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OST gracious God, Father of mercies ! We pray for

all mankind : that as Thou wouldst be acknowledged as the Saviour of the world, in the redemption wrought by Thy Son Jesus Christ, all those who are yet strangers to Him, in darkness and captivity to ignorance and error, may be led by the enlightening of Thy Spirit, and the preaching of Thy Gospel, into the way of salvation : which is, to know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent. Grant also that those already visited with Thy grace may continually grow in all goodness, being enriched with Thy spiritual benedictions: to the end that we all, with one heart and one mouth, may worship Thee, giving homage and praise to Thy Christ, our Lord, Lawgiver, and King.


GOD of all Comfort! We commend to Thee those

whom Thou art pleased to chasten with any cross or tribulation; all people visited with pestilence, war, or famine; all persons afflicted with poverty, imprisonment, sickness, banishment, or other distress of body or trouble of mind: that it may please Thee to show them Thy fatherly kindness, chastening them for their profit, to the end that with their whole hearts they

may turn unto Thee, and being converted, receive perfect consolation, and deliverance from all their woes.


ND especially we commend to Thee our brethren,

who, being persecuted by the enemies of Thy Gospel, are deprived of the pasture of life, and the privilege of publicly calling upon Thy Name: That it may please Thee, O Father of mercies ! to strengthen them by the grace of Thy Spirit, so that they may not faint, nor fall away, but may continue stedfast in Thy sacred calling. Succour them, help them, even as Thou knowest their need; console them in their trials, preserve them in Thy safe keeping, against the malice of their foes; and augment in them all the gifts of Thy Spirit: that as well in life as in death they may glorify Thee.

FINALLY, O God our Father ! Grant also unto us

who are here assembled in the Name of Thy Holy Child Jesus, to hear His Word [and to celebrate His Supper), that we may truly and unfeignedly acknowledge our lost estate by nature, and the condemnation we deserve by disobedient lives. And conscious that in us there dwelleth no good, and that


our flesh and blood cannot inherit Thy kingdom, may we with entire confidence and pure affection give ourselves up to Thy dear Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and only Saviour and Redeemer : that He, dwelling in us, may mortify all remaining sin, renewing us for that better life, where we shall perfectly praise and magnify Thy great and holy Name, world without end. AMEN.

Then let the Minister and people say together


LORD, increase our faith.

ORD, increase our faith.

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth : and in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell;* the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the

i. e., Continued in the state of the dead, and under the power of death, until the third day.

resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.


Then let a Hymn be sung, after which (when the Lord's Supper is not to be

administered), the congregation shall be dismissed with the



MHE Lord bless thee, and keep thee:

The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. AMEN.





To be sometimes read in place of the Law.


UR Lord Jesus Christ hath said, Blessed are the

poor in spirit : for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn : for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth,

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness : for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful : for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart : for they shall see


Blessed are the peace-makers : for they shall be called the children of God.

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