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People.
May it please thee to bless and to keep all thy people.

Minister. May it please thee to endue all our rulers and magistrates with grace and wisdom, that they may execute justice and maintain truth.

People. May it please thee to give to all nations, unity, peace, and concord.

Minister. May it please thee to bless all schools and seminaries of learning, and all instructors of youth.

People.
And all means of true knowledge, virtue, and piety.

Minister. May it please thee to give to all thy people, increase of grace, to hear meekly thy word, and to receive it with pure affection, and to bring forth the fruits of the spirit.

People. Grant unto us hearts to love and fear thee, and diligently to live after thy commandments.

Minister. May it please thee to bring into the way of truth all such as have erred, and are deceived ; to strengthen such as do stand; to raise up those who fall, and finally to give us victory over all temptations.

People. May it please thee to help and comfort all who are in trouble and tribulation.

Minister. Show mercy unto the captive ; defend the fatherless and the widow, and all who are desolate and oppressed.

People.
May it please thee to have mercy upon all men.

Minister. Give unto us, Heavenly Father, we pray thee, true repentance, and forgive us all our frailties and sins. Endue us with the grace of thy holy Spirit, that ve may amend our lives according to thy word.

People. We beseech thee to hear us, O Lord, and grant us thy peace: Lord, have mercy upon us,

Minister. Deal not with us after our sins ::

People. Neither reward us after our iniquities.

EIGHTH SERVICE.

PENITENCE.

Minister. Unto Thee, O Lord, in sincere humility would we come. Thy sacrifices are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, thou wilt not despise. Help us, we beseech thee, to turn from the evil of our ways. In mercy hear us, and forgive us our sins.

People. Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us.

Minister. Have mercy upon us according to thy loving-kindness, according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out our transgressions.

People. Turn thou our hearts unto thee, O Lord, and uphold us by thy spirit.

Minister. Keep back thy servants from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over us. Unto thee, O Lord, will we lift up our voice, unto thee will we make our supplications.

People. We will confess our transgressions unto thee; O Lord, forgive us our sins.

Minister. Remember us, O Lord, and spare us, according to the greatness of thy mercy.

People. Wherein we have done wrong, may we do so no more. That which we see not, teach thou us, and lead us in the way of thy truth.

Minister. Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven: whose sins are covered. Good and upright art thou, O Lord, therefore wilt thou teach us thy way.

People. O send out thy light and thy truth, and let them lead us.

Minister. We will declare our iniquity, and be sorry for our sins. Hide not thy face from us in the day of our trouble.

People. O thou, whose goodness leadeth to repentance, search us, and try our ways, and lead us in the way everlasting.

Minister. Withhold not thy tender mercies from us, O Lord. Let thy loving-kindness and thy truth continually preserve us

People. May we abhor that which is evil, and cleave to that which

is good.

Minister. Remember not the sins of our youth, nor our transgressions ; according to thy mercy remember thou us, for thy goodness sake, O Lord; and

may
that
grace

which bringeth salvation, appear unto us, that we may keep ourselves unspotted from the world.

People. Help us, Heavenly Father, that we may look unto Christ, who came to reconcile us unto thyself

Minister. Thanks be to thee, O God, for the gift of thy Son, through whom thou hast given us the ministry of reconciliation, and called us to eternal glory.

People. May we believe that Jesus is the Christ, and believing, may we have life through his name.

Minister. Blessed art thou, O Lord God, who, according to thy abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

People. May we be faithful unto death, that we may receive a crown of life.

Minister. And may

the peace of God which passeth all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, forever and ever. AMEN.

NINTH SERVICE.

AFFLICTION.

Minister. O Thou, God of all comfort, look down upon us, we pray thee, in our tribulation, and give unto us grace and peace.

People. Grant unto us, O Lord, the consolation of the Gospel of Christ.

Minister. Turn thou unto us, and have mercy upon us, for we are desolate and afflicted.

People. Hide not thy face from us, merciful Father, in the day of trouble.

Minister. May our afflictions, which are but for a moment, work out for us an exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Of whom can we seek for succor, but of thee, O Lord ? help us so to bear our trials, that they may lead us to thee.

People. We know that all things work together for good to them that love thee.

Minister. We know, O God, that thou afflictest not willingly the children of men, that thou grievest them not for thy pleasure, but for their good. Grant, therefore, merciful Father, that thy chastening, though it seemeth to be grievous, may, nevertheless, yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness.

People. May the trial of our faith, be found unto thy honor and glory, through Jesus Christ.

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