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f In Time of Dearth and Famine
OGODJieavenly Father,whose gift it is that the rain doth fall, and the earth bring forth her increase; behold, we beseech thee, tie afflictions of thy people; increase the fruits of the earth by thy heavenly benediction; and grant that the scarcity and dearth which we now most justly suffer for our sins, may, through thy goodness, be mercifully turned into plenty, for the love of Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for ever, Amen.
J In Time of War and Tumults.
O ALMIGHTY God, the supreme Governorof all things, whose power no creature is able to resist, to whom it belongeth justly to punish sinners, and to be merciful to those who truly repent; save and deliver us, we humbly beseech thee, from the hands of our enemies; that we, being armed with thy defence, maybe preserved evermore from all perils, to glorify thee, who art the only giver of all victory, through the merits of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1 For those who are to be admitted into Holy Orders, to be used in the Weeks preceding the stated times of Ordi
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who hast purchased tothyself an universalChurch, by the precious blood of thy dear Son; mercifully look upon the same, and at this time so guide and govern the minds of thy servants, the Bishops and Pastors of thy flock, that they may lay hands suddenly on no man, but faithfully and wisely make choice of Gt persons, to serve in the sacred ministryof thy Church. And, to those who shall be ordained to any holy function, give thy grace and heavenly benediction . that
both by their life and doctrine they may show forth thy glory, and set forward the salvation of all men, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1 Or this.
ALMIGHTY God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy divine providence hast appointed divers orders in thy Church; give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all those who are to be called to any office and administration in the same; and so replenish them with the truth of thy doctrine, and endue them with innocency of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee,to the glory of thy great name, and the benefit of thyhoryChurchjthrougb. Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 1 In Time of great Sickness and Mortality.
O ALMIGHTY God, the Lord of life and death, of sickness and health; regard our suppliestions, we humbly beseech thee; and, as thou hast thought fit to visit us for our sins with great sickness and mortality, in the midst of thy judgment, O Lord, remember mercy. Have pity upon us miserable sinners, and withdraw from us the grievous sickness with which we are afflicted. May thisthy fatherly correction have its due influence up* on us, by leading us to consider how frail and uncertain our life is; that we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom, which in the end will bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 5 For a Sick Person.
O FATHER of mercies, and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need; look down from heaven, we humbly beseech thee, behold, visit, and relieve thy sick servant, for whom our prayers are desired. Look upon him wii^t the eyes of thy mercy; comfort him withasenseoi thy goodness; pre serve him from the temptations of the enemy; give him patience under his affliction; and, in thy good time, restore him to health, and enable him to lead the residue of his life in thy fear, and to thy glory: Or else give him grace so to take thy visitation, that, after this painful life ended, he may dwell with thee in life everlasting, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
1 For a Sick Child.
ALMIGHTY God, and merciful Father,to whom alonebelong the issues of life and death; look down from heaven, we humbly beseech thee, with the eyes of mercy, upon the sick child for whom our prayers are desired. Deliver him; 0 Lord, in thy good appointed time, from his bodily pain, and visit him with thy seal- vation;thatifit should be thy good pleasure to prolong his days here on earth, he may live to thee, and be an instrument of thy glory, by serving thee faithfully, and doing good in his generation: Orelse receive him into those heavenly habitations, where the souls of those who sleep in the Lord Jesus enjoy perpetual rest and felicity. Grant this,0 Lord ,for the love of thy Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen. V For a Person, or Persons going to Sea.
O ETERNAL God, who alone spreadest out the heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea; we commend to thy Almighty protection, thy servant, for whose preservation on the great deep our prayers are desired. Guard him, we beseech thee, from the dangers of the sea, from sickness, from the violence of enemies, and from every evil to which he may be exposed. Conduct him. in safety to the haven where he would be, with a grateful sense of thy mercies, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
IT For a Person under Affliction.
O MERCIFUL God, and hea venly Father,who hast taught us, in thy holy Word, that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men; look with pity, we beseech thee, upon the sorrows of thy servant, for whom our prayers are desired. In thy wisdom thou hast seen fit to visit him with trouble, and to bring distress upon him. Remember him, Lord, in mercy; sanctify thy fatherly correction to him; endue his soul with patience under his affliction, and with resignation to thy blessed will; comfort him with a sense of thy goodness; lift up thy countenance upon him, andgive him peace,through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
U For Malefactors, after Condemnation. Or else the Prayer in the Visitation of Prisoners, beginning, u O Father of Mercies" fe.c. may be used.
OMOST gracious and merciful God, we earnestly beseech thee to have pityUnd compassion upon those persons recommended to our prayers, who now lie under the sentence of the law, and are appointed to die. Visit them, 0 Lord, with thy mercy and salvation; convince them of the miserable condition they are in, by their sins and wickedness; and let thy powerful grace produce in them such a godly sorrow, and sincere repentance, as thou wilt be pleased to accept. Give them a strong and lively faith in. thy Son ourblessed Saviour, and make it effectual to the salvation of their souls. 0 Lord, in judgment remember mercy; and whatever sufferings they are to endure in this world, yet deliver them, O God, from the bitter pains of eternal death. Pardon their sins, and save their souls, for the sake and merits of thy dear Son, our blessed Saviour and Redeemerer. Amen.
