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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.
Prayer for grace to
BUT, O GOD, who knowest the weakness and corrupenable us to 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 lively remembrance of that great day, which we must 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.
of the same
For grace to guide IN particular, we implore thy grace and protection for and keep us the follow the ensuing day. Keep us temperate in our meats and blessing on the business drinks, and diligent in our several callings. Grant us patience under any afflictions thou shalt see fit to lay on us, and minds always contented with our present condiOn 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 and let thy holy Spirit 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 ship, making us serious 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; thoughts of this world 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 join in the tion. prayers and praises of These things, and whatever else thou shalt see thy Church, and listen necessary and convenient to us, we humbly beg, through to our duty with honest the merits and mediation of thy Son JESUS CHRIST Our hearts, in order to prac- Lord and Saviour. Amen.
THE grace of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, and the love of Gop, and the fellowship of the HOLY GHOST, be with us all evermore. Amen.
The family being together, a little before bed time, let the master 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 kingdom 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 with a prayer for con- 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,
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 mercy, and forgive us all our transgressions. Make us deeply sensible of the great evil of them; and work in us a hearty contrition; 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.
• Here let him who
reads, make a short pause, that every one may secretly confess the sins and failings of that day.
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: That 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 mankind. 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 us; 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 who 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 according to their several necessities, for his sake who went about doing good, thy Son our Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Amen.
IN particular, we beseech thee to continue thy gracious protection to us this night. Defend us from all dangers and mischiefs, and from the fear of them; that we may enjoy such refreshing sleep, as may fit us for the duties
TO our prayers, O LORD, we join our unfeigned 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
Prayer for God's protection through the night following.
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.
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.
PSALM 19. Cæli enarrant. THE heavens declare the glory of GOD; and the firmament showeth his handy work.
One day telleth another; and one night certifieth another.
There is neither speech nor language; but their voices are heard among them.
Their sound is gone out into all lands; and their words into the ends of the world.
In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun; which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a giant to run his course.
It goeth forth from the uttermost part of the heaven, and runneth about unto the end of it again; and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
The law of the LORD is an undefiled law, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, and giveth wisdom unto the simple.
The statutes of the LORD are right, and rejoice the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, and giveth light unto the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean, and endureth for ever; the judgments of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than
gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and the honey-comb.
Moreover, by them is thy servant taught; and in keeping of them there is great reward.
Who can tell how oft he offendeth? O cleanse thou me from my secret faults.
Keep thy servant also from presumptuous sins, lest they get the dominion over me.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight,
O LORD, my strength, and my Redeemer.
seek him; even of those who seek made; he remembereth that we are thy face, O Jacob.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in. Who is the King of glory? It is the LORD strong and mighty, even the LORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in. Who is the King of glory? Even the LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.
The days of a man are but as grass; for he flourisheth as a flower of the field.
For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
But the merciful goodness of the LORD endureth for ever and ever upon those who fear him; and his righteousness upon children's children;
Even upon such as keep his covenant, and think upon his commandments to do them.
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 the sea;
So that men shall speak of the might of thy marvellous acts; and I will also tell of thy greatness.
The memorial of thine abundant kindness shall be showed, and men shall sing of thy righteousness.
The LORD is gracious and merciful; long-suffering, and of great goodness.
The LORD is loving unto every man, and his mercy is over all his works.
Even there also shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold
If I say, Peradventure the darkness shall cover me; then shall my night be turned to day.
Yea, the darkness is no darkness with thee, but the night is as clear as the day; the darkness and light to thee are both alike.
For my reins are thine; thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
I will give thanks unto thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well..
My bones are not hid from thee, though I be made secretly, and fashioned beneath in the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in thy book were all my members written."
Which day by day were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How dear are thy counsels unto me, O GOD; O how great is the sum of them!
If I tell them, they are more in number than the sand; when I wake up, I am present with thee.
Try me, O GOD, and seek the ground of my heart; prove me, and examine my thoughts.
Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me; and lead me in the way everlasting.
Exaltabo te, Deus.
I WILL magnify thee, O GOD, my King, and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
Every day will I give thanks unto thee, and praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and marvellous, worthy to be praised; there is no end of his greatness.
One generation shall praise thy works unto another, and declare thy power.
As for me, I will be talking of thy
All thy works praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints give thanks unto thee. They show the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
That thy power, thy glory, and mightiness of thy kingdom, might be known unto men.
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all ages.
The LORD upholdeth all such as fall, and lifteth up all those who are down.
The eyes of all wait upon thee, O LORD, and thou givest them their meat in due season.
Thou openest thine hand, and fillest all things living with plenteousness. The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him; yea, all such as call upon him faithfully.
He will fulfil the desire of those who fear him; he also will hear their cry, and will help them.
The LORD preserveth all those who love him; but scattereth abroad all the ungodly.
My outh shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh give thanks unto his holy name for ever and ever.
FROM PSALM 51. Miserere mei,
HAVE mercy upon me, O GOD, after thy great goodness; according