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. O thou who never slum- holding communion with berest nor sleepest, but thee. Let our evening both by night and day sacrifice be a pure and acdost watch over thy peo- ceptable service.
service. While ple, keep and defend us, we praise thee with our we pray thee, this night. lips, may reverence and Let the shades which en- gratitude fill our hearts. compass us be as the sha- May our whole conduct dow of thy wings. May also be influenced by our our sleep be quiet and re- devotions, and may we freshing; and may we live to love and serve, as rise in the morning pre- we have learned to adore pared and invigorated to thee. serve thee in the duties O God, if this day we of the day. May all our have fallen into any sin; nights on earth be hallow- if we have weakly yielded ed by thy blessing, and to an
to any temptation; if we all our days devoted to have been angry without thy service; so that when cause, or beyond bounds; we have slept the sleep of if we have been uncharitathe grave, we may awake ble, unjust, undutiful, or to the resurrection of the in any way unmindful of just.
thee and thy laws, we beHear us, we beseech seech thee to forgive us in thee, in thy Son's name, thy great mercy, and grant as whose disciples we ap- us true repentance, that we proach thee, our Father, may lie down this night in and ascribe unto thee all peace with the world, with honour and glory for ever. ourselves, and with thee. Amen.
And we pray thee, O Fath
er, to watch over us this Or this.
night, and protect us from
all evil, and give to our OUR Father in heaven, eyes refreshing slumbers, thy children kneel before so that we may rise in the the throne of thy mercy, morning with renewed and humbly thank thee
power to serve thee. for all the blessings of this we are to rise no more in day, and for the privilege this world, grant that we which we now enjoy of may wake, in the next, to
life immortal, and the lighteousness' sake. Be kind of thy countenance for ev- to all our friends and
to all our enemies; to We pray thee, also, to all who have prayed for protect the whole sleep- us, and to all who have ing world through the hours desired that we should pray darkness. And
. O ciously with those, who, by God, Father Almighty, land or by sea, must wake hear their
and and watch. Soothe the ours, which we offer in the pains of the sick ; speak name of our Lord Jesus pardon and peace to sleep- Christ. Amen. less consciences; guide the traveller on his way; pre- Then shall the whole Famserve the mariner from the ily say the following fury of the tempest, and Benediction, and the direct him through the Service may be closed paths of the deep. Be a with a Hymn. Father to the fatherless; a Deliverer to the oppress
THE Lord bless us and ed; a Friend to all who are keep us; The Lord lift
up under neglect or contempt, the light of his counteor in want; and especially nance upon us, And give to those who are persecu
us peace, Now and everted for conscience and right- more. Amen.
END OF THE FIRST EVENING SERVICE.
SECOND EVENING SERVICE
FOR A FAMILY.
The following Anthem is build the house, their labour
to be said alternately, as is but lost who build it. in the preceding Ser- Except the Lord keep vices.
the city, the watchman waEXCEPT the Lord keth but in vain.
We will lift
Show us thy ways, O unto the hills from whence Lord, and teach us thy cometh our help.
paths. Our help cometh even Lead us forth in thy from the Lord, who hath truth and teach us; for made heaven and earth. thou art the God of
He will not suffer thy salvation ; 'in thee hath been foot to be moved; and he our hope all the day who keepeth thee will not long. sleep.
Gracious and righteous Behold he who keepeth is the Lord, therefore will Israel shall neither slumber he teach sinners in the nor sleep.
way. The Lord himself is All the paths of the thy keeper; the Lord is Lord are mercy and truth, thy defence upon thy right unto such as keep his hand,
covenant and his testimoSo that the sun shall nies. not smite thee by day, neither the moon by night. Here the portion of ScripThe Lord shall preserve
ture is to be read. thee from all evil; yea it is Then shall the Person even he who shall keep who conducts the Serthy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy com- BY the favour of God, ing in, from this time forth we are come to the evenfor evermore.
