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in our hearts, and to multiply thy blessings upon us.
Vouchsafe to be our ruler and our guide, that we may
so pass through things temporal, as not to lose things
eternal. Grant this, O heavenly Father 1 for the sake
of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.



For Profitable Meditation, on the Works of Creation
and Medemption.

A ALMIGHTY God ! who didst create in six days,

the heavens and the earth, and all that is therein,

and didst rest on the seventh day ; and hast created a

new heaven and a new earth, by the ransom of the



110 CONCLUDING PRAYERS. [Part

world, through Jesus Christ ; give lis grace so to medi-
tate on the wonders of creation and redemption, that,
knowing and adoring thee more and more, we may
rejoice continually in thy marvellous works ; and may
enter one day into that eternal rest, which thou hast
prepared for them that love thee ; through Jesus Christ
our Redeemer. Amen.



For Grace and Life.

C\ GOD ! who desirest not the death of a sinner, but
rather that he would turn from his wickedness and
live ; who despisest not the prayers and sighs of such as
call upon thee ; hearken unto us, and to all who confess
their faults. Give thy grace unto those who are peni-
tent. Turn us unto thee, that, forsaking our sins and
living in newness of life, we may be acceptable in thy
sight. Grant this, for the love of thy Son, Jesus Christ.
Amen.



For Christian Love.

GOD ! who art the common Father of all mankind ;
and who hast taught us, that, although we speak
with the tongues of men and of angels, and have all







Third.] CONCLUDING PRAYERS. Ill

knowledge and all faith, and have not charity, ^Ye are
nothing ; we bless thee, that thou hast shown unto us
this most excellent gift. We acknowledge, that, through,
our sinfulness and insufficiency, we fail continually in
love to thee and to our fellow men. Endue us with
grace to understand and believe, that charity suflfereth
long, and is kind ; that charity envieth not, vaunteth
not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself un-
seemly ; seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked,
thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth
in the truth ; beareth all things, hopeth all things, endu-
reth all things. We beseech thee, O most compassion-
ate Father ! so to assist us in following the example of
thy blessed Son, that we may experience in our hearts,
and show forth in our lives, this grace ; to the end that,
whether we live or die, we may glorify thee in love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



For a Blessing on the Services of the Day.

A LMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father! it is of thy
great goodness that we enjoy the precious advan-
tages, of which so many are destitute. We have of-
fended thee by our ingratitude, by our abuse of the
piivilege which thou hast vouchsafed to us, of knowing
and serving thee ; and thou mightest justly have removed
the light of thy word from among us. O God ! we
adore thee for thy mercies ; and we beseech thee, in
thine infinite compassion, not to withdraw thy grace, but



112 CONCLUDING PRAYERS. [Part

to sanctify us more and more, that we may serve thee
with renewed zeal, all the days of our lives ; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Another.

A LMIGHTY God ! bless, we beseech thee, the in-
structions of holy Scripture which we have heard
this day, and all the services of thy sanctuary ; that our
hearts may be inchned to love and to fear thee ; that we
may serve thee faithfully, whilst we hve ; and that, hav-
ing profited by the means and opportunities afforded for
our salvation during this life, we may be received into
the temple of thy glory, to praise thee forever, in the
assembly of the saints ; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
in whose name we offer up our prayers. Amen.



Another.

A ALMIGHTY and merciful God ! the source of all
good, and the author of every perfect gift ; we bless
thee thatw^e have been enabled, at this time, to meditate
on the wholesome truths which thou hast revealed to us
in thy word. Give us grace, we beseech thee, to profit
by the instructions we have heard. So graft them in
our hearts, that, being more and more strengthened in
faith, w^e may serve thee with a pure conscience during
the rest of our lives. Licrease, O Lord ! in our children,



Third.] CONCLUDING PRAYERS. 113

in our young people, and in all the members of this
church, a knowledge of thee, and the fear of thy name.
Grant, that being steadfast in obedience, and faithful
even unto death, we may obtain, through thy mercy,
that blessed and eternal life to which we are called ;
through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Saviour. Amen.



Another.

