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lawful and right, he shall save his foul alive. Ezek. xviii. 27.

I acknowledge my tranfgreffions; and my fin is ever before me. Pfal. li. 3.

Hide thy face from my fins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Pfal. li. 9.

The facrifices of God are a broken fpirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Pfal. Pfal. li. 17.

Rend your heart, and not your garments; and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, flow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Joel ii. 13.

To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveneffes, though we have rebelled against him: neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in

his laws which he hath fet before us. Dan. ix. 9. 10.

O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, left thou bring me to nothing. Jer. x. 24. Pfal. vi. 1.

Repent ye; for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand. S. Matt.

iii. 2.

I will arife, and go to my Father, and will fay unto him, Father, I have finned against Heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy fon. S. Luke, xv. 18. 19.

Enter not into judgment with thy fervant, O Lord; for in thy fight no man living fhall be juftified. Pfal. cxliii. 2.

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If we say that we have no fin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us: But if we confefs our fins, God is faithful and B 2

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juft to forgive us our fins, and to cleanfe us from all unrighteoufnefs. 1 S. John, i. 8. 9.

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EARLY beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in fundry places to acknowledge and confefs our manifold fins and wickednefs, before the face of almighty God our heavenly Father, with a lowly, penitent and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the fame by his infinite goodness and mercy. And as we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our fins before God, fo ought we to do, when we affemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits we have received at his hands, to fet forth his most worthy praise, to hear his moft holy word, and to ask thofe things

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which are requifite and neceffary as well for the body as the foul. Wherefore I pray and befeech you, as many as are here prefent, to accompany me with a pure heart and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace; faying after me;

A general confeffion to be faid of the whole congregation after the Minifter.

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LMIGHTY and moft merciful Father; We have erred and ftrayed from thy ways like loft fheep; We have followed too much the devices and defires of our own hearts; We have offended against thy holy laws; We have left undone thofe things which we ought to have done; And we have done thofe things B 3 which

which we ought not to have done ---But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miferable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, which confefs their faults. Reftore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promifes declared unto mankind in Christ Jefus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and fober life, to the glory of thy holy name, Amen.

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Ο heaven, hallowed be thy

name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven: Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trefpaffes, as we forgive them that trespass against us: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver

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