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shine upon all nations. 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. Send down thy blessings, temporal and spiritual, upon all our relations, friends, and neighbours. Reward all who have done us good; and pardon all who have done or wish us evil. 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 the sake of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
To our prayers, O Lord, we join our unfeigned thanks for all thy mercies. Above all, we adore thy mercy in sending thy only Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and eternal death. 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; 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, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
In particular, we implore thy gracious protection this night. Defend us from all dangers and mischiefs; that we may enjoy such refreshing sleep, as may fit us for the duties 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.
TO BE USED IN FAMILIES.
FOR A SICK PERSON.
O FATHER of mercies, and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need; look down from heaven, we humbly beseech thee, behold, visit, and relieve thy sick servant, [of this family,] for whom our prayers are now offered. Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy; comfort him with a sense of thy goodness; preserve him from the temptations of the enemy; give him patience under his affliction; and, in thy good time, restore him to health, and enable him to lead the residue of his life in thy fear, and to thy glory: Or else give him grace so to take thy visitation, that, after this painful life ended, he may dwell with thee in life everlasting, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR A SICK CHILD.
Almighty God, and. merciful Father, to whom alone belong the issues of life and death ; look down from heaven, we humbly beseech thee, with the eyes of mercy, upon the sick child, [of this family,] for whom our prayers are now offered. Deliver him, O Lord, in thy good appointed time, from his bodily pain, and visit him with thy salvation; that if it should be thy good pleasure to prolong his days here on earth, he may live to thee, and be an instrument of thy glory, by serving thee faithfully, and doing good in his generation : Or else receive him into those heavenly habitations, where the souls of those who sleep in the Lord Jesus enjoy perpetual rest and felicity. Grant this, O Lord, for the love of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.