“To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him neither have we obeyed the Voice of the Lord Our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us.” “In my trouble I will call upon the Lord, and complain unto my God. So shall he hear my voice out of his holy temple; my complaint shall come before him.
Hear our prayers, O God; and do not hide Yourself from our petitions.
Take heed unto us and hear us: how we mourn in our prayer and are vexed.
Unto You will I cry, O Lord, my strength: think no scorn of me; lest, if You make as though You hears not, I become like them that go down into the pit.
Turn O Lord, and deliver my soul: O save me for Your mercies sake.
Nevertheless tho’ I am sometime afraid; yet I put my trust in God.
He verily is our strength and our salvation:
He is our defense, so that we shall not greatly fall.
O put your trust in Him always, ye people: pour out your hearts before Him, for God is our hope.
As for the children of men they are but vanity: the children of men are deceitful upon the weights; they are altogether lighter than vanity itself.
O trust not in wrong and robbery: give not yourselves unto vanity: if riches increase set not your heart upon them.
O God, we ask You to be our help in trouble; for vain is the help of man.
You alone deliver our souls from death, and our feet from falling: that we may walk before You in the light of the living.
Go not far from me, O God: my God, hasten to help me.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
Proper Psalms, 25, 38, 57.
Proper Lessons, 1st, Isaiah 37 – 2d, Luke 21
LORD, most good and powerful, we, Your sinful people here assembled before You, acknowledge it to be of Your unspeakable mercy, that for our manifold and heinous provocations, we are not utterly consumed, and given over for a prey to the fury of our enemies, or other scourge of Your avenging hand. We confess, with sorrow and confusion, our long unfruitfulness, under the means of grace, the light of the Gospel, and the many wonderful deliverance’s, which You, in Your great goodness, hast vouchsafed unto us. O Lord, should You enter into judgment with us for our sins, for our profaneness and infidelity, our heresies and schisms, our exclusive pursuit of the business, or inordinate love, of the pleasures of the world, our forgetfulness alike of Your past judgments and mercies, and our other numberless offences, You might justly inflict upon us the severity of Your wrath, and visit us with renewed and heavier calamities. But there is mercy with You ; and therefore shalt You be feared : You art the Lord God, tender and full of compassion, not willing that any should perish, but that all should repent and live. Look down, therefore, we beseech You, with an eye of pity and loving kindness upon Your servants, who, with contrite hearts, here bewail their transgressions and their wickedness. Let us, in this time of trouble, still enjoy the light of Your countenance, and the blessings of Your bountiful hand; and so work upon our hearts and minds, by the influence of Your Holy Spirit, that being turned from the error of our-ways, and created to newness of life, we may walk before You, in righteousness and holiness, in this world, and inherit Your everlasting Kingdom, in that which is to come, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen,
TURN us, O good Lord, and so shall we be turned. Be favorable, O Lord, be favorable to Your people, who turn to You in weeping, fasting and praying. For You are a merciful God, full of compassion, long-suffering, and of great pity. You spare us when we deserve punishment, and in Your wrath You think upon mercy. Spare Your people good Lord, spare them, and let not Your heritage be brought to confusion. Hear us, O Lord, for Your mercy is great, and after the multitude of Your mercies look upon us; through the merits and mediation of Your blessed Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O ALMIGHTY God, who rules over all the nations of the earth, and on whose glorious providence they depend evermore for preservation and prosperity: Extend, we beseech You, Your accustomed goodness to the people of these Provinces; who, looking up to You, as the author of all blessings, and their sure safe-guard and Almighty Deliverer in all dangers and difficulties, do now implore Your watchful care and protection. O Lord, You have before wonderfully delivered us: if You had not been on our side when men rose up against us, they would have swallowed us up ; Continue Your mercy and do not cast out the prayer of Your people who call upon You. Defeat the counsel of the wicked; Open the eyes of the deluded; Strengthen the hands of our defenders; Grant to our rulers a spirit of wisdom and firmness, and give to them and to all of us a spirit of faith and prayer. Stretch forth the right hand of Your majesty to save and defend us from the evils with which we are threatened: But if, in Your wisdom, You have ordained that they should visit us, give us grace that we may humbly and patiently submit to Your correction, and, after having been exercised thereby, may bring forth the peaceable fruits of righteousness, to the praise and glory of Your name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle, Isaiah 58, verse 1
CRY aloud, spare not; lift up Your voice like a trumpet ; and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins Yet they seek me daily, .and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and You see not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and You take no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exact all your labors. Behold ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness j ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen ? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt You call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? Is not this the fast that 1 have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal Your bread to the hungry, and that You bring the poor that are cast out to Your house? when You see the naked, that You cover him, and that You hide not thyself from Your own flesh? Then shall Your light break forth as the morning, and Your health shall spring forth speedily ; and Your righteousness shall go before You: the glory of the Lord shall be Your reward. Then shalt You call, and the Lord will answer; You shalt cry, And he shall say, Here I am.
The Gospel, Matt. chap. 3.
IN those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea. And saying Repent ye : for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esias, saying, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leather girdle about his loins: and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan. And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisee’s and Sadducee’s come to his baptism, he said unto them “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee. from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance. And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to, our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to “raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast, into the fire.”
From the Church of England On Friday, the 7th day of December, 1838