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We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

That it may please Thee to enlarge our hearts with true charity one towards another, that we may feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the distressed, and on all occasions do good to every one according to our capacities;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

That it may please Thee to bestow on us the necessities of this life, with grace to use Thy temporal mercies, not merely for our own pleasure, but to Thy glory;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

And that Thou wouldst vouchsafe us Thy grace always to remember the end of our creation, and the vanity of the world, the shortness of our lives, and the uncertainty of our death, the misery of such as die in their sins, and the unspeakable happiness of those who die at peace with Thee ;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, and have mercy upon us.
O Lord, hear our prayer,
And let our cry come unto Thee.

Then all say,


UR Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen. If it be the season of Advent, Lent, or Ember-Days, here may

follow the special Prayers which are to be said during those seasons (see pages 48, 49).

Then he says the following Thanksgiving Prayer: O

ALMIGHTY God, who observest all the actions, thoughts,

and secret motions of our hearts, and who watchest over us with an incomparable love, every moment bestowing favours and shielding us from evil, blessed be Thy holy name: and

ay all creatures bless Thy goodness for the benefits we have ever received from Thee, especially during the night past; but above all for the surpassing riches of Thy mercy in creating and preserving, redeeming and sanctifying us. And Lord, we

beseech Thee, never permit us to be so base and wicked as to repay Thy bounties with ingratitude, or Thy blessings with offences and injuries; but inflame our reins and hearts with the fire of Thy holy Spirit, that we may serve Thee with a chaste body, and please Thee with a clean heart; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then he says the two Collects following, and Prayer for a

blessing. We pray Thee, O Lord, graciously continue to visit this

house and family; drive far from it all snares of the enemy; and keep us in peace and safety through this day; for the sake of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

, Lord inspirations, and carry them on by Thy gracious assistance, that every prayer and work of ours may begin always from Thee, and by Thee may happily be ended; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

MAY the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy

Ghost, descend upon us, and remain with us for ever.



All standing, the head of the family (or the priest or deacon,

if present) says: ř. Turn Thou us, O God our Saviour. Ry. And let Thine anger cease from us.

. O God, make speed to save us. Ry. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Ť. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

Ry. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Then he says one of the following Psalms :
The blessings of godliness.

Psalm 36.
PART OF PSALM 24, v. 1.

Y heart sheweth me the wickTHE earth is the Lord's, and all edness of the ungodly : that


of the world, and they that dwell eyes. therein.

For he flattereth himself in his For He hath founded it upon the own sight : until his abominable seas : and prepared it upon the sin be found out. floods.

The words of his mouth are unWho shall ascend into the hill of righteous, and full of deceit : he the Lord : or who shall rise up in hath left off to behave himself His holy place ?

wisely, and to do good. Even he that hath clean hands, He imagineth mischief upon his and a pure heart : and that hath bed, and hath set himself in no not lift up his mind unto vanity, good way : neither doth he abhor nor sworn to deceive his neighbour. any thing that is evil.

He shall receive the blessing Thy mercy, O Lord, reacheth from the Lord : and righteousness unto the heavens : and Thy faithfrom the God of his salvation. fulness unto the clouds,

This is the generation of them Thy righteousness standeth like that seek him : even of them that the strong mountains : Thy judg. seek thy face, O Jacob.

ments are like the great deep,

Thou, Lord, shalt save both man

PART OF Psalm 119, v. 65. and beast; How excellent is Thy mercy, o God; and the children O LORD, Thou hast dealt graof men shall put their trust under

ciously with Thy servant : the shadow of Thy wings.

according unto Thy word. They shall be satisfied with

O learn me true understanding the plenteousness of Thy house :

and knowledge : for I have believed and Thou shalt give them drink Thy commandments. of Thy pleasures, as out of the

Before I was troubled, I went river.

wrong : but now have I kept Thy For with Thee is the well of

word. life : and in Thy light shall we see

Thou art good and gracious : 0 light.

teach me Thy statutes. O continue forth Thy loving

The proud have imagined a lie kindness unto them that know against me: but I will keep Thy com. Thee : and Thy righteousness unto mandments with my whole heart. them that are true of heart.

