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hath left us, that we might follow his steps. We thank thee, that in obedience to thine authority, and to fulfil all righteousness, he submitted unto death, that being made perfect by suffering, he might become the author of eternal salvation to all who obey him.

And finally we bless thee, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, that by raising him from the dead, thou hast confirmed to us the glorious and joyful hope of an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and which fadeth not away, reserved in the heavens for us.

People.

Glory be to God in the highest; on earth peace, good will to men.

Minister.

O Lord our God, who can number all thy mercies? thy bounty prevents our requests, seasonably supplies every returning want, and gives us all

things richly to enjoy. Write a law of thankfulness on our hearts, we beseech thee, and grant that we may walk before thee, in holiness and righteousness, all the days of our lives. Amen.

Here the SECOND LESSON is to be read, out of the New Testament; and then the Service may proceed as follows.

Minister.

SURELY it is meet to be said unto God, we have done iniquity.

To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have sinned against him.

Let us therefore confess and lament our manifold transgressions before the throne of grace.

GENERAL CONFESSION.

ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, we confess that in many things we have all offended; we have not duly improved the talents with which

thou hast intrusted us; we have too often neglected our duty to ourselves and to our fellow creatures, and our consciences witness against us. With humble and penitent hearts we lament before thee, O our Father, every instance of disobedience; whatever we have done amiss in thought, word, or deed; every offence against thee, our neighbor, or ourselves. Forgive our sins, we beseech thee, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness; and may we bring forth the fruits which are meet for repentance, by walking in newness of life, in humble expectation of thy mercy declared unto mankind through Jesus Christ our Lord.

People.

O God, make clean our hearts within us, and take not thy holy Spirit from

us.

Then shall be read the COLLECT FOR THE DAY, and one or more of the following Prayers.

FOR TEMPORAL MERCIES.

ALMIGHTY God, the giver of every good and perfect gift, we recommend ourselves and all our concerns to the disposal of thy gracious providence. Thou knowest what is truly good for us, and it is our highest happiness that we are under thy fatherly care. In humble submission to thy wise and gracious will, we beseech thee to bless us with health of body, and peace of mind; and to bestow upon us such a share of the good things of this life, as thou knowest to be best for us. Conduct us by thy gracious hand through all the changes of this world; and may we at last be perfect and happy, in that heavenly inheritance, which is incorruptible, and fadeth not away. Amen.

FOR ALL MANKIND.

O GOD, the Father of all mankind, we offer up unto thee our prayers and intercessions for our fellow

creatures. Mercifully regard the work of thy hands. Let thy name be known, and thy pure worship prevail throughout the world. May all people, nations, and languages acknowledge thee, the true God. May wisdom and goodness, liberty and peace, charity and happiness, every where abound; and thy kingdom of truth and righteousness spread and flourish, until it cover the face of the whole earth. Amen.

FOR RULERS.

O LORD God, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, we humbly beseech thee with thy favor to behold the President of the United States, and all others in authority. May they be the faithful guardians of our public liberties, and the instruments of transmitting them to posterity. May we have reason to rejoice in them as the ministers of thy providence to us for good; and may they finally be found worthy of everlasting life. Amen.

FOR CHRISTIAN MINIS

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O GOD, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the fountain of light, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift, we humbly beseech thee to send down thy blessing upon christian Ministers of every denomination; may they be so replenished with the truth of thy doctrines, and so exemplary, in unaffected piety and goodness of life, that they may become the means of turning many to righteousness, and of promoting the knowledge and practice of the pure and holy gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

FOR THE AFFLICTED.

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O GOD of mercy, humbly implore thy favorable regard for all our brethren in affliction; may thy wisdom be their direction, thy power their support, and thy goodness their confidence; and by a patient behavior under their afflictions, and a

thankful acknowledgment of all thy mercies, may they be prepared for unmixed happiness in a future and better world. Amen.

CONCLUDING PRAYER.

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O LORD God, our heavenly Father, who hast permitted us with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee, fulfil, we beseech thee, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as thou in thy wisdom knowest to be good for us. We mit ourselves to the care of thy providence; merfully defend us from all the dangers to which we may be exposed; graciously accept these our services, and grant that in all our works begun, continued, and ended, we may glorify thy holy name, and finally obtain ever

lasting life and felicity; which we humbly ask in the name and as the disciples of Jesus Christ our Lord; in whose words we conclude our prayers.

OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

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NOW unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory, through Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen.

END OF SECOND SERVICE.

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