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Have you especially fled from, and hated, those sins which make man most like the devil: such as, 1. Pride; thinking much of yourself, and of your own rights and position; not bearing to be slighted or affronted; unwillingness to overlook offences : 2. Lying; in which must be reckoned all untruthfulness and want of straightforwardness, as well as all hypocrisy, and pretending to be better than you are: 3. Tempting; the leading others to sin by your words, or actions, or example?
Have you resisted the temptations of the world ? Have you especially avoided, as far as you could, the company and friendship of the godless and worldly? Have you refused society, and pleasures, and entertainments, which you have felt to be dangerous to your soul? Have you entered into such pleasures and society as seemed to you innocent in moderation, and so as not to be too much occupied by them? Have you often denied yourself lawful indulgences for Christ's sake ? Have you kept from the snare of personal vanity ? Have you rooted out of your heart all covetous desires, all craving after, and fondness for, money?
Have you resisted the temptations of the flesh ? [Have you shrunk from all lustful, impure, indecent thoughts, words, and acts? Have you carefully guarded your eyes from all things (such as looks, pictures, reading) which could stain your soul with impurity ? Have you always refused to listen to impúre talk; or, if you could not help hearing, have you heard it with pain and shame?] Have you been modest, chaste, and pure in all your thoughts? Have you never been self-indulgent in your eating and drinking, pleasing the appetite, disliking self-denial ? Have you never given way to sloth, indolence, love of ease, waste of time?
2. Have you striven to keep your baptismal vow by earnestly seeking to hold the true faith, as you have been taught? Have you searched the Scriptures, and constantly believed God's holy Word? Have you been faithful to your Church, not being led away by new teachers and new doctrine ? Have you lived in a dutiful, teachable, humble spirit, not leaning to your own understanding.
3. Have you striven to keep your baptismal vow by obediently keeping God's holy will and commandments? Have you loved God with all your heart and mind and soul and strength ? Have you never loved, and sought after, anything more than God? And have you loved your neighbour as yourself? Have you put away all selfishness, and done good, so far as you had
power, to all ?
Here it will be well to select certain of the Ten Commandments
for special enforcement, if it be desired to awaken the con
science to special sins. Also the following questions relating to Public Worship and the
Holy Communion will be useful. Have you diligently obeyed the command not to forsake the assembling together of your brethren for public worship; and, when in the house of God, have you
tried to feel God's presence, and to worship Him in spirit and in truth?
Have you faithfully obeyed your Saviour's dying command, and regularly and devoutly partaken of the holy Sacrament of His Body and Blood ?
ALMIGHTY 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; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou them, O God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou them that are penitent; According to Thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ JESU our Lord. And grant, O most merciful FATHER, for His sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of Thy holy Name. Amen. (General Confession in Daily Morning and Evening Prayer.)
O most mighty God and merciful FATHER, who hast compassion upon all men, and hatest nothing
, that Thou hast made; who wouldest not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should turn from his sin, and be saved ; Mercifully forgive us
our trespasses ; receive and comfort us, who are grieved and wearied with the burden of our sins. Thy property is always to have mercy; to Thee only it appertaineth' to forgive sins. Spare us therefore, good Lord, spare Thy people, whom Thou hast redeemed; enter not into judgment with Thy servants, who are vile earth, and miserable sinners; but so turn Thine anger from us, who meekly acknowledge our vileness, and truly repent us of our faults, and so make haste to help us in this world, that we may ever live with Thee in the world to come; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen. (Commination Service.)
Turn Thou us, O good Lord, and so shall we be turned. Be favourable, O LORD, be favourable to Thy people, who turn to Thee in weeping, [fasting,] and praying. For Thou art a merciful God, Full of compassion, Long-suffering, and of great pity. Thou sparest when we deserve punishment, And in Thy wrath thinkest upon mercy, Spare Thy people, good Lord, spare them, And let not Thine heritage be brought to confusion. Hear us, O LORD, for Thy mercy is great, And after the multitude of Thy mercies look upon us ; Through the merits and mediation of Thy blessed Son, JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen. (Commination Service.)
LORD, as we add day to day, so sin to sin. The just falleth seven times a day; and we, exceeding sinners, seventy times seven : a wonder
ful, a horrible thing, O Lord. But we turn with groans from our evil
and with all our heart we turn to Thee, O God of penitents and SAVIOUR of sinners. Our soul out of the deep crieth unto Thee. We have sinned, O LORD, against Thee, heavily against Thee. Alas! woe is us for our misery! We repent; we repent. Spare us, O LORD. We repent; O help Thou our impenitence. LORD, have mercy upon us; heal our souls, for we have sinned against Thee. “ Have mercy upon us, O LORD, after Thy great goodness ; according to the multitude of Thy mercies do away our offences.” Pardon the guilt. Heal the wound. Blot out the stains. Rescue us from the tyranny of our sins. 66 Who can tell how oft he offendeth ? O cleanse Thou us from our secret faults. Keep back Thy servants also from presumptuous sins, lest they get the dominion over us. .” Lay not our sins to our charge. “Deal not with us after our sins, neither reward us according to our wickednesses.” And for the glory of Thy all-holy Name, turn from us all those ills and miseries which by our sins we have most righteously deserved. Hear, O merciful God, our unworthy prayers, through JESUS CHRIST. Amen. (From Bishop Andrewes.)
V. FORGIVE, O LORD, the sins of Thy servant. Forgive him the sins of his youth, and the sins of his age; the sins of his soul, and the sins of his body; his secret and silent sins, and his presumptuous and crying sins; the sins that he has done to please himself, and the sins that he has done to please others. Forgive him his wanton and idle sins. Forgive him his serious