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PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING
TO ALMIGHTY GOD,
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.
Then shall be said or sung one of the
the LORD with
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 un-MOST gracious God, by whose knowledge derneath are the everlasting arms. Deut. xxxiii. 27.
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.
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.
The First Lesson shall be Deut. viii., and the Second Lesson shall be 1 Thess. v. 12 to 24.
He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.
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 MOST merciful Father, who hast
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 moun. tains.
blessed 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.
After the General Thanksgiving, shall be said this which followeth.
He maketh peace in thy borders, and Alleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
The Collect to be used instead of that for the day.
For he hath strengthened the bars of
The Epistle. St. James i. 16.
thy gates; he hath blessed thy children Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every
good gift every perfect gift 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 righteous
ness of God. Wherefore lay apart all fil. thiness and superfluity 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, ho is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass; for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway for getteth 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 unde. filed 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 hea ven: 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.
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 king. dom, and the power, and the glory, for
ever and ever. Amen.
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.
cially through the
LMIGHTY and Acknowledgment in whom we live and of God's mercy and preservation, espe move and have our being; We, thy night past. needy creatures, render thee our humble praises, for thy preservation of us from the beginning of our 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 • When disturb-
Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
ances of any kind befall a family, instead of this, say,
ing our dangers, we are brought in safety to the beginning
of this day.
Dedication of soul
and body to God's service, with a reso lution to be growing daily in goodness.
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.
BUT, O God, who
knowest the weakness and corruption of our nature, and the manifold temp
tations 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 judg. ments, 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.
IN particular, we and protection for implore thy grace the ensuing day. Keep us temperate in our meats and drinks, and diligent
Prayer for grace to enable us to perform that resolu tion.
For to lowing day, and and keep us the folon the business of for God's blessing the same,
God, who art of
Confession of sins,
contrition and par-
purer eyes than to
an humble sense of our own unworthi-
in our several callings. Grant us patience
of our several sta-
nient to us, we hum-
the merits and me
diation of thy Son
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.
On Sunday morning, instead of this, say, and let thy Holy Spirit accompany us to the place of thy public serious and attentive, and raising our minds from the thoughts of this world to the consideration of the fervently join in next, that we may the prayers and praises of thy Church, and listen with
honest hearts, in order to practise it.
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.
OUR UR Father, who art in heaven, Hal-gressions of thy righ lowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom teous laws.* But, come. Thy will be done on earth, As it O gracious Father, is in heaven. Give us this day our daily who desirest not the bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As death of a sinner, we forgive those who trespass against us. look upon us, we And lead us not into temptation; But beseech thee, in deliver us from evil: For thine is the mercy, and forgive kingdom, and the power, and the glory, us all our transgressions. Make us deeply for ever and ever. Amen. 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.
AND lest, through
Here let him who reads make a
short pause, that every one may se cretly confess the sins and failings of
to reform and grow Prayer for grace
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.
A ND accept, O The Intercession. 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 Sav. four Jesus Christ. Amen.
To TO our prayers, O Lord, we join our The Thanksgiving. unfeigned thanks for all thy mercies; for our being, our reason, and all other en
dowments and faculties of soul and body; for our health, friends, food, and raiment, and all the other comforts and conve niences 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 receive them all, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
IN particular, we
beseech thee to
continue thy gracious protection to us this night. Defend us from all dangers and mischiefs, and from the fear of them; that we may 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.
Prayer for God's protection through
the night following.
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.
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.
SELECTIONS OF PSALMS,
TO BE USED INSTEAD OF THE PSALMS FOR THE DAY, AT THE DISCRETION OF THE MINISTER.
PSALM XIX. Coeli enarrant.
HE heavens declare the glory of God; and
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
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; the commandment of the LORD is pure, and giveth light unto the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean, and endureth