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Though the Prayers and Thanksgivings which follow, are intended for a variety of Occasions, yet the Minister is at liberty to introduce such Petitions of his own, as he may more perfectly adapt to the circumstances of the time, and of his Congregation.
FOR A SICK PERSON.
every condition to make our requests known unto thee; we offer up our humble supplications in behalf of thy servant, who is laboring under pain and sickness. Look down upon him with mercy, and let the consideration of thy goodness strengthen and comfort his soul in the time of affliction. We pray, with submission to thy wise providence, that thou wouldest be pleased to remove his disorder and restore him to health. Graciously prolong his days upon earth; and grant that his affliction may produce the fruit of righteousness to the honor of thy name. By the sad
ness of his countenance may his heart be made better; and may he live to manifest his thankfulness to thee his great preserver.
[ * But if this affliction should be unto death, may thy servant be prepared to give himself up into thy hands with Christian patience and fortitude, in joyful expectation of thy mercy unto eternal life. Give him unfeigned repentance for all his sins and a firm reliance on thy great mercies declared unto mankind by Jesus Christ our Lord. May the hope of thy favor support him in the hour of death ; may he leave the world in peace; may he be received into thy heavenly kingdom, and made a partaker of that happiness which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor hath it entered into the heart of man to conceive.]
O God, command thy blessing upon thy servant, even life evermore, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
FOR A SICK CHILD.
our humble prayers unto thee in behalf of the child, on whom thou hast seen fit to lay thine afflicting hand. We beseech thee, if it be thy will, to remove the disorder under which he labors, and restore him to health and strength. Suffer not the wishes of his parents to be disappointed, but in thy great mercy spare him to be the comfort and support of their advancing years, and to be useful in the world. But whatever thou hast determined concerning him, thy will, O God, be done. Into thy hands we commit ourselves and all our enjoyments, and we humbly pray that, by all the dispensations of thy providence, we may be trained up for that world where pain, and sorrow, and death shall be known no more. Amen.
* This is to be said when there is small hope of recovery.
FOR A PERSON IN AFFLICTION. o MERCIFUL God and heavenly Father, who
hast taught us in thy holy word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men; look with pity, we beseech thee, upon the sorrows of thy servant for whom our prayers are desired. Remember him, O Lord, in mercy; sanctify to him thy fatherly correction ; endue his soul with patience under his affliction, and with resignation to thy holy will. Comfort him with a sense of thy goodness; lift up the light of thy countenance upon him, and give him peace through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Or this. 0 GOD, gracious and merciful, who bindest up
the broken heart, and pitiest the sorrows of those who fear thee, fulfil to thy servant, for whom our prayers are now desired, the promises of thy word. Sanctify to him, we beseech thee, thy correcting hand. Suffer him not to faint under thy rebuke. Let not his faith fail, nor his fortitude be overcome, nor his patience nor his hope depart from him. Enlighten the darkness which covers him, by the cheering truths of religion. Let the remembrance of thy goodness comfort his heart. Let the conviction of thy wisdom fortify his soul. Enable him to resign unto thee the object of his affections, in the assurance that as thou hast appointed unto all men once to die, so after death will be a joyful resurrection, when they who sleep in Jesus shall awake to everlasting life, and friends shall meet again, to separate no more. Amen.
AFTER THE DEATH OF THE AGED.
of the children, grant, we beseech thee, unto thy servants for whom our prayers are desired, the sure comforts of thy Spirit.
Make them grateful for the length of years in which thou hast blessed them with a faithful companionship, and with wise and loving counsels. Cause them to recognize the mercy which has permitted them in their turn to care for him who watched over their childhood and youth.
Teach them to perceive thy hand in everything which smoothed the path of declining years, and fulfilled thy promise that the gray hairs of the righteous should be a crown of glory. And grant that they also may so serve thee in their generation that they may be prepared for the home where thou wilt at length gather together thy family in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR A PERSON AT SEA, OR GOING TO SEA.
ETERNAL Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea; be pleased to receive into thine almighty and most gracious protection the person of thy servant, for whom our prayers are desired. Preserve him from the dangers of the sea, from sickness, from the violence of enemies, and from every evil to which he may be exposed. Conduct him in safety to the desired haven, with a grateful sense of thy mercies, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR MALEFACTORS AFTER CONDEMNATION.
nestly beseech thee to look down upon those persons recommended to our prayers, who now lie under the sentence of the law, and are appointed to die. Visit them, O Lord, with thy compassion; make them sensible of the miserable condition to which their wickedness has reduced them, and give them true and unfeigned repentance. O God, in judgment remember mercy, and whatever sufferings they are to endure in this world, deliver them from the bitter pains of eternal death. Pardon their sins, and save their souls, for the sake of thine infinite goodness, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THE GENERAL COURT,
TO BE READ DURING THEIR SESSION. M OST gracious God, we humbly beseech thee,
W for the Legislature of this Commonwealth, at this time assembled, that thou wouldest be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations, to the advancement of thy glory, and the