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FIRST MORNING SERVICE
FOR A FAMILY.
The following Anthem, principally selected from the Psalms, is to be said by the Head of the Family, or Reader, in alternate verses with the other Members of the Family.
BLESSED art thou, O and slept, and rose up again, Lord, our God, and the because thou, O Lord, God of our fathers, who didst make us to dwell in turnest the shadows of safety; death into the morning, For that we awaked, and renewest the face of and beheld, and our sleep the earth;
was sweet unto us. Who scatterest the Blot out, we pray thee, darkness by this return of as a cloud, our transgreslight, and hast commanded sions, and as the thickness night to give place to day; of the
of the morning cloud, , Who hast delivered us from the terror by night, Grant us to walk as and from the pestilence children of the light and that walketh in darkness;
of the day. Who makest the out O let us hear thy lovgoings of the morning and ing kindness betimes in of the evening to praise the morning, for in thee thee;
is our trust. For that we laid down Show thou us the way
that we should walk in,
Reader. Let us pray. for we lift up our souls unto thee.
Then shall he read eithNow unto the king eter er of the following nal, immortal, invisible, Prayers, or make the only God;
Prayer extempore. Be honour and glory, through Jesus Christ, for O GOD, whose light ever and ever. Amen. again shines upon us, we
desire to unite with thy If a portion of Scripture whole family in heaven
is to be read, let it be and earth, to offer up to preceded by the follow- thee, the eternal Fountain ing Sentences, said al- of light, our morning adoternately as before. ration, and pay our tri
bute of gratitude and praise BLESSED are they to thee
our Preserver. who are undefiled in the O shine into our hearts way, and walk in the law of with the light of truth, and the Lord.
disperse the shades of erBlessed are they who ror and prejudice and sin. keep his testimonies, and Inspire us with the hopes seek him with their whole and comforts of true reliheart.
gion, and implant within Early in the morning us thy likeness, the image do we cry unto thee, for of our Creator, in righin thy word is our trust. teousness and true holiLet our prayer
Give us clear and before thee, Lord; consoling views give us understanding ac- Providence, which cording to thy word. mercifully regards us,
minutest Here shall the portion of cerns. Warm our hearts Scripture be read.
with love to thee; with Then shall the Person who the love of gooditess, of conducts the Service purity, and of all thy mor
al perfections; that by say;
these our faith and trust The Lord be with you; in thee may be increased
Answer. And with thy and strengthened, and that spirit.
we may rejoice that all
the different dispensations hast preserved us from of our lives are in thy the dangers of the past hand, the hand of our night, and we pray thee heavenly Father.
to continue thy goodness Enlighten our minds, to us through the present O God, with bright views day, and preserve us from of immortality; and dis- all perils both of body pel from them the clouds and soul. We thank thee of doubt and uncertainty. for all the time thou hast Encourage us in the faith- given us, and acknowledge ful discharge of our du- that we have greatly wastties. Guide us by thy ed and misused it. May counsel; support us in our we do so no more. Make journey by thy strength ; us each day to remember hold us up by thy prom- that every day is thy gift, ises. Animate us with the to be used in thy service, patience and perseverance and in doing the work of of our blessed Lord and salvation. Let the master, who for the joy Sun of Righteousness that was set before him, arise upon our souls with endured the cross, despis- healing in his wings. Make ed the shame, and is set us children of the light down at the right hand of and of the day, and show the throne of God. In his us the way wherein we name we offer our pray- should walk. Quicken ers, and in his words con our dulness in thy service. clude them.
Release our hearts from
the bondage of sin and Or this.
the fetters of temptation,
and so assist us in all our O LORD our God, doings with thy most grawho hast brought us out cious favour, that when from the shades of night the few days of this our to see another day, assist mortal life are ended, we and accept our morning may inherit that endless devotions which we offer life which thou hast preup to thee, who both by pared for all who love night and by day art our and fear thee. Guardian and Deliverer. The blessings, which we We thank thee that thou ask for ourselves, we ask
for our dear friends, for thy name. Thy kingdom our enemies, if we have come; Thy will be done them, and for the whole on earth, as it is in heaven. world of mankind, through Give us this day our daily Jesus Christ our Lord. bread. And forgive us Amen.
our trespasses, As we for
give those who trespass Then shall the whole Fam- against us. And lead us
ily together say the not into temptation, But Lord's Prayer.
deliver us from evil. For
thine is the kingdom, and OUR Father, who art the power, and the glory, in heaven, Hallowed be Forever and ever. Amen.
END OF THE FIRST MORNING SERVICE.
SECOND MORNING SERVICE
FOR A FAMILY.
The following Sentences thanks unto thee, O Lord,
are to be said alternate- and praise thy name for ly, as in the First Ser ever and ever. vice, by the Reader and
Let all those who put the Family.
their trust in thee rejoice;
they shall ever be giving THE Lord hath brought of thanks, because thou us safe to the beginning of defendest them; they who this day ; let us give him love thy name shall be thanks for this his good- joyful in thee. ness, and for all his mercies For thou, Lord, wilt and loving kindnesses to us give thy blessing unto thy and to all men.
people; and with thy Every day will we give favourable kindness wilt
thou defend them as with a gold ; sweeter also than shield.
honey, and the honey., Now unto the King comb. eternal, immortal, invisible, Moreover by them are the only God;
thy servants taught; and Be honour and glory, in keeping of them there through Jesus Christ, for is great reward, ever, and ever. Amen.
Here the portion of ScripIf a portion of Scripture ture is to be read.
is to be read, let it be Then shall the Person who preceded by the follow
conducts the Service, ing Sentences, said al
say; ternately as before.
LET us pray to God. THE heavens declare Let us pray that we may the glory of God, and the live in his fear, and in love firmament sheweth his and charity with our neighhandy work.
bours ; that his holy Spirit Day unto day uttereth may direct and rule our speech; night unto night hearts, teaching us what to showeth knowledge. do and what to avoid ;
The law of the Lord is that his grace may ever be an undefiled law, convert- with us, to support us in ing the soul ; the testimony all dangers, and carry us of the Lord is sure, and through all temptations ; giveth wisdom unto the that the Lord may bless simple.
all our honest endeavours, The statutes of the Lord and make us content with are right, and rejoice the what his providence shall heart; the commandment order for us; and that we of the Lord is pure, and may continue his faithful giveth light unto the eyes. servants this day, and all
The word of the Lord the days of our life. is clean, and endureth for
Answer. Let our prayever; the judgments of the ers and meditations be Lord are true, and righ- always acceptable in thy teous altogether. More to sight, O Lord, our strength be desired are they than and our Redeemer. gold, yea, than much fine
Reader. Let us pray.