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do thou, O merciful God, confirm and strengthen us; that, as we grow in age, we may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST.
Amen, Prayer for grace to BUT, O God, who knowest the weakness and corrupenable was perform tion of our nature, and the manifold temptations which
we daily meet with ; we humbly beseech thee to have
compassion on our infirmities, and to give us the constant assistance of thy holy Spirit ; that we may be effectually restrained from sin, and excited to our duty. Imprint upon our hearts such a dread of thy, judgments, and such a grateful sense of thy goodness to us, as may make us both afraid and ashamed to offend thee. And, above all
, keep in our minds a lively remembrance of that great day, in which we mu give a strict account of our thoughts, words, and actions; and, according to the works done in the body, be eternally rewarded or punished, by him whom thou hast appointed the Judge of quick and dead, thy Son JESUS Christ our Lord. Amen.
For grace to guide IN particular, we implore thy grace and protection for and keep us the folloro, the ensuing day. Keep us temperate in our meats and Blessing on the business drinks, and diligent in our several callings. Grant us of the same
patience under any afflictions thou shalt see fit to lay on
us, and minds always contènted with our present condi. • On Sunday morn- tion. Give us grace to be just and upright in all our ing, instead of this say, dealings; quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; and accompany us to the ready to do good to all men, according to our abilities and place of thy public wor opportunities. Direct us in all our ways * (and prosper and'attentive, and rais the works of our hands in the business of our several Ing our minds from the stations.) Defend us from all dangers and adversities;. to the consideration of and be graciously pleased to take us, and all things the next, that we may belonging to us, under thy fatherly care and protec. fervently jain in the tion. prayers and praises of
These things, and whatever else thou shalt see ihy Church, and listen necessary and convenient to us, we humbly beg, through hearts, in order to prac. Lord and Saviour. Amen. to our duty with honest the merits and mediation of thy Son JESUS CHRIST our
THE grace of our Lord Jesus CHRIST, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
EVENING PRAYER. The family being together, a little before bed time, let the mastar or mistress, or any other whom
they shall think proper, say as follows, all kneeling: OUR Father, who art in heaven ; Hallowed be thy Name; Thy kingdum come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven ; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation ; But deliver us from evil : For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Confession of sins,
MOST merciful God, who art of purer eyes than to er pragerilor de can behold iniquity, and hast promised 'forgiveness to all
those who confess and forsake their sins; we come before thee in an humble sense of our own unworthiness,
• Here let him who
acknowledging our manifold transgressions of thy right. eous laws. But, O gracious Father, who desirest not the death of a sinner, look upon us, we beseech thee, in reads, make a short mercy, and forgive us all our transgressions. Make us may secretly confess deeply sensible of the great evil of them; and work in us the sing, and failings
of that day. a hearty contı ition; that we may obtain forgiveness at thy hands, who art ever ready to receive humble and penitent sinners; for the sake of thy Son Jesus CHRIST, our only Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
AND lest, through our own frailty, or the temptations Prayer for grace to which encompass us, we be drawn again into sin, vouch. reform and grow bet safe us, we beseech thee, the direction and assistance of thy holy Spirit. Reform whatever is amiss in the temper and disposition of our souls ; that no unclean thoughts, unlawful designs, or inordinate desires, may rest there. Purge our hearts from envy, hatred, and malice ; that we may never suffer the sun to go down upon our wrath; but may always go to our rest in peace, charity, and good-will, with a conscience void of offence toward thee and toward men : Tbat so, we may be preserved pure and blameless, unto the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. AND accept, O LORD, our intercessions for all man.
