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them.” Unite them together in the bonds of holy love and in the unity of Thy holy Church, that they may abide in Thee, and, after being separated for a little while here below, may be again united in that kingdom where they can be parted no more for ever; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD, Amen.
O GRACIOUS SAVIOUR, who lovedst little children, and didst take them into Thy holy Arms and bless them, bless now, we pray Thee, the children of this family. May they grow up in Thy fear and love. May they live ever as members of CHRIST, children of God, and heirs of heaven. May they give their hearts to Thee, and remember their CREATOR in the days of their youth; that so they may be Thine for ever, and at length enter the heavenly inheritance which Thou hast purchased for them; who livest and reignest, with the FATHER and the HOLY SPIRIT, one God ever
Any of the Collects (See pp. 79–83) may be here used, also the
Prayer for the Parish (See Private Prayers at the beginning); and a Psalm and Scripture Reading may be used either before or after the Prayers.
Short Service for Cottage Lectures.
The Service should begin with CONFESSION, ABSOLUTION
or PRAYER FOR PARDON (See pp. 65–71), and The Lord's PRAYER. Then should follow the LESSON, with an explanation or address. It is very desirable, if possible, to introduce a hymn.
It is desirable to frame a short Collect upon the subject of the pre
ceding Lesson ; after which the following, or a part of them,
may be said.
MERCIFUL LORD, we beseech Thee to cast Thy bright beams of light upon Thy Church, that it, being enlightened by the doctrine of Thy blessed Apostles and Evangelists, may so walk in the light of Thy truth, that it may at length attain to the light of everlasting life; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen. (Collect for St. John Evang.)
FOR THE PEACE AND UNITY OF THE
VOUCHSAFE, we beseech Thee, ALMIGHTY GOD, to grant unto the whole Christian people, and especially to Thy servants in this parish, unity, peace, and true concord, both visible and invisible; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen. (Rev. R. M. Benson's Manual of Intercessory Prayer.)
FOR THE CONVERSION OF SINNERS AND
AWAKENING OF THE CARELESS.
ALMIGHTY GOD, we beseech Thee to hear our prayers for such as sin against Thee, or neglect to serve Thee, especially those in this parish, that Thou wouldest vouchsafe to bestow upon them true repentance, and an earnest longing for Thy service, through Jesus Christ our LORD. Amen. (Rev. R. M. Benson's Manual.)
FOR THE ADVANCEMENT AND PERSEVER
ANCE OF THE FAITHFUL.
VOUCHSAFE, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to strengthen and confirm all Thy faithful servants, especially those in this parish, and to lift them up more and more continually to heavenly desires; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen. (Rev. R. M. Benson's Manual.)
GENERAL PRAYER FOR THE PARISH. O LORD, look down in mercy upon this Parish, and forgive us our grievous sins. Root out from among us especially the deadly sins of drunkenness and unchastity. May many souls be turned unto Thee. Bless those who love Thee, and do Thou keep all those who are walking in the way of life stedfast unto the end.
Give patience to the sick and afflicted,* and make their sufferings a blessing to them. Bless to us all the means of grace.
Prosper Thy servant in his * Here let intercession be made for special persons.
holy work. And in Thine own good time heal all our divisions, and make us one; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen.
ANOTHER PRAYER FOR THE CONVERSION
OF SINNERS. LORD JESU, we intercede with Thee for the conversion of all in this parish, who are living in wilful sin and godlessness. Turn them, O LORD, and they shall be turned. Take from them the heart of stone, and give them the heart of flesh. Rouse them to see their peril, and to flee from the wrath to come. Hear, O Lord, our special intercessions for those near and dear to ourselves. * Make us also to labour as we pray; and may each one of us
few moments. be an instrument in the salvation of some one soul. Hear us, O Saviour, who livest and reignest with the FATHER and HOLY SPIRIT, one God evermore. Amen.
* Here pause a
PRAYER FOR UNITY.
O God, the FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, our only SAVIOUR, the Prince of Peace, give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions. Take away from us all hatred and prejudice, and whatsoever else may hinder us from godly union and concord; that, as there is but one body, and one Spirit, and one hope of our calling, one Lond, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all; so we may henceforth be all of one heart and of one mind, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify Thee; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen. (Service for Queen's Accession.)
Or this, O BLESSED JESU, who didst pray that we all might be one, as Thou and the FATHER are One, pardon, we pray Thee, the unhappy divisions in Thy Church. Open a way, O Lord, in Thine own good time, for the healing of wounds and restoring of unity. We know and confess that it was in part through the carelessness and unfaithfulness of Thy Church that men were tempted to make schism and division within her fold. We know and confess that, whereas there are among us these divisions, we are
“ carnal and walk as Oh give us a more spiritual mind. Make us to love our Church and her
doctrine ourselves, and to be firm and consistent in the truth, holding fast the form of sound words which we have heard. And, at the same time, make us tender and charitable towards others, winning them by love. And may we all, through grace, be saved from our ignorances and errors, and meet together in the courts of heaven, there to worship Thee in everlasting unity and love; who, with the FATHER, and the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest, One God, world without end. Amen.
If those present are chiefly AGED, and unable to
go to Church, the Prayers in pp. 97–99 are suitable, the singular number being changed into the plural.