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2 0 let Thine Ears consider well : the voice of my complaint.

3 If Thou, LORD, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss : O Lord, who may abide it?

4 For there is mercy with Thee: therefore shalt Thou be feared.

5 I look for the LORD; my soul doth wait for Him : in His word is


trust. 6 My soul fleeth unto the Lord: before the morning watch, I say, before the morning watch.

7 O Israel trust in the LORD, for with the LORD there is mercy: and with Him is plenteous redemption. 8 And He shall redeem Israel : from all his sins.

Glory be, &c.

my bed :

CXXXIX. 1 0 Lord, Thou hast searched me out, and known me: Thou knowest my down-sitting, and mine up-rising ; Thou understandest my thoughts long before.

2 Thou art about my path, and about and spiest out all my ways.

3 For lo, there is not a word in my tongue: but Thou, O Lord, knowest it altogether.

4 Thou hast fashioned me behind and before : and laid Thine Hand upon me.

5 Such knowledge is too wonderful and excellent for me: I cannot attain unto it.

6 Whither shall I go then from Thy Spirit: or whither shall I go then from Thy presence ?

7 If I climb up into heaven, Thou art there : if I go down to hell, Thou art there also.

8 If I take the wings of the morning: and remain in the uttermost parts of the sea;

9 Even there also shall Thy Hand lead me: and Thy right Hand shall hold me.

10 If I say, Peradventure the darkness shall cover me: then shall my night be turned to day.

11 Yea, the darkness is no darkness with Thee, but the night is as clear as the day: the darkness and light to Thee are both alike.

17 How dear are Thy counsels unto me, O God: 0 how great is the sum of them!

18 If I tell them, they are more in number than the sand : when I wake up I am present with Thee.

23 Try me, O God, and seek the ground of my heart: prove me, and examine my thoughts.

24 Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me: and lead me in the way everlasting.

Glory be, &c.

CXLII. 1 I CRIED unto the LORD with

my voice : yea, even unto the Lord did I make my supplication.

2 I poured out my complaints before Him : and shewed Him of my trouble.

3 When my spirit was in heaviness Thou knewest my path : in the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

4 I looked also upon my right hand : and saw there was no man that would know me.

5 I had no place to flee unto: and no man cared for my soul.

.6 I cried unto Thee, O Lord, and said : Thou art my hope, and my portion in the land of the living

ng Consider my complaint: for I am brought

very low.

8 O deliver me from my persecutors : for they are too strong for me.

9 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks unto Thy Name: which thing if Thou wilt grant me, then shall the righteous resort unto my company.

Glory be, &c.


Penitential. 1 HEAR my prayer, O Lord, and consider my desire: hearken unto me for Thy truth and righteousness' sake.

2 And enter not into judgment with Thy servant: for in Thy sight shall no man living be justified.

3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground: he hath laid me in the darkness, as the men that have been long dead.

4 Therefore is my spirit vexed within me: and my

heart within me is desolate. 5 Yet do I remember the time past; I muse upon all Thy works: yea, I exercise myself in the works of Thy Hands.

6 I stretch forth my hands unto Thee: my soul gaspeth unto Thee as a thirsty land.

7 Hear me, O Lord, and that soon, for my spirit waxeth faint: hide not Thy Face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

8 0 let me hear Thy loving-kindness betimes in the morning, for in Thee is my trust : shew Thou me the way that I should walk in, for I lift up my soul unto Thee.

9 Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies : for I fee unto Thee to hide me.

10 Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth Thee, for Thou art my God: let Thy loving Spirit lead me forth into the land of righteousness.

11 Quicken me, O Lord, for Thy Name's sake : and for Thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.

12 And of Thy goodness slay mine enemies : and destroy all them that vex my soul; for I am Thy servant.

Glory be, &c.

Examination of the Sick Person's



ALMIGHTY GOD, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of our deceitful hearts by the enlightenment of Thy HOLY SPIRIT, that we may see ourselves even as Thou seest us, and, knowing our own sins and wickedness, may so judge ourselves that we be not judged in the condemnation of the great day; through our only LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. Amen.

That it may please Thee to give us true repentance; to forgive us all our sins, negligences, and ignorances; and to endue us with the grace of Thy Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to Thy holy Word;

We beseech Thee to hear us, good Lord.


The following form of examination is intended to be read to the

sick person, in order to arouse in him the sense of sin ; but it is not necessary that he should make answer audibly to the questions. A pause should be made after each question. 1. Have you striven to keep your baptismal vow by renouncing all kinds and degrees of sin ?

Have you resisted the temptations of the devil?


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