Page images


Then the Minister shall say, NHE Almighty God, who is a most strong tower to all those who put

their trust in him; to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey, be now and evermore thy defence; and make thee know and feel, that there is none other name under heaven given to man, in whom, and through whom, thou mayest receive salvation, but only the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

1 And after that shall say, UNTO God's gracious mercy and protection we commit thee: The

Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace, both now and evermore. Amen. 9 At the time of execution, besides all, or such parts of the foregoing office as the Minister shall judge proper, shall be said the Commendatory Prayer for a person at the point of departure, as it is in the Visitation of the Sick.

The Collect for the Communion Service.
GOD, who declarest thy almighty power chiefly in showing mercy

O ,


for his transgressions is appointed to die. Grant that he may take thy judgments patiently, and repent him truly of his sins; that he recovering thy favour, the fearful reward of his actions may end with this life ; and whensoever his soul shall depart from the body it may be without spot presented unto thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Heb. xii. 11. NO

O chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous ;

nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness, unto them which are exercised thereby.

The Gospel. St. John v. 24. ERILY, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth

on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation ; but is passed from death unto life.

A Prayer for imprisoned Debtors. COST gracious God, look down in pity and compassion upon these

thine afflicted servants, who are fallen under the misery of a close restraint. Give them always a deep sense of their sins, and of thy fatherly love and correction; and the more their confinement presseth hard upon them, the more let the comforts of thy grace and mercy abound towards them. Give to their creditors tenderness and compassion, and to them a meek and forgiving spirit towards all those who have confined them, and a full purpose to repair all the injuries and losses which others have sustained by them. Raise them up friends to pity and relieve them; give them the continued comfort of thy countenance here, and so sanctify their afflictions, that they may work for them an eternal weight of glory; through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.

[ocr errors]



For the fruits of the earth, and all the other blessings of his merciful providence ; to

be used yearly on the FIRST THURSDAY IN NOVEMBER, or on such other day as shall be appointed by the Civil Authority.

1 The service shall be as usual, except where it is hereby otherwise appointed. 1 Among the Sentences at the beginning of Morning Prayer shall be the following: CONOUR the Lord with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all


presses shall burst out with new wine. Prov. iii. 9, 10.

The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth ; by understanding hath he established the heavens: by his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. Prov. iii. 19, 20.

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deut. xxxiii. 27.

Israel then shall dwell in safety alone; the fountain of Jacob shall be upon the land of corn and of wine, also his heaven shall drop down dew. Deut. xxxiii. 28.

Happy art thou, O Israel ; who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! Deut. xxxiii. 29.

Instead of, O come let us sing, f-c., the following shall be said or sung:

, is The Lord doth build up Jerusalem; he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.

He healeth those that are broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

He covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth; he maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains.

He giveth to the beast his food; and to the young ravens which cry. Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem: Praise thy God, O Sion.

For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates ; he hath blessed thy children within thee.

He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. 1 Then shall be said or sung one of the Selections, or some other portion of the Psalms, at the

discretion of the Minister. 1 The First Lesson shall be Deut. viž., and the Second Lesson shall be 1 Thess. v. 12 to 24.

1 After the General Thanksgiving, shall be said this which followeth : OST gracious God, by whose knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew; we yield thee unfeigned thanks

and praise, as for all thy mercies, so especially for the returns of seed-time and harvest, and for crowning the year with thy goodness, in the increase of the ground, and the gathering in of the fruits thereof. And, we beseech thee, give us a just sense of this great mercy ; such as may appear in our lives, by an humble, holy, and obedient walking before thee all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all glory and honour, world without end.

The Collect to be used instead of that for the day.
MOST merciful Father, who hast blessed the labours of the husband-

O .

and hearty thanks for this thy bounty; beseeching thee to continue thy loving-kindness to us; that our land may still yield her increase, to thy glory and our comfort ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. St. James i. 16. Do

O not err, my beloved brethren: every good gift and every perfect

gift is from above; and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls. Be ye doers of the word ; and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass; for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the

perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

The Gospel. St. Matt. v. 43. E have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour,

I bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you ; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? Or if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.




The Master or Mistress having called together as many of the family as can conveniently be present, let one of them, or any other whom they shall think proper, say as follows, all kneeling.

[graphic][merged small]

ALMIGHTY and everlasting Good, in whom we live


Acknowledgment of and move and have our being; we, thy needy God's mercy and precreatures, render thee our humble praises, for thy servalion, especially preservation of us from the beginning of our lives to through the night past. this day, and especially for having delivered us from the dangers of the past night. To thy watchful providence we owe it,*

* When disturbances (that no disturbance hath come nigh us or our dwelling; of any kind befall a but, that we are brought in safety to the beginning of family, instead of this,

that notwithstandthis day.) For these thy mercies, we bless and magnifying our dangers, we are thy glorious name; humbly beseeching thee to accept brought in safety to the this our morning sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; beginning of tnis day. for his sake who lay down in the grave, and rose again for us, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

ND, since it is of thy mercy, O gracious Father,

Dedication of soul and that another day is added to our lives; we here with a resolution to be

body to God's service, dedicate both our souls and our bodies to thee and thy growing daily in goodservice, in a sober, righteous, and godly life : in which ness. resolution, do thou, O merciful God, confirm and strengthen us; that, as we grow in age, we may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

UT, O God, who knowest the weakness and corrup

tion of our nature, and the manifold temptations which we daily meet with; we humbly beseech thee to

Prayer for grace to enable us lo perform that resolution.

have compassion on our infirmities, and to give us the constant assistance of thy Holy Spirit; that we may be effectually restrained from sin, and excited to our duty. Imprint upon our hearts such a dread of thy judgments, and such a grateful sense of thy goodness to us, as may make us both afraid and ashamed to offend thee. And, above all, keep in our minds a lively remembrance of that great day, in which we must give a strict account of our thoughts, words, and actions; and according to the works done in the body, be eternally rewarded or punished, by him whom thou hast appointed the Judge of quick and dead, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For grace to guide In particular, we implore thy grace and protection for

and keep us the followthe ensuing day. Keep us temperate in our meats ing day, and for Gods and drinks, and diligent in our several callings. Grant blessing on the business us patience under any afflictions thou shalt see fit to lay of the same. on us, and minds always contented with our present

On Sunday morncondition. Give us grace to be just and upright in all ing, instead of this, say, our dealings; quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; accompany us to the

and let thy Holy Spirit and ready to do good to all men, according to our abili- place of thy public ties and opportunities. Direct us in all our ways *(and worship, making us se

rious and attentive, and prosper the works of our hands in the business of our raising our minds from several stations.) Defend us from all dangers and ad- the thoughts of this

world to the considerversities; and be graciously pleased to take us, and all ation of the next, that things belonging to us, under thy fatherly care and pro- we may fervently join tection. These things, and whatever else thou shalt see praises of thy Church,

the prayers and necessary and convenient to us, we humbly beg, through and listen to our duty

with honest hearts, in the merits and mediation of thy Son Jesus Christ our

order to practise it. Lord and Saviour. Amen. THE HE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the

fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.


1 The family being together, a little before bed time, let the Master or Mistress, or any other

whom they shall think proper, say as follows, all kneeling.

[graphic][merged small]
« PreviousContinue »