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eth, and believeth in him, shall not die eternally; who also hath taught us, by his holy Apostle Saint Paul, not to be sorry, as men without hope, for them that sleep in him; We meekly beseech thee, O Father, to raise us from the death of sin unto the life of righteousness; that, when we shall depart this life, we may rest in him, as our hope is this our brother doth; and that, at the general Resurrection in the last day, we may be found acceptable in thy sight; and receive that blessing,
which thy well-beloved Son shall then pronounce to all that love and fear thee, saying, Come, ye-blessed children of my Father, receive the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world: Grant this, we beseech thee, O merciful Father, through Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.
Christ, and the love of God, and THE grace of our Lord Jesus the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
THANKSGIVING OF WOMEN AFTER CHILD-BIRTH, COMMONLY CALLED,
THE CHURCHING OF WOMEN.
The Woman, at the usual time after her Delivery, shall come into the Church de cently apparellal, and there shall kneel down in some convenient place, as hath been accustomed, or as the Ordinary shall direct: And then the Priest shall say unto her, ORASMUCH as it hath pleased soul from death mine eyes from Almighty God of his goodness tears, and my feet from falling. to give you safe deliverance, and hath preserved you in the great danger of Child-birth; you shall therefore give hearty thanks unto God, and say,
(Then shall the Priest say the cxvith Psalm,)
Dilexi quoniam. AM well pleased: that the Lord hath heard the voice of my prayer;
That he hath inclined bis ear unto me therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
The snares of death compassed me round about: and the pains of hell gat hold upon me.
I found trouble and heaviness, and I called upon the Name of the Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous yea, our God is merciful.
The Lord preserveth the simple: I was in misery, and he helped me. Turn again then unto thy rest, O my soul for the Lord hath rewarded thee.
And why? thou hast delivered my
I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
I believed, and therefore will I speak; but I was sore troubled: I said in my haste, All men are liars.
What reward shall I give unto the Lord for all the benefits that he hath done unto me?
I will receive the cup of salvation; and call upon the Name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows now in the presence of all his people in the courts of the Lord's house, even in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.
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.
Or, Psalm cxxvii. Nisi Dominus.
EXCEPT the Lord build the
and eat the bread of carefulness: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Lo, children and the fruit of the womb are an heritage and gift that cometh of the Lord.
Like as the arrows in the hand of the giant even so are the young children.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them they shall not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now,
Minister. Lord, hear our prayer. Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.
Minister. Let us pray.
ALMIGHTY God, we give
and ever shall be: world without the humble thanks for that
Then the Priest shall say,
Lord, have mercy upon us.
thou hast vouchsafed to deliver this woman thy servant from the great pain and peril of Child-birth; Grant, we beseech thee, most merciful Father, that she, through thy help, may both faithfully live, and walk according to thy will, in this life present; and also may be partaker of everlasting glory in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Woman, that cometh to give her Thanks, must offer accustomed Offerings; and, if there be a Communion, it is convenient that she receive the holy Communion.
OR DENOUNCING OF GOD'S ANGER AND JUDGEMENTS
With certain Prayers, to be used on the first Day of Lent, and at other times, as the Ordinary shall appoint.
After Morning Prayer, the Litany ended according to the accustomed manner, the Priest shall, in the Reading-Pew or Pulpit, say, RETHREN, in the Primitive B Church there was a godly discipline, that, at the beginning of Lent, such persons as stood convicted of notorious sin were put to open penance, and punished in this world, that their souls might be saved in the day of the Lord; and that others, admonished by their example, might be the more afraid to offend.
Instead whereof, (until the said discipline may be restored again,
which is much to be wished,) it is thought good, that at this time (in the presence of you all) should be read the general sentences of God's cursing against impenitent sinners, gathered out of the seven and twentieth Chapter of Deuteronomy, and other places of Scripture, and that ye should answer to every Sentence, Amen: To the intent that, being admonished of the great indignation of God against sinners, ye may the rather be moved to earnest and true
repentance; and may walk more warily in these dangerous days; fleeing from such vices, for which ye affirm with your own mouths the curse of God to be due.
NURSED is the man that maketh any carved or molten image, to worship it.
of the living God: he shall pour down rain upon the sinners, snares, fire and brimstone, storm and tempest; this shall be their portion to drink. For lo, the Lord is come out of his place to visit the wickedness of such as dwell upon the earth. But who may abide the day of his coming? Who shall be able to endure when he appeareth? His fan is in his hand, and he will purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the barn; but he will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire. The day of the Lord cometh as a thief in the remov-night: and when men shall say,
And the people shall answer and say,
Minister. Cursed is he that curseth his father or mother.
Minister. Cursed is he that eth his neighbour's land-mark. Answer. Amen.
Minister. Cursed is he that mak. eth the blind to go out of his way. Answer. Amen.
