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FOR THE

USE OF FAMILIES;

OR, THE

DOMESTIC

MINISTER'S ASSISTANT.

BY WILLIAM JAY,

Author of Sermons, Discourses, &c. &c.

The principal part of family religion is prayer, every morning and evening,
and reading some portion of Scripture; and this is so necessary to keep
alive a sense of God and religion in the minds of men-that where it is
neglected, I do not see, how any family can, in reason, be esteemed a fam-
ily of Christians, or, indeed, have any religion at all.... Archbishop Tillotson.

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WITH AN

APPENDIX,

CONTAINING A NUMBER OF SELECT AND ORIGINAL

PRAYERS,

FOR

PARTICULAR OCCASIONS.

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SALEM:

PUBLISHED AND SOLD BY HENRY WHIPPLE ;
C. WHIPPLE, NEWBURYPORT.

1821.

SOLD ALSO BY

ANDOVER THEOL. SESIHANY

FEB 291908

-LIBRARY.

District of Massachusetts, to wit:

DISTRICT CLERK'S OFFICE.

BE it remembered, that on the thirteenth day of November A. D. 1820, and in the forty fifth year of the Independence of the United States of America, HENRY WHIPPLE of the said district, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor in the words following, to wit:

"Prayers for the Use of Families; or, the Domestic Minister's Assistant. By WILLIAM JAY, Author of Sermons, Discourses, &c. &c. The principal part of family religion is prayer, every morning and evening, and reading some portion of Scripture; and this is so necessary to keep alive a sense of God and religion in the minds of men-that where it is neglected, I do not see how any family can, in reason, be esteemed a family of Christians. or, indeed, have any religion at all. Archbishop Tillotson. From the Second English Edition. With an Appendix, containing a number of Select and Original Prayers, for Particular Occasions."

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JNO. W. DAVIS,{

57,252

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BURRILL AND HERSEY....PRINTERS,

Haverhill, Mass.

Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.

PREFACE.

IF, in the title of this volume, the Author has used the word "Minister," in rather an unusual latitude; its adjective will serve to explain, and restrict it. The "Domestic" minister, intends, not the pastor, or preacher; not the servant of the Most High God, who officially shows unto men the way of salvation-but he, who adopts the resolution of Joshua-As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

The preservation and spread of religion should not depend, exclusively, on a particular order of men, however important their function may be. All christians, in their respective stations, ought to co-operate with those, who are, by designation, workers together with God.

It ought to be a matter of thankfulness, that the number of ministers properly so called, who enter into the spirit of their office, and preach the truth as it is in Jesus; is exceedingly increased. But compared with the field, and the vastness of the work, the labourers are yet few. And few they would be found, if

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