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Then shall be said or sung, consummation and bliss, both in I ,

body and soul, in thy eternal and saying unto me, Write, From everlasting glory; through Jesus henceforth blessed are the dead

Christ our Lord. Amen. which die in the Lord : even so

The Collect. saith the Spirit; for they rest from their labours.

MERCIFUL God, the Fa

ther of our Lord Jesus Christ, Then the Priest shall say, who is the resurrection and the Lord, have mercy upon us.

life; in whom whosoever believChrist, have mercy upon us.

eth shall live, though he die; and Lord, have mercy upon us.

whosoever liveth, and believeth in UR Father, which art in hea

him, shall not die eternally; who 09 ven, Hallowed be thy Name.

also hath taught us, by his holy Thy kingdom come. Thy will be Apostle Saint Paul, not to be sordone in earth, As it is in heaven.

ry, as men without hope, for them Give us this day our daily bread.

that sleep in him; We meekly And forgive us our trespasses, As

beseech thee, O Father, to raise

us from the death of sin unto we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into

the life of righteousness; that, temptation; But deliver us from

when we shall depart this life, we evil. Amen.

may rest in him, as our hope is

this our brother doth; and that, Priest.

at the general Resurrection in the ALMIGHTY God, with whom last day, we may be found ac

do live the spirits of them ceptable in thy sight; and receive that depart hence in the Lord, that blessing, which thy well-beand with whom the souls of the loved Son shall then pronounce to faithful, after they are delivered all that love and fear thee, sayfrom the burden of the flesh, are ing, Come, ye blessed children of in joy and felicity; We give thee my Father, receive the kingdom hearty thanks, for that hath prepared for you from the beginpleased thee to deliver this our ning of the world: Grant this, brother out of the miseries of this we beseech thee, O merciful Fasinful world; beseeching thee, that ther, through Jesus Christ, our it may please thee, of thy gra- Mediator and Redeemer. Amen. cious goodness, shortly to accomand to hasten kingdom; that Christ, and the love of God, we, with all those that are de- and the fellowship of the Holy parted in the true faith of thy Ghost, be with us all evermore. holy Name, may have our perfect | Amen.

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The Woman, at the usual time after her Delivery, shall come into the Church decently apparelled, and there shall kneel down in some convenient place, as hath been accustomed, or as the Ordinary shall direct: And then the Priest shall say unto her,


I will receive the cup of salvaed Almighty God of his good- tion : and call upon the Name of dess to give you safe deliverance, the Lord. and hath preserved you in the I will pay my vows now in the great danger of Child-birth; you presence

of all his people : in the shall therefore give hearty thanks courts of the Lord's house, even in unto God, and say,

the midst of thee, o Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord. ( Then shall the Priest say the

Glory be to the Father, and to 116th Psalm,)

the Son : and to the Holy Ghost; Dilexi quoniam.

As it was in the beginning, is

now, and ever shall be : world I

AM well pleased : that the without end. Amen.

Lord hath heard the voice of my prayer;

Or, Psalm cxxvii. Nisi Dominus. he E

XCEPT the Lord build the unto me : therefore will I call house : their labour is but upon him as long as I live.

lost that build it. The snares of death compassed Except the Lord keep the city : me round about : and the pains

the watchman waketh but in vain. of hell gat hold upon me.

It is but lost labour that ye haste I found trouble and heaviness, to rise up early, and so late take and I called upon the Name of rest, and eat the bread of carefulthe Lord : 0 Lord, I beseech thee, ness : for so he giveth his beloved deliver my soul.

sleep. Gracious is the Lord, and righ- Lo, children and the fruit of teous : yea, our God is merciful. the womb : are an heritage and

The Lord preserveth the sim- | gift that cometh of the Lord. ple : I was in misery, and he Like as the arrows in the hand helped me.

of the giant : even so are the Turn again then unto thy rest,

young children. O my soul : for the Lord hath Happy is the man that hath his rewarded thee.

quiver full of them : they shall And why? thou hast delivered not be ashamed when they speak my soul from death : mine eyes with their enemies in the gate. from tears, and my feet from fall- Glory be to the Father, and to ing.

the Son : and to the Holy Ghost; I will walk before the Lord : in As it was in the beginning, is the land of the living.

now, and ever shall be : world I believed, and therefore will I without end. Amen. speak; but I was sore troubled :

Then the Priest shall say, I said in my haste, All men are liars.

