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A Prayer for the Chief Governor or Governors of Ireland, to be used after the Prayer for the Royal Family, in the Morning or Evening Service; or, when the Litany is used, after the Prayer, (We humbly beseech thee, &c.)
¶ No Chief Governor is to be Prayed for until he be sworn.
¶ When there is a Lord Lieutenant, and also a Lord Deputy, or Lords Justices, then both shall be prayed for.
ALmighty God, from whom all Power is derived, &c.
ALmighty God, in whose hands all earthly Power, &c.
These Prayers appears as given here in the 1724 BCP. In the 1739 Book, they are ptined out in full and placed in the Prayers & Thanksgivings
A Form of Prayer for the Visitation of Prisoners, treated upon by the Archbishops, and Bishops, and the rest of the Clergy of Ireland, and agreed upon by Her Majesty's License in their Synod, holden at Dublin in the Year 1711.
¶ When Morning or Evening Prayer shall he read in any Prison, instead of the Venite exultemus, or the Magnificat, shall be read the 130th Psalm, De Profundis, and the Minister shall insert, after the Collect for the day, the Collect in the following Service, [O God, who sparest, &c.], and at such times as the Litany is not read, he shall add the Prayer, O God, merciful Father, who despisest not, &c.
¶ And when notice is given to the Minister, that a Prisoner is confined for some great or capital Ccrime, he shall visit him; and when he cometh into the Place where the Prisoner is, he shall say, kneeling down,REMEMBER not, Lord, our iniquities, nor the iniquities our forefathers; neither take thou vengeance of our sins; spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever.
Answer. Spare us, good Lord.
Let us pray.Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Our Father, who art in heaven, &c.
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
O GOD, who sparest when we deserve punishment, and in thy wrath rememberest mercy; We humbly beseech thee, of thy goodness to comfort and succour all those who are under reproach and misery in the house of bondage; correct them not in thine anger, neither chasten them in thy sore displeasure. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of thy threats and promises; that they may neither cast away their confidence in thee, nor place it any where but in thee. Relieve the Distressed, protect the Innocent, and awaken the Guilty: and forasmuch as thou alone bringest light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant that the pains and punishments which these thy servants endure, through their bodily confinement, may tend to setting free their souls from the chains of sin; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ Here the Minister, as he shall see convenient, may read the Prayer for All Conditions of Men, the Collect for Ash Wednesday, and the Collect after the Offertory, beginning Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, &c., or any other prayer of the Liturgy, which he shall judge proper.
¶ Then shall the Minister exhort the Prisoner or Prisoners after this form, or other like.
DEARLY beloved, know this,
that Almighty God, whose never-failing providence governeth all things
both in heaven and earth, hath so wisely and mercifully ordered the course
of this world, that his Judgments are often sent as fatherly corrections
to us; and if with due submission and resignation to his holy will we
receive the same, they will work together for our good.
¶ Here the Minister shall examine him concerning his Faith, and rehearse the Articles of the Creed.
Dost thou believe in God, &c. And the Prisoner shall answer, All this I steadfastly believe.
¶ Then shall the Minister examine whether he repent him truly of his sins, and be in charity with all the world, and farther admonish him particularly concerning the crimes wherewith he is charged; and exhort him, if he have any scruples, that he would declare the same, and prepare himself for the Holy Communion, against the time that it may be proper to administer it to him.
¶ Then, all kneeling, the Minister shall say as follows, from the 51st Psalm,Have mercy upon me, O God, &c.
Let us pray.
O LORD, we beseech thee, mercifully hear our prayers, and spare all those who confess their sins unto thee; that they, whose consciences by sin are accused, by thy merciful pardon may be absolved; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ Then the Minister shall say,
O GOD, whose mercy is everlasting,
and power infinite; look down with pity and compassion upon the sufferings
of these thy servants; and whether thou visitest for tryal of their patience,
or punishment of their offences, enable them by thy grace cheerfully to
submit themselves to thy holy Will and Pleasure.
Prayers for Persons under Sentence &c.
¶ When a Criminal is under Sentence of Death, the Minister shall proceed, immediately after the Collect, [O God, who sparest, &c.] to exhort him after this form, or other like.
DEARLY beloved, it hath
pleased Almighty God, in his justice, to bring you. under the sentence
and condemnation of the Law. You are shortly to suffer death in such a
manner, that others, warned by your example, may be the more afraid to
offend; and we pray God, that you may make such use of your punishments
in this world, that your soul may be saved in the world to come.
¶ Here the Minister shall examine him concerning his faith, and rehearse the Articles of the Creed.
