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they are such as we dare not acknowledge even before our fellow-sinners on earth, convince us effectively of the terrors of Thy judgment-day, when we shall be constrained to acknowledge them all before the Angels of Heaven. Bless all our Governors in Church and State, and take not away from our country Thy saving help, in which alone is our strength and our hope. We would humbly beseech Thee to advance the Kingdom of Thy Son over all the earth. Let the Day-spring from on luigh visit all people who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. Let the children of light walk worthy of their high vocation, endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Upon our friends and relations let Thy peace and comfort be shed evermore, and by Thy most mighty protection here and ever preserve both them and us in body and soul, through Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith, through whom, unto Thee, O Lord God, be all might, majesty, and dominion, all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.


LORD God Almighty! Father of Him who by his one oblation of Himself has opened unto us the gate of everlasting life, have compassion upon our infirmities for His sake, and pardon our iniquity. Turn our ears to hearing Thy law, that our supplications be not counted as sin before 'Thee. Thou who art the strength of all them that put their trust in Thee, mercifully accept our prayers. And because we cannot do any good thing without Thee, grant us the help of Thy grace, that in keeping Thy commandments we may please Thee both in will and deed. Preserve us from an evil heart of unbelief, and teach us to consider wisely the actions and thoughts of every day ere yet it be closed upon us for ever, lest we should be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin into neglect of Thy promises and disregard of Thy justice. Let not the temptations of sloth and indolence or the many luxuries of life prevail against us, but enable us to keep under our bodies, and bring them into subjection. Deliver us, we beseech Thee, from all fleshly lusts that war against the soul, from envy, malice, and all uncharitableness. Let us not hate reproof ourselves, or upbraid others, but make us slow to anger, gentle and kindly affectioned one towards another with brotherly love. Awaken us that we seek earnestly Thy righteousness, and work in us that we be not indifferent and lukewarm in serving Thee. Strengthen us that we may truly profit by the revelation of all Thy lovingkindness to us. Let not our faith stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of our Saviour and our God. May we acknowledge with lively gratitude the continual and manifold blessings we receive at thy bands, and evermore shew forth in our lives the praises of Him who hath called us out of darkness into His marvellous light, who hath turned us from the power of satan unto God; and we beseech Thee to build us up on the foundation of the apostles and prophets for an habitation of Thy Spirit, and to give us an inheritance among all them which are sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ. Amen.


ALMIGHTY God! who wouldest not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should turn from his sin and live, have mercy upon us for the sake of Thy well-beloved Son, and grant us true repentance. Cleanse us, we beseech Thee, from secret faults, and save us from presumptuous sins. Deliver us from all self-delusion and hypocrisy, that we may not in any way cling to or defend the transgressions we disavow with our lips. Let us pot wilfully repeat offences which day by day we disclaim, but endeavour stedfastly to perfect holiness in the fear of Thee. Fill us with a living and effective faith in the atonement made for each of us by Jesus Christ, and in His continual intercession for our iniquity. Let our prayers ever be through His name, earnest, hopeful, and sincere ; and incline us to watch thereunto with all perseverance.

“ Scatter the darkness of our ignorance, that we may see Thy light, and worship Thee as God. Make tender our spirits within us, that in lively devotion and singleness of heart we strive to work out our own salvation with reverence and awe; with trembling and joy; with distrust of ourselves, and mighty confidence in Thee.” Teach us to estimate aright the advantages of our birth in this favoured land, the blessing of Christian worship and Christian society. Strengthen and instruct us in the observance of all those duties and ordinances which, amid the deceitful pleasures and absorbing cares of life, Thou hast enjoined for our continual protection and support. Let our daily conduct be such as to shew us truly thankful for the means of instruction, and habitually diligent to improve them, according to Thy will. And since Thou hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of Thy word we may embrace and evermore hold fast the blessed hope of salvation, which Thou givest us in Thy Son.

Even as He rose again from the grave as on this day, so let us be made in Him new creatures, and be adopted as the children of grace, and henceforward evermore live unto Him in the communion of saints. And we would humbly implore Thy blessing upon every Bishop, Priest, and Curate, and all estates of men in thy Church, that each member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may truly serve Thee, through Jesus Christ, in whom and through whom unto Thee Lord God Almighty be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

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