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PASSAGES IN OUR LITURGY, ACCORDING TO THEIR REGULAR ORDER, TO (9) BE COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING DECLARATIONS, IN ORDER TO MUTUAL ILLUSTRATION.
Exhortation. The Scripture moveth us, in sundry places, to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness-with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart, to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same.-Wherefore, I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace.
Confession. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults; restore thou them that are penitent.
(q) "If any thing in the Articles may seem to carry a double meaning, or may be said to be obscure, we have the Homilies, the Liturgy, the Rubrick, the Canons, whereby to be ascertained of the true import of the Articles." Pref. Disc. to an Exam. of Bp. Burnet's Expos. of the Articles, 1702, P. 13. "Several Collects in our Liturgy are the best comments on the Articles," Ibid. P. 21.
Absolution. Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness and live.-He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore, we beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do at this present, and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy, so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Te Deum. We, therefore, pray thee, help thy servants, whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Responses after the Creed. Make thy chosen people joyful. And take not thy Holy Spirit from
Athanasian Creed. Christ suffered for our salvation.
Litany. O God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy upon us miserable sinners.-Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood,
That it may please thee to give to all thy people increase of grace. That it may please thee to strengthen such as do stand, and to raise up them that fall, and finally to beat down Satan under
That it may please thee to have mercy all men.-O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world!
Prayer for the Clergy and People. Send down upon our bishops and curates, and all congregations committed to their charge, the healthful spirit of thy grace.
General Thanksgiving. We bless thee, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ.
Collect for the first Sunday in Advent. Almighty God, give us grace, that we may cast away the works of darkness.
Collect for the fourth Sunday in Advent. That thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us.
Collect for Christmas Day. Grant, that we, being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit. Collect for Innocents' Day. O Almighty God, so strengthen us by thy grace, that by the innoTM cency of our lives, and constancy of our faith even unto death, we may glorify thy holy name.
. Collect for the Circumcision of Christ. Almighty God, who madest thy blessed Son to be circumcised and obedient to the law for man, grant to us the true circumcision of the Spirit.
Collect for the first Sunday after the Epiphany.
Grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same.
Collect for the fourth Sunday after the Epiphany. O God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright; grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations.
Collect for the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. O Lord, we beseech thee to keep thy church and household continually in thy true religion, that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace, may evermore be defended by thy mighty power.
Collect for the sixth Sunday after the Epiphany. O God, whose blessed Son was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the sons of God, and heirs of eternal life; grant us, we beseech thee, that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves, even as he is pure.
Collect for Ash-Wednesday. Almighty God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent.
Collect for the second Sunday in Lent. Keep us inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all evil thoughts.