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Thy glorious being singly stands,
Of all within itself possessed :
Thou in thyself alone art blessed.
Worship to thee alone belongs; .
Worship to thee alone we give;
And to thy glory may we live.
Then shall be read a portion of the sacred Scriptures,
from the New Testament ; at the close of which the Minister may say,
Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, forever and ever. Amen.
LET US PRAY.
[The following Prayers may then be offered, or
Extemporaneous Prayer, at the option of the Minister.]
ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid; cleanse our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Assist us, O Lord, in all our doings, with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help, that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy name, and, finally, by thy mercy obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We thank thee, O Father, for the blessed gospel of thy Son, Jesus Christ; for the light it sheds on thy nature, character, and providence, on the path of our duty, and on the future world. May this glorious light shine into our hearts, and cheer and sustain us, and lead us through the scenes and trials of this life, to the endless felicities of thy kingdom above; which we ask in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
REMEMBER not, Lord, our offences, nor the offences of our forefathers; neither take thou vengeance of our sins. Spare us, O God, spare thy people whom thou hast redeemed with the most precious blood of thy Son, and be not angry with us forever. Deliver us from all blindness of heart, from pride, vain-glory, and hypocrisy ; from envy, hatred, and malice, and all uncharitableness; from all inordinate and sinful affections, and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Be near to help us in all time of our tribulation; in all time of our prosperity; in the hour of death, and in the day of judgment.
We sinners do beseech thee to hear us, O Lord God, and that it may please thee to rule and govern thy church universal in the right way. Illuminate all ministers of the gospel with true knowledge and understanding of thy word, that, both by their preaching and living, they may set it forth and show it accordingly. Bless and preserve all Christian rulers and magistrates, giving them grace to execute justice and to maintain truth. Bless all colleges and seminaries of learning, all instructors of youth, and all means of true knowledge and piety. Bless and keep all thy people, in unity, peace, and concord; and give to us a heart to love and fear thee, and diligently to live after thy commandments.
Almighty God, we heartily beseech thee to bring into the way of truth all such as have erred and are deceived ; to strengthen such as do stand; to comfort and help the weak-hearted; to raise up those who fall, and to give us victory over all temptations. We beseech thee to succor, help, and comfort, all who are in danger, necessity, and tribulation; to preserve all who travel by land or water, all sick persons, and all young children ; to show thy pity upon all prisoners and captives; to defend and provide for the fatherless children and widows, and all who are desolate and oppressed. May it please thee to have mercy upon all men; to forgive our enemies, persecutors and slanderers, and to turn their hearts. Finally, we beseech thee to give unto us true repentance, to forgive all our sins, negligences, and ignorances, and to endue us with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, to amend our lives according to thy holy word. O Lord, deal not with us after our sins; neither reward us after our iniquities. Have mercy upon us, and save us from all evils, both present and to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, we beseech thee to give us grace to love thee with all our hearts, and our neighbor as ourselves. Endue us with charitable and upright dispositions, and with humble and contented minds in every condition of life. Conduct us continually to higher degrees of wisdom and excellence. Purify us from all vicious habits and passions. Dispose us heartily to every good work, that we may be proper objects of thy favor and blessing; which we humbly ask, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Most gracious and merciful Fatner, we resign ourselves and all our interests to thy disposal, in the humble hope that thy mercy will never forsake us, and that thou wilt cause all things to work together for our good. We would submit patiently to thy will under every affliction; and we humbly pray that we may so pass through the changes of this world, as finally to be prepared for the enjoyment of perfect and eternal happiness in the world to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
[In this place may be offered any Prayers or Peti
tions suited to the particular time and occasion.]
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking; we beseech thee to have compassion upon our infirmities; and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us, for the sake of thine infinite mercy, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Now unto Him tnat is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy; to the only-wise God, our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, forever and ever. Amen.
[The remaining Exercises will be as in the First Order of Services,