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the healthful Spirit of thy grace ; and that they may truly please chee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blel. fing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Prayer of St. Chryfoftom. A
with one accord, to make our common supplicacions unto thee, and doft promise, that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name, thou wilt grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be moft expedient for them; granțing us in this world knowledge of thy cruth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.
P A R A P H R A Ş E. Paraphrase on the PRAYER for the Clergy and Peoplo. Omnipotent and everlafting God, who alone art able to produce those marvelloas effects upon the souls of men, which are often discoverable in the ministry of the preachers of thy gospel, thro' the affiftance of thy grace confpiring with their endeavours; we humbly intreat thee, to beítow thy grace, which bringeth salvation, (Tit. ii. 11.) upon all the bishops and paftors of thy church, and likewise upon all the different congregations whole fouls are committed to their care, and that their efforts may
procađive of fruits pleasing in thy fight; we beg of thee that thy blefling, like the continual dropping of a benign dew upon the grass, ( Prov. xix. !2.) may give an increase to what they plant and water, (1 Cor. iii. 56.) ia promulgating the word of God, and discharging all the other duties of the ministerial office. And this favour we implore for the honour of Jesus Chritt, whose honour is greatly promoted by the increase of his church and the salvation of souls. Amen.
Paraphrafe on the PRAYER of St Chryfoftom. Omnipotent Being, to whose grace and favour we are indebted for this cpportunity of addresling thee, according to the established forms of our Teligious worship, and who halt promised in thy holy golpel, that where two or three are gathered together in thy name, thou art in the midit of them, (Matt, xviii. 20.) and that what th y agree on thall be done for them in heaven; (ibid. ver. 19 ) depending therefore upon that gracious promise which thou haft made to thy church, we humbly implore thee.co grant as all the blessings which we have prayed for, whether fpiritual or temporal ; bor, with regard to the latter, we desire them only in such proportion as thou, in thy infinite wisdom, fhall judge expedient : intreating thee however, of thy goodness, to afford ys all neceffury knowledge
2 Cor. 13. 14.
God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be wit us all evermore. Amen.
Here endeth the Order of Morning Prayer throughout the Year
PA RA PHRASE. in the truths of religion, during the time of our residence in this world and when we are removed to the other, beltow upon us everlasting life. Amen.
Paraphrase on the Blefing. My christian brethren, I here conclude this part of the service with the benediction used by St Paul. (2 Cor. xiii. 14.) committing both you and myself to the protecting care of the ever-blessed trinity, beseeching the great God, in whose nature there is both triplicity and unity, that the grace procared for us by our blessed Lord Jesus Christ, by the glorious work of the redemption, may absolve us : that the love of the Father, which we have recovered by the thedding of his blood, may juftify us ; and finally, that we may be fanctified by participating of the communion of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
4: ibe beginning of Evening Prayer, the Minifter shall read with a loud voice Jeme one or more of these Sentences of the Scriptures that follow: and iben be fball say that which is written after the said sentences.
'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 foul alive. Ezek. xviii.
27: 2. I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Pfal. li. 3.
3. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Ver. 9.
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Henever the finner, by a sincere repentance shall return to God, fons of his past life, for, ( as it appears from the whole tenour of that chapter of Ezekiel from whence this verle is taken) as those who have persevered in the habitual practice of virtue, fall forfeit the favour of the Almighty, if they deviate into the paths of fin and destroy their souls, notwith Landing their former righteousness; fo Mall a wicked man, if he reforms and returns to God, be restored to the divine favour, and rescue his soul from those miseries which are the consequences of unrepented guilt.
2. I do not deny or attempt to palliate my offences, but, with grief and confusion, acknowledge them ; letting them make so deep an impression upon me, as to be contantly present to my mind, and ever before my eyes.
j. O Lord, out of thy readiness to pardon fin, do thou, as it were, oreilook my offence: and upon my sincere repentance, in which I im
4. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit : a brokeri and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Ver. 17.