The Intercession. kind. Let the light of thy Gospel shine upon all nations; and may as many as have received it, live as becomes it. Be gracious unto thy Church; and grant that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may serve thee faithfully. Bless all in authority over as; and so rule their hearts and strengthen their hands, that they may punish wickedness and vice, and maintain thy true religion and virtue. Send down thy blessings, temporal and spiritual, upon all our relations, friends, and neighbors. Reward all who have done us good, and pardon all those wbo have done or wish us evil, and give them repentance and better minds. Be merciful to all who are in any trouble ; and do thou, the God of pity, administer to them aceording to their several necessities, for his sake who went about doing good, thy Son our Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Amen. TO our prayers, O LORD, we join our unfeigned
The Thanksgiving. thanks for all thy mercies; for our being, our reason, and all other endowments and faculties of soul and body; for our health, friends, food, and raiment, and all the other comforts and conveniences of life. Above all, we adore thy mercy in sending thy only Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and 'eternal death, and in giving us the knowledge and sense of our duty toward thee. We bless thee for thy patience with us, notwithstanding our many and great provocations; for all the directions, assistances, and comforts of thy holy Spirit ; for thy continual care and watchful providence over us through the whole course of our lives; and particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day : beseeching thee to continue these thy blessings to us; and to give us grace to show our thankfulness in a sincere obedience to his laws, through whose merits and intercession we received them all. thv Son our Saviour Jesus CHRIST. Amen
IN particular, we beseech thee to continue thy gracious Prayer for God's protection to us this night. Defend us from all dangers prolechon ihrough the
night following and mischiefs, and from the fear of them; that we may enjoy such refreshing sleep, as may fit us for the duties
of the following day. Make us ever mindful of the time when we shall lie down in the dust; and grant us grace always to live in such a state, that we may never be afraid to die : so that living and dying we may be thine, through the merits and satisfaction of thy Son CHRIST Jesus, in whose name we offer up these our imperfect prayers. Amen.
THE grace of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen. 1 On Sundays and on other days, when it may be convenient, it will be proper to begin with a
chapter, or part of a chapter, from the New Testament
SELECTIONS OF PSALMS,
TO BE USED INSTEAD OF THE PSALMS FOR THE DAY, AT THE
DISCRETION OF THE MINISTER.
SELECTION I. gold; yea, than much fine gold; PSALM 19. Cali enarrant.
sweeter also than honey, and the
honey.comb. THE heavens declare the glory of Moreover, by them is thy servant God; and the firmament showeth taught; and in keeping of them there his handy work.
is great reward. One day telleth another; and one Who can tell how oft he offendeth? night certifieth another.
O cleanse thou me from my secret There is neither speech nor lan, faults. guage; but their voices are heard Keep thy servant also from preamong them.
sumptuous sins, lest they get the doTheir sound is gone out into all minion over me. lands; and their words into the onds Let the words of my mouth, and of the world.
the meditation of my heart, be alway In them hath he set a tabernacle acceptable in thy sight, for the sun; which cometh forth as O LORD, my strength, and my a bridegroom out of his chamber, and Redeemer. rejoiceth as a giant to run his course. It goeth forth from the uttermost
PSALM 24. Domini est terra. part of the heaven, and runneth about THE earth is the LORD's, and all unto the end of it again ; and there is that therein is ; the compass of the nothing hid from the heat thereof. world, and they that dwell therein.
The law of the LORD is an unde- For he hath founded it upon the filed law, converting the soul; the seas, and prepared it upon the floods. testimony of the LORD is sure, and Who shall ascend into the hill of giveth wisdom unto the simple. the LORD ? or who shall rise up in
The statutes of the LORD are right, his holy place? and rejoice the heart; the command. Even he that hath clean hands and ment of the LORD is pure, and giveth a pure heart; and that hath not lift light unto the eyes.
up his mind unto vanity, nor sworn The fear of the LORD is clean, and to deceive his neighbor. endureth for ever; the judgments of He shall receive the blessing from the LORD are true, and righteous the LORD; and righteousness from altogether.
the God of his salvation. More to be desired are they than
This is the generation of those who
seek him ; even of those who seek made; he remembereth that we are thy face, O Jacob.
but dust. Lift up your heads, O ye gates, The days of a man are but as grass ; and be ye lift up ye everlasting doors, for be flourisheth as a flower of the and
the King of glory shall come in. field.
Who is the King of glory? It is For as soon as the wind goeth over the LORD strong and mighty, even it, it is gone; and the place thereof the LORD mighty in battle.
shall know it no more. Lift up your beads, ye gates, But the merciful goodness of the and be up ye everlasting doors, LORD endureth for ever and ever and the King of glory shall come in. upon those who fear him; and his
Who is the King of glory? Even righteousness upon children's childthe LORD of hosts, he is the King of ren; glory.
such as keep his covePSALM 103. Benedic, anima mea.
nant, and think upon his command
ments to do them. PRAISE the LORD, O my soul ; The LORD hath prepared his seat and all that is within me, praise his in heaven, and his kingdom ruleth holy name.
over all. Praise the LORD, O my soul; and O praise the LORD, ye Angels of forget not all his henefits;
his, ye that excel in strength; ye Who forgiveth all thy sin, and that fulfil his commandment, and healeth all thine infirmities;
hearken unto the voice of his words. Who saveth thy life from destruc- O praise the LORD, all ye his hosts ; tion, and crowneth thee with mercy ye servants of his, that do his pleasure. and loving kindness ;
O speak good of the LORD, all ye Who satisfieth thy mouth with works of his, in all places of his do
od things, making three young and minion: Praise thou the LORD, O lusty as an eagle.
