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and ready to help those who trust in thee. Thou bast showed us how both winds and seas obey thy command; that we may learn, even from them, hereafter to obey thy voice, and to do thy will. We therefore bless and glorify thy Name, for this thy mercy in saving us when we were ready to perish. And, we beseech thee, make us as truly sensible now of thy mercy, as we were then of the danger; and give us hearts always ready to express our thankfulness, not only by words, but also hy our lives, in being more obedient to thy holy commandments. Continue, we beseech thee, this thy goodness to us; that we, whom thou hast saved, may serve thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

Thanksgiving after a Victory. A Psalm or Hymn of Praise and

Thanksgiving.

The Lord hath appeared for us the Lord bath overthrown our enemies, and dashed in pieces those that rose up against us.

Therefore not unto us, O Lord, not unto us : but unto thy Name be given the glory.

The Lord hath done great things for us : the Lord hath done great things for us, for which we rejoice.

Our help standeth in the Name of the Lord: who hath made heaven and earth.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord : from this time forth for evermore.

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

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen. After this Hymn may be said

the Te Deum.

Then this Collect. O ,

Commander of all the world, in whose hand

is power and might, which none is able to withstand ; We bless and magnify thy great and glorious Name for this happy Victory, the whole glory whereof we do ascribe to thee, who art the only giver of victory. And, we beseech thee, give us grace to improve this great mercy to thy glory, the advancement of 'thy Gospel, the honour of our country, and, as much as in us lieth, to the good of all mankind. And, we beseech thee, give us such sense of this great mercy, as may engage us to a true thankfulness, such as may appear in our lives by an humble, holy, and obedient walking before thee all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Spirit, as for all thy mercies, so in particular for this Victory and Deliverance, be all glory and honour, world without end. Amen.

2 Cor. xiii. 14. NHE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

side, now may we say : if the Lord himself had not been on our side, when men rose up against us;

They had swallowed us up quick: when they were so wrathfully displeased at us.

Yea, the waters had drowned us, and the stream had gone over our soul : the deep waters of the proud had gone over our soul.

But praised be the Lord : who hath not given us over as a prey unto. them.

The Lord hath wrought : a mighty Balvation for us.

We got not this by our own sword, neither was it our own arm that saved us : but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy coudtenance, because thou hadst a favour

The Lord hath appeared for us : the Lord hath covered our heads, and made us to stand in the day of battle.

unto us.

THE

THE VISITATION OF PRISONERS.

Rquities, nor the iniquities of our

Let us pray.

{ When Morning or Evening Prayer shall be read in any Prison, instead

of the Psalm, 0 come, let us sing, etc., shall be read the 130th Psalm: and the Minister shall insert, after the Collect for the day, the Collect in the following Service, O God, who sparest, etc., and at such times as the Litany is not read, he shall add the prayer, O God, merciful Father, who despisest not, etc. And when notice is given to the Minister, that a Prisoner is confined for some great or capital crime, he shall visit him; and when he cometh into the place where the Prisoner is, he shall say, kneeling down, , Lord, our ini- failing providence governeth all

things both in heaven and earth, forefathers; neither take thou ven- hath so wisely and mercifully ordered geance of our sins: Spare us, good the course of this world, that his Lord, spare thy people, whom thou judgments are often sent as fatherly bast redeemed with thy most precious corrections to us; and if with due blood, and be not angry with us for submission and resignation to his ever.

holy will we receive the same, they Answer. Spare us, good Lord. will work together for our good.

It is your part and duty, therefore,

to humble yourself under the mighty Lord, have mercy upon us. hand of God, to acknowledge the Christ, have mercy upon us. righteousness of his judgments, and Lord, have mercy upon us. to endeavour that, by his grace, this

present visitation may lead you to a OTR Father, who art, in heaven, sincere and hearty repentance. kingdom come. Thy will be done on

The way and means thereto is, to earth, As it is in heaven. Give us

examine your life and conversation

by the rule of God's commandments; this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive

and whereinsoever you shall perceive those who trespass against us.

yourself to have offended, either by lead us not into temptation; But

will. word, or deed, there to bewail deliver us from evil. Amen.

your own sinfulness, and to confess

yourself to Almighty God, with full O Lord, show thy mercy upon us ; purpose of amendment of life. And And grant us thy salvation. if you shall perceive your offences to Turn thy face from our sins; be such as are not only against God, And blot out all our iniquities. but also against your neighbours; Send us help from thy holy place ; then to reconcile yourself to them,

