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The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil ; it is even he who shall keep thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in, from this time forth forevermore.
Min. The Lord be with you;
Min. Let us pray.
Answ. And grant us thy salvation.
T Then shall the Minister offer the following Prayers.
A PRAYER FOR AID AGAINST PERILS.
est all our wants, and who alone art able to supply them ; who perceivest all the dangers and evils to which we are exposed, and who alone canst defend us; whither shall we go but unto thee! We pray thee to compassionate our weakness, to guard us in peril, to direct us in doubt, and to save us from falling into sin.
In every exposure may thy shield be over us. From the evil that is around and within us, graciously deliver us. Make the path of duty plain before us, and keep us in it even unto the end.
Heavenly Father, we beseech thee to watch over us this night, and preserve us from all harm. In the night of affliction and trouble may we look up unto thee, and be comforted with the assurance
that thou wilt hereafter wipe away all tears from our eyes. And when we come to the dark valley of the shadow of death, be thou our guide and comforter, and bring us to the regions of endless day.
O God, we commit ourselves entirely to thy disposal ; and whether we enjoy, or suffer, or live, or die, may we be mercifully accepted as thy children, and disciples of thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
O THOU who art our Creator, Preserver, Gov
ernor, and Judge, we beseech thee to regard with thy favor all thy creatures, and to show thy mercy on all orders and conditions of men. Bless, we pray thee, all our rulers; all those whose duty it is to administer justice; and all who are in places of authority and trust. May our land be ever favored of the Most High God; the abode of freedom, religion, virtue, truth, and peace. Let thy mercy descend upon thy whole Church; purify it by thy spirit, and preserve it against all temptations and enemies; that, offering to thee the never ceasing sacrifice of prayer and thanksgiving, it may advance thy honor, and be filled with thy grace, and partake of thy glory. Bless all its ministers, and clothe them with righteousness. Bless the means of education, and the instructors of youth. Enlighten the ignorant ; convert the unbelieving ; relieve and comfort all the persecuted and afflicted ; speak peace to troubled consciences; strengthen the weak; confirm the strong ; deliver the oppressed from him who spoileth him, and succor the needy who hath no helper. Redeem man, O God, from slavery, superstition, and crime; send light, liberty, and peace over the whole earth ; and let the sun of righteousness arise upon all nations, with healing in his beams.
Hear our supplications, which we humbly address to thee in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour, who ever liveth to make intercession for us, and through whom we render unto thee all honor and glory for ever. Amen.
If any desire the Prayers of the Congregation, the Notes are to be read here by the Minister, and followed by the appropriate Prayers or Thanksgivings; and then the Minister is to continue the Service as followeth.
LORD, merciful and gracious, we, thy de
pendent offspring, would now humbly and sincerely thank thee, because thou hast given us life, and by thy bountiful providence hast always nourished, directed, and governed us. For our reason, education, and religion ; for all the gifts of nature, and of grace ; for our Saviour, Christ; for our redemption, and instruction in the truth ; for thy repeated calls to us; for all the patience which has waited for us, and all the mercy which has spared us; for all the enjoyments of this present life, and for all thy promises, and all our hopes of a better life to come, we bless and magnify thy holy name. And grant, O Lord, that thy mercies may be followed by our obedience; and that we may so walk in the light of thy favor, and in the paths of thy commandments, that living here to thy praise, we may at last be received to thyself, to rejoice for ever in thy presence; which we ask in the name, and as disciples, of him who died that we might live, through whom to thee be ascribed all thanksgiving and praise, both now and for ever. Amen.
CONCLUDING PRAYER. [TERNAL and all seeing God, we thy crea
tures sink into nothing before thy supreme majesty ; we feel our weakness; we acknowledge our folly ; we repeatedly bewail our sins; thee only we adore with awful veneration; thee we would thank with fervent zeal ; to thy power we humbly submit; of thy goodness we devoutly implore protection ; on thy wisdom we firmly and cheerfully rely. Whenever we address thee, O Father, if our prayers are unwise, wilt thou pity us; if they are presumptuous, wilt thou pardon us; if acceptable to thee, grant them, all powerful God; and as we now express our submission to thy decrees, adore thy providence, and bless thy dispensations, so, in that future state, to which we reverently hope thy goodness will raise us, may we continue praising, venerating, worshipping thee, more and more, through worlds without number, and ages without end. Amen.