Their heart is as fat as brawn : O let not the foot of pride come

but my delight hath been in Thy law. against me : and let not the hand

It is good for me that I have of the ungodly cast me down.

been in trouble : that I may learn There are they fallen, all that Thy statutes. work wickedness : they are cast

The law of Thy mouth is dearer down, and shall not be able to unto me : than thousands of gold stand.

and silver

Trust in God's mercy for defence Comfort in God's word and keep

against enemies. ing His commandments.

PART OF PSALM 25, v. 1. PART OF Psalm 119, v. 49.

(NTO Thee, O Lord, will I lift Thy servant, as up my soul ; my , I have


in Thou hast caused me to put my not be confounded, neither let mine trust.

enemies triumph over me. The same is my comfort in my For all they that hope in Thee trouble : for Thy word hath quick- shall not be ashamed : but such as ened me.

transgress without a cause shall be The proud have had me exceed- put to confusion. ingly in derision : yet have I not Shew me Thy ways, O Lord : shrinked from Thy law.

and teach me Thy paths. For I remembered Thine ever- Lead me forth in Thy truth, and lasting judgments, O Lord : and learn me : for Thou art the God of received comfort.

my salvation ; in Thee hath been I am horribly afraid : for the my hope all the day long. ungodly that forsake Thy law. Call to remembrance, O Lord,

Thy statutes have been my Thy tender mercies : and Thy lovsongs : in the house of my pil- ing-kindnesses, which have been grimage.

ever of old. I have thought upon Thy name, O remember not the sins and ofO Lord, in the night-season : and fences of my youth : but according have kept Thy law.

to Thy mercy think Thou upon me, This I had : because I kept Thy O Lord, for Thy goodness. commandments.

Gracious and righteous is the


Lord : therefore will He teach sin- fore Him : and shewed Him of my ners in the way.

trouble. Them that are meek shall He When my spirit was in heaviness guide in judgment : and such as are Thou knewest my path : in the way gentle, them shall He learn His wherein I walked have they privily way.

laid a snare for me.

I looked also upon my right PART OF PSALM 25, v. 9.

hand : and saw there was no man LL the paths of the Lord are that would know me. mercy and truth : unto such

I had no place to flee unto : and as keep His covenant, and His tes

no man cared for my soul. timonies.

I cried unto Thee, O Lord, and For Thy name's sake, O Lord: said : Thou art my hope, and my be merciful unto my sin, for it is

portion in the land of the living, great.

Consider my complaint : for I What man is he, that feareth the Lord : him shall He teach in the

am brought very low.

O deliver me from my persecuway that He shall choose.

tors : for they are too strong for me. His soul shall dwell at ease : and his seed shall inherit the land. that I may give thanks unto Thy

Bring my soul out of prison, The secret of the Lord is among name : which thing if Thou wilt them them that fear Him : and He

grant me, then shall the righteous will shew them His covenant.

resort unto my company. Mine eyes are ever looking unto the Lord : for He shall pluck my

PSALM 143. feet out of the net.

(EAR my prayer, O Lord, and Turn Thee unto me, and have mercy upon me : for I am desolate, unto me for Thy truth and rightand in misery.

eousness' sake. The sorrows of my heart are en

And enter not into judgment larged : O bring Thou me out of with Thy servant : for in Thy sight my troubles.

shall no man living be justified. Look upon my adversity and

For the enemy hath persecuted misery : and forgive me all my


my soul ; he hath smitten my life Consider mine enemies, how many down to the ground : he hath laid they are : and they bear a tyran- me in the darkness, as the men that nous hate against me.

have been long dead. O keep my soul, and deliver me :

Therefore is my spirit vexed let me not be confounded, for I within me : and my heart within have put my trust in Thee.

me is desolate. Let perfectness and righteous Yet do I remember the time dealing wait upon me : for my past ; I muse upon all Thy works : hope hath been in Thee. Deliver Israel, O God : out of of Thy hands.

yea, I exercise myself in the works all his troubles.

I stretch forth my hands unto Penitential.

Thee : my soul gaspeth unto Thee

as a thirsty land. PSALM 142.

Hear me, O Lord, and that soon, I

CRIED unto the Lord with my for my spirit waxeth faint : hide

voice : yea, even unto the Lord not Thy face from me, lest I be like did I make my supplication. unto them that go down into the

I poured out my complaints be- pit.

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