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IN THREE PARTS.
PART I. Containing Prayers for Families and
PART II. Containing Offices. I. Of Humilia
tion. il. For the Sick. III. For Women with Child.
PART III. Consisting of an Office for the Holy
Communion: To which are added fome Occasional Prayers. The Twenty-FOURTH EDITION, Corrected.
PRINTED FOR F. c. AND J. RIVINGTON; WILKIE AND
ROBINSON; LONGMAN AND CO. ; R. BALDWIN; SCATCHERD AND LETTERMAN; W, GINGER; R. S. KIRBY ; AND C. LAW.
THE Glory of God, and the Good of
Souls, have been the only inducements for publishing the following Devotions : It is hoped they will, in fome Measure, answer tbosé Ends, and allist the good Christian in the Discharge of the great and important Duty of Prayer.
In the Devotions for private Persons, there are Morning and Evening Prayers for every Day of the Week, to which are added Prayers for any intermediate Time of the Day. This was done without
intention of prescribing to any one ; and was chiefly designed as a Means to furnish the devout Christian with Variety of proper Petitions and Exprefrons, wherein to lay open his Wants before God; and that by making Use of the Prayers in such a Method, as the Whole may be gone over in some shore space of Time, he might be instructed in, and reminded of several important Duties of a Christian Life. But after all, every one is left to his own Discretion, to choose, add,
omit, or alter, as he shall see fit: Because, as the Judgments and Opinions of Mankind are very different; so it can never be expected that the same Method, or Form of Prayer should suit all Perfons ; or even the same Perfon at all Times.
In the present Composure, no small Pains have been taken, to make the whole as generally useful as can be well expected in a Work of this Nature; but as the best Performances have Imperfections, fo this (to be sure) is not without them. However, it is hoped, there are none so great, but what a Christian may bverlook for the Sake of that Good, which is intended by it.
It is not pretended, that the following Prayers are all entirely new.
There will be found among them several Collections from Other Books; but those being such only
, as have been thought excellent in their Kind, it was believed the whole would not be less acceptable for that Reason. And here para ticular Acknowledgements ought to be made to the Wife and pious Author of The great Duty of frequenting the Christian Sacrifice; from whence, with his Leave, some Prayers in the Office of Humiliation, and for the Communion, have been collected.
May God of his great Mercy, make these Devotions serviceable to the ends for which they are designed: And may his good Spirit accompany the Use of them, and enkindle in all our Hearts, such a pure and holy Flame, as may never be extinguished by any Lusts or Pasions; but being continually cherished and kept alive by ardent and devout Prayers here, it may hereafter break forth in Praises and Hallelujahs to God, and to the Lamb, for ever and ever. Amen.