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And in the morning make me hear
Thy love and kindness in my heart.
Thus, when the night of death shall come,
My flesh shall rest beneath the ground,
With sweet salvation in the sound.
Then shall be read a portion of the sacred Scrip
tures, from the Old Testament; at the close of which the Minister shall say, (the Congregation rising)
BLESSED be the name of the Lord, from this time forth and forevermore. Praise ye the Lord.
Then shall be sung the following Psalm:
BLESSED be the Lord God of Israel ; for he hath visited and redeemed his people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began,
That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us.
Or this Hymn:
Keep me, 0, keep me, King of kings,
Forgive me, Lord, through thy dear Son,
Teach me to live that I may dread
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him, ye angels round his throne ; Praise God, the high and holy One.
Or this :
Forth from the dark and stormy sky,
Long have we roamed in want and pain,
Low at thy feet our sins we lay ;
Then shall be read a portion of the sacred Scrip
tures, from the New Testament; at the close of which the Minister may say,
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, and invisible, the only wise God, be all honor and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
LET US Pray.
Then may be offered these Prayers, or extempora
neous Prayer, at the option of the Minister.
O LORD, from whom all good things do come, grant to us, thy servants, that by thy holy inspiration we may think those things that be good, and by thy merciful guiding may perform the same, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, who givest understanding to man, and instructest him out of thy law, grant unto us, thy servants, such knowledge as may best enable us to do good, and a sincere disposition to improve the knowledge we possess. Suffer us not, we beseech thee, to be drawn aside from our obedience to thy laws, by the love of pleasure, of riches, or of fame. Deliver us from irregular desires, vain hopes, and foolish fears; and prepare us, by innocence and purity of manners, and a steadfast faith in thee, for all the events of this mortal life, and for our departure out of this world. By the constant exercise of piety, righteousness, and mercy; by meekness, patience, and moderation; by truth and fidelity, candor and charity; by an humble, resigned, and contented spirit, may we become fitted for the society of the just made perfect in thy heavenly kingdom, and be received into the same, through the mediation of thy Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
ALMIGHTY GOD, we thank thee for the various blessings which make our lives happy; for our friends, our kindred, and our peaceful homes; for the daily supply of our temporal wants, and for the bodily health which enables us to enjoy what we receive; for our Christian faith and religious privileges; for the consolations which sustain us under affliction, and the hopes which cheer us in the prospect of death. We thank thee for the means of improvement and the opportunities of usefulness. And we beseech thee, O most merciful God, that we may have grace, so to use the time of our probation here, as finally to triumph over sin and death, 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, Father of all mercies, we, thine unworthy servants, do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life ; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we may show 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. Amen.
We humbly beseech thee, O Father, mercifully to look upon our infirmities; and for the glory of thy name, turn from us all those evils that we have most justly deserved; and grant that in all our troubles, we may put our whole trust and confidence in thy mercy, and evermore serve thee, in holiness and pureness of living, to thy honor and glory, through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Now unto Him who 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, as in the Morning, see page 18.]