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Let us pray
God, merciful Father, that despiseft not the figh
ing of a contrite heart, nor the desire of such as be forrowful; Mercifully affist our prayers that we make before thee in all our troubles and adversities, whenfoever they oppress us : and graciously hear us, that those evils which the craft and subtilty of the devil or man worketh against us, be brought to nought, and by the providence of shy goodness chey may be dispersed; that we thy servants, being hurt by no persecutions, may evermore give thanks unto thee in thy holy Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. :. 42. O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for thy Name's fake.
43. O God, we have heard with our ears, and our fathers have declared unto us the noble works that thou didit in their days, and in the old time b-fore them.
44. O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for thine honour.
45. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
PA RA PHRASE. 41. Let us now jointly proftrate ourselves before the Almighty, and offer up to him one common prayer. O God, whose fatherly mercy is ever prompt to fuccour all thy creatures in distress, thou who doft not despise a sorrowful and contrite heari, and from whom no groanings are hid, we beseech thee to grant us the aid of thy holy spirit, to affilt and quicken the prayers which we pour forth unto thee in the cime of our trouble ; and be pleafed so far to hear our prayers favourably, that all the ill designs which are formed against thy church by devils or wicked men, may be so bafled and brought to nothing by thy good providence, that, all persecution being at an end, the church may enjoy a state of perfect tranquillity, and praise thee for evermore, which we beg for Jesus Christ's fake. Amen.
42. O Lord do not remain any longer a spectator only of our sufferings, but rise up with hafte to afliit us, and deliver us for the sake of thy name, by which we are called, and for the sake of thy true religion which we profess.
43. Sacred history informs us of the marvellous things which thou haft done for the sake of thy church in times of old ;
44. O Lord rise up and deliver us in like manner, in the present age, and thereby assert thy own honour in succouring thy servants. 45. All glory be ascribed to God the Father, God the Son, and God
Anjo. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
15. From our enemies defend us, o Christ. Graciously look upon our afflictions. 47. Pitifully behold the sorrows of our hearts. Jiercifully forgive the sins of thy people. 48. Favourably with mercy hear our prayers. O Son of David have mercy upon us. Boch now and ever vouchsafe to hear us, o Christ. Graciously bear us, o Christ ; graciously hear us, O Lord Ckrijt.
Priest. 49. O Lord, let thy mercy be shewed upon us ; Anw. As we do put our trust in thee.
50. Let us pray. SI.
E humbly beseech thee, o Father, mercifully to look upon our infirmities; and, for the glory
PA RA PHRASE. the Holy Ghost, the three Persons of the ever-blessed trinity. -Anfru. As they have exifted in the plenitude of bliss from all eternity, exilt at . present, and will exist for evermore.
46. O dear Saviour, defend us from all our foes, both spiritual and temporal, and look with compassion upon us in our present deplorable condition, oppressed with a load of sin, and dreading the punishment which we have incurred.
47. We beseech thee to look with compassion upon the miseries which we undergo, and upon the forrow which we feel for having offended an emaipotent and good God; and forgive the fins of us who, indeed, by outward profession, have acquired a right to be looked upon as thy people, ibo' by the enormity of our sins we have mot justly forfeited it.
48. But for relief we apply to thee, O Christ, our blessed Lord and Redeemer ; O give ear unto our prayers, do thou intercede for us with thy heavenly Father, and present our petitions before him.
49. O Lord, afford us thy mercy, not according to our deserts, for then we should entirely despair of it; but according to the ardour of our defires, and the fincerity with which we rely upon thee alone, for the pardon of, and deliverance from, our fins.
50. This responsory devotion being concluded, let us in joint and continued prayer address ourselves to the Almighty ;
51. O kind and indulgent Father, we prostrate ourselves before thee with the utmolt humility, intreating thee, thro' the great mercy which thou bearest to all thy creatures, to look with companion upon the infimities and frailties of our nature; whereby we have been led into thala
of thy Name, turn from us all those evils that we most righteously have deserved: and grant, that in all our troubles, we may put our whole trust and confidence in thy mercy, and everniore serve thee in holiness and pureness of living, to thy honour and glory, through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer of St Chryfoftom.
