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GOD, merciful Father, who in the time of Elifba the prophet didft fuddenly in Samaria turn great fcarcity and dearth into plenty and cheapnefs; Have

mercy upon us, that we, who are now for our fins punithed with like adverfity, may likewife find a feafonable relief: Increase the fruits of the earth by thy heavenly benediction; and grant that we, receiving thy bountiful liberality, may use the fame to thy glory, the relief of thofe that are needy, and our own comfort, through Jefus Chrift our Lord.


In the time of War and Tumults,

all kings, and Governor of all things, whofe power no creature is able to refift, to whom it belongeth juftly to punifh finners, and to be merciful to them that truly repent; Save and deliver us, we humbly befeech thee, from the hands of our enemies;

abate their pride, affwage their malice, and confound their devices; that we, being armed with thy defence, may be preferved evermore from all perils, to glorify thee, who art the only giver of all victory, through the merits of thy only Son Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In the time of any common

Plague or Sickness.

ALMIGHTY God, who in Othy wrath didft fend a plague thy wrath didft fend a plague upon thine own people in the wilderness, for their obftinate rebellion against Mofes and Aaron; and alfo, in the time of king David, didft flay with the plague of pestilence threekcore and ten

thoufand; and yet, remembering thy mercy, didft fave the reft; Have pitý upon us miferable finners, who now are vifited with great fickness and mortality; that like as thou didst then accept of an atonement, and diaft command the defiroying angel to ceafe from punishing, fo it may now please thee to withdraw from us this plague and grievous

fickness, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

In the Ember Weeks, to be said every Day, for those that are to be admitted into Holy Orders.

Avenly Father, who haft puschafed to thyfelf an univerfal Church by the precious blood of thy dear Son; Mercifully look upon the fame, and at this time fo guide and govern the minds of thy servants, the Bifhops and Paitors of thy flock, that they may lay hands fuddenly on no man, but faithfully and wifely make choice of fit perfons to ferve in the facred Miniftry of the Church. And to thofe which fhall be ordained to any holy function, Benediction; that both by their give thy grace and heavenly life and doctrine they may fet forth thy glory, and fet forward the falvation of all men, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

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ALMIGHTY God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy divine providence haft appointed divers Orders in thy Church; Give thy grace, we humbly befeech thee, to all thofe who are to be called to any office and adminiftration in the same; and fo replenith them with the truth of thy doctrine, and endue them with innocency of life, that they may faithfully ferve before thee, to the glory of thy great holy Church, through Jefus Christ Name, and the benefit of thy

our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for the High Court of
Parliament, to be reud during
their Session.

MOST gracious God, we

humbly beseech thee, as for this kingdom in general, fo efpecially for the High Court of Parliament, under our most religious and gracious King at this time affembled: That thou wouldeft be pleafed to direct and profper all their confultations, to the advancement of thy glory, the good of thy Church, the fafety, honour, and welfare of our

Sovereign and his dominions; may be led into the way of

that all things may be fo ordered and fettled by their endeavours, upon the beft and fureft foundations, that peace and happinefs, truth and juftice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations. Thefe and all other neceflaries, for them, for us, and thy whole Church, we humbly beg in the Name and Mediation of Jefus Christ our moft bleffed Lord and Saviour. Amen.

A Collect or Prayer for all Conditions of Men, to be used at such times when the Litany is not appointed to be said.

GOD, the Creator and Preferver of all mankind, we humbly befeech thee for all forts and conditions of men,"that thou

wouldeft be pleafed to make thy ways known unto them, thy faving health unto all nations. More especially we pray for the good eitate of the Catholic Church; that it may be fo guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profeis and call themfelves Chriftians,

truth, and hold the faith in unity of fpirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteoufnefs of life. Finally, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those who are any ways afflicted or diftreffed in mind, body, or *This to be said eftate, especial when any desire ly thofe for whom the Prayers of our prayers are the Congregadefired]; that it tion. may pleafe thee to comfort and relieve them according to their fevera! neceffities, giving them patience under their fufferings, and a happy iffue out of all their affliétions: and this we beg for Jefus Chrift his fake. Amen. A Prayer that may be said after any of the former. GOD, whole nature and property is ever to have mercy and to forgive, receive our humble petitions, and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our fins, yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loofe us, for the honour of Jefus Chrift our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.


LMIGHTY God, Father of A all mercies, we thine unworthy fervants do give thee mofi humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and lovingkindness to us and to all men, [*particularly to *This to be those who defire said when any now to offer up that have been their praifes and prayed for desire to return thanksgivings for praise. thy late mercies

vouchfafed unto them]. We bless thee for our creation, prefervation, and all the bleffings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Chrift; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And we be feech thee, give us that due fenfe of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly

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For Fair Weather.

LORD God, who haft juftly humbled us by thy late plague of immoderate rain and waters, and in thy mercy haft relieved and comforted our fouls by this feafonable and bleffed change of weather; We praife and glorify thy holy Name for this thy mercy, and will always declare thy loving-kindnefs from generation to generation, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

For Plenty. MOST merciful Father, O who of thy gracious goodnefs haft heard the devout pray: ers of thy Church, and turned our dearth and fcarcity into cheapnefs and plenty; We give thee humble thanks for this thy fpecial bounty; befeeching thee to continue thy loving-kindness unto us, that our land may yield us her fruits of increase, to thy glory and our comfort, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen. For Peace and Deliverance from our Enemies.