ing of this day; and we Now unto the King eter- are so much nearer the end nal, immortal, invisible, the of our mortal life. Let only God;
us seriously consider this, Be honour and glory, and resolve to prepare ourthrough Jesus Christ, for selves for our change by ever and ever. Amen. living righteously and god
ly in this present world. If a portion of Scripture Let us pray to God to for
is to be read, let it give us our sins, and grant be preceded by the fol- us true repentance, and lowing Sentences, said strengthen our good resolualternately as before. tions, and enable us, as we
vice say ;
draw nearer to the
grave, Keep us continually, O to draw nearer to himself, God, in thy faith and fear. and to his heavenly king- May we be followers of dom.
that which is good, and Answer. Othou who followers of thy Son Jesus hearest prayer, unto thee Christ, obeying his prewill we lift up our souls.* cepts, and imitating his exReader. Let us pray. ample. Let our bodies be
in constant subjection to Then shall be read eith our souls, our senses to our
er of the following reason, and our reason to Prayers, or make a thy divine and gracious inPrayer extempore. struction; that so, both out
wardly and inwardly, we O GOD, the light of every may be fully disposed to do heart that sees thee, the thy will. life of every soul that loves May we, thy children, thee, the strength of every know from our experience mind that seeks thee; we how good and how pleasseek thee now, O Father, ant a thing it is to dwell thy children seek thee, and together in unity. May pray that thou wouldst en we be kind and faithful to lighten our darkness, sus- each other, and to all with tain our faintings, save us
whom we are in any way from the death of sin, and connected. And may we grant us life eternal. We be always sensible of our are not worthy that thou relationship to thee, our shouldst come under our heavenly Father; and feel roof; but come, O Lord, that whether sleeping or and make us worthy ; en- waking we are still with thee. ter into our hearts, speak Keep and defend us this peace unto this house, and night. Grant unto us quiet abide with us always. Let and restoring slumbers. us be sheltered under the Bring us to the light of shadow of thy wings from another morning in safety; the storms of worldly cares; and when our days and and when the darkness nights on earth are numbergathers, and the winds ed and finished, grant that blow, and the waves swell, we may behold each other be thou our harbour and in the light of eternal day. securę repose.
And this we ask in the
name of Jesus Christ, our Accept, O God, as the blessed Lord and Redeem- testimony of our love and Amen.
charity, our hearty inter
cessions for all mankind. Or this.
Let the glorious light of
thy Gospel shine upon all WE humbly thank thee, nations; and grant that all mercisul Father, for thy who have already receivgoodness in conducting us ed it, may live as becomes to the close of this day, it. and for all thy mercies O Lord, continue thy from day to day bestowed gracious protection to us upon us.
Add this to all this night. Into thy hands thy favours, we beseech we commend ourselves, thee, that we may never our souls and bodies, and forget to be thankful, but all things belonging to us. may constantly acknow- And make us mindful, we ledge thea as the source of pray thee, of that time all our blessings, and praise when we shall lie down in thee not only with our lips the dust; and grant us but in our lives. Write grace always to live in such thy law upon our hearts, a state, that we may never that all our desires, words be afraid or unfit to die. and actions may be con- And now to thee, our God formable to thy holy will. and Father, we ascribe all Remembering thy mercies honour and glory, through hitherto vouchsafed to us, Jesus Christ. Amen. we do entirely trust thee for the time to come. For Then shall the whole Famthis only we are anxious, ily say the following and do earnestly pray, that Benediction, and the we may all our days serve Service may be closed and please thee in such a
with a Hymn. constant practice of piety and devotion, of righteous- THE Lord bless us and ness and mercy, of temper- keep us; The Lord lift up ance, meekness, patience, the light of his countetruth and fidelity, as may nance upon us, And give adorn the religion and name us peace, Now and everof our Lord and Master.
END OF THE SECOND EVENING SERVICE.