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ment of thy Glory, the good of thy Church, the safety, honour, and welfare of our Sovereign and his Kingd ms; that all things may be fo ordere i and settled by their endeavours, upon the best and furest foun.lations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piecy, may be established among us for all generations. These and all other necesaries, for them, for us, and thy whole Church, we humbly beg in the Name and Mediation of Jesus Christ, our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen. A Collec7, or Prayer, for all conditions of Men, to be ufed at fuch Times
where the Litany is not appointed to be faid. God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, we
humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men, that thou wouldst be pleased to make thy ways known unto them; thy saving health unto all Nations. More especially we pray for the good estate of the Catholic Church; that it may be fo guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians, may be
PA RA P H R AS E. and the kingdoms which are subject to his sway ; that whatever in our ex. cellent constitution may be misinterpreted or perverted by the craft of designing men, may, by their wifdom, be explained, and all defecto rectified and amended, fó that such falutary laws may be enacted by them, that peace; justice, and piety may be secured amongst us upon the mot solid and lafting foundation. These and all other things which thou, in thy infinite wisdom, fhalt think neceffary, either for that respectable body, or for thy holy church established among us, or finally, for ourselves, we humbly beg thee to grant us, for Jesus Chrift's fake. Amen.
Paraphrala ox the PRAYER for all Conditions of Mer. O God, who by thy omnipotence, didit call mankind into exitence, and who by thy providence dost preserve them, we beseech thee to extend thy blessing to all our fellow.creatures, whatever be their rank, condition, or country, and to grant that the light of the gospel may be propagated to the remoteft regions of the earth, according to the prediction of the pfalmitt, (Pfal. lxvii. 2.) but we fill more earnestly put up our petitions for the welfare of the catholic church, beseeching thee, that the whole body of christians, in what part of the world foever they may disper fed, may receive the true orthodox and catholic faith, that they may hold this faith, according to the expression of the apostle, in unity of spirit and in the bond of peace, (Eph. iv. 3.) not divided by uncha, riuable fchifmas and separations, but attached to each other by the Spiritual
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 said when estate [* Especially those for whom our ay defire ibe Prayers of Prayers are desired) that it may please ibe Ceagregarion, thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities; giving them patience under their sufferings, 'and a happy issue out of all their affictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ his fake. Amen.
Prayer that may be said after any of the former. O
God, whole nature and property is ever to have mercy though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us, for the honour of Jesus Christ our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
PA RA P H R AS E. bands of christian charity ; but chiefly, we pray that all who profess the name of Chrift, may thew themselves worthy of their holy profeflion, by leading a virtuous and pious life : lastly, we recommend to thee, who doit behold all thy creatures with a paternal tenderness, all persons who are visited by any affliction, or oppressed by any calamity, all those whose minds are troubled with melancholy thoughts, who are tormented with anxiety and gloomy apprehenfions concerning their future ilate, or groan under the fhocking agonies of despair ; all those whole bodies are attacked by fickness or any painfal disorder ; or whose estaces are impaired by lois, er the oppression of powerful adversaries; that thou would it be pleased to afford them such comfort and relief, as their respective wants may require, and deliver them happily out of all their croables, either by rendering their fituation in this world more desirable, or by placing them in a happier ; all which favours we beg, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Paapbrase on the PRAYER that may be said after any of the former. O God, who in the facred oracles halt revealed to us much of thy dirice nature and attributes, as is particularly declared that thou art always ready to have mercy upon finners, and to receive them into favour, upon their repentance. We beseech thee to hear propitiously these our petisions, which we offer to thee, with a deep conviction and humble lento of our unworthiness ; and though our fins have got such a mattery over us, that we are altogether enslaved to them, and lie, as it were, fettered with their chains ; yet as thy all powerful grace inclines and enables thee, fo we beg by the affistance of that grace through thy great compas
TH A N KSGIVING S.
A General Thanksgiving.
Lmighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine un
worthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving kindness to
• This to be said us, and to all men [* particularly to those when any that have who defire now to offer up their praises and been prayed for, de- thanksgiving's for thy late mercies vouchsafed fire to return praise. unto them.) 2. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life ; but above all, for chine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Chrift; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. 3. And we beseech chee, give us that
PA RA PHRASE. fion and mercy, thou wouldst deliver us from the same; and this we pray chce to grant, for the honour of Jesus Christ, who is our mediator, and ai thy right hand makes intercession in our behalf. Amen.
