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Father, have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy ; thou only art the Lord ; thou
only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in
the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Then shall he read a Lesson from the Neio Testament.

Notice may he given here, if any of the Special or Occasional
Prayers, or T hanksgivings, from Part III., are to he used.

After which, the Minister says,

Let us pray.

A LORD ! let thy mercy shine upon us ; and grant us

thy salvation.
^ 1*



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God ! make clean our hearts Tvithin us ; and take
not thy Holy Spirit from us.

A LORD God ! we render thanks unto thee, that thou
hast called us to the knowledge and profession of
the Christian faith. We beseech thee to preserve and
increase it in us ; to the end, that continuing steadfast in
the same, we may sincerely unite in the confession of the
Church Univei-sal:

1 believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of
heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord ;
who was conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of
the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Filate ;
he was crucified ; he died ; he was buried ; [he went
into the place of departed spirits ;]* the third day he
rose from the dead ; he ascended into heaven ; he sit-
teth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty ;
and thence he will come to judge the living and the
dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost.

I believe the Holy Church Universal ; the commu-
nion of saints ; the remission of sins ; the resurrection of
the body ; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Here introduce such of the Special or Occasional Prayers or
Thanksgivings from Part III. as are suitablc,may be request-
ed, or the Minister's discretion may suggest.

A LORD, our God ! Creator and Father of the human
race ! who hast commanded that prayer and sup-
* These words may be omitted.



First.] MORNING SERVICE FOR THE LORD's DAY, 1 1

plication be made for all mankind, we offer unto thee
our intercessions, for the peace of the world, and for the
happiness and salvation of all men.

Deliver, we beseech thee, Lord ! from spiritual blind-
ness, all the nations that still sit in darkness. Thou didst
so love the world, that thou gavest thine only Son, to die
as a propitiation, not only for our sins, but also for the sins
of the whole world. Thou hast taught us that he came
to be a light unto the Gentiles, and to bring salvation
unto the ends of the earth ; and that there is none
other name under heaven, given among men, whereby
we may be saved. Grant, O Almighty God and mer-
ciful Father ! that all our fellow men may be gathered
unto the name of our Lord ; to the end that all nations
may know and adore thee, the only true God, and Jesus
Christ, whom thou hast sent.

O Lord ! who art the source of all lawful power, and
the fountain of all true wisdom in the counsels of men,
we pray to thee for all who are in authority through-
out the world. Thou hast taught us, in thy holy word,
that thou dost govern the nations upon earth, and that
rulers should serve and obey thee. Vouchsafe, then, O
most mighty God ! a knowledge of thyself to such as
know thee not, and give thy grace unto all, that, ruling
in thy fear, they may do justly, love mercy, and walk
humbly with thee.

We beseech thee to behold with thy fovour those
who, in the order of thy providence, are entrusted with
authority throughout our land. Endue them with thy
grace, that, in the administration of justice, the preser-



12 MORNING SERVICE FOR THE I.ORd's DAY. [Part

vatiou of order, tlie improvement of our laws, and the
execution of judgment, their good works may glorify
thee.

We offer unto thee, O Lord ! our prayers for the
necessities of the Holy Church Universal. Protect,
enlarge, and sanctify it more and more. Deliver all
churches which suffer persecution. Take away, we
beseech thee, the errors and dissensions which disturb
thy people, and unite them all in the bonds of truth,
of godliness, and of peace. Grant thy blessings to the
Churches of these States, and to the families and per-
sons who compose them, that piety, concord, and every
Christian virtue may flourish therein.

We pray thee, O Lord ! for all the pastors of thy
Church. Sanctify them, and increase in them the know-
ledge and gifts needful for the advancement of thy
kingdom, and the salvation of the souls committed to
them. Kaise up, everywhere, faithful, zealous and hum-
ble ministers, lovers of truth and of peace ; and, to this
end, give thy grace and thy fear to all who are preparing
to serve thee in the holy ministiy.

O God of mercy ! have pity on those who are sufler-
ing by war, pestilence, or any other scourge, and on all
who are in affliction. We commend to thy care the
widow and the orphan, the poor and the stranger, all
who are in peril by land or by water, all who endure
persecution for the Gospel, all who are distressed in mind,
the infirm, tlie sick and the dying. Comfort and relieve
them, according to their several necessities, and give
them a happy issue out of all their trials and afflictions.



