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A FORM OF PRAYER

PREPARATORY TO

CONFIRMATION.

The Minister shall first read these sentences from Holy Scripture, and the Exhortation following.

I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth. S. John xiv. 16, 17.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. S. Matt. xxviii. 19.

Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. S. John iii. 5.

By one Spirit are we all baptized into one body; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 1 Cor. xii. 13.

When Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them. Acts xix. 6.

Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God? 1 Cor. vi. 19.

Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Rom. viii. 9.

As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Rom. viii. 14.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Gal. v. 25.

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 1 Cor. xii. 4.

No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 1 Cor. xii. 3.

Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts. 1 Cor. xiv. 1.

Seeing then, brethren, that Holy Scripture witnesseth to us, that they who are baptized into Christ, are baptized by God the Holy Ghost, and that they who would abide in Christ must live and walk in the Spirit, I beseech you to call to mind the many ways in which you have grieved the Holy Spirit, and broken the covenant of grace into which in your Baptism you were received by God. That so, humbling yourselves before Almighty God our heavenly Father, and confessing your sins, you may, through his great mercy, be raised up again; and may receive in the laying on of hands by his servant the Bishop, the increase of his Holy Spirit; and may be preserved in the unity of his holy Church, and enabled to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit; and may at length be presented without spot before God, through the merits of his only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Then shall the Catechumens say the following Confession after the Minister.

O Lord God, our heavenly Father, we have

sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments. We have broken thy covenant, which Thou madest with us in our Baptism, and grieved and provoked thy Holy Spirit, through whom we were born again. We have well-nigh separated ourselves by our sins from the mystical body of thy dear Son, and are no more worthy to be called thy children, or to be received into thy heavenly kingdom.

For we have yielded to the temptations of Satan, and have walked in pride and vanity, in selfishness and deceit, in anger and malice, and have done the works of the evil one.

We have coveted and pursued the pomps and vanities of this wicked world.

We have indulged the sinful lusts of the flesh. We have loved that which Thou hatest, and have even hated to be reformed by Thee.

We have neither believed in Thee, O our God; nor loved Thee, nor obeyed Thee as we ought, and as we were solemnly bound to do.

O Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare us, good Lord, and turn us, and have mercy upon us for his sake, whose Body was broken and his Blood shed as the propitiation for our sins.

Take not away thy mercies from us; but renew, O Lord, we beseech Thee, whatever has been decayed by the fraud and malice of the devil, or by our own carnal will and frailness; and continue us, though we are unworthy, in the unity of thy

holy Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Priest. Turn thy face from our sins;
Answer. And put out all our misdeeds.
Make us a clean heart, O God;
And renew a right spirit within us.
Cast us not away from thy presence;
And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
O give us the comfort of thy help again;
And stablish us with thy free Spirit.

Then will we run the way of thy commandments;
When Thou hast set our hearts at liberty.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Let us pray.

O Lord, raise up, we pray Thee, thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord, to whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

Then shall be sung or said, all standing, the Psalms that follow.

Psalm cxliii.

1 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and consider my desire: hearken unto me for thy truth and righteousness' sake.

2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground: he hath laid me in the darkness, as the men that have been long dead.

4 Therefore is my spirit vexed within me: and my heart within me is desolate.

5 Yet do I remember the time past; I muse upon all thy works: yea, I exercise myself in the works of thy hands.

6 I stretch forth my hands unto Thee: my soul gaspeth unto Thee as a thirsty land.

7 Hear me, O Lord, and that soon, for my spirit waxeth faint: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

8 O let me hear thy loving-kindness betimes in the morning, for in Thee is my trust: shew Thou me the way that I should walk in, for I lift up my soul unto Thee.

9 Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies : for I flee unto Thee to hide me.

10 Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth Thee, for Thou art my God: let thy loving Spirit lead me forth into the land of righteousness.

11 Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name's sake: and for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.

12 And of thy goodness slay mine enemies: and destroy all them that vex my soul; for I am thy servant.

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