1. O thou omnipotent being, Father of all mercies and God of all comfort, (2 Cor. i. 3.) who art the author and giver of all the good things which thy creatures are blessed with : we thy finful fervants, who are not worthy of the least of thy merits, (Gen. xxii. 10.) since thou haft been graciously pleased to bestow so many of them upon us with a boun: teous hand, we do, with the utmost devotion and respect to thee, and with the most sincere sense of thy favours, in this congregation pay our public thanks unto thee, for the numerous and reiterated examples of thy benevolence towards us, thanking thee, not only for favours conferred upon ourselves, but as, in thy holy word, we are particularly commanded so to do, giving thanks for all men. 1 Tim. ii. i.
2. We render thee our most grateful acknowledgments for the bleffing of our creation, that thou didit not suffer us to lie in a state of non-exist. ence, but haft raised us into glorious beings endowed with reason and capable of attaining to eternal bliss in a future state. We bless thee for our preservation, whereby thou haft defended us, during the whole course of our lives, from all those casualties, to which we have been every day exposed; from pain, fickness, want, and all that variety of external accidents to which we might have become a prey ; praising thee likewise for all the blessings of this life, for health, food, friends, benefactors, and many other blessings whereof we all partake; but above all, we extol thy holy name, for that inestimable love to us, (without which all temporal enjoyments had availed us nothing,) in redeeming the whole world which was lost and undone, and forever subject to the divine wrath, by the precious blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ. We bless thee likewise for the means of obtaining grace, which thou haft afforded os, for our reception into the church by baptism, fos the confirmation of our faith and our
3 Ĉue sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful; and that we may shew forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves 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.
gracious providence dost cause the former and the latter Rain to descend upon the earth. that it may bring forth fruit for the use of man; We give thee humble thanks, that it hath
PA RA P H R A SÉ. reifitation to thy favour after our fall, by the facrament of the Lord's fupper, for the advantages we receive by being edified by public prayer and the preaching of God's word: and finally, we bless thee for the hope which thou haft given us of existing in a blessful fate to all eternity, when thou shalt remove us out of this world; by which blessed hope we are enabled to overcome the terrors of death ; which prevents us from desponding under the greatest pressure of worldly affliction, and secures to us an Everlafting happiness in the life to come.
3. We moreover beseech thee to encrease, in one particular, thy mercies yet farther to us, and that is, to impart to us thy grace, that we may have a proper sense of all these mercies; that we may feel a fincere grati. tode for them, and that we may let the remembrance of them fink deep into our hearts, not confining our gratitude to a verbal thanksgiving, bat resolving to make the beft returns in our power, by devoting ourselves eną tirely to thy service, and forming a steady purpose, never, wilfully, to ofend so gracious a God, but to pass our whole lives in that holiness and righteousness which the rules laid down in thy gospel oblige us to; these favours we intreat thee to grant, for the sake of Jefus Christ our Lord; to whom, with thee, and the Holy Ghoft, the three persons of the glorivas and blessed Trinity, to whom we are indebted for all these blessings, be ascribed eternal honour and glory. Amen.
Paraphrase on the Thanksgiving for Rain. O God, who tho' thou dwelleft in thy immortal glory in heaven, dort Levertheless protect as, thy poor creatures, with a fatherly care, and Rakef all things tend to promote their good and emolument, who doft,
pleased thee in our great necessity to send us at thee last a joyful Rain upon thine inheritance, and to refresh it when it was dry; to the great comfort of us thy unworthy servants, and to the glory of thy holy Name, through thy mercies in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Fair Weather.
plague of immoderate rain and waters, and in thy mercy hast relieved and comforted our souls by this seasonable and blessed change of weather : We praise and glorify thy holy Name for this thy mercy; and will always declarc thy loving kindness from generation to generation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
haft heard the devout Prayers of thy Church, and turned our dearch and scarcity into cheapness and plenty ;
PA RA PHRASE. for their fakes, send the former and the latter rain (that is, the rains which in the east usually fall in spring or autumn) on the earth, that men may gather their corn, wine, and oil; (Deut. ix. 14.) we, in deep and humble sense of thy goodness, do, as in duty bound, return thee thanks for relieving us in our late great necessity, by sending a gracious rain upon thine inheritance, and refreshing it when it is weary, (Pjal. xiviii. 9.) and as we acknowledge this blessing to be a greater comfort to us, we hope, by making a good use thereof, to cause it to promote thy honour and glory, which we heg, for thy mercies fake vouchsafed us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Fair Weather.. O righteous Lord God, who, on account of our disobedience and our innumerable transgreffons of thy holy laws, didít, of late, punith us by heavy rains and foods, but was afterwards pleased in thy great mercy, to fpare us and relieve us, by sending this happy and seasonable change of weather ; we, for this mercy, return thee our moit hearty thanks in tbe congregation of thy people here assembled, and do promise, from hence forward, constantly to bear in mind this extraordinary love and kindness which thou 'halt mewn us, and, during the remainder of our lives, to be always thewing forth thy praise from generation to generation, (Pfal. !xxix. 13.) Amen.