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Take us, O God, this night info thine especial favour and protection : give thy holy Angels charge over us, that no evils may happen unto us, nor any dangers approach us to difturb our repose. Refresh us with comfortable reft ; and raise us up in the morning with renewed strength and vigour to praise thy name. And, now that we are about to lie down upon our bed of rest, grant us grace seriously to consider that time, when, in a little while, we shall lie down in the duft : and fince we know neither the day nor hour of our master's coming, make us so careful of our duty, and so watchful against fin, that we may be always ready ; that we may never live in such a state as we should fear to die in ; but that whether we live, we may live unto the Lord; or whether we die, we may die unto the Lord: that whether we live or dię, we may be thine, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose most holy name and words, we fạrther call upon thee, Saying,
Qur Father, &c.
The Almighty God, who is a strong tower of defence to all them that put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven and earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey; be now and evermore our defender and preserver,
Unto his gracious favour and protection, we most humbly commend ourselves, and all that belong unto us ; (especially all of this house
and family.) The Lord bless, and keep us, The Lord make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us. The Lord lift
up of his countenance upon us, and give us his peace, this night and for evermore. Amen.
A Prayer from the Liturgy, proper for all Times.
Lmighty God, our heavenly Father, who
of thy great mercy haft promised forgiveness of sins to all them, who with hearty repentance and true faith turn upon thee: Have mercy upon me, pardon, and deliver me from all my fins ; confirm and strengthen me in all goodness; and bring me to everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer of St. Paul's.
In Ephesians, Chap. iii. Ver. 14—21.
Bow my knees unto thee, O Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named : besecching that thou wouldest grant me, according to the riches of thy glory, to be strengthened with might by thy spirit in the inner man : that Christ may dwell in my heart by faith : that being rooted and grounded in love, I may be able to comprehend with all Saints, what is the length and breadth, and depth and height : and to know
the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that I may be filled with all the fulness of God.
Now unto thee, who art able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in .us : unto thee be glory in the church by Christ Je. sus, throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
N. B. Many of the Collects for Sundays and other Holy
days, in the Book of Common Prayer, may be properly used upon various occafions, and particularly the Collect for the second Sunday in Advent, may be used before
reading the facred Scriptures. No directions for the publick worship are given, as you are
furnished with a little tract in your Prayer-book for that purpose, entitled Directions for a devout and decent behaviour in the public worship of God, which, it is to be hoped, you will diligently read ; and at the 25th page you will find Collects proper for all occasions pointed out. And, for the Sacrament, Bishop Wilson's book will be put into your hands, when you are desirous to communicate. In which, as well as in Dr. Stanhope's St. Auftin, and his Thomas a Kempis, you will do well to employ yourself seriously and diligently.
N.B. If the fick Person is fo very ill that she cannot read this
herself, she may desire fome friend to repeat it to her, and then fre may add at the conclufion her hearty Amen.
in whose hands are the appointments of life and death,” give me grace to consider that this my sickness is of thy sending; and to ac
knowledge as well, the justice, as the mercifutness of thy visitation and my sufferings. May I look up to thee for Arength to bear, and grace to profit by it. It comes, O my God, as they fcourge for my sins, which is to make me fee, feel, and avoid them ; as thy medicine to cure my spiritual diseases; and as thy fiery trial, which is to prove my virtues, and purge away my dross. Let it not fail, Lord, to answer these gracious purposes. Bring to my mind all such considerations as may revive and succour me, and raise me above all discouragements and fear; and let my thoughts under this visitation, be only those of love and thankfulness ; of resignation and obedience of humility and hope in thy mercy. Give me patience, I beseech thee, and a full trust in thy moft gracious promises, that I may entertain no evil surmisés ; nor thew
indeceni carriage, which would add to my guilt, if I die or to my remorse and shame, if I live.
Pity thy fick servant, and leffen my sorrows, O Father of mercies, out of compassion to my weakness. Pardon my restlets complainings, and support me under them by thy comforts. Direct and recompense the labours and kindness of those who charitably and friendly attend me in my fickness. Keep me always submissive and devout towards thee, and no ways impatient or ungrateful towards those around me. May thy
blessing accompany all their endeavours for my good, and all the medicines I take. Put an end in due time to my disease, Cor to my pains :) either restore me to my strength, health and eale, granting me the mercies of a longer life, or else prepare me more immediately for a blessed and eternal life, for our Lord Jesus Chỉ IST's fake, who died for our fins, and rofe again for our jurtification. Amen.
Hath God mercifully restored you to health? Surely you cannot
doubt the obligations you lie under, to be thankful for bis mercios. Dreadful ÎNDEED, THAT OUT of Ten Lepers WHO WERE CLEANSED, only one should returnto give thanks!
But'take special care that you follow not the example of the nine, (See Luke xvii. 7.) for instances of such ingratitude are too
A Prayer after Recovery.
fountain of life, I return thee humble and heárty thanks for having spared the life of thy fervånt ; I adore thee as the Author of my Cure, and praise thee for the success thou hast given to those applications which were the means of effecting it. May I remember the chastisements, the instructions, and the deliverance I have 'received ; and may I be enabled to perform the good resolutions I made in my sickness. As thou hast condescended to hearke'n to the prayer of so sinful a creature, may I “ call upon thee as long as I live." Being made whole, may I