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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
MOST merciful God, who art of purer eyes Confession of than to behold iniquity, and hast promised for- sins, with a prayer
for contrition and giveness to all those who confess and forsake pardon. 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 se
short pause, that mercy, 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.
AND lest, through our own frailty, or the Prayer for grace 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.
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.
It 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.
TO BE USED INSTEAD OF THE PSALMS FOR THE DAY, AT THE
DISCRETION OF THE MINISTER.
gold ; sweeter also than honey,
and the honey-comb. PSALM 19. Coli enarrant.
Moreover, by them is thy THE heavens declare the
servant taught; and in keeping glory of God; and the firma of them there is great reward. ment showeth his handy work.
Who can tell how oft he One day telleth another; and offendeth ? O cleanse thou me one night certifieth another. There is neither speech nor
from my secret faults.
Keep thy servant also from language; but their voices are
presumptuous sins, lest they heard among them.
the dominion over me. Their sound is gone out into Let the words of my mouth, all lands; and their words into and the meditation of my heart, the ends of the world.
be alway acceptable in thy In them hath he set a taberna
sight, cle for the sun ; which cometh
0_LORD, my strength, and forth as a bridegroom out of
Redeemer. his chamber, and rejoiceth as a giant to run his course.
PSALM 24. Domini est terra. It goeth forth from the utter- THE earth is the LORD's, most part of the heaven, and and all that therein is ; the runneth about unto the end of compass of the world, and they it again; and there is nothing that dwell therein. hid from the heat thereof.
For he hath founded it upon The law of the LORD is an the seas, and prepared it upon undefiled law, converting the the floods. soul; the testimony of the LORD Who shall ascend into the is sure, and giveth wisdom unto hill of the LORD ? or who shall the simple.
rise up in his holy place? The statutes of the LORD are Even he that hath clean right, and rejoice the heart ; hands and a pure heart; and the commandment of the LORD that hath not lift up his mind is pure, and giveth light unto unto vanity, nor sworn to de
ceive his neighbour. The fear of the Lord is clean, He shall receive the blessing and endureth for ever; the from the LORD; and righteous judgments of the LORD are ness from the God of his salvatrue, and righteous altogether. tion.
More to be desired are they This is the generation of than gold, yea, than much fine I those who seek him ; even of
those who seek thy face, 0 He hath not dealt with us Jacob.
after our sins ; nor rewarded List up your heads, 0 ye us according to our wickedgates, and be ye lift up ye nesses. everlasting doors, and the King For look how high the heaven of glory shall come in. is in comparison of the earth; Who is the King of glory? so great is his mercy also to
It is the LORD strong and ward those who fear him! mighty, even the LORD mighty Look how wide also the east in battle.
is from the west ; so far hath Lift up your heads, 0 ye he set our sins from us ! gates, and be ye lift up ye Yea, like as a father pitieth everlasting doors, and the King his own children ; even so is of glory shall come in.
the LORD merciful unto them Who is the King of glory? that fear him. Even the LORD of hosts, he is For he knoweth whereof we the King of glory.
are made; he remembereth that
we are but dust. Psalm 103. Benedic, anima mea.
The days of man are but as PRAISE the LORD, O my grass ; for he flourisheth as a
and all that is within me, flower of the field. praise his holy name.
as the wind Praise the LORD, O my goeth over it, it is gone; and soul ; and forget not all his the place thereof shall know it benefits ;
no more. Who forgiveth all thy sin, But the merciful goodness of and healeth all thine infirmi- the Lord endureth for ever and ties;
ever upon those who fear him; Who saveth thy life from and his righteousness upon destruction, and crowneth thee children's children ; with mercy and loving kind- Even upon such as keep his ness ;
covenant, and think upon his Who satisfieth thy mouth commandments to do them. with good things, making thee The Lord hath prepared his young and lusty as an eagle. seat in heaven, and his kingdom
The LORD executeth right- ruleth over all. eousness and judgment, for all O praise the LORD, ye Angels them that are oppressed with of his, ye that excel in strength; wrong.
ye that fulfil his commandment, He showed his ways unto and hearken unto the voice of Moses, his works unto the his words. children of Israel.
O O praise the LORD, all ye his The LORD is full of compas- hosts ; ye servants of his, that sion and mercy, long-suffering, do his pleasure. and of great goodness.
O speak good of the LORD, He will not alway be chiding; all ye works of his, in all places neither keepeth he his anger of his dominion: Praise thou for ever.
the LORD, O my soul.
SELECTION II. thy works, and that my soul
knoweth right well. FROM Psalm 139. Domine, probasti.
My bones are not hid from O LORD, thou hast searched thee, though I be made secretly, me out, and known me; thou and fashioned beneath in the knowest my down-sitting, and earth. mine up-rising; thou under- Thine
eyes did see my substandest my thoughts long be- stance, yet being imperfect; fore.
and in thy book were all my Thou art about my path, and members written. about my bed, and spiest out all Which day by day were my ways.
fashioned, when as yet there For lo, there is not a word in was none of them. my tongue, but thou, O LORD, How dear are thy counsels knowest it altogether.
unto me, O God; O how great Thou hast fashioned me be- is the sum of them! hind and before, and laid thine If I tell them, they are more hand upon me.
in number than the sand; when Such knowledge is too won- I wake up, I am present with derful and excellent for me; I thee. cannot attain unto it.
Try me, O God, and seek the Whither shall I
then from ground of my heart; prove me, thy Spirit ? or whither shall I and examine my thoughts. go then from thy presence ?
Look well if there be any If I climb up into heaven, way of wickedness in me; and thou art there; if I go down to lead me in the way everlasting. hell, thou art there also. If I take the wings of the
Psalm 145. Exaltabo te, Deus, morning, and remain in the I WILL magnify thee, O uttermost parts of the sea ; God, my King, and I will praise
Even there also shall thy thy name for ever and ever. hand lead me, and thy right Every day will I give thanks hand shall hold me.
unto thee, and praise thy name If I say, Peradventure the for ever and ever. darkness shall cover me; then Great is the LORD, and marshall my night be turned to vellous, worthy to be praised; day.
there is no end of his greatYea, the darkness is darkness with thee, but the One generation shall praise night is as clear as the day; thy works unto another, and the darkness and light to thee declare thy power. are both alike.
As for me, I will be talking For my reins are thine; thoa of thy worship, thy glory, thy hast covered me in my mother's praise, and wondrous works; womb.
So that men shall speak of I will give thanks unto thee, the might of thy marvellous for I am fearfully and wonder-acts; and I will also tell of thy fully made : marvellous are greatness.