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2 Cor. 13. 14:
God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with
Paraphrafe on the Blefing.
Here endeth the Litany.
PRAYERS and THANKSGIVINGS
Upon several OCCASIONS,
of Morning and Evening Prayer.
P R. AYERS
haft promised to all them that seek thy Kingdom, and
P A R A P H R A S E.
On the PRAYER for Rain. O God our Father, whose habitation is the highest heaven, and who hat promised, by thy Son Jesus our blessed Lord, that all those that seek the kingdom of beaven and the righteousness thereof, hall have all outward things added unto them, we beseech thee to send us, now that our necessities require it, now that the ground is parched up for want of moisture, fuch
such moderate rain and showers, that we may receive the fruits of the earth, to our comfort, and to thy honour, through Jelus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For fair Weatber.
once drown all the world, except eight persons, and afterward of thy great mercy didst promise never to destroy it so again ; We humbly beseech thee, that although we for
l our iniquities have worthily deserved a plague of rain and waters; yet upon our true repentance, thou wilt send us such weather, as that we may receive the fruits of the earth in due season; and learn both by thy punishment to amend our lives, and for thy clemency to give thee praise and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,
In the time of dearth and famine.
doth fall, the earth is fruitful, beasts increase, and
PA RA P H R AS E. a kindly rain as may refresh the dry earth, so that it may yield its accultomed fruits to the comfort of us, thy poor creatures, who depend upon them for noarishment; that thereby we may be enabled to use them to thy honour and glory; which favour we beg for the sake of our blessed Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Paraphrafe on the PRAYER for fair Weatber. O Almighty God, who when thou didst see that all felh had corrupted its way upon earth, (Gen. vi. 12.) did it by the delage, destroy all the inhabitants of the world, excepting only eight persons belonging to the family of the righteous Noah, and didst afterwards fix thy bow in the clouds, as a sign that the waters should no more become a flood to destroy all Aesh (Gen. ix. 15.) we humbly intreat thee, that tho'we, by our sins, have deserved to perith by a deluge likewise, thou wouldft, upon our repentance, be graciously pleased to grant us such reasonable weather, that the fruits of the earth being ripened by the fostering heat of the sun, we may gather them for our use at the proper season, and that we, seriously reflecting upon thy chastisement, may learn to lead more holy lives for the time to come ; and in consideration of thy mercy, which has spared us after so many reiterated provocations, may be still more strongly excited to praise and adore thy goodness, the greatest of all thy attributes ; and this favour we pray thee io grant us for the sake of our ever-blessed Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
filhes do multiply ; Behold, we beseech thee, the afflictions of thy people, and grant that the scarcity and dearth, 'which we do now most justly suffer for our iniquity) may through thy goodness be mercifully turned into cheapness and plenty, for the love of Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
prophet, didst suddenly in Samaria turn great scarcity and dearth into plenty and cheapness, Have mercy upon Us; that we, who are now for our sins punished wiih like adversity, may likewise find a seasonable relief: Increase the fruits of the earth by thy heavenly benediction ; and grant that we, receiving thy bountiful liberality, may use the same to thy glory, the relief of those that are needy, and our own comfort, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Ámen.
In the time of War and Tumults.
all things, whose power no creature is able to relift, to whom it belongeth justly to punish sinners, and to be Merciful to them that truly repent ; Save and deliver us, we humbly beseech thee, from the hands of our enemies; abate their pride, afswage their malice, and confound their devices; that we, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore from all perils to glorify thee, who are the only giver of all victory, through the merits of thy only Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PA RA PHRAS E. Parapbrase on the PRAYER in time of War and Tumulis. O omnipotent Being, King of kings, wbose kingdom ruleth over all; whole will and power the mightiest are unable to refift; whose sole preregative it is to punith offenders with strict justice, and to thew thy mercy
by sparing such as fiacerely repent of their fins, we beseech thee to preletse us froin the hands of our foes; to quell that pride which has made
lo haughtily despise our force, and invade our rights ; to diminish Res malignity of heart which excites them to perfecute us with so much
In the Time of any common Plague or fickness.
upon thine own people in the wilderness, for their obstinate rebellion against Moses and Aaron ; and also in the time of king David didft Nay with the plague of pestilence threescore and ten thousand, and yet, remembering thy mercy, didst save the rest : Have pity upon us miserable finners, who now are visited with grcat sickness and mortality; that like as thou didit then accept of an atonement, and didst command the destroying Angel to ceale from punishing; so it may now pleafé chee to withdraw from us this plague and grievous sickness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. In the Ember-weeks to be said every Day for those that are to
be admitted into holy Orders.
chaled to thyself an universal Church by the precious blood of thy dear Son ; mercifully look upon the same; and at this time so guide and govern the minds of thy servants the bishops and pastors of thy fock, that they may lay hands suddenly on no man, but faithfully and wisely make choice of fit persons to serve in the sacred Ministry of thy Church. And to those which shall be ordained to any byly Function, give thy grace and heavenly benediction;
P 'A RA P H R AS E. eagerness and fury; and bafile all those devices and stratagems by which they endeavour to trepan us ; that we, being shielded by thy protection, which is the best armour, may be saved from all the perils and dangers by which this war is attended ; and if thou art pleased by thy gracious providence to cause victory to decide for us, we may ascribe the gift to thy bounty alone ; and this we earnestly request of thee for the sake of thy only Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
Paraphrafe on the PRAYER in the Ember-weeks. Omnipotent God, our most gracious Father, who dwellest in the moll exalted part of the heavens, and hast purchased to thyself a church, by
a the blood of thy own dear Son, ( Atts xx. 28. Eph. v. 25.) we befeech thee to watch over the same with thy especial Providence, and to direct by shy heavenly guidance the minds of the bishops and their affitting presby:
that both by their life and doctrine they may set forth thy glory, and set forward the salvation of all men, through Jesus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
divine providence haft appointed divers Orders in thy Church; Give thy grace, we humbly befeech thee, to all those who are to be called to any Office and Administration in the same; and to replenish them with the truth of thy Doctrine ; and endue them with innocency of life, that
i they may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great Name, and the benefit of thy holy Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. A Prayer for the High Court of Parliament, to be read during their Seffion.
OST gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, as for
this Kingdom in general, fo especially for the High Court of Parliament, under our most religious and gracious King at this time assembled; That thou wouldst be pleased to dired and prosper all their Consultations to the advance
PA RA PHRASE. ters in the office of ordination, in such a manner, that, pursuant to tho advice of the apoftle, they may lay hands suddenly on no man, (1 Tim. j. 22.) but that they may with wisdom and fidelity make choice of perfons qualified by their piety and learning to be admitted into the ofices of the miniftry. We beseech thee moreover in behalf of those, who hall, a this time be received into any of the ecclefiaftical orders, that thou wouldi beftow upon them such large portions of thy grace and blefing, that by their virtuous lives and orthodox do&trine, they may become ora Laments to the holy profession wherein they shall be engaged, and may advance thy glory, by promoting the salvation of fouls, through Jesus Chrif our Lord. Amen.
Parapbrafe on the PRAYER for the Parliament. O God, who art always disposed to hear us upon whatever occasion we address thee, we beseech thee to bestow thy blesfing upon this nation in general, but in particular opon the parliament now afsembled under the King's most gracious majesty, that thou wouldst be pleased, by the influence of thy holy Spirit, to govern their debates and resolutions in such a manner as may be most conducive to promote God's glory, the church's good, the safety of the king's person, his high character and welfare,