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raise up them that fall, and finally to bear down Satan under our feet : We beseech thee to bear us, good Lord.

28. That it may please thee to succour, help, and comfor all that are in danger, necessity, and tribulation; We beseech thee to bear us, good Lord. .

29. That it may please thee to preserve all that travel by land or by water, all women labouring of child, all fick persons, and young children, and to shew thy picy upon all prisoners and captives; We beseech tbee to bear us, good Lord.

3. That it may please thee to defend and provide for the fatherless children and widows, and all chat are desolate and oppreffed ; We beseech thee to bear us, good Lord.

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PA RA P H R AS E pernicious opinions, nor fall into any deadly fin; to afford alilance and confolation to those weak-hearted christians, whose timorous consciences are troubled with doubts and suspicions of offending God by actions in them. lelves indifferent; to give true repentance to fuch as are betrayed into any teinous fin, that they may emerge from thence, and again attain to a fate of true piety; and finally, to make such a spirit of goodness prevail among us, that vice being entirely banished, we may be enabled to regist the efforts and subdue the power of our great adversary the devil :-which petition, O gracious God, we beg of thee to grant us.

28. That it would please thee to afford thy divine aid to all that are expoíed to any danger or difficulty, relief to all indigent perfous, and comfort to all such as ttruggle with adversity or tribulation :-which petition, O gracious God, we beg of thee to grant us.

29. And fince there are many who have it not in their power to join in the public prayers, which we offer up to the Almighty; we humbly petition thee to defend all travellers by land from the assaults of robbers, and ocher unlucky accidents; all mariners and passengers by sea from pirates, Forms and tempelts; all women who suffer the pains of child-birth; all persons in general, who are afflicted with any dangerous pain or illness ; all young children, who are apt to run into danger for want of thoughc; ad all prisoners and captives, more particularly those who suffer the rigours of confinement on account of their religion :-which petition, O gracious God, we beg of thee to grant us,

30. That thou wouldit be pleased to take all widows and orphans under tay particular care and protection, as chou art the only friend upon whom they can, with security, rely; and to afford the same asistance to all others who may stand in need of it:which peticion, O gracious God, We beg of thee to grant us.

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31. That it may please thee to have mercy upon all men ; We befeech thee to bear us, good Lord.

32. That it may please chee to forgive our enemies, perfecutors, and Nanderers, and to turn their hearts; We beseech thee to bear us, good Lord.

33. That it may please thee to give and preserve to our use the kindly fruits of the earth, so as in due time we may enjoy them ;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

34. That it may please thee to give us true repentance ; to forgive us all our fins, negligences, and ignorances, and to endue us with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, to amend our lives according to thy holy Word,

We beseech thee to bear us, good Lord.
35. Son of God, we beleech thee to hear us.
Son of God, we befeech thee to hear us.

PA RA PHR AS E. 31. And, left our enumeration mould not comprise all the individuals who stand in need of succour, we beseech thee to extend thy aid to the whole human race : - which petition, O gracious God, we beg of thee to grant us.

32. And, in pursuance of the commands which thou hast given us, we pray thee to forgive all that have any animosity to us; all that persecute us; and all that rise calumnies against us :-which petition, O gracious God, we beg of thee to grant us.

33. That thou would it be pleased to beltow upon us the fruits of the carth, and to preserve them from all blights and mildcws, which may ob. truct their growth, and so kindly to ripen them, that when they are come to perfection we may, thro'chy favour, enjoy them in due season : which petition, O gracious God, we beseech thee to grant us.

Paraphrase on the SUPPLICATION. 34. We earnestly pray thee to grant us the grace of true repentance for the various transgressions whereof we have been guilty; to forgive us all our deliberate acts of fill, all our fins of omillion and ignorance, and all our fins of infirmiey; and that thou wouldIt enable us by thy grace to erdicate all those sinful habits which we ourselves have contracted ; to rec. tify every vicious tendency and corrupt inclination in us; and to reform our lives according to that perfect example set before us in the gospel :which perition, Ö gracious God. we beg of thee to grant us.

35. O thou eternal son of God who hast deigned to take upon thee the offices of mediator and intercesior for mankind, hear favourably chese our prayers, and present them to the Father.

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EXPLAINẾD. 65 36. O Lamb of God, that takes away the fins of the world;

37. Grant us thy peace.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world ;
Have mercy upon us..
38. O Christ, hear us.
O Christ, bear us.
39. Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Cbrift, bave mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lurd, bave mercy upon us.
Tben ibe Minister, Clerks, and people, shall say the Lord's Prayera
UR Father, which art in Heaven ; Hallowed be thy

Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in Earth, As it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation ; but deliver us from evil. Amen.

