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.. People. Tby will be done on earth as it is in Þeaven.

Minister. Almighty God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift, we beseech thee graciously to supply our constantly returning wants. May we not be too anxious for the morrow, nor fix our hearts upon the goods of this world. We gratefully own our dependance upon thee, and entreat only that portion of the blessings of the present life, for ourselves and others, which thy wisdom and goodness shall see fit to bestow.

Give us day by day our daily bread.

Minister. Holy Father, we acknowledge that we do not merit any of thy favours ; for with shame and remorse we must confess, that we have already too much neglected and


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abused thy goodness. In many things have we all offended. In thy fight, O Lord, no man living is justified. We lament our past guilt and ingratitude ; we lament every instance in which we have transgrèssed thy most righteous and holy laws, in thought, in word, or in deed. And we sincerely desire and resolve, by divine assistance, to forsake every evil way. With penitent and contrite hearts, we earnestly implore thy pardon of our inany and aggravated fins. And we would present this request, with that forgiving temper towards those that have of. fended us, which thou requirest of all who would obtain thy mercy.

People. Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Minister. Suffer us not, O God, to be tempted beyond what we are able to resist, but with the temptation make a way for our escape.


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May we not indulge in those thoughts, desires, or evil communications which are not according to godliness. Deliver us, merciful Father, we beseech thee, from vanity and selfishness, from malice and injustice, from impiety and prophaneness, and from every thing that is contrary to thy holy will. .

People. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Minister. We humbly offer up these our adorations and requests unto thee, O God, for thou alone art possessed of those perfections that demand our religious confidence and homage. While our being endures, therefore, we would celebrate thy praise. And let every creature bless thy holy name, througout all ages.

People. For thine is the kingdomn, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

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: Concluding Prayer. O THOU that hearest prayer, deign, we entreat thee, to accept these our praises and supplications. Pardon the imperfections which attend our best services. Affist us in the duties which further lie before us. Enlighten our minds" with thy holy spirit, that we may receive the truth in the love of it, be guided by it in our whole lives, and finally attain to eternal salvation, through thine infinite mercy in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


[At the beginning of Morning Prayer the Minister. hall read one or more of these Sentences of Scripture that follow; after which he shall read the Exhortation.

GIVE unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Psal. xxix. 6.

O give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds amongst the people. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord and his strength ; seek his face for evermore. 1, 3,4.

Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwellcth on high; and yet humbleth

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