A LMIGHTY God ! who hast graciously promised to
hear the supplications of those who ask in thy
Son's name ; we beseech thee, to accept the service and
the prayers which we have now offered unto thee. May
those things which we have faithfully asked, according
to thy will, be effectually obtained, for the rehef of our ne-
cessities, and to the advancement of thy glory ; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Another,

A LMIGHTY God ! who hast given us grace, at this
time, with one accord, to make our common sup-
plications unto thee ; and hast promised that when two
or three are gathered together in thy name, thou wilt
grant their requests ; fulfil now, O Lord ! the desires and
petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for
us, granting us in this world, knowledge of thy truth,
and in the world to come, life everlasling; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Ameii.



114 CONCLUDIXG PRAYERS.

For the Afternoon.



[Taken from tlie Week Day Service, at page 35 ; to be used, on other occasions,
with any of the Concluding Prayers.]



A ETERNAL and Almiglity God ! by whose gracious
providence we have been preserved this day ; pro-
tect us, we beseech thee, during the night. Prsserve us
from sin and danger ; and give us grace to serve thee,
at all times, in thankfulness. O Lord ! we commit our-
selves to thy care. Conduct us whilst awake ; guard us
whilst we sleep ; so that, by day or by night, we may
be always with thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ameii.



Another.



[Taken from the Week Day Service, at page 44 ; to be used as the preceding
Prayer.]



C\ LORD ! watch over us, and, through thy great mer-
cy, defend our souls and bodies from all danger
during the coming night ; for the love of thine only
Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.



SECTION FIFTH



/nniilti l^ratn^rs.



Morning Prayer.

A ALMIGHTY God ! our Father and Preserver ! we
thank thee for thy watchful providence over us
during the past night. Grant that, with a due sense of
thy mercy, in bringing us safely to the beginning of this
day, we may employ it acceptably to thee, by a wilhng
obedience to thy commandment, of love to thee and to
our neighbour. As thou sendest forth thy sun to shine
upon the earth, a light to our paths ; grant us thy Holy
Spirit, to enlighten our understandings, and lead us into
the ways of righteousness.

O God, our heavenly Father ! be with us, we beseech
thee, in all our employments ; make it our concern to walk
in thy fear, and to conform to thy will. Assist us to look
to thy blessing on our labours, as the source of all our
prosperity ; and grant, that while we labour for things
temporal, we neglect not things eternal.



116 FAMILY PRAYERS. [Part

O MERCIFUL Father! our Preserver and Protector!
guard us both in our bodies and our souls ; strengthen us
against all the temptations of our spiritual enemies ; and
deliver us from every danger to which we may be ex-
posed.

AxD, for as much as it availeth nothing, to begin ac-
ceptably to thee, if we pei-severe not unto the end,
vouchsafe, gracious God ! to receive us into thy holy
keeping, not only this day, but through all the days of
our lives. Increase in us, continually, thy saving grace,
that we may enter into thy kingdom of eternal bliss and
glory ; through our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, the only
Sun of Righteousness to our souls, to enlighten them by
day and by night, forever.

And, to the end that we may obtain these favours at
thy hand, vouchsafe to us repentance and remission of
our sins, according to thy gracious promises. Hear us,
O Father I through our Lord Jesus Christ, in whose
name we pray to thee, as he hath taught us, saying :

Our 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 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. A7nen.



Third.] FAMILY PRAYERS. 117

Evening Prayer.

C\ LORD ! our God and our Father ! by whose gra-
cious care we have been preserved during the past
day ; receive, we beseech thee, our evening sacrifice of
praise and prayer. We bless thee, for our reason, and
all other endowments and faculties of soul and body •
for our health and friends ; for food and raiment, and
all other comforts and conveniences of life. But, above
all, we bless thee, that thou hast vouchsafed to us a
knowledge of thyself, and hast ordained us to be born
into thy church. Suflfer us not to be ungrateful for such
precious favours. Grant that we may meditate thereon
by day and by night, and that our gratitude may be
manifest in our lives.

We confess, Lord God ! our sins, negligences, and
ignorances ; and we humbly beseech thee, to give us
repentance and forgiveness ; and a firm trust in the sa-
crifice of our blessed Redeemer. And since, O Lord !
we are, of ourselves, incapable of any good, grant us,
for his sake, the aid of thy Holy Spirit.

