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great mercy to thy glory, the Christ our Lord; to whom, advancement of thy Gospel, with thee, and the Holy Spirit, the honour of our Country, as for all thy mercies, so in parand, as much as in us lieth, to ticular for this victory and delithe good of all mankind. And verance, be all glory and howe beseech thee, give us such nour, world without end. Amen. a sense of this great mercy, as 2 Cor. xiii. 14. HE grace of our Lord

may engage us to a true thank-Jesus Christ, and the love

our lives, by an humble, holy, of God, and the fellowship of and obedient walking before the Holy Ghost, be with us all thee all our days,throughJesus evermore. Amen.

At the Burial of the Dead at Sea, the Office in the Common Prayer Book may be used; only instead of these words, We therefore commit his body to the ground, earth to earth, &c. say, We therefore commit his Body to the deep, to be turned into corruption, looking for the Resurrection of the Body when the Sea shall give up her dead, and the life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ; who at his coming shall change our vile Body, that it may be like his glorious Body, according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things to himself.

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THE VISITATION OF PRISONERS. When Morning or Evening Prayer shall be read in any Prison, instead of she Psalm, O come let us sing, &c. shall be read the 130th Psalm; and the Minister shall insert, after the Collect for the Day, the Collect in the following Service, O God who sparest, &c. and at such times as the Litany is not read, he shall add the Prayer, O God, merciful Father, who despisest not, &c.

And when Notice is given to the Minister, that a Prisoner is confined for some great or capital crime, he shall visit him; and when he cometh into the place where the Prisoner i8, he shall say, kneeling down,


EMEMBER not, Lord, thou hast redeemed with thy our iniquities, nor the most precious blood, and be iniquities of our forefathers; not angry with us for ever. neither take thou vengeance of our sins: Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom

Ans. Spare us, good Lord.

Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy upon us

Christ, have mercy upon us. thercast away their confidence
Lord, have mercy upon us. in thee, nor place it any where
UR Father, who art in but in thee. Relieve the dis-
Heaven, &c.
tressed, protect the innocent,


Min. O Lord, show thy and awaken the guilty: And mercy upon us; forasmuch as thou alone bringAns. And grant us thy sal-est light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant that


Min. Turn thy face from the pains and punishments our sins; which these thy servants enAns. And blot out all our dure, through their bodily coniniquities. finement, may tend to setting Min. Send us help from free their souls from the chains thy holy place;

Ans. For thine indignation lieth hard upon us.

Min. O Lord, hear our prayer;

Ans. And let the sighing of the Prisoners come before thee.

The Collect.

GRANT, we beseech thee.

of sin; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punish-¶ ed, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Here the Minister, as he shall see convenient, may read the Prayer for All conditions of Men, the Collect for Ash-Wednesday, and the Collect beginning, Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, &c. or any other Prayer, of the Liturgy, which he shall judge proper.

Then shall the Minister exhort the Prisoner or Prisoners after this Form, or other like:

Gop, who sparest when D


EARLY beloved, know this,that Almighty God, never-failing provigoverneth all things heaven and earth, hath

we deserve punishment, whose and in thy wrath rememberest dence mercy; we humbly beseech both in thee, of thy goodness, to com- so wisely and mercifully orfort and succour all those who dered the course of this world, are under reproach and misery that his judgments are often in the house of bondage; cor- sent as fatherly corrections to rect them not in thine anger, us: and if with due submission neither chasten them in thy and resigna ion to his holy will sore displeasure. Give them we receive the same, they will aright understanding of them- work together for our good. selves, and of thy threats and It is your part and duty, promises; that they may nei- therefore, to humble yourself

under the mighty hand of God, white as snow; though your to acknowledge the righteous-wickedness have gone over ness of his judgments, and to your head, yet shall they not endeavour, that, by his grace, be your destruction.

this present visitation may We exhort you therefore in lead you to a sincere and the name of God, and of his hearty repentance. dear Son Jesus Christ our SaThe way and means thereto viour, and as you tender your is, to examine your life and own salvation, to take good conversation by the rule of heed of these things in time, God's commandments; and while the day of salvation whereinsoever you shall per-lasteth; for the night cometh, ceive yourself to have offend- when no man can work. While ed, either by will, word, or you have the light, believe in deed, there to bewail your the light, and walk as children own sinfulness, and to confess of the light, that you be not yourself to Almighty God, cast into outer darkness; that with full purpose of amend-you may not knock, when the ment of life. And if you shall door shall be shut; and cry for perceive your offences to be mercy, when it is the time of such as are not only against justice. Now you are the obGod, but also against your ject of God's mercy, if by reneighbours; then to reconcile pentance and true faith you yourself to them, being ready turn unto him: but if you negto make restitution and satis-lect these things, you will be faction, according to the utter- the object of his justice and most of your power, for all vengeance: Now you may injuries and wrongs done by claim the merits of Christ; but you to any other and being if you die in your sins, his suflikewise ready to forgiveothers ferings will tend to your greatwho have offended you, as you er condemnation. Obeloved, would have forgivenessof your consider in this your day, how offences at God's hand. And fearful a thing it will be to fall to this true repentance and into the hands of the living change of mind you must add a God,when you can neither fly lively and steadfast faith, and to his mercy to protect you, nor dependence upon the merits of to the merits of Christ to cothe death of Christ, with an en- ver you in that terrible day. tire resignation of yourself to the will of God. Except you repent, and believe, we can give you no hope of salvation: But if you do sincerely repent and believe, God hath declared, though your sins be red as scarlet, they shall be made All this I steadfastly believe.

Here the Minister shall examine him concerning his Faith, and rehearse the Articles of the Creed, Dost thou believe in God, &c. And the Prisoner shall answer,

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 pro-me with thy free Spirit. fer 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 sacrime from my sin. fice, else would I give it thee; For I acknowledge 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 evil 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.

Behold, I was shapen in wickedness; and in sin hath my mother conceived me.

Then the Minister shall say,

Let us pray.

LORD, we beseech thee, mercifully hear our pray

But lo, thou requirest truthers, 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 mer

Thou 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.

Thou shalt make me hear

GOD, whose mercy is everlasting, and power in

of joy and gladness; that the finite; look down with pity and

compassion upon the suffer-jand, 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 submithim-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 in sider 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. Sentence of Death. After you have thus finished the course of a sinful and miWhen a Criminal is under serable life, you shall appear Sentence of Death, the Mi-before the Judge of all flesh; 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, prepleased Almighty God, pared for the devil and his an

in 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, 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 come.

Be not deceived with a vain and presumptuous expectation Wherefore we come to you ofGod's favour, nor say within in the bowels of compassion; yourself, Peace, Peace, where

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