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Then he says the Thanksgiving Prayer: O
ALMIGHTY God, who observest all the actions, thoughts,
and secret motions of our hearts, and who watchest over us with an incomparable love, every moment bestowing favours and shielding us from evil, blessed be Thy holy name: and may all creatures bless Thy goodness, for the benefits we have ever received from Thee, especially this day; but above all, for the surpassing riches of Thy mercy, in creating and preserving, redeeming and sanctifying us. And, Lord, we beseech Thee, never permit us to be so base and wicked as to repay Thy bounties with ingratitude, or Thy blessings with offences and injuries : but inflame our reins and hearts with the fire of Thy Holy Spirit, that we may serve Thee with a chaste body, and please Thee with a clean heart; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Then he says the two Collects following, and Prayer for a
blessing. We pray Thee, O Lord, graciously continue to visit this
habitation ; drive far from it all snares of the enemy ; and give us a quiet night and a perfect end; for the sake of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
inspirations, and carry them on by Thy gracious assistance, that every prayer and work of ours may begin always from Thee, and by Thee may happily be ended; through Christ our Lord. Amen. MAY AY the almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and
Holy Ghost, bless us and keep us. Amen.
Majesty the first-fruits of this season, that the godly purposes which Thou puttest into our hearts may have their full effect in our lives, to Thy glory and our souls' health ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
GOD, who doest good to all men, making the sun to rise on the
just and on the unjust, favourably behold Thy people who call upon Thy name, and send us Thy blessing from heaven, in giving us fruitful seasons, and filling our hearts with food and gladness; that both our hearts and mouths may be continually filled with Thy praises, giving thanks to Thee in Thy holy Church ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
GOD the Father of lights, from whom cometh every good and per
such health of body as Thou knowest to be needful for us ; that both in our bodies and souls we may evermore serve Thee with all our strength and might; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY MORNINGS.
All standing, the head of the family (or the priest or deacon,
if present) says:
N. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
Ry. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Then he says one of the following Psalms :
Whoso doeth these things : shall
never fall. ORD, who shall dwell in Thy
The blessings of godliness. tabernacle : or who shall rest
Psalm 1. upon Thy holy hill ? Even he that leadeth an
LESSED is the man that hath corrupt life : and doeth the thing not walked in the counsel of which is right, and speaketh the the ungodly, nor stood in the way truth from his heart.
of sinners : and hath not sat in the He that hath used no deceit in seat of the scornful. his tongue, nor done evil to his But his delight is in the law of neighbour : and hath not slandered the Lord : and in His law will his neighbour.
he exercise himself day and night. He that setteth not by himself, And he shall be like a tree plantbut is lowly in his own eyes : anded by the water-side : that will bring maketh much of them that fear the forth his fruit in due season. Lord.
His leaf also shall not wither : He that sweareth unto his neigh- and look, whatsoever he doeth, it bour, and disappointeth him not : shall prosper. though it were to his own hin- As for the ungodly, it is not so drance.
with them : but they are like the He that hath not given his mo- chaff, which the wind scattereth ney upon usury : nor taken reward away from the face of the earth. against the innocent,
Therefore the ungodly shall not
Te af Thystatutes and I say
be able to stand in the judgment : heart : that I should not sin against neither the sinners in the congre- Thee. gation of the righteous.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord : 0 But the Lord knoweth the way teach me Thy statutes. of the righteous : and the way of With my lips have I been tellthe ungodly shall perish.
ing : of all the judgments of Thy mouth.
I have had as great delight in PSALM 11.
the way of Thy testimonies : as in the Lord put I my trust : all manner of riches.
I will talk of Thy commandThat she should flee as a bird unto ments : and have respect unto Thy the hill ?
ways. For lo, the ungodly bend their My delight shall be in Thy stabow, and make ready their arrows tutes : and I will not forget Thy within the quiver : that they may
word. privily shoot at them which are true of heart.
PART OF Psalm 119, v. 33. For the foundations will be cast TEACH me, O Lord, the way down : and what hath the righteous done ?
keep it unto the end. The Lord is in His holy temple : Give me understanding, and I the Lord's seat is in heaven. shall keep Thy law : yea, I shall
His eyes consider the poor : and keep it with my whole heart. His eye-lids try the children of Make me to go in the path of
Thy commandments : for therein is The Lord alloweth the righteous : my desire. but the ungodly, and him that de- Incline my heart unto Thy teslighteth in wickedness doth His soul timonies : and not to covetousabhor.
Upon the ungodly He shall rain O turn away mine eyes, lest they snares, fire and brimstone, storm behold vanity : and quicken Thou and tempest : this shall be their me in Thy way. portion to drink.
