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Intercessory Prayer, to be said daily, or upon
Sunday and Tuesday. PEHOLD now, I have taken upon me to speak
unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes.Gen. xviii, 27. Unto Thee lift I up mine eyes,
0 Thou that dwellest in the heavens. Arise, O Lord, and help us,
And save us for Thy mercy's sake.
tholic Church; confirm and strengthen its Bishops, sanctify its Priests, and fill its Deacons with humility. Plant in us the unity of love; prepare for us the way of righteousness; give purity to the single, mutual love to the married, kindliness to the rich, modesty to those who are high exalted, help to the needy: strengthen the aged, teach the young, convert the unbelieving, forgive the penitent: remove from Thy Church all heresies and schisms, and make us all one in
and ness Have mercy upon our Queen, and upon all who serve her in her courts, her army, and her navy. Have mercy upon all travellers, and bring them safely to their home. Give to the sick health, to the sorrowful comfort, to prisoners liberty : take to Thine own charge the orphans, help the widows, support the poor, raise up them that fall, and strengthen those who stand. Give to Thy people one heart; give peace to the world, sweetness to the air: bless the winds of heaven and the fruits of the earth ; and crown the year with Thy goodness; for the eyes of all wait upon Thee, that Thou mayst give them their meat in due season.
Deal with us after Thy mercy, Thou that givest food to all flesh; fill our hearts with joy and gladness, that we may always receive all things needful for us, and abound in every good work, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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hast possessed of old, and drive far from it all heresy and schism, all strife and contention, all temptations to which in its weakness it might yield. Free Thy people from famine, and war, and pestilence: give them times of peace and abundance, healthy seasons, fruitful harvests, and plenty of all good things: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(186) Thanksgiving, to be said daily, or upon Monday
and Thursday. Praise the Lord, 0
soul! And all that is within me, praise His holy Name. COW that the day has come to its end, I
render thanks to Thy Name, Almighty God; and I beseech Thy mercy, that, whatsoever evil I have this day contracted through the frailty of the flesh, Thou wouldest vouchsafe to pardon, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(187) The Blessing. I
COMMEND myself, and mine, and all that
I have, to Him Who is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory, to the only wise God and our Saviour, to Whom be glory and majesty, dominion and power, now and for ever. Amen. (188)
USED AT ANY HOUR.
The Prayer of a Ruler or Magistrate.
decree justice: Thou hast appointed me under Thyself and under my prince to govern this portion of Thy people according to the laws of religion and the commonwealth, O Lord, I am but an infirm man, and know not how to decree sentences without erring in judgement; but do Thou give to Thy servant an understanding heart to judge this people, that I may discern between good and evil. Cause me to walk before Thee and all this people in truth and righteousness, and in sincerity of heart, that I may not regard the person of the mighty, nor reject the petition of the poor, but that, doing justice to all men, I and my people may receive mercy of Thee, peace and plenty in our days, with mutual love and duty; that there be no leading into captivity, and no complaining in our streets; but we may see the Church in prosperity all our days, and religion established and increasing. Do Thou establish the house of Thy servant, and bring me to a participation of the glories of Thy kingdom, for His sake Who is my Lord and King, the holy and ever-blessed Saviour of the world, our Redeemer Jesus. Amen. (189)
The Prayer of One in Authority. 0
ALMIGHTY God, merciful and gracious,
have mercy upon my family (or pupils, or parishioners, &c.] and all committed to my
charge ; sanctify them with Thy grace, preserve them with Thy providence, guard them from all evil by the custody of angels, direct them in the ways of peace and holy religion by my ministry and by the guidance of Thy most holy Spirit, and seal them all with the participation of Thy blessings and grace in this world, with healthful bodies, with good understandings and sanctified spirits, to a full fruition of Thy glories hereafter, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (190)
The Prayer of One under Authority. ETERNAL God, great ruler of men and
a wonderful order, making all the creatures subject to man, and one man to another, and all to Thee; teach me to obey all those whom Thou hast set over me, reverencing their persons, submitting to their lawful commands, cheerfully undergoing those burdens which the public wisdom and necessity shall impose upon me; not murmuring against government, lest the spirit of pride and disorder enter into me, and consign me to the portion of the disobedient and rebellious, of the despisers of dominion and revilers of dignity. Grant this, O holy God, for His sake, Who, for His obedience to the Father, hath obtained a Name that is above every name, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. A
(191) The Prayer of a Student. God the Father, God the Word, God the
Spirit, I pour forth most humble and hearty supplications; that He, remembering the calamities of mankind, and the pilgrimage of this our life, in which we wear out days few and evil, would please to open to us new refreshments out of the fountain of His goodness, for the alleviating of our miseries. This also I *
humbly and earnestly beg, that human things may not prejudice such as are divine: neither that from the unlocking of the gates of sense, and the kindling of a greater natural light, any thing of incredulity, or intellectual night, may arise in our minds towards divine mysteries. But rather, that by our mind throughly cleansed and purged from fancy and vanities, and yet subject and perfectly given up to the Divine oracles, there may be given unto faith the things that are faith's. Amen.
(192) The Prayer of a Medical Man. LORD, if I be anything, it is by Thine or
dinance and as Thy instrument; by the understanding and the use of these things of which Thou art the author. If I cure any, let me not usurp glory from Thee. If I miscarry, let me take the infirmity on myself. And since, O Lord, I am a man, not God to heal, preserve me, I beseech Thee, from all wilful neglect or injury, and pardon what I do from ignorance and involuntarily. 0 Thou great Physician, let Thy wisdom go before me and Thy blessing along with me in whatsoever I shall direct or do, that success may follow me.
And as I take care of the rich for my own sake, so let me attend to the poor for Thee: the poor, for whom Thou wilt both pay the blessing on my labours, and Thy blessedness on myself: for whose cure Thou wilt both satisfy me with Thy comfort now, and hereafter with Thy glory. So be it, blessed Jesus, Thou good Physician of mankind and me, when all were destitute, sick, and poor, and had nothing to offer for our health. Let no gain be so welcome as Thy favour: Let me heal like Thee, that I may be beloved of Thee and of Thy heavenly Father in Thee and for Thee. A