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Published June. 1905.

It would be vain to ignore the warning
voices which tell us .... of a cer-
tain decadence in the definitely religious
life of the ordinary home — a falling off,
that is, in the very force which gave its dis-
tinctive inspiration and its distinctive
power to so much of our grandsires' life. —
The Archbishop of Canterbury at the Gen-
eral Convention, Oct. 6, 1904.

"Our duty it is, who are your Fathers in
Christ, to entreat you, brethren, that you
rebuild the family altar, and begin the nur-
ture of your children with that teaching in
which your mother, the Church, bids you
to train them." — The Pastoral Letter of the
House of Bishops J 1904.


fj=f|]APPINESS in the home— or
[ULil out — is an achievement. It
comes to homes in which the
spirit's life, in spite of many a fault
and failure, is lived in prayer — in-
sistent and persistent.

And yet family prayer is far from
common. Men and women whose
earliest and tenderest memories
gather round the family altar, omit
to set up in the home they make a
family altar to which their children
may in years to come look back with
earnest longing and with pious pride.

Times have changed. Simplicity
is passing from the home. In many
a quarter individualism has loosened
family ties. Parents and children
equally, each in their own way, leave
the home to find diversion and up-


lift. The habit of doing things to-
gether seems to be breaking up.
How can a family find time to pray-
together every day when the only
time in the whole week they all are
together is Sunday, — and then the
growing fashion is to have a house

Everything today makes against
family worship. But the need of it
remains. Divorce legislation, in
Church or State, can do no more than
keep together those whom man's laws
may have made one flesh, but God's
will never made one spirit. What is
wanted is conversion from the
thought of the family as a starting
point from which to go out in search
of pleasure, to the thought of the
family as a social unit in which and


through which by prayer and
prayerful service to come "unto a
perfect man, unto the measure of the
stature of the fulness of Christ." Else
it may be that by and by the home
which saint and sociologist today
would save will not be worth the sav-

The family altar ought to be at
once set up — or put back — in every
Christian home. How to set it up —
or put it back — is the first question.
Extempore prayer is beyond the
reaches of most people. It puts too
great a strain on the self-conscious-
ness of husband and father. Besides,
after the first week or two family
prayer is likely to lose its extempor-
aneousness. The same form is apt
to be invoked every day, and the con-



tents varies less and less as weeks go

A book is needed equal to the test
of brevity, inclusiveness, orderly ar-
rangement, and inexpensiveness.
Some books are brief but not inclu-
sive; some inclusive but not brief;
some well arranged, but too costly
to be widely used.

This little book goes forth ambi-
tious to meet, measurably at least,
these tests. At any rate, it is brief,
and it is possibly as inclusive as could
be expected of a mere booklet. Each
service has been so constructed as to
make it unnecessary, save for special
needs, to open any other book except
the Bible.

The scriptural passages that head
each service have been chosen with



respect to brevity and pertinence,
and are supplemented by a lection-
ary on page 113 which provides eight
weekly series of daily readings cover-
ing the entire Bible.

Half the prayers, perhaps, are
taken outright from the Prayer
Book. A few are B right's. The bed-
time prayer of the prayerful Kem-
per Bocock will be found on page
104, and on page 107, the old age
prayer in verse of the late Bishop
Huntingdon. Robert Louis Steven-
son's well-known prayer, on page 96,
ought of course to be in every
family prayer book. The prayers
of my own, adapted to those occasions
for which I could find no other
prayers that seemed to suit, will per-
haps prove not altogether useless


if the prayerful soul is slow to find
them out.

Hoping that this little book may-
find its way to many a home, I send it
out in prayer.

Lyman P. Powell.

St. John's Rectory,
Northampton, Mass.

Acknowledgment is gratefully made of the kindness of
the Rev. Elwood Worcester, Robert Ellis Jones, and Fred-
crick A. Wright in reading the manuscript, and of Pro-
fessor Joseph French Johnson in revising the proof.