First] MORNING SERVICE FOR THE LORDS DAY. 13

O Lord ! we pray for all thy children. Direct and
bless all who seek thee with sincerity of heart, and
who labour for the salvation of themselves, or of their
fellow-men : all who are eno-ao'ed in works of love, and
in holy designs for the advancement of thy kingdom.
Strengthen all who are weak in faith, and in piety,
and turn unto thee the hearts of the impenitent and
disobedient.

Favourably regard, O Lord ! our country and its
inhabitants. Grant, #t all times, whatever may be
necessary for our subsistence, and give us grace not to
abuse thy blessings, but to use them with soberness,
charity, and thankfulness.

Save us, O merciful God! from all the dangers and
calamities to which we may be exposed. Deliver us
from our sins; preserve us from every evil thought,
from impiety, and hypocrisy, and from all that is con-
trary to thy holy will. Direct us always by thy grace,
and further us continually by thy Spirit. Give unto us,
at all times, good and holy thoughts, pure, meek, and
peaceable dispositions, entire resignation to thy provi-
dence, fervent love to thee, and sincere charity, inclining
us to edify and do good to one another. Wean our
affections from this world of vanity, and, through thy
grace, may our hearts be always lifted up towards
heaven. There may our treasure be : to the end, that
watching and praying without ceasing, and leading
humble, righteous and sober lives, we may pass our
days in peace, looking for the glorious advent of our
Saviour ; at whose coming to judge the world, grant



14 MORNING SERVICE FOR THE LORd's DAY.

that we, who are here assembled in thy presence, may
appear before thee, without confusion and without fear.

Favourably hear us, God ! Graciously hear all
who have at this time offered up their prayers unto
thee. Reject not the supplications of thy servants;
but grant us the blessings we have asked of thee, and
all others which are necessary for us, through Jesus
Christ, our Lord, in whose name we offer up our
prayei-s. Amen.

Then follow a Psalm or Hymn, the Sermon, a Psalm or Hymn
and Doxologij, a concluding Prayer, from Part III., and a
Benediction.

BENEDICTIONS.

T HE Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make
his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you.
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give
you peace. Amen. X%imh. vi., 24, 25, 26.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of
God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be
with us all evermore. Amen. JL Cor., xiii., 14.

"\r Y brethren ! the end of all things is at hand. Be
ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. /. Peter,
iv., 7.

The Lord be with you. Almighty God, the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Ghost, bless and protect you.
Amen.



5lftrrnnHu inm fnr tliB Inri's Biiti.



AND OTHER OCCASIONS, AT THE DISCRETION OF THE
MINISTER.



The Service may commence with one of thefolloiomg Canticles,
unless another Canticle, or a Psalm or Hymn, he specially
announced ; during which the Minister and People stand.

CANTICLES.

TT OW amiable are tliy tabernacles, Lord of Hosts.

My soul desireth, yea, even longeth, to enter into
the courts of the Lord. My heart and my flesh rejoice
in the living God.

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house : they will
be alway praising thee.

One day in thy courts is better than a thousand else-
where : I would rather be a door-keeper in the house of
my God, than to dwell in the tents of ungodliness.

For the Lord God is a sun and a shield : no good
thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

O Lord of Hosts ! blessed is the man that trusteth in
thee.



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God! I will abide in tliy taberuacle forever: I will
trust in the covert of thy wings.

For thou, O God ! hast heard my vows : thou hast
given me the heritage of those who fear thy name.

1 am ever with thee : thou hast holden me by my
right hand.

Thou wilt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward
receive me to glory.

Whom have I in heaven but thee ? and there is none
upon earth, that I desire besides thee.

They that forsake thee shall perish : thou wilt destroy
all them that corrupt themselves before thee.

But it is good for me to draw near unto God ; and
to put my trust in the Lord God.

Glory be, etc.

Or this.

A LET us be joyful in the Lord our God. Let us
serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his
presence with a song.

Know ye that the Lord is God ; it is he who hath
made us, and not we ourselves ; we are his people and
the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his
courts with praise. Be thankful unto him and bless his
name.

