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THANKSGIVING OF WOMEN AFTER CHILD-BIRTH.
THE CHURCHING OF WOMEN.
THE Woman, at the usual time after her Delivery, shall come into the Church decently
apparelled, and there shall kneel down in some convenient place, as hath been accustomed, or as the Ordinary shall direct : and then the Priest shall say unto her,
FORASMUCH as it hath pleased Al
Answer.. Who putteth her trust in
thee. mighty God of his goodness to give
Minister. Be thou to her a strong you safe deliverance, and hath pre
tower: served you in the great danger of child
Answer. From the face of her enebirth; you shall therefore give hearty thanks unto God, and say,
Minister. Lord, hear our prayer; Then shall the Priest say, either the 116th Answer. And let our cry come unto
Psalm, (ante, 405.) or the 127th Psalm, thee.
Minister. Let us pray.
O ALMIGHTY God, we give thee humLord, have mercy upon us.
ble thanks, for that thou hast vouchChrist, have mercy upon us.
safed to deliver this woman thy servant Lord, have mercy upon us.
from the great pain and peril of Child
birth. Grant, we beseech thee, most The Lord's Prayer.
merciful Father, that she, through thy Our Father, &c. to For ever and help, may both faithfully
live, and walk
according to thy will in this life present, ever. Amen.
and also may be partaker of everlasting Minister. O Lord, save this woman glory in the life to come, through Jesus thy servant;
Christ our Lord. Amen.
Let us pray:
The Woman that cometh to give her thanks, must offer accustomed offerings; and if there be a Communion, #
is convenient that she receive the Holy Communion.
OR DENOUNCING OF GOD'S ANGER AND JUDGEMENTS AGAINST SINNERS,
WITH CERTAIN PRAYERS,
TO BE USED ON THE FIRST DAY OF LENT, AND AT OTHER TIMES,
AS THE ORDINARY SHALL APPOINT.
AFTER Morning Prayer, the Litany ended according to the accustomed manner, the
Priest shall, in the Reading-Pew, or Pulpit, say, Brethren, in the primitive Church
Min, Cursed is he that removeth his there was a godly discipline, that at the neighbour's land mark.
Answ. Amen. beginning of Lent, such persons as stood convicted of notorious sin, were
Min. Cursed is he that maketh the put to open penance, and punished in blind to go out of his way.
Answ. Amen. this world, that their souls might be saved in the day of the Lord; and that
Min. Cursed is he that perverteth others, admonished by their example, therless, and widow.
the judgement of the stranger, the famight be the more afraid to offend. Instead whereof (until the said dis
Answ. Amen. cipline may be restored again, which is
Min. Cursed is he that smiteth his much to be wished) it is thought good, neighbour secretly. that at this time, in the presence of you
Answ. Amen. all, should be read the general sen
Min. Cursed is he that lieth with tences of God's cursing against impeni- his neighbour's wife.
Answ. Amen. tent sinners, gathered out of the seven and twentieth chapter of Deuteronomy,
Min. Cursed is he that taketh reand other places of Scripture; and that
ward to slay the innocent. ye should answer to every sentence,
Answ. Amen. Amen : To the intent that, being ad
Min. Cursed is he that putteth his monished of the great indignation of
trust in man, and taketh man for his God against sinners, ye may the rather
defence, and in his heart goeth from be moved to earnest and true repent
Answ. Amen. ance: and may walk more warily in these dangerous days; fleeing from
Min. Cursed are the unmerciful, for such vices, for which ye affirm with
nicators, and adulterers, covetous peryour own mouths the curse of God to sons, idolaters, slanderers, drunkards,
Answ. Amen. Cursed is the man that maketh any
Minister. carved or molten image, to worship it.
