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T Then, all kneeling down, the Minister shall give thanks
unto GOD, and say, WE yield Thee hearty thanks, most merciful FATHER, that it hath pleased Thee to regenerate this Infant with Thy Holy Spirit, to receive him for Thine own Child by adoption, and to incorporate him into Thy holy Church. And we humbly beseech Thee to grant, that as he is now made partaker of the death of Thy Son, so he may be also of His resurrection; and that finally, with the residue of Thy saints, he may inherit Thine everlasting kingdom; through the same Thy Son JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen.
ADDITIONAL PRAYERS AT PRIVATE
FOR THE NEWLY-BAPTIZED INFANT.
MERCIFUL SAVIOUR, who lovest little children, and wouldest have them brought to Thee, we pray Thee to bless this infant, whom we have placed in Thy loving Arms. If it seem good to Thee, we would ask Thee to spare its life, and to bestow upon it the blessings of health. Yet not our will, but Thine be done. We have given it to Thee, and it is Thine. Do with it as is good in Thine Eyes. If Thou sparest, may it be to follow Thee in love and obedience here below; and when Thou takest, may it be to dwell with Thee in love and joy for ever above. Hear us, O loving SAVIOUR, who, with the FATHER and the Holy Spirit, art One God, infinite in power and in love, for ever and ever. Amen.
FOR A MOTHER AFTER CHILDBIRTH.
O MERCIFUL FATHER, whose are the issues of life and death, we praise Thy holy Name for Thy mercy to this Thy servant, in that Thou hast been graciously pleased to deliver her in the great pain and peril of childbirth. Continue Thy Ioving-kindness to her, O gracious FATHER, and restore her, if it may be, in Thine own good time to health and strength of body, that she may once more enter into Thy gates with thanksgiving, and praise Thee in the congregation of Thy people. Yet before temporal mercies, we ask for Thy blessing upon her soul. May every hour of pain or peril bring her nearer unto Thee, and every mercy knit her heart more closely to Thee in thankful love. Make her so truly to love Thee, that if Thou art pleased to raise her up, she may shew forth her thankfulness in her life, by receiving the cup of salvation, and calling upon the Name of the LORD. O FATHER, bless her in spirit, and bless her in body; bless her in her going out, and in her coming in; bless her in this world, and yet more in the world to come; through JESUS CHRIST our SAVIOUR. Amen.
A THANKSGIVING TO BE USED WITH A MOTHER
O ALMIGHTY and most merciful FATHER, in whom we live and move and have our being; by Thee we have been preserved ever since we were born. We adore and praise Thy glorious Majesty for the many mercies and favours which Thou hast bestowed on us all our life long. And at this time we bless and praise Thy Holy Name, for Thy late mercy vouchsafed to Thy servant in delivering her from the great pains and peril of childbirth. It was Thy power that preserved her ; Thy goodness that delivered her ; Thy Hand that supported her; when pain and sorrow_laid hold upon her. Praised be that Infinite Love which gave strength to her weakness, and upheld her in the hour of sorrow and anguish. Continue, we beseech Thee, Thy Fatherly goodness to her. Let Thy good Providence watch over her. And, above all, give her such a sense of Thy great goodness to her, that she may evermore seek to serve and please Thee in all things.
We commend likewise to Thy mercy and goodness the tender infant which Thou hast given to Thy servant.
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living, and not pr serve it that it may live to be vately baptised. regenerated and born again in Baptism; that, as it is Thine by creation, it may thereby be made Thine by adoption and grace. Sanctify it, we humbly pray Thee, and take it into Thy protection, and so fill it with the graces of Thy HOLY SPIRIT, that it may be of the number of Thy faithful servants.
Hear us, O most merciful FATHER, through JESUS CHRIST, our Blessed Lord and only SAVIOUR. Amen. (Adapted from the New Manual of Devotions.)
This is to be said
Selections from the Psalms.
PSALM VI.—Penitential. 1 0 LORD, rebuke me not in Thine indignation: neither chasten me in Thy displeasure.
2 Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am weak: 0 LORD, heal me, for my bones are vexed.
3 My soul also is sore troubled : but, LORD, how long wilt Thou punish me?
4 Turn Thee, O LORD, and deliver my soul : O save me for Thy mercy's sake.
5 For in death no man remembereth Thee : and who will give Thee thanks in the pit ?
6 I am weary of my groaning; every night wash I my bed : and water my couch with my tears. 7 My beauty is gone for very trouble: and away
because of all mine enemies. 8 Away from me, all ye that work vanity: for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping
9 The Lord hath heard my petition : the LORD will receive my prayer.
10 All mine enemies shall be confounded, and sore vexed: they shall be turned back, and put to shame suddenly.
Glory be, &c.
1 PRESERVE me, O God: for in Thee have I put my trust.
2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD: Thou art my God, my goods are nothing unto Thee.
3 All my delight is upon the saints, that are in the earth: and upon such as excel in virtue.
6 The LORD Himself is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup: Thou shalt maintain my lot.
7 The lot is fallen unto me in a fair ground : yea, I have a goodly heritage.
8 I will thank the Lord for giving me warning: my reins also chasten me in the night
9 I have set God always before me: for He is on my right hand, therefore I shall not fall.
10 Wherefore my heart was glad, and my glory rejoiced: my Hesh also shall rest in hope.
ii For why? Thou shalt not leave my soul in hell: neither shalt Thou suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption.
12 Thou shalt shew me the path of life; in Thy presence is the fulness of joy: and at Thy right hand there is pleasure for evermore.
Glory be, &c.
XXIII. 1 The Lord is my shepherd : therefore can I lack nothing:
2 He shall feed me in a green pasture: and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.
3 He shall convert my soul: and bring me