For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting, and
his truth endureth from generation to generation.

O God ! we adore thee as our God, as our Creator,
and as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.



First.] AFTERNOON SERVICE FOR THE LORd's DAY. 17

We humble ourselves in thy presence, and acknow-
ledge thine infinite majesty.

The ang-els adore thee in heaven, and all the heavenly
host bow down before thee.

Receive the homage which we offer to thee upon
earth, we who are poor mortals, miserable sinners, thy
creatures by nature, and thy children by grace.

Glory be, etc.

Then the Minister Khali say,

C\ UR help is in the name of the Lord, who made
heaven and earth. Psalmcxxiv.,8.

Here, and at the end of the several Prayers, the People answer

Amen.

Then the Minister shall say,

7^ EARLY beloved brethren! we have assembled to
worship God, to hear his holy word, and to offer
unto him our praises and our prayers. The Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, pardoneth all such as truly repent,
and turn unto him.

Let us, therefore, confess our sins, and implore his
mercy.

A LORD God ! Eternal and Almighty Father ! we
confess before thy Divine Majesty that we are mise-
rable sinners, born in corruption and iniquity, prone to



18 AFTERNOON SERVICE FOR THE LORd's DAY. [Part

evil, and of oui*selves incapable of any good. We
acknowledge that we transgress, in various ways, thy
holy commandments, so that we draw down on our-
selves, through thy righteous judgment, condemnation
and death. We are, O Lord ! under heartfelt sorrow
for having offended thee ; and we implore thy grace to
relieve our wretchedness. Vouchsafe, O most gracious
God and merciful Father ! to have compassion on us, in
the name of thy Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Pardon
our sins, give us the graces of the Holy Spirit, and
increase them day by day ; to the end, that heartily
acknowledging our unworthiness, and forsaking our sins,
we may be filled with that godly sorrow which worketh
repentance unto salvation, and may bring forth fruits of
righteousness acceptable to thee, through Jesus Christ,
our Lord. Amen.

AUR 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 us ; and lead us not into tempta-
tion ; but deliver us from evil : for thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

C\ MERCIFUL God and heavenly Father ! since thou
hast given us thy Holy Scriptures as a lamp to our
feet, and a light to our paths, we beseech thee, for the
love of Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, that thou
wouldst illumine our minds, and endue us with the Holy
Spirit, to sanctify and lead us into the knowledge of



First.] AFTERNOON SERVICE FOR THE LORD's DAY. 19

truth. Give us grace to hear attentively thy word,
rightly to understand its meaning, and to conform our
lives to its precepts; that whatever we shall hear, may
tend to the glory of thy name, to our advancement in
piety, and to the comfort and salvation of our souls ;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Then shall be read a Lesson from the Old Testament.

Before reading the Lessons from the Old and New Testaments,
the Minister shall announce sitnpli/ the book and chapter ;
and after reading thon, shall use these words, Hebe endeth
the First, or the Second Lesson.

After the Lesson from the Old Testament, shall be sunrj the fol-
lowing

DOXOLOGy.

Or a Canticle, Psalm or Hymn, ivhcn announced by the Minister.

Here the People rise.

P LORY be to God on high, and on earth peace, good-
will towards men. We prai?e thee, we bllfc thee,
we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee
for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God
the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ ; O Lord
God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, who takest away
the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou, who
takest away the sins of the world, have mercy ui)on us.



20 AFTERNOON SERVICE FOR THE LORd's DAY. [Part

Thou, who takest away the sins of the world, receive our
prayer. Thou, who sittest at the right hand of God the
Father, have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy ; thou only art the Lord ; thou
only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in
the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Then shall be read a Lesson from the Neio Testament.

Notice may he given here, if aiiy of the Special or Occasional
Prayers, or Thanksgivings, froin Part III., are to he used.

After which, the Minister says,

Let US pray.

A LORD ! let thy mercy shine upon us ; and grant us
thy salvation.

God ! make clean our hearts within us ; and take
not thy Holy Spirit from ns.