O God ! guard us, we beseech thee, this night ; without
thy care we cannot subsist for a single moment. May
our minds be stayed on thee in perfect peace. May our
strength, both of mind and body, be renewed by re-
freshing sleep ; and may we awake on the morrow, full
of thankfulness for thy mercies, and with holy purpose
to live according to thy will.

We also beseech thee, God ! to dispose us, as we lie
down in our beds, to think of that day when our bodies



J 18 FAMILY PRAYERS.

shall be laid in the grave, and our spirits shall appear be-
fore thee. Teach us to prepare for death, that it come not
unawares ; and may ^Ye ahvays live, as knoAving that we
have to die.

Almighty and merciful God ! continue, we pray thee,
thy grace unto thy church ; may it never be deprived of
thy light. Bless the rulers of ojr country; and all pas-
tors and teachers. Watch over our relatives, our friends,
and our neighbours. Give knowledge of thy truth to
all people ; succour the poor ; comfort the afflicted ; and
promote peace and good will among all men. We be-
seech thee to hear us, in the name of thy Son, who
hath taught us to pray, saying :

Our 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 temptation ;
but deliver us from evil : for thine is the kingdom, and
the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Ainen.



PART FOURTH



SECTION FIRST.



€i)t liturgtj nf aGaptism nui (CnufinniitinE,



BAPTISM.



The Minister shall commence the Service with the following Sen-
tence.

AUR help is in the name of the Lord, who made
heaven and earth. Psalm, cxxiv., 8.

The Minister shall then ask the Parents and Sponsors,

T\ O you oflfer this child to God and to his holy church,
requiring thai he should be baptized ?

Thci/ shall ansioer.
Yes.



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Then the Minister shall say,

THE Apostle St. Paul exhortetli, that prayers be made
for all mankind : for tliis is good and acceptable in
the sight of God ; who will have all men to be saved,
and to come unto the knowledge of the truth, through
Jesus Christ ; who gave himself a ransom for all.

Since then, we should pray for others, let us pray for
this child, humbly, and with all our hearts.

A LMIGHTY God! Eternal Father! who hast pro-
mised us, through thy goodness, to be our God,
and the God of our children, as thou wert the God of
Abraham, and of his children ; we pray thee, to receive
this child into the covenant of thy mercy, and to make
him a partaker of thy grace ; to the end that, when he
shall have come to the age of discretion, he may adore
and serve thee only, and may live and die in thee ; so
that the baptism through which we receive him into thy
holy church, may not have been administered to hi7n in
vain, but that he may be truly baptized into the death
of thy Son, and into newness of life acceptable to thee;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Minister say,

TTEAR ye the Gospel which teacheth us the love of
Christ, our Saviour, towards children.
St. Mark, x., 13-1 G.

A ND they brought young children to him, that he

should touch them : and his disciples rebuked those

that brought them. But when Jesus saw it he was



Fourth] THE LITURGY OF BAPTISM FOR CHILDREN. 1 2 1

much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little
children to come unto me, and forbid them not ; for of
such is the kingdom of God. Verily, I say unto you,
whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a
little child, he shaU not enter therein. And he took
them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and
blessed them.

The Minister sfmll then say,

QINCE then, our Lord ixjceived and blessed, as you
have just heard, the children who were brought
unto him, we receive into his church this child, through
baptism, and pray unto God to give him his blessing.

The Minister shall then say to the Parents and Sponsors,

you, who ofter this child to be baptized, should con-
sider, that God must be served in spirit and in
truth. You promise, before God and this assembly, that
you will be careful, you th.^^ father and mother, first and
principally, and you also the s]X)nsors, as far as by your
duty you are bound and as necessity may require, to
instruct this child in the Word of God, and in the
Chi-istian faith which we confess in the Apostles' Creed.
You will teach him to worship the only true God, to
call upon him in all his necessities, to ascribe glory to
him for all good, and to acknowledge that all his right-
eousness is in Christ Jesus, and all his strength in the
sanctification of the Iloly Spirit. You will teach him
to deny himself, to take up his cross, and to keep the



122 THE LITURGY OF BAPTISM FOR CHILDREN. [Part

coramandments of God, the substance of which is, that
we should love God with all our hearts, and our neigh-
bour as ourselves. Finally, you will take care to exhort
this child, and to reprove him when it shall be necessary,
so that he may be brought up in the fear of the Lord,
and according to his holy word ; to the end that his
whole hfe may be employed for the glory of God, and
for the edification of his neighbour.

