the Lord: praise him, and Thou art the everlasting Son: of magnify him for ever. the Father.

Oye Heavens, bless ye the (k) v. 11. “ Rest," i. e. “ The promised “ the King of Glory;" and gives the Land," " the Land of Canaan.'

“ It is the Lord, strong and (1) “ The Comforter.” See post,

mighty, even the Lord mighty in battle. on John xvi. 7.

" Who is the King of Glory? Even the (m) “ The King of Glory.” So Ps. “ Lord of Hosts, he is the King of Glory.” “ xxiv. 8. 10. puts the question, “Who is

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