AN ACT OF CONFESSION AND SUPPLICATION

Almighty, Holy, and most Merciful God,
before whom all hearts are open and all de-
sires known, deeply humbled because of my
sins, I make confession unto Thee. My
sins, Lord, if I would I cannot hide from
Thee; for Thou searchest the heart and
triest the reins, and all things are naked
and open unto Thee with whom we have to
do.

Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned.
I have sinned through ignorance and error;
I have sinned through weakness; I have
sinned through rashness; I have sinned
through neglect of my duties and privi-
leges; I have sinned through unfaithfulness
to my most solemn vows made unto Thee; I
have sinned against Thee, Lord, in not
loving Thee with all my heart, with all my
soul, with all my mind, and with all my
strength; I have sinned against my fellow-
beings, whom Thou hast taught me to love
as myself; I have sinned against myself, in
yielding to the seducements of the world, the
flesh, and the devil:

Lord, be merciful unto me, a sinner.

Wherein I have sinned against Thee, O
Lord, in doing the things I ought not to
have done, and in leaving undone the things
which it was my duty to do:

O Lord forgive.

Wherein I have offended, or grieved, or
injured any of my fellow-beings in word or
in deed:

O Lord forgive.

Wherein I have been incorrect and un-
grateful to those whom Thou hast placed
over me in the family, in the state, or in the
church:

O Lord forgive.

Wherein I have entertained envy, ill-will,
malice, or any other unholy feeling towards
any one:

O Lord forgive.

Wherein I have fallen under the power
of impure passions, affections and desires,
and thus have grieved Thy Holy Spirit
within me:

O Lord forgive.

All the sins which I know, and all which
I know not:

O Lord forgive.

O Thou, who didst pardon and justify the
publican, who, for shame of his sins, would
not so much as lift his eyes towards heaven,
but smote on his breast, and said, God be
merciful to me a sinner:

Be merciful to me, a sinner.

O Thou, who didst not cast from Thee
Mary Magdalene, who was so great a sinner,
but didst say, Thy sins, which are many,
are forgiven:

My sins, which are many, O Lord forgive.

O Thou, who didst cast a melting look of
mercy and love upon Peter, though he wick-
edly denied Thee thrice:

Grant me penitence and pardon.

O Thou, who didst not despise the prayer
of the malefactor on the Cross, but didst
graciously promise him an abode in Thy
paradise: cast me not away, who am also
the purchase of Thy dreadful passion and
bitter death:

Lord Jesus, remember me, now that Thou
art in Thy kingdom.

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the
Father, that takest away the sins of the
world:
Have mercy on me.
Thou that takest away the sins of the
world:
Have mercy on me.
Thou that takest away the sins of the
world:
Receive my prayer.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God
the Father:
Have mercy on me.

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
the Father.

Lord Jesus, to whom shall I go but unto
Thee, Thou hast the words of eternal life:
and I believe, and am sure that Thou art
that Christ, the Son of the living God.

With penitent and believing heart, O
Lord, I offer myself anew unto Thee through
the merits of Thy dear Son, our Saviour.
Forever unbroken be the vow of this cove-
nant, which I here renew upon my sinful
knees, in grateful remembrance of His Cross
and bitter passion. May the merits of His
death be mine in life: may the power of His
life be my strength in death: and may His
glory be my joy and blessedness in Thine
everlasting kingdom: where He liveth and
reigneth, with Thee and the Holy Ghost,
ever one God, world without end:
Amen.

Having made this confession, and offered
this prayer: Hear, now, with a believing
heart, the gracious promises of Him who
hath no pleasure in the death of a sinner,
and who bore all our sins in His own body
upon the tree:

If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him
from the dead, thou shalt he saved. For with the heart,
man believeth unto righteousness: and with the mouth,
confession is made unto salvation. — Rom. x. 9, 10.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive
us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. —
1 John i. 9.

Him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out. —
St. John vi. 37.

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest. — St. Matt. xi. 28.

These precious promises I embrace with a
believing heart. They are yea and amen,
in Christ Jesus. The Almighty God, the
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, be merciful
and gracious unto me, confirming toward me
His love, for the sake of His dear Son, our
Saviour, who suffered, and died, and arose,
and ascended, and intercedes, and reigns
for me, in union with the Father and the
Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without
end:
Amen.

III.

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