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St. Matt. v. 43. his sun to rise on the evil and YE have heard that it hath on the good, and sendeth rain been said, Thou shalt love thy on the just and on the unjust. neighbour and hate thine enemy. For if ye love them which love But I say unto you, love your you, what reward have ye? do enemies, bless them that curse not even the publicans the you, do good to them that hate same? Or if ye salute your you, and pray for them which brethren only, what do ye more despitefully use you and perse-than others ? do not even the eute you; that ye may be the publicans so ? Be ye
therefore children of your Father which perfect, even as your Father is in heaven: for he maketh which is in heaven is perfect.
PRAYER TO BE USED IN FAMILIES.
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 :
OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us ; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, in whom Acknowledgment we live and move and have our being; we, thy
of GOD's mercy
and preservation, needy creatures, render thee our humble praises, especially through for thy preservation of us from the beginning of our the night past. lives to this day, and especially for having delivered us from the dangers of the past night. To thy watchful providence we owe it, * (that no disturbance hath come nigh us or our dwelling ; but, that goce on
befall a family, in we are brought in safety to the beginning of this stead of this, say, day.). For these thy mercies, we bless and that notwithstand magnify thy glorious name; humbly beseeching we are brought in thee to accept this our morning sacrifice of praise safety to the begin. and thanksgiving; for his sake who lay down in the ning of this day. grave, and rose again for us, thy Son our Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Amen.
* When disturb
Dedication of soul
AND, since it is of thy mercy, O gracious and body to God's Father, that another day is added to our lives; service, with a resolution to be grow
we here dedicate both our souls and our bodies ing daily in good to thee and thy service, in a sober, righteous, and
godly life : in which 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. Prayer for grace BUT, O God, who knowest the weakness and form that resou: corruption of our nature, and the manifold
temptations which we daily meet with ; we humbly
beseech thee to 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 Bon JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen. For grace to guide IN particular, we implore thy grace and proand keep us the fol- tection for the ensuing day. Keep us temperate lowing day,and for God's blessing on
in our meats and drinks, and diligent in our several the business of the callings. Grant us patience under any
afflictions * On Sunday
thou shalt see fit to lay on us, and minds always morning, instead contented with our present condition. let thy holy Spirit grace to be just and upright in all our dealings; accompany us to the quiet and peaceable ; fuil of compassion; and place of thy public ready to do good to all men, according to our Worship, making us abilities and opportunities. Direct us in all our tive, and raising ways * (and prosper the works of our hands in our minds from the the business of our several stations.) Defend us world to the consi. from all dangers and adversities; and be graciously deration of the next, pleased to take us, and all things belonging to us, vently join in the under thy fatherly care and protection. These prayers and praises things, and whatever else thou shalt see necessary of thy Church, and and convenient to us, we humbly beg, through listen to our duty with honest hearts, the merits and mediation of thy Son JESUS CHRIST in order to practise our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
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 : OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation ; But deliver us from evil: For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, for ever and
MOST merciful God, who art of purer eyes Confession of than to behold iniquity, and hast promised for- sins, with a prayer
for contrition and giveness to all those who confess and forsake pardon. their sins; we come before thee in an humble sense of our own unworthiness, acknowledging our manifold transgressions of thy righteous laws. * Here, let him But, O gracious Father, who desirest not the death who reads, make a
short pause, that of a sinner, look upon us, we beseech thee, in mercy, and forgive us all our transgressions. cretly confess the Make us deeply sensible of the great evil of them; that day. and work in us an hearty contrition; that we may obtain forgiveness at thy hands, who art ever ready to receive humble and penitent sinners; for the sake of thy Son JESUS CHRIST, our only Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
every one may se
AND lest, through our own frailty, or the Prayer for grace temptations which encompass us, we be drawn to reform and grow again into sin, vouchsafe us, we beseech thee, the direction and assistance of thy holy Spirit. Reform whatever is amiss in the temper and disposition of our souls ; that no unclean thoughts, unlawful designs, or inordinate desires, may rest there. Purge our hearts from envy, hatred, and malice; that we may never suffer the sun to go down upon our wrath; but may always go to our rest in peace, charity, and good-will, with a conscience void of offence towards thee and towards men : That so, we may be preserved pure and blameless, unto the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
AND accept, O LORD, our intercessions for all mankind. Let the light of thy Gospel shine upon all nations; and may as many as have received it, live as becomes it. Be gracious unto thy Church; and grant that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may serve thee faithfully. Bless all in authority over us; and so rule their hearts and strengthen their hands, that they may punish wickedness and vice, and maintain thy true religion and virtue. Send down thy blessings, temporal and spiritual, upon all our relations, friends, and neighbours. Reward all who have done us good, and pardon all those who have done or wish us evil, and give them repentance and better minds. Be merciful to all who are in any trouble ; and do thou, the God of pity, administer to them according to their several necessities, for his sake who went about doing good, thy Son our Saviour Jesus CHRIST. Amen.
