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on the apostles, to teach them, and to lead them into all truth; giving them both the gift of divers languages, and also boldness with fervent zeal, constantly to preach the gospel unto all nations, whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error into the clear light and true knowledge of thee and thy Son Jesus Christ. Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, I laud and magnify thy glorious name, evermore praising thee, and say. ing, 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 preservation of the Church.
continually in thy true religion, that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace, may evermore be defended by thy mnighty power, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for forgiveness of Sins.
ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to give more than either we defire or deserve ; pour down upon me the abundance of thy mercy, forgiving me those things, whereof
my conscience is afraid, and giving me those good things, which I am not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for the profession of our Faith in the Resurrection.
Believe, that by the virtue of the resurrection of Jesus
Christ, all the dead shall rise, bad as well as good ; for death is swallowed upin victory. I believe, that by the almighty power of Jesus Christ, all shall rise with the fame bodies they had on earth; that their scattered duft ihall be gathered into the same form again, that our fouls shall be reunited to our bodies, that we shall be judged both in bo. dy and soul for the fins committed by both; that the bodies
of of the wicked shall be fitted for torments, and the bodies of the saints changed in quality, and made glorified bodies, immortal and incorruptible, fitted for heaven, and eternally to love and enjoy God; for which glorious vouchsafement, I will always praise and love my Creator and Redeemer, io whom, with the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
A Prayer for Life everlasting.
Rant, O Lord, that as I am baptised into the death of
thy blessed Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, so by continual mortifying my corrupt affections, I may be buried with him, and that through the gate
may pass to a joyful resurrection, for his merits, who died and was buried, and rose again for us, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Acts of Adoration and Praise.
Less the Lord, O my soul; O Lord my God, thou art
become exceeding glorious, thou art cloathed with majesty and honour !
O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom haft thou made them all; the earth is full of thy riches !
To the only wise God, our Saviour, be glory and majefty, dominion and power, both now and ever.
Be thou exalted, Lord, in thine own strength, so will we fing and praise thy power,
Blessing and honour, glory and power, thanksgiving and praise, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever.
Praise the Lord, Omy soul, and all that is within me praise his holy name : praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
O inagnify the Lord our God, and fall down before his footstool ; for he is holy.
Bleffed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which, according to his abundant mercy, bath begotten us
again unto a lively hope of an inheritance, incorruptible and undefiled; that fadech not away.
Thiy righteousness, O God, is very high: great things, O | Lord, are they which thou haft done: O God, who is like
A Prayer to be said by such as are poor and low in the World.
God; Í believe that for just and wise reasons thou haft
allotted to mankind very different states and circumstances of life; and that all the temporal evils, which have at any time happened unto me, are designed by thee for my benefit. Therefore tho' thou hast thought fit to place me in a mean condition, to deprive me of many conveniencies of life, and to exercise me in a state of poverty; yet thou hast hi
therto preserved and supported me by thy * Here recolle& the good providence, blessed me with advantages Blellings you enjoy, as Health, Alif * above many others, who labour under great tance of Friends, troubles. O make me thankful for the enjoy
ment of the light of thy glorious gospel, and the means of grace, and the opportunity of working out my salvation; whereas many poor souls are given up to the just punishment of sin, groaning out a sad eternity, under inexpressible torments. But, O merciful Father, if thou seest fit, bless me with such a portion of the comforts and conveniencies of life, that thereby I may be enabled to go on more chearfully in my station, to serve thee better, to love thee more and more, and more admire thy wonderful bounty, and loving-kindness; grant me health and strength, and abilities suited to my circumstances, that I may honestly provide for myself; support me, that I fall not into extreme want; lay not more upon me, than thou shalt enable meto bear with patience, and supply the want of worldly blessings, by the comfort and support of thy good Spirit, whereby I may be made perfect in every good work, become rich in faith, and an heir of thy kingdom. Grant, O'Lord, that I may exercise all those christian
graces and duties, which my present circumstances call for from me; let the sharpness of temporal wants put me upon considering what misery must attend the loss of my foul: D
let a sense of my poverty
ftir up eager desiresafter the trueriches; and the less I have of this world, the more careful let me be to provide for the next; that I inay seek an inheritance incorruptible, and that fadeth not away: let bodily hardships convince me of the great evil of spiritual wants ; that I may hunger and thirst after that righteousness, which is through Christ viour. Inspire me with diligence and industry in my calling, and when I have done my endeavour, make me to cast all my care upon thee; that neither the contempt, which vain perfons -wrongfully castupon poveriy, norany evil which I may endure, may tempt metoany dishonest ways of living; but let mechufe rather to be poor than wicked, and to want any thing rather than thy blesfing. For which end, cloath me with a meek, and quiet, and humble spirit, and a thorough contentedness in my present circumstances; that I may neither dare to repine at my own condition, nor envy the prosperity of others; but possess my own soul in patience; acknowledgingthy right and love. raignty over me, who art just, and wise, and merciful in all thy dispensations towards the children of men. Raise up my heart to look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of cur faith; who, to reconcile us to a state of poverty, chose to be born, and live in a mean condition, enduring hunger, and thirst, and cold, and not having where to lay his head: that by his example I may be encouraged to contemn the world ; and more and -more delight myself in thy love, and in the practice of true religion and virtue; that through faith and patience having finished the race which thou hast set before me, I may be received into thejoy of my Lord, for the sakeof my Redeemer, thy -ever: bieffed Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Prayers for the holy Communion.
The Reader, that would be satisfied concerning the Nature,
Design and End of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, is referred to Chap. VII. Suct. I, II, III, IV and V, in this Book.
A Prayer for a worthy receiving of the Lord's Supper, to be said immediately after Sermon, and which
be added to our Morning and Evening Prayers, any time in the Week before we communicate.
Merciful God, by whose grace I am disposed to ap
proach thy holy table, which is so necessary to my eternal happiness; I acknowledge it to be thy infinite mercy which hath provided such a remedy to strengthen and refresh my body and soul, that I may not perish in my own corruption: therefore, O Lord, grant that I may be always thankful for this pledge of thy love, and that I may so worthily receive the same, that Christ may live in me, and I in him, all the days of my life. Wherefore, I beseech thee, O Lord, so to compose my mind to great seriousness and devotion, that the things of this world may not interrupt me in my attendance on thy service; but that I may have such a deep sense of thy infinite mercy, and my necessary dependance upon thee; such an apprehension of thy unspeakable goodness to poor, miserable finful creatures in this holy sacrament, that I may be awed into a becoming reverence, and confirmed against all disturbances and distractions of mind, which I beg thee to enlighten with the rays of the fun of righteousness; and to inflame my cold heart with thy holy love, that I may be fervent in what I ask; and to raise my mind, by a lively faith, and a confirmed hope, that I may have an assured expectation of all necessary supplies, from thy goodness and mercy; and give me such a true understanding of all that is eternal, that I may at all times remember how much it is my interest, that my soul should be ever longing after it, and that I should defire it with an earnestness above all that belongs to earthly things, and always pray for those helps that are necefsary to bring me to the unchangeable possession of thee, my God, through the merits of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, Redeemer and Advocate. Amen.