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PRAYER TO BE USED AT SEA.
The Morning and Evening Service to be used daily at Sea, shall be the same which is appointed in the Book of Common Prayer. These two following Prayers may be also used in ships of war. ETERNAL Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea; who hast compassed the waters with bounds, until day and night come to an end; Be pleased to receive into thy Almighty and most gracious protection, the persons of us thy servants, and the Fleet [or Ship] in which we serve. Preserve us from the dangers of the sea, and from the violence of the enemy; that we may be a safeguard unto the United States of America, and a security for such as pass on the seas upon their lawful occasions; that the inhabitants of our land may in peace and quietness serve thee our God; and that we may return in safety to enjoy the blessings of the land, with the fruits of our labour; and, with a thankful remembrance of thy mercies, to praise and glorify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
DIRECT us, O Lord, in all our doings, with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name; and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers to be used in Storms at Sea.
MOST powerful and glorious Lord God, at whose command the winds blow, and lift up the waves of the sea, and who stillest the rage thereof; We, thy creatures, but miserable sinners, do in this our great distress cry unto thee for help: Save, Lord, or else we perish. We confess, when we have been safe, and seen all things quiet about us, we have forgotten thee our God, and refused to hearken to the still voice of thy word, and to obey thy commandments: But now we see how terrible thou art in all thy works of wonder; the great God to be feared above all: And therefore we adore thy Divine Majesty, acknowledging thy power, and imploring thy goodness. Help, Lord, and save us for thy mercy's sake, in Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord. Amen.
MOST glorious and gracious Lord God, who dwellest in heaven, but beholdest all things below; Look down, we beseech thee, and hear us, calling out of the depth of misery, and out of the jaws of this death, which is now ready to swallow us up: Save, Lord, or else we perish. The living, the living shall praise thee.
O send thy word of command to rebuke the raging winds and the roaring sea; that we, being delivered from this distress, may live to serve thee, and to glorify thy Name all the days of our life. Hear, Lord, and save us, for the infinite merits of our blessed Saviour, thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Prayer to be said before a Fight at Sea against any enemy.
MOST powerful and glorious Lord God, the Lord of hosts, that rulest and commandest all things; Thou sittest in the throne judging right, and therefore we make our address to thy Divine Majesty in this our necessity, that thou wouldest take the cause into thine own hand, and judge between us and our enemies. Stir up thy strength, O Lord, and come and help us; for thou givest not alway the battle to the strong, but canst save by many or by few. O let not our sins now cry against us for vengeance; but hear us thy poor servants begging mercy, and imploring thy help, and that thou wouldest be a defence unto us against the face of the enemy. Make it appear that thou art our Saviour and mighty Deliverer, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Short Prayers for single persons, who cannot meet to join in Prayer with others, by reason of the Fight, or Storm.
LORD be merciful to us sinners, and save us for My mercy's sake. Thou art the great God, who hast made and rulest all things:
O deliver us for thy Name's sake.
Thou art the great God to be feared above all: O save us, that we may praise thee.
Special Prayers with respect to the enemy.
THOU, O Lord, art just and powerful: O defend our cause against the face of the enemy.
O God, thou art a strong tower of defence to all who fly unto thee: O save us from the violence of the enemy.
O Lord of hosts, fight for us, that we may glorify thee.
O suffer us not to sink under the weight of our sins, or the violence of the enemy.
O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for thy Name's sake.
Short Prayers in respect of a storm.
THOU, O Lord, who stillest the raging of the sea, hear, hear us, and save us, that we perish not.
O blessed Saviour, who didst save thy disciples ready to perish in a storm, hear us, and save us, we beseech thee.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, hear us.
O Christ, hear us.
God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, have mercy apon us, save us now and evermore. Amen.
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. Amen.
When there shall be imminent danger, as many as can be spared from necessary service in the Ship shall be called together, and make an humble Confession of their sin to God: In which, every one ought seriously to reflect upon those particular sins of which his conscience shall accuse him; saying as followeth.
ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men; We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we from time to time most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, And are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; The remembrance of them is grievous unto us; The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Priest, if there be any in the Ship, say,
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy
hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him; Have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thanksgiving after a storm.