Let us pray. What reward shall I give unto Lord, have mercy upon us. the Lord : for all the benefits that Christ, have mercy upon us. he hath done unto me?

Lord, have mercy upon us.

UR Father, which art in hea-

Minister. Let us pray. ven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom.come Thy will be o ALMIGHTY God; we give Give us this day our daily bread. thou hast vouchsafed to deliver And forgive us our trespasses, this woman thy servant from the As we forgive them that trespass great pain and peril of Childagainst us. And lead us not into birth; Grant, we beseech thee, temptation; But deliver us from most merciful Father, that she, evil: For thine is the kingdom, through thy help, may both faithThe power, and the glory, For fully live, and walk according to ever and ever. Amen.

thy will, in this life present; and Minister. O Lord, save this wo- also may be partaker of everlastman thy servant;

ing glory in the life to come; Answer. Who putteth her trust through Jesus Christ our Lord. in thee.

Amen. Minister. Be thou to her a strong tower;

I The Woman, that cometh to give Answer. From the face of her her Thanks, must offer accus. enemy.

tomed Offerings; and, if there be Minister. Lord, hear our prayer.

a Communion, it is convenient Answer. And let our cry come

that she receive the holy Com.

munion. unto thee.






After Morning Prayer, the Litany ended according to the accustomed manner, the Priest shall, in the Reading-Pew or Pulpit, say,

ture; and that ye should answer Church there was a godly dis- to every Sentence, Amen: To the cipline, that, at the beginning of intent that, being admonished Lent, such persons as stood con- of the great indignation of God victed of notorious sin were put against sinners, ye may the rato open penance, and punished in ther be moved to earnest and true this world, that their souls might repentance; and may walk more be saved in the day of the Lord; warily in these dangerous days; and that others, admonished by fleeing from such vices, for which their example, might be the more ye affirm with your own mouths afraid to offend.

the curse of God to be due. Instead whereof, (until the said discipline may be restored again, CURSE D is the man that which is much to be wished, it image, to worship it. is thought good, that at this time (in the presence of you all) should

And the people shall answer and be read the general sentences of

say, God's cursing against impenitent

Amen. sinners, gathered out of the seven Minister. Cursed is he that and twentieth Chapter of Deuter- curseth his father or mother. onomy, and other places of Scrip- Answer. Amen.

Minister. Cursed is he that removeth his neighbour's land-mark.

Answer. Amen.

Minister. Cursed is he that maketh the blind to go out of his way.

Answer. Amen.

Minister. Cursed is he that perverteth the judgement of the stranger, the fatherless, and widow.

Answer. Amen.

Minister. Cursed is he that smiteth his neighbour secretly.

Answer. Amen.

Minister. Cursed is he that lieth with his neighbour's wife.

Answer. Amen.

Minister. Cursed is he that taketh reward to slay the innocent.

Ansurer. Amen.

Minister. Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, and taketh man for his defence, and in his heart goeth from the Lord.

Answer. Amen.

Minister. Cursed are the unmerciful, fornicators, and adulterers, covetous persons, idolaters, slanderers, drunkards, and extortioners. Answer. Amen.


appeareth ? His fan is in his hand, and he will purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the barn; but he will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire. The day of the Lord cometh as a thief in the night: and when men shall say, Peace, and all things are safe, then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as sorrow cometh upon a woman travailing with child, and they shall not escape. Then shall appear the wrath of God in the day of vengeance, which obstinate sinners, through the stubbornness of their heart, have heaped unto themselves; which despised the goodness, patience, and long-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 and his angels. Therefore, brethren, take we heed betime, while the day of salvation lasteth; for the night cometh, when none can work. But let us, while we have the light, believe in the light, and walk as children of the light; that we be not cast into utter darkness, where is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Let us not abuse the goodness of God, who calleth us mercifully to amendment, and of his endless pity promiseth us forgiveness of that which is past, if with a perfect and true heart we return unto him. For though our sins be as red as scarlet, they shall be made white as show; and though they be like purple, yet they shall be made white as wool. Turn ye (saith the Lord) from all your wickedness, and your sin shall not

