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and friends. But if the unerring wisdom of thy providence should determine otherwise concerning him, enable all connected with him to submit with perfect resignation to thy heavenly will. O Lord, who knowest our frame, incline thy merciful ear unto our prayer, and fulfil these our requests which we present unto thee, in all humility, as the disciples of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Occasional Thanksgivings.

For a plentiful Season.

ALMIGHTY and ever blessed God, who mercifully suppliest the wants of thy creatures, and art continually giving testimonies of thy gracious Providence, we rejoice at this time with humble thankfulness in the gifts of thy bounty, that thou hast caused the earth to yield its increase, and crowned the year with thy goodness: whilst thou art thus sending down thy blessings upon us, may we be disposed to live in a sober, temperate, and charitable enjoyment of them, and to bring forth the fruit of holiness and rightcousness all the days of our life. Amen.


For the Restoration of Peace.

EVER gracious God, the Father of all mankind, and the Governor of all the nations of the earth, we give thee our unfeigned thanks that it has pleased thee to put a stop to the dreadful calamities of war, and to unite the contending nations in the bonds of peace; we thank thee that we have been delivered from the dangers to which we were exposed, that the public liberties of our country are preserved, and that we are still in possession of many valuable privileges and blessings: continue to give peace in our time, O Lord; may the violent passions of wicked men be restrained, may the unjust designs of tyrants be disappointed, and may the happy time come, when the nations shall learn war no more, and all mankind shall be united in peace and love, and in the holy worship of thee, the only true God, as the common disciples of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


For National Blessings.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, thou reignest fupreme in all nations of the earth, and governest the several states and kingdoms of it by thy providence. We acknowledge with gratitude the many instances of thy gracious care and goodness to this nation. We praise thee for the preservation of our religion, laws and liberties, when in danger from the secret confpiracies or open attempts of our encmies. Give us, we beseech thee, such a deep and lively fense of the great things thou hast done for us, that we may never grow secure and careless, but be the more watchful and zealous for the invaluable blessings bestowed on these kingdoms; and may we, by a religious improvement of them, obtain the continuance of thy protection. May our civil and religious liberties, in their juft extent, be handed down inviolate to the latest posterity. Let piety and devotion, brotherly kindness and


charity, and all other Christian virtues, so flourish amongst us, that they may be, under the direction of thy providence, the stability of this nation. Amen.

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ALMIGHTY God, the Father of all mercies, the God of all consolation; we present before thee our unfeigned thanks, for thy great mercy vouchsafed to thy servant here in thy presence, whom thou halt delivered from the pains and dangers of child-bearing (and made the living mother of a living and perfeet child). May a grateful remembrance of thy goodness be ever impressed upon her heart, and may that life which thou hast fpared, (and that infant life which thou hast given,) be devoted to thy obedience and service, tlırough Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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