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The Gospel. 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 cute 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.




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 and preservation, of GOD's mercy 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 disturb- *When disturb ance hath come nigh us or our dwelling; but, that ances of any kina 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 ing our dangers, 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.

Dedication of soul

service, with a resolution to be grow

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AND, since it is of thy mercy, O gracious and body to GOD's 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.

Prayer for grace

BUT, O GOD, who knowest the weakness and to enable us to per- corruption of our nature, and the manifold form that resolulution. 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 Son JESUS CHRIST Our Lord. Amen.

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* On Sunday

Give us

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 in our meats and drinks, and diligent in our several the business of the callings. Grant us patience under any afflictions thou shalt see fit to lay on us, and minds always morning, instead Contented with our present condition. of this, say, and grace to be just and upright in all our dealings; let thy holy Spirit accompany us to the quiet and peaceable; full 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 thoughts of this 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, that we may fervently 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.

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THE grace of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, and the love of GoD, and the fellowship of the HOLY GHOST, be with us all evermore.



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.


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MOST merciful God, who art of purer eyes Confession of than to behold iniquity, and hast promised for- sins, with a prayer giveness to all those who confess and forsake for contrition and 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 of a sinner, look upon us, we beseech thee, in every one may semercy, and forgive us all our transgressions. cretly confess the Make us deeply sensible of the great evil of them; that day. sins and failings of 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 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.

The Intercession.

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 the night following. 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.

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.



PSALM 19. 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; the commandment of the LORD is pure, and giveth light unto

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gold; sweeter also than honey, and the honey-comb.

Moreover, by them is thy servant taught; and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Who can tell how oft he offendeth? O cleanse thou me from my secret faults.

Keep thy servant also from presumptuous sins, lest they get the dominion over me.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight,


O LORD, my strength, and

PSALM 24. Domini est terra.

THE earth is the LORD's, and all that therein is; the compass of the world, and they that dwell therein.

For he hath founded it upon the seas, and prepared it upon the floods.

Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall rise up in his holy place?

Even he that hath clean hands and a pure heart; and that hath not lift up his mind unto vanity, nor sworn to deceive his neighbour.

He shall receive the blessing from the LORD; and righteous ness from the GoD of his salvation.

This is the generation of those who seek him; even of

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