accursed (as the prophet David beareth witness) who do err and go astray from the commandments of God; let us (remembering the dreadful judgement hanging over our heads, and always ready to fall upon us) return unto our Lord God, with all contrition and meekness of heart; bewailing and lamenting our sinful life, acknowledging and confessing our offences, and seeking to bring forth worthy fruits of penance. For now is the ax put unto the root of the trees, so that every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God: he shall pour down rain upon the sinners, snares, fire and brimstone, storm and tempest ; this shall be their portion to drink. For lo, the Lord is come out of his place to visit the wickedness of such as dwell upon the earth. But who may abíde the day of his coming? Who shall be able to endure when he

be your destruction: Cast away For I acknowledge my faults: from you all your ungodliness and my sin is ever before me. that ye have done: Make you Against thee only have I sinnew hearts, and a new spirit : ned, and done this evil in thy Wherefore will ye die, 0 ye house sight : that thou mightest be jusof Israel, seeing that I have no tified in thy saying, and clear pleasure in the death of him that when thou art judged. dieth, saith the Lord God? Turn Behold, I was shapen in wickye then, and ye shall live. Al- edness : and in sin hath my mothough we have sinned, yet have ther conceived me. we an Advocate with the Father, But lo, thou requirest truth in Jesus Christ the righteous; and the inward parts : and shalt make he is the propitiation for our sins. me to understand wisdom secretly. For he was wounded for our of- Thou shalt purge me with hysfences, and smitten for our wick- sop, and I shall be clean : thou edness. Let us therefore return shalt wash me, and I shall be unto him, who is the merciful re- whiter than snow. ceiver of all true penitent sinners; Thou shalt make me hear of assuring ourselves that he is ready joy and gladness : that the bones to receive us, and most willing to which thou hast broken may repardon us, if we come unto him joice. with faithful repentance; if we Turn thy face away from my submit ourselves unto him, and sins : and put out all my misfrom henceforth walk in his ways; deeds. if we will take his easy yoke, and Make me a clean heart, o God : light burden upon us, to follow and renew a right spirit within me. him in lowliness, patience, and Cast me not away from thy precharity, and be ordered by the go- sence and take not thy holy vernance of his Holy Spirit; seek- Spirit from me. ing always his glory, and serving o give me the comfort of thy him duly, in our vocation with help again : and stablish me with thanksgiving: This if we do, Christ thy free Spirit. will deliver us from the curse of Then shall I teach thy ways the law, and from the extreme unto the wicked : and sinners malediction which shall light up- shall be converted unto thee. on them that shall be set on the Deliver me from blood-guiltileft hand; and he will set us on ness, O God, thou that art the his right hand, and give us the God of my health : and my tongue gracious benediction of his Father, shall sing of thy righteousness. commanding us to take possession Thou shalt open my lips, o of his glorious kingdom: Unto Lord : and my mouth shall shew which he vouchsafe to bring us all, thy praise. for his infinite mercy. Amen. For thou desirest no sacrifice,

else would I give it thee : but Then shall they all kneel upon thou delightest not in burnt-oftheir knees, and the Priest and Clerks kneeling in the place


The sacrifice of God is a trou. where they are accustomed to say the Litany) shall say this

bled spirit : a broken and conPsalm.

trite heart, O God, shalt thou

not despise. Miserere mei, Deus. Psalm li.

o be favourable and gracious unto Sion : build thou the walls

of Jerusalem. God, after thy great good- Then shalt thou be pleased with ness : according to the multitude the sacrifice of righteousness, with of thy mercies do away mine of- the burnt-offerings and oblations : fences.

then shall they offer young bulWash me throughly from my locks upon thine altar. wickedness : and cleanse me from Glory be to the Father, and to my sin,

the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;

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