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O LORD God Almighty, for the sake of our Redeemer have mercy upon us miserable offenders, and throughout our continuance in this world let Thy Holy Spirit work in each of us obedience to Thy will, and dependence on Thy power. In Thee, O Lord, in the multitude of Thy mercies, establish Thou our hope ; that, freed from all idolatry, we may ever turn to Thee in single-mindedness and deep humility. Let not the consciousness of our many offences day by day become a snare for our souls; but oblige us the rather to lowly faith in Him who has suffered for our iniquity, and broken the power of Satan. Thou alone art strong to save; O Lord, in none other have we any help. Overrule the secret misgivings of our unbelief, and with great might succour us. Amid all our wilfulness and neglect of Thee, root and establish Thy kingdom in our hearts, for the honour of Thine only Son. Let not iniquity have dominion over

Order our steps in Thy word, and set a watch before our mouths. Incline us to keep Thy commandments, and to avoid the fellowship of those who do evil in Thy sight, and have not in their hearts the fear of Thee. Suffer us not to lavish away the season of mercy,


procured for us here by such a costly sacrifice, on pursuits of unreal importance, or in unprofitable studies. Enable us to put our whole trust in Thee, that we may not lean unto our own understandings, or seek after the wisdom of the flesh. In the deaths of our fellow-creatures, as they fall around us continually, teach us to feel how frail and uncertain is our own condition, and so to number our days that we may indeed apply our hearts unto wisdom. Let us ever be mindful that Thy kingdom may come upon us suddenly; that we know not the day nor the hour when each and all of us here assembled in the flesh before Thee, shall hear the certain summons to the grave; and that after the grave, wherein is no place for change and repentance, cometh the judgment. Prepare us against the terrors of the last day, that we may then be found in the train of our Redeemer, and heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation. Unto Him that is able to establish us according to His Gospel, and the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret but is now made known for the obedience of faith; unto God only wise be glory for ever, through Jesus Christ. Amen.


ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, have mercy upon us, for the sake of Him who left the heavens, His dwelling-place, and came on earth in the flesh to save sinners; have mercy upon us, O Lord, and fill us effectively with the fear of Thee, that we may begin to be wise : work in us, that with lowly, penitent, and obedient hearts, we confess our manifold sins and wickedness, not dissembling them before Thee, or seeking to excuse them to ourselves, to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same through Thine infinite goodness and mercy. Grant us that living and active faith which is the free gift of Thy Holy Spirit in Christ, that we may serve Thee with a tender conscience, shrinking from all appearance of evil, and in our lives as well as with our lips offer up our continual thanks, through Him who took us out of darkness and the shadow of death, that He might make us the children of light, and exalt us to everlasting glory. Subdue within us each evil passion, and strengthen us against every dangerous indulgence. Deliver us from all hypocrisy, pride, and blindness of heart; from contempt of Thy commandments, and all false peace. Every night let us lie down to sleep in the same forgiving and humble temper as to those around us, and to ourselves, in the which we would desire and hope to die, lest our souls be required of us unawares, and we perish in our sin. Let us rejoice in the light of every morning as Thy gift, and seek on our bended knees that assistance from Thee, by which alone we can be carried through the day in safety. Make us diligent and active in our earthly calling, and zealous above all things for Thine honour and glory, that so, whatever we do, we may do it heartily and with good will, as to the Lord, and not

Let us not wrest unto our own destruction the blessings we receive at Thy hands, but endeavour to perfect their merciful intent in stedfast hope with all perseverance. Have compassion upon our infirmities; and those things which for our unworthiness we dare pot, and for our ignorance we cannot ask, vouchsafe to grant us day by day, for the worthiness of Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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LORD God Almighty, Father of Him who came into the world to save sinners, have compassion upon us for His sake. We confess our utter unworthiness in Thy sight, we acknowledge the evil imaginations of our hearts. Leave us not to ourselves for one moment, but work in us evermore both to will and to do, that we, who cannot do any thing that is good without Thee, may by Thee be enabled to live according to Thy word. Make us habitually desirous of improvement in the knowledge and practice of Thy laws. Deliver us from carelessness and a trifling spirit, that we may give ourselves up entirely to Thy service; and let our prayers be made unto us the rule of our life every day, that we may thankfully rely on Thy continual furtherance and support, and may sincerely desire to do our duty in this world, according to our respective stations. Preserve us from all unchristian tempers and pursuits; from selfishness, under whatsoever form it might else beguile us; and from every deed, and word, and thought, which might grieve the Holy Spirit. Ever guard us against sloth and all manner of excess, that we may not thereby forfeit the means of grace, and deprive ourselves of the

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