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  1. This reminds me of the opening from the Book Of Common Prayer,

    The minister introduces the service

    Dearly beloved brethren,
    the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge
    and confess our manifold sins and wickedness;

    [and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before
    the face of almighty God our heavenly Father;
    but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent and
    obedient heart;
    to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same
    by his infinite goodness and mercy.
    And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge
    our sins before God;
    yet ought we most chiefly so to do,
    when we assemble and meet together
    to render thanks for the great benefits that we have
    received at his hands,
    to set forth his most worthy praise,
    to hear his most holy word,
    and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary,
    as well for the body as the soul.]

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