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The Service for WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY Evening. 37

And since to Morrow is to be the Day of Rest that is consecrated to thy Service, give us Grace, O Lord, that we may not forsake the assembling of our felves; but that being animated with an ardent Desire and true Zeal, we may appear in thy House to celebrate publickly, with all the Christian Church, the Worship which we owe Thee.

Prepare our Hearts, O God, to the end that they may be the Verfels of thy Grace, and the Temples of thy Holy Spirit, that we may not only abstain from our Temporal Occupations this approachîng Sunday, but that we may. fanctifie it by Exercises of Piety, by ardent Prayers, by the serious hearing and medicating on thy Word, and by Works of Christian Charity.

Give Grace to the Ministers of thy Church, to the End that they acquit themselves of their Charge; with Care and Faithfulness, and pour down thy Blesling on their Labours.

Finally, O Lord, let our whole Lives be nothing else but one Preparation for the Eternal Rest which Thou hast promised us, and which Thou hast prepared for us in Heaven, through Jesus Christ.. Amen.

The End of the Evening Services

The Service for Wednesday and Friday. Evening:

ET Our Heip be in the Name of God, who hath made L Heaven and Earth. Amen.

Dearly beloved Brethren, S'ha UNCE we are here met together to worship God, to'praise Him, to

hear his Word, and to offer up our Prayers to Him, let every one of us present himself before Him, and make Confession of his Sins, saying with a pure and humble Heart :

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Who am a poor Sinner, confess before Thee, my God and my Crea

tor, that I have offended Thee in divers Manners, by Thought, Word, and Deed, as Thou knowelt, O Eternal God. But I repent of it, I am very forry for it, and 1.implore thy Mercy and thy Grace, bea seeching Thee to grant to me and to all poor Sinners, a' sincere and constant. Amendment of Life, through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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OD Almighty, who is the Father of our Lord Jefus Christ, pårI don all those that truly repent and are converted to Him. Amen.

Let us adore and praise the Lord our God.
Lord open our Lips, and our Mouths shall thew forth thy Praise:
Here is to be read a Hymn, according to the appointed Order ; after

which the People foing the 1st Stave of the 92 Pfalm, and then
is read what follows.

Let us give Thanks for all his Benefits.

Α' Lmighty God, Heavenly Father, we thy unworthy Servants do

give Thee most humble and hearty Thanks for all thy Goodness and Loving-kindness which Thou beftowest upon us and all Men, [and particularly upon those who desire now to offer up their Praises for the Mercies Thou hast lately vouchsafed unto them. ] We bless Thee for our Creation, for our Preservation, and for all the Blessings of this present Life; but above all, we bless Thee for the inestimable Love which Thou hast fewn in redeeming the World by Jesus Christ our Lord; for the Means of Grace, and for the Hope of Glory, and we beseech Thee to give us that due Sense of all thy Mercies, that we may shew forth thy Praises, not only with our Lips, but in our Lives, by giving up our felves to thy Service, and by walking before Thee in Holiness and Righteousness all our Days, through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all Honour and Glory, World without End. Amen.

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Merciful God, Heavenly Father, since we are now about to hear

thy holy World, we most humbly beseech Thee to give us Grace to understand well the Meaning of it, and to live up to it, for the fake of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Here the Lesson is to be read, according to the appointed Order ; after

which is to be said the Apostles Creed. Attend to the Articles of the Christian Faith, of which we all make Profesion, and in which we ought all of us to persevere even anto the End of Our Lives.

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Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth :

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried ; He descended into Hell, the Third Day He rose again from the Dead, He ascended into Heaven, and fitteth on the Right Hand of God the Father Almighty ; from thence He shall come to judge the Quick and the Dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghoft; the Holy Catholick Church; the Communion of Saints; the Forgiveness of Sins; the Resurrection of the Body, and the Life everlasting. Amen.

Let us pray:
Lord have mercy upon us !
Lord hear our Prayers, and let our Requests come unto Thee.

in . Kingdom come. Thy Will be done in Earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this Day our Daily Bread. And forgive us our Trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us noç into. Temptation, but deliver us from Evil. For Thine is the King, dom, the Power and the Glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

O Lord, let thy Mercy lighten upon us, and grant us thy Salva-
Lord save thy People, and bless thine Inheritance.

O God create in us pure Hearts, and take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

tion.

The People fing the forft Verse of the 67th Pfalm, after which the Mie

nifter continues thus. O

Lord, who art the God of Peace, and the Author of all good

Things, give unto thy Servants that Peace which the World cannot give ; to the end that our Hearts may be set to obey thy Commandments, and also that by Thee we being defended from the Fear of our Enemies, may pass our Time in Rest and Quietaess, through the Merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Ighten our Darkness, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and by thy

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for the Love of thy only Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

On Festival Days, the Prayer appointed for the Feaft, is to be read here.

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Let us pray for the Higher Powers. O

GOD, who art the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, we beo

seech Thce mercifully to behold all Kings, Princes, and Magiftrates, and especially the King, the Queen, the Prince Royal, the Princess his Confort, the Prince and Princess their Children, and all the Royal Family; the Count of Wartemberg, Hereditary Governour General, and all those that are in Authority in this State. Grant that they may use their Authority for the Advancement of thy Glory, for the Good of thy Church, and our Country; to the end that we may lead a quiet and peaceable Life in all Godlinefs and Honesty, thro Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us pray for the Pastors.

nisters and upon all the Flocks that are committed to their Chirge, the healthful Spirit of thy Grace. Fill them so abundantly with the Knowledge of thy Doctrine, and endue them in such manner with Innocence of Life, that they may exercise their Ministry in thy Presence, to the Glory of thy great Name, and to the Edification of thy holy Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us pray for all Men, and for the Catholick Church. O

GOD, the Creator and Preserver of all Mankind, we humbly be

seech Thee for all sorts and Conditions of Men, that Thou. wouldest, be pleased to make thy Ways known unto them, Thy faving Health unto all Nations. More especially we pray for the good Eftate of the Catholick Church ; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians, may, be led into the Way of Truth, and hold the Faith in Unity of Spirit, in the Bond of Peace, and in Righteousness of Life.

Finally, we commend to thy Fatherly Goodness, all those

who are any ways afflicted or distressed in Mind, Body, or * This to be Estate [ * Éspecially those for whom our Prayers are desired ] Swid when any that it may please Thee to comfort and relieve them, ac Prayers of the cording to their several Necessities, giving them Patience Evregregation.. under their Sufferings, and a happy inue out of all their

Afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ his fake.
Ameni

Prayers for the F AS T-DAX .$. I

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ORD God Almighty, who hath given us Grace at this Time

with one acccord, to make our Supplications to Thee, and hast promised that when Two or Three are gathered together in thy Name, Thou wilt grant their Request. Fulfil now, O Lord, the Desires and Petitions of thy Servants, as Thou knowest will be most expedient for them : Granting us in this World Knowledge of thy Truth, and in the World to come Life everlasting. Amen.

My Brethren,

The End of all Things is at hand; be therefore sober and vigilant. The Lord be with you. God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost bless and keep you. Amen.

The E N D.

A Prayer for the FAST-DAY S.

To be used before the Sermon.

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ET us lift up our Hearts to God, and let us devoutly offer Him

the following Prayer. O

Lord, before whom we are folemnly allembled, dispose our

Hearts to call upon Thee, and to seek thy Face. Lord have Pity on us: Lord hear our Prayers : And let our Request come unto Thee.

Almighty God, Lord of Heaven and Earth, whose Glory and Power is Infinite, and Mercy without Bounds; we humble our felves, we cast our felves down before Thée, we adore thy Divine Majesty.

Thou art the great God Almighty, and the Lord. Thou hast made the Heavens, the Earth, and all

. Things that are therein. Thou givest Life to all Things, and the Host of Heaven prostrates its felf before Thee. Thou art worthy that the Angels should adore Thee. Thou art worthy that Men should fear Thee, and continually exalt

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