For thine indignation lieth hard being ready to make restitution and upon us.

satisfaction, according to the utterO Lord, hear our prayer;

most of your power, for all injuries And let the sighing of the prisoners and wrongs done by you to any other; come before thee.

and being likewise ready to forgive

others who bave offended you, as you Then shalt the Minister exhort would have forgiveness of your offenthe Prisoner or Prisoners after ces at God's hand. And to this true this form, or other like.

repentance and change of mind you EARLY beloved, know this, that must add a lively and stedfast faith,

Almighty God, whose never- and dependence upon the merits of

And

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that he would deciare the same, and prepare himself for the Holy Communion, against the time that it may be proper to administer it to him, Then, all kneeling, the Minister shall say the fifty-first Psalm of the Psalter, Miserere mei, Deus. Here the Minister, as he shall see convenient, may read certain or all of these Prayers following, the Prayer for all Conditions of Men, or any other Prayer which he shall judge proper.

GOD, whose nature and property forgive; Receive our humble peti. tions; and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us ; for the honour of Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

O

the death of Christ, with an entire resignation of yourself to the will of God. Except you repent, and believe, We can give you no hope of salvation. But if you do sincerely repent and believe, God hath declared, though your sins be as red as scarlet, they shall be made wbite as snow; though your wickednesses have gone over your head, yet shall they not be your destruction

We exhort you therefore in the Name of God, and of his dear Son Jesus Christ our Saviour, and as you tender your own salvation, to take good heed of these things in time, while the day of salvation lasteth; for the night cometh, when no man can work. While you have the light, believe in the light, and walk as children of the light, that you be not cast into outer darkness; that you may not knock when the door shall be shut; and cry for mercy, when it is the time of justice. Now, you are the object of God's mercy, if by repentance and true faith you turn unto him ; but if you neglect these things, you will be the object of his justice and vengeance. Now, you may claim the merits of Christ, but if you die in your sins, his sufferings will tend to your greater condemnation. Obeloved, consider in this your day, how fearful a thing it will be to fall into the hands of the living God, when you can peither fly to his mercy to protect you, nor to the merits of Christ to cover you in that terrible day.

Here the Minister shall examine him concerning his faith, and re. hearse the Articles of the CREED, Dost thou believe in God, etc. And the Prisoner shall answer, All this I stedfastly believe. Then shall the Minister examine whether he repent him truly of his sins, and be in charity with all the world, and further admonish him particularly concerning the crimes wherewith he is charged; and exhort him, if he have any scruples,

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serve punishment, and in thy wrath rememberest mercy; We humbly beseech thee, of thy goodness, to comfort and suceour all tbose who are under reproach and misery in the house of bondage ; correct them not in thine anger, neither chasten them in thy sore displeasure. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of thy threats and promises ; that they may neither cast away their confidence in thee, nor place it any where but in thee. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, and awaken the guilty: and forasmuch as thou alone bringest light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant that the pains and punishments which these thy servants endure, through their bodily confinement, may tend to setting free their souls from the chains of sin; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O

fully hear our prayers, and spare all those who confess their sins unto thee; that they, whose consciences by sin are accused, by thy merciful

pardon may be absolved; through Christ our Lord. Amen. O GOD, whose mercy is everlasting, with pity and compassion upon the sufferings of this thy servant; and whether thou visitest for trial of his patience, or punishment of his offences, enable him by thy grace cheerfully to submit himself to thy holy will and pleasure. Go not far from those, O Lord, whom thou hast laid in a place of darkness, and in the deep and forasmuch as thou hast not cut him off suddenly, but chastenest him as a father, grant that he, duly considering thy great mercies, may be unfeignedly thankful, and turn unto thee with true repentance and sincerity of heart: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Form of Prayer for Persons under

sentence of death. When a Criminal is under sentence of death, the Minister shall proceed to exhort him after this form, or other like.

it Almighty God, in his justice, to bring you under the sentence and condemnation of the law. You are shortly to suffer death in such a manner, that others, warned by your example, may be the more afraid to offend; and we pray God, that you may make such use of your punishments in this world, that your soul may be saved in the world to come.

