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and deliberate sins. Forgive him those sins which he knows, and those which he knows not. Forgive them, O LORD, forgive them all; and of Thy great goodness absolve Thy servant from his offences; for the sake of JESUS CHRIST, our only Mediator and Intercessor. Amen. (From Bishop Cosin.)

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O GRACIOUS and loving FATHER, who hast promised in Thy Word to hear our intercessions for one another, and to grant unto the prayer of faith the pardon of sin; We bow the knee before Thy footstool, and beseech of Thee mercy for this Thy sinful servant. Pardon and put away, we earnestly entreat Thee, his former sins. Remember not the sins and offences of his youth, but according to Thy mercy think Thou upon him for Thy goodness. Blot out of Thy book of remembrance the great debt of his sins, that they appear not against him in the day of judgment. “If Thou, LORD, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss, O LORD, who may abide it?" But “there is mercy with Thee." Oh, grant mercy to Thy servant. “Hear Thou in heaven Thy dwelling-place, and when Thou hearest, LORD, forgive.” Forgive, we implore Thee, his sins, his negligences, and his ignorances ; his presumptuous sins, and his secret faults. “The Blood of JESUS CHRIST cleanseth us from all sin.'

that all-precious Blood avail to the cleansing of his soul! We ask Thee this great mercy, O FATHER, only for the sake of Him who “ came into the world to save sinners,” Thy blessed Son, our SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. Amen.

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HAVE mercy upon me, &c.—(See p. 45.) N.B.- This Psalm may be said kneeling ; but the Gloria Patri

should be said standing.


AGAINST Thee, O LORD, have we sinned, and done evil in Thy sight. We are not worthy to be called Thy sons. We have sinned miserably. We have perilled our souls. And yet what is our sorrow for our sins ? O God, we tremble when we see how cold and hard and unmoved our hearts remain. We

say, “we are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; yet we much fear our sorrow is not hearty. We say, “the remembrance of them is grievous unto us;" yet our grief is but as the shadow that passeth by. We say, “the burden of them is intolerable ; ” yet that burden bows not down our souls in shame and sorrow. O LORD, we are amazed to behold how lightly we are moved by our exceeding sinfulness. Thou who didst cause water to flow out of the rock of stone, break these stony hearts of ours, that streams of true godly sorrow and penitence may flow forth. Take away the heart of stone, and give unto us the heart of flesh; that we may feel our own great misery, and cast ourselves upon Thy great mercy. May Thy HOLY SPIRIT work in us the grace of a true repentance. May we learn to know how much we have sinned, and how much we have been forgiven, that so we may love much; through JESUS CHRIST, our only LORD and SAVIOUR. Amen. (Suggested by Spinckes.)


After any of the foregoing Confessions, the Priest, if he see fit,

may use the following Absolution, standing. ALMIGHTY GOD, our heavenly FATHER, who of His great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn to Him; Have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins ; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen. (Communion Service.)


Or else one of the following

may be used.


O God, whose nature and property is ever to have mercy and to forgive, receive our humble petitions; and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of Thy great mercy loose us; for the honour of JESUS Christ, our Mediator and Advocate. Amen. (Occasional Prayers.)


O LORD, we beseech Thee, mercifully hear our prayers,


all those who confess their sins unto Thee; that they, whose consciences by sin are accused, by Thy merciful pardon may be absolved; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen. (Commination Service.)


ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that Thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of Thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness : through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen. (Collect for Ash-Wednesday.)




for ever.

O God the FATHER, of heaven: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the Son, &c.
O God the HOLY GHOST, &c.
O Holy, blessed, and glorious TRINITY, &c.

Remember not, LORD, the offences of Thy servant; neither take Thou vengeance of his sins: spare him, good LORD, spare Thy servant, whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy most precious Blood, and be not angry with him

Spare him, good Lord. From all impenitence, and hardness of heart; from all unbelief, and obstinacy; and from all indolence of mind, and unconcern for the things which belong unto his peace;

Good Lord, deliver him. From all trust in self and self-righteousness; from all unfounded peace, and making light of past sin; and from all snares of a half-repentance ;

Good Lord, deliver him.

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