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In the Ember-Weeks, to be said every day for those that
are to be admitted into Holy Orders.
chased to thyself an universal Church by the precious blood of thy dear Son; Mercifully look upon the fame, and at this time so guide and govern the minds of thy servants the Bishops and Pastors of thy flock, that they may lay hands suddenly on no man, but faithfully and wisely make choice of fit persons to serve in the facred Mi. nistry of thy Church. And to those which shall be ordained to any holy function, give thy grace and heavenly benedi&tion; that both by their life and doctrine they may set forth thy glory, and set forward the salvation of all men, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
thy divine providence haft appointed divers Orders in thy Church ; Give thy grace, we humbly beleech thee, to all those who are to be called to any office and administration in the same; and so replenish them with the truth of thy doctrine, and endue them with innocency of life, that 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. Amin. f A Prayer for the high Court of Parliament, to be re.id
during their Seffion. OST gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, as för
this Kingdom in general, so especially for the Iligh In the Emher-weeks] This denomination seems to have arisen from the practice which anciently accompanied all religious faits, thatoffitting in a bes or embers, or sprinkling them on the head. The ember weeks are the weeks beginning with the firit Sunday in Lent; with the feast of Pentecost; with the 14th of September; and with the 13th of December: and the ember days are the Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in those weeks: on the Sundays immediately following those weeks, the ordination of the clergy is appointed. Of the two ember prayers, the former has a reference to candidates before their examination; and the latter (which was adopted from the Scotch liturgy) after they have passed it. They were both added to our Prayer-Book at Charles's review.
A prayer for the high court, &c.] This was added at the review in Charles Ild's reign.
Court of Parliament, under our most religious and graci. ous King at this time assembled: That thou wouldest be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations to the advancement of thy glory, the good of thy Church, the fafety, honour, and welfare of our Sovereign and his Dominions; that all things may be so ordered and setiled by their endeavours, upon the best and fureit foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations. Thee and all other neceíTaries, for them, for us, and thy whole Church, we humbly beg in the Name and Mediation of Jesus Christ, our most blefled Lord and Saviour. Amen.
A Colleet or Prayer for all Conditions of Men, to be used at such times when the Litany is nci appointed io be said.
God, the Crcator and Preserver of all mankind, we
humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men, that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all Nations. More especially we pray for the good estate of the Catholic Church; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good 'Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians, may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of Spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to thy fatherly goodpels, all those who are any ways alllicted or distressed in mind, body, or eft:te; lcspecially those for whom our Prayers are desired:* j that it may please thee define the Pray to comfort and relieve them, according to their gregation. leveral nec fitics, giving them patience under their fufferings, and a happy illue out of all their afflictions: And this we beg for Jesus Christ his fake. Amen.
* This to be Said when any
A Colle7, &c.] To supply the deficiency in our liturgy, of an interauron for all conditions oj ven, the commissioners at the lift review introduced the above prayer. It is said to be the composition of Bishop Gunmire, during the time of his mattership of St. John's college, in Cambridge. In its original form it was considerably longer than at present, containing petitions for the king, royal family,clergy,&c. which accounts for the word finally being introduced at fo fhort a distance from the commencement of the prayer,
A Prayer that may be said after any of the former. O
God, whose 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 loofeus, for the honour of Jesus Christ our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
[ A general Thanksgiving. Lmighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unwor
thy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men; I particularly to those who desire now fuit het om het to offer up their praises and thanksgivings for thy piased for late mercies vouchsafed unto them."] We bless pratico retura thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that
A prayer that may be said, &c.] This beautiful and fervent prayer is of great, but uncertain antiquity. li has been ufed by the Western'church for ages; was introduced into some of Henry VIIIth's primers; excluded from Edward's prayer-books, but restored to the liturgy, in 1662, in the reign of Elizabeth. Dr. Nicholls fays, that at the last review, the printers placed it between the prayer for all sorts and conditions of men, and the general thanksgiving; and that the commillioners made them ftrihe it out, and print a new leaf, wherein it should stand right, that is, immediately before the prayer for parliament. Nicholls, however, seems to have committed a mistake here; for in the copies of the prayer-book, (which, agreeably to the Act of Uniforinity, were collated with the engrossed statute) the prayer in question was, evidently through inadvertence, printed in two different places; once before the prayer for the high court of parliament; and again before the general thanksgiving. The latter the commissioners erased; and left the former in its proper place. In most of the editions of the prayer-book, however, since that time, the collect has again been removed from its right situation, and inserted before “ the general thanksgiving."
A general Thanksgiving] Bishop Sanderson has the credit of this noble compofition, in which we praise God for his temporal benefits and spiritual blethngs, and petition him for grace to enable us to be fenfible of and grateful for them. It was added to the litany at the review in Chardes the
our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we may thew forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
For Rain. O
God, our heavenly Father, who by thy gracious pro
vidence doft cause the former and the latter Rain to defcend upon the earth, that it may bring forth fruit for the use of man; We give thee humble thanks that it hath pleased thee, in our great necessiry, to send us at the last a joyful rain upon thine inheritance, and to refresh it when it was dry, to the great comfort of us thy unworthy fervants, and to the glory of thy holy Name, through thy mercies in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
| For Fair W'catber. O
Lord God, who hast justly humbled us by thy late
plague of immoderate rain and waters, and in thy mercy halt relieved and comforted our souls by this seasonatle and blessed change of weather; We praise and glorify thy holy Name for this thy mercy, and will always declare thy loving-kindness from generation to generation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Plenty. O
hast heard the devout prayers of thy Church, and turned our dearth and scarcity into cheapness and plenty; We give thee humble thanks for this thy special bounty; beseeching 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 Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Rain} This and the ensuing fix prayers were composed and introduced into the Litany in the reign of James I. and authorized and confirmed by the Act of Uniformity in the time of Charles II. They are for the most part borrowed from the ancient Greek and Latin liturgies, bnt greatly amplified and improved.
For Peace and Deliverance from our Enemies. O Almighty God, who
art, a strong tower of defence unto thy servants against the face of their enemies; We yield thee praise and thanksgiving for our deliverance from those great and apparent dangers wherewith we were compassed: We acknowledge it thy goodness that we were not delivered over as a prey unto them; beseeching thee still to continue such thy mercies towards us, that all the world may know that thou art our Saviour and mighty Deliverer, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For restoring Public Peace at home. Eternal God, our heavenly Father, who alone makelt
men to outrage of a violent and unruly people; We bless thy holy Name, that it hath pleased thee to appease the seditious tumults which have been lately raised up amongst us; most humbly beseeching thee to grant to all of us grace, that we may henceforth obediently walk in thy holy commandments; and leading a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty, may continually oler unto thee our facrifice of praise and thanksgiving for these thy mercies towards us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. f For Deliverance from the Plague, or other common
Lord God, who hast wounded us for our fins, and
consumed us for our transgressions, by thy late heavy and dreadful Visitation; and now in the midst of judgment remembering mercy, haft redeemed our souls from the jaws of death; We offer unto thy fatherly goodness ourselves, our souls, and bodies, which thou haft delivered, to be a living facrifice unto thee; always prailing and magnifying thy mercies in the midst of thy Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Or this. W E humbly acknowledge before thee, O mot mer
ciful Father, that all the punishments which are threatened in thylaw, might justly have fallen upon us, by