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thou hast prepared for us to walk in, through Je- of a sinner, but that he should rather turn from sus Christ our Lord; to whom, with thee and the his sin, and be saved; mercifully forgive us our Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world with- trespasses : relieve and comfort us, who are out end. Amen.

grieved and wearied with the burden of our sins. Then shall be said or sung:

Thy property is always to have mercy; to thee

only it appertaineth to forgive sins: Spare us, GLORY be to God on high, and in earth peace, therefore, good Lord, spare us whom thou hast good will towards men. We praise thee, we bless redeemed. Enter not into judgment with thy serthee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give vants, who are vile earth, and miserable sinners; thanks to thee, for thy great glory, O Lord God, but so turn thine anger from us, who meekly heavenly King, God the Father Almighty. acknowledge our vileness, and truly repent us of

O Lord, the only begotten Son Jesus Christ; our faults, and so make haste to help us in this O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, world, that we may ever live with thee in the that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy world to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. upon us: thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer: thou ihat sittest at the

O God, the Creator and Preserver of all manright hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us :

kind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and For thou only

art holy, thou only art the Lord; conditions of men, that thou wouldest be pleased thou only, o Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen. health among all nations. More especially we Then the Priest or Bishop (if he be present.) shall let that it may be so guided and governed by thy

pray for the good estate of the Catholic church, tbem depart with this blessing:

good Spirit, that all, who profess and call themThe peace of God, which passeth all under-selves Christians, may be led into the way of standing, keep your hearts and minds in the know. truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, ir the ledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Fiour Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the nally, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be among those who are any ways afflicted in mind, body, you, and remain with you always. Amen.

or estate; (especially him for whom our prayers are desired;) that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several ne

cessities, giving them patience under their sufferPROPER COLLECTS

ings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions,

and this we beg for Jesus Christ his sake. THAT MAY BE USED WITH ANY OF THE PRAYERS

Almighty and everlasting God, who art always

more ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont Let thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the to give more than either we desire or deserve; prayers of thy humble servants; and, that we may pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy, obtain our petitions, make us to ask such things forgiving us those things whereof our conscience as shall please thee, through Jesus Christ our is afraid, and giving us those good things which Lord.

we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits In the midst of life we are in death : of whom and mediation of Jesus Christ our Lord. may we seek for succour, but of thee, O Lord, who

O God, merciful Father, that despisest not the for our sins art justly displeased? Yet, O Lord sighing of a contrite heart, nor the desire of such God, most holy, O Lord most mighty, 0 holy and as be sorrowful; mercifully assist our prayers most merciful Saviour, deliver us not into the that we make before thee in all our troubles and bitter pains of eternal death. Thou knowest, Lord, adversities whensoever they oppress us; and grathe secrets of our heart; shut not thy merciful ears ciously hear us, that those evils which the craft to our prayers; but spare us, Lord most holy, and subtlety of the devil or man worketh against God most mighty, o holy and merciful Saviour, us be brought to nought, and by the providence thou inost worthy Judge Eternal, suffer us not at of thy goodness they may be dispersed; that we the last hour, for any pains of death, to fall from thy servants, being hurt by no persecutions, (or thee. Amen.

afflictions,) may evermore give thanks unto thee O MERCIFUL God, the Father of our Lord Je- in thy holy church; through Jesus Christ our sus Christ, who is the resurrection and the life, Lord. we beseech thee to raise us from the death of sin

We beseech thee, O Father, mercifully to look to the life of righteousness, that, at the general upon our infirmities, and for the glory of thy name resurrection in the last day, we may be found ac

turn from us all those evils that we most rightceptable in thy sight, and may have our perfect eously have deserved; and grant that in all our consummation and bliss, both in body and soul, troubles we may put our whole trust and conin thy eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our fidence in thy mercy, and evermore serve thee in Lord.

holiness and pureness of living, to thy honour and GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that glory; through our only mediator and advocate, we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to Jesus Christ our Lord. be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved, through our Lord and Saviour tender love to mankind hast sent thy Son our

Almighty and everlasting God, who of thy Jesus Christ.

Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, O most mighty God, and merciful Father, who and to suffer death upon the cross, that all manhast compassion upon all men, and hatest nothing kind should follow the example of his great huthat thou hast made, who wouldest not the death mility; mercifully grant, that we may boih follow

the example of his patience, and also be made | faithful devotion to thee. Support him by this partakers of his resurrection; through Jesus hope under all his pain, and enable him patiently Christ our Lord.

to submit to thy fatherly correction. Send him Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, help now in time of need, both for his soul and for who knowest our necessities before we ask, and his body. Bless the means for his recovery; and, our ignorance in asking, we beseech thee to have if it be thy good pleasure, restore him speedily compassion upon our infirmities; and those things rious resolution to serve thee more zealously all

to his former health, and inspire him with a sewhich for our unworthiness we dare not, and for

his days. our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us for the worthiness of thy Son, Jesus Christ our counsels, deliver him from the fear of death, assist

Or if thou hast otherwise resolved in thy wise Lord. Amen.

him in his last agony, give him an easy and cheerful passage out of this life, and send thy holy angels to conduct him into rest and peace with our

Lord Jesus, for the same Jesus Christ's sake. PRAYERS FOR THE SICK.

Amen. A general Prayer for the Acceptance of our

[From Bishop Taylor.) Devotions for the Sick.

1. [From Bishop Andrews.)

ALMIGHTY God, Father of mercies, the God O Lord, it is a great presumption that one sin- of peace and comfort, of rest and pardon, we thy ner should dare to commend another to thy Di- servants, in duty to thee, and charity to our bra vine Majesty. And who would not fear to un- ther, humbly beg mercy of thee for him, to dedertake it? But thy commandinent it is, “That scend upon his body and his soul. We come to we should pray for the sick members of thy thee in the name of Jesus, praying thee to pardon church, and mourn with them that mourn:” and the sins of this thy servant, and to bury them in thou hast promised that our prayers thus made, the grave of Him that died for us, that they may thou wilt receive. And now behold, O Lord, we

never rise up in judgment against him, nor bring that are no way meet, but unworthy, utterly un him in the day of trial, to shame and confusion worthy, to ask for aught for ourselves, charity of face. Amen. and compassion so binding us, are enforced to be

II. come suitors to thee for others, even for this thy servant, now afflicted by thee. Of thee we hope ; Give thy servant, O Lord, patience in his sorof thee we desire; to thee we pray, in the most rows, comfort in his sickness, and restore him to meek and humble manner, and even from the bot- health, if it seem good to thee. And, however tom of our hearts. O Lord, that which thou thou shalt determine concerning him, yet make mightest justly deny to our unworthiness, deny his repentance perfect, and his faith strong, and not, we beseech thee, to thine own gracious good- his hope steadfast, and his passage safe ; that

O Lord, forgive us our sins; O Lord for when thou shalt call his soul from the body, it give us our sins, our great and grievous sins, oft may enter into the rest of the sons of God, and and many times committed, long and many years the bosom of blessedness, and be with the holy continued; so that we may be meet to pray for Jesus. Amen. others, and our prayers be made unto thee in an

III. acceptable time. Graciously look upon our afflictions.

O LORD, thou knowest all the necessities, and Pitifully behold the sorrows of our hearts. all the infirmities of thy servant: fortify his soul Mercifully forgive the sins of thy people. with spiritual joys, and perfect resignation; and Favourably with mercy hear our prayers. take from him all inordinate affections to this Both now and ever vouchsafe to hear us, world; and enlarge his heart with desires of beChrist.

ing with thee, in thy heavenly kingdom.
Graciously hear us, O Christ; graciously hear
us, O Lord Christ. Amen.

Particular Prayers for the Sick.

