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serve thee with fasting and prayer, that by the advent and birth of our blessed Redeemer, we may with them be filled with true joy and consolation ; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THE EMBER WEEK IN LENT.
O LORD Jesus Christ, the Son of God and
Saviour of the world, who didst foretell to thine Apostles that at the time of thy sufferings they should weep and lament, while the world rejoiced ; and that they should be sorrowful, but their sorrow should be turned into joy ; Grant, that during this time wherein thou didst suffer, and wast afflicted with extreme sorrow and anguish for the sins of the whole world, we thine unworthy servants may so weep and lament, and be sorrowful for our sins, the cause of all thy sorrows and sufferings, that on the day of thy triumphant resurrection, we may rejoice with that joy which no man can take from us. Grant this, O blessed Lord and Saviour, who didst die for our sins and rise again for our justification, and now livest and reignest with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
FOR THE EMBER WEEK AFTER PENTECOST.
O LORD Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of the
Father, who at the time of thy glorious ascension didst command thine Apostles to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high : and when in obedience to this thy
command they had continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, didst, according to thy promise, send down upon them the Holy Ghost the Comforter ; Grant, we beseech thee, that we thy most humble servants, abiding in the unity of thy Holy Catholic Church, the mother of us all, and continually serving thee as thou hast commanded, may evermore be replenished with the heavenly grace of the Holy Ghost, through thy precious merits and most powerful intercession, who livest and reignest with the Father in the unity of the same Spirit. Amen.
FOR THE EMBER WEEK IN SEPTEMBER.
ALMIGHTY God, who givest to all life, and
breath, and all things, and bringest forth food out of the earth for the use of man, keep us ever in mind that this world, with all the glory of it, fadeth, and the fashion thereof passeth away; and grant that we may so use the fruits of the ground which thou hast now given us, and all other temporal blessings wherewith thou crownest the year, that we abuse them not to the satisfying of our wanton and inordinate appetites, but may evermore serve thee in Christian temperance and sobriety as it becometh those who, living on earth, have their conversation in heaven, that at the last we may be admitted into thy heavenly kingdom, where we shall never hunger or thirst again, being satisfied with the plenteousness of thy house, and filled with the abundance of thy pleasures for evermore. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our Lord. Amen.
Thanksgiving and Prayer for Ember days. To be used daily
when any member of the family or near friend either is, or
is about to be, ordained; mentioning them specially at * * WE thank thee more especially at this time, dear
Saviour, for thy great grace in ordaining a succession of men to bless us in thy name, to administer thy Sacraments and preach thy word. We pray thee gracious Father, by thy Holy Spirit inspire the Bishops and Pastors of thy Church with heavenly wisdom and discerning. Increase, O Lord, the number of faithful labourers; inspire likewise all who shall be admitted to that service with a great zeal for thy glory, for the honour of Christ our Lord, and for the salvation of his peo- | ple. Make them * apt to teach, skilfully dividing the word of truth, rightly and duly administering thy Holy Sacraments, catechizing the young, instructing the ignorant, convincing gainsayers, satisfying the doubtful, confirming the faithful, comforting those that mourn, [absolving the penitent,] and building up all thy people in their most holy faith. Hear us, gracious and ever-blessed Jesus, and stir up the faithful to send up their ardent cries and supplications with fasting and mourning, that the Pastors of thy flock now to be appointed by the spiritual Fathers of thy Church may be made the means of bringing thy people into one, and of bringing many souls
to thy kingdom; where with the Father, and the Holy Ghost, thou livest and reignest one God, for ever and
FOR MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY
ON DOMESTIC OCCASIONS.
Which may be given by Parents to their Children, laying their
hands on their heads (see Gen. xlviii.) The recorded practice of many Christian parents.
GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON,
GOD THE HOLY GHOST, BLESS (OUR CHILDREN)