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and in the old time before this day, humbly confessthem. ing our sins, and beseeching thee to grant unto us sincere repentance.

O thou Supreme DirecFrom our enemies de- tor of the affairs of human

O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for thine honor.

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O Lord, let thy mercy be shown upon us;

As we do put our trust in thee.


ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, who lovest righteousness and hatest iniquity, and art a compassionate Father to those who repent and turn unto thee; we come before thee

society; we thank thee for the advantages of our condition; that we enjoy liberty, safety, and plenty; that the lines are fallen to us in pleasant places, and that we have a goodly heritage. Yet we have made unworthy returns for thy loving kindness; we have shown ourselves undeserving of thy mercy. We lament that plenty has been abused by luxury, and liberty by licentiousness; our peace and safety by strife, envyings, and divisions; and that so little of the power of godliness is manifested. Surely it is of thy mercy that we are not consumed, and because thy compassions fail not.

We beseech thee to grant thy mercy unto us who have corrupted our manners, who have been indifferent to thy worship; indulged too much a spirit of pride and uncharitable

ness, and have become too strongly attached to the world and the things of the world. Awaken us to a sense of our unworthiness; pardon the sins of our nation; forgive all those who humble themselves this day before thee, and spare thy people; animate us to unite with one heart in promoting the honor of thy name, the interests of religion, and the prosperity and happiness of our country. May we keep the fast which thou hast chosen; and loosing every band of wickedness, become a peculiar people zealous of good works, that thy displeasure may be turned away from us, and that thou mayest delight to build us up and not destroy us.

O thou, who art the Lord of lords, and the Fountain of all power, we commend to thy care and blessing the President of the United States, the Governor of this State, and all others in authority. May they have wisdom to discern, and firmness to

pursue the true interests of this people; may they employ all their influence to promote peace and virtue; and under their government may justice and judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Endue with grace and clothe with godliness the ministers of religion. May they do honor to thy truth in their public services and their private conduct; and do thou so direct and bless them, both in their preaching and living, that they may save themselves, and those who hear them. We beseech thee to bless all seminaries of learning, all governors and instructers of youth, all patrons and promoters of sound literature and knowledge; and grant that all the means and opportunities of mental, moral, and religious advancement, which are enjoyed among us, may be thankfully acknowledged and diligently improved.

Universal Parent and Governor; be merciful to the whole race of man;

enlighten all who sit in darkness; send forth a spirit of peace and good will; restrain the violence of unreasonable men; may no weapon formed against the rights of mankind prosper; multiply the patterns of christian virtue and the instruments of beneficence; direct all flesh to the knowledge of thy Son; and may thy kingdom come and thy

will be done on earth as it is in heaven; which we ask as disciples of Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE Lord bless us and keep us; the Lord make his face shine upon us, and be gracious unto us; the Lord lift up his countenance upon us, and give us peace, now and evermore. Amen.




This Service may commence with the following Psalm; after which the Person officiating may use such parts of the common Morning or Evening Prayer, as he shall judge proper.


THE Lord is King, and hath put on glorious apparel, and girded himself with strength.

He hath made the world so sure that it cannot be moved.

Ever since the world began, hath thy throne been prepared; thou art from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their


The waves of the sea are mighty, and rage horribly; but yet the Lord, who dwelleth on high, is mightier.

Thy testimonies, O Lord, are very sure, hoilness becometh thine house for ever.

After the Collect for the Day may be used the following Prayer.

O ETERNAL Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea; who hast compassed the waters with bounds, until day and night come to an end; be pleased to receive into thine almighty and most gracious protection, the persons of us thy servants, who now call upon thy name from the

bosom of the mighty deep. Borne on the surface of a changing element, and exposed to the vicissitudes of the inconstant skies, may we always feel ourselves in the presence and merciful care of that infinite and holy God, who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with a span. Preserve us, we pray thee, from the dangers of the sea; from shipwreck; from fire; from the wrath of the tempest; from the violence of enemies; and grant that we may arrive at our desired haven, in safety, health, and peace, and with a thankful remembrance of thy rich and manifold mercies. But we do more especially pray, O Lord our God, that if thou shouldst see fit to bring us into peril and misfortune, we may bear thy whole will with. perfect submission, and surrender ourselves in every event to thine absolute and all wise disposal. Whether we are in danger or at rest, in sickness

or health, or health, in life or death, let us be thine, O Lord, and wholly thine.

Hear us in behalf of our country, and grant that it may constantly prosper under thy care, and be defended with thy favorable kindness as with a shield. Bless our absent friends, wherever they may be; preserve them from evil; and in thy great mercy permit us to see them again, and rejoice in their society and welfare.

We thank thee, that thou hast thus far preserved us; we thank thee for this opportunity of calling upon thy name; we commend ourselves and our interests to thy holy keeping; and ascribe unto thee all honor and glory, dominion and praise, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or this.

O LORD, our God, who madest heaven, and earth, and sea, and all that therein is, and who keepest thy promise for ever; merci

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