Lord, let not any pain or passion discompose

the order of his thoughts, or his duty; and lay no [From Bishop Patrick.]

more upon thy servant than thou wilt make him Omost gracious God, who by thy Son Jesus able to bear; and together with the temptation, Christ hast united us all in one body, that we do thou provide a way to escape; even by the should love one another, and if one member suf- mercies of a longer and more holy life, or by the fers, all the members should suffer with it; we mercies of a blessed death ; even as it pleaseth humbly implore thy tender mercies towards this thee, O Lord, so let it be. Amen. thy servant, of whose afflicted condition we desire

V. to have a compassionate sense and feeling.

Look graciously upon him, O Lord, and visit Lord, let the tenderness of his conscience and him with thy salvation. Vouchsafe him such the Spirit of God call to mind his sins, that they may consolations from above, as we should desire for be confessed and repented of: and let thy powerourselves, were we in his extremity. Give him a ful grace remove from his soul every root of bittrue penitent heart for all the offences that he hath terness; and in the union of the holy Jesus, and at any time committed. together with a lively in the love of God, and in the communion of all faith in thy Son Jesus, who came into the world the saints, let his soul be presented to thee blameto save sinners. Give him the comfort of a holy less, and entirely pardoned, through Jesus Christ hope, that thou acceptest his repentance, and our Lord. Amen.


to come.

A larger Form of Prayer for the Sick. Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our (From Bishop Patrick.)

supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of

thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting O Lord, the Father of our spirits, who givest salvation; that among all the changes and chances us life, and breath, and all things, and hast not of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thought a crown of everlasting life too much to thy most gracious and ready help; through Jesus promise us, we believe that thou wilt not deny us Christ our Lord. Amen. what is needful and fit for us, both for our souls and our bodies, in our passage through this world,

(From Doctor Hammond.) to that of honour, glory, and immortality. In this O LORD, bless, keep, and defend this thy serconfidence, we more particularly recommend this vant with thy heavenly grace and benediction, thy sick servant to thy infinite and most compas- that he may continue thine for ever, and daily insionate mercy. Settle in his soul a steadfast faith, crease in thy Holy Spirit more and more, until he that thou dost not willingly grieve the children of comes to thy everlasting kingdom. men, but intendest good to him by this thy fatherly

Let thy mighty hand and out-stretched arm, correction. And now since all other pleasures and O Lord, be ever his defence; thy mercy and enjoyments fail him, represent thyself more ef- loving-kindness in Jesus Christ thy dear Son, his fectually unto him, as the only support and stay of salvation; thy true and holy word, his instruction; his hope, and rock of salvation.- Whereinsoever thy grace and Holy Spirit, his comfort and conhe hath neglected thee, or committed any offence solation, both now and at the hour of death. against thee, make him deeply sensible of it, and Now the God of peace, that brought again heartily sorrowful for all his transgressions. And from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepas he earnestly desires pardon and forgiveness of herd of the sheep, through the blood of the everthee, so work in him a serious resolution to live lasting covenant, make you perfect in every good more circumspectly and righteously for the time work to do his will, working in you that which is

Assist him graciously, 0 Lord, that he well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; may give a proof of his sincere intentions here to whom be glory for ever and ever. * Amen. after to submit himself in all things to thy will, by his patient submission to thy fatherly correction. O, that he may so quietly, so meekly, so humbly, and cheerfully resign his will unto thee, to suffer what thou inflictest, that he may be the

PROPER PSALMS FOR THE SICK. more disposed to do readily whatsoever thou com

I. mandest. For which end, make him thoroughly apprehensive of thy sovereign power and authority

O Lord, rebuke me not in thine indignaover all creatures. Possess him with a great re- tion: neither chasten me in thy displeasure.verence of thy wisdom and justice, with an entire Psalm vi. 1. confidence in thy goodness and love, with a thank

2. Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am ful remembrance of all thy past mercies to him, weak: 0 Lord, heal me, for my bones are vexed. that so he may the better endure what thou layesi - Psalm vi. 2. upon him at present, and may ever follow thy di

3. My soul also is sore troubled: but Lord, rections, and submit to thy orders, and delight to how long wilt thou punish me?--Psalm vi. 3. do thy will, O God.

