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Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, - and the glory, for ever. Amen.

PRAYERS, THANKSGIVINGS, &c.

SELECTED

FROM THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT, AND

FROM THE APOCRYPHA.

Selected from

Jeremiah, ch. 10. 20. 32.

There is none like unto thee, O Lord; thou art great, and thy name is great in might. Who would not fear thee, O king of nations ? for to thee doth it appertain : forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee. Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers

into the bosom of their children after them : the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is his name. Great in counsel, and mighty in work; for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men : to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. The Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nation's shall not be able to abide his indignation. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth ; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. Sing unto the Lord, praise ye the Lord: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evil doers,

A Prayer of Solomon, Book of Wisdom, 9.

O God of my fathers, and Lord of mercy, who hast made all things with thy word, and ordained man through thy wisdom, that he should have dominion over the creatures which thou hast made, and order the world according to equity and righteousness, and execute judgment with an upright heart : give me wisdom, that sitteth by thy throne: and reject me not from among thy children : for I thy servant and son of thine handmaid am a feeble person, and of a short time, and too young for the understanding of judgment and laws. For though a man be never so perfect among the children of men, yet if thy wisdom be not with him, he shall be nothing regarded. Thou hast chosen me to be a king of thy people, and a judge of thy sons and daughters: thou hast commanded me to build a temple upon thy holy mount, and an altar in the city wherein thou dwellest, a resemblance of the holy tabernacle, which thou hast prepared from the beginning. And wisdom was with thee: which knoweth thy works, and was present when thou madest the world, and knew what was acceptable in thy sight, and right in thy commandments. O send her out of thy holy heavens, and from the throne of thy glory, that being present she may labour with me, that I may know what is pleasing unto thee. For she knoweth and understaudeth all things, and she shall lead me soberly in my doings, and preserve me in her power. So shall my works be ac

ceptable, and then shall I judge thy people righteously, and be worthy to sit in my father's seat. For what man is he that can know the counsel of God? or who can think what the will of the Lord is? For the thoughts of mortal men are miserable, and our devices are but uncertain. For the corruptible body presseth down the soul, and the earthly tabernacle weigheth down the mind that museth upon many things. And hardly do we guess aright at things that are upon earth, and with labour do we find the things that are before us : but the things that are in heaven. who hath searched out ? And thy counsel who hath known, except thou give wisdom, and send thy holy spirit from above? For so the ways of them which lived on the earth were reformed, and men were taught the things that are pleasing unto thee, and were saved through wisdom.

A Prayer of the Son of Sirach, Ecclesiasticus, 51.,

I will thank thee, O Lord and King, and praise thee, O God my Saviour: I do give praise unto thy name : for thou art my defender and helper, and hast preserved my body from destruction, and from the snare of the slanderous tongue, and

from the lips that forge lies, and hast been mine helper against mine adversaries: and hast delivered me, according to the multitude of thy mercies and greatness of thy name, from the teeth of them that were ready to devour me,

and out of the hands of such as sought after my

life, and from the manifold amictions which I had; from the choaking of fire on every side, and from the midst of the fire which I kindled not ; from the depth of the belly of hell, from an un. clean tongue, and from lying words. By anaccusation to the king from an unrighteous tongue my soul drew near even unto death, my life was near to hell beneath. They compassed me on every side, and there was no man to help me: I looked for the succour of men, but there was

Then thought I upon thy mercy, O Lord, and upon thy acts of old, how thou deli. verest such as wait for thee, and savest them out of the hands of the enemies. Then lifted I up my supplication from the earth, and prayed for deliverance from death. I called upon the Lord, the Father of my Lord, that he would not leave me in the days of my trouble, and in the time of the proud, when there was no help. I will praise thy name continually, and will sing praise with thanksgiving; and so my prayer was heard : for thou savedst me from destruction, and deliver

none.

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