Jubilate Deo. Psalm lxvi.
OBE joyful in God, all ye lands; sing praises unto the honour of his Name; make his praise to be glorious.
Say unto God, O how wonderful art thou in thy works; througn the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies be found liars unto thee.
For all the world shall worship thee, sing of thee, and praise thy Name.
O come hither, and behold the works of God; how wonderful he is in his doing toward the children of men.
He ruleth with his power for ever; his eyes behold the people and such as will not believe shall not be able to exalt themselves.
O praise our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard;
Who holdeth our soul in life; and suffereth not our feet to slip.
For thou, O God, hast proved us; thou also hast tried us, like as silver is tried.
Thou broughtest us into the snare; and laidest trouble upon our loins.
I will go into thine house with burnt-offerings; and will pay thee my vows, which I promised with my lips, and spake with my mouth, when I was in trouble.
O come hither, and hearken, all ye that fear God; and I will tell you what he hath done for my soul.
I called unto him with my mouth, and gave him praises with my tongue.
If I incline unto wickedness with mine heart, the Lord will not hear me.
But God hath heard me; and considered the voice of my prayer. Praised be God, who hath not cast out my prayer, nor turned his mercy from me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Confitemini Domino. Psalm cvii.
THAT men would praise the LORD for his goodness; and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men! That they would offer unto him the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and tell out his works with gladness!
They that go down to the sea in ships, and occupy their business in great waters;
These men see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
For at his word the stormy wind ariseth, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
They are carried up to the heaven, and down again to the deep; their soul melteth away because of the trouble.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.
So when they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, he delivereth them out of their distress.
For he maketh the storm to cease, so that the waves thereof are still.
Then are they glad, because they are at rest; and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be.
O that men would therefore praise the LORD for his goodness; and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
That they would exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the seat of the elders!
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world with out end. Amen.
Collects of Thanksgiving.
MOST blessed and glorious Lord God, who art of infinite goodness and mercy; We, thy poor creatures, whom thou hast made and preserved, holding our souls in life, and now rescuing us out of the jaws of death, humbly present ourselves again before
thy Divine Majesty, to offer a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, for that thou heardest us when we called in our trouble, and didst not cast out our prayer, which we made before thee in our great distress: Even when we gave all for lost, our ship, our goods, our lives, then didst thou mercifully look upon us, and wonderfully command a deliverance; for which we, now being in safety, do give all praise and glory to thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
MOST mighty and gracious good God, thy mercy is over all thy works, but in special manner hath been extended towards us, whom thou hast so powerfully and wonderfully defended. Thou hast showed us terrible things, and wonders in the deep, that we might see how powerful and gracious a God thou art; how able and ready to help those who trust in thee. Thou hast showed us how both winds and seas obey thy command; that we may learn, even from them, hereafter to obey thy voice, and to do thy will. We therefore bless and glorify thy Name, for this thy mercy in saving us, when we were ready to perish. And, we beseech thee, make us as truly sensible now of thy mercy, as we were then of danger; And give us hearts always ready to express our thankfulness, not only by words, but also by our lives, in being more obedient to thy holy commandments. Continue, we beseech thee, this thy goodness to us; that we, whom thou hast saved, may serve thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
A Hymn of Praise and Thanksgiving after a dangerous Tempest.
COME, let us give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious; and his mercy endureth for ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath delivered from the merciless rage of the sea.
The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
He hath not dealt with us according to our sins; neither rewarded us according to our iniquities.
But as the heaven is high above the earth; so great hath been his mercy towards us.
We found trouble and heaviness; we were even at death's door.
The waters of the sea had well-nigh covered us; the proud waters had well-nigh gone over our soul.
The sea roared; and the stormy wind lifted up the waves thereof.
We were carried up as it were to heaven, and then down again into the deep; our soul melted within us, because of trouble.
Then cried we unto thee, O Lord; and thou didst deliver us out of our distress.
Blessed be thy Name, who didst not despise the prayer of thy servants; but didst hear our cry, and hast saved us.
Thou didst send forth thy commandment; and the windy storm ceased, and was turned into a calm.
O let us therefore praise the Lord for his goodness; and declare