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Then shall the Priest say the following prayer, all
standing but the Energumens, who are to bow their 'beads.
Thou, who hast bound the strong one, and v spoiled his goods; who didst give thine apostles authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the Enemy, and didst deliver the Serpent, that murderer of men, bound unto them; at whose fight all things shake with fear, and tremble at the presence of thy power; who hast cast down Satan as lightning from heaven to earth, from honour to dishonour, by reason of his voluntary malice: Thou, whose looks dry up the deep, whose threatning meltech the mountains, and whose truth endureth for ever; whom infants praise, and sucklings bless, and angels celebrate and adore; who lookett upon the earth, and makest it tremble; who touchest the mountains, and they smoke; who rebukest the sea, and makest it dry, and driest up all the rivers; the dust of whose feet is the clouds, and who walkest upon the sea as on firm ground : 0 thou only begotten God, Son of the Great Father, do thou 'rebuke these wicked spirits, and deliver the works of thine hands from the power of the Adverse spirit. For to Thee is due glory, honour, and adoration, and through Thee to thy Father in the Holy Ghost, for ever and ever. Amen.
Then the Deacon being turned to the Energumens,
Jhall say, Depart ye Energumens.
Prayers for the Candidates for Baptism, or
those Catechumens who have given in their names before Lent to be baptized at the
approaching Paschal Festival. These prayers are to be used from Ash-wednesday to
the time the Candidates are baptized." The Deacon being turned towards the People, shall say, VE Candidates for Baptism, pray: Here the Can
1 didates are to kneel down, on Sundays and all days without exception: And let all us of the Faithful carnestly pray for them, that the Lord would vouchfafe that they being initiated into the death of Christ, may rise again with him, and be made members of his kingdom, and partakers of his mysteries ; that he would unite them to and number them with those, who shall be saved in his holy church.
People. Lord, have mercy upon them : Save them, O God, and raise them up by thy grace.
Deac. Bow down your heads, ye Candidates for Baptism, and receive the Benediction. Then shall the Priest say the following prayer, all
standing but the Candidates, who are to bow their beads. I
Thou, who by the prediction of thy holy pro
phets didst say to them that are to be iniitiated, Wath ye, make you clean, and by Christ' didit appoint a spiritual regeneration : Look down now upon these persons who are to be baptized, and
bless and fanctify them; fit and prepare them, that they may be worthy of thy spiritual gift, of the true adoption of children, and of thy spiritual mysteries, and may be deservedly numbered among those who shall be saved, through Christ our Saviour ; by whom glory, honour, and adoration be to Thee in the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen. Then the Deacon being turned to the Candidates for
.:: Baptism, shall say, Depart, ye Candidates for Baptism.
Prayers for the Penitents, or persons in the
ftate of Penance. The Deacon being turned towards the People, shall say, YE Penitents, pray: Here the Penitents are to
I kneel down, on Sundays and all days without exception: And let us all earnestly pray for our brethren, who are in the state of penance; that God, the lover of compassion, would Thew them the way of repentance, and accept their return and confeífion; that he would speedily beat down Satan under their feet, deliver them from the snare of the devil and the incursion of evil spirits, and preserve them from all impure thoughts, all wicked words, and all unlawful deeds; that he would forgive them all their fins voluntary and involuntary, blot out the hand-writing that is against them, and write their names in the book of life; that he would cleanse them from all filtłsiness of flesh and spirit, and restore and unite them to his holy fock: For he knoweth our frame; and who can glory that he hath a clean heart? or who can say that he is pure from fin? For we are all worthy of punishment. Let us still pray more earnestly for them, since there is joy in heaven over one finner that repenteth, that they may turn from every evil work, and conftantly practise all that is good; that the merciful God would hasten to accept their petitions, would restore to them the joy of his falvation, and strengthen them with his free Spirit, that they may never fall or be shaken again, but that being admitted to communicate in his holy solemnities, and to be partakers of his divine mysteries, they may be made worthy of the adoption of children, and may obtain everlasting lite.
People. Lord, have mercy upon them : Save thein, O God, and raise them up by thy mercy.
Deac. Bow down your heads, ye Penitents, and receive the Benediction. Then Mall the Priest say the following prayer, all
panding but the Penitents, who are to bow their 'heads.
Almighty and Eternal God, Lord of the whole
world, creator and governour of all things, who by Christ hast made man to be the great ornament of the world, and hast given him both a natural and a written law, that he might live by the rules thereof as a rational creature; who hast also, when he hath sinned, given him a motive and encouragement to repent, even thine own goodness: Do thou now look down upon these thy servants, who bow the neck of their souls and bodies unto thee ; for thou desirest not the death of a sinner, but his repentance, that he should turn from his evil way
and live. O Thou; who didst accept the repentance
The Form of admitting a Person to be a
Prayers for the Catechumens.
Answ. I humbly desire to be admitted a Catechumen of the christian church.
Deac: Wilt thou receive and follow the instructions that shall be given thee?
Answ. I will thankfully receive them, and with God's help will diligently follow them.