See the Paraphrafe on the Lord's Prayer, Page 8, 9. Priest. 40 O Lord deal not with us after our sins. Answ. Neither reward us after our iniquities.

PA RA P H R AS E. 36. O thou lamb of God who, tho' thou didst affume a haman body, wert always exempt from fin and a perfect pattern of innocence, thou who didit go as a lamb to the Naughter, to make atonement for the fins of mankind.

37. Grant us that peace for the purchasing whereof thy precious blood was ined.

38. O Christ, thou true Messiah and Saviour of the world, give ear into our prayers.

39. O chou, who art our Lord both by purchase and redemption, have mercy upon us and pardon our sins.

Priest. 40. O Lord, we beseech thee in the words of the royal Psalmist (Pfal. cüi. 10.) deal not with us, &c. i. 6. do not punih us as our fires bare deserved.

41. Let


: Let us pray. God, merciful Father, that despisest not the sigter

ing of a contrite heart, nor the desire of such as be sorrowful; Mercifully aslist our prayers chat we make before thee in all our troubles and adversities, whensoever they oppress us : and graciously hear us, that those evils which the craft and subtilty of the devil or man worketh against us, be brought to nought, and by the providence of thy goodness they may be dispersed; that we thy servants, being hurt by no persecutions, may evermore give thanks unto thee in thy holy Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. · 42. O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for thy Name's fake.

43. O God, we have heard with our ears, and our fathers have declared unto us the noble works that thou didit in their days, and in the old time before them.

44. O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for thine honour.

45. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

PA RA P H R AS E. 41. Let us now jointly proftrate ourselves before the Almighty, and offer up to him one common prayer. O God, whose fatherly mercy is ever prompt to fuccour all thy creatures in diftress, thou who doft not despise a sorrowful and contrite heart, and from whom no groanings are hid, we beseech thce to grant us the aid of thy holy spirit, to assist and quicken the prayers which we pour forth unto thee in the cime of our trouble ; and be pleased so far to hear our prayers favourably, that all the ill designs which are formed against thy church by devils or wicked men, may be fo bafiled and brought to nothing by thy good providence, that, all persecution being at an end, the church may enjoy a state of perfect tranquillity, and praise thee for evermore, which we beg for Jesus Christ's fake. Amen.

42. O Lord do not remain any longer a spectator only of our sufferings, but rise up with haste to allilt us, and deliver us for the sake of thy name, by which we are called, and for the sake of thy true religion which we profess.

43. Sacred history informs us of the marvellous things which thou halt done for the sake of thy church in times of old ;

44. O Lord rise up and deliver us in like manner, in the present age, and thereby affert thy own honour in succouring thy servants.

45. All glory be ascribed to God the Father, God the Son, and God


Anfo. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

16. From our enemies defend us, o Christ. Graciously look upon our affli&tions. 47. Pitifully behold the sorrows of our hearts. Mercifully forgive tbe fins of thy people. 48. Favourably with mercy hear our prayers. O Son of David bave mercy upon us. Boch now and ever vouchsafe to hear us, o Christ. Graciously bear us, o Chrift ; graciously hear us, O Lord Cbrift.

Priest. 49. O Lord, let thy mercy be shewed upon us; Anfw. As we do put our trust in thee.

50. Let us pray. 51. W E humbly beseech thee, O Father, mercifully

V to look upon our infirmities; and, for the glory

PAR A P H R AS E. the Holy Ghost, the three Persons of the ever-blessed trinity. Anfro. As they have existed in the plenitude of bliss from all eternity, exift at, present, and will exist for evermore.

46. O dear Saviour, defend us from all our foes, both fpiritual and temporal, and look with compassion upon us in our present deplorable condition, oppressed with a load of sin, and dreading the punishment which we have incurred.

47. We beseech thee to look with compassion upon the miseries which we undergo, and upon the forrow which we feel for having offended an omnipetent and good God; and forgive the fins of us who, indeed, by outward profession, have acquired a right to be looked upon as thy people, tho' by the enormity of our fins we have mot justly forfeited it.

48. But for relief we apply to thee, O Christ, our blessed Lord and Redeemer ; O give ear unto our prayers, do thou intercede for us with chy heavenly Father, and present our petitions before him.

49. O Lord, afford us thy mercy, not according to our deserts, for then we should entirely despair of it; but according to the ardour of our defires, and the fincerity with which we rely upon thee alone, for the pardon of, and deliverance from, our sins.

50. This responsory devotion being concluded, let us in joint and continued prayer address ourselves to the Almighty ;

11. O kind and indulgent Father, we prostrate ourselves before thee with the utmost humility, intreating thee, thro' the great mercy which thou bearest to all thy creatures, to look with companion upon the infiimicies and frailties of our nature; whereby we have been led into those

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