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At the commencement of every Office, where it is not otherwise directed, all present shall kneel, and devoutly say the following

Prayer, silently, O LORD, open Thou my mouth that I may bless

Thy Holy Name. Cleanse my heart from all vain, evil, and wandering thoughts; enlighten my understanding; kindle my affections; that I may pray to, and praise Thee with attention and devotion; and so may be heard before the presence of Thy Divine Majesty; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Benedictions.

1. May the Eternal Father bless us with perpetual blessing

2. May the Only Begotten Son of God vouchsafe to bless and help us.

3. May the grace of the Holy Spirit illumine our hearts and minds.

4. May the Father and the Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, bless and keep us,

5. O God, our God, give us Thy blessing. 6. May the Lord Almighty evermore bless us with

His grace.

7. May the Lord kindle in our hearts the fire of His love.

8. May the Wisdom of God the Father instruct us in celestial learning.

9. From the Fount of the Gospel may we be filled with heavenly doctrine,

10. May the reading of this Gospel be to us health and protection.

11. May the mercy of Jesus Christ lead us to the joys of heaven.

12. May the King of Angels bring us to the company of the heavenly citizens.

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13. May Jesus, Son of Mary, bless us with everlasting blessing. 14. From every

evil
enemy defend

us, O Lord, Son of the Virgin.

15. May the splendour of Eternal Light illumine us

for ever.

16. May the Lord open our hearts to understand His laws.

17. May the Lord teach us to despise earthly and to love heavenly things.

18. May the Lord lift up the Light of His countenance upon us, and be merciful unto us.

19. May God have mercy upon us, and give us peace.

20. May the peace of God abide upon us now and for ever.

Response. Amen.

THE CANONICAL HOURS

ACCORDING TO THE USE OF THE

Guild of $. Alban.

PART I.

Matins.

The Matins of the Church of England.

When this Office is said in any place other than a Church

or Chapel, it commenceth by the saying of the Lord's Prayer silently; after which in a loud voice is said,

O Lord, open Thou our lips. And so the Office continueth until the third Collect, for Grace, O Lord, our heavenly Father, hath been said; then follow only the Anthem and Benediction.

V.

Prime. Come to our aid, O God. R. O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be ; * world without end. Amen.

THE HYMN.
(For which see the HYMNAL.)

THE PSALMS.

PSALM III.

L man, have are they increased that trouble me ;

many are they Many one there be that say of my soul, * There is no help for him in his God.

But Thou, O Lord, art my defender;* Thou art my worship, and the Lifter up of my head.

I did call upon the Lord with my voice; * and He heard me out of His holy hill.

I laid me down and slept, and rose up again ; * for the Lord sustained me.

I will not be afraid for ten thousands of the people, that have set themselves against me round about.

Up, Lord, and help me, O my God;* for Thou smitest all mine enemies upon the cheek-bone; Thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

Salvation belongeth unto the Lord : * and Thy blessing is upon Thy people.

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PSALM V.

PONDER my words, O Lord ;* consider my medi

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