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Deac. Bow down thy head, and receive the Benediction.
Here the person to be admitted a Catechumen Mall
kneel down; and the Priest after having higned him with the sign of the cross upon his forehead, mall lay his hands upon him, while he says the following prayer over him bowing his head. W
E adore thee, O God, thou Lord of the uni
verse, and give thee thanks in behalf of thy creature, for that thou hast sent thine only begotten Son Jesus Christ to save man by blotting out his transgressions, to forgive him his fins and impieties, to purify him from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, and to fanctify him according to the good pleasure of his loving kindness: Do thou, O Lord, look down
upon this thy creature, inspire him with the knowledge of thy will, enlighten the eyes of his heart that he may consider thy wonderful works, and make known unto him the judgments of thy righteousness; that he hating all manner of iniquity, and walking in the way of thy truth, may become worthy of being washed in the laver of regeneration, and thereby obtain the adoption of children which is in Christ; that being planted together in the likeness of his death, in hopes of the glorious fellowship, and being mortified to fin, he may live unto thee in thought, word, and deed, and have his name written in the book of life, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto Thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.
Then mall the Priest say,
Satan, and delivered us from the wrath to come, receive thee into his most mighty protection, that thou mayest come at last by his blessing to his heavenly kingdom. Amen. And then the person shall take his station among the
The Form of admitting a Penitent to
Prayers for the Penitents,
those who are thereto licensed by the Bishop himself.
Answ. I am.
and make his confesion in the following form.
God in the presence of this congregation, that I have been guilty of manifold and grievous transgrefsions, in thought, word, and deed, ( particularly Here the Penitent is to name the crime or crimes for which he is to be put under penance, unless it be judged
improper so to do:] through my fault, through my
ance which the Bishop bath ordered him
Penitent. I will by God's grace religiously perform it.
Pr. Our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath said, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven, grant thee his blessing and remission of thy sins. Then mall the Priest lay his hands upon him, while
he says the following prayer over him bowing his bead. Lord God, whose long-suffering is not wearied
by our fins, bụt who allowest us to appease thy wrath by our repentance; mercifully look upon this thy servant, who confesseth his fin unto thee: Give him a broken and a contrite heart, that he may recover from the snare of the devil, wherein he is now entangled ; and graciously accept bis
penance, that by his continuance in a state of mournful confeffion and prayer to thee, he may the sooner obtain
thy merciful pardon, and being restored to the privilege of communion with thy church upon earth, may be again entituled to thy kingdom in heaven, through Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Then shall the Priest say, TH
HE Almighty God be thy helper and protec
tor, and grant thee the pardon of all thy sins, through Jesus Christ. Amen. And then the Penitent shall take his station among
The Form of absolving a Penitent, To be used on Sunday morning immediately after the Prayers for the
Penitents. Note, This Office is to be performed by no Priests but
those who are thereto licensed by the Bishop himself. Pr. What is thy desire ? Pen. I humbly desire the benefit of Absolution.
Pr. Hast thou performed the Penance enjoined thee?
Pen, I have with God's assistance fincerely performed it.
Then the Penitent shall kneel down, and ibe Priest
Jhall say this Prayer. O Lord and holy Father, Almighty and Eternal
God, who wouldest not the death of a sinner, but defirest rather that he should live: We humbly
beseech thy majesty to regard with much mercy this thy servant, here presenting himself before thee; look down upon him here prostrate at the footstool of thy throne, turn thou his heaviness into joy, put off his fackcloth, and gird him with gladness'; that after his feparation from the delicacies of thy table, he may henceforth be satisfied with the plenteousness of thy house, and entring into thy chamber, O King, may praise and glorify thy name for ever and ever, through Jesus Christ our blessed mediatour and advocate. Amen. Then fr.all the Priest lay bis hands upon the Penitent,
while he says the following prayer over him bow
ing his head. O
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, thou
Shepherd and Lamb, who takest away the fins of the world; thou who didst graciously remit to the two debtors what they owed thee, and didst pardon the woman who was a finner coming unto thee, and besides the forgiveness of the Paralytick's sin, didst grant him moreover a cure of his disease: Do thou, O Lord, remit, blot out, and pardon whatsoever this thy servant may have committed disobediently against thee, either through ignorance or with knowledge, through infirmity or with wilful guilt. And whereinsoever he hath erred from thy commandments in word or deed, as being encompassed with flesh and blood, or as inhabiting this world of sin, or as seduced by the instigations of Satan; or whatever peculiar bond be is bound with, by the discipline of thy church: I pray and beseech thy ineffable goodness to absolve him with thy word, and to loose his bond, according to thy mercy. O Lord and Master, hear my prayer for