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that understanding which A PRAYER FOR THE AGED. shall incline them to keep thy commandments. Lead GREAT God, and heavthem by thy right hand in enly Father, look down the path of duty, and pre- with peculiar favour and serve them amidst the kindness upon thine aged temptations to which the servants. young are particularly ex- sion upon their infirmities, posed, and amidst all the and help them in all their temptations of this present weaknesses, difficulties, evil world. As they grow and distresses. Cast them in years, may they grow in not away, O Lord, in their grace, and by a careful im- old age. Forsake them provement of the talents not when their strength committed to their trust, faileth. Remember not may they lay a foundation against them former inifor their present comfort quities; but according to and eternal felicity.
thy mercy remember them, Help us, O Lord, to for thy goodness' sake, O train them up in thy fear. Lord. Give them heavenMay we give them season- ly wisdom. Pour abunable instructions, and set dance of thy grace upon them good examples. Di- them, that their hoary rect us in every part of heads may be found in the their education ; in the way of righteousness, and choice of their studies, em their souls be precious in ployments, and stations of thy sight. O let goodness life, whereby they may be and mercy follow them most happy in themselves, the remainder of their and most useful to society. days. Let their last days Let a kind providence ac- be their best days, and company them through life; their last comforts their may we have the comfort strongest and sweetest of seeing them behave comforts. And, when wisely and well, and the heart and flesh and all hope that they will at last their powers shall fail be received to the endless them, be thou, O God, the felicity of thy heavenly strength of their hearts, kingdom, through Jesus their support, and their Christ our Lord. Amen. portion, for ever. Amen.
END OF FAMILY PRAYERS.
FIRST MORNING SERVICE
FOR A FAMILY.
The following Anthem, principally selected from the
Psalms, is to be said by the Head of the Family, or Reader, in alternate verses with the other Members of the Family.
BLESSED art thou, O and slept, and rose up again, Lord, our God, and the because thou, O Lord, God of our fathers, who didst make us to dwell in turnest the shadows of safety; death into the morning,
For that we awaked, and renewest the face of and beheld, and our sleep the earth;
was sweet unto us. Who scatterest
the Blot out, we pray thee, darkness by this return of as a cloud, our transgreslight, and hast commanded sions, and as the thickness night to give place to day; of the morning cloud,
Who hast delivered us from the terror by night,
to walk as and from the pestilence children of the light and that walketh in darkness;
of the day. Who makest the out- O let us hear thy lovgoings of the morning and ing kindness betimes in of the evening to praise the morning, for in thee
is our trust. For that we laid down Show thou us the way
that we should walk in,
Reader. Let us pray. for we lift up our souls unto thee.
Then shall he read eithNow unto the king eter er of the following nal, immortal, invisible, Prayers, or make the only God;
Prayer extempore. Be honour and glory, through Jesus Christ, for O GOD, whose light ever and ever. Amen. again shines upon us, we
desire to unite with thy If a portion of Scripture whole family in heaven
is to be read, let it be and earth, to offer up to preceded by the follow- thee, the eternal Fountain ing Sentences, said al- of light, our morning adoternately as before. ration, and pay our tri
bute of gratitude and praise BLESSED are they to thee
our Preserver. who are undefiled in the O shine into our hearts way, and walk in the law of with the light of truth, and the Lord.
disperse the shades of erBlessed are they who ror and prejudice and sin. keep his testimonies, and Inspire us with the hopes seek him with their whole and comforts of true reliheart.
gion, and implant within Early in the morning us thy likeness, the image do we cry unto thee, for of our Creator, in righin thy word is our trust. teousness and true holiLet our prayer
Give us clear anol before thee, O Lord; consoling views of thy give us understanding ac- Providence, which cording io thy word. mercifully regards us,
minutest Here shall the portion of cerns.
Warm our hearts Scripture be read. with love to thee; with Then shall the Person who the love of goodness, of
conducts the Service purity, and of all thy morsay ;
al perfections ; that by
these our faith and trust The Lord be with you; in thee may be increased
Answer. And with thy and strengthened, and that spirit.
we may rejoice that all
the different dispensations hast preserved us from of our lives are in thy the dangers of the past hand, the hand of our night, and we pray thee heavenly Father.
to continue thy goodness Enlighten our minds, to us through the present O God, with bright views day, and preserve us from of immortality; and dis- all perils both of body pel from them the clouds and soul. We thank thee of doubt and uncertainty. for all the time thou hast Encourage us in the faith- given us, and acknowledge ful discharge of our du- that we have greatly wastties. Guide us by thyed and misused it. May counsel; support us in our we do so no more. Make journey by thy strength; us each day to remember hold us up by thy prom- that every day is thy gift, ises. Animate us with the to be used in thy service, patience and perseverance and in doing the work of of our blessed Lord and salvation. Let master, who for the joy Sun of Righteousness that was set before him, arise upon our souls with endured the cross, despis- healing in his wings. Make ed the shame, and is set us children of the light down at the right hand of and of the day, and show the throne of God. In his us the way wherein we name we offer our pray- should walk. Quicken ers, and in his words con- our dulness in thy service. clude them.
Release our hearts from
the bondage of sin and Or this.
the fetters of temptation,
and so assist us in all our O LORD our God, doings with thy most grawho hast brought us out cious favour, that when from the shades of night the few days of this our to see another day, assist mortal life are ended, we and accept our morning may inherit that endless devotions which we offer life which thou hast preup to thee, who both by pared for all who love night and by day art our and fear thee. Guardian and Deliverer. The blessings, which we We thank thee that thou ask for ourselves, we ask
for our dear friends, for thy name. Thy kingdom our enemies, if we have come; Thy will be done them, and for the whole on earth, as it is in heaven. world of mankind, through Give us this day our daily Jesus Christ our Lord. bread. And forgive Amen.
our trespasses, As we for
give those who trespass Then shall the whole Fam- against us. And lead us
ily together say the not into temptation, But Lord's Prayer.
deliver us from evil. For
thine is the kingdom, and OUR Father, who art the power, and the glory, in heaven, Hallowed be Forever and ever. Amen.
END OF THE FIRST MORNING SERVICE.
SECOND MORNING SERVICE
FOR A FAMILY.
The following Sentences thanks unto thee, O Lord,
are to be said alternate- and praise thy name for ly, as in the First Ser- ever and ever; vice, by the Reader and
Let all those who put the Family.
their trust in thee rejoice;
they shall ever be giving THE Lord hath brought of thanks, because thou us safe to the beginning of defendest them; they who this day ; let us give him love thy name shall be thanks for this his good- joyful in thee. ness, and for all his mercies For thou, Lord, wilt and loving kindnesses to us give thy blessing unto thy and to all men.
people; and with thy Every day will we give favourable kindness wilt