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were ready to perish. And, we. beseech thee, make us as truly sensible now of thy mercy, as we were then of the danger; And give us hearts always ready to express our thankfulness, not only by words, but also by our lives, in being more obedient to thy holy commandments.
Continue, we beseech thee, this thy goodness to us; that we, whom thou hast saved, may serve thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life ; through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
A Hymn of Praise and Thanksgiving after a dangerous
COME, let us give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious; and his
and his mercy endureth for ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised ; let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath delivered from the merciless rage of the sea.
The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
He hath not dealt with us according to our sins; neither rewarded us according to our iniquities.
But as the heaven is high above the earth; so great hath been his mercy towards us.
We found trouble and heaviness; we were even at death's door.
The waters of the sea had well-nigh covered us; the proud waters had well-nigh gone over our soul.
The sea roared; and the stormy wind lifted up the waves thereof.
We were carried up as it were to heaven, and then down again into the deep; our soul melted within us, because of trouble.
Then cried we unto thee, O Lord ; and thou didst deliver us out of our distress.
Blessed be thy Name, who didst not despise the prayer of thy servants ; but didst hear our cry, and hast saved us.
Thou didst send forth thy commandment; and the windy storm ceased, and was turned into a calm.
O let us therefore praise the Lord for his goodness; and declare the wonders that he hath done, and still doeth for the children of men !
Praised be the Lord daily ; even the Lord that helpeth us, and poureth his benefits upon us.
He is our God, even the God of whom cometh salvation : God is the Lord, by whom we have escaped death.
Thou, Lord, hast made us glad through the operation of thy hands; and we will triumph in thy praise.
Blessed be the Lord God; even the Lord God, who only doeth wondrous things ;
And blessed be the Name of his Majesty for ever; and let every one of us say, Amen, Amen.
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.
A Psalm or Hymn of Praise and Thanksgiving after
Victory I F the Lord had not been on our side, now may we say ;
if the Lord himself had not been on our side, when men rose up against us ;
They had swallowed us up quick, when they were so wrathfully displeased at us.
Yea, the waters had drowned us, and the stream had gone over our soul; the deep waters of the proud had gone over our soul.
But praised be the Lord, who hath not given us over as a prey unto them.
The Lord hath wrought a mighty salvation for us.
We got not this by our own sword, neither was it our own arm that saved us; but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto us.
The Lord hath appeared for us; the Lord hath covered our heads, and made us to stand in the day of battle.
The Lord hath appeared for us; the Lord hath overthrown our enemies, and dashed in pieces those that rose up against us.
Therefore not unto us, O Lord, not unto us; but unto thy Name be given the glory.
PRAYER TO BE USED AT SEA.
T The Morning and Evening Service to be used daily at sea, shall be the same which
is appointed in the Book of Common Prayer. These two following Prayers may be also used in ships of war. ETERNAL Lord God, who alone spreadest out the
heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea; who hast compassed the waters with bounds, until day and night come to an end; Be pleased to receive into thy Almighty and most gracious protection, the persons of us thy servants, and the Fleet [or Ship] in which we serve. Preserve us from the dangers of the sea, and from the violence of the enemy; that we may be a safeguard unto the United States of America, and a security for such as pass on the seas upon their lawful occasions; that the inhabitants of our
peace and quietness serve thee our God; and that we may return in safety to enjoy the blessings of the land, with the fruits of our labour; and, with a thankful remembrance of thy mercies, to praise and glorify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name; and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers to be used in storms at sea.
mand the winds blow, and lift up the waves of the sea, and who stillest the rage thereof; We, thy creatures, but miserable sinners, do in this our great distress cry unto thee for help: Save, Lord, or else we perish. We confess, when we have been safe, and seen all things quiet about us, we have forgotten thee our God, and refused to hearken to the still voice of thy word, and to obey thy commandments : But now
we see how terrible thou art in all thy works of wonder; the great God to be feared above all: And therefore we adore thy Divine Majesty, acknowledging thy power, and imploring thy goodness. Help, Lord, and save us for thy mercy's sake, in Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord. Amen.
Or this. O
MOST glorious and gracious Lord God, who dwellest
in heaven, but beholdest all things below ; Look down, we beseech thee, and hear us, calling out of the depth of misery, and out of the jaws of this death, which is now ready to swallow us up: Save, Lord, or else we perish. The living, the living shall praise thee. O send thy word of command to rebuke the raging winds and the roaring sea; that we, being delivered from this distress, may live to serve thee, and to glorify thy Name all the days of our life. Hear, Lord, and save us, for the infinite merits of our blessed Saviour, thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. The Prayer to be said before a fight at sea against any enemy.
MOST powerful and glorious Lord God, the Lord of
hosts, that rulest and commandest all things ; Thou sittest in the throne judging right, and therefore we make our address to thy Divine Majesty in this our necessity, that thou wouldest take the cause into thine own hand, and judge between us and our enemies. Stir up thy strength, O Lord, and come and help us; for thou givest not alway the battle to the strong, but canst save by many or by few. O let not our sins now cry against us for vengeance; but hear us thy poor servants begging mercy, and imploring thy help, and that thou wouldest be a defence unto us against the face of the enemy. Make it appear that thou art our Saviour and mighty Deliverer, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Short Prayers for single persons, who cannot meet to join in prayer with others, by reason of the fight, or storm.
mercy's sake. Thou art the great God, who hast made and rulest all things : 0 deliver us for thy Name's sake.
Thou art the great God to be feared above all: 0 save us, that we may praise thee.
Special Prayers with respect to the enemy.
THOU, O Lord, art just and powerful: 0 defend our
enemy. O God, thou art a strong tower of defence to all who fly unto thee: O save us from the violence of the enemy.
O Lord of hosts, fight for us, that we may glorify thee.
O suffer us not to sink under the weight of our sins, or the violence of the enemy.
O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for thy Name's sake.
Short Prayers in respect of a storm. HOU, O Lord, who stillest the raging of the sea, hear,
us, O blessed Saviour, who didst save thy disciples ready to perish in a storm, hear us, and save us, we beseech thee.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
O Christ, hear us. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, have mercy upon us, save us now and evermore. Amen.
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. Amen.
When there shall be imminent danger, as many as can be spared from necessary service in the ship shall be called together, and make an humble confession of their sin to God : In which, every one ought seriously to reflect upon those particular sins of which his conscience shall accuse him, saying as followeth.
of all things, Judge of all men; We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we from time