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be ascribed glory and honour, salvation and
praise, now and for ever.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
THESE SHORT PRAYERS MAY BE REPEATED ALONE,
OR INCORPORATED WITH OTHERS.
O LORD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER,
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.
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.
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.
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.*
SANCTIFY, O Lord, this food to our 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 a previous consecration of food, and a subsequent act of thanksgiving for the refreshment received, is both right and reasonable. But profligate men of fashion have set the example of omis
Grace after Meals.
WE thank thee, O Lord, for what we have received; and beseech thee to feed our souls with the bread of eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
sion, and they who are determined to follow the fashion in all its follies, think themselves obliged to omit a duty both easy and useful. They ought not to suffer fashion to supersede duty and decency: but they assert, that, such is the power of the arbitrary tyrant, they cannot do what they ought. A bad excuse, indeed, and such a one as will scarcely be accepted for an omission injurious to themselves, to their children, their servants, their neighbourhood, and the cause of religion. 'Independently of a consecration of the table being observed religiously by the politest nations of antiquity, (and a great number of examples from the classics might prove this), the primitive Christians, imitating the example of the Jews, and more particularly our Saviour, were strict in the performance of those pious duties which consecrated the table, and in returning thanks to God for the daily supply of necessary sustenance,"