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God, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
THOU, who art the only living and true God,
unchangeable in thy nature, universal in thy presence, and uncontrollable in thy dominion, we pray that we may have worthy conceptions of thy greatness; that we may entertain a deep and lasting sense of thy goodness; that we may fear thee as our Master, and honor thee as our Father; and that, when we meet thee as our Judge, we may be accepted and pardoned, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O GOD, who art Peace everlasting, whose chosen
reward is the gift of peace, and who hast taught us that the peacemakers are thy children, pour thy sweet peace into our souls, that everything discordant may utterly vanish, and all that makes for peace be sweet to us forever. Amen.
O GOD, who chastisest us in thy love, and re
freshest us amid thy chastening; grant that for both we may ever be able to give thee thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE. GOD of wisdom and truth, from whom proceed
all the treasures of knowledge, and who by thy Spirit hast given us understanding; we thank
thee that thou hast enabled us to know thee in thy works, to study thy word, and to hold communion with thee, the Father of our spirits. May we at all times be sensible of our connection with thee, and above all things fear to degrade the nature which thou hast given us. Mercifully assist our weakness ; reclaim us from our errors; enlighten our minds ; purify our hearts, and give us true repentance for our sins, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O GOD, the Author of nature, whose energy
sustains, whose presence animates, and whose gracious influence blesses the universe ; assist us, we beseech thee, to form worthy apprehensions of thy nature and character, and, as far as our faculties will permit, to become acquainted with thy perfections and providence. And let our conceptions of thee produce in us the sentiments of veneration, gratitude, and submission, and lead us to a diligent imitation of thy moral perfections, and a constant obedience to thy laws, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
GRANT unto us, o most merciful Father, the
spirit of wisdom and knowledge. Teach us to judge aright concerning thee, our Maker, and the duties which thou requirest of us; and let all religious truths deeply impress our hearts, and have a lasting influence on our behavior. Assist us to subdue every vicious affection, and to withstand every temptation ; that we may manifest the sin
cerity of our repentance by the steadfastness of our obedience ; and that, not being weary of well-doing, we may finally obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O GOD, who givest understanding to man, and
instructest him out of thy law, grant unto us thy servants such knowledge as may best enable us to do good, and a sincere disposition rightly to improve the knowledge we possess. Preserve in us a constant remembrance of thine all-seeing eye. Deliver us from irregular desires, vain hopes, and weak fears; and prepare us, by innocence and purity of manners, and a steadfast faith in thee, for all the events of this mortal life, and for our departure out of this world. By the constant exercise of piety, righteousness, and mercy; by an humble, resigned, and contented spirit, may we become fitted for the society of the just made perfect in thine heavenly kingdom; which we ask in the name, and as disciples, of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O GOD, who art ever more ready
to hear than we are to pray, and who hast promised the assistance of thy Holy Spirit to those who truly seek it, we humbly beseech thee to fulfil thy gracious promise to us thy servants, and grant us that light and help, without which we know nothing, and can do nothing ; O guide us by thy counsel, defend us by thy might, purify us by thy Spirit,
and keep us in thy fear and love continually; and thine shall be the honor, and the glory, and the praise, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
E humbly beseech thee, O Father, to assist
and direct us in the attainment of the happiness for which thou hast designed us. the light of thy countenance upon us, to illuminate our minds with thy heavenly truth, that, being purged from error, prejudice, and vice, our desires and passions may be under the continual guidance of reason, and our actions may be conformed to thy most holy laws, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O GOD, who bestowest thy mercy at all times
on them that love thee, and in no place art distant from those that serve thee; direct the way of thy servants in thy will, that having thee for their Protector and Guide, they may walk without stumbling in the paths of righteousness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
E beseech thee, O Lord, mercifully to correct
our wanderings, and by the guiding radiance of thy compassion to bring us to the salutary vision of thy truth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
redemption; direct our minds by thy gracious
presence, and watch over our paths with guiding love ; that among the snares which lie hidden in the path wherein we walk, we may so pass onward with hearts fixed on thee, that by the track of faith we may come to be where thou wouldest have us, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
should stand open to the faithful ; look on us, and have mercy on us; that we who by thy grace are following the path of thy will, may never turn aside from the ways of life; through Jesus Christ
O GOD, who bestowest this upon us by thy
grace, that we should be made righteous instead of ungodly, blessed instead of miserable ; be present to thine own works, be present to thine own gifts; that they in whom dwells a justifying faith may not lack a strong perseverance; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
GOD, who in times past didst speak to the
fathers by the prophets, and in these last days to us by thy Son; we thank thee for the volume of thy holy word; for the plain and ample directions it contains; for the sublime instructions it affords; for the consolations and hopes it presents to the penitent, the afflicted, and the dying; for