God, who haft given us grace, at this time with one accord to make our cominon supplications unto thee; and doft promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy name, thou wilt grant their requests : Fulil now, O Lord, the desires and peticions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.
PA RA P H R AS E. fins which have excited thy anger, and to avert from as that punishment which we have fo justly incurred; beseeching thee to grant, that in all the troubles which our fins may draw upon us, if thou, in thy unfathomable wisdom, dost think fit to let them continue, we may not confide in our own arm nor in the asistance of saints or angels, according to the example of others, but that we may rely entirely upon thy mercy; and tho' thy hand may lie heavy upon us, yet give us grace and perseverance to serve thee by an holy and virtuous life, which may tend to thy honour and glory : 'and this we beg, for the sake of Jesus Christ, whose inter, ceflion alone will be accepted by the Almighty.
Paraphrase on the PRAYER of St Chrysostom. O omnipotent Being, to whose grace and favour we are indebted for this opportunity, of addressing ourselves unto thee, in the public service of the church, and who, in thy holy word, hatt promised us, that where two or three are gathered together in thy name, thou art in the midst of thein (Matt. xviii. 20.) and that what they agree on, shall be done for them in heaven ; (ibid. 19.) depending therefore upon the gracious promile which thou hast thought proper to make to thy church, we humbly petition thee at the throne of grace, to grant us all that we have prayed for, as far (especially with regard to temporal matters) as it shall appear to thy unerring wisdom, to be consistent with our eternal welfare : de. firing thee however of thy goodness, to afford us all requisite knowledge in the truths of religion, whilst we remain in this world, and after death, su tranflate us to the iminartal glory of heaven, Amen.
2 Cor. 13. 14:
God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with
Paraphrafe on the Blefing.
Here endeth the Litany.
PRAYERS and THANKSGIVINGS
Upon several OCCASIONS,
of Morning and Evening Prayer.
P R. AYERS
haft promised to all them that seek thy Kingdom, and
P A R A P H R A S E.
On the PRAYER for Rain.
such moderate rain and showers, that we may receive the fruits of the earth, to our comfort, and to thy honour, through Jelus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For fair Weatber.
once drown all the world, except eight persons, and afterward of thy great mercy didst promise never to destroy it so again ; We humbly beseech thee, that although we for our iniquities have worthily deserved a plague of rain and waters; yet upon our true repentance, thou wilt send us such weather, as that we may receive the fruits of the earth in due season; and learn both by thy punishment to amend our lives, and for thy clemency to give thee praise and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,
In the time of dearth and famine.
doth fall, the earth is fruitful, beasts increase, and
PA RA P H R AS E. a kindly rain as may refresh the dry earth, so that it may yield its accultomed fruits to the comfort of us, thy poor creatures, who depend upon them for noarishment; that thereby we may be enabled to use them to thy honour and glory; which favour we beg for the sake of our blessed Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Paraphrafe on the PRAYER for fair Weatber. O Almighty God, who when thou didst see that all felh had corrupted its way upon earth, (Gen. vi. 12.) did it by the delage, destroy all the inhabitants of the world, excepting only eight persons belonging to the family of the righteous Noah, and didst afterwards fix thy bow in the clouds, as a sign that the waters should no more become a flood to destroy all Aesh (Gen. ix. 15.) we humbly intreat thee, that tho'we, by our sins, have deserved to perith by a deluge likewise, thou wouldft, upon our repentance, be graciously pleased to grant us such reasonable weather, that the fruits of the earth being ripened by the fostering heat of the sun, we may gather them for our use at the proper season, and that we, seriously reflecting upon thy chastisement, may learn to lead more holy lives for the time to come ; and in consideration of thy mercy, which has spared us after so many reiterated provocations, may be still more strongly excited to praise and adore thy goodness, the greatest of all thy attributes ; and this favour we pray thee io grant us for the sake of our ever-blessed Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.