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they shall not escape. 1 Thess. v. 2, 3. Then shall appear the wrath of God in the day of vengeance, which obstinate sippers, through the stubbornness of their heart, have heaped unto themselves ; which despised the goodness, patience, and long-sufferance of God, when he called them continually to repent

Rom. ii. 4, 5. 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 knowledge, and received not the fear of the Lord ; but abhorred my counsel, and despised my correction. Prov. i. 28, 29, 30. Then shall it be too late to knock, when the door shall be shut; and too late to cry for mercy, when it is the time of justice. Matt. xxv. 10, 11, 12. O terrible voice of most just judgment 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 ! Matt. XXV. 41.

Therefore, brethren, take we heed betime, while the day of salvation lasteth ; 2 Cor. vi. 2. for the night cometh, when none can work. John ix, 4. But let us, while we have the light, believe in the light, and walk as the children of the light; John xii. 35, 36. that we be not cast into utter darkness, where is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matth. xxv. 30. Let us not abuse the goodness of God, which calleth us mercifully to amendment, and of his endless pity promiseth us forgiveness of that which is past, if with a whole mind and true heart we return unto him. For though our sins be as red as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow: and though they be like purple, yet shall they be as white as wool. Isa. i. 18.

Turn you clean, 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 you then, and

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shall live. Ezek. xviii. 30, 31, 32. Although we have sinned, yet have we an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he it is that obtaineth grace for our sins. 1 John ii. 1, 2. For he was wounded for our offences, and smitten for our wickedness. Isa. liii. 5. Let us therefore return unto him, who is the merful 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 will submit ourselves unto him, and from henceforth walk in his ways; if we will take his easy yoke and light burden upon us, Matth. xi. 29, 30. 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 blessed benediction of his Father, commanding us to take possession of his glorious kingdom. Matth. xxv. 33, 34. Unto the which he vouchsafe to bring us all, for his infinite mercy. Amen.

Then shall they all kneel upon their knees; and the Presbyter
and Clerks, kneeling where they are accustomed to say the
Litany, shall say this Psalm. Miserere mei, Deus. Psal. li.
Have mercy upon me, O God, &c.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c. Amen.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
OUR Father, which art in heaven, &c. And lead

us not into temptation.
Answer. But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Presbyter. O Lord, save thy servants :
Answer. Which put their trust in thee.
Presbyter. Send unto them help from above :
Answer. And evermore mightily defend them.
Presbyter. Help us, O God, our Saviour :

Answer. And for the glory of thy name's sake deliver us; be merciful unto us sinners, for thy name's sake.

Presbyter. O Lord, hear our prayer :
Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.

Let us pray. O LORD, we beseech thee, mercifully hear our prayers, and spare all those which confess their sins unto thee; that they, whose consciences by sin are accused, by thy merciful pardon may be absolved, through Christ our Lord. Amen. O most mighty God and merciful Father, which

hast compassion of all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made ; which wouldest not the death of a sinner, but that he should rather turn from sin, and be saved : Mercifully forgive us our trespasses, receive and comfort us which be grieved and wearied with the burden of our sin. Thy property is to have mercy: to thee only it appertaineth to forgive sins. Spare us, therefore, good Lord; spare thy people whom thou hast redeemed. Enter not into judgment with thy servants, but turn thine anger from us ; 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 followeth, after the

Presbyter or Minister.

TURN thou us, O good Lord, and so shall we be turned. Be favourable, O Lord, be favourable to thy people, which 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

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