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45.1663. MANUAL OF FAMILY PRAYER.

EXPLANATORY NOTICE.

THE duty of public and of private prayer is clearly established by the example and direct precept of our Saviour, as well, indeed, as by the natural impulses of the human heart. That of family prayer, partaking of the nature of both public and private prayer, though less explicitly enjoined, seems to follow as a necessary consequence; and becomes the more imperative in a state of society which renders a daily attendance at public worship impossible in the majority of cases.

It is believed that the practice of family prayer was never so general as at present, and would, it is hoped, become universal but for the difficulty (particularly in the morning) of abstracting all the members of a household from their ordinary and indispensable businesses.

To lessen this impediment, which, slight as it may seem in theory, becomes serious in daily practice, it has been found useful to make a selection from the Liturgy of a few of the most comprehensive and appropriate Prayers, which will not occupy more time than can easily be spared even in the busiest family ; and they are selected exclusively from the LITURGY-first, because, being meant for occasions in which the full liturgical services cannot be conveniently used, it is felt that they should adhere to them as nearly as may be; secondly, because no forms more suitable and comfortable have ever been devised ; and, thirdly, because in common prayer, where the devotion of one is to follow the voice of another, it is essential that the words employed should be familiar and invariable.

The only variations from the Liturgy are—the adoption, in the Lord's Prayer for the Evening, of St. Luke's version (kad' quépav, xi. 3), “ day by day," as more suitable to the time,-and the introduction of a few words of a prayer of Bishop Digby's for absent friends, without some pious remembrance of whom any form of Family Prayer would be painfully imperfect. This prayer is also given that, if preferred, it may be used in full, instead of the extract; and a few Collects of general application are added which may be introduced at the discretion of the reader.

It may seem at first sight superfluous to make a separate publication of half a dozen extracts from the Common Prayer Book-still more so to write so long a notice about it; but the writer is convinced that there is some practical advantage in saving the trouble of turning the leaves backwards and forwards, and in bringing the selected prayers into one view; and he also hopes that the suggestions on the subject of domestic prayer, which he has ventured to offer, may, though slight and imperfect, be found not wholly unworthy the attention of heads of families.

The idea of this Manual was suggested by “ A Book of Family Prayer,' published a few years since by Dr. Hook, in which the selections from the Liturgy were nearly the same as are here made, and apparently on the same principles ; but it contains additional devotions from other sources, and is altogether of a larger scope than this compilation.

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Morning.

The Family being assembled, and all standing, the reader shall say,

O COME, let us worship, and fall down, || of this life; but above all, for thine inand kneel before the Lord our Maker. ll estimable love in the redemption of the

For He is the Lord our God, and we are world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the the people of his pasture, and the sheep of means of grace, and for the hope of glory. his hand. Ps. xcv. 6, 7.

And, we beseech thee, most Gracious Let us pray

Father, to visit this family with thy pro[Here all shall kneel, repeating after him,]

tection. Let thy blessing descend and rest

on all that belong to it, as well absent as NUR Father, which art in heaven, Hal present,* and give us that due sense of all

lowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom thy mercies, that our hearts may be uncome. Thy will be done in earth, As it is feignedly thankful, and that we show forth in heaven. Give us this day our daily thy praise, not only with our lips, but in bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As our lives ; by giving up ourselves to thy serwe forgive them that trespass against us. vice, and by walking before thee in holiness And lead us not into temptation ; But de and righteousness all our days; through liver us from evil: For thine is the king Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee dom, The power, and the glory, For ever and the Holy Ghost be all honour and and ever. Amen.

glory, world without end. Amen.

LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us and everlasting God, who hast safely

11 grace at this time with one accord to brought us to the beginning of this day ;

make our common supplications unto thee; Defend us in the same with thy mighty the same this day we fall and dostop

and dost promise, that when two or three power; and grant that this day we fall

are gathered together in thy Name thou into no sin, neither run into any kind of

wilt grant their requests : Fulfil now, O danger; but that all our doings may be

Lord, the desires and petitions of thy ser. ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through

vants, as may be most expedient for them ; Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

granting us in this world knowledge of thy

truth, and in the world to come life ever[Here, at his discretion, the reader may lasting. Amen.

introduce one or more of the subsequent Collects.]

2 Cor. xiii. LMIGHTY God, Father of all mer ll THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, 6 cies, we thine unworthy servants do 1 and the love of God, and the fellowgive thee most humble and hearty thanks ship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all everfor all thy goodness and loving-kindness to || more. Amen. us and to all men ; We bless thee for our | * These words are taken from a domestic prayer creation, preservation, and all the blessings ll of Bishop Digby.

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Ebening.

The Family being assembled, and all standing, the reader shall say,

IF we say that we have no sin, we deceive || this night; for the love of thy only Son, ourselves, and the truth is not in us; || our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen. but, if we confess our sins, He is faithful

[Here the reader may introduce one or and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 St.

more of the subsequent Collects.] John i. 8, 9.

Wherefore I pray you to accompany me ALMIGHTY God, Father of all merwith a pure heart, and humble voice, unto

A cies, we thine unworthy servants do the throne of the heavenly grace, saying give thee most humble and hearty thanks after me;

for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to [Here all shall kneel, repeating after him,] us and to all men ; We bless thee for our LMIGHTY and most merciful Father;

creation, preservation, and all the blessings A We have erred, and strayed from thy of this life; but above all, for thine inways like lost sheep. We have followed

estimable love in the redemption of the too much the devices and desires of our own

world by our Lord Jesus Christ ; for the hearts. We have offended against thy holy means of grace, and for the hope of glory. laws. We have left undone those things

And, we beseech thee, most Gracious which we ought to have done; and we

Father, to visit this family with thy prohave done those things which we ought

tection. Let thy blessing descend and rest not to have done; And there is no health

on all that belong to it, as well absent as in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy present, and give us that due sense of all upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou thy mercies, that our hearts may be unthem, O God, which confess their faults. feignedly thankful, and that we show forth Restore thou them that are penitent; Ac

thy praise, not only with our lips, but in cording to thy promises declared unto man our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy serkind in Christ Jesu our Lord. And grant,

vice, and by walking before thee in holiness O most merciful Father, for his sake; That

and righteousness all our days; through we may hereafter live a godly, righteous,

Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and sober life, To the glory of thy holy

and the Holy Ghost be all honour and Name. Amen. .

glory, world without end. Amen.

UR Father, which art in heaven, Hal

lowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us day by day * our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation ; But deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us A grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise, that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests : Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them ; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen. .

TIGHTEN our darkness, we beseech THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

thee, O Lord, and by thy great mercy 1 and the love of God, and the fellowdefend us from all perils and dangers of || ship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all ever* St. Luke xi. 3.

| more. Amen. 2 Cor. xiii.

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