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serve in us
a constant re
permit, to become ac law, grant unto us thy serquainted with thy perfec- vants such knowledge as tions and providence. And may best enable us to do let our conceptions of thee, good, and a sincere dispoproduce in us the senti sition rightly to improve ments of veneration, grati- the knowledge we possess. tude, and submission, and Suffer us not, we beseech lead us to a diligent imi- thee, to be drawn aside from tation of thy moral perfec our obedience to thy laws, tions, and a constant obe- by the love of pleasure, of dience to thy laws, through riches, or of fame., PreJesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
membrance of thine allseeing eye,
Deliver us GRANT unto us, O most from irregular desires, vain merciful Father, the spirit hopes, and weak fears ; of wisdom and knowledge. and prepare us, by innoTeach us to Judge aright cence and purity of manconcerning thee, our Ma
ners, and a steadfast faith ker, and the duties which in thee, for all the events thou requirest of us; and of this mortal life, and for let all religious truths deep our departure out of this ly impress our hearts, and world. By the constant have a lasting influence on exercise of piety, rightour behaviour. Assist us
eousness, and mercy ; by to subdue every vicious af- meekness, patience, and fection, and to withstand moderation by truth and every temptation ; that we fidelity, candour and charmay manifest the sincerity ity; by an humble, resigned, of our repentance, by the and contented spirit, may steadfastness of our obedi we become fitted for the ence; and that, not being society of the just made weary of well doing, we perfect in thine heavenly may finally obtain everlast- kingdom; which we ask in ing life, through Jesus the name, and as disciples Christ our Lord. Amen. of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen. O GOD, who givest un
DIVINE ASSISTANCE. derstanding to man, and instructest him out of thy O GOD, who art ever
more ready to hear than O GOD, the almighty we are to pray, and who Guardian and Friend of hast promised the assist the rigliteous, we humbly ance of thy holy Spirit to beseech thee to protect our those who truly seek it, we innocence and sustain our humbly beseech thee to virtue, in the midst of the fulfil thy gracious promise temptations of the world. to us thy servants, and Preserve us from all false grant us that light and help, judgments concerning the without which we know ends of living, and the way nothing, and can do noth to happiness. Secure us ing. O guide us by thy from the influence of vain counsel, defend us by thy customs and evil examples; might, purify us by thy and give us that firmness Spirit, and keep us in thy and independence of spirit, fear and love continually ; which will enable us to be and thine shall be the hon eminently good ; that conour, and the glory, and tinually improving in all the praise, through Jesus amiable and virtuous dispoChrist our Lord. Amen. sitions, and steadily perse
vering in a course of exWE humbly beseech thee, emplary goodness, we may O Father, to assist and di be prepared to meet our rect us in the attainment of last end with a serene and the happiness for which peaceful mind, and to enthou hast designed us. Lift ter upon the future state up the light of thy counte
with an humble hope of nance upon us, to illumi thy mercy, through Jesus nate our minds with thy
Christ our Lord. Amen. heavenly truth, that, being purged from error, preju
THE BIBLE. dice, and vice, our desires and passions may be under O God, who in times the continual guidance of past didst speak to the reason, and our
actions fathers by the prophets, may be conformed to thy and in these last days to most holy laws, through us by thy Son; we thank Jesus Christ our Lord. thee for the volume of thy Amen.
holy word; for the plain and ample directions it
contains ; for the sublime tude for the blessings which instructions it affords; for he laboured and died to the consolations and hopes procure for us, and render it presents to the penitent, ourselves partakers of that the afflicted, and the dy- immortality which he has ing; for the immortal life revealed and promised to it reveals to man; for the the righteous. Let none eternal glory and happi- of the temptations of the ness it promises to those
world shake our fidelity, or who love, and strive to cause our love to grow cold; obey thee. May we be but may we always walk enabled, by the light and worthy of the holy name assistance which it gives by which we are called. to our ignorance and frail. In that name we address ty, to order our steps thee, and ascribe to thee, aright; to keep thy laws the God of all mercy and and ordinances blameless; grace, everlasting praises. and steadily to pursue that Amen. path of virtue and true holiness which leads to ever- WE humbly beseech lasting life. And this we thee, O Father, to assist us humbly beg in the name of in setting continually before our Saviour Jesus Christ.
