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thee, and be comforted church; purify it by thy with the assurance that spirit, and
preserve it thou wilt hereafter wipe against all temptations away all tears from our and enemies; that offereyes. And when we come ing to
thee the never to the dark valley of the ceasing sacrifice of prayer shadow of death, be thou and thanksgiving, it may our guide and comforter, advance thy honour, and bi and bring us to the regions filled with thy grace, ant of endless day.
partake of thy glory. Bles: O God, we commit our- all its ministers, and clothe selves entirely to thy dis- them with righteousness. posal; and whether we en- Bless the means of educajoy, or suffer, or live, or tion, and the instructers of die, may we be mercifully youth. Enlighten the igaccepted as thy children, norant ; convert the unbeand disciples of thy Son lieving; relieve and comJesus Christ. Amen. fort all the persecuted and
afllicted; speak peace INTERCESSIONS. to troubled consciences ;
strengthen the weak; conO THOU who art our firm the strong; deliver Creator, Preserver, Gov- the oppressed from him ernor and Judge, we be- who spoileth him, and seech thee to regard with succour the needy who hath thy favour all thy crea- no helper. Redeem man, tures, and to show thy mer- O God, from slavery, sucy on all orders and con- perstition, and crime; send ditions of men. Bless, we light, liberty, and peace, pray thee, all our rulers; over the whole earth; and all those whose duty it is let the sun of righteousness to administer justice; all arise upon all nations, with who are in places of au- healing in his beams. thority and trust. May Hear our supplications, our land be ever favoured which we humbly address of the Most High God; to thee in the name of Jesus the abode of freedom, re- Christ our Saviour, who ligion, virtue, truth, and ever liveth to make interpeace. Let thy mercy cession for us, and through descend upon thy whole whom we render unto thee
all honour and glory for grant, O Lord, that thy Amen.
mercies may be followed
by our obedience; and that If any desire the Prayers we may so walk in the light
of the Congregation, the of thy favour, and in the Notes are to be read here paths of thy commandby the Minister, followed ments, that living here to by the appropriate Pray- thy praise, we may at last ers or Thanksgivings; be received to thyself, to and then the Minister is rejoice for ever in thy preto continue the Service
sence; which we ask in the as followeth.
name, and as disciples of
him who died that we GENERAL THANKSGIVING. might live, through whom
to thee be ascribed all O LORD, merciful and thanķsgiving and praise, gracious, we, thy depen- both now and forever. dent offspring, would now
Amen. humbly and sincerely thank thee, because thou hast CONCLUDING PRAYER. given us life, and by thy bountiful providence hast
ETERNAL and all seealways nourished, directed, ing God, we thy creatures and governed us. For our sink into nothing before thy reason, education, and re
supreme majesty; we feel ligion ; for all the gifts of our weakness; we acknownature, and of grace; for ledge our folly ; we repeatour Saviour, Christ ; for our edly bewail our sins; thee redemption, and instruction only we adore with awful in the truth; for thy repeat- veneration; thee we thank ed calls to us; for all the with fervent zeal; to thy patience which has waited power we humbly submit; for us, and all the mercy of thy goodness we devoutwhich has spared us; forly implore protection ; on all the enjoyments of this thy wisdom we firmly and present life, and for all cheerfully rely. Whenevthy promises, and all our er we address thee, O hopes of a better life to Father, if our prayers are come, we bless and mag- unwise, wilt thou pity us; nify thy holy name. And if they are presumptuous,
wilt thou pardon us; if ac- continue praising, veneratceptable to thee, granting, worshipping thee, them, all powerful God; more and more, through and as we now express
worlds without number, and our submission to thy de- ages without end. Amen. crees, adore thy providence, and bless thy dis- THE grace of our Lord pensations, so, in that fu- Jesus Christ, and the love ture state, to which we of God, and the fellowship reverently hope thy good- of the holy Spirit, be with ness will raise us, may we us all evermore. Amer
END OF THE SECOND FORM OF EVENING PRAYER.
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. health. Graciously prolong
his days upon earth; and OGOD, who hast taught grant that his affliction may us at all times and in every produce the fruit of rightcondition to make our re eousness to the honour of quests known unto thee; thy name. By the sadness we offer upour humble sup- of his countenance may his plications in behalf of thy heart be made better; and servant, who is labouring may he live to manifest his under pain and sickness. thankfulness to thee his Look down upon him with great preserver. mercy, and let the consid [*But if this affliction eration of thy goodness should be unto death, may strengthen and comfort his thy servant be prepared to soul in the time of afflic- give himself up into thy tion. We pray, with sub- hands with christian pamission to thy wise providence, that thou wouldst * This is to be said when be pleased to remove his there is small hope of recovdisorder and restore him to ery.
tience and fortitude, in joy- but in thy great mercy spare ful expectation of thy mer- him to be the comfort and cy unto eternal life. Give support of their advancing him unfeigned repentance years, and to be useful in for all his sins and firm the world. But whatever reliance on thy great mer
thou hast determined concies declared into mankind cerning him, thy will, O by Jesus Christ our Lord. God, be done. Into thy May the hope of thy favour hands we commit ourselves support him in the hour of and all our enjoyments, and death ; may he leave the we humbly pray that, by world in peace; may he be all the dispensations of thy received into thy heavenly providence, we may be kingdom, and made a par- trained up for that world taker of that happiness where pain, and sorrow, which eye hath not seen,
and death shall be known nor ear heard, nor hath it
Amen. entered into the heart of man to conceive.]
FOR A PERSON IN AFFLICO God, command thy
TION. blessing upon thy servant, even life evermore, through
OMERCIFUL God and Jesus Christ our Lord and heavenly Father, who hast Saviour. Amen.
taught us in thy holy word
that thou dost not willingly FOR A SICK CHILD.
afilictor grieve the children
of men; look with pity, we O GOD, the fountain of beseech thee, upon the sorall mercy, we offer up our l'ows of thy servant for humble prayers into thee
whom our prayers are dein behalf of the child, on sired. Remember him, O whom thou hast seen fit to Lord, in mercy ; sanctify to lay thine afflicting hand. him thy fatherly correction; We beseech thee, if it be endue his soul with pathy will, to remove the dis- tience under his afiliction, order under which he la- and with resignation to thy bours, and restore him to holy will. Comfort him with health and strength. Suffer a sense of thy goodness; not the wishes of his pa- lift up the light of thy couinrents to be disappointed, tenance upon him, and give