TO our prayers, O LORD, we join our unfeigned The Thanksgiving. thanks for all thy mercies; for our being, our reason, and all other endowments and faculties of soul and body; for our health, friends, food, and raiment, and all the other comforts and conveniences of life. Above all, we adore thy mercy in sending thy only Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and eternal death, and in giving us the knowledge and sense of our duty towards thee. We bless thee for thy patience with us, notwithstanding our many and great provocations ; for all the directions, assistances, and comforts of thy holy Spirit; for thy continual care and watchful providence over us through the whole course of our lives ; and particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day : beseeching thee to continue these thy blessings to us; and to give us grace to show our thankfulness in a sincere obedience to his laws, through whose merits and intercession we received them all, thy Son our Saviour Jesus CHRIST. Amen. Prayer for God's IN particular, we beseech thee to continue thy protection through gracious protection to us this night. Defend us ihe night following:
from all dangers and mischiefs, and from the fear
of them; that we inay enjoy such refreshing sleep, as may fit us for the duties of the following day. Make us ever mindful of the time when we shall lie down in the dust; and grant us grace always to live in such a state, that we may never be afraid to die: so that living and dying we may be thine, through the merits and satisfaction of thy son Christ Jesus, in whose name we offer up these our imperfect prayers. Amen.
THE 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 On Sundays and on other days, when it may be convenient, it will be proper to begin,
with a chapter, or part of a chapter, from the New Testament.
TO BE USED INSTEAD OF THE PSALMS FOR THE DAY, AT THE
DISCRETION OF THE MINISTER.
gold ; sweeter also than honey, PSALM 19. Cæli enarrant.
and the honey-comb.
Moreover, by them is thy THE heavens declare the
servant taught; and in keeping glory of God; and the firma- of them there is great reward. ment showeth his handy work.
Who can tell how oft he One day telleth another; and offendeth? O cleanse thou me one night certifieth another. There is neither speech nor
from my secret faults.
Keep thy servant also from language; but their voices are
presumptuous sins, lest they heard among them.
the dominion over me. Their sound is gone out into Let the words of my mouth, all lands; and their words into and the meditation of the ends of the world.
be alway acceptable in thy In them hath he set a taberna
sight, cle for the sun; which cometh
O LORD, my strength, and forth as a bridegroom out of
Redeemer. his chamber, and rejoiceth as a giant to run his course.
Psalm 24. Domini est terra. It goeth forth from the utter- THE earth is the LORD's, most part of the heaven, and and all that therein is ; the runneth about unto the end of compass of the world, and they it again; and there is nothing that dwell therein. hid from the heat thereof. For he hath founded it upon
The law of the LORD is an the seas, and prepared it upon undefiled law, converting the the floods. soul; the testimony of the LORD Who shall ascend into the is sure, and giveth wisdom unto hill of the LORD ? or who shall the simple.
rise up in his holy place? The statutes of the LORD are Even he that hath clean right, and rejoice the heart ; hands and a pure heart; and the commandment of the LORD that hath not lift up his mind is pure, and giveth light unto unto vanity, nor sworn to de
ceive his neighbour. The fear of the Lord is clean, He shall receive the blessing and endureth for ever ; the from the LORD; and righteous judgments of the LORD are ness from the God of his salvatrue, and righteous altogether. tion.
More to be desired are they This is the generation of than gold, yea, than much fine I those who seek him ; even of