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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.

YU"HENthe 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. Ezekiel xviii. 27.

I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Psalm li. 3.

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Psalm li. 9

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psalm li. 17.

Rend 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 ii. 13.

To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him; neither (a) have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us. Dan. ix. 9, 10.

0 Lord, correct me, but with judgment (b): not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing. Jer.x.24. Psalm vi. 1.

Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matt.iii. 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. Luke xv. 18, 19.

Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. Psalm cxliii. 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 (c) and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John i. 8, 9.

Dearly beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloke them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the endthat we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all

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


(b) "judgment" or "mercy; moderation," not beyond what I can bear.

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

times humbly to acknowledge our sins before God, yet ought we most chiefly so to do when we assemble and meet together, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me:

A general Confession, to be said of the whole Congregation after the Minister, all kneeling.

Almighty and most merciful Father, We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep: We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts: We have offended against thy holy Laws: We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders : Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults: Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

The Absolution, or Remission of Sins, to be pronounced by the Priest alone, standing; the People still kneeling.

(d) "As it is in heaven:" With the same readiness, cheerfulness and zeal, as it is

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness and live; and hath given Sower and commandment to his linisters, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins: He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his holy Spirit; that those things may please him which we do at this present, and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then the Minister shall kneel, and say the Lord's Prayer with an audible voice; the People also kneeling, and repeating it with him.

Oua Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done in earth, as (rf) it is in heaven: Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Then likewise he shall say,

O Lord, open thou our lips; Answ. And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

by the angels in heaven. 2 Till. 141.

Priest. O God, make speed to save us.

Answ. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Here all standing up, the Priest shall say,

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost («);

Answ. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

Priest. Praise ye the Lord.

Answ. The Lord's Name be praised.

Then shall be said or sung, IN THE MORNING SERVICE, This Psalm following, except on EasterJay, upon which another Anthem is appointed.

Psalm xcv. (g)

0 Come, let us sing unto the Lord : let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving: and shew ourselves glad in him with Psalms.

(e) u Ghost" i. e. " Spirit."

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

(A) 0.8. "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?

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

and the strength of

3 For the Lord is a great God: and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are all the corners of the earth the hills is his also,

5 The sea is his, and lie made it: and his hand prepared the dry land.

6 O come, let us worship, and fall down: and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

7 For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

8 To-day (h) if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts: as in the («) provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness;

9 When your fathers tempted me: proved me, and saw my works.

10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said: "It is a people that do err "in their hearts, for they have not "known my ways."

11. Unto whom I sware in my

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 "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 Wilder"ness, till all the people that were men of "war which came out of Egypt, were con"sumed. Josh. v. 6." See also Fs. cvi. 24.

wrath : that they should not enter into my (k) rest.

Glory be to the Father, &c.

As it was in the beginning, &c.

Then shall be read the First Lesson taken out of the Old Testament; and after that shall be said orjsung,


The Te Deum.

VVE praise thee, O God: we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.

All the'earth doth worship thee: the Father everlasting. .

To thee all angels cry aloud: the heavens, and all the Powers therein.

To thee Cherubin and Seraphin: continually do cry,

"Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God "of Sabaoth:

"Heaven and earth are full of "the majesty: of thy glory."

The glorious company of the Apostles: praise thee.

The goodly fellowship of the Prophets: praise thee.

The noble army of Martyrs: praise thee.

The holy Church throughout all the world: doth acknowledge thee;

The Father: of an infinite majesty;

Thine honourable, true: and only Son;

Also the Holy Ghost: the Comforter. (T)

Thou art the (m) King of Glory: O Christ;

Thou art the everlasting Son: of the Father.

When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man: thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb.

When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death: thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God: in the glory of the Father.

We believe that thou shalt come: to be our Judge.

We therefore pray thee, help thy servants: whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.

Make them to be numbered with thy saints: in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save thy people: and bless thine heritage.

Govern them: and lift them up for ever.

Day by day: we magnify thee;

And we worship thy Name: ever, world without end.

Vouchsafe, O Lord: to keep us this day without sin.

O Lord, have mercy upon us: have mercy upon us.

O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us: as our trust is in thee.

O Lord, in thee have I trusted: let me never be confounded.

Or this Canticle:

O All ye Works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Heavens, bless ye the

(k) 0.11. "Rest," i. e. " The promised Land,"—" the Land of Canaan." .

(/) " The Comforter." See post, — note on John xvi. 7

(m) " The King of Glory." So Ps. "xxiv. 8. 10. puts the question, "Who is

"the King of Glory;" and gives the answer, "It is the Lord, strong and "mighty, even the Lord mighty in battle. "Who is the King of Glory? Even the "Lord of Hosts, he is the King of Glory."

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