L. P. P.



Foreword 7

Introduction 15

The Lord's Prayer 19

Morning and Evening Prayers 21

Special Prayers in the Prayer Book ... 69
Special Prayers not in the Prayer

Book 71

Private Prayers 99

Grace before Meals 109

Lectionary 113


[rafflVERY one who really prays
mil knows that praying deepens
the sense of the nearness and
goodness of God. It heightens every
joy, and elevates every desire. It re-
lieves the loneliness of life, and
brings strength to bear its burdens.

Family prayer does all this, not
only for the members as individuals,
but for the family as a body. It
unites more closely husband and
wife, parents and children, brothers
and sisters. It strengthens the union
of each with the other, and tends to
blend their separate lives into a har-
monious whole.

If in every Christian household
the practice of family prayer should
become firmly established, it would
be impossible to measure the benefi-



cial results which would follow. It
would unify, to a large degree, the
aims and interests of all the families
of which society is made; it would
quicken the consciousness of relation-
ship and responsibility to God; it
would tend to purify and ennoble the
national life.

Whatever, therefore, is likely to
encourage and promote the habit of
family prayer should be welcomed;
and because this little volume of
prayers seems so well adapted to
exert such an influence, I am glad to
commend it. The prayers cover a
wide range, and are expressive of al-
most every right emotion and desire.
They are simple in structure, easy to
understand. They are real and ear-
nest, and thoroughly Christian.


May the blessing of God, Who
hears our prayers, rest upon him who
has prepared this volume, and upon
all the families and individuals to
whom it may come, through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen,

O. W. Whitaker.


ipjllUR Father, Who art in heaven,
mm 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 tres-
passes, As we forgive those who tres-
pass against us. 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.

(To be used before the prayers at every


ffiornina ant) Bvening iptai^ers


Psalm 122 or Colossians 3: 1-7


HGOD, Who makest us glad
with the weekly remembrance

of the glorious Resurrection
of Thy Son our Lord; Vouchsafe us
this day such a blessing through Thy
worship that wx may spend the days
to follow in Thy favour; through the
same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,

Send today upon all Bishops, O
Lord, especially the Bishop of this
Diocese, and upon all ministers, es-
pecially our own. Thy heavenly
blessing. Help them fearlessly and
lovingly to preach Thy Word and
faithfully and reverently to admin-


Sunba^ /IDorntuG

ister Thy Sacraments, and both by
their life and doctrine to set forward
every cause of Thine. Bless our
country and give to our President
and all in authority, purity of pur-
pose, right understanding, constant
courage, and all other blessings which
Thou seest they need. Look in mercy
upon all who sufifer pain of mind or
body and relieve them in Thine own
good time and way. Heal us in the
Church of all disunity and in the
world be pleased to bring war to a
speedy end. Bless all who are dear
to us by nature's or affection's bonds,
whether near or far away. And
grant that all our doings, being
ordered by Thy governance, may be
righteous in Thy sight; through
Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen,

SunC)ap miorntng

Help us, O God, so to spend this
holy day as to please Thee. Make us
eager to attend the services of Thy
Church. Preserve us from irrever-
ence, indifference and wandering
thoughts. Raise our spirits high
above all fret and pettiness and
worldliness, that we may fervently
join in the prayers and praises of Thy
people and listen to our duty with
honest hearts, in order to practice it
throughout the week; for Jesus'
sake. Amen.

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. And the blessing of God
Almighty, the Father, the Son, and

Sun&ai? fmorning

the Holy Ghost, be amongst us and
remain with us always. Amen.


"O day of rest and gladness." — 24.
"O what the joy and the glory must be."

*The hymns are taken from the standard Hymnal of
the Protestant Episcopal Church.