The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment, for all them that are
SELECTION II. oppressed with wrong.
He showed his ways unto Moses, From Psalm 139. Domine, probastë. his works unto the children of Is- O LORD, thou hast searched me rael.
out, and known me; thon knowest The LORD is full of compassion my down-sitting, and mine up-rising; and mercy, long-suffering, and of thou understandest my thoughts long great goodness.
before. He will not alway be chiding; Thou art about my path, and about neither keepeth he his anger for ever. my bed, and spiest out all my ways.
He hath not dealt with us after our For lo, there is not a word in my sins ; nor rewarded us according to tongue, but thou, O LORD, knowest our wickednesses.
it altogether. For louk how high the heaven is Thou hast fashioned me behind and in comparison of the earth; so great before, and laid thine hand upon me. is his mercy also toward those who Such knowledge is too wonderful fear him!
and excellent for me; I cannot attain Look how wide also the east is unto it. from the west ; so far hath he set our Whither shall I go then from thy sins from us!
Spirit? or whither shall I go then Yea, like as a father pitieth his own from thy presence ? children; even so is the LORD mer. If I climb up into heaven, thou art ciful unto them that fear him. there; if I go down to hell, thou art
For he knoweth whereof we are there also.
If I take the wings of the morning, worship, thy glory, thy praise, and and remain in the uttermost parts of wondrous works ; the sea;
So that men shall speak of the Even there also shall thy hand lead might of thy marvellous acts; and I me, and thy right hand shall hold will also tell of thy greatness.
The memorial of thine abundant If I say, Peradventure the darkness kindness shall be showed, and men shall cover me; then shall my night shall sing of thy righteousness. be turned to day.
The LORD is gracious and merYea, the darkness is no darkness ciful ; , long-suffering, and of great with thee, but the night is as clear as goodness. the day; the darkness and light to The LORD is loving unto every thee are both alike.
man, and his mercy is over all his For my reins are thine ; thou hast works. covered ine in my mother's womb. All thy works praise thee, O LORD;
I will give thanks unto thee, for I and thy saints give thanks unto thee. am fearfully and wonderfully made: They show the glory of thy king. marvellous are thy, works, and that dom, and talk of thy power; my soul knoweth right well..
That thy power, thy glory, and My bones are not hid from thee, mightiness of thy kingdom, might though I be made secretly, and fash- be known unto men. ioned beneath in the earth.
Thy kingdom is an everlasting Thine eyes did see my substance, kingdom, and thy dominion endureth yet being imperfect; and in thy book throughout all ages. were all my members written. The LORD upholdeth all such as
Which day by day were fashioned, fall, and lifteth up all those who are when as yet there was none of them down.
How dear are thy counsels unto The eyes of all wait upon thee, O me, O GOD; O how great is the LORD, and thou givest them their sum of them!
meat in due season. If I tell them, they are more in Thou openest thine hand, and fillest number than the sand; when I wake all things living with plenteousness. I am prosent with thee.
The Lord is righteous in all his Try, me, O God, and seek the ways, and holy in all his works. ground of my heart; prove me, and The LORD is nigh onto all them examine my thoughts.
that call upon him; yea, all such as Look well if there be any way of call upon
him faithfully wickedness in me; and lead me in He will fulfil the desire of those the way everlasting.
who fear him; he also will hear their PSALM 145. Exaltabo te, Deus.
cry, and will help them.
The LORD preserveth all those I WILL magnify thee, O God, who love him ; but scattereth abroad my King, and I will praise thy name all the ungodly. for ever and ever.
My mouth shall speak the praise of Every day will I give thanks unto the LORD: and let all flesh give thee, and 'praise thy name for ever thanks unto his, holy name for ever
Great is the LORD, and marvellous, worthy to be praised; there is no end of his greatness.
SELECTION III. One generation shall praise thy FROM PSALM 51. Miserere mei, works unto another, and declare thy
HAVE mercy upon me,
O God, As for me, I will be talking of thy after thy great goodness; according