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At the beginning of Evening Prayer the Minister shall read with a loud voice some one or more of these Sentences of the Scriptures that follow. And then he shall say that which is written after the said Sentences.

W WHEN the wicked man | with judgement; not in thine turneth away from his anger, lest thou bring me to wickedness that he hath com- nothing. Jer. x. 24. Psalm mitted, and doeth that which vi. 1. is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Ezek. xviii. 27.

I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Psalm li. 3.

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Psalm li. 9.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psalm li. 17.

Rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Joel ii. 13.

Repent ye; for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. St. Matth. iii. 2.

I will arise, and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. St. Luke xv. 18, 19.

Enter not into judgement with thy servant, O Lord; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. Psalm cxliii. 2.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us: but, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse

To the Lord our God be- us from all unrighteousness. long mercies and forgive-1 St. John i. 8, 9.

nesses, though we have re

belled against him: neither DE

have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us. Dan. ix. 9, 10.

O Lord, correct me, but

EARLY beloved brethren, the scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should

not dissemble nor cloke them And we have done those before the face of Almighty things which we ought not God our heavenly Father; to have done; And there is but confess them with an no health in us. But thou, humble, lowly, penitent, O Lord, have mercy upand obedient heart; to the on us, miserable offenders. end that we may obtain for- Spare thou them, O God, giveness of the same, by his which confess their faults. infinite goodness and mercy. Restore thou them that are And although we ought at penitent; According to thy all times humbly to acknow- promises declared unto manledge our sins before God; kind in Christ Jesu our Lord. yet ought we most chiefly And grant, O most merciful so to do, when we assemble Father, for his sake; That and meet together to render we may hereafter live a godthanks for the great benefits ly, righteous, and sober life, that we have received at his To the glory of thy holy hands, to set forth his most Name. Amen. worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the

The Absolution, or "Remission of sins, to be pronounced by the Priest alone, standing; the people still kneeling.

soul. Wherefore I pray and A

beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me;

A general Confession to be said of the whole Congregation after the Minister, all kneeling. LMIGHTY and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done;

LMIGHTY God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given power, and commandment, to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins: He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his holy Spirit, that those things may please him, which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter may

be pure, and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then the Minister shall kneel, and say the Lord's Prayer; the people also kneeling, and repeating it with him.

¶ Then shall be said or sung the Psalms in order as they are appointed. Then a Lesson of the Old Testament, as is appointed. And after that, Magnificat (or the Song of the blessed Virgin Mary) in English, as followeth. Magnificat. St. Luke i.

OUR Father, which art MY soul doth magnify

in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

Then likewise he shall say,
O Lord, open thou our lips.

Answer. And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise. Priest. O God, make speed

to save us.

Answer. O Lord, make haste to help us.

the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced in God. my Saviour.

For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his handmaiden.

For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations.

He hath shewed strength with his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and

hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry

Here all standing up, the Priest with good things and the

shall say,

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;

Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

Priest. Praise ye the Lord. Answer. The Lord's Name be praised.

rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his sced, for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the begin

ning, is now, and ever shall Lord for he cometh to be world without end. A-judge the earth.


Or else this Pealm: except it be on the Nineteenth Day of the Month, when it is read in the ordinary Course of the Psalms.

Cantate Domino. Psalm


SING unto the Lord a

new song for he hath done marvellous things.

With his own right hand, and with his holy arm: hath he gotten himself the victory.

The Lord declared his sal

vation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

He hath remembered his mercy and truth toward the house of Israel and all the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God.

Shew yourselves joyful unto the Lord, all ye lands: sing, rejoice, and give thanks.

Praise the Lord upon the harp sing to the harp with a psalm of thanksgiving.

With trumpets also and shawms: O shew yourselves joyful before the Lord the King.

Let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is the round world, and they that dwell therein.

With righteousness shall he judge the world: and the people with equity. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

Then a Lesson of the New Testament, as it is appointed. And after that, Nunc dimittis (or the Song of Symeon) in English, as followeth,

Nunc dimittis. St. Luke ii. 29.

LORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word.

For mine eyes have seen: thy salvation,

Which thou hast prepared: before the face of all people;

To be a light to lighten the Gentiles: and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

Or else this Psalm; except it be on the Twelfth Day of the Month.

Deus misereatur. Psalm lxvii.

Let the floods clap their GOD be merciful unto us,

hands, and let the hills be

and bless us and shew

joyful together before the us the light of his counte

nance, and be merciful un- day he rose again from the

to us:

That thy way may be known upon earth thy saving health among all nations.

Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the people praise thee.

O let the nations rejoice and be glad for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.

Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the people praise thee.

Then shall the earth bring forth her increase: and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.

God shall bless us: and all the ends of the world shall fear him.

dead, He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Catholick Church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting. Amen.

And after that, these Prayers following, all devoutly kneeling; the Minister first pronouncing with a loud voice,

The Lord be with you. Answer. And with thy spirit.

Minister. Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.

Glory be to the Father, Lord, have mercy upon us.

and to the Son: and to the Then the Minister, Clerks, and Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

Then shall be said or sung the Apostles' Creed by the Minister and the people, standing. BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:


And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin

people, shall say the Lord's Prayer with a loud voice.

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Mary, Suffered under Pon- Then the Priest standing up tius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried, He de

O Lord, shew thy mercy

scended into hell; The third | upon us;

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