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thy providence in favour of reli- in favour gion, and the happiness of man- of Relia kind, in the several ages of the world; for all the divine mefsengers thou hast sent; by whose instructions and example, thy light and truth have been preserved, in the darkest times of ignorance and idolatry.
Above all, we thank thee, merciful Father, for the display of the exceeding riches of thy goodness in CHRIST JESUS; by for whom thou hast made every ne- CHRIST; ceffary provision, for our improvement in the knowledge and practice of true religion.
Blessed be thy name, O GOD, for this divine teacher, and Saviour, whom thou hast sent to declare unto us thy heavenly will; to save us from ignorance and vice; and to lead us, by his heavenly instructions, and amiable example, to the love and practice of universal goodness.
We offer up our most joyful gratitude to thee, the GOD and Father of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, that by him we are assured of pardon, and thy gracious acceptance, upon our return to obedience and virtue; that he has opened before us the solemnities of a future judgment; and confirmed to us the joyful hope of glory, honour, and immortality. “ O give thanks unto the LORD, “ for he is good, and his mercies “ endure for ever.”
People. Blessed be the GOD, and Father of our LORD JESUS CHRIST; for he is good, and his mercies endure for ever.
Minister. We thank thee, heavenly Faand the ther, that though the pure and Reforma. holy religion of JESUS was cor
rupted by wicked men, and its divine light darkened, in thine own due time a reformation was
brought about, under the direction of thy wise providence; and that we now enjoy our christian liberty, and christian privileges, in peace and tranquillity; none being permitted to rise up, and make us afraid. “O give thanks to “ the GOD of heaven, for his mercy “ endureth for ever.”
People. Blessed be the LORD our GOD, for he is good, and his mercy endureth for ever.
q Here a Psalm of Praise, or Thankf
giving, is to be sung; and after that the Second Lesson read, out of the New Testament, except when this Service is used for the Evening of the first Sunday in the Month; and then the Ten Commandments, together with our Saviour's Summary of the Moral Law, are to be read, instead of the Second Lesson; for which purpose they are placed at the end of the Occasional Forms.
I Then must the Minister read the fol
lowing Confession, the Minister and People all kneeling.
THE GENÉRAL CONFESSION. ALMighty and most merciful Faz A ther, we confess that we have often finned against thee: we have difregarded thine authority, and abused thy goodness: we have left undone those things which we ought to have done ; and done those things which we ought not to have done : we have acted inconsistently with our christian character ; and departed from the holy commandment delivered unto us: we have been unmindful of the perfect example set before us; and forgotten the sure and precious promises to which we are called : our only hope is in thy mercy: on thy mercy thou hast encouraged us to hope; and hast declared by thy Son CHRIST JESUS, that if we return to the obedience of thy commandments, thou wilt have mercy, and forgive us.
People. To the LORD our GOD belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have finned against him.
( Then the following Prayers are to be
read by the Minister alone, the Congregation still kneeling, and saying Amen, at the conclufion of each Prayer.
A Prayer for Forgiveness.
mercy, and art not willing that any should perish, but that all should repent and live ; suffer us not to perish in our transgressions; and save us especially from the dominion of them, for the time to come. Vouchsafe unto us the light of thy countenance; and establish our minds with a sense of thy approbation, and the hopes of thy favour and acceptance unto eternal life. Amen.