Now seeing that all they are accursed And the people shall answer and say,
(as the prophet David beareth witness)
who do err and go astray from the Amen,
commandments of God, let us (rememMinister. Cursed is he that curseth bering the dreadful judgement hanging his father or mother.
over our heads, and always ready to Answer. Amen.
fall upon us) return unto our Lord
God, with all contrition and meekness when it is the time of justice. O terof heart; bewailing and lamenting our rible voice of most just judgement, which sinful life, acknowledging and confess- shall be pronounced upon them, when ing our offences, and seeking to bring it shall be said unto them, Go (k), ye forth worthy fruits of penance. For cursed, into the fire everlasting, which now is the (6) axe put unto the root of is prepared for the devil and his angels! the trees; so that every tree that Therefore, brethren, take we heed bebringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn time, while the day of salvation lasteth; down and cast into the fire. It is a for the (1) night cometh, when none fearful thing to fall into the hands of the can work. But let us, while we have living God : he shall (c) pour down the light, believe in the light, and walk rain upon the sinners, snares, fire, and as children of the light; that we be brimstone, storm, and tempest; this not cast into utter darkness, where is shall be their portion to drink. For, weeping and gnashing of teeth. Let lo, the Lord is come out of his place, us not abuse the goodness of God, who to visit the wickedness of such as dwell calleth us mercifully to amendment ; upon the earth. But (d) who may and of his endless pity promiseth us abide the day of his coming? Who forgiveness of that which is past, if with shall be able to endure when he ap- a perfect and true heart we return unto peareth ? His (e) fan is in his hand, him. For though (m) our sins be as and he will purge his floor, and gather red as scarlet, they shall be made white his wheat into the barn ; but he will
as snow; and though they be like burn the chaff with unquenchable fire. purple, yet they shall be made white
The (g) day of the Lord cometh as a as wool. Turn (n) ye (saith the Lord) thief in the night: and when men shall from all your wickedness, and your say, “Peace," and "all things are safe;" sins shall not be your destruction. Cast then shall sudden destruction come away from you all your ungodliness upon
them as sorrow cometh upon a that ye have done; make you new woman travailing with child, and they hearts and a new spirit: Wherefore shall not escape. Then shall appear will ye die, Oye house of Israel? seethe wrath of God in the day of ven
ing that I have no pleasure in the death geance, which obstinate sinners, through of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: the stubbornness of their heart, have Turn ye then, and ye shall live. Alheaped upon themselves; which de- though we have sinned, yet have (0) spised the goodness, patience and long- we an Advocate with the Father, Jesus suffering of God, when he called them
Christ the righteous; and he is the continually to repentance. Then shall (h) | propitiation for our sins: For he (P) they call upon me (saith the Lord), but was wounded for our offences, and I will not hear; they shall seek me smitten for our wickedness. Let us early, but they shall not find me; and therefore return unto him, who is the that because they hated knowledge, merciful receiver of all true penitent and received not the fear of the Lord; sinners; assuring yourselves that he is but abhorred my counsel, and despised ready to receive us, and most willing my correction. Then (i) shall it be too to pardon us, if we come unto him late to knock, when the door shall be with faithful repentance; if we submit shut; and too late to cry for mercy, ourselves unto him, and from hence
(6) Matt. iii. 10.
ík) Matt. xxv. 41.
forth walk in his ways; if we will take accused, by thy merciful pardon may his easy yoke and light burden upon be absolved, through Christ our Lord. us, to follow him in lowliness, patience,
Amen. and charity, and be ordered by the governance of his Holy Spirit ; seeking most mighty God, and merciful always his glory, and serving him duly Father, who hast compassion upon all in our vocation with thanksgiving. men, and hatest nothing that thou hast This if we do, Christ will deliver us made; who wouldest not the death of from the curse of the law, and from the a sinner, but that he should rather turn extreme malediction which shall light from his sin, and be saved; Mercifully upon them that shall be set on the left forgive us our trespasses; receive and hand; and he will set us on his right comfort us, who are grieved and wearied hand, and give us the gracious benedic- with the burden of our sins. Thy protion of his father, commanding us to perty is always to have mercy; to thee take possession of his glorious kingdom : only it appertaineth to forgive sins. unto which may he vouchsafe to bring Spare us therefore, good Lord, spare us all, for his infinite mercy. Amen. thy people, whom thou hast redeemed;
enter not into judgment with thy serThen shall they all kneel upon their knees ; vants, who are vile earth, and miserable
and the Priest and Clerks kneeling in the sinners; but so turn thine anger from place where they are accustomed to say the us, who meekly acknowledge our vileLitany, shall say,
ness, and truly repent us of our faults; Psalm li. (ante, 317.)
and so make haste to help us in this Lord, have mercy upon us.
world, that we may ever live with thee
in the world to come, through Jesus Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the People say this that followeth,
after the Minister. Our Father, &c. to— But deliver us
Turn thou us, O good Lord, and so from evil. Amen.
