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this transitory life is over, TIME, DEATH, AND ETER


we may enter into thy
joy, and continue to wor-
ship and serve thee for
ever and
ever in thy
heavenly kingdom; which
we humbly ask in the
name and as disciples of
Jesus Christ our Lord.



ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, who knowest our weakness, and art acquainted with every action of our lives, and every secret of our hearts; we acknowledge in thy presence our imperfections and sins, and fervently pray that thou wouldst be gracious unto us, and forgive us; and help us to forsake all that is evil, and cleave to all that is good, and to make thee and thy approbation the objects of our supreme regard; so that we fail not at last to attain that eternal happiness which thou hast

omised to thy faithful servants, through thine infinite mercy in Christ our Lord.

Jesus Amen.

GRANT, O Lord and heavenly Father, that as our days on earth are multiplied, our good resolutions may be strengthened, and our powers of resisting temptations increased. Relieve the infirmities of our minds and bodies; grant us such strength as our duties may require, and such diligence as may improve those opportunities of good that shall be afforded us. Deliver us from evil thoughts; give us true repentance for the sins of our past lives; and as we draw nearer and nearer to the grave, increase our faith, enliven our hope, extend our charity, and purify our desires; and so help us, by thy holy Spirit, that when it shall be thy pleasure to call us hence, we may be received to everlasting happiness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

WE humbly pray thee, O Father in heaven, to

guide us through the darkness of this world, to guard us from its perils, to hold us up and strengthen us when we

find no room. Grant this, O Lord, for thine infinite mercy's sake, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


grow weary in our mortal CLOSE OF PUBLIC WORway, and to lead us by thy chosen paths, through time and through death, to our eternal home in thy heavenly kingdom; which we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

LORD of life and death, of all ages and all worlds, give us to know the value of our fleeting years. While we have time, let us improve it as we ought; let us not forsake thee in life, nor fall from thee in death; and O keep us, we entreat thee, from that second death, which must come upon the heedless and impenitent. Save us, and bring us to dwell with thee, where weakness, danger, and death shall

ALMIGHTY God, we humbly thank thee for the privileges of religious worship and instruction which we have at this time enjoyed. Forgive whatever thou hast seen amiss in us, and whatever may have been said contrary to the truth and to thy holy word. Accept the sincerity of our devotions, and cause the good seed of thy word to spring up, and bear a hundred fold in our hearts and lives. Teach us to love thee more and serve thee better, day by day; that when our days on earth are ended, we may be received to thine eternal joy, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




To be said on the Sundays immediately preceding those on which the Lord's Supper is to be administered.



ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


GOD spake these words. and said, I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt have no other gods but me.

People. Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Min. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them nor worship them; for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, and visit the sins of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, and show mercy unto thousands of those

who love me and keep my commandments.

Peo. Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Min. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who taketh his name in vain.

Peo. Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Min. Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt do no manner of work, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy man-servant, and thy maid-servant, thy cattle, and the stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it.

Peo. Lord have mercy

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Peo. Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Min. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Peo. Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Min. Thou shalt not steal.

Peo. Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

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ass, nor any thing that is his.

Peo. Lord, have mercy upon us, and write all these thy laws in our hearts we beseech thee.

Then shall the Minister say;

HEAR what our Saviour Christ saith:

The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.

This is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

There is none other commandment greater than these.

The Minister shall then announce the Communion in the following words;

On Sunday next will be administered unto all who are religiously and devoutly disposed, and who love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity, the holy ordinance of the Lord's Supper.

Other notices may also be given at this time, and then the Hymn and Sermon shall follow as usual.

The foregoing Office may be performed after the Morning or Evening Prayer, or introduced in the course of either, at such place as shall seem most proper and convenient.


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