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before thee all our days, through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all giory 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 hus bandman in the returns of the fruits of the earth; we give thee hum ble 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,


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 of 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 engrafted 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. Matth. 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.



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 we live and Acknowledgement move and have our being; we, thy needy creatures, ren-of God's mercy der thee our humble praises, for thy preservation of us and preservation, especially through from the beginning of our lives to this day, and espe- the night past. cially for having delivered us from the dangers of the past night. To thy watchful providence we owe it, (*that When distur no disturbance hath come nigh us or our dwelling; but, bances of any kind that we are brought in safety to the beginning of this befal a family, instead of this, say, day.) For these thy mercies, we bless and magnify thy that, notwithglorious name; humbly beseeching thee to accept this standing dangers, we are our morning sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; for his brought insafesake, who lay down in the grave, and rose again for us, ty to the begining of this day. thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. AND, since it is of thy mercy, O gracious Father, that Dedication of another day is added to our lives; we here dedicate both soul and body to God's service, our souls and our bodies to thee and thy service, in a Iwith a resolution sober, righteous, and godly life; In which resolution, do to be growing daithou, O merciful God, confirm and strengthen us; that, ly in goodness. as we grow in age, we may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


BUT, O God, who knowest the weakness and corrup- Prayer för tion of our nature, and the manifold temptations which grace to enable us we daily meet with; we humbly beseech thee to have to perform that 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 judgements, 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.


particular, we implore thy grace and protection for For grace to the ensuing day. Keep us temperate in our meats and guide and keep us drinks, and diligent in our several callings. Grant us the following day, and for God's patience under any afflictions thou shalt see fit to lay ols blessing on the buus, and minds always contented with our present condi-siness of the same. tion. Give us grace to be just and upright in all our dealings; quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; and • On Sunday ready to do good to all men, according to our abilities morning, instead and opportunities. Direct us in all our ways (and pros-ethy Holy of and per the works of our hands in the business of our seve-Spirit accompa ral stations.) Defend us from all dangers and adversi-ny us to the ties; and be graciously pleased to take us and all things publick wor place of thy belonging to us under thy fatherly care and protection. ship, making us These things and whatever eise thou shalt see necessary tentive, and convenient to us, we bumbly beg, through the merits raising our and mediation of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Sa- minds from the thoughts of this viour. Amen. world to the

serious and atand

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of consideration of

the next, that

God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all we may ferv Amen. ently join in the payers and praises of thy church, and listen to our duty with honest hearts, in order to practice it.



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 be- Confession of hold iniquity, and hast promised forgiveness to all those sins, with a praywho confess and forsake their sins; we come before thee er for contrition and pardon.

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 of who reads make a short pause; that sinner, look upon us, we beseech thee, in mercy, and forevery one may se give us all our transgressions. Make us deeply sensible cretly confess the

of the great evil of them; and work in us an hearty con- sins and failings trition; that we may obtain forgiveness at thy hands, of that day. who art ever ready to receive humble and penitent sinners; for the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ, our only Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.

AND lest, through our own frailty or the temptations Prayer for grate which encompass us, we be drawn again into sin, vouch-to reform and safe us, we beseech thee, the direction and assistance ofgrow better. thy Holy Spirit. Reform whatever is amiss in the temper and dispo sition 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.


AND accept, O Lord, our intercessions for all mankind. The Intercession. 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 troubic; 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.


our prayers, O Lord, we join our unfeigned thanks The Thanksgiving 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 conveniencics 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, assistance, 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 mer cies 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.

In particular we beseech thee to continue thy gracious Prayer for protection to us this night. Defend us from all dangers God's protection through the night and mischiefs, and from the fear of them; that we may following. 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.


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.




Psalm xix. Cæli enarrant.

THE heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handy work.

One day telleth another; and one night certifieth another. There is neither speech nor language; but their voices are heard among them.

Their sound is gone out into all lands; and their words into the ends of the world.

In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun; which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a giant to run his course.

It goeth forth from the uttermost part of the heaven, and runneth about unto the end of it again; and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

The law of the Lord is an undefiled law, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, and giveth wisdom unto the simple.

The statutes of the Lord are right, and rejoice the heart;

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