The Minister shall ask,

Are these your promises ?

The Parents and Sjponsors shall answer.

Yes.

The Minister shall then say,

The Lord give you grace faithfully to perform these
promises.

The Minister shall then baptize the Child, naming him, and
saying,

N. N. I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

After which, the Minister shall iise the following
Prayers and Benediction,
Let us pray.



Fourth.] THE LITURGY OF BAPTISM FOR CHILDREN. 123

A GOD ! the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost !
Ave beseech thee, to ratify in heaven what we have
now done in thy name upon earth. Receive this child
into the fold of the Good Shepherd ; and bless him with
all spiritual nurture ; for our Redeemer's sake. Amen,

Q HEAVENLY Father ! who, by thy holy Prophet
hast taught us that children are an heritage of the
Lord ; who also didst enjoin upon thy chosen people
Israel, to teach their children thy statutes and ordinances;
and who, through thine Apostle, St. Peter, hast as-
sured us that the promise is unto us, and unto our child-
ren ; we beseech thee to impress upon all parents, guar-
dians and sponsors, and especially upon those who have
at this time presented themselves before thee, a deep
sense of the trust committed to them, in thy wise pro-
vidence. Sanctify them through thy truth ; and give
them opportunity and disposition to perform their du-
ties in faithfulness and love. And vouchsafe, Fath-
er ! to this child, and to all others who have been
dedicated to thee in baptism, thy protecting care, and
thy preventing grace. Give them meek and teacha-
ble dispositions, and a continual growth in the know-
ledge of thy truth as they advance in years ; to the end
that, through the means of grace provided in thy church
on earth, they may at last be received into the church
of the first born in heaven ; through our Lord and Sa-
viour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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



CONFIRMATION.



THE MANNER OF RECEIVING CATECHUMENS, BY CONFIRM-
ATION OF THE BAPTISMAL VOW, TO A PARTICI-
PATION IN THE lord's supper.



The Minister shall say to the Catechumens,

V OU have presented yourselves in the house of God
this day, to witness a good profession of your faith.
You were dedicated to God in baptism ; and, being come
to years of discretion, you desire, by your own act, open-
ly to put on Christ. To this end.

Do you now ratify and confirm the engagements
made in your behalf, at your baptism ?

Do you renounce Satan and his works, the world and
its pomps, the flesh and its sinful desires ?

Do you promise, in dependence upon divine aid, to
continue steadfast in the Christian faith, and to keep the
commandments of God all the days of your life ?



THE LITURGY OF CONFIRMATION. 125

The Minister shall ask,

Are these your promises, before God and his Church ?

They shall answer.
Yes.

The Minister shall then say,

God give you grace faithfully to perform these pro-
mises.

The 3Iinister shall continue,

A FTER these promises, and in the hope that you may
religiously fulfil them, you are received into the
number of the faithful, to be partakers of the holy sa-
crament of the Supper.

And I call upon you. Christian brethren, who are here
present, to witness the promises which these young per-
sons have made ; and I exhort you, to look upon them
henceforth, as partakers with you of the same grace, and
to offer up your prayers to God in their behalf.

An Exhortation, at the discretion of the Minister, is then ad-
dressed to the Catechumens ; after which, they kneel, and the
Minister offers the follotoing Prayer.

Let US pray.

A LMIGHTY God ! we bless thee, that thou hast been
pleased to call us to a knowledge of thyself; and



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especially, that, having given grace imto these persons to
be introduced into thy Church, through baptism, thou
hast also graciously permitted them to arrive at yeai*s of
discretion, and to ratify and confirm, this day, the vow
of their baptism. We pray, that as they have now thus
solemnly dedicated themselves to thee, and are to be
admitted to the communion of the sacrament of the
death of thy Son, thou wouldst ratify in heaven what
we do in thy name, and in thy church on earth. Re-
ceive them, O Lord ! bless them, and let thy grace be
with them, now and for ever.

