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ourselves, and to swear in thy wrath that we shall never enter into thy rest; but grant that all carnal

die in us; and that all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in us. Help us to put off the old man, which is corrupt, according to the deceitful lusts; and to put on the new man, which, after thy image, is created in righteousness and true holiness. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts, by thy holy inspiration, and make them a habitation for thyself, the temples of the living God: and suffer us not to defile them by taking pleasure in unrighteousness.

Accept, o heavenly Father, our humble and hearty thanks for all thy mercies towards us. How great is the sum of them! If we would count them, they are more in number than the sand. We praise thee, for thy goodness, which endureth yet daily. We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord. Oh, fill our hearts with such a sense of thy loving-kindness, and glorious perfections, that we may love thee above all things, and fear nothing so much as thy displeasure.

Rejoicing, O Lord, in the assurance of thy power, thy wisdom, and care, we commend ourselves, and all those whom we love, to thy gracious protection. Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all the perils and dangers of the night.

(Here may be used any appropriate Collect.)

Hear our prayers also in behalf of all mankind. Prosper the land in which we dwell, and thy Church in it to which we belong. Bless our rulers whom thy good providence hath set over us; and may we reverence and obey them, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded. Awaken the minds of all who are putting off their repentance from year to year, and cause them to see that now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation.

Look with pity upon those who are lying on the bed of sickness; and sanctify the trials of all thy afflicted ones. Arise, O Lord God, lift up thy hand; forget not the oppressed and the poor. May it please thee also to forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers; and to turn their hearts. All which we humbly beg for the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Father, &c.

Wednesday Morning.

EZEKIEL xviii. 21.-If the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, shall not be mentioned unto him. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die! saith the Lord God; and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

Psalm xxxiv. 18.—The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Matt. xviii. 3.-Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

LUKE xiii. 3.—Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Romans viii. 6.—For to be carnally minded is death ; butto be spiritually minded is life and peace: because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Acts iii. 19.—Repent ye, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

Psalu li. 1.—Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness; according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. For thou desirest not sacrifice, else would I give it: thon delightest not in burnt-offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Isaiau i, 18.—Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

1 John i. 7.- The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Heb. x. 14.—By one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.

John i. 29.—The Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world.


O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, who hasť safely brought us to the beginning of this day, defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant, that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings, being ordered by thy governance, may be righteous in thy sight.

Nay we go forth to the discharge of our several duties with thy love shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. Enable us to feel its constraining influence in all our ways; and to show forth thy praises, who callest out of darkness into marvellous light. Teach us faithfully to improve our various talents, and continually to occupy with them till thou come. Preserve us from being led away with the error of the wicked. Keep us up that we fall not from our steadfastness, nor make shipwreck of faith and a good conscience. But may we be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and, in every temptation, hold fast our integrity. Dispose


us day by day, to give all diligence, to add to our faith virtue, and knowledge, and temperance, and brotherly kindness, and charity. Grant that these, and all other heavenly dispositions, may be in us, and abound; that so we may be neither idle nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Bless us in that state of life to which thy good providence hath called us. are troubled, O Lord, about many things; and disquiet ourselves in vain. Give us faith to cast all our care upon thee, who carest for us; believing that thou, who hast not spared thy only Son, but hast delivered him up for us all, wilt with him also freely give us all things. Prepare us for the various changes of this mortal life; and lead us, in every visitation, to see thy hand, and submit to thy will. Teach us in whatever state we are, therewith to be content. May we know how to be abased and how to abound; and in all the ways of thy good providence, to laud and magnify the holy name.

(Here may be introduced any occasional Prayer.)

We desire to offer up our unfeigned thanksgivings for the good which thou mayest already have wrought in us; and for every privilege and mercy vouchsafed to our bodies and our souls. Day by day we give thanks unto thee, and praise thy name, O thou Most High. Add this to all thy other mercies, that we may never forget to be thankful.

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