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An Act of Humiliatio e



Our help is in the Name of the Lord,

Who hath' made heaven and earth.

O Lord, hear our prayer,

and let our cry come unto Thee.? Almighty God, we beseech Thee graciously to behold this Thy family; for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the cross. Raise up, we pray Thee, Thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us, that whereas through our sins and wickedness we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, Thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us, through the satisfaction of the same

Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.» Turn Thou us, good Lord, and so shall we be turned. Be favourable, O Lord, be favourable to Thy people, Who turn to Thee with weeping, fasting, and praying.

Spare Thy people, good Lord, spare them; and let not Thine heritage be brought to confusion."

1 Psalm cxxiv. 7.

2 Psalm cii. 1. 3 Collects for Good Friday and fourth Sunday in Advent. 4 Commination Service.

O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face,-

to our princes,
to our priests,

to our teachers,
to our fathers of families,

and to all our people,

because we have sinned, and have committed iniquity, against Thee; neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God ;

but have rebelled against Thee, and cast Thy laws behind our backs.'

Having gifts, differing according to the grace that is given to us,

we have not profited therewithal.
Our prophets have not prophesied

according to the proportion of faith;
our ministers have not waited on their ministry;

nor our teachers on teaching.
In giving, we have not acted with simplicity;

nor in shewing mercy, with cheerfulness.
Our love has not been without dissiinulation;
we have not abhorred that which is evil,
nor cleaved to that which is good.

We have minded high things,
and not condescended to men of low estate.
We are wise in our own conceits,

and think of ourselves
more highly than we ought to think.?
We have been lovers of our own selves;

covetous; boasters; proud;
blasphemers; disobedient to parents ;

unthankful; unholy;
without natural affection; truce-breakers;

2 Rom. xii. 6-9, 16.

1 Nehem. ix. 26, 32 ; Dan. ix. 5, 8, 10.


false accusers;

incontinent; fierce; despisers of those that are good; lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof." We have forsaken the assembling of ourselves together.?

We have not continued stedfastly
in the Apostles' doctrine and fellowship,
and in breaking of bread and in prayers.

We have not endured sound doctrine; but after our own lusts have heaped to ourselves teachers,

having itching ears ;'

tossed to and fro,
and carried about by every wind of doctrine."

We have not considered one another,
to provoke unto love and to good works.

We have not loved our enemies;
nor done good to them that hate us;

nor blessed them that curse us ;
nor prayed for them that despitefully use us.?
When we are reviled, we revile again ;

when we suffer, we threaten ; 8
when injured, we avenge ourselves;

we give place unto wrath ;
we are easily provoked and overcome of evil;

we recompense evil for evil.?

We are implacable and unmerciful ;10
we judge, and condemn," and hate one another;12
we speak evil one of another, and think evil,

and rejoice in the iniquity,
rather than the truth and integrity,

of one another. 14

1 2 Tim. iii. 2-5.
4 2 Tim. iii. 5, 6.
7 Luke vi. 27, 28.
10 Rom. i. 31.
13 James iv. 11.

2 Heb. x. 25.
5 Ephes. iv. 14.
8 1 Pet. ii. 23.
11 Luke vi. 37.
14 I Cor. xiii. 5, 6.

3 Acts ii. 42.
6 Heb. x, 24.
9 Rom. xii. 17, 19, 21.
19 Tit. iii. 3.

We are carnal, sold under sin.'
We are not doers of Thy Word,

but hearers only.?

Our conversation is not
as it becometh the gospel of Christ.3
The anointing which we have received of Him

abideth not in us.4
We have trodden under foot the Son of God,
and done despite unto the Spirit of grace.

O wretched men that we are !
who shall deliver us from the body of this death ?

Almighty and everlasting God, Who hatest nothing that Thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all them that 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.?
Lord, we acknowledge our transgressions ;

and our sins are ever before us.
Our souls have them still in remembrance,

and are humbled within us.9

We abhor ourselves;

and repent, as in dust and ashes. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed ;

because His compassions fail not."


Praper for Mercy. O Lord, correct us, but with judgment; not in Thine anger, lest Thou bring us to nothing."

We know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are right; and that Thou in very faithfulness hast corrected us.13


1 Rom. vii. 14.
41 John ii. 27.
7 Collect for Ash-Wednesday.
10 Job xlii. 6. 11 Lam. iii. 22.

2 James i. 22.
5 Heb. x. 29.
8 Psalm li. 2.
12 Jer. x. 24.

3 Phil. i. 27.
6 Rom. vii. 24.
9 Lam. iii. 20.
13 Ps. cxix. 75.

Thou hast watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us.

Therefore hath the curse devoured the land ;

and the inhabitants thereof are desolate; and there is a crying for bread in the streets ;

and all joy is darkened :

the mirth of the land is gone. Therefore is there great distress in the land,

and wrath upon the people,

with perplexity:
as with the people, so with the priests ;
as with the servants, so with their masters ;
as with the buyers, so with the sellers ;

men's hearts failing them for fear,
and for looking after those things
which are coming on the earth.'

The land mourneth,

and languisheth,

and fadeth away. Because the land also is defiled

under the inhabitants thereof: because we have transgressed Thy laws;

changed the ordinances; broken the everlasting covenant.?

Now, therefore, O our God, Thou art just in all that is brought upon us. Nevertheless, let not all the trouble seem little before Thee,

that hath come upon us. For Thy great mercies’ sake consume us not utterly,

neither forsake us.3
O Lord, deal not with us after our sins;
neither reward us after our iniquities.

Hide Thy face from our sins;
and blot out all our misdeeds.

1 Luke xxi. 25, 26,
3 Neh, ix. 31-33.

2 Isa. xxiv. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 11. 4 Psalm ciii. 10.

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