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LORD JESUS CHRIST to have ascended into the heavens; so

we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with Him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION DAY. O God the King of glory, who hast exalted Thine only Son JESUS CHRIST with great triumph unto Thy kingdom in heaven; We beseech Thee, leave us not comfortless; but send to us Thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same place whither our Saviour Christ is gone before, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the HOLY GHOST, one God, world without end. Amen.

SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. O God, who hast prepared for those who love Thee such good things as pass man's understanding ; Pour into our hearts such love toward Thee, that we, loving Thee above all things, may obtain Thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our LORD. Amen.

TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire, or deserve; Pour down upon us the abundance of Thy mercy; forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of JESUS CHRIST Thy Son our LORD. Amen.


O LORD, we beseech Thee, absolve Thy people from their offences; that through Thy bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from the bands of those sins, which by our frailty we have committed: Grant this, o heavenly Father, for JESUS CHRIST's sake, our blessed LORD and SAVIOUR. Amen.

ALL SAINTS. 0 ALMIGHTY God, who hast knit together Thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical Body of Thy Son Christ our LORD; Grant us grace so to follow Thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which Thou hast prepared for them that unfeignedly love Thee; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen.

COMMUNION SERVICE. Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of Thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by Thy most gracious and ready help; through JESUS CHRisT our LORD. Amen.



THE LORD'S PRAYER EXPANDED. Dur father, loving and gracious, which art in heaven, yet beholdest the sorrows and sufferings of Thy children upon earth; Hallowed be Thy name, for Thou doest all things righteously. Thy kingdom comie, in the hearts of Thy servants, who seek not earthly things. Thy will be done in earth, in and by those whom Thou art pleased to correct, as it is in heaven by the holy Angels, who have no will but Thine. Give us this day our daily bread, feeding our souls with heavenly food. ånd forgive us our tres: passes in whatsoever we have rebelled against Thee, by faithlessness, or impatience, or an unsubmissive spirit, as we forgive them that tres: pass against us, praying Thee to bless them, and desiring to be in charity with all men.

and lead us not into temptation, saving us from all those snares which most easily beset us in the time of sickness; But deliver us from evil, both of soul and body: For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,—Thou rulest over all, and all things serve Thee and shew forth Thy glory,—for ever and ever. amen.


II. SOVEREIGN LORD, our GOD, ALMIGHTY, we beseech Thee to save us all, Thou only Physician of souls and bodies. Sanctify us all, Thou that healest every disease; and heal especially this Thy servant. Raise him up from the bed of pain by Thy tender loving-kindness; visit him in mercy and compassion ; drive away from him all sickness

; and infirmity; that, being raised up by Thy mighty Hand, he may serve Thee with all thankfulness; and that we, being made partakers of Thine unspeakable goodness, may praise and glorify Thee, who doest works great and wonderful and worthy to be praised. For it is Thine to pity and to save; and to Thee we ascribe glory, FATHER, Son, and HOLY GHOST, now and for ever

Amen. (Greek Office for the Sick. Given in Bright's Ancient Collects.)



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O LORD, we beseech Thee to refresh the soul of Thy servant, visited with sickness, that, by the due acceptance of this chastisement, he may know, the health of Thy grace, and the joy of Thy salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Gregorian.)

IV. “O God, our Refuge in pain, our Strength in weakness, our Help in trouble, our Solace in tears; we come to Thee in our hour of need, beseeching Thee to have mercy upon this Thine afflicted servant. O loving FATHER, relieve his pain, if it may be for his good, and for Thy glory. If he needs must suffer, strengthen him that he may bear his sufferings with holy submission, and as his day is, so may his strength be. Let not his heart be troubled, O LORD, but shed down upon him the peace which passeth understanding. And, though now for a season, if need

* From Bright's Ancient Collects.

be, he is in heaviness through his manifold trials, yet comfort him, O LORD, in all his sorrows, and let his mourning be turned into joy; through JESUS CHRIST our only Lord and SAVIOUR. Amen.

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O God of all might and majesty, who in Thy X loving mercy art, pleased to call Thyself our

Father, we humbly fall down before Thee in behalf of this Thy child (or servant], whom in Thy wisdom Thou dost chastise. We dare ask nothing of Thee but in the Name of Thy blessed Son, who “hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows," who was "wounded for our transgressions,” and “bruised for our iniquities.” For His sake, O FATHER, we pray Thee to have mercy upon Thy servant. If it may be for his good , Oh

spare him yet a little, that he may recover his strength, before he go hence and be no more seen. But if this cup may not pass away from him except he drink it, give him grace to say, “Not my

, will, but Thine, be done." And whether Thou wilt restore him to health again, or whether Thou wilt be pleased to call him out of this sinful world, yet make this fatherly correction a fountain of great good to him. May it be to him a season of mourning and forsaking sins past, and a season of resolutions and amendment for the time to

May the body's illness be the soul's health. May his faith be strengthened, and his love warmed, and his hope brightened: so that, if Thou restore him, he may shew obedience to this Thy message of sickness in a life devoted unto Thee; and, if Thou take him, he may be meet to be presented, washed and purified in the Blood


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