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Forms of Prayer,
USED IN FAMILIES.
MORNING PRAYER. [ The master or mistress having called together as many of the family as can conveniently
be present, let one of them, or any other whom they shall think proper, say as follows,
all kneeling: 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. Amen.
O HOLY and Heavenly Father, in whom we
move and have our being; we, thy needy creatures, render thee our humble praises, for thy preservation of us from the beginning of our lives to this day, and especially for having delivered us from the dangers of the past night. To thy watchful providence we owe it, that we are brought in safety to the beginning of this day. For these thy mercies, we bless and magnify thy glorious name; humbly beseeching thee to accept this our morning sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; for his sake who lay down in the grave, and rose again for us, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
AND, since it is of thy mercy, o gracious Fa
ther, that another day is added to our lives, we here dedicate both our souls and our bodies to thee and thy service, in a sober, righteous, and godly life ; in which resolution do thou, O merciful God, confirm and strengthen us; that, as we grow
in age, we may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
BUT, O Lord, who knowest the weakness of our
nature, and the manifold temptations which we daily meet with ; we humbly beseech thee to have compassion on our infirmities, and to give us the constant assistance of thy Holy Spirit; that we may be effectually restrained from sin, and excited to our duty. Imprint upon our hearts such a dread of thy judgments, and such a grateful sense of thy goodness to us, as may make us both afraid and ashamed to offend thee. And, above all, keep in our minds a lively remembrance of that great day, in which we must give a strict account of our thoughts, words, and actions; and, according to the works done in the body, be rewarded or punished by him, appointed the Judge of quick and dead, our Saviour Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
IN particular, we implore thy grace and pro
tection for the ensuing day. Keep us temperate in our meats and drinks, and diligent in our several callings. Grant us patience under any afflictions thou shalt see fit to lay on us, and minds always contented with our present condition. Give us grace to be just and upright in all our dealings; quiet and peaceful; full of compassion; and ready to do good to all men, according to our abilities and opportunities. Direct us in all our ways (and prosper the works of our hands in the business of our several stations.) Defend us from all dangers and adversities; and be graciously pleased to take us, and all things belonging to us, under thy fatherly care and protection. These things, and whatever else thou shalt see necessary and convenient to us, we humbly beg, through the merits and mediation of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen. THE grace of our Father in heaven, the love
of Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
EVENING PRAYER. I The family being together, a little before bed time, let the
master or mistress, or any other whom they shall think proper, say as follows, all kneeling: 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. Amen. MOST merciful Gop, who art of purer eyes
than to behold iniquity, and hast promised forgiveness to all those who confess and forsake their sins; we come before thee in an humble sense of our own unworthiness, acknowledging our manifold transgressions of thy righteous laws. But, O gracious Father, who desirest not the death of a sinner, look upon us, we beseech thee, in mercy, and forgive us all our transgressions. Make us deeply sensible of the great evil of them; and work in us a hearty contrition; that we may obtain forgiveness at thy hands, who art ever ready to receive humble and penitent sinners; for the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
AND lest, through our own frailty, or the temp
tations which encompass us, we be drawn again into sin, vouchsafe us, we beseech thee, the direction and assistance of thy Holy Spirit. Reform whatever is amiss in the temper and disposition of our souls ; that no unclean thoughts, unlawful designs, or inordinate desires, may rest there. Purge our hearts from envy, hatred, and malice; that we may never suffer the sun to go down upon our wrath ; but may always go to our
rest in peace, charity, and good will, with a conscience void of offence toward thee and toward men ; that so we may be preserved pure and blameless, unto the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
AND accept, O LORD, our intercessions for all
mankind. Let the light of thy Gospel shine upon all nations; and may as many as have received it, live as becomes it. Be gracious unto thy Church ; and grant that every member of the same,
in his vocation and ministry, may serve thee faithfully. Bless all in authority over us; and so rule their hearts and strengthen their hands, that they may punish wickedness and vice, and maintain thy true religion and virtue. Send down thy blessings, temporal and spiritual, upon all our relations, friends, and neighbors. Reward all who have done us good, and pardon all those who have done or wish us evil, and give them repentance and better minds. Be merciful to all who are in any trouble ; and do thou, the God of pity, administer to them according to their several necessities, for his sake who went about doing good, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
To our prayers, O Lord, we join our un
feigned thanks for all thy mercies; for our being, our reason, and all other endowments and faculties of soul and body; for our health, friends, food, and raiment, and all the other comforts and