O GRACIOUS God ! Father of mercy ! grant that they
may persevere constantly in the holy profession, upon
which they have just entered, so that they may not only
be Christians by birth and baptism, but ma}/ henceforth
be such by knowledge and through choice. Since they
have renounced Satan and his works, the world and its
pomp, the flesh and its sinful desires, let the prince of
darkness have no power over them; and grant that,
henceforth, their faith may triumph over the world, the
flesh and its wicked propensities. Holy Father ! keep them
in thy faith, and preserve them from evil. Sanctify them
through thy truth : thy word is truth. Guard thcni from
the corruptions of the world. Sufier not the instructions
which they have received, and the promises which they
have just made, to be ever blotted from their memo-
ry. Make them fruitful in knowledge and in faith,
in holiness and in comfort, all the days of their lives.
May they be better than their fathere ; and, after having
ministered in this world to the designs of thy provi-



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dence, ma}' they obtain from thy goodness etenaai salva-
tion.

O Lord 1 w-e pray unto thee for all the young people
of this church. Bless the instnictions whieh are given
to them, preserve them from corruption, and sanctify
them, so that our children maybe one day -ornaments in
thy house, and heirs of thy kingdom.

Give grace to us all, the young and the old, the high
and the low, to consider well what it is to be Christians;
and to reflect continually what a vow, what promises,
what a solemn profession, we have made at our baptism,
as well as in the communi'on of the holy sacrament of
the Supper.

Almighty God ! hear us favourably^, through Jesus
Christ, who hath taught us thus to pray :

rjUR 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 ns 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.

The Mimster iJicdl conchide ivith the folloimi



The Minister shall commence the Service with the foil owiTtig Sen-
tence :

f\ UR help is in the name of the Lord, who made
heaven and earth. Fsahn exxiv., 8.

The Minister shall then ask the Peison to be Baptized,

T\0 yoii present yourself before €rod and his holy
chui'ch^ for baptism ?

He shall ans^ceT,

Then the Minister shall say,

TTEAR, my brethren, how our Saviour instituted the
holy sacrament of baptism, as it is recorded in the
Gospels according to St. Matthew and St. Mark.



THE LITURGY OF BAPTISM FOR ADULTS. 129

St. Matthew, xxviii., 18-20.

A ND Jesus spake unto his disciples, saying, All power
is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye
therefore, and teach all nation«^, baptizing them in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Ghost : teaching them to observe all things whatsoever
I have commanded you.

St. Mark,xvi., 15, 16.

A ND Jesus gave command to his disciples, saying,

Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to

every creature. He that belie veth, and is baptized,

Siiall be saved ; but he that believeth not, shall be

damned.

The Minister shall then say to the Person to he Baptized,

C INGE our Lord hath instituted this holy sacrament
of baptism, and hath commanded, as you have just
heard, that it should be administered to all who believe
in him ; and since you have signified your desire to
receive the same, in testimony of your faith ; we pro-
ceed, in conformity with holy Scripture, to administer it
to you.

Then the Minister shall offer the following Prayer,

Let US pray.

6*



130 THE LITURGY OF BAPTISM FOR ADULTS. [Part

A L^IIGHTY God ! Eternal Father ! who hast pro-
mised us, through thy goodness, to be our God,
and the God of all who believe in thee, and in Jesus
Christ whom thou hast sent ; we pray thee, to give thy
Holy Spirit to thy servant, who here presents himself
in thy presence. Receive him, O God ! into the cove-
nant of thy mercy, and make him a partaker of thy
grace ; to the end that he may know thee as his
God ; that he may adore and serve thee only, and
may live and die in thee : so that this baptism, through
which we receive him into thy holy church, may not
be administered to him in vain ; but that he may be
truly baptized into the death of thy Son, and into new-
ness of hfe acceptable unto thee ; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.

The Minister shall then say to the Person to he Baptized,

THESE are the holy engagements upon which you are
about to enter, through baptism.

In the presence of God and this assembly, you pro-
fess, that you believe, and receive with all your heart,
the Word of God ; and that you desire to live and die


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