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deliver me in Thy righteousness; incline Thine ear unto me, and save me.
Be thou my strong hold, whereunto I may alway resort: Thou hast promised to help me; for Thou art my house of defence, and my castle.' Deliver me, o
God, out of the hand of the ungodly: out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
For Thou, O LORD God, art the thing that I long for: Thou art my hope, even from my youth.
Through Thee have I been holden up ever since I was born : Thou art He that took me out of my mother's womb; my praise shall be always of Thee.
I am become as it were a monster unto many : but
my sure trust is in Thee. O let my mouth be filled with Thy praise : that I may sing of Thy glory and honour all the day long. Cast me not away in the time of
forsake me not when my strength faileth me.
For mine enemies speak against me, and they that lay wait for my soul take their counsel together, saying: God hath forsaken him, persecute him, and take him ; for there is none to deliver him.
Go not far from me, O God: my God, haste Thee to help me.
Let them be confounded and perish that are against my soul : let them be covered with shame and dishonour that seek to do me evil.
As for me, I will patiently abide alway: and will praise Thee more and more.
My mouth shall daily speak of Thy righteousness and salvation : for I know no end thereof.
I will go forth in the strength of the LORD God: and will make mention of Thy righteousness only.
Thou, O GOD, hast taught me from my youth up until now : therefore will I tell of Thy wondrous works.
Forsake me not, O God, in mine old age, when I am gray-headed : until I have shewed Thy strength unto this generation, and Thy power to all them that are yet for to come.
Thy righteousness, O God, is very high, and great things are they that Thou hast done: 0 God, who is like unto Thee ?
Glory be to the FATHER, and to the Son, and to the HOLY GHOST;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
1 Adding this. O SAVIOUR of the world, who by Thy Cross and precious Blood hast redeemed us, save us, and help us, we humbly beseech Thee, Ó LORD.
| Then shall the Minister say, The ALMIGHTY LORD, who is a most strong tower to all them that put their trust in Him, to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey, be now and evermore thy defence; and make thee know and feel, that there is none other Name under heaven given to man, in whom, and through whom, thou mayest receive health and salvation, but only the Name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. Amen.
| And after that shall say, Unto God's gracious mercy and protection we commit thee. The Lord bless thee, and keep thee. The LORD make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace, both now and evermore. Amen.
TA PRAYER FOR A SICK CHILD. O ALMIGHTY God, and merciful FATHER, to whom alone belong the issues of life and death; Look down from heaven, we humbly beseech Thee, with the eyes of mercy upon this child now lying upon the bed of sickness : Visit him, O LORD, with Thy salvation ; deliver him in Thy good appointed time from his bodily pain, and save his soul for Thy mercies’ sake: That, if it shall be Thy pleasure to prolong his days here on earth, he may live to Thee, and be an instrument of Thy glory, by serving Thee faithfully, and doing good in his generation ; or else receive him into those heavenly habitations, where the souls of them that sleep in the Lord Jesus enjoy perpetual rest and felicity. Grant this, O LORD, for Thy mercies’ sake, in the same Thy Son our LORD JESUS CHRIST, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.
A PRAYER FOR A SICK PERSON WHEN THERE
APPEARETH BUT SMALL HOPE OF RECOVERY. O FATHER of mercies, and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need ; We fly unto Thee for succour in behalf of this Thy servant, here lying under Thy hand in great weakness of body. Look graciously upon him, O Lord; and the more the outward man decayeth, strengthen him, we beseech Thee, so much the more continually
with Thy grace and HOLY SPIRIT in the inner
Give him unfeigned repentance for all the errors of his life past, and steadfast faith in Thy Son JESUS; that his sins may be done away by Thy mercy, and his pardon sealed in heaven, before he go hence, and be no more seen. We know, O Lord, that there is no word impossible with Thee; and that, if Thou wilt, Thou canst even yet raise him up, and grant him a longer continuance amongst us. Yet, forasmuch as in all appearance the time of his dissolution draweth near, so fit and prepare him, we beseech Thee, against the hour of death, that after his departure hence in peace, and in Thy favour, his soul may be received into Thine everlasting kingdom, through the merits and mediation of JESUS Christ, Thine only Son, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
A COMMENDATORY PRAYER FOR A SICK PERSON
AT THE POINT OF DEPARTURE. O ALMIGHTY GOD, with whom do live the spirits of just men made perfect, after they are delivered from their earthly prisons; We humbly commend the soul of this Thy servant, our dear brother, into Thy hands, as into the hands of a faithfuí CREATOR, and most merciful SAVIOUR ; most humbly beseeching Thee, that it may be precious in Thy sight. Wash it, we pray Thee, in the Blood of that immaculate Lamb, that was slain to take away the sins of the world : that whatsoever defilements it may have contracted in the midst of this miserable and naughty world, through the lusts of the flesh, or the wiles of Satan, being purged and done away, it may be presented pure and without spot before Thee. And teach us who survive, in this and other like daily spectacles of mortality, to see how frail and uncertain our own condition is; and so to number our days, that we may seriously apply our hearts to that holy and heavenly wisdom, whilst we live here, which
may in the end bring us to life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ Thine only Son our LORD. Amen.
A PRAYER FOR PERSONS TROUBLED IN MIND
OR IN CONSCIENCE.
O BLESSED LORD, the FATHER of mercies, and the God of all comforts; We beseech Thee, look down in pity and compassion upon this Thy afflicted servant. Thou writest bitter things against him, and makest him to possess his former iniquities; Thy wrath lieth hard upon him, and his soul is full of trouble: But, O merciful God, who hast written Thy holy Word for our learning, that we, through patience and comfort of Thy holy Scriptures, might have hope; give him a right understanding of himself, and of Thy threats and promises ; that he may neither cast away his confidence in Thee, nor place it any where but in Thee. Give him strength against all his temptations, and heal all his distempers. Break not the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax. Shut not up Thy tender mercies in displeasure; but make him to hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice. Deliver him from fear of the enemy, and lift up the light of Thy countenance upon him, and give him peace, through the merits and mediation of JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen.