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Now O Lord, they are thine. Be Thou their Father and their God. Guide them through this world; preserve them when in temptation; console them in sorrow; and glorify thyself in them, in life, and in death, and for ever, for Jesus' sake. Amen.



ALMIGHTY God! the eyes of all wait on Thee, and Thou givest them their meat in due season. Bless, we beseech Thee, the provisions of thine earthly bounty, which are now before us ;-and let them nourish and strengthen our frail bodies, that we may the better serve Thee, through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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BOUNTIFUL giver of every good and perfect gift! Thou art never weary of supplying our returning wants— Grant we pray Thee, that the food, of which we are about to partake, may contribute to the comfort and support of our bodies,—and enable us to engage with more zeal in thy service; which we ask for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

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LET thy blessing, Almighty God, descend on this portion of thy bounty, and on us, thy unworthy servants, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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ALMIGHTY God, we beseech Thee to pardon our sins, to bless the refreshment now before us, to our use, and us to thy service, through Jesus Christ.

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FATHER of Lights, from whom cometh down every good and perfect gift, enable us to receive these fruits of thy bounty with humility and gratitude, and give us grace, that, whether we eat or drink or whatever we do, we may do all to thy glory, and be accepted through the great Redeemer.

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BOUNTEOUS God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee, and our unworthiness of thy benefits. We pray Thee to forgive our sins; to bless us in the reception of this food, and enable us to improve the strength we may derive from it to thy glory, for Christ's sake.



WE thank Thee, O God, our heavenly Father! for the innumerable good gifts of thy providence. Especially do we thank Thee for the rich provision Thou hast made for our souls-Accept our grateful acknowledgments for the food we have now received: and enable us to prove our sincerity, by the holiness and obedience of our lives, for the sake of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.


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ACCEPT, heavenly Father, our humble thanks for this, and for all thy blessings, through Jesus Christ.

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WE thank Thee, our heavenly Father, for the rich provision Thou hast made for our temporal and eternal welfare; especially for the food we have now received. May thy goodness lead us to repentance, and thy grace. prepare us for heavenly entertainments, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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WE praise Thee, O Lord, for the provisions of thy providence and grace, and in particular for this renewed token of thy favour. May we feel our increased obligations to be thine, and be fitted, at length, to eat bread in thy heavenly kingdom, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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WE bless Thee, O Lord, for this kind refreshment. Be pleased to continue thy favors and feed us with the bread of life. Supply the wants of the needy, and enable us, while we live on thy bounty, to live to thy glory, for Christ's sake. Amen.

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