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An Act of Humiliatio e
PREVAILING NATIONAL AND PAROCHIAL SINS.
Our help is in the Name of the Lord,
Who hath' made heaven and earth.
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.
to our princes,
to our teachers,
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.
according to the proportion of faith;
nor our teachers on teaching.
nor in shewing mercy, with cheerfulness.
We have minded high things,
and think of ourselves
covetous; boasters; proud;
2 Rom. xii. 6-9, 16.
1 Nehem. ix. 26, 32 ; Dan. ix. 5, 8, 10.
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
We have not endured sound doctrine; but after our own lusts have heaped to ourselves teachers,
having itching ears ;'
tossed to and fro,
We have not considered one another,
We have not loved our enemies;
nor blessed them that curse us ;
when we suffer, we threaten ; 8
we give place unto wrath ;
we recompense evil for evil.?
We are implacable and unmerciful ;10
and rejoice in the iniquity,
of one another. 14
1 2 Tim. iii. 2-5.
2 Heb. x. 25.
3 Acts ii. 42.
We are carnal, sold under sin.'
but hearers only.?
Our conversation is not
abideth not in us.4
O wretched men that we are !
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.?
and our sins are ever before us.
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.
2 James i. 22.
3 Phil. i. 27.
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,
men's hearts failing them for fear,
The land mourneth,
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
Hide Thy face from our sins;
1 Luke xxi. 25, 26,
2 Isa. xxiv. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 11. 4 Psalm ciii. 10.