4. Thine arrows stick fast in me: and thy Bless the remedies which are used for restoring hand presseth me sore. - Psalm xxxviii. 2. him to his former health, that he may live to per

5. There is no health in my flesh, because of form his duty with greater care; or if thou hast thy displeasure: neither is there any rest in my otherwise appointed, accept graciously of his pur- bones, by reason of my sin.—Psalm xxxviii. 3. poses of amendment, and dispose him

6. For my wickednesses are gone over my head, back his spirit willingly unto thee who gavest it; and are like a sore burden too heavy for me to and with great humility and deep sense of his own bear.-Psalm xxxviii. 4. undeservings, to expect thy mercy declared in

7. I am feeble and sore smitten: I have roared Christ Jesus. Fix his mind steadfastly upon him, for the very disquietness of my heart.—Psalm who hath led the way through the grave unto xxxviii

. 8. heaven, that he may not be affrighted with the ap 8. My heart panteth, my strength hath failed proaches of death, but looking beyond it to that me, and the sight of mine eyes is gone from me. high and holy place, where the Lord Jesus is, - salm xxxviii. 10. may rejoice in hope of eternal glory.

9. Therefore is my spirit vexed within me; And grant that every one of us, in our best my heart within me is desolate.-Psalm cxliii. 4. state of health, may consider perpetually how frail

10. Turn thee, O Lord, and deliver my and weak we are; that so we may not abuse O save me for thy mercies' sake.—Psalm vi. 4. ourselves by an intemperate use of any sensual

11. Hide not thy face from me in the time of pleasures, nor load our minds with the cares of my trouble: incline thine ears unto me when I this life, nor spend our days in a vain pursuit of call; O hear me, and that right soon.—Psalm cii. 2. the honour and glory of this world ; but may pass

12. For my days are consumed away like all the time of our sojourning here, in fear; and smoke: my heart is smitten down and withered may live so righteously and soberly in this present like grass.-Psalm cii. 3, 4. world, as becomes those who expect shortly to

13. And that because of thine indignation and give an account to thee, who will judge all men

wrath: for thou hast listed me up, and cast me according to their works. Hear us, O Lord, we down.–Psalm cii. 10. most humbly beseech thee, through Christ' Je

14. But I said, O my God, take me not away sus, our merciful and compassionate Redeemer. Amen.

Heb. xiii. 20, 21.



in the midst of my age; forsake me not when my A Declaration of Forgiveness.
strength faileth me. —Psalm cii. 24.
15. Wherefore in thee, O Lord, have I put my

(From Bishop Cosins.] trust: let me never be put to confusion.-Psalm I do most humbly desire all, and every one lxxi. 1.

whom I have offended, that they would vouchsafe II.

to forgive me: and I do freely and heartily forgive all

the world, whereinsoever any hath offended me, PSALM LI.

or done me any manner of injury whatsoever, even

as I desire to be forgiven of God, and to be absolvHave mercy upon me, O God, after thy great ed from my sins, for the merits of my blessed goodness: according to the multitude of thy mer. Redeemer. cies, do away mine offences.

2. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity: and cleanse me from my sin.

3. For I acknowledge my faults: and my sin is OCCASIONAL PRAYERS FOR THE ever before me.

SICK. 4. Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evis in thy sight: that thou mightest be justi- A Prayer for a Person in the Beginning of his fied in thy saying, and clear when thou art judged.

Sickness. 5. Behold, I was shapen in wickedness, and in

[From Bishop Taylor.) sin hath my mother conceived me.

6. But, lo, thou requirest truth in the inward O Almighty God, merciful and gracious, parts: and thou shalt make me to understand wis- who in thy justice did send sorrow and tears, dom secretly.

sickness and death, into the world, as a punish7. Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I ment for man's sins, and hast comprehended all shall be clean : thou shalt wash me, and I'shall be under sin, and this sad covenant of sufferings,– whiter than snow.

not to destroy us, but that thou mightest have 8. Thou shalt make me hear of joy and glad- mercy upon all, making thy justice to minister to ness: that the bones which thou hast broken may mercy, short afflictions to an eternal weight of rejoice.

glory; as thou hast been pleased to turn the sins 9. Turn thy face from my sins; and put out all of this thy servant into sickness, so turn, we bemy misdeeds.

seech thee, his sickness to the advantage of holi10. Make me a clean heart, O God : and renew ness and religion, of mercy and pardon, of faith a right spirit within me.