A LORD God ! we render thanks unto thee, that thou
hast called us to the knowledge, and profession of
the Christian faith. We beseech thee to preserve and
increa^it in us ; to the end, that continuing steadfast
in the same, w^e may sincerely unite in the confession of
the Church Universal :

1 believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of
heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ his ov^.ly Son, our Lord ; who
was conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Vir-
gin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate ; he was



First.] AFTERNOON SERVICE FOR THE LORd's DAY. 21

crucified ; he died ; lie was buried ; [he went into the
place of departed spirits ;]* the third day he rose from
the dead ; he ascended into heaven ; he sitteth at the
right hand of God, the Father Almighty ; and thence
he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost.

I believe the Holy Church Universal ; the commu-
nion of saints ; the remission of sins ; the resurrection of
the body ; and the life everlasting. Amen.

A ALMIGHTY God! Father of mercy! we, thine
unworthy servants, do give thee most humble and
hearty thanks, for all thy goodness and loving kindness
to us, and to all men. We bless thee for oar creation,
preservation, and all the blessings of this life ; but above
all, for thine inestimable love, in the redemption of the
world, by our Lord Jesus Christ ; for the means of
grace, and for the hope of glory. And we beseech thee,
give us a due sense of all thy mercies, that we may show
forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by gi\'ing up ourselves to thy service, and by walking
before thee, in holiness and righteousness, all our days ;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee, and
the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without
end. Amen.

Here introduce such of the Special or Occasional Prayers or
T' hanks fjivings from Part III. as are suitable, 7nityhe request-
ed, or the Minister's discretion may suggest.

* These words may be omitted.



22 AFTERNOOX SERVICE FOR THE LORd's DAY. [Part

A ETERNAL and Almighty God ! we offer to thy
Divine Majesty our prayers for ourselves, and for all
mankind.

We beseech thee to illumine all the people of the
earth, by the light of the Gospel, that they may come
to the knowledge of the truth, and be saved. We pray
thee to provide for all the wants of the Church Univer-
sal. Look down with mercy upon all thy people. Pre-
serve them, and cherish in them the light of thy word.
Put away from them dissensions and hypocrisy ; and
grant that piety, charity, and every Chi-istian virtue may
reign among them.

Bless, O God ! the ministers of thy church. Enable
them at all times, to preach thy word in faithfulness
and purity, and to labour with humility and zeal, for
the edification of their flocks.

We pray to thee. King of kings and Lord of lords !
for all rulei*s, and especially for those who are in au-
thority over us. Guide them by thy Spirit, and assist
them in the performance of their duties, so that reli-
gion, justice and peace, may flourish under their govern-
ment.

O Almighty and most merciful God ! we commend
to thy favour all who are in afiliction. Grant to the
sick the patience, the succour, and the repentance
which they need. Convert sinners, and strengthen those
who walk in thy ways. God ! bless the just and
upright in heart ; protect the weak and the innocent ;
provide for the poor and the stranger ; help and comfort
all who are in danger, necessity, or tribulation.



First.] AFTERNOON SERVICE FOR THE LORd's DAY. 23

Bless, O God ! our country, aucl all its inhabitants.
Turn away from us thy judgments, and be gracious unto
us, for the sake of thy Holy name.

Vouchsafe, Lord ! to bless us in the duties and
business of our several calHngs. Guide and assist us,
that we may always incline to thy will and walk in
thy way ; that whilst we labour for things temporal, we
neglect not things eternal ; but that we may first, and
chiefly, seek tliy kingdom and thy righteousness. Sufler
not the temptations and cares of this life to seduce our
hearts, and to destroy the seed of thy word, which is
sown therein. Teach us, O God ! rightly to comprehend
that this world passeth away, and all its sinful desires ;
that our life fleeth as a shadow, and that w'e bring our
years to an end, as if were, a tale that is told. Enable us
duly to consider the vanity of this life, so that having lived
in thy fear, we may die in thy grace, and be partakers
in the resurrection of the just.

O Lord, our gracious God ! vouchsafe to us, we be-
seech thee, all that we need to finish happily the race
set before us. Take us under thy protection, provide for
all our wants, and guide us, even to our last hour, through
Jesus Christ, thy Son. Amen.

Thcnfolloioa Psalm or Hymn, the Sermon, a Psalm or Hymn
and Doxology, a concluding Prayer, from Part III., and a
Benediction.

BENEDICTIONS.

