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me; as thou usest to be unto those that love thy name.
O Lord, let it be thy pleasure to deliver me; make haste, O Lord, to help me.
A Prayer to be used by a Husband , or other
Friend, in private, for a Woman in Labour, and which, by changing I for We, may be used by the Friends of the Woman in her
presence. O God, our refuge and strength, I fly unto thee for succour in behalf of thy servant, now labouring under the pains and anguish of child-birth. Shorten her sorrows, increase her patience, and lay not more upon her than thou wilt enable her to bear.. " O hear her prayers, and let her crying come unto thee; forsake her not, I beseech thee, when her strength faileth : give her a humble trast and confidence in thy goodness; and oh! let her find that the supports and comforts of thy Holy Spirit far exceed the pains that she is now to go through.
Give her quiet submission to thy blessed will, and in thy good time send her ease and deliverance. Preserve that infant which now struggles for its birth ; and (if it be thy good pleasure) make her speedily a joyful mother of a hopeful child, that may live to be an in
strument of thy glory, and useful in its generation.
O Lord, I leave her in thy hands, and resign her to thy will ; humbly beseeching thee to deal graciously with her; through the merits and for the sake of thy dear Son, and our alone Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Thanksgiving to be said in the presence of
the Woman after her Delivery, which may be used for some time afterwards. O FATHER of mercies, and God of all comfort, we thy unworthy servants do now present ourselves before thee, to return unto thy Divine Majesty our most humble and unfeigned thanks, for that thou hast vouchsafed to deliver thy servant from the great pain and peril of child-birth. Blessed be thy name, O Lord, that thou hast turped her sorrow into joy, and her pains into ease and refreshments; continue, we beseech thee, thy fatherly goodness to her ; let thy good providence still watch over her, and thy strength support her under all the weaknesses of her present condition.
And grant, О most merciful Father, that not only this thy servant, but every one of us here present, may, from the consideration of thy great goodness, be excited to a greater love to thee, and a stricter obedience to thy laws;
that thou mayst still delight over us to do us good; and that we, serving thee faithfully all our days, may at last obtain that greatest of all mercies, the eternal salvation of our immortal souls, through the merits of thy Son, and our alone Saviour Jesus Christ... :. We commend likewise to This is to be added if thy mercy and goodness this the child is living. tender infant ; preserve it, that it may be regenerated and born again by baptism ; that as it is thine by creation, so it may thereby be made thine by adoption and grace.
Sanctify it, we humbly pray thee, and take it into thy protection, and so fill it with the graces of thy holy Spirit, that it may be of the number of thy faithful servants, through Jesús Christ, our blessed Lord and only Saviour. Amen.
A Thanksgiving to be used by a Woman in
· private, before her going abroad. O ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, in whom I live, and move, and have my being; by thee I have been preserved ever since I was born, and to thy infinite goodness I acknowledge it to be owing, that I am now alive. I desire, O Lord, to adore and praise thy glorious Majesty, for the many mercies and favours which thou hast bestowed on me all my life
long; and in a more particular manner, I present myself before thee at this time, to bless and praise thy holy name, for thy late mercies vouchsafed unto me, in delivering me from the great pains and peril of child-birth; it was thy power that preserved me, thy goodness that delivered me, and thy hand that supported me, when pain and sorrow laid hold upon me. Praised therefore be that infinite love which moved thee to deal so graciously with thy servant, and to enable a weak and feeble creature to go through the sorrow and anguish of travail.
O Lord, give me such a sense of thy great goodness to me, that I may make it the great study and business of my life to serve and please thee in all things ; that so my returns of duty and obedience may, in some measure, be answerable to those many mercies I have received at thy hands.
Mortify and subdue in me all sinful and corrupt affections, and whatever may tend to alienate my love from thee, and to slacken my endeavours after the pursuit of heavenly things.
I commend likewise, o This is to be added if Lord, to thy mercy and the child is living.. goodness, that tender infant which thou hast lately given me..
Sanctify it, I humbly pray thee, and so fill
it with the graces of thy Holy Spirit, that it may be ever in the number of thy faithful servants.
And grant, 0 merciful Father, that I may never be wanting in my duty towards it ; but enable me, by thy grace, to bring it up in the nurture and admonition of thee the Lord; that as it grows in years, so it may increase in grace and thy favour, and be a comfort to me all my days, through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom with thee, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, be ascribed, as is most due, all honour, glory, power, thanksgiving, and praise, both now and for evermore. Amen.
In case of dangerous sickness, see proper . Prayers in the Office for the Sick.
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