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all, men, and not to repine at the instruments, but own the justice of Heaven.
Enable them, with due patience and submission, to endure what they have brought upon themselves, not complaining and murmuring, but readily acknowledging, that while they are out of hell, their punishment is less than they have deserved.
May they not harden their hearts, or endeavour either to conceal or lessen any part of their crimes, but readily and fully confess the whole truth. And if they all, or either of them, have been privy to any other wickedness, which has hitherto been concealed, may they now evidence a sincerity of their repentance, by discovering any such wickedness, and detecting their companions therein. Thus we pray that their repentance may be true and genuine, and such as shall be accepted to eternal salvation. . .
And since, blessed be thy name, O God, thou art infinitely gracious and merciful, ready to receive the returning prodigal, and to pardon the sinner which truly repents of and forsakes his sins, we beseech thee, through the precious blood, and complete satisfaction of our Lord Jesus, to have mercy upon, pardon, and
save these poor creatures. Great as their sins • are, yet thy mercies, through the merits of
Christ, are greater. In this, blessed Lord and
Saviour, help them to believe, who though he · was himself holy, harmless, and undefiled, and separate from sinners, yet bled and died for us, and bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that whosoever believeth on him might not perish, but have everlasting life. ; Thus we beseech thee, 0 heavenly Father, the blessed Fountain of mercy, to endue them with the necessary qualifications for, and then to grant them the full and free pardon of all their sins.
Help them also to consider the shortness of their time, and to lay to heart their near approach to an eternal state and the invisible world: and grant that they may be exceedingly serious the little time they have ; and preparing with the utmost diligence for their great change.
Help them to be in continual meditation on the evil of sin, and excellency of holiness ; the purity of God, and their own vileness; the joys of heaven, and miseries of hell; that so in this inch of time there may be no room left for one vain or wicked thought to enter.
Awaken them to the duty of fervent and earnest prayer, that so they who have hitherto lived without God in the world, and been strangers at the throne of grace, may now with strong cries and incessant importunity solicit
mercy, and draw down grace and forgiveness to the relief of their souls. · Grant their repentance and faith to be such, as through the merits of our dear Lord and Redeemer, shall be accepted to their eternal salvation. Work in them, we beseech thee, such an abhorrence of sin, such an approbation and love of holiness, and such strong resolutions of obedience, were they again to be put to the trial, as thou in thy great wisdom and mercy shall see fit to approve; that so their corrupt nature being thoroughly changed, and they become new creatures, they may be capable of thy favour, and the blessings of eternal life.
Grant that they may meekly resign to thy will, and not rebel against this awful dispensation of providence, but quietly yield up themselves to death, and be willing to suffer what is appointed here, being careful and concerned about nothing else but to be delivered from eternal condemnation, and to escape the flames of hell.
Have mercy upon and comfort their -unhappy relations. And make the execution of justice on these poor creatures a terror to others, that so none may venture on the broad way which leadeth to misery and destruction.
Thus, O Lord, we humbly beseech thee that their confinement and sentence to this un
timely and ignominious death, may be a benefit to themselves, by preventing their progress in sin, and administering motives to their effectual repentance; that so the death of the
body may be the life of the soul, and their · sufferings in this world the means of their
happiness in the other. And may it be a benefit to the world also, by terrifying other sinners out of the service of the devil, and putting them on immediate and effectual amendment.
To thy boundless compassion, O rich Fountain of grace and goodness, we commit them; have mercy upon them, have mercy upon them! Let them suffer all in this world, and accept of their death as a just punishment for their sins; and through the precious blood, and prevailing merits of the blessed Jesus, who died for the chief of sinners, let them be delivered from sufferings in the other world.
In his name, the refuge of the guilty, and comfort of the distressed, we cry for mercy, mercy! To whom with thee, O Father and the Holy Spirit of grace and sanctification, be ascribed, as is most due, all glory, honour, adoration, and praise, both now and for ever. Amen.
Our Father, &c.
• Several prayers in the Liturgy of the
Church may be properly used with condemned prisoners; sometimes with very little, but often without any alteration. For instance, in the Collect for Christmas Day, these words, • as at this time,' may be omitted. :. After some suitable discourse with the prisoners, sometimes the foregoing prayer, and sometimes some such collection as is here recommended, may be used.
• The Confession in the Daily Service, or that in the Communion Office.
. Then may follow the Collect for the 24th Sunday after Trinity, and the two first Collects in the Commination Office.
Then the Prayers immediately after the Creed, among which is the Lord's Prayer.
Then the Collect for the week, the 2d and 3d Collects in the Morning or Evening Service, the Prayer for all conditions of men, and the General Thanksgiving.
! Or before the two last may be used the Collects for the 1st and 4th Sundays in Advent, the Collects for Ash-Wednesday, for the Circumcision of Christ, for Christmas Day, for the 6th, 7th, and 14th Sundays after Trinity,' &c.
W. Wilson, Printer, 4, Greville Street, London.