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tion for the ensuing day. Keep us temperate and keep us the fol in our meats and drinks, and diligent in our several lowing day, and for callings. Grant us patience under any afflictions God's blessing on the thou shalt see fit to lay on us, and minds always business of the same. contented with our present condition. Give us * On Sunday Morn grace to be just and upright in all our dealings; ing instead of this, quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; and say, and let thy Holy ready to do good to all men, according to our Spirit accompanyus abilities and opportunities. Direct us in all our public worship, maways *(and prosper the works of our hands in the king us serious and business of our several stations.) Defend us from attentive, and rais: all dangers and adversities; and be graciously ing our minds from pleased to take us, and all
things belonging to us, world to the consi under thy Fatherly care and protection. These deration of the next, things, and whatever else thou shalt see necessary that we may ferand convenient to us, we humbly beg, through vently join in the the merits and mediation of thy Son Jesus Christ prayers and praises our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
of thy Church, and HE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the with honest hearts,
listen to our duty Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
confession of sins,
7 The Family being together, a little before Bed Time, let the Master or Mistress,
or any other whom they shall think proper, say as follows, all kneeling: Kingdom come; Thy Will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven;
in 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 templation; But deliver us from evil: For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
OST merciful God, who art of purer eyes than ness to all those who confess and forsake their sins;
with a prayer for
contrition and paiwe come before thee in an humble sense of our don. own unworthiness, acknowledging our manifold transgressions of thy righteous laws.* But, O gra- * Here, let him cious Father, who desirest not the death of a sin- who reads' make a
pause, thateve ner, look upon us, we beseech thee, in mercy, and forgive us all our transgressions. Make us deeply confess the sins and sensible of the great evil of them; and work in us fuilings of that day. an hearty contrition; that we may obtain forgiveness at thy hands, who art ever ready to receive humble and penitent sinners; for the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ, our only Saviour and Redeemer. Amen. A , tations which encompass us, we be drawn to reform and grow
better. again into sin, vouchsafe us, we beseech thee, the direction and assistance of thy Holy Spirit. Reform whatever is amiss in the temper and disposition of our souls; that no unclean thoughts, unlawful designs, or inordinate desires, ma'
rest there. Purge our hearts from envy, hatred, and malice; that we may never suffer the sun to go down upon our wrath; but may always go to our rest in peace, charity, and good-will, with a con. science void of offence towards thee and towards men: That so, we may be preserved pure and blameless, unto the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. The Intercession. AMD accept, O Lord, our intercessions for all
mankind.' Let the light of thy Gospel shine upon all nations; and may as many as have received it, live as becomes it. Be gracious unto thy Church; and grant that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may serve thee faithfully. Bless all in authority over us; and so rule their hearts and strengthen their hands, that they may punish wickedness and vice, and maintain thy true religion and virtue. Send down thy blessings, temporal and spiritual,
upon all our relations, friends, and neighbours. Reward all who have done us good, and pardon all those who have done or wish us evil, and give them repentance and better minds. Be merciful to all who are in any trouble; and do thou, the God of pity, administer to them according to their several necessities, for his sake who went about doing good, thy Şon our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. The Thanksgiving. To our prayers, O Lord, we join our unfeigned
thanks for all thy mercies; for our being, our reason, and all other endowments and faculties of soul and body; for our health, friends, food, and raiment, and all the other comforts and conveniences of life. Above all, we adore thy mercy in 'sending thy only Son into the world to redeem us from sin and eter. nal death, and in giving us the knowledge and sense of our duty towards thee. We bless thee for thy patience with us, notwithstanding our many and great provocations, for all the directions, assistances, and comforts of thy Holy Spirit; for thy continual care and watchful providence over us through the whole course of our lives; and particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day: Beseeching thee to continue these thy blessings to us; and to give us grace to show our thankfulness in a sincere obedience to his laws, through whose merits and intercession we received them all, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. che for Gore In particular, we beseech thee to continue thy
gracious protection to us this night. Defend us the night following from all dangers and mischiefs, and from the fear
of them; that we may enjoy such refreshing sleep, as may fit us for the duties of the following day. Make us ever mindful of the time when we shall lie down in the dust; and grant us grace always to live in such a state, that we may never be afraid to die: So that living and dying we may be thine, through the merits and satisfaction of thy Son Christ Jesus, in whose name we offer up these our imperfect prayers. Amen. THỂ grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the
fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen. On Sundays and on other days,
when it may be convenient, it will be proper to begin with a Chapter, or part of a Chapter, from the New Testament
176 SELECTIONS OF PSALMS, To be used instead of the Psalms for the Day, at the Discretion of
the Minister. SELECTION I. sumptuous sins, lest they get the
dominion over me. salm 19. Coeli enarrant. Let the words of my mouth, THE heavens declare the glory and the meditation of my heart, showeth his handy work.