and hope, of grace and glory. Thou hast now 11. Cast me not away from thy presence: and called him to suffer. Lord, relieve his sorrow take not thy Holy Spirit from me.

and support his spirit, direct his thoughts and 12. O, give me the comfort of thy help again; sanctify his sickness, that the punishment of his and establish me with thy free Spirit.

sin may be to him a school of virtue. Make hit 13. Then shall I teach thy ways unto the behave as a son under discipline, humbly and wicked : and sinners shall be converted unto obediently, evenly and patiently, that he may be thee.

brought by this means nearer to thee; that if he

shall recover his former health, he may return to III.

the world with greater strength of spirit, to run a Hear my prayer, O Lord, and consider my new race of stricter holiness, and more severe redesire : hearken unto me for thy truth and right- ligion; or if he shall pass hence through the gates eousness' sake.-Psalm cxliii. 1.

of death, he may rejoice in the hope of being admit2. And enter not into judgment with thy ser- ted into that beavenly society, in which all thy vant: for in thy sight shall no man living bé jus- saints and servants shall be comprehended to tified.-Psalm cxlij. 2.

eternal ages. Grant this, for Jesus Christ's sake, 3. The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit: a

our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen. broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.—Psalm li. 17.

A Prayer for Thankfulness in Sickness. 4. Lord thou knowest all my desire: and my groaning is not hid from thee.-Psalm xxxviii. 9. ments

, grant that the sense of thy servant's pre

O God, wonderful both in thy mercies and judg. 5. I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my sent afflictions may not cause him to forget thy soul gaspeth unto thee, as a thirsty land.-Psalm former mercies, which thou hast bestowed upon cxliii. 6.

him: 0, therefore, let the remembrance of those 6. Hear me, O Lord, and that soon, for my many and great blessings that he hath so long enspirit waxeth faint: hide not thy face from me, joyed at thy hand, be now the proper motives and lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. incentives to the virtues of patience and humility, - Psalm cxliii. 7. 7. Haste thee to help me, O Lord God of my blessed will under all the dispensations of thy pro

causing him cheerfully to resign himself to thy salvation.-Psalm xxxviij. 22. 8. For thou art a place to hide me in: thou wait for the return of thy loving-kindness in Jesus,

vidence, though ever so hard; and patiently to shalt preserve me from trouble: thou shalt compass which is better than life. Amen. me about with songs of deliverance.—Psalm xxxii. 8.

A Prayer for a Blessing on the Means used for 9. Into thine hands I commend my spirit: for

a sick Person's Recorery. thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. .-Psalm xxxi. 5.

(From Mr. Kettlewell.] Glory be to the Father, &c.

O GRACIOUS Lord, by whose word man lives As it was in the beginning, &c.

and not by any human means alone; direct, we


pray thee, the counsels of those who prescribe to , health. Even so, blessed Lord, continue to assist, this thy servant, and prosper the medicines which strengthen, comfort, and bless him, both now and are used to procure him ease and strength, but let for evermore, through Jesus Christ our Lord. not his confidence in them lessen any thing of his dependence on thee, but make him sensible that

A Prayer for one who is dangerously ill. every good gift is from thee, and that it is thou O Almighty God, “gracious, and merciful, that givest us help in time of need. To whom, and long-suffering, whose compassions fail not;" therefore, but to thee, should we flee in the day of look down, we beseech thee, upon the low and dis our visitation ? since it is thy blessing only that tressed state of thy servant, now lying in the exmaketh the means we use effectual; and, however tremity of sickness. The harder his illness presses vain the use of them is without thee, if thou bid- upon him, the louder does it call upon thee for dest them, the things or accidents which we do help. O be merciful therefore unto him, accordnot think of, or regard, shall recover us. O, there- ing to the necessity of his case, and according to fore, as their part, who administer to him, is the the multitude of thy tender mercies in Jesus Christ. care, so let thine, O God, be the blessing, and his Rebuke the distemper, that it prevail not over him the comfort: and as he regards them as thy instru- to death; but turn its malevolent aspect into a joyments, so let him own thee for the Author of his ous expectation of life. In as great danger as he mercies, and to thee give thanks, and pay his is, yet if thou wilt, O Lord, we know thou canst vows and services; through our Lord and Saviour make him whole; if thou speakest the word, it shall Jesus Christ. Amen.