I The Thanksgiving of Women after Child-birth; to be said when any Woman, being present in Church, shall have desired to return Thanks to Al mighty God for her safe deliverance.
O ALMIGHTY God, we give thee humble thanks, for that thou hast been graciously pleased topreserve,throughthegreatpain and peril of Child-birth, this woman, thy servant, who desires now to offer her praises and thanksgivings unto thee. Grant, we beseech thee, most merciful Father, that she, through thy help, may both faithfully live and walk according to thy will in this life present, and also may be partaker of everlasting glory in the life to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
i For Rain.
GOD, our heavenly Father, who by thy gracious providence dost cause the former and the latter rain to descend upon the earth, that it may bring forth fruit for the use of man; we give thee humble thanks that it hath pleased thee, in our great necessity, to send us at the last, a joyful rain upon thine inheritance, and to refresh it when it was dry, to the great comfort of us thy unworthy servants, and to the glory of thy holy name, through thy mercies in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
J For Fair Weather.
OLOBD God, who hast justly humbled us by thy late visita£on of us with immoderate rain and waters, and in thy mercy hast relieved and comforted our souls '■•■■ this seasonable and blessed change of weather; wepraise and glorify thy holy name, for this thy mercy, and will always declare thy loving kindness from generation to generation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
IT For Plenty.
MOST merciful Father, who of thy gracious goodness hast heard the devout prayers of thy Church,and turned our dearth and scarcity into plenty; we give thee humble thanks for this thy special bounty; beseeching thee to continue thy loving kindness unto its, that our land may yield us her fruits of increase, to thy glory and our comfort, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. I For Peace, and Deliverance from our Enemies.
O ALMIGHTY God, who art a strong tower of defence unto thy servants against the face of their enemies; we yield thee praise and thanksgiving, for our deliverance from those great and apparent dangers wherewith we were compassed; we acknowledge it thy goodness that we were not delivered over as a prey unto them, beseeching thee still to continue such thy mercies towards us, that all the world may know that thou art our Saviour and mighty Deliverer, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. S For Restoring Public Peace at Home.
O ETERNAL God, our heavenly Father, who alone makest men to be of one mind in a house, and stillest the outrage of a violent and unruly people; we bless thy holy name, that it hath pleased thee to appease the seditious tumults which have been lately raised up amongst us; most humbly beseeching thee to grant to all of us grace, that we may henceforth obediently walk in thy holy commandments; and, leading a ^quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty, may continually offer unto thee our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for these thy mercies towards us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Awn.
J For Deliverance from great Sickness and Mortality.
O LORD God, who hast wounded us for our sins, and consumed us for our transgressions, by thy late heavy and' dreadful visitationjand now, in the midstof judgment remembering mercy, had redeemed our souls from the jaws of death; we offer unto thy fatherly goodness ourselves, our souls and bodies, which thou hast delivered, to be a living sacrifice un'o thee; alwayspraising and magnifying thy mercies in the midst of thy Church, through Tesus Christ our Lord.. Amen. IT For a Recovery from Sickness.
GOD, who art the giver of life, of health, and of safety; we bless thy name, that thou hast been pleased to deliver from his bodily sickness this thy servant, who now desireili to return thanks unto thee, in the presence of all thy people. Gracious art thou,
0 Lord, and full of compassion to the children of men. May his heart be duly impressed with a sense of thy merciful goodness, and may he devote the residue of his days to an humble, holy, and obedient walking before thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Al«en.
S For a safe Return from Sea.
MOST gracious Lord, whose mercy is overall thy works; we praise thy holy name, that thou hast been pleased to conduct in safety, through the perils of the great deep, this thy servant, who now desireth to return his thanks unto thee, in thy holy Church: May he be duly sensible of thy merciful providence towards him, and ever express his thankfulness by a holy trust in thee, and obedience to thy laws, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
COLLECTS, EPISTLES, And GOSPELS,
To be used throughout the Year.
The first Sunday in Advent.
ALMIGHTY God, give us - grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty to judge both the quick and dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.
17 This Collect Is to be repeated every Day, with the other Collects in Advent, until Christmas-day. The Epistle. Rom. xiii. 8.
OWE no man any thing, but to love one another; for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Loveworketh no ill to his neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake oat of sleep; for now is our salration nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as iu the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not prorision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. The Gospel: St. Matt. Hi. 1.
This is Jesus the Prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called thehouseof prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
WHEN they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and, straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. An d if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway be will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them; and brought the ass and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they sat him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, laying, Hosanna to the Son of David: blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who u this? And the multitude said,
The second Sunday in Advent.
BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written forour learning; grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience, and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Epistle. Rom. xv. 4.
WHATSOEVER things were written aforetime, were written for our learning; that we, through patience, and comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope. Nowthe God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded one to wards anothcr,according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. Now I say, that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision, for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name: And again he saith, Rejoice ye Gentiles, with his people: And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. And