O stablish Thy word in Thy serFor the righteous Lord loveth vant : that I may fear Thee. righteousness : His countenance Take away the rebuke that I am will behold the thing that is just.
afraid of : for Thy judgments are
good. Comfort in God's word, and keep-commandments : 0 quicken me in
Behold, my delight is in Thy ing His commandments.
PSALM 6. everd. by ruling himself after Thy O LORD indikauktiome neither
With my whole heart have I chasten me in Thy displeasure. sought Thee : 0 let me not go Have
mercy upon me, O Lord, wrong out
of Thy command- for I am weak : 0 Lord, heal me, ments.
for my bones are vexed. Thy words have I hid within my My soul also is sore troubled :
but, Lord, how long wilt Thou pu- Turn Thy face from my sins : nish me?
and put out all my misdeeds. Turn Thee, O Lord, and deliver Make me a clean heart, O God : my soul : O save me for Thy and renew a right spirit within me. mercy's sake.
Cast me not away from Thy preFor in death no man remember- sence : and take not Thy Holy eth Thee : and who will give Thee Spirit from me. thanks in the pit?
O give me the comfort of Thy I am weary of my groaning; help again : and stablish me with every night wash I my bed : and Thy free Spirit. water my couch with my tears.
Then shall I teach Thy ways My beauty is gone for very unto the wicked : and sinners shall trouble : and worn away because be converted unto Thee. of all mine enemies.
Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, Away from me, all ye that work O God, Thou that art the God of vanity : for the Lord hath heard my health : and my tongue shall the voice of my weeping.
sing of Thy righteousness. The Lord hath heard my petition :
Thou shalt open my lips, O the Lord will receive my prayer.
Lord : and my mouth shall shew All mine enemies shall be con- Thy praise. founded, and sore vexed : they shall For Thou desirest no sacrifice, be turned back, and put to shame else would I give it Thee : but Thou suddenly.
delightest not in burnt-offerings.
The sacrifice of God is a trouPsalm 51.
bled spirit : a broken and contrite AVE mercy upon me, O God, heart, O God, shalt Thou not
after Thy great goodness : despise. according to the multitude of Thy o be favourable and gracious mercies do away mine offences. unto Sion : build Thou the walls of
Wash me thoroughly from my Jerusalem. wickedness : and cleanse me from Then shalt Thou be pleased with
the sacrifice of righteousness, with For I acknowledge my faults : the burnt-offerings and oblations : and my sin is ever before me. then shall they offer young bullocks
Against Thee only have I sinned, upon Thine altar. and done this evil in Thy sight : that Thou mightest be justified in Thanksgiving for God's mercy to Thy saying, and clear when Thou
penitents. are judged.
Psalm 103. ,
and all that is within me praise conceived me.
His holy name. But lo, Thou requirest truth in Praise the Lord, O my soul ; and the inward parts : and shalt make forget not all His benefits ; me to understand wisdom secretly. Who forgiveth all thy sin : and
Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, healeth all thine infirmities; and I shall be clean : Thou shalt Who saveth thy life from destrucwash me, and I shall be whiter tion : and crowneth thee with mercy than snow.
and loving-kindness. Thou shalt make me hear of joy Who satisfieth thy mouth with and gladness : that the bones which good things : making thee young Thou hast broken may rejoice. and lusty as an eagle.
ness : and in sin hath" my mother PRAISE the Lord, O my soul :
The Lord executeth righteous- for he flourisheth as a flower of the ness and judgment : for all them field. that are oppressed with wrong. For as soon as the wind goeth
He shewed His ways unto Moses : over it, it is gone : and the place His works unto the children of Is- thereof shall know it no more. rael.
But the merciful goodness of the The Lord is full of compassion Lord endureth for ever and ever and mercy : long-suffering, and of upon them that fear Him : and His great goodness.
righteousness upon children's chilHe will not always be chiding : dren; neither keepeth He His anger for Even upon such as keep His
covenant : and think
His comHe hath not dealt with us after mandments to do them. our sins : nor rewarded us accord- The Lord hath prepared His seat ing to our wickednesses.
in heaven : and His kingdom ruleth For look how high the heaven is over all. in comparison of the earth : so great O praise the Lord, ye angels of is His mercy also toward them that His, ye that excel in strength : ye fear Him.
that fulfil His commandment, and Look how wide also the east is hearken unto the voice of His from the west : so far hath He set words. our sins from us.
O praise the Lord, all ye His Yea, like as a father pitieth his hosts : ye servants of His that do own children : even so is the Lord His pleasure. merciful unto them that fear Him. O speak good of the Lord, all ye
For He knoweth whereof we are works of His, in all places of His made : He remembereth that we dominion : praise thou the Lord, O are but dust.
The days of man are but as grass :
Then all say, I! BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven
And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church ; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
Then he says,
unto us salvation and protection. Amen.