T HE Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make
his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto



24 AFTERNOON SERVICE FOR THE LORD S DAY.

you. The Lord lift uj? liis countenance upon you, and
give you peace. Amen. Numb, vi., 24, 25, 26.

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of
God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be
with us all evermore. Amen. n. Cor., xiii., 14.

MY brethren! the end of all things is at hand. Be
ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. /. Peter,
iv., 7.

The Lord be with you. Almighty God, the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Ghost, bless and protect you.
Amen.



PART SECOND



3Bnnitiig §m'm for Wnk SntjH, mitjj z Itrinntt.



T?ie Service may cominence loitk a Canticle, Psalm or Hymn,
announced by the Minister.

#
Then the Minister shall say,

/ \UR help is in the name of the Lord, who made
^ heaven and earth. — Psalm czxiv., 8.

Here, and at the end of the several prayers, the People answer

Amen,

TTien the Minister shall say,

T^ EARLY beloved brethren! we have assembled to
worship God, to hear his holy word, and to offer
unto him our praises and our prayers. The Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, pardoneth all such as truly repent,
and turn unto him.



26 SERVICES FOR WEEK DAYS. [Part

Let us, tli^^refore, confess ouv sins, and implore liis
merey,

r\ LORD, om- God and onr Father ! we are not worthy
to appear in thy presence, or to ask of thee any
favour. We have not obeyed thy commandments, but
liave ti'ansgressed tliera in various ways. O Lord ! we
deplore the magnitude and number of our sins. Par-
don us, O most gracious Father ! pardon, for the love
of Jesus Christ, those who are penitent and ask thy
forgiveness. Sanctify us, and make us new ereatm-es ;
to the end that the glory of thy mercy may be
ever manifested in us ; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen,

nUR Father, who art^n heaven, hallowed be thy
name ; thy kingdom come ; th}^ 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 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.

T T is meet and proper, that we should adore thee,
Loid our God ! Creator of heaven and earth, and
all things therein, and that we should ever give thanks
unto thee for the favours we are continually receiving at
thy bountiful hand. We bless thee, that thou hast
preserved us to the present time ; that, having protecled
us during the past night, thou hast brought us in safety



Second.] SERVICES FOR WEEK DAYS. 27

to the beginning of this day ; and that we are enabled
to assemble in this holy place, and in thy presence.

O Lord ! we praise thee, we desire to serve thee at
this time, and throughout our lives ; to dedicate our-
selves unto thee, and to submit ourselves entirely to thy
holy and gracious will. May it please thee to defend
and direct us during this day, that we may pass the
same in peace and cheerfulness, in thy fear and to thy
glory.

And, since thou hast given us the Holy Scriptures, as
a lamp to our feet and a light to our paths, we beseech
thee, O Lord, for the love of Jesus Christ, the Light of
the world, that thou wouldst illumine our minds, and
endue us with thy Holy Spirit, to sanctify and lead us
into the knowledge of truth. Give us grace to hear
attentively thy word, rightly to understand its meaning,
and to conform our lives to its precepts, so that whatever
we shall hear may tend to the glory of thy name, to
our advancement in piety, and to the comfort and sal-
vation of our souls ; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.



Then shall be read a Lessoii from the Old Testament.



After which shall he sung the following Doxology ; or a Canti-
cle, Psalm or Hymn^ when announced by the Minister.



DOXOLOGY.

Here the People rise.



28 SERVICES FOR WEEK DAYS. [Part

p LORY be to God on high, and on earth peace, good
will towards men. We praise thee, we bless thee,
we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee
for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God
the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ ; O Lord
God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, who takest away
the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou, who
takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Thou, who takest away the sins of the world, receive
our prayer. Thou, who sittest at the right hand of God
the Father, have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy ; thou only art the Lord ; thou
only, Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in
the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Then shall he read a Lesson from the Xcw 'I'estament.

I Here introduce such of the Special or Occasional Prayers or
Thanksgivings, from Part HI., as are suitable, tniy be re-
quested, or the Jlinister's discretion may suggest.

After which, the Jlinister says,

Let "US pray.

A ETERNAL and Almighty God! we offer to thy
Divine Majesty, our prayers for ourselves, and for
all mankind.

We beseech thee to illumine all the people of the earth,


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