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ENTER not into judgment with Thy servants, O Lord God Almighty, but spare us for the sake of Thy well-beloved Son, and turn from us all those evils which we most justly deserve. Spare us, whom thou hast redeemed, and take away the hardness of our hearts, that we meekly acknowledge and truly repent our transgressions. And forasmuch as Thou seest that we have not any power of ourselves to help ourselves, in all our dangers and necessity stretch forth Thy right hand to help and defend us. Increase our faith, O Lord, that it may work in us patience to run the race that is set before us, and stedfast hope, that we count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Teach us to walk before Thee as little children, honestly, without guile or malice, to avoid all temptations as far as we can, and to continue not under any circumstances which may provoke us unto evil. Make us more especially careful against those things whereof our consciences are afraid. Deliver us from the sin that doth most easily beset us. Dispose us to seek the company, and listen to the discourse, of such as honour Thy commandments and fear Thee. Preserve


us from evil communications and example. Grant that we may ever be temperate in our enjoyment of the comforts and wealth which Thou givest for our use, and innocent and inoffensive in our conversation. Let us not be lost in the cares and pleasures of this life, but ready at all hours, that we may not have our portion among unbelievers. Teach us that here we are only pilgrims, and are seeking an eternal home; that our appointed travel towards that home is as a shadow

passing away swiftly. Make us so desire to die the death of the righteous, that we may live in obedience. Suffer us not in the blindness of our hearts to make a mock at sin. Turn us away from heedless levity, from vain imaginations, to watchful seriousness and sober zeal, that we may be filled with all peace and joy in believing, and may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost. Enable us to watch always as those who know not when the Son of man cometh, that when He doth come in power and great glory to judge the world, each of us may be made a partaker of His resurrection, and through Him an inheritor of Thine everlasting kingdom. Amen.


IN His name who came into the world to save sinners that only name under Heaven given among men whereby we may be saved, have mercy upon us,

O Lord God, and for His sake pardon our iniquity. Forgive us all that is past, and vouchsafe unto us Thy grace, that we stedfastly purpose amendment of our lives ; and Thy strength, that we be continually labouring to amend them. Deliver us from all evil passions and from the pride of life, from all sinful thoughts and unprofitable pursuits, from lying lips and a deceitful tongue. Enable us to take good heed unto ourselves, lest at any time our hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness and cares of this world, and the day of judgment come upon us as a snare. Let us live in watch. fulness and constant prayer. Teach us to search out our own spirits, that they be not blinded and sensual ; and that, knowing the time that now it is high time to awaken out of sleep, for the night is far spent and the day is at hand, and to cast off the works of darkness : and we be- seech Thee to grant us a heart to love and dread Thee, and diligently to live after Thy commandments. Establish Thou the work of our hands, and comfort us in all


our trouble ; and let the glorious majesty of the Lord our God be continually before us. Let not our imaginations be vain and evil, let not our hearts be darkened; but let us year by year and day by day strive earnestly to retain in our knowledge the Lord, our Creator, our Redeemer, our Sanctifier, and to glorify Him as God over all, blessed for ever. Enlighten our understandings, that we may know the great hope of our calling in Jesus Christ, the exceeding greatness of His power, and the rich glory of His inheritance. May each day as it passes the better prepare us for that eternity, to which it assuredly brings us nearer; and make us more and more sensible of Thy continual mercies, and of Thine unchangeable goodness in all Thine ordinances ; more especially in commanding us to make all things known unto Thee by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving; and although we be unworthy through our mafold sins to offer up unto Thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech Thee, most merciful Father, to accept our bounden duty and service, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


LORD God Almighty! Creator and Preserver of all mankind, for the sake of Him who has suffered death on the cross for our sins, have mercy upon us.

Make us deeply feel, that Jesus Christ the righteous did suffer for the sins of each of us here assembled before Thy throne in His name, that He might redeem us from an evil world, and enable us to worship Thee in spirit and in truth. Humble us entirely before Thy searching eye : deliver us from our own conceits, and take from every heart its pride, and bitterness, and unbelief. Make us truly conscious of our iniquity; that we may look upon Him who was lifted up on the cross, that in Him we might have eternal life, that the world through Him might be saved ! Work in our secret selves a thankful acceptance of Him, a lowly obedience to Thee. Thou hast promised to bring the blind by a way that they knew not ;

to make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. Let Thy Holy Spirit work in each of us implicit reliance on this Thy gracious promise, that we give earnest heed to the things which we have heard, and neglect not Thy great salvation. O lift up the light of Thy countenance upon us,

that we may

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