Imatges de pÓgina

and various means to relieve us in our miseries, and art willing to make those the instruments and channels of thy gifts, and to grace those persons with more excellent favours, whom Thou hast raised to the Royal dignity; to the end that as by Thee they reign, and govern others; so by Thee they may prove beneficial to them, and bestow thy favours on the People; graciously heare our prayers and favourably receive those vows we powre forth with humility, that Thou mayest grant to us, who beg with the same confidence the favour, which our Ancestors by their hopes in thy mercy have obteined, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Rings lying in one bason, or more, this Prayer is to be said over them:

O God, the Maker of heavenly and earthly creatures, and the most gracious Restorer of Mankind, the Dispenser of spiritual Grace, and the origin of all blessings; send downe from heaven thy holy Spirit, the Comforter, upon these Rings, artificially fram`d by the workman, and by thy greate power purify them so, that all the malice of the fowle, and venomous Serpent be driven out; and so the Metal, which by Thee was created, may remaine pure and free from all dregs of the Enemy, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The blessing of the Rings.

O God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, heare mercifully our prayers. Spare those, who feare Thee. Be propitious to thy Suppliants, and graciously be pleased to send downe from heaven thy holy Angel; that he may sanctify and blesse these rings; to the end they may prove a healthy remedy to such, as implore thy Name with humility, and ac

cuse themselves of the Sins, which ly upon their conscience; who deplore their crimes in the sight of thy divine Clemency, and beseech with earnestnes, and humility, thy most serene Piety. May they in fine by the invocation of thy holy name become profitable to all such as weare them, for the health of their soule and body, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Blessing.

O God, who hast manifested the greatest wonders of thy Power by the cure of diseases, and who were pleased that Rings should be a pledge of fidelity in the Patriark Judah, a Priestly Ornament in Aaron, the mark of a faithful Guardian in Darius, and in this Kingdom a remedy for divers diseases: graciously be pleased to blesse and sanctify these Rings, to the end that all such, who weare them may be free from all snares of the Devil, may be defended by the power of celestial armour, and that no contraction of the nerves, or any danger of the falling-sickness may infest them, but that in all sort of diseases by thy help they may find relief. In the name of the Father,

and of the Son and of the holy Ghost. Amen. Blesse, O my Soule, the Lord: and let all things which are within me praise his holy name.

Blesse, O my Soule, the Lord: and do not forget all his favours.

He forgives all thy iniquities: he heales all thy infirmities.

He redeemes thy life from ruin: he crownes thee with mercy and commiseration.

He fils thy desires with what is good: thy youth like that of the eagle shal be renewed.

The Lord is he who does mercy: and does iustice to those, who suffer wrong.

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The merciful and pitying Lord: the long sufferer, and most mighty merciful.

He will not continue his anger for ever: neither wil he threaten for ever.

He has not dealt with us in proportion to our sins: nor has he rendred unto us according to our offences. Because according to the distance of heaven from Earth so has he enforced his mercies upon those who feare him.

As far distant as the East is from the West: so far has he divided our offences from us.

After the manner that a Father takes pity of his sons; so has the Lord taken pity of those, who feare him because he knows what we are made of.

He remembers that we are but dust; Man like hey such are his days: like the flower in the field, so wil he fade away.

Because his breath wil passe away through him, and he wil not be able to subsist: and it wil find no longer its owne place.

But the mercy of the Lord is from all eternity: and will be for ever upon those, who feare him.

And his iustice comes upon the children of their children to those who keep his wil.

And are mindful of his commandements: to performe them.

The Lord in heaven has prepared himselfe a Throne and his kingdom shall reign over all.

Blesse yee the Lord all yee Angels of his, yee who are powerful in strength: who execute his commands, at the hearing of his voice when he speakes.

Blesse yee the Lord all yee Vertues of his: yee Ministers who execute his wil.

Blesse yee the Lord all yee works of his throughout

all places of his Dominion: my Soule praise thou the Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, and now and ever: and for ever and ever. Amen:

Wee humbly implore, O merciful God, thy infinit clemency; that as we come to Thee with a confident soule, and sincere faith, and a pious assurance of mind; with the like devotion thy Beleevers may follow on these tokens of thy grace. May all superstition be banished hence, far be all suspicion of any diabolical fraud, and to the glory of thy name let all things succeede; to the end thy Beleevers may understand Thee to be the Dispenser of all good; and may be sensible and publish, that whatsoever is profitable to soul or body, is derived from Thee: through Christ our Lord. Amen.

These prayers being said, the Kings highnes rubbeth the Rings between his hands, saying :

Sanctify, O Lord, these Rings, and graciously bedew them with the dew of thy benediction, and consecrate them by the rubbing of our hands, which thou hast been pleased according to our ministery to sanctify by an external effusion of holy oyle upon them; to the end that what the nature of the mettal is not able to performe, may be wrought by the greatnes of thy Grace through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then must holy water be cast on the Rings, saying: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Ghost. Amen.

O Lord, the only begotten Son of God, Mediatour of God and men, Jesus Christ, in whose name alone salvation is sought for, and to such as hope in Thee

givest an easy acces to thy Father; who when conversing among men, thyself a Man, didst promise by an assured Oracle flowing from thy sacred Mouth, that thy Father should grant whatever was asked him in thy name; lend a gracious eare of pity to these prayers of ours; to the end that approaching with confidence to the Throne of thy grace, the Beleevers may find by the benefits conferrd upon them, that by thy mediation we have obteined, what we have most humbly beg'd in thy Name; who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Wee beseech thee, O Lord, that the Spirit, which proceedes from Thee, may prevent and follow on our desires; to the end that what we beg with confidence for the good of the Faithful, we may efficaciously obteine by thy gracious gift: through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O most clement God; Father, Son, and holy Ghost; wee supplicate and beseech Thee, that what is here performed by pious Ceremonies, to the sanctifying of thy Name, may be prevalent to the defense of our soule and body on Earth; and profitable to a more ample felicity in heaven. Who livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen.

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