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A Prayer to beused by one that deliberates upon Marriage.
OST gracious Lord God! who hast instituted the holy
estate of matrimony, as the only way to continue the world, and for the comfort of man's life, under the various evils, cares and labours thereof, by the mutual society and help that married persons ought to have one for the other both in prosperity and adversity, and for the good of human society in general ; grant that as I now have thoughts of entering into this State, I may so seriously consider the chief end of its institution, and the solemn vow and promise I shall then make, as not to enterprise the fameunadvisedly, lightly or wantonly, but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God, considering that if I marry, my future happiness and
misery of life will very much depend thereupon, used by one
[And for as much as I am young, unexperienced in
the ways of this life, and under the care and direccare of pa- tion of others, give me an obedient heart that I may rents or guar- bearken and submit to the good advice, and their
judgment in this matter, even as I expect thy bleffing] grant that reason and religion, prudence and conlíderation, and, above all, thy good providence may direct my choice. And let me also chiefly aim at religion and virtue, wildom and discretion and such other good qualities and disposi. tions in a partner as are most likely to last and continue, and not only such as please for a time, and at last may prove the cause of discontent; and this I beg thro’the mediation of thy Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour ; Amen,
A Prayer to be used by a Woman when with child.
Lmighty God, the fountain of life, and of all spiritual and
temporalblessings; thou art God alone! and I adore thy glorious majesty and infinite wisdom, which has begun an excellent work in me, beseeching thee to perfect the same work of thy hand with due shapes and full growth, and preserve me from all frights and accidents, which might cause me to miscarry of this child. Oh! granțit an understanding Soul ! bless
it in mind as well as in body, that it may be able to know thy goodness, dread thy power and Justice, and serve thee all the days of its life. Wherefore I humbly pray thou wilt fanctify it from the womb, and receive it in baptism for thy own child by adoption and grace. Oh! lend it to me for my comfort, byt reserve it, as thou hast created it, for thy glory and service. Therefore I humbly commit both myself and this babe, which is conceived in me,to thy mercy and goodness. Oh! strengthen and enable me to go thro' all the pains and uneasiness of child. bearing with patience and submission to thy will ; give me an humble trust and dependance on thy fatherly care and good providence, and make me in thy good time a joyful mother of a hopeful child, which may live to be an instrument of thy glory, and by serving thee faithfully, and doing good in its generation, may in thy good timebereceived intothy everlasting kingdom, and join’d to the spirits of just men made perfect, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for the King, and all Rulers and Magiftrates.
Lmighry Lord, by whom kings do reign and princes
decree justice, and we are commanded to pray for kings, and for all that are in authority, I both in duty and inclination become a petitioner to thy Divine Majesty, for GEORGEthy servant, our king, and for all our governours. Give thy judgments, O God ! unto the king, that he may judge thy people righteously, and break their enemies in pieces. Bless him with the spirit of government, and make him wise as an angel of God, to punish the wicked and to reward the good. Make him sensible of his duty to thee, and his subjects obedient to him for thy fake, O God. Fill his heart with thy fear and love, that being a ruler after thy heart, the righteous may flourish in his days, and abundance of peace, with the liberty and free profession of the gospel. Defend and preserve him. Bless his arms with success and victory; his councils with wisdom, and his government with happiness and prosperity. 'In the midst of danger keep him as the apple of thine eye, and hide him under the shadow of thy wings, that no mischief may befall him, nor any,
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wickedness come near to hurt him. Grant that he may long continue to rule and reign for thee here in this earthly kingdom, till he come to live and reign with thee in thy heavenly kingdom for evermore,
Bless, O Lord, all our rulers with spirits suitable to their Stations; and make them a terror only to evil doers, and the praise of them that do well, that they may not bear the sword in vain ; but curb and suppress all vice and ungodliness, and defend and encourage whatever is holy, just and righteous. Endue them with wisdom to underttand, with hearts to consider, and with abilities to repair the breaches, and to redress the grievances of all such as come before them; that under the protection of the powers protected by thee, and under such rulers, as are guided by thy word, we may lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty all the days of our lives. Grant therefore, that all rulers may so govern, and subjects fo obey, that we may always deserve thy heavenly grace, assistance, protection and salvation, which we ask in the name, and for the sake and righteousness of thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Saviour. Amen.
The following Prayers and Thanksgivings are suited to peculiar Articles of the Christian Faith.
A Thanksgiving for the Incarnation,
Lory be to God on high, and in earth
peace, good-will towards men.
I praise chee, I bless thee, I worship thee, I glorify thee, I give thanks unto thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty. O Lord, the only begotten Son Jesus Christ, O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, who wast made man, to take away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me, by turning me from my iniquities : chou who wast manifested to destroy the works of the devil, have mercy upon me, by enabling me to renounce and forsake them : thou who art the greatAdvocate with the Father for penitent fin. ners, receive my prayer. For thou only art holy, thou only art the Lord, thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
A Thanksgiving for the Birth of Christ.
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T is very meet, right, and my bounden duty, that I
Thould at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty everlasting God; because thou didst give Jesus Christ thy only Son to be born as at this time for us; who, by the operation of the Holy Ghost, was made very man of the substance of the Virgin Mary his mother, and that without spot of fin, to make us clean from all sin: therefore with angels and arch-angels, and with all the company of heaven, I laud and magnify thy glorious name, ever more praising thee, and saying, holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most high. Amen.
A Prayer for the Benefits of Christ's Death.
Beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into my heart,
that as I have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ
, by the message of an angel ; so by his cross and pasfion, I may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection, thro' the fame Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thanksgiving for the Resurrection.
sus Christ, haft overcome death, and opened unto us the
gate of everlasting life ; I humbly beseech thee, that as by thy special grace guiding and assisting me, thou dost put into my mind good desires, so by thy continual help I may bring the same to good effect, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghoft, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Thanksgiving for the Ascenson. T is very meet, right, and my bounden duty; that I
should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty and everlasting God; through thy most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who after his most glorious resurrection manifestly appeared to his apostles, and in their sight ascended up into heaven to prepare a place for us; that where he is, thither we might also ascend, and reign with him in glory. Therefore with angels and arch-angels
, and all the company of heaven, I laud and magnify thy glorious name, evermore praising thee, and saying, holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord, most high. Amen.
A Prayer for Preparation
for Judgment. Lmighty God, give me grace,
may the works of darkness, and put upon me the armour of light; now in the time of this mortal life, (in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility ;) that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty to judge both the quick and dead, I may rise to the lite immortal, through him, who liveth and reigneth with thee, and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.
Thanksgiving for the Descent of the Holy Ghost.
T is very meet, right, and my bounden duty, that I
should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ our Lord ; according to whose most true promise, the Holy Ghost came down as at this time from heaven, with a sudden great sound, as it had been a mighty wind, in the likeness of fiery tongues, lighting up