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prosper all my exertions to do my duty in an acceptable manner, so long as I may remain in this life; and inspire me with strength and resolution to meet with hope, humility, and resignation, the awful change that must and will come upon me.

Grant me, O God, if it be consistent with thy divine will, length of years, and days of usefulness, for the sake of those who are dear to me; continue the several branches of my family in the enjoyment of life and godliness, health and safety, unanimity and affection ; and make us all in thy good time, “meet to be partakers” of thy heavenly kingdom, in the society “ of angels, and of just men made perfect,” in the name and for the sake of our adorable Mediator, who hath loved us, and given himself for us; and to whom be ascribed glory and honour, salvation and praise, now and for ever. AMEN,

Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.

AMEN.

THESE SHORT PRAYERS MAY BE REPEATED ALONE,

OR INCORPORATED WITH OTHERS.

Morning.

O LORD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, ALMIGHTY AND EVERLASTING God, who has safely brought me to the beginning of this day; defend me in the same by thy mighty power ; and grant that this day I fall into no sin; neither run into any kind

of danger; but that all my doings may be ordered by thy governance, and that I may always do what is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Evening.

LIGHTEN my darkness, I beseech thee, O Lord, and by thy great mercy defend me from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. AMEN.

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ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid ; cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love thee, and

worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Assist me, mercifully, O LORD, in these my supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servant towards the attainment of everlasting salvation ; that among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, I may ever be defended by thy most gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Before Church Service.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be now and ever acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

When the Service is ended.

I THANK thee, O Lord God Almighty, for the opportunity I have had this day of attending thy house of prayer. May I be the better for it in this life, and eternally happy in the next, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Grace before Meals.*

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SANCTIFY, O Lord, this food to use, and us to thy service, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

* A sensible and agreeable writer, very judiciously observes that, “to say Grace before and after, or to sanctify a meal by à previous consecration of food, and a subsequent act of thanksgiving for the refreshment received, is both right and reasonable. fligate men of fashion have set the example of omis

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