Sunbap Bventng

Genesis 28: 10-22 or St. Luke 24: 13-32

IrrSjE thank Thee, heavenly Father,
|tiii| for all the privileges of this
day; for its sacraments, its
services, its gospel preached for our
upbuilding. Forgive, we pray Thee,
whatever Thou hast seen unworthy
in our thoughts and words and deeds.
Pardon us the wanderings of our
minds and the coldness of our hearts,
and give us of Thy mercy every bless-
ing which Thou knowest we shall
need throughout the week, to live a
godly, righteous, and sober life, to
the glory of Thy holy name. Amen,

O Lord, by all Thy dealings with
us, whether of joy or pain, of light

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or darkness, let us be brought to
Thee. Let us value no treatment of
Thy grace simply because it makes
us happy or because it makes us sad,
because it gives us or denies us what
we want; but may all that Thou
sendest us bring us to Thee, that
knowing Thy perfectness we may be
sure in every disappointment that
Thou art still loving us, in every
darkness that Thou art still enlight-
ening us, in every enforced idleness
that Thou art still using us, and in
every death that Thou art giving us
life, as in His death Thou didst give
life to Thy Son, our Saviour Jesus
Christ. Amen.

O Lord, our God, Who alone mak-
cst us to dwell in safety, we beseech

SunDap Evening

Thee to keep us this night safe from
every peril and to raise us up to-
morrow disposed and strengthened
for Thy service. Through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ, and the love of God, and the
fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be
with us all evermore. Amen,


"Abide with me, fast falls the eventide."

— 12.

"Tarry with me, O my Saviour." — 642.


/ftonbay nnorntna

Psalm 42 or Ephesians 4: 1-13

frSjjNTO Thee, O merciful Father,
[LBII we commend ourselves for
the week that lies before us.
Teach us to hate sin and every day
to shun it, to remember Thee in all
our tasks and trials and to continue
steadfast in the faith of Thy dear
Son whatever the experiences we
meet, until we at last attain unto the
measure of the stature of His full-
ness, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,

O Lord, make us humble without
hypocrisy, cheerful without careless-
ness, serious without melancholy,
trustful without presumption. Help
us so to love Thee, as to fear and

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avoid whatever would part us from
Thee. Make our souls watchful
against temptation, strong against
evil desires, and patient amid the
trials of this life. Grant us to know
Thee with our minds, to love Thee
with our hearts, to please Thee by
our deeds, to use Thy blessings
here by grace and to enjoy Thy pres-
ence hereafter in glory; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,

Direct us, O Lord, in all our do-
ings, with Thy most gracious favour,
and further us with Thy continual
help; that in all our works begun,
continued, and ended in Thee, we
may glorify Thy holy name, and
finally, by Thy mercy, obtain ever-
lasting life ; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen,


The blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Ghost, be amongst us, and remain
with us this week and always. Amen,


"New every morning is the love." — i.
"Work, for the night is coming." — 583.



Isaiah 40: i-ii or St. John 20: 19-23


LMIGHTY God, Who neither

slumberest nor sleepest,

watch this night, we beseech
Thee, over us and ours and all whom
Thou hast made, with Thine eyes of
love and mercy. Comfort those who
have no comfort save in Thee. Re-
member in Thy boundless pity the
homeless and forsaken everywhere.
Uplift those who are cast down ; be-
friend them that suffer wrong in ig-
norance; cheer with hope all who
are discouraged and unhappy; and
by Thy grace preserve from falling
those whom extreme poverty would
tempt to sin. Though they be trou-
bled on every side, suffer them not


to be distressed; though they be per-
plexed, save them from despair; and
give them this night the peace which
passeth understanding, for Jesus'
sake. Amen.

O God, from Whom all holy de-
sires, all good counsels, and all just
works, do proceed; give unto Thy
servants that peace which the world
cannot give; that our hearts may be
set to obey Thy commandments, and
also that by Thee, we, being de-
fended from the fear of our enemies,
may pass our time in rest and quiet-
ness; through the merits of Jesus
Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Lighten our darkness, we beseech
Thee, O Lord; and by Thy great
mercy defend us from all perils and

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dangers of this night; for the love of
Thy only Son, our Saviour Jesus
Christ. Amen.

Unto Thy gracious mercy and pro-
tection we commit us. The Lord
bless us and keep us. The Lord make
His face to shine upon us and be
gracious unto us. The Lord lift
up His countenance upon us, and
give us peace, both now and ever-
more. Amen.


"Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world
of sin." — 674.

"Saviour, breathe an evening blessing."