O Lord, my strength, and my One day telleth another; and Redeemer. one night certifieth another. Psalm 24. Domini est terra. There is neither speech nor TH
THE earth is the Lord's, and all language; but their voices are that therein is; the compass heard among them.
of the world, and they that dwell, Their sound is gone out into therein. all lands; and their words into For he hath founded it upon the ends of the world.
the seas, and prepared it upon the In them hath he set a taberna- foods. cle for the sun; which cometh Who shall ascend into the hill forth as a bridegroom out of his of the Lord? or who shall rise up chamber, and rejoiceth as a giant in his holy place? to run his course.
Even he that hath clean hands It goeth forth from the utter- and a pure heart; and that hath most part of the heaven, and run- not lift up his mind unto vanity, neth about unto the end of it nor sworn to deceive his neigh. again; and there is nothing bid bour. from the heat thereof.
He shall receive the blessing The law of the Lord is an un- from the Lord; and righteousness defiled law, converting the soul; from the God of his salvation. the testimony of the Lord is sure, This is the generation of those and giveth wisdom unto the sim- who seek him; even of those who ple.
seek thy face, O Jacob. The statutes of the Lord are Lift up your heads, O ye gates, right, and rejoice the heart; the and be ye lift up, ye everlasting commandment of the Lord is doors, and the King of glory shall pure, and giveth light unto the come in. eyes.
Who is the King of glory? it is The fear of the Lord is clean, the Lord strong and mighty,even and endureth for ever; the judg: the Lord mighty in battle. ments of the Lord are true, and Lift up your heads, 0 ye gates, righteous altogether.
and be ye lift up,ye everlasting More to be desired are they doors, and the King of glory shali than gold, yea, than much fine come in gold;
sweeter also than honey, Who is the King of glory? even and the honey-comb.
the Lord of hosts, he is the King Moreover, by them is thy ser- of glory. yant taught; and in keeping of Psalm 103. Benedic, anima mea. them there is great reward.
and all that is within me, eth? O cleanse thou me from my praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul; Keep thy servant also from pre- and forget not all his benefits:
Who can tell how oft he offend. PRAISE the Lord, 'O my soul,
Who forgiveth all thy sin, and, O praise the Lord, ye Angels of healeth all thine infirmities; his, ye that excel in strength; ye
Who saveth thy life from de- that fulfil his commandment, and struction, and crowneth thee with hearken unto the voice of his mercy and loving kindness; words.
Who satisfieth thy mouth with O praise the Lord, all ye his good things, making thee young hosts; ye servants of his, that do and lusty as an eagle.
his pleasure. The Lord executeth righteous- O speak good of the Lord, all ness and judgment, for all them ye works of his, in all places of his that are oppressed with wrong. dominion: Praise thou the Lord,
He showed his ways unto Mo- O my soul. ses, his works unto the children of Israel.
SELECTION II. The Lord is full of compassion From Psalm 139. Domine, probasti. and mercy, long-suffering, and O LORD, thou hast searched
He will not alway be chiding; thou knowest my down-sitting, neither keepeth he his anger for and mine up-rising; thou unders
standest my thoughts long before. He hath not dealt with us after Thou art about my path, and our sins; nor rewarded us accord- about my bed, and spiest out all ing to our wickednesses.
my ways. For look how high the heaven For lo, there is not a word in is in comparison of the earth; so my tongue, but thou, O Lord, great is his mercy also toward knowest it altogether. those who fear him!