O ALMIGHTY God, who art a ftrong tower of defence unto thy fervants against the face of their enemies; We yield thee praife and thanksgiving for our deliverance from thofe great and apparent dangers wherewith we were compaffed. We acknowledge it thy goodness that we were not delivered over as a prey unto them; befeeching thee till to continue fuch thy mercies towards us, that all the world may know that thou art our Saviour and mighty Deliverer, through Jefus Chrift our Lord.


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of a violent and unruly people; We blefs thy holy Name that it hath pleafed thee to appeafe the feditious tumults which have been lately raifed up amongst to grant to all of us grace, that us; moft humbly befeeching thee we may henceforth obediently walk in thy holy commandinents; and leading a quiet and peaceable life in all godlinefs and honesty, may continually offer unto thee our facrifice of praife and thankf giving for thefe thy mercies towards us, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

For Deliverance from the Plague, or other common Sickness.

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wounded us for our fins, LORD God, who haft and confumed us for our tranf greffions by thy late heavy and dreadful vifitation; and now in the midst of judgement remembering mercy, haft redeemed our fouls from the jaws of death; We offer unto thy fatherly goodnets ourfelves, our fouls and bodies, which thou haft delivered, to be a living facrifice unto thee, always praifing and magnifying thy mercies in the midit of thy Church, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.


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before thee, O moft merE humbly acknowledge. ciful Father, that all the punithments which are threatened in thy law, might juftly have fallen upon us, by reafon of our manifold tranfgreffions and hardness of heart. Yet feeing it hath pleafed thee of thy tender mercy, upon our weak and unworthy humiliation, to affwage the contagious ficknefs wherewith we lately have been fore, afflicted, and to reftore the voice of joy and health into our dwellings; We offer unto thy divine Majesty the facrifice of praife and thankf giving, lauding and magnifying thy glorious Name for fuch thy prefervation and providence over us, through Jefus Chrift Christ ong Lord. Amen.



Note, that the Collect appointed for every Sunday, or for any Holyday that hatha Vigil or Eve,Jhall be faid at the Evening Service next before.

The Collect.

LMIGHTY God, give us

Agrace that we may caft away the works of darknefs, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jefus Chrift came to vifit us in great humility; that in the laft day, when he thall come again in his glorious Majefty, to judge both the quick and dead, we may rife to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghoft, now and ever. Amen. This Collect is to be repeated every Day, with the other Collects in Advent, until Christmas Eve.] The Epiftle. Rom. xiii. 8.


WE no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not fleal, Thou shalt not bear falfe witnefs, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this faying, namely, Thou fhalt love thy neighbour as thyfelf. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of fleep: for now is our falvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far fpent, the day is at hand: let us therefore caft off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honeftly, as in the day; notin rioting and drunkennefs, not in chambering and wantonnefs, not in ftrife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jefus Chrift, and make not provifion for the flesh, to fulfil the lufts thereof.

The Gospel. Matt. xxi. 1.

WHEN they drew nigh unto


Jerufalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then fent Jefus two difciples, faying unto them, Go and ftraightway ye thall find an into the village over against you, afs tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man fay ought unto you, ye fhall fay, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will fend them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was fpoken by the prophet, faying, Tell ye daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and fitting upon an afs, and a colt the foal of an afs. And the difciples went, and did as Jefus commanded them, and brought the afs, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they fet him thereon. And a very great multitude fpread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and flrawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, faying, Hofanna to the fon of David! Bleffed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hofanna in the higheft! And when he was come into Jerufalem, all the city was moved, faying, Who is this? And the multitude faid, This is Jefus, the Prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. And Jefus went into the temple of God, and caft out all them that fold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the feats of them that fold doves; and faid unto them, It is written, My houfe fhall be called the houfe of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

The Collect. LESSED Lord, who haft caufed all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in fuch wife hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digeft them; that by patience, and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold. faft the bleffed hope of everlafting life, which thou haft given us in our Saviour Jefus Chrift. Amen.

The Epistle. Rom xv. 4. THATSOEVER things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and confolation grant you to be like-minded one toward another, according to Chrift Jefus; that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jefus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one an

other, as Chrift alfo received us, to the glory of God. Now I fay that Jefus Chrift was a minifter of the circumcifion for the truth of God, to confirm the promifes made unto the fathers; And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this caufe I will confefs to thee among the Gentiles, and ng unto thy Name. And again he faith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again, Praife the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. And again, Efaias faith, There that thall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him fhall the Gentiles truft. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in beheving, that ye may aband in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

The Gospel. Luke xxi. 25.

ND there fhall be figns in the fun, and in the moon, 2nd in the ftars; and upon the earth diftrefs of nations, with perplexity; the fea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for

looking after thofe things which are coming on the earth for the powers of heaven fhall be thaken. And then thall they fee the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pafs, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable; Behold, the fig-tree, and all the trees; when they now thoot forth, ye fee and know of your own felves that fummer is now nigh at hand. So likewife ye, when ye fee these things come to pafs, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I fay unto you, This ge. neration fhall not pafs away till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth fhall pafs away; but my words fhall not pass away.

The Collect.

LORD Jefu Chrift, who at

thy firft coming didft fend thy meffenger to prepare thy way before thee; Grant that the minifters and ffewards of thy myfteries may likewife fo prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the difobedient to the wildom of the juft; that at thy fecond coming to judge the world, we may be found an acceptable people in thy fight, who liveft and reigneft with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epifle. 1 Cor. iv. 1.

Las of the minifters of Chriff, and flewards of the myfteries of God. Moreover, it is required in ftewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I fhould be judged of you, or of man's judgement; yea, I judge not mine own felf: for I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby juftified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the

fo account of us,

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