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PSALM XCIII.
Dominus regnavit.

HE Lord is King, and hath put on glorious apparel the Lord hath put on His apparel, and girded Himself with strength.

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

Ever since the world began hath Thy seat been prepared: Thou art from everlasting.

The floods are risen, O Lord, the floods have lift up their voice the floods lift up their

waves.

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: holiness becometh Thine house for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

Here may be said the Apostles' Creed, p. 1; or the Creed of Saint Athanasius, p. 1.

Lord, hear my prayer.

And let my crying come unto Thee.

Then the Prayers following, or any of them, or one for each day of the week.

SUNDAY.

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ALMIGHTY God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, in this the mid-day of Thy Creation, create in me also a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me, that I may worthily magnify Thy Name. How truly right and just

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and fit and due it is, at this hour, to praise Thee, to sing of Thee, to bless Thee, to worship Thee, to glorify Thee, to give thanks to Thee, my God and my Lord, Creator of all things visible and invisible, Treasury of eternal good, Fountain of life and immortality. The heaven of heavens and all their powers sing of Thee -the sun, the moon, the choir of stars, the earth, the sea, and all that is therein. Thy praise the full assembly of the heavenly Jerusalem proclaimeth, the Church of the first-born which are written in heaven, the spirits of the righteous and of the prophets, the souls of martyrs and apostles, angels, archangels, thrones, dominions, principalities, sovereignties, and dread powers; Thee the all-seeing cherubin glorify, and the six-winged seraphin, with two wings veiling their faces, with two their feet, with two soaring upwards as they respond one to another, in ceaseless songs and endless praises, celebrating the triumphant Jubilee of Thy transcendant glory. These hymn forth their clear chants as they magnify Thee with loud voice, singing and saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth; Heaven and Earth are full of Thy glory. Glory be to Thee, O Lord Most High. Amen. (87)

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Or this. N_the evening, in the morning, and at noonday unto Thee, O Lord of all; and I beseech Thee that my prayer may be set forth in Thy sight as the incense. Incline not my heart to any words or thoughts of evil, but deliver me from all who lay wait for my soul: for unto Thee, O Lord God, do I lift up mine eyes, and in Thee do I put my trust. Let me not be confounded; but save and sanctify me through the merits and mediation of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (88)

MONDAY.

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BLESSED, ineffable, and most mysterious Trinity, how admirable are Thy beauties, how incomparable are Thy perfections, how incomprehensible are those relations of the three most blessed Persons, which we believe and admire and adore but understand not! The angels are amazed at the unimaginable beauties of that glorious presence, and are swallowed up in the ocean of Thy infinity. How then can I, who am in the lower order of understanding creatures, and have removed myself further from Thee and the participation of Thy excellencies by a sinful life, praise Thee either according to my duty, or Thy glories? Yet be pleased to accept the humble adoration, and with a favourable and a gracious eye behold the lowly worshipping and duty of Thy servant. I confess and glory in Thy omnipotence, Thy immensity, Thy goodness, Thy truth, Thy mercy, Thy omniscience. O let me also receive Thy blessings and gracious influences, that I may adore Thee with all my powers for ever, love Thee with all my affections, serve Thee with my best, and earliest, and all my industry; that, being hereby wholly transported with love, and busied in Thy service and the duties of a holy obedience, I may to all eternity rejoice in the beholding of those glories which are above all capacities, above all heavens, above all angels; even those glories which stream forth from the throne of the eternal God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, to Whom be glory and dominion, honour and adoration, eternally confessed due, and humbly paid, by all men and all angels, world without end. Amen. (89)

Or this.

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THOU One God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, who hast declared to us Thy Godhead, which is one, and hast revealed to us the undivided glory of Thy Most Holy Divinity, and hast shown to us the perfect eternity of Thy Trinity; Grant me, I beseech, faith and obedience in this life, and glory in the life to come, through and for the sake of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen. (90)

TUESDAY.

REAT art Thou, O Lord, and very highly to be praised. Great is Thy power. Of Thy wisdom there is no end. Thy praises mortal man would fain sing, though a lowly portion of Thy creation and subject to mortality as a witness of his own sin and a testimony that Thou resistest the proud. For Thou makest Thy praise to be our joy because Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are disquieted until they can find rest in Thee. Grant then unto me, O Lord, that I may know Thee, and call upon Thee, and praise Thee.

I would fain invite Thy presence, O Lord, by invoking Thee, and invoke Thee in faith. And how shall I invoke the presence of God, my God and my Lord? What place shall be found within me for my God to enter in? For my God to enter in, the God who hath made Heaven and earth? For who is the Lord except our Lord? Who is God except our God? O most mighty, most worthy, most powerful, most merciful, and most just; firm yet incomprehensible, unchangeable, yet changing all things. Thou art ever at rest yet ever working in support, supply, protection, creation, nourishment, and completion. Never wanting, Thou delightest in gain. Never desiring, Thou exactest increase. Owing nothing,

Thou returnest dues. Losing nothing, Thou forgivest debts. How shall I be enabled to rest in Thee? Come, Lord, into my heart, that all evil may be blotted out from my thoughts, and that I may embrace Thee as my only good. Of Thy mercies make known unto me, O my God, what Thou art to me. Say unto my soul, "I am thy salvation." So speak that I may hear. Behold, the ears of my understanding are ready before Thee. O Lord, open them, and say unto my soul, "I am thy salvation." Cleanse me from my secret faults, O Lord, and spare Thy servant; because, O Lord, if Thou shouldest be extreme to mark what is done amiss, O Lord, who may abide it?

Thanks be to Thee, my Glory, my Trust, and my God. Thanks be to Thee for Thy gifts. Continue them, O Lord, unto me; perfect what Thou hast given; and of Thy mercy bring me finally unto everlasting salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. (91)

Or this.

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ETERNAL Father, Thou that sittest in heaven invested with essential glories and divine perfections; Fill my soul with so deep a sense of the excellency of spiritual and heavenly things, that, my affections being weaned from the pleasures of the world and the false allurements of sin, I may with the prudence of holy discipline, with clear resolutions, and a free spirit, have my conversation in heaven and heavenly employments; that being in affections as in my condition a pilgrim and a stranger here, I may covet after and labour for an abiding city, and at last may enter into and for ever dwell in that heavenly Jerusalem which is the mother of us all, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (92)

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