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That it may please Thee to guide and protect our chief magistrate, with all his counsellors.

That it may please Thee to bless and preserve our people, and all in authority among us.

That it may please Thee to look upon the afflicted, and those that are in danger; and to comfort them.

That it may please Thee to succour all women in the perils of child-birth.

That it may please Thee to cherish and protect young children, and sick persons.

That it may please Thee to defend and suitably provide for the orphans and widows.

That it may please Thee to grant freedom unto captives.

That it may please Thee to have mercy upon all men.

That it may please Thee to forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to convert them.

That it may please Thee to give and preserve the fruits of the earth.

That it may please Thee to grant all these our requests.

We beseech Thee to hear us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

Lord, deal not with us according to our sins, neither reward us according to our iniquities.

O God, Merciful Father, who despisest not the groans of the contrite, nor rejectest the desire of the sorrowful: Be favourable to our prayers, which, in our afflictions that continually oppress us, we pour out before Thee; and graciously hear them; that those things which the craft of the devil or of man worketh against us, may be brought to nought, and by the counsel of Thy goodness be scattered; that being hurt by no persecutions, we may ever give thanks unto Thee in Thy holy Church : Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works proceed: Give unto Thy servants that peace which the world can not give; that both our hearts may be set to obey Thy commandments, and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may, by Thy protection, pass our time in rest and quietness : Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

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After this prayer, let a hymn be sung before the

SERMON.

At the conclusion of which, the following prayer, or the like in effect.

CLOSING PRAYER.

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LMIGHTY God, we humbly beseech Thee that

the good seed of Thy Word, now sown among us, may take such deep root, that neither the burning heat of affliction may cause it to wither, nor the cares of this world choke it, but that, as seed sown in good ground, it may bring forth fruit to Thy praise. And because for our infirmity we can do nothing without Thy help, and Thou knowest how many and sore temptations surround us : Let Thy strength, O Lord, sustain our weakness ; let Thy grace defend us from all assaults of evil; increase our faith, that we may never swerve from Thy commandment; augment in us hope and love ; and may no hardness of heart, no hypocrisy, no lusts of the flesh, no enticements of the world, cause us to wander from Thy ways. Grant this, O Lord, for the sake of our Advocate and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. AMEN.

Then let a hymn be sung, after which the congregation shall be dismissed

with the

BENEDICTION.

THE

MHE grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love

of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. AMEN.

OTHER FORMS

FOR THE

EVENING SERVICE ON THE LORD'S DAY.

INVOCATION.

I.

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ETERNAL, Almighty, and most Gracious God !

Heaven is Thy throne, and earth is Thy footstool : holy and reverend is Thy Name. We sinners are bold, through our blessed Mediator, to present ourselves and our supplications before Thee. Receive us graciously, help us by Thy Spirit, let Thy fear be upon us, let Thy Word come unto us in power, and be received in love ; cause us to be fervent in prayer, and joyful in Thy praises, and to serve Thee this day without distraction, that we may find it good for us to draw near unto Thee: Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Our Father, etc.

II.

ETERNA

TERNAL and Invisible God! Infinite in power,

wisdom, and goodness, dwelling in the light

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