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ON THE BIRTH OF A CHILD. CRACIOUS God, we thank thee that thou hast
u given to thy servants a new object of affection and concern. Let them receive their child as from thee, and in gratitude dedicate it to thee. Will it please thee to watch over its life and health, to unfold its faculties, to make it a blessing to them and an instrument of good to society, wherever its lot may be cast. Help them to feel their obligations to it as Christian parents. Above all wilt thou early sanctify it in all its faculties and affections, and let it become a child of God. And whether earlier or later thou shalt take it from this scene of discipline, may it not have lived in vain ; and this we humbly ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR A SAFE RETURN FROM SEA.
ALMIGHTY God, the preserver of all thy crea
tures, and the confidence of the ends of the earth, and of those who are afar off upon the seas; we offer up unto thee our united thanksgivings for the signal mercies thou hast vouchsafed to thy servant whom thou hast preserved in his voyage ; that thou hast protected him from every danger to which he was exposed ; and hast restored him to his friends in safety. Write a law of thankfulness upon his heart, and hereby engage him to a diligent and grateful obedience to all thy commandments, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
cious providence dost cause the former and the latter rain to descend upon the earth, that it may bring forth fruit for the use of man; we give thee humble thanks that it hath pleased thee in our great necessity to send a joyful rain upon the earth, and to enrich the furrows thereof with the plentiful dews of heaven. Thou hast filled our hearts with joy and gladness. We pray thee to continue to us the genial influences of the sun and rain, and to make us truly thankful for all thy mercies, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR A PLENTIFUL SEASON. ALMIGHTY and ever blessed God, who mer
cifully suppliest the wants of thy creatures, and art continually giving testimonies of thy gracious providence; we rejoice at this time, with humble thankfulness, in the gifts of thine undeserved bounty, that thou hast caused the earth to yield its increase, and crowned the year with thy goodness. While thou art thus sending down thy blessings upon us, may we be disposed to live in a sober, temperate, and charitable enjoyment of them, and to bring forth the fruits of holiness and righteousness all the days of our life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR DELIVERANCE FROM A GENERAL SICKNESS.
LORD God, who hast wounded us for our sins, and consumed us for our transgressions,
by thy late heavy and dreadful visitation ; and now in the midst of judgment remembering mercy, hast redeemed our souls from death ; we offer unto thy fatherly goodness, ourselves, our souls, and bodies, which thou hast delivered, to be a living sacrifice unto thee; always praising and magnifying thy mercies in the midst of thy Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR PEACE AND DELIVERANCE FROM OUR ENEMIES.
ALMIGHTY God, who art a strong tower
of defence unto thy servants against the face of their enemies; we yield thee praise and thanksgiving for our deliverance from those great dangers wherewith we were compassed. We acknowledge it of thy goodness that we were not delivered over as a prey unto them ; beseeching thee still to continue such thy mercies towards us, that all the world may know that thou art our saviour and mighty deliverer, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR RESTORING PUBLIC PEACE AT HOME.
alone makest men to be of one mind in a house, and stillest the outrage of a violent and unruly people; we bless thy holy name, that it hath pleased thee to appease the seditious tumults which have been lately raised up amongst us; and we most humbly beseech thee, to grant to all of us grace, that we may henceforth obediently walk in thy holy commandments, and leading a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty, may continually offer unto thee our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for these thy mercies toward us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THE CLOSE OF THE YEAR. COD of our lives, who art unchanged and unU changeable, without beginning and without end; we render thee our humble thanks that thou hast brought us through the year, which is now closing, by thy mightyʻand outstretched arm. Thy candle hath shone upon our tabernacle, and thy smiles have gladdened our hearts. We thank thee for the care which thou hast extended to us, and the blessings which thou hast bestowed upon us. We have cause to be grateful, and we have cause also to be humble, in our review of the past. Much of our time has been wasted or misspent. O reward us not according to our iniquities, and let not thy compassions cease from us; but graciously prolong to us the day of grace and the means of salvation. Sanctify to us the afflictions which thou hast appointed us to bear, and grant that they may contribute to our eternal welfare and peace. We commend ourselves to thy holy keeping. Prepare us for life; prepare us for death, and for eternity. May we go on our way with new resolutions of obedience, new gratitude for thy mercies, and new vigor to perform thy will. And when our time shall be no more, receive us to thyself in glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
END OF THE PRAYERS AND THANKSGIVINGS.
The Coming of our Lord.
THE COLLECT. ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may
cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility ; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty, to judge both the living and dead, we may rise to the life immortal. And this we beg in the name of our Mediator ; through whom we ascribe unto thee all honor and glory, now and ever. Amen.
St. Matt. xxi. 1. W HEN they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and
were come to Bethphage, unto the Mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, saying