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TA Prayer for imprisoned Debtors.
MOST 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.
A FORM OF
PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING
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.
The service shall be as usual,except where it is hereby otherwise appointed. ¶ Among the sentences at the beginning of Morning Prayer shall be the following:
HONOUR the LORD with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy 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.
T Instead of, O, come let us sing, &c., the following shall be said or sung:
PRAISE ye the LORD; for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely.
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.
T Then shall be said or sung one of the Selections, or some other portion of the Psalms, at the discretion of the Minister.
The first Lesson shall be Deut. viii., and the Second Lesson shall be 1 Thess. v. 12 to 24.
¶ After the General Thanksgiving, shall be said this which followeth :
MOST 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. Amen.
The Collect, to be used instead of that for the day.
MOST merciful FATHER, who hast blessed the labours. of the husbandman in the returns of the fruits of the earth; we give thee humble 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 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 first fruits 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.
YE have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies, 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.
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:
UR 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.
LMIGHTY and everlasting GOD, in whom we live and move and have our being; we, thy needy creatures, renAcknowledgment der thee our humble praises, for thy preof God's mercy and servation of us from the beginning of our preservation, especi: lives to this day, and especially for having ally through the night 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 we are brought in safety to the beginning of this day.) For these thy mercies, we bless and magnify thy glorious Name; humbly beseeching thee to accept this our morning sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; for his sake who lay down in the grave, and rose again for us, thy Son our Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Amen.
ces of any kind befall a family, instead of this, say, that notwithstanding our dan gers, we are brought in safety to the begin ning of this day.
AND, since it is of thy mercy, O gracious
Dedication of soul and body to GOD'S service, with a resodaily in goodness. lution to be growing
FATHER, that another day is added to our lives; we here dedicate both our souls and our bodies 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.
enable us to perform
BUT, O GOD, who knowest the weakness and corruption of our nature, and the manifold temptations which we daily meet with; we humbly beseech thee to have compassion on our infirmities, and Prayer for grace to to give us the constant assistance of thy that resolution. 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
For grace to guide
and keep us the folGOD's blessing on the lowing day, and for business of the same.
IN particular, we implore thy grace and protection for the ensuing day. Keep us temperate in our meats and drinks, and diligent in our several callings. Grant us patience under any afflictions thou shalt see fit to lay on us, and minds always contented with our present condition. Give us grace *On Sunday mornto be just and upright in all our dealings; ing, instead of this, say, and letthy Holy quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; Spirit accompany us and ready to do good to all men, according to the place of thy to our abilities and opportunities. Direct public worship, mak us in all our ways *(and prosper the works ing us serious and of our hands in the business of our several ing our minds from attentive, and raisstations.) Defend us from all dangers and the thoughts of this adversities; and be graciously pleased to world, to the consid take us, and all things belonging to us, under eration of the next, thy Fatherly care and protection. These ly join in the prayers things, and whatever else thou shalt see and praises of thy necessary and convenient to us, we humbly Church, and listen to beg, through the merits and mediation of our duty with honest thy Son JESUS CHRIST Our Lord and Saviour. hearts, in order to practise it. Amen.
that we may fervent
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 ever. Amen.
MOST merciful God, who art of purer eyes than to behold
iniquity, and hast promised forgiveness to all those who confess and forsake their sins; we come Confession of sins, before thee in an humble sense of our own with a prayer for contrition and pardon. unworthiness, acknowledging our manifold *Here let him who transgressions of thy righteous laws.* But, reads, make a short O gracious FATHER, who desirest not the pause, that every one death of a sinner, look upon us, we beseech may secretly confess thee, in mercy, and forgive us all our transthe sins and failings of that day. gressions. Make us deeply sensible of the great evil of them; 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.
Prayer for grace AND lest, through our own frailty, or the to reform and grow temptations which encompass us, we be drawn 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.
The Intercession. AND accept, O LORD, our intercessions for 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