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the Minister shall read the FIRST LESSON, which may be either of the following portions from the Old Testament. Isaiah lviii. Hosea xiv. Joel ii. And at the end of the Les
son he shall say, Here endeth the First Les
Then shall be said, or sung, the following portion of the 103d Psalm.
THE Lord is full of compassion and mercy, long suffering, and of great goodness.
He will not always be chiding; neither keepeth he his anger for ever.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Yea, like as a father pitieth his own children;
even so the Lord pitieth those who fear him.
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are but dust.
The days of man are but as grass; he flourisheth as a flower of the field.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
But the merciful goodness of the Lord endureth for ever and ever upon those who fear him, and his righteousness upon children's children;
Even upon such as keep his covenants, and think upon his commandments to do them.
Then shall the Minister read the SECOND LESSON, which may be either of the following portions from the New Testament: Matt. vi. to 19. Mark ii. 15 to 21.
And at the end of the Les
son he shall say, Here endeth the Second Les
Then shall be said or sung the following
GOD be merciful unto us, and bless us; and show us the light of his countenance, and be mer
ciful unto us.
That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
Let the people praise thee, O God; yea, let all the people praise thee.
O let the nations rejoice and be glad; for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
Let the people thee, O God; yea, let all the people praise thee.
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase; and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
God shall bless us, and all the ends of the world
shall fear him.
Answ. And grant us thy salvation.
Min. O God, make clean our hearts within us; Answ. And take not thy holy Spirit from us.
Min. O God, merciful Father, who despisest not the sighing of a contrite heart, nor the desire of such as be sorrowful; mercifully assist our prayers
which we make before thee in all our troubles and adversities, whensoever they oppress us; and graciously hear us, that all evils which are devised
against us, may, by the providence of thy goodness, be brought to nought; that we, thy servants, being hurt by no persecutions, may evermore give thanks