Thou hast fashioned me behind Look how wide also the east is and before, and laid thine hand from the west; so far hath he set upon me. our sins from us!
Such knowledge is too wonder. Yea, like as a father pitieth his ful and excellent for me; I can. own children; even so is the not attain unto it. Lord merciful unto them that Wbither shall I go then from fear him.
thy Spirit? or whither shall I go For he knoweth whereof we then from thy presence? are made; he remembereth that If I climb up into heaven, thou we are but dust.
art there; if I go down to hell, The days of man are but as thou art there also. grass; for he flourisheth as a flow- If I take the wings of the morn. er of the field.
ing, and remain in the uttermost For as soon as the wind goeth parts of the sea; over it, it is gone; and the pla Even there also shall thy hand thereof shall know it no more. lead me, and thy right hand shall
But the merciful goodness of hold me. the Lord endureth for ever and If I say, Peradventure the darkever upon those who fear him; ness shall cover me; then shall and his righteousness upon chil- my night be turned to day. dren's children;
Yea, the darkness is no darkEven upon such as keep his ness with thee, but the night is covenant, and think upon his as clear as the day; the darkness commandments to do them. and light to thee are both alike.
The Lord hath prepared his For my reins are thine; thou seat in heaven, and his kingdom hast covered me in my mother's ruleth over all.
I will give thanks unto thee, for The Lord is loving unto every I am fearfully and wonderfully man, and his mercy is over all made: Marvellous are thy works, his works. and that my soul knoweth right All thy works praise thee, O well.
Lord; and thy saints give thanks My bones are not hidfrom thee, unto thee. though I be made secretly, and They show the glory of thy fashioned beneath in the earth. kingdom, and talk of thy power;
Thine eyes did see my sub- That thy power, thy glory, and stance, yet being imperfect; and mightiness of thy kingdom, might in thy book were all my mem- be known unto men. bers written.
Thy kingdom is an everlasting Which day by day were far kingdom, and thy dominion enshioned, when as yet there was dureth throughout all ages. none of them.
The Lord upholdeth all such How dear are thy counsels un- as fall, and lifteth up all those who to me, O God; O how great is the are down. sum of them!
The eyes of all wait upon thee, If I tell them, they are more in O Lord, and thou givest them number than the sand; when I their meat in due season. wake up, I am present with thee. Thou openest thine hand, and
Try me, o God, and seek the fillest all things living with plenground of my heart; prove me, teousness. and examine my thoughts. The Lord is righteous in all his
Look well if there be any way ways, and holy in all his works. of wickedness in me; and lead The Lord is nigh unto all them me in the way everlasting. that call upon him; yea, all such
as call upon him faithfully. Psalm 145. Exaltabo te, Deus.
He will fulfil the desire of those my King, and I will praise thy their cry, and will help them. name for ever and ever:
The Lord preserveth all those Every day will I give thanks who love him; but scattereth aunto thee, and praise thy name broad all the ungodly. for ever and ever.
My mouth shall speak the Great is the Lord, and marvel-praise of the Lord; and let all lous, worthy to be praised; there Aesh give thanks unto his holy is no end of his greatness. name for ever and ever.
One generation shall praise thy works unto another, and declare
SELECTION III. thy power.
As for me, I will be talking of From Psalm 51. Miserere mei Deus. thy worship, thy glory, thy praise,
, and wondrous works;
after thy great goodness; acSo that men shall speak of the cording to the multitude of thy might of thy mervellous acts; and mercies, do away mine offences. I will also tell of thy greatness. Wash me thoroughly from my
The memorial of thine abun- wickedness, and cleanse me from dant kindness shall be showed, my sin : and men shall sing of thy right- For I acknowledge my faults, eousness.
and my sin is ever before me. The Lord is gracious and mer- Against thee only have I sin. ciful; long-sufering, and of great ned, and done this evil in thy soodness.
sight, that thou mightest be justi