Uues^a^ /iDorntna

Isaiah 35 or Philippians 2: 5-11.
GOD, the King Eternal, Who
dividest the day from the
darkness, and turnest the
shadow of death into the morning,
drive far from us all wrong desires;
incline our hearts to keep Thy law;
and guide our feet into the way of
peace, that having done Thy will
with cheerfulness while it was day,
we may, when the night cometh, re-
joice to give Thee thanks; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Make us. Heavenly Father, we
beseech Thee, honest with ourselves
and others in all things today. Com-
pensate the losses that the day may


bring and sanctify its gains; sustain
us in adversity and control us in pros-
perity. Give us grace to neglect no
duty, and despise no privilege. Help
us to be true to ourselves, kind to our
neighbors, patient v^ith the stupid,
considerate of the weak, fair to the
unjust, and faithful unto Thee. Let
it never be that we think more of be-
ing happy than of doing good or that
we fail to share what we have with
those that lack. Grant us every hour
the disposition to make the people
round us happier and the whole
world better; and thus to grow in
grace and in the knowledge of our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

O Almighty Lord, and everlasting
God, vouchsafe, we beseech Thee, to


direct, sanctify, and govern, both our
hearts and bodies, in the ways of Thy
laws, and in the works of Thy com-
mandments; that, through Thy most
might}^ protection, both here and
ever, we may be preserved in body
and soul ; through our Lord and Sav-
iour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Almighty and Merciful Lord,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Ghost, bless and preserve us, this day
and for evermore. Amen,


"Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve."

"Rise, my soul, and stretch thy wings."




Isaiah 9: 1-7 or Romans 13: 8-14

LMIGHTY and everlasting
God, Who art always more
ready to hear than we to pray,
and art wont to give more than we
either desire or deserve; pour down
upon us the abundance of Thy
mercy; forgiving us those things
whereof our conscience is afraid, and
giving us those good things which we
are not worthy to ask, but through
the merits and mediation of Jesus
Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Amen,

Into Thy hands, O Lord, we com-
mend ourselves, our souls and bodies,
beseeching Thee to keep us this night
without fear and to raise us up to-


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morrow, strong to serve Thee and to
follow in the footsteps of Him Who
lay down in the grave and rose again
for us, Thy Son, our Saviour, Jesus
Christ. Amen.

Bless, O Lord, our kindred and
our friends, and have mercy on Thy
people everywhere. Forgive their
sins, support them in their trials and
temptations, educate them by expe-
rience, and keep for all who look
with steadfast faith to Thee "Thy
morning pledge — 'At evening time it
shall be light.' " For Jesus' sake.

The Lord bless us, and keep us.

The Lord make His face to shine

upon us, and be gracious unto us. The

Lord lift up His countenance upon


us, and give us peace, both now and
evermore. Amen.


"Softly now the light of day."— 13.
*'Holy Father, cheer our way." — 9.



Joel 2: 12-17 or St. Matthew 18: 21-35

LMIGHTY and everlasting

God, Who hatest nothing

that Thou hast made, and
dost forgive the sins of all those who
are penitent; create and make in us
new and contrite hearts, that we,
worthily lamenting our sins and ac-
knowledging our wretchedness, may-
obtain of Thee, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty God, Who seest that we

have no power of ourselves to help

ourselves ; keep us both outwardly in

our bodies, and inwardly in our


Me^nesbap /IDorntng

souls ; that we may be defended from
all adversities which may happen to
the body, and from all evil thoughts
which may assault and hurt the soul ;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O God, Whose nature and prop-
erty is ever to have mercy and to for-
give; receive our humble petitions;
and though we be tied and bound
with the chain of our sins, yet let the
pitifulness of Thy great mercy loose
us; for the honour of Jesus Christ,
our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

The Lord preserve our going out
and our coming in this day and for
evermore. Amen.


"Christian! dost thou see them." — 8i.
"O for a closer walk with God." — 660.


