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neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us. Dan. ix. 9, 10.
Rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Joel ii. 13.
Repent ye ; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. St. Matt. iii. 2.
I will arise, and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
St. Luke xv. 18, 19. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us: but, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I St. John i. 8, 9.
The bishop then exhorts the people to repentance,
saying : EARLY beloved. brethren, the Scripture
moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and
wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloke them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father ; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. 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, saying after me:
A general Confession to be said by the whole congre
gation, after the bishop, ail kneeling. LMIGHTY and most merciful Father ; We
have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much
the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.
UR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed
be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in carth, As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation ; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
LMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts
be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid ; Cleanse the thoughts
of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord.
Then all sit or stand, and the bishop reads a Psalm
at his choice. After the Psalm, the bishop reads the Ten Commandments, saying:
OD spake all these words, saying, I am the
Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house
of bondage : thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth : thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them : for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain ; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God : in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates : for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Honour thy father and thy mother : that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
LORD, have mercy upon us, and write all these thy laws in our hearts, we beseech thee.
Then the bishop reads one or two portions of the Holy
Scriptures at his choice. After which, the bishop gives notice to the people of
all that they have to know about the Order of the Church, and especially what is to take place during the day, or the following week, and the following Sunday; such as Baptisms, Ordinations, Marriages, Excommunications, Fast Days, and special meetings for the Lord's Supper, or other purpose. And if there is to be a Baptism, or Ordination, or
Marriage, it is most proper that it should take place at this moment, in presence of the Church
canonically assembled on the Lord's day. If a Baptism has taken place, the Constantinopolitan
Creed, having been recited during its celebration, needs not be repeated. But if there has been no Baptism, the bishop reads the Creed, saying :
BELIEVEin one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds; Light of light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one essence with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven; and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, and was buried;