Minister. Cursed is he that perverteth the judgement of the stranger, the fatherless, and widow. Answer. Amen.
Minister, Cursed is he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. Answer. Amen.
Peace, and all things are safe, then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as sorrow cometh upon a woman travailing with child, and they shall not escape. Then shall appear the wrath of God in the day of vengeance, which obstinate sinners, through the stubbornness of their heart, have heaped unto themselves; which despised the goodness, patience, and long-sufferance
Minister. Cursed is he that lieth of God, when he calleth them con
with his neighbour's wife.
Minister. Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, and taketh man for his defence, and in his heart goeth from the Lord.
Minister. Cursed are the unmerciful, fornicators, and adulterers, covetous persons, idolaters, slanderers, drunkards, and extortioners. Answer. Amen.
tinually to repentance. Then shall they call upon me, (saith the Lord,) but I will not hear; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me; and that, because they hated fear of the Lord, but abhorred my knowledge, and received not the Then shall it be too late to knock counsel, and despised my correction. when the door shall be shut; and too late to cry for mercy when it is the time of justice. O terrible voice of most just judgement, which shall be pronounced upon them, when it shall be said unto them, Go, ye cursed, into the fire everlasting, which is prepared for the devil and his angels. Therefore, brethren, take we heed betime, while the day of salvation lasteth; for the night cometh, when none can work. But let us, while we have the light, believe in the light, and walk as children of the light; that we be not cast into utter darkness, where is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Let us not abuse the goodness of God, who calleth us mercifully to amendment, and of his endless pity promiseth us forgiveness of that which is past, if with a perfect and true heart we return unto him. For though our sins be as red as scarlet, they shall be made white as snow; and though they be like purple, yet
they shall be made white as wool. Turn ye (saith the Lord) from all your wickedness, and your sin shall not be your destruction: Cast away from you all your ungodliness that ye have done: Make you new hearts, and a new spirit: Wherefore will ye die, O ye house of Israel, seeing that I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God? Turn ye then, and ye shall live. Although we have sinned, yet have we an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins. For he was wounded for our offences, and smitten for our wickedness. Let us therefore return unto him, who is the merciful receiver of all true penitent sinners; assuring ourselves that he is ready to receive us, and most willing to pardon us, if we come unto him with faithful repentance; if we submit ourselves unto him, and from henceforth walk in his ways; if we will take his easy yoke, and light burden upon us, to follow him in lowliness, patience, and charity, and be ordered by the governance of his Holy Spirit; seeking always his glory, and serving him duly in our vocation with thanksgiving: This if we do, Christ will deliver us from the curse of the law, and from the extreme malediction which shall light upon them that shall be set on the left hand; and he will set us on his right hand, and give us the gracious benediction of his Father, commanding us to take possession of his glorious kingdom: Unto which he vouchsafe to bring us all, for his infinite mercy. Amen.
Then shall they all kneel upon their knees, and the Priest and Clerks kneeling (in the place where they are accustomed to say the Litany) shall say this Psalm.
Miserere mei, Deus. Psalm li. H TAVE mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness: according to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences.
Wash me throughly from my wickedness and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my faults: and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified in thy say ing, and clear when thou art judged.
Behold, I was shapen in wickedness and in sin hath my mother conceived me.
But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts: and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.
Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness: that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Turn thy face away from my sins: and put out all my misdeeds.
Make me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
O give me the comfort of thy help again and stablish me with thy free Spirit.
Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health and my tongue shall sing of thy righteousness.
Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord: and my mouth shall shew thy praise.
For thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it thee: but thou delightest not in burnt-offerings.
The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise.
O be favourable and gracious unto Sion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with the burnt-offerings and oblations : then shall they offer young bullocks vpon thine altar.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
Ans. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
UR Father, which art in hea
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 trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against
mercy; to thee only it appertaineth to forgive sins. Spare us therefore, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed; enter not into judgement with thy servants, who are vile earth, and miserable sinners; but so turn thine anger from vileness, and truly repent us of our us, who meekly acknowledge, our faults, and so make haste to help us in this world, that we may ever live with thee in the world to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the people say this that fol loweth, after the Minister.
To shall we be turned. Be faURN thou us, O good Lord, and vourable, O Lord, Be favourable to thy people, Who turn to thee in weeping, fasting, and praying. For thou art a merciful God, Full of compassion, Long-suffering, and of great pity. Thou sparest when we deserve punishment, And in thy wrath thinkest upon mercy. Spare thy people good Lord, spare them, And let not thine heritage be brought to confusion. Hear us, O Lord, for thy mercy is great, And after the multitude of thy mercies look upon us; Through the merits and mediation of thy blessed Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶Then the Minister alone shall say, THE Lord bless us, and keep us;
the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon us, and give us peace, now and for evermore. Amen.