"Me&nesDag jEventng

Psalm 51 or Ephesians 4: 25-32

irroiE come to Thee, our Father, at
IIaJI the close of day, grateful for
its mercies, sorry for its sins.
Forgive them all, we pray Thee,
here and now; the sins of our soul
and the sins of our body; our secret
and our open sins; the sins that we
have sinned to please ourselves and
the sins with which we thought to
please or appease others; the sins of
cowardice and the sins of over-confi-
dence; the sins we mourn and the
sins we do not mourn because we
know not, though Thou knowest,
what they are — forgive them, one
and all, and bring us to the morning
light, brave to achieve, strong to en-


dure, prompt and purposeful to live
more nearly as we pray, through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,

O God, Who knowest us to be set
in the midst of so many and great
dangers, that by reason of the frailty
of our nature we cannot always stand
upright; grant to us such strength
and protection, as may support us in
all dangers, and carry us through all
temptations; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God,
Who dost govern all things in heaven
and earth; mercifully hear the sup-
plications of Thy people, and grant
us Thy peace all the days of our life ;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ, and the love of God, and the
fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be
with us all evermore. Amen,


"Jesus, lover of my soul." — 335.
"All praise to Thee, my God, this night."


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Ecclesiastes 12 or St. Mark 10: 6-9; 13-15


mOOK graciously, we pray Thee,
Heavenly Father, on this
home of ours. Let faith
abound and hope prevail, and pour
into our hearts that most excellent
gift of charity, the very bond of
peace and of all virtues, without
which whosoever liveth is counted
dead before Thee. Grant this for
Thine only Son Jesus Christ's sake.

Almighty God, our Heavenly
Father, Who settest the solitary in
families, and makest Thyself house-
holds like a flock of sheep ; we com-
mend to Thy continual care the


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homes in which Thy people dwell
the whole world over. Put far from
them, we beseech Thee, every root of
bitterness, the desire of vain-glory,
and the pride of life. Fill them with
faith, virtue, knowledge, temper-
ance, patience, godliness. Knit to-
gether in constant affection those in
holy wedlock, made one flesh. Turn
the heart of the fathers to the chil-
dren, and the heart of the children
to the fathers; and so kindle charity
among us all, that we may be ever-
more kindly affectioned with broth-
erly love; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen,

Almighty God, the fountain of all
wisdom. Who knowest our necessi-
ties before we ask, and our ignorance


in asking; we beseech Thee to have
compassion upon our infirmities ; and
those things which for our unworthi-
ness we dare not, and for our blind-
ness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give
us, for the worthiness of Thy Son
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord preserve our going out
and our coming in this day and for-
evermore. Amen.


"Love divine, all love excelling." — ^432.
"I think when I read that sweet story of
old."— 562.



Psalm 90 or I Peter 4: 7-1 1

[rrnlE humbly beseech Thee, O
|iA|| Father, mercifully to look
upon our infirmities ; and, for
the glory of Thy name, turn from us
all those evils that we most justly
have deserved; and grant that in all
our troubles we may put our whole
trust and confidence in Thy mercy,
and evermore serve Thee in holiness
and pureness of living, to Thy honor
and glory; through our only Media-
tor and Advocate, Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

Lord of all power and might. Who
art the Author and Giver of all good
things; graft in our hearts the love

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of Thy name, increase in us true re-
ligion, nourish us with all goodness,
and of Thy great mercy keep us in
the same; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

O Thou Eternal One, Who need-
est not to slumber or to sleep, we
humbly pray that Thou wilt let
Thine eyes of love watch over us the
long night through. Graciously for-
give the sins of the whole day, de-
fend us from all perils, and bring us
to the morning light with new zest to
love that which Thou dost command
and renewed power to play the man
whatever may befall; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ, and the love of God, and the


fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be
with us all, this night and forever-
more. Amen.


"The King of love my Shepherd is." —

"God, that madest earth and heaven." —





Isaiah 53 or St. Matthew 27 : 35-54
LMIGHTY God, we beseech
Thee graciously to behold
this Thy family, for which
our Lord Jesus Christ was contented
to be betrayed, and given up into the
hands of wicked men, and to suffer
death upon the cross ; Who now liv-
eth and reigneth with Thee and the
Holy Ghost ever, one God, world
without end. Amen.

Have mercy. Heavenly Father, on
all who are hardened through the de-
ceitfulness of sin; vouchsafe them
grace to come to themselves, the will
and the power to return to Thee, and

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