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Gràciously look upon our afflictions"
Both no'w and e'ver' vouchsafe to hear us'. Ó Christ
Graciously hear us' Ò Chrīst" graciously hear us' Ö Lord Christ'''
O Lord' let thy mercy be she'wed upon us'
LET US PRAY. We hūmbly beseech thèe' / Fāther' me'rcifully to look upon our infi'rmities" and for the glory of thỹ nāme' turn from us all those evils' that we most justly have deserved" and grant that in all our troubles' we may put our. whòle trust and confidence in thy me'rcy' and evermore serve thee' in holiness and pureness of living' to thy honour and glory' through our önly Mediator and Advocate' Jēsus Christ our Lörd=
It must be manifest, I think, to every careful observer, (although it is unnoticed by Sheridan,) that there
is here a change as to the person addressed. Most of the petitions in the Litany, are addressed to the second person in the Trinity: to Him who submitted to " baptism, and fasting and temptation;" to “ agony and bloody sweat;" to the cross and passion” for us. This is especially true, of the fervent responsive petitions immediately preceding this concluding prayer. "O Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace,” &c. “ Graciously hear us, O Christ,” &c. But this prayer, is manifestly addressed to the first person in the Trinity; and this change is distinctly marked by reading the introductory address with the emphasis upon the word theè, as follows, “We humble beseech theè' Ö Fāther' &c." Whereas, in the common mode of reading it, the important change is passed over without notice, and this most solemn and interesting part of our service is deprived of one of its distinguishing beauties.
PRAYERS AND THANKSGIVINGS UPON SEVERAL
OCCASIONS. Most grācious Göd' we humbly beseech thee' as for the People of these United States in ge'neral' so espe'cially for their Senate and Representatives' in Congress assembled" that thou wouldest be pleased to direct and pro'sper' all their consultations' to the advancement of thị glòry' the good of thỹ Church' the safety' honour' and welfare of thy people” that all things may be so ordered and settled by thèir endeavours' upon the best and sùrest foundations' that peace and happiness' truth and justice' religion and piety' may be established among us' for all generations" Thēse' and all other necessaries' for the 'm' for us' and thy whòle church' we hu'mbly beg' in the name and mediation of Jesus Christ' our most blessed Lord and Saviour=
FOR A SICK PERSON. Ó Fāther of mērcies' and God of all comfort' our only help in time of need" look down
from heaven' we humbly beseech thee" behold visit and relie've thy sick servant for whom our prayers are desired'" Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy' comfort him with a sense of thy goo‘dness" preserve him from the temptations of the enemy" give him påtience under his affliction" and' in thy good time' restore him to health' and enable him to lead the re-sidue of his life in thy fear' and to thy glory" Or else' give him grace sò to take thy visitation' that after this painful life ended he may dwell with thēē' in life everlasting through Jesus Christ' our Lord"
FOR A PERSON GOING TO SEA. Ó Etērnal God' who alone spreadest out the hèavens' and rulest the raging of the sèa" we commend to thy Almīghty protection' thy servant for whose preservation on the great dēēp our prayers are desired'" Guard him' we besēēch thee' from the da'ngers of the sea" from sickness" from the vìolence of enemies' and from e'very evil to which he may be exposed" Conduct him in sàfety to the hāven where he would be with a grāteful sense of thy mercies' through Jesus Christ' our Lord'"
FOR A PERSON UNDER AFFLICTION. O Mērciful God' and hēavenly Father' who hast taught us' in thy holy Word' that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men' look with pìty' we besēēch 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 distre'ss upon him'' Remember him' > Lord' in mērcy' sanctify thy fatherly correction to him" endue his soul with patience under his affliction' and with resignation to thy blēssēd will" comfort him with a sense of thy goodness" lift up thị countenance upon him' and give him peace through Jēsus Chrīst' our Lord"
FOR MEETINGS OF CONVENTION. · Almīghty and everlasting God who' by thy Holy Spirit' didst preside in the councils of the blessed Apòstles' and hast promised through thy Son' Jēsus Chrīst to be with thy Church' to the end of the world” we besēēch thee' to be present with the council of thy Church' hère assembled in thy name and presence" Sāve them from all error' ignorance' pride'