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• To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers : and to remember his holy covenant;
To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham: that he would give us ;
That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies ; might serve him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before him : all the days of our life.
And thou, Child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest ; for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people; for the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the Day-spring from on high hath visited us;
To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death; and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
Or this Psalm.
serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song ,
Be ye sure that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves, we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise : be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.
For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting: and his truth endureth from generation to generation.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to ihe Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
Then shall be said the following Creed, by the Minister and the People, standing. T BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of Heaven and Earth : And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy
At the beginning of Morning Prayer the Minister shall read, with an audible voice, some one or more of these Sentences of Scripture ; and then the exhortation following.
V HEN the wicked man turneth away
from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Ezek. 18. 27.
I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Psal. 51.3.
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Psal. 51. 9.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psal. 51. 17.
Rent your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God : for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Joel. 2. 13.
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenessess, though we have rebelled against him: peither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us. Dan. 9. 9, 10.
O Lord correct me, but with judgement; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing. Jer. 10. 24. Psal. 6. 1.
Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. s. Matth. 3. 2.
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. S. Luke 15. 18,
Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. Psal. 143. 2.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1. S. John 1. 8. 9.
N EARLY beloved brethren, the Scrip
ture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness, and that we should not dessemble nor cloke them before the face of Almighty God, our heavenly Father, but confess them with an humble, lowly,