shall we be turned. Be favourable, Minister. O Lord, save thy ser- O Lord, be favourable to thy people,
who turn to thee in weeping, fasting, Answer. That put their trust in thee. and praying: For thou art a merciful
Minister. Send unto them help from God, full of compassion, long-suffering, above. Answer. And evermore mightily de
and of great pity. Thou sparest when
we deserve punishment, and in thy fend them.
wrath thinkest upon mercy. Spare Minister. Help us, O God, our
thy people, good Lord, spare them ;
And let not thine heritage be brought Answer. And for the glory of thy to confusion. Hear us, O Lord, for Name deliver us; be merciful to us thy mercy is great ; and after the mulsinners, for thy Name's sake.
titude of thy mercies, look upon us, Minister. O Lord, hear our prayer; Through the merits and mediation of
Answer. And let our cry come unto thy blessed Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, thee.
Then the Minister alone shall say, O Lord, we beseech thee, mercifully The Lord bless us, and keep us ; the hear our prayers, and spare all those Lord lift
up the light of his countenance who confess their sins unto thee; that upon us, and give us peace now and for they, whose consciences by sin are evermore. Amen.
PRAYERS TO BE USED AT SEA.
The Morning and Evening Service, to be used daily at Sea, shall be the same which is
appointed in the Book of Common Prayer. These two following Prayers are to be also and seen all things quiet about us, we
used in his Majesty's Navy every Day. have forgotten thee our God, and reO ETERNAL Lord God, who alone
fused to hearken to the still voice of thy spreadest out the heavens, and (a) rulest Word, and to obey thy commandments:
But now we see how terrible thou art the raging of the sea; who hast com
in all thy works of wonder; the great passed the waters with bounds, until day and night come to an end; Be
God to be feared above all : And therepleased to receive into thy Almighty fore we adore thy Divine Majesty, acand most gracious protection the Per- knowledging thy power, and imploring sons of us thy servants, and the Fleet thy goodness. Help, Lord, and save in which we serve. Preserve us from
us for thy mercies' sake in Jesus Christ the dangers of the sea, and from the thy Son our Lord. Amen. violence of the enemy; that we may be
Or this : a safeguard unto our most, gracious | O most glorious and gracious Lord Sovereign Lord King GEORĞE and
God, who dwellest in heaven, but behis dominions, and a security for such
holdest all things below; Look down, as pass on the seas upon their lawful
we beseech thee, and hear us, calling occasions; that the inhabitants of our
out of the depth of misery, and out of Island may in peace and quietness serve
the jaws of this death, which is ready thee our God; and that we may return
now to swallow us up : Save, Lord, or in safety to enjoy the blessings of the
else we perish. The living, the living, land, with the fruits of our labours ; and with a thankful remembrance of command to rebuke the raging winds,
shall praise thee. O send thy word of thy mercies to praise and glorify thy and the roaring sea ; that we, being holy Name, through Jesus Christ our
delivered from this distress, may live to Lord. Amen.
serve thee, and to glorify thy name all The Collect.
the days of our life. Hear, Lord, and PREVENT us, O Lord, in all our
save us, for the infinite merits of our
blessed Saviour, thy Son our Lord doings, with thy most gracious favour,
Jesus Christ. Amen. and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued,
The Prayer to be said before a Fight at Semu and ended in thee, we may glorify thy
against an Enemy. holy Name, and finally by thy mercy | O most powerful and glorious Lord obtain everlasting life, through Jesus
God, the Lord of hosts, that rulest and Christ our Lord. Amen.
commandest all things; thou sittest in Prayers to be used in Storms at Sea. the throne judging right; and therefore O most powerful and glorious Lord we make our address to thy Divine God, at whose command the winds Majesty in this our necessity; that thou blow, and lift up the waves of the sea,
wouldest take the cause into thine own and who stillest the rage thereof; We hand, and judge between us and our thy creatures, but miserable sinners, do enemies. Stir up thy strength, O Lord, in this our great distress cry unto thee
and come and help us : for thou givest for help: “Save, Lord, or else we perish.”
not alway the battle to the strong, but We confess, when we have been safe,
canst save by many or by few. Olet
not our sins now cry against us for (a) “ Rulest, &c." Ps. Ixxxix. 9. vengeance; but hear us thy poor ser