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merciful God, confirm and strengthen us; that, as we grow in age, we may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer for grace to ness and corruption of our nature, enable us to perform
that resolution. and the manifold temptations which we daily meet with; We humbly beseech thee to have compassion on our infirmities, and to give us the constant assistance of thy Holy Spirit; that we may be effectually restrained from sin, and excited to our duty. Imprint upon our hearts such a dread of thy judgments, and such a grateful sense of thy goodness to us, as may make us both afraid and ashamed to offend thee. And, above all, keep in our minds a lively remembrance of that great day, in which we must give a strict account of our thoughts, words, and actions; and according to the works done in the body, be eternally rewarded or punished, by him whom thou hast appointed the Judge of quick and dead, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For grace to guide protection for the ensuing day. Keep and keep us the folus temperate in our meats and drinks, lowing day, and for
God's blessing on the and diligent in our several callings. Grant
business of the same. us patience under any afflictions thou shalt
* On Sunday mornsee fit to lay on us, and minds always con
ing, instead of this, tented with our present condition. Give
say, and let thy Hous grace to be just and upright in all our
ly Spirit accompany
us to the place of dealings ; quiet and peaceable; full of com
thy public worship, passion; and ready to do good to all men, making us serious according to our abilities and opportu- and attentive, and nities. Direct us in all our ways, *[and from the thoughts
raising our minds prosper the works of our hands in the of this world to the business of our several stations.]
consideration of the De
next, that we may fend us from all dangers and adversities; fervently join in the and be graciously pleased to take us, prayers and praises
of thy Church, and and all things belonging to us, under
listen to our duty thy fatherly care and protection. These with honest hearts,
in order to practise things, and whatever else thou shalt see necessary and convenient to us, we humbly
beg, through the merits and mediation of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
E grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of
God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
q The Family being together, a little before bed time, let the Master or Mistress, or any other
whom they shall think proper, say as follows, all kneeling. UR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation ; But deliver us from evil : For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
* Here let him who
ST merciful God, who art of purer
Confession of sins, eyes than to behold iniquity, and
with a prayer for hast promised forgiveness to all those who
contrition and par
don. confess and forsake their sins; We come before thee in an humble sense of our own unworthiness, acknowledging our manifold transgressions of thy righteous laws.* But, O gracious Father, who desirest not the death of a sinner, look reads make a short
every one upon us, we beseech thee, in mercy, and Pause,
may secretly confess forgive us all our transgressions. Make the sins and failings us deeply sensible of the great evil of of that day. them; and work in us an hearty contrition; that we may
; obtain forgiveness at thy hands, who art ever ready to receive humble and penitent sinners; for the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ, our only Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
ND lest, through our own frailty, or the Prayer for grace temptations which encompass us, we
to reform and grow be drawn again into sin, Vouchsafe us, we beseech thee, the direction and assistance of thy Holy Spirit.
Reform whatever is amiss in the temper and disposition of our souls; that no unclean thoughts, unlawful designs, or inordinate desires, may rest there. Purge our hearts from envy, hatred, and malice: that we may never suffer the sun to go down upon our wrath ; but may always go to our rest in peace, charity, and good-will, with a conscience void of offence towards thee, and towards men : That so we may be preserved pure and blameless, unto the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Intercession. for all mankind. Let the light of thy Gospel shine upon all nations; and may as many as have received it, live as becomes it. Be gracious unto thy Church; and grant that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may serve thee faithfully. Bless all in authority over us; and so rule their hearts and strengthen their hands, that they may punish wickedness and vice, and maintain thy true religion and virtue.
religion and virtue. Send down thy blessings, temporal and spiritual, upon all our relations, friends, and neighbours. Reward all who have done us good, and pardon all those who have done or wish us evil, and give them repentance and better minds. Be merciful to all who are in any trouble ; and do thou, the God of pity, administer to them according to their several necessities; for his sake who went about doing good, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
10 our prayers, O Lord, we join our
The Thanksgiving. unfeigned thanks for all thy mercies; for our being, our reason, and all other endowments and faculties of soul and body; for our health, friends, food, and raiment, and all the other comforts and conveniences of life. Above all, we adore thy mercy in sending thy only Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and eternal death, and in giving us the knowledge and sense of our duty towards thee. We bless thee for thy patience with us, notwithstanding our many and great provocations; for all the directions, assistances, and comforts of thy Holy Spirit; for thy continual care and watchful providence over us through the whole course of our lives; and particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day: beseeching thee to continue these thy blessings to us; and to give us grace to show our thankfulness in a sincere obedience to his laws, through whose merits and intercession we received them all, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer for God's tinue thy gracious protection to us protection through
the night following. this night. Defend us from all dangers and mischiefs, and from the fear of them; that we may enjoy such refreshing sleep as may fit us for the duties of the following day. Make us ever mindful of the time when we shall lie down in the dust; and grant us grace always to live in such a state, that we may never be afraid to die: so that, living and dying, we may be thine, through the merits and satisfaction of thy Son Jesus Christ, in whose Name we offer up these our imperfect prayers. Amen. . HE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of
God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
On Sundays and on other days, when it may be convenient, it will be proper to begin with
a Chapter, or part of a Chapter, from the New Testament.
SELECTIONS OF PSALMS,
TO BE USED INSTEAD OF THE PSALMS FOR THE DAY, AT THE
DISCRETION OF THE MINISTER.
Psalm xix. Cæli enarrant. THE heavens declare the glory of God; and the
firmament showeth his handy-work. One day telleth another; and one night certifieth another.
There is neither speech nor language; but their voices are heard among them.
Their sound is gone out into all lands; and their words into the ends of the world.
In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun; which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a giant to run his course.
It goeth forth from the uttermost part of the heaven, and runneth about unto the end of it again; and
there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
The law of the LORD is an undefiled law, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, and giveth wisdom unto the simple.
The statutes of the LORD are right, and rejoice the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, and giveth light unto the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean, and endureth for ever; the judgments of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and the honey-comb.