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May the same good Providence that has watched over us for our good the past night, by preserving us from dangers, by refreshing us with sleep, by awaking us this morning with souls sensible of these blessings, may the same gracious God guard us this day from all evil and mischief, from all assaults of our spiritual enemies, from hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word and commandment. And seeing all men's labours are in vain without thy blessing, we beseech thee to bless every one of us in our several places and callings. Prosper thou the works of our hands upon us, and give us grace thankfully to accept, and soberly to use, whatever we shall this day receive from thee; that we, owning thee for our benefactor, and using thy benefits according to thy pleasure, may continue to be
the partakers of thy bless
Ings. Bless us at home and abroad. Bless the country in which we live, and its rulers and governors. Bless the church universal of thy Son, and all the ministers of the holy Gospel. Bless
all schools and seminaries of learning, and all instructers of youth. Preserve all who travel by sea and by land. Protect all orphans and widows, and all who suffer wrong. Give health and strength to the sick and weak, and joy and comfort to the sorrowful and afflicted. We commend ourselves, and all belonging to us, to thee, our merciful Creator. Hear us also in behalf of our friends, our relations, our benefactors, and all who desire our prayers. We humbly ask for them the mercies which suit their several conditions and needs. We implore for them thy favour, thy peace, and life eternal. And now to thee, O God, Father Almighty, we ascribe all honour and glory through Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen.
Then shall the whole Family together say the Lord's Prayer.
OUR 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.
END OF THE SECOND MORNING SERVICE.
FIRST EVENING SERVICE
FOR A FAMILY.
The following Anthem is
to be said by the Read
er and Family alternately, as in the preceding Services.
THE Lord hath commanded his loving kindness in the day time; and in the night season also our Song shall be of him, and our prayer unto the God of our life. As long as we live, will we magnify thee in this manner, and lift up our hands in thy name. Let our prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense; and let the lifting up of our hands be an evening sacrifice. For thou art the por
tion of our inheritance and of our cup, and thou shalt maintain our lot. Behold, he who keep eth his people will neither slumber nor sleep. He is about our path, and about our bed, and beholdeth all our ways. ' We will lay us down in peace, and take our rest, for it is thou, O Lord, only, who makest us to dwell in safety. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God; Be honour and glory, through Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen.
If a portion of Scripture is to be read, let it be preceded by the following Sentences, said alternately as before.
THY word is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path.
When thy word goeth forth, it giveth light and understanding unto the simple.
Our eyes anticipate the night watches, that we might be occupied in thy words.
Show the light of thy countenance upon thy servants, and teach us thy StatuteS.
thy bounty; for all the known, and all the unobserved favours, deliverances, visitations, and graces of thy holy Spirit, we bless thy good providence; beseeching thee still to continue thy fatherly care over us, for we are weak and ignorant, and need thy constant protection and guidance.
God be merciful unto us, who have broken his laws, abused his patience, wasted his time, sinned against his light, and resisted his good Spirit. Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord, that we may be able to see the evil and danger of sin, and shun the snares of temptation, and walk with safety in the paths of pleasantness and peace. Forgive whatever we have done or thought amiss during the past day; and give us grace that we may render ourselves more worthy of thy favour for the time to come. Let us be excited to serve thee, our heavenly Master, with fidelity, and finish our work with diligence, before that night overtakes us, wherein no man can work.
O thou who never slumberest nor sleepest, but both by night and day dost watch over thy people, keep and defend us, we pray thee, this night. Let the shades which encompass us be as the shadow of thy wings. May our sleep be quiet and refreshing; and may we rise in the moraing prepared and invigorated to serve thee in the duties of the day. May all our nights on earth be hallowed by thy blessing, and all our days devoted to thy service; so that when we have slept the sleep of the grave, we may awake to the resurrection of the just.
Hear us, we beseech thee, in thy Son's name, as whose disciples we approach thee, our Father, and ascribe unto thee all honour and glory for ever. Amen.
OUR Father in heaven, thy children kneel before the throne of thy mercy, and humbly thank thee for all the blessings of this day, and for the privilege which we now enjoy of
holding communion with thee. Let our evening sacrifice be a pure and acceptable service. While we praise thee with our lips, may reverence and gratitude fill our hearts. May our whole conduct also be influenced by our devotions, and may we live to love and serve, as we have learned to adore thee. . . O God, if this day we have fallen into any sin; if we have weakly yielded to any temptation; if we have been angry without cause, or beyond bounds; if we have been uncharitable, unjust, undutiful, or in any way unmindful of thee and thy laws, we beseech thee to forgive us in thy great mercy, and grant us true repentance, that we may lie down this night in peace with the world, with ourselves, and with thee. And we pray thee, O Father, to watch over us this night, and protect us from all evil, and give to our eyes refreshing slumbers, so that we may rise in the morning with renewed . power to serve thee. If we are to rise no more in this world, grant that we may wake, in the next, to