be done. In submission, therefore, to thy must A Prayer for a sick Person, when there appears mercy at thy hands, that thou wouldest let this

wise and good disposal of all things, we beg this some Hope of Recovery.

cup pass away" from thy servant, and (From Bishop Patrick.)

cause "a way for” him “to escape” out of this We thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and dangerous condition. O spare him a little, and earth, that thou hast heard our prayers for thine his" soul shull live." Amen. afflicted servant, and given him some respite and A Prayer for a sick Person when Sickness conhopes of recovery from this great illness. 'Blessed be thy goodness, that he hath not made his bed in

tinues long upon him. the dust, but is likely to continue still amongst us,

(From Bishop Patrick.] in the land of the living. Blessed be thy goodness Look down, O Lord, we humbly beseech thee, for so great (and lately unexpected) mercy to him. with an eye of compassion on thy poor distressed

And, O thou Preserver of man! who hast begun servant, who hath lain so long under this severe to revive and quicken him again; go on to perfect affliction; and by how much the outward man is his cure, and forsake not the work of thy own decayed and brought low by the tediousness of the hands. Repair all the decays in his outward man, distemper's continuing on him, by so much the that his mind may also recover its former strength, more do thou be pleased to support him in the into praise and bless thy goodness to him.

ner man by the gracious assistance of thy Holy And visit him, in the meantime, with thy hea- Spirit. Give him unfeigned repentance for all the venly consolation from above. Fill nim with com- errors of his past life, and steadfast faith in thy fortable thoughts of thy love, and of the tender Son Jesus Christ; a comfortable assurance of the compassionate care which our Lord Jesus takes of truth of all his precious promises, a lively hope of all his afflicted servants. Endue him still with that immortal bliss in which he reigns for evermore patient submission to thy will, and enable more, and a strong sense of thy fatherly love to him both quietly to wait upon thee, till thou hast him, and care over him, which may make him finished his recovery, and also to continue stead-heartily love thee, and entirely confide in thee, and fastly resolved to serve thee more faithfully with absolutely resign both soul and body to thy wise his restored strength, through Jesus Christ our disposal. blessed Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.

We know there is nothing too hard for thee; Another, in Behalf of the sick Person, when he but that if thou wilt, thou canst bring him up even finds any Abatement of his Distemper.

from the gates of death, and grant him a longer

continuance among us. May it be thy good pleaACCEPT, O Lord, of the unfeigned thanks of thy sure, O most gracious God, still to continue him servant for abating the fury of his present distem- here; spare him, O Lord, and deliver him also per, and giving him some hopes of raising him up speedily from this misery, under which he hath so again to praise thee in the great congregation. long groaned. Bless all the means that are used

It is a great mercy, O Lord, and owing to thy for his recovery, and for the support of his spirits, goodness only, that his senses are preserved en- and give him refreshment during this tedious sick tire, and that he hath some respite, after so much ness. Release him from his pain, or grant him uneasiness and pain, through the violence of his some ease, or else increase and strengthen his paillness.

tience. Help him, in remembrance of thy past O perfect, if it be thy blessed will, what thou loving-kindness, to trust in thy goodness and subhast begun in him, and say to the distemper, “It mit to thy wisdom, and bear with an equal mind is enough."

what thou thinkest fit to lay upon him; so that Teach him hence, to look up to thee continually, approving himself to thee in these and all other as the rock of his salvation, whence only he is to virtues, while thou triest him by so sore an afflicexpect coinfort and support: and give him grace tion, he may say at the last, with the holy Psalmalways to make such a right use of thy favours, ist," It was good for me that I was in trouble.” that he may daily find himself surrounded by the Unto thy infinite mercies we recommend him, light of thy countenance, and enjoy the blessings and to the compassionate kindness of our Lord Jeof thy heavenly benediction in all his ways, whe- sus Christ, who we hope will hear all the prayers ther in adversity or prosperity, in sickness or in of his friends for him, every where, and send his

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