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Thou shalt not kill.


Thou shalt not commit adultery.


Thou shalt not steal.


Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neigh-


Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house; thou


^alt not eovet thy neigliboiir's M'ife ; nor his man-ser-
vant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor iiis ass ; nor
any thing that is tliy neighbour's.


EAR also what our Lord Jesus Christ saith, in tlie 22d
chapter of tlie Gospel according to St. Matthew.

THOU shalt love the Lord thy God with all tliy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This
is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself.

On these two commandments hang all the law and
the prophets.

"n EARLY beloved I

There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth
good and sinneth not. Ecc. vH., 20,

If we say we are perfect, it shall also prove us per-
verse. Job ix., 20.

But there is forgiveness with God. Psabn cxxx., 4.

He hath raised up his Son Jesus, and sent him to
bless us, in turning away every one of us from his ini-
quities. Acts in., 26.

By prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let
our requests be made known unto God. Philip, iv., 6.

Let us pray.

Q ALMIGHTY God ! Lord of heaven and earth, we

humble ourselves before thy Divine Majesty. Thou

art God over all, the Supreme, the Eternal. Thou didst


make the heavens, and all the hosts thereof; the earth,
and all that therein is. Thou givest life to all things ;
and the army of heaven boweth down before thee. Thy
majesty is incomprehensible ; thy greatness infinitely
above our thoughts and our praises. But thy goodness
is over all thy works, and we offer unto thee our thanks
for the manifold blessings thou hast vouchsafed to us,
even unto this day.

O Lord ! we are crowned with thy favours ; and the
testimonies of thy loving kindness are ever around us.
Thou hast given us life ; and thy bountiful hand hath
not ceased to provide all that is necessary, to enable us
to pass our days in peace. But we praise thee, espe-
cially, that thou hast blessed us with all spiritual bless-
ings in Jesus Christ, and art willing to number us with
those who have been ransomed by the blood of thy Son,
and are called to inherit the glory of thy kingdom.
Through thy great mercy, thou hast offered to all of us
the means of salvation, furthering us by thy word, by
the influence of thy Spirit, by the voice of thy servants,
by thy bounties, thy chastisements, and thy continued
help. Thou hast not rejected us in the midst of our
iniquities ; we are this day engaged in thy worship ;
and thou art still disposed to bless us.

But we have abused thy mercies, our God ! and
have made them the occasions of transgressing. We
have not served thee, even whilst receiving thy benefits.
We have not walked in the light of thy Gospel, nor
have we lived in a manner worthy of our vocation.

O Lord ! we confess the multitude and greatness of
our iniquities. Neither we, nor our rulers, nor our pas-


tors, nor the people, have been mindful of thy com-
mandments, nor of the warnings vouchsafed unto us
during the years of thy forbearance. O Lord ! the sins
committed among us provoke thine anger. Impiety
and indevotion, hypocrisy, blasphemy, and the profana-
tion of thy holy name, of thy worship, and of thy lavps ;
injustice, violence and fraud ; hatred, dissensions, envy
and evil speaking ; sensuality and intemperance ; pride,
luxury, avarice, and the love of the world ; open trans-
gressions, and secret sins ; the trespasses of the high, and
the trespasses of the low ; all these sins, O God ! most
righteous judge, all these sins pollute our country and
its inhabitants, and justly kindle thine indignation and
thy wrath.

O Lord ! thou art just, and we are wicked. To thee
belongeth righteousness ; to us confusion of face. Thou
mayest justly condemn us, and cast us away from thy
presence ; but we confess our guilt, and humbly trust to
the greatness of thy mercy.

O God ! who desirest not the death of a sinner, but
rather that he may turn fi-om his wickedness and live ;
who despisest not the prayers and sighs of such as call
upon thee, hearken unto us, and to all who confess their
faults. Give thy grace unto those who are penitent.
Turn us unto thee, that, forsaking our sins and liv-
ing in newness of life, we may be acceptable in thy

O Lord our God ! we ask these blessings through
thine infinite goodness, in the name of thy Son, our
Redeemer, who hath taught us to pray unto thee, say-
ing :вАФ


nUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy
name ; thy kingdom come ; thy will be done on
earth, as it is in heaven ; give us this day our daily
bread ; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those
who trespass ag-ainst us ; and lead us not into tempta-
tion ; but deliver us fi-om evil : for thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Atnen,

Then shall be read a Lesson from the Old Testament.

Before reading the Lessons from the Old and Neio Testaments,
the Minuter shall announce the book and chapter ; and
after reading them,, shall use these words, Here endeth the
First, or the Second Lesson.

After the Lesson froi^ the Old Testament, shall be sung tJie fol-


Or a Canticle, Psalm or Hymn, announced by the Minister.

Here the People rise.

rj.LORY be to God on high, and on earth peace, good
will towards men. We prai?e thee, we bless thee,
we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee
for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God
the Fatlier Almighty.

O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ ; O Lord
God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, who takest away
the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou, who


takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Thou, who takest away the sins of the world, receive our
prayer. Thou, who sittest at the right hand of God the
Father, have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy ; thou only art the Lord ; thou
only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in
the glory of God the Father. A7nen.

Then shall be read a Lesson from the New Testament.

After which, may be sung a Psalm or Hymn.

Then the Sermon, a Psalm or Hymn, and a Doxology.

If any of the Prayers or Thanksgivings from Part III. are to
be used, notice may be given here.

Then the Minister shall say.

Let US pray.

Here introduce the Prayers or Thanksgivings from Part III.,
appropriate to the notice given.

After which, the Prayer following, and a Benediction.

r\ LORD, our God ! Creator and Father of the human
race ! who hast commanded that prayer and sup-
phcation be made for all mankind, we beseech thee that
the light of thy holy Gospel may shine upon all nations
and upon all men, who still sit in darkness, to the end
that thy name, which is great and holy, may be known
and glorified in all places ; through Jesus Christ our


We pray to thee, O God ! for the prosperity of the
Church Universal. Guide it always by thy word and
Spirit ; and suffer not the gates of hell to prevail against
it. Deliver all ChurcLes wliicli suffer persecution.
Take away, we beseech thee, the errors and dissensions
which disturb thy people ; and unite them all in the
bonds of truth, of godliness, and of peace. Vouclisafe thy
blessing to the Churches of these "-tates: preserve them
fi'oni error and from vice ; remove from them ignorance
and scandal ; and grant that peace, order and piety may
prevail among them. O Lord 1 be gracious unto this
Church, and increase in us the knowledge and th

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