Dost thou believe in God, &c. And the Criminal shall answer, All this I steadfastly believe.
¶ Then shall the Minister examine whether he repent him truly of his sins, exhorting him to a particular confession of the sin for which he is condemned; and upon confession, he shall instruct him what satisfaction ought to be made to those whom he has offended thereby; and if he knoweth any combinations in wickedness, or any evil practices designed against others, let him be admonished to the utmost of his power to discover and prevent them.
¶ After his confession, the Priest shall absolve him (if he humbly and heartily desre it) after the form which is appointed in the Office of the Visitation of the Sick, or in that used in the Communion Service.
¶ After Absolution shall be said the
O Holy Jesus, who, of thine infinite goodness, didst accept the conversion of a sinner on the Cross, open thine eye of mercy upon this thy servant, who desireth pardon and forgiveness, though in his latest hour he turneth unto thee. Renew in him whatsoever hath been decayed by the fraud and malice of the devil, or by his own carnal will and frilliness. Consider his contrition; accept his repentance; and forasmuch as he putteth his full trust only in thy mercy, impute not unto him his former sins, but strengthen him with thy blessed Spirit: and when thou art pleased to take him hence, take him unto thy favour. This we beg through thy merits, O Lord, our Saviour and our Redeemer. Amen.
¶ Then the Minister shall say,
O Father of mercies, and God of all comfort; We fly unto thee for succour in behalf of this thy servant, who is now under the sentence of Condemnation. The day of his calamity is at hand, and he in accounted as one of those who go down into the pit. Blessed Lord, remember thy mercies; look upon his infirmities; hear the voice of his complaint; give him, we beseech thee, patience in this his time of adversity, and support under the terrors which encompass him; set before his eyes the things he hath done in the Body, which have justly provoked thee to anger; and forasmuch as his continuance appeareth to be short amongst us, quicken him so much the more by thy grace and Holy Spirit; that he, being converted and reconciled unto thee, before thy Judgments have cut him off from the earth, may at the hour of his death depart in peace, and be received into thine everlasting Kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ Adding this.
O Saviour of the world, who by thy Cross and precious Blood hast redeemed us; Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.
¶ Then the Minister, standing, shall say,
IN the midst of life we are in death:
of whom may we seek for succour, but of thee, O Lord, who for our sins
art justly displeased?
¶ Then the Minister shall say,
THe Almighty God, who is a most strong tower to all those who put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey, Be now and evermore thy defence; and make thee know and feel, that there is none other Name under heaven given to man, in whom, and through whom, thou mayest receive salvation, but only the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
¶ And after that shall say,
UNTO God's gracious mercy and protection we commit thee. The Lord bless thee, and keep thee. The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace, both now and evermore. Amen.
¶ At the time of Execution, besides all, or such
parts of the foregoing Office as, the Minister shall judge proper, shall
be said the Commendatory Prayer for a person at the point
of departure, as it is in the Visitation of the Sick.
The Collect for the Communion Service.
O God, who declarest thy almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity; We beseech thee to have mercy upon this thy servant, who for his transgressions is appointed to die. Grant that he may take thy judgments patiently, and repent him truly of his sins; yet he recovering thy favour, the fearful reward of his actions may end with this life; and whensoever his soul shall depart from the body it may be without spot presented unto thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Heb. 12. 11.
NO chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness, unto them which are exercised thereby.
The Gospel. St. John 5. 24.
VERILY, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
A Prayer for imprisoned Debtors.
MOst gracious God, look
down in pity and compassion upon these thine afflicted servants, who are
fallen under the misery of a close restraint. Give them always a deep
sense of their sins, and of thy fatherly love and correction; and the
more their confinement presseth hard upon them, the more let the comforts
of thy grace and mercy abound towards them. Give to their Creditors tenderness
and compassion, and to them a meek and forgiving spirit towards all those
who have confined them, and a full purpose to repair all the injuries
and losses which others have sustained by them. Raise them up friends
to pity and relieve them; give them the continued comfort of thy countenance
here; and so sanctify their afflictions, that they may work for them an
eternal weight of glory through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ
thy Son our Lord. Amen.
By the Lord Lieutenant and Council of Ireland.
Given at the Council-Chamber in Dublin, the 13th Day of April, 1714.
Tho. Armagh. Con. Phipps, Canc. Kildare, Mount-Alexander. Abercorn. W. Kildare. Edw. Down and Connor. Char. Fielding Rich. Cox. Robt. Doyne. Rob. Rocefort. P. Savage. Theoph. Butler. J. Stanley. Wm. Steuart.
This Declaration appears in the 1739 BCP only.
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