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has offended thereby; and if Redeemer. he knoweth any combinations

in wickedness, or any evil¶Then the Minister shall say, 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 absolve him (if he humbly and heartily desire) either in the Form which is appointed in the Office of Visitation of the Sick, or in that used in the Communion Service.

After Absolution, shall be said the Collect following. O HOLY Jesus, who of thine infinite goodness didst accept the conversion of a sinner on

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mercy upon this thy servant, who desireth pardon and forgiveness, though in his latest hour he turneth unto thee. Renew in him whatsoever hath been decayed 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,

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O FATHER of mercies, and God of all comfort, we fly unto thee for succour in behalf of this thy servant, who is now under the sentence of condemnation. The day of his calamity is at hand, and he is accounted as them that go down into the pit. Blessed Lord, remember thy mercies, look upon his infirmities, hear the voice of his complaint, give him, we beseech thee, patience in this his time of adversity, and support under the terrors which encompass him; set before

his eyes the things he hath done in the body, which have justly provoked thee to anger; and forasmuch as his continuance appeareth to be short amongst us, quicken him so much the more by thy grace and holy Spirit; that he, being converted and reconciled unto thee, before thy judgments have cut him off from the earth, may at the hour of his death depart in and be peace, received into thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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O SAVIOUR of the world, who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us, save

us, and help us we humbly ¶ And after that the Minister beseech thee, O Lord.

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In the midst of life we are in death; of whom may we seek for succour, but of thee, O Lord, who for our sins are justly displeased?

Yet, O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty, O holy and most merciful Saviour, deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death.

Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears to our prayers; but spare us,Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and merciful Saviour, Thou most worthy judge eternal, suffer us not at our last hour for any pains of death to fall from thee.

¶ Then the Minister shall say, THE HE Almighty God, who is a most strong tower to all them that put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey, be now and evermore thy defence; and make thee know, and feel, that there is none other name under heaven given to man, in whom and through whom thou mayest receive salvation, but only the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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UNTO God's gracious mercy and protection we commit thee. The Lord bless thee and keep thee. The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace both now and evermore. Amen.

¶ At the time of Execution, besides all or such part of the foregoing Office, as the Minister shall judge proper, shall be said the Commendatory Prayer for a Person at the point of departure, as it is in The Visitation of the Sick.

The Collect for the Communion Service.

O GOD, who declarest thy in shewing mercy and pity, Almighty power, most chiefly we beseech thee to have mercy upon this thy servant, who for his transgressions is appointed to die. Grant that he may take thy Judgments patiently, and repent him truly of his sins: that he recovering thy favour, the fearful reward of his actions may end with this life, and whensoever his soul shall depart from the body, it may be without spot presented unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Heb. xii. 11.

No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless afterwards it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

The Gospel. St. John v. 24. VERILY, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.

¶ A Prayer for imprisoned

Debtors.

Most gracious God, look down in pity and compassion upon these thine afflicted servants, that are fallen under the misery of a close restraint.

Give them always a deep sense of their sins, and of thy fatherly love and correction; and the more their confinement presseth hard upon them, the more let the comforts of thy grace and mercy abound towards them. Give to their creditors tenderness and compassion, and to them a meek and forgiving spirit towards all those that have confined them, and a full purpose to repair all the injuries and losses that others have sustained by them. Raise them up friends to pity and relieve them; give them the continued comfort of thy countenance here, and so sanctify their afflictions, that they may work for them an eternal weight of glory, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.

Agreed upon by the Archbishops and Bishops of both Provinces, and the whole Clergy, in the Convocation holden at London, in the Year 1562, for the avoiding of Diversities of Opinions, and for the stablishing of Consent touching true Religion: Reprinted by His Majesty's Commandment, with his Royal Declaration prefixed thereunto.

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HIS MAJESTY'S DECLARATION.

BEING by God's Ordinance, according to our just Title, Defender of the Faith, and Supreme Governor of the Church, within these Dominions, We hold it most agreeable to this our Kingly Office, and our own religious Zeal to conserve and maintain the Church committed to our Charge, in Unity of true Religion, and in the bond of Peace; and not to suffer unnecessary Disputations, Altercations, or Questions to be raised, which may nourish Faction both in the Church and Common-wealth. We have therefore, upon mature Deliberation, and with the Advice of so many of Our Bishops as might conveniently be called together, thought fit to make this Declaration following:

That the Articles of the Church of England, (which have been allowed and authorized heretofore, and which our Clergy generally have subscribed unto) do contain the true Doctrine of the Church of England, agreeable to God's Word: which We do therefore ratify and confirm, requiring all our loving Subjects to continue in the uniform Profession thereof, and prohibiting the least Difference from the said Articles; which to that End we command to be new printed, and this Our Declaration to be published therewith.

That we are Supreme Governor of the Church of England: And that if any Difference arise about the external Policy, concerning the Injunctions, Canons, and other Constitutions what

*This Declaration is always printed in our Prayer Books, without the name of the King; it was made by Charles the First, in the year 1628. See COLLIER'S Eccl. Hist. Vol. II. p. 746.

soever thereto belonging, the Clergy in their Convocation is to order and settle them, having first obtained Leave under our Broad Seal so to do: and We approving their said Ordinances and Constitutions; providing that none be made contrary to the Laws and Customs of the Land.

That out of our Princely Care, that the Churchmen may do the work which is proper unto them, the Bishops and Clergy, from Time to Time in Convocation, upon their humble Desire, shall have Licence under Our Broad Seal to deliberate of, and to do all such Things, as being made plain by them, and assented unto by Us, shall concern the settled Continuance of the Doctrine and Discipline of the Church of England, now established; from which We will not endure any varying, or departing in the least Degree.

That for the present, though some Differences have been ill raised, yet We take Comfort in this, that all Clergymen within our Realm have always most willingly subscribed to the Articles established; which is an Argument to Us, that they all agree in the true, usual, literal Meaning of the said Articles; and that even in those curious Points, in which the present Differences lie, Men of all Sorts take the Articles of the Church of England, to be for them; which is an Argument again, that none of them intend any Desertion of the Articles established.

That therefore in these both curious and unhappy Differences, which have for so many hundred Years, in different Times and Places, exercised the Church of Christ, We will, that all further curious Search be laid aside, and these Disputes shut up in God's Promises, as they be generally set forth to Us in the holy Scriptures, and the general Meaning of the Articles of the Church of England, according to them. And that no Man hereafter shall either print or preach to draw the Article aside any Way, but shall submit to it in the plain and full Meaning thereof; and shall not put his own Sense or Comment to be the Meaning of the Article, but shall take it in the literal and grammatical Sense.

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