our eyes, the most holy Amen.
example of thy Son our
Saviour. May we faithCARIST AND CHRISTIANI- fully imitate his purity, his
humility, his meek, peace
ful, and contented spirit, ALMIGHTY God, who his entire resignation to didst send thy Son Jesus thy will, and his diligence Christ into the world to in doing good, and finishsave sinners, teach us, we ing the work which thou pray thee, to know and to gavest him to do. May love him; make us to be we acquire the temper as acquainted with his char- well as the doctrines of his acter, imbued with his gospel ; and help us in all spirit, and devoted to his things to walk worthy of cause. By our willing obe- our high and holy vocation, dience to his commands, and of the glorious remay we manifest our grati- wards which thou hast set
before us; through Jesus who profess the faith of Christ our Lord, in whose the gospel, may hold it in name we ascribe unto thee unity of spirit, in the bond all glory, worship, and do- of peace, and in holiness minion for ever and ever. of life. Grant that the Amen.
spirit of Christ and his
religion may overcome all WE thank thee, 0 discord, strife, and perseFather in heaven, for the
cution; and that all his blessed gospel of thy Son disciples, however divided Jesus Christ ; for the light in opinion, may be united it sheds on thy nature,
in love. We entreat thee, character, and providence, more particularly, to assist on the path of our duty, us to govern our hearts by and on the future world. the blessed law of charity, May this glorious light that together with all our shine into our hearts, and
fellow Christians, we may cheer and sustain us, and continually become here lead us through the scenes
on earth more worthy of and trials of this life, to
the glorious society in the endless felicities of thy heaven, where charity kingdom above. Which never faileth. Accept us, we ask in the name of O Father of all mercies, our Saviour Jesus Christ. in these our supplications, Amen.
thee in the name of Jesus ALMIGHTY and most
Christ, the head of all merciful God, who wouldst things to the church, have all men to be saved, through whom we ascribe and come to the know- to thee blessing and praise, ledge of thy truth; regard for ever and ever. Amen. in mercy,
beseech thee, those parts of the 0 THOU God and earth where the gospel Father of our Lord Jesus is not known, and bring Christ, give us grace, we them to the knowledge, humbly beseech thee, to obedience, and love of the
act in every relation and religion of thy dear Son. condition of life, as thy We also pray for the whole children, disciples of thy christian world, that all Son, and members of the
general family of mankind. we make continual advanMay we love one another ces in our resemblance to with pure hearts fervently; thee; till at length we and heartily unite our en- shall be prepared to dwell deavours to promote each for ever with thee, the God other's happiness; that,
that, of love, from whom all in this life, we may ex
happiness flows, and to perience how good and whom be rendered all honhow pleasant it is for our, gratitude, and obedibrethren to dwell together ence, for ever and ever. in unity; and that we may Amen. be prepared for an eternal abode in the regions of
RESIGNATION. endless peace and joy, through thine infinite mere O MOST gracious and cy, declared unto us by merciful Father, we desire Jesus Christ our Lord.
to resign ourselves and all Amen.
our interests to thy dis
posal, in the humble hope O GOD, the source of that thy mercy will never all good, grant, we beseech forsake
and that thou thee, that the remembrance wilt cause all things to of the innumerable bless
work together for our ings which thy bounty hath good. We would submit bestowed upon us by Jesus patiently to thy will under Christ, may transform us all our afflictions; and we into thine image, and in- humbly pray that we may cline us to become, like so pass through the chanhim, just and righteous, ges of this world, as finally kind and beneficent. In- to be prepared for the encline us, as we have op- joyment of perfect and portunity, to relieve the eternal happiness in the necessitous, to comfort world to come, through the afflicted, to instruct Jesus Christ our Lord. the ignorant, to encourage
Amen. and assist the honest and industrious, and to
TEMPTATION. about doing good. Animated by the divine spirit
ALMIGHTY and most of christian charity, may
merciful God, it is our