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to them a meek and forgiving spirit towards all those who have confined them, and a full purpose to repair all the injuries and losses which others have sustained by them. Raise them up friends to pity and relieve them; give them the continued comfort of thy countenance here; and so sanctify their afflictions, that they may work for them an eternal weight of glory; through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.
A FORM OF
PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING
TO ALMIGHTY GOD,
For the fruits of the earth, and all the other blessings of His
merciful Providence ; to be used yearly on the FIRST THURSDAY IN NOVEMBER, or on such other day as shall be appointed by the Civil Authority.
I The service shall be as usual, except where it is hereby otherwise appointed. 1 Among the Sentences at the beginning of Morning Prayer shall be the following.
first-fruits of all thine increase ; so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. Prov. iii. 9, 10.
The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth ; by understanding hath he established the heavens: by his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. Prov. ii. 19, 20.
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deut. xxxiii. 27.
Israel then shall dwell in safety alone; the fountain of Jacob shall be upon the land of corn and of wine, also his heaven shall drop down dew. Deut. xxxiii. 28.
Happy art thou, O Israel ; who is like unto thee, 0 people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! Deut. xxxiii. 29.
Instead of, O come let us sing, &c., the following shall be said or sung.
our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely. The LORD doth build up Jerusalem : he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
He healeth those that are broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
He covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth; he maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains.
He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens
Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem ; praise thy God, O Sion.
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
Then shall be said or sung one of the Selections, or some other portion of the Psalms, at
the discretion of the Minister, The First Lesson shall be Deut. viii., and the Second Lesson shall be 1 Thess. v.
12 to 24. After the General Thanksgiving, shall be said this which followeth. MOS
ST gracious God, by whose knowledge the depths are broken
up, and the clouds drop down the dew ; We yield thee unfeigned thanks and praise, as for all thy mercies, so especially for the returns of seed-time and harvest, and for crowning the year with thy goodness, in the increase of the ground, and the gathering in of the fruits thereof. And, we beseech thee, give us a just sense of this great mercy; such as may appear in our lives, by an humble, holy, and obedient walking before thee all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all glory and honour, world without end. Amen.
The Collect to be used instead of that for the day.
of the husbandman in the returns of the fruits of the earth; We give thee humble and hearty thanks for this thy bounty ; beseeching thee to continue thy loving-kindness to us; that our land may still yield her increase, to thy glory and our comfort; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. St. James i. 16.
every perfect gift is from above; and cometh down from the Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls. Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass ; for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
The Gospel. St. Matt. v. 43. E have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you ; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven : for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? Or if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others ? do not even the publicans so ? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
PRAYER TO BE USED IN FAMILIES.
The Master or Mistress having called together as many of the Family as can conveniently be present, let one of them, or any other whom they shall think proper, say as follows, all kneeling.
UR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against
And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil : For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
AL LMIGHTY and everlasting God, in Acknowledgement whom we live and move and have of God's mercy and
preservation, especiour being; We, thy needy creatures, ren ally through the night der thee our humble praises, for thy pre- past. servation of us from the beginning of our lives to this day, and especially for having delivered us from the dangers of the past night. To thy watchful providence we owe it, (that no disturbance hath come nigh us or * When disturbances our dwelling; but that we are brought in of any kind befall safety to the beginning of this day.) For
a family, instead of
this, say, that notthese thy mercies, we bless and magnify withstanding thy glorious Name; humbly, beseeching brought in safety thee to accept this our morning sacrifice to the beginning of of praise and thanksgiving ; for his sake this day. who lay down in the grave, and rose again for us, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
ND, since it is of thy mercy, O gracious Dedication of soul
and body to God's
service, with a resolives; We here dedicate both our souls and lution to be growing our bodies to thee and thy service, in a sober, daily in goodness. righteous, and godly life : in which resolution, do thou, O
merciful God, confirm and strengthen us; that, as we grow in age, we may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
UT, O God, who knowest the weak
Prayer for grace to ness and
corruption of our nature, enable us to perform and the manifold temptations which we daily meet with; We humbly beseech thee to have compassion on our infirmities, and to give us the constant assistance of thy Holy Spirit; that we may be effectually restrained from sin, and excited to our duty. Imprint upon our hearts such a dread of thy judgments, and such a grateful sense of thy goodness to us, as may make us both afraid and ashamed to offend thee. And, above all, keep in our minds a lively remembrance of that great day, in which we must give a strict account of our thoughts, words, and actions; and according to the works done in the body, be eternally rewarded or punished, by him whom thou hast appointed the Judge of quick and dead, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For grace to guide protection for the ensuing day. Keep and keep us the folus temperate in our meats and drinks, lowing day, and for and diligent in our several callings. Grant business of the same. . us patience under any afflictions thou shalt
* On Sunday mornsee fit to lay on us, and minds always con
ing, instead of this, tented with our present condition. Give say, and let thy Ho. us grace to be just and upright in all our ly Spirit accompany
us to the place of dealings ; quiet and peaceable; full of com
thy public worship, passion; and ready to do good to all men, making us serious according to our abilities and opportu
and attentive, and nities. Direct us in all our ways, *[and from the thoughts
raising our minds prosper the works of our hands in the of this world to the business of our several stations.] De
consideration of the
next, that we may fend us from all dangers and adversities; fervently join in the and be graciously pleased to take us, prayers and praises
of thy Church, and and all things belonging to us, under
listen to our duty thy fatherly care and protection. These with honest hearts, things, and whatever else thou shalt see
in order to practise necessary and convenient to us, we humbly