Page images

ON FRIDAY. ALMIGHTY FATHER, who of Thy great love to man didst give Thy dearly beloved Son to die for us upon the Cross as on this day ; grant us grace ever to bear in mind His most precious Sufferings and Death, and to deny ourselves, and take up our cross, and follow Him. Give unto us a living faith in our REDEEMER, and a thankful remembrance of His Death. Help us to love Him better for His exceeding love to us.

And grant that our sins may be put away, and nailed to the Cross, and buried in His grave, that they may be remembered no more against us; through the same Thy Son JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.

EVENING. The day is gone; and we give thanks, O Lord. Evening is at hand; make it bright to us. As day has its evening, so also has life. Cast us not away in the time of age; forsake us not when our strength faileth us. Abide with us, LORD, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. Let Thy strength be made perfect in our weakness. Day is fled and gone: life too is going. Night cometh: and death also cometh.

Into Thy Hands, O LORD, we commend ourselves, our spirits souls and bodies. Thou didst make, and Thou didst redeem them. Guard our lying down and our rising up, from henceforth and for ever. Let us remember Thee on our bed, and search out our spirits. Let us wake up and be present with Thee. We will lay us down in peace and take our rest, for it is I'hou, Lord, only that makest us dwell in safety. Hear us, O FATHER, for JESUS Christ's sake. Amen. (From Bishop Andrewes.) THANKSGIVING. ALMIGHTY GOD, FATHER of all mercies, we Thine unworthy servants, do give Thee most humble and hearty thanks for all Thy goodness and lovingkindness to us, and to all men. We bless Thee for our 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 that due sense of all Thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we show forth Thy praise not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving 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. (General Thanksgiving:)

Or this, O MOST merciful and gracious FATHER, we offer unto Thee our heartfelt thanks for Thy mercies,— mercies most abundant and most undeserved. We are not worthy of the least of them all. Yet Thou heapest Thy benefits upon us; glory to Thy Name. For life and health and preservation from all dangers; for all near and dear to us ; for our food and raiment; for every blessing of this world; we give Thee thanks, we praise and bless Thy glorious Name, O Lord. But much more for spiritual gifts, and spiritual mercies; for our new creation in CHRIST JESUS; for the

comfort and aid of the Holy Spirit; for all good thoughts and desires; for all blessed means of grace, too often slighted and neglected; for Thy holy word and blessed sacraments; for the privilege of drawing nigh to Thee in prayer; above all, for the priceless Sacrifice of a Saviour's precious Blood; we bless Thee, we praise Thee, we worship Thee, we thank Thee with all our hearts. O LORD, we thank Thee: help Thou our unthankfulness. Make us more thankful for so great and undeserved mercies, and more deserving of them; through our Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Amen.

CONCLUDING COLLECT. ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth; Mercifully hear the supplications of Thy people, and grant us Thy peace all the days of our life; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen. (And Sunday after Epiphany.)


O ALMIGHTY GOD, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men; Grant unto Thy people that they may love the thing which Thou commandest, and desire that which Thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (4th Sunday after Easter.)




Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
CHRIST, have mercy upon us.
LORD, have mercy upon us.
Our FATHER, &c.
[Copies of the following Confession may be made, so that it

be said by all together.] Holy, Holy, Holy, LORD God Almighty, before whom the Angels veil their faces, and in whose sight the very heavens are not clean ; we confess that we are unworthy to speak unto Thee. Pardon, O Lord, all our sins, negligences, and ignorances, of the time that is past. Forgive our wandering thoughts, our heedless words, our oftentimes unworthy lives. And grant that, in time to come, we may walk more worthily of our holy office in Thy Church ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. O Lord, open Thou our lips.

R. And our mouth, &c.
O God, make speed to save us.
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Then, all standing,
Glory be to the FATHER, &c.
R. As it


&c. Praise ye the LORD.

R. The Lord's Name be praised.

Then one of the following Psalms may be sung :-
xv.-LORD, who shall dwell.
XXVII.—The LORD is my Light.
XCII.—It is a good thing.
C.–O be joyful in the Lord.
CXXII.— I was glad.
CXXXIV.—Behold now, praise the LORD.

-O praise the LORD of heaven.
CL.–O praise God in His holiness.


Then shall the Minister present to each candidate for admission

(who shall be first habited in his surplice, if in a surpliced choir) such books as may be required, addressing him as follows :

A. B. Thou art admitted into the choir of our Church. What thou singest with thy mouth, believe in thy heart ; and what thou believest in thy heart, perform in thy life. And may the LORD receive thee as a Singer of the Sanctuary in this world and in the world to come; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen.

Then may be sung


After which the Minister shall say— I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live. R. I will praise my God while I have my being.

Then the following Prayers :O ALMIGHTY GOD, who out of the mouths of babes and sucklings art pleased to perfect praise ; Mortify and kill all vices in us, that we may praise Thee with true childlike hearts. Give Thy special blessing, we beseech Thee, to Thy servants (or children] who have this day joined us in our

« PreviousContinue »