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thou defend them as with a shield.

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God;

Be honour and glory, through Jesus Christ, for ever, and ever. Amen..

If a portion of Scripture is to be read, let it be preceded by the following Sentences, said alternately as before.

THE heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth his handy work.

Day unto day uttereth speech; night unto night showeth knowledge.

The law of the Lord is an undefiled law, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, and giveth wisdom unto the simple.

The statutes of the Lord are right, and rejoice the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, and giveth light unto the eyes. The word of the Lord is clean, and endureth for ever; the judgments of the Lord are true, and righ teous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine

gold; sweeter also than honey, and the honeycomb.

Moreover by them are thy servants taught; and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Here the portion of Scrip

ture is to be read. Then shall the Person who conducts the Service, say;

LET us pray to God. Let us pray that we may live in his fear, and in love and charity with our neighbours; that his holy Spirit may direct and rule our hearts, teaching us what to do and what to avoid; that his grace may ever be with us, to support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; that the Lord may bless all our honest endeavours, and make us content with what his providence shall order for us; and that we may continue his faithful servants this day, and all the days of our life.


Answer. Let our prayers and meditations be always, acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer.

Reader. Let us pray.

Then shall the Person who conducts the Service, read either of the following Prayers, or make a Prayer extempore.

O MOST gracious and merciful God, by whom the world is governed and preserved, we give thee humble thanks for thy fatherly care over us, in bringing us to the light of another day. We gratefully acknowledge our dependence upon thee for all the necessaries, conveniences, and comforts of our life; for all the means of our well-being here, and of our everlasting happiness hereafter. We give thee thanks for the light of thy Gospel, and the help of thy grace, and the support of thy promises, and all the blessings which thou hast vouchsafed unto us in thy Son Jesus Christ.

May we ever walk as in thy sight; and, fearing to offend thee, may we keep ourselves from all sin. Enable us to resist and overcome temptation; to follow the motions of thy good Spirit; to be true and just in our dealings; watchful over our thoughts, words and actions; diligent in our

business, and temperate in all things.

May thy blessing be upon our persons, our labours, our substance; upon all that belongs to us, and all who are dear to us.

Give us, gracious God, what is needful for us, and give us grace not to abuse thy favours. Give us, we beseech thee, contentment for ourselves, and benevolence for others. Give us, in this world, the knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come, life everlasting. Amen.

Or this.

ALMIGHTY and eternal God, we the work of thy hands, and the subjects of thy government, sensible of thy goodness to us hitherto, prostrate ourselves before thee to implore thy mercy and protection for the time to come. We confess, O God, our ingratitude to thee, to whom we owe all that we have in this world, and all that we hope in the next. We ask thy pardon for our sins, and thy grace and powerful assistance, that we may not for the time to come hazard thy favour by our transgressions.

May the same good all schools and seminaries Providence that has watch- of learning, and all instruced over us for our good the ters of youth. Preserve past night, by preserving all who travel by sea and us from dangers, by refresh- by land. Protect all oring us with sleep, by awak- phans and widows, and all ing us this morning with who suffer wrong. Give souls sensible of these health and strength to the blessings, may the same sick and weak, and joy gracious God guard us this and comfort to the sorrowday from all evil and mis- ful and afflicted. chief, from all assaults of our spiritual enemies, from hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word and commandment. And seeing all men's labours are in vain without thy blessing, we beseech thee to bless every one of us in our several places and callings. Prosper thou the works of our hands upon us, and give us grace thankfully to accept, and soberly to use, whatever we shall this day receive from thee; that we, owning thee for our benefactor, and using thy benefits according to thy pleasure, may continue to be the partakers of thy blessings.

Bless us at home and abroad. Bless the country in which we live, and its rulers and governors. Bless the church universal of thy Son, and all the ministers of the holy Gospel. Bless

We commend ourselves, and all belonging to us, to thee, our merciful Creator. Hear us also in behalf of our friends, our relations, our benefactors, and all who desire our prayers. We humbly ask for them the mercies which suit their several conditions and needs. We implore for them thy favour, thy peace, and life eternal.

And now to thee, O God, Father Almighty, we ascribe all honour and glory through Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen.

Then shall the whole Family together say the Lord's Prayer.

OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our

daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.




The following Anthem is to be said by the Reader and Family alternately, as in the preceding Services.

THE Lord hath commanded his loving kindness in the day time; and in the night season also our song shall be of him, and our prayer unto the God of our life.

As long as we live, will we magnify thee in this manner, and lift up our hands in thy name.

Let our prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense; and let the lifting up of our hands be an evening sacrifice.

For thou art the por

tion of our inheritance and of our cup, and thou shalt maintain our lot.

Behold, he who keep eth his people will neither slumber nor sleep. He is about our path, and about our bed, and beholdeth all our ways.

We will lay us down in peace, and take our rest, for it is thou, O Lord, only, who makest us to dwell in safety.

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God;

Be honour and glory, through Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen.

If a portion of Scripture is to be read, let it be

preceded by the following Sentences, said alternately as before.

THY word is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path.

When thy word goeth forth, it giveth light and understanding unto the simple.

Our eyes anticipate the night watches, that we might be occupied in thy words.

Show the light of thy countenance upon thy servants, and teach us thy

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thy bounty; for all the known, and all the unobserved favours, deliverances, visitations, and graces of thy holy Spirit, we bless thy good providence; beseeching thee still to continue thy fatherly care over us, for we are weak and ignorant, and need thy constant protection and guidance.

God be merciful unto us, who have broken his laws, abused his patience, wasted his time, sinned against his light, and resisted his good Spirit. Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord, that we may be able to see the evil and danger of sin, and shun the snares of temptation, and walk with safety in the paths of pleasantness and peace. Forgive whatever we have done or thought amiss during the past day; and give us grace that we may render ourselves more worthy of thy favour for the time to come. Let us be excited to serve thee, our heavenly Master, with fidelity, and finish our work with diligence, before that night overtakes us, wherein no man can work.

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