Wherefore we come to you in the bowels of compassion; and, being desirous that you should avoid pre. sumption on the one hand, and despair on the other, shall plainly lay before you the wretchedness of your condition, and declare bow far you ought to depend on the mercies of God and the merits of our Saviour Consider then seriously with yourself, in all appearance the time of your dissolu. tion draweth near; your sins have

laid fast hold upon you; you are soon to be removed froni among men by a violent death; and you shall fade away suddenly like the grass, which in the morning is green and groweth up, but in the evening is cut down, dried up, and withered. After you have thus finished the course of a sinful and miserable life, you shall appear before the Judge of all flesh; who, as he pronounces blessings on the righteous, shall likewise say, with a terrible voice of most just judgment, to the wicked, Go, ye accursed, into the fire everlasting, prepared for the devil and his angels.

Your sins have brought you too near this dreadful sentence: it is therefore your part and duty, my brother, humbly to confess and be wail your great and manifold offences, and to repent you truly of your sins, as you tender the eternal salvation of your soul

Be not deceived with a vain and presumptuous expectation of God's favour, nor say within yourself, Peace, peace, where there is no peace : for there is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. God is not mocked ; he is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity; and without holiness no man shall see the Lord. On the other hand, despair not of God's mercy, though trouble is on every side for God sbutteth not up his mercies for ever in displeasure ; but if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, Do not either way abuse the goodness of God, who calleth us mer. cifully to amendment, and of his endless pity promiseth us forgiveness of that which is past, if with a perfect and a true heart we return unto him.

Since therefore you are soon to pass into an endless and unchangeable state, and your future happiness or misery depends upon the few momeuts which are left you, I require you strictly to examine yourself, and your estate both towards God and towards man; and let no worldly, ( After which shall be said the

Collect following O VOLI Jeans, who; of thine

infinite goodness, didst accept the conversion of a sinner on the cross; Open thine eye of mercy upon this thy servant, who desireth pardon and forgiveness, though in his latest hour he turneth unto thee. Renew in him whatsoever bath been decay. ed by the fraud and malice of the devil, or by his own carnal will and frailness Consider his contrition ; accept his repentance; and forasmuch as he putteth his full trust only in thy mercy, impute not unto him his former sins, but strengthen him with thy blessed Spirit and when thou art pleased to take him hence, take him unto thy favour. This we beg through thy merits, O Lord, our Saviour and our Redeemer. Amen.

consideration binder you from making a true and full confession of your sins, and giving all the satisfaction which is in your power to every one whom you have wronged or injured ; that you may find mercy at your heavenly Father's hand, for Christ's sake, and not be condemned in the dreadful day of judgment.

Lastly, beloved, submit yourself with Christian resignation to the just judgment of God, which your own crimes have brought upon you, and be in charity with all men ; being ready sincerely to forgive all such as have offended you, not ex. cepting those who have prosecuted you even unto death : and, though this may seem a hard saying, yet know assuredly, that without it your charity is not yet perfect. And fail not earnestly to endeavour and pray for this blessed temper and compogure of mind. So may you cast your self with an entire dependence upon the mercies of God, through tbe merits of our Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ. { Here the Minister shall examine

him concerning his faith, and re-
hearse the Articles of the CREED,
Dost thou believe in God, etc. And
the Criminal shall answer,
All this I stedfastly believe.

Then shall the Minister examine whether he repent him truly of his sins, exhorting him to a particular confession of the sin for which he is condemned ; and upon confession, he shall instruct him what satisfaction ought to be made to those whom he has offended theredy and if he knoweth any combinations in wickedness, or any evil practices designed against others, let him be admonished to the utmost of his power to discover and prevent them.

After his confession, the Priest shall declare to him the pardoning mercy of God, in the form which is used in the Communion Service.

Then shall the Minister say, O ,

of all comfort ; We fly unto thee for succour in behalf of this thy servant, who is now under the sen. tence of condemnation. The day of his calamity is at band, and he is accounted as one of those who go down into the pit. Blessed Lord, remember thy mercies; look upon his infirmities; bear the voice of his complaint ; give him, we beseech thee, patience in this his time of adversity, and support under the terrors which encompass kim; set before his eyes the things he hath done in tbe body, which have justly provoked thee to r; and foras. much as his continuance appeareth to be short amongst us, quicken hem 50 much the more by thy grace and Holy Spirit; that he, being converted and reconciled unto thee, before thy judgments have eut his off from the earth, may at the hour of his death depart in peace, and be received into thine everlasting king. dom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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