5. Rent your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God : for he is gracious and merciful, Now to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Foel ii. 13.
6. To the Lord our God belong mercies, and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him: neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he fet before us. Dan. ix. 9, 10.
7. O Lord, correct me, but with judgment ; not in thine anger, left thou bring me to nothing. Jer. x. 24. Pf. vi. 1.
8. Repent ye; for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. St Mait, iii. 2.
PA RA PHRASE. plore the aftitance of thy grace, blot cut mine iniquities from the book wherein they ítand recorded again't me.
4. God is better pleased with a contrite heart which is truly affected, on account of pait fins, and well disposed to forsake them, than with the most pom pous facrifices which could be offered according to the legal infti. tutions. For a broken heart, i. l. a heart dejected by extreme grief, (!la. Ixi. 1.) which always attends a fincere repentance, is a sacrifice whicla God will not reject or delprse, as he does the formal facrifices of wicked and hypocritical men.
5. You muit be hearcily, and unfeignedly forry for your fins, and not content yourselves with a theatrical expression of sorrow, by external sign's and geitures such-as the renting of garments were, of which custom many examples occur in scripture ; for the graciousness, the tender mercy, the long luffering, and benignity of God, give finners the strongest grounds no hope for pardon, upon their return to him: he does likewise, as it lere, repent hiin of the evil which he inflicts on men, where he is resolved to withdraw it in confequence of their repentance.
6. God is a being of so merciful and forgiving a nature, that he is well dispored to pardon us, tho' we have erer fo grievously offended him ; and tho' we have, as it were, revolted from our allegiance to him, by a notosious violation of his laws, which we were bound to observe, yet he is Aill willing to forgive us.
7. O Lord, I beleech thee, do not chaftise me with the anger of an enemy, but with the clemency of a merciful judge, for I hould be totally confumed, if thou should it proceed with me according to rigid justice, and as my offences have deserved.
8. Repent of your fins, and endeavour to reconcile yourselves to God before Christ's glorious kingdom begins; it will be preceded by the uni
9. I will arise, and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and before thre, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. St Luke xv. 18, 19.
10. Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord ; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. Ps. cxliii. 2.
11. If we say that we have no lin, 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. i St John i. 8, 9.
Early beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in
sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manitold fins and wickedness: and that we should not dirsemble, nor cloke them before the face of Almighty God
PA RA PHRASE. versal judgment, and should you be fummoned thither, without having firft repented of your fins, you can expect nothing but perdition.
9. I will follow the example of the prodigal fon, and prefied down with the guilt and misery which my fins have brought upon me, return Lo may heavenly Father, and acknowledge the heinous offences whereby I have justly forfeited the relation which he bore unto me.
10. O Lord, do not call me ftri&tly to an account for my actions, or, according to the Hebrew phrase, do not go to law with me, or carry me before thy tribunal ; for fouldê thou view all things thro' the rigour of chy juftice, the most virtuous man's life cannot stand the test, nay, every man living must be indebted to thy mercy for being acquitted.
11. This life being a state fo very imperfect, that we are all subject to great failure ; to allere that we are in a itate of perfection and entirely free from fio, is a notorious falfhood, and a thing unbecoming the truth and implicity of our religion : but if we acknowledge our sins before God, and fincerely repent of them, God, out of his faithfulness and jultice, will, upon our complying with those conditions, perform the promise he made us on that behalf, by pardoning them: and will prelerve us, for the future, from any grofs' fin, by granting us the affiftance of his Holy Spirit, which will confirm and establish us in every good work.
1. My dear fellow christians, the holy fcriptures, for whose authority oard ail true believers profess the higheft veneration, not only in the Several paffages which I have just read to you but in several other places, exhurt as to confess unto God the innumerable violations of his sacred laws, whereof we are guilty: add to this, that it is the heighth of folly for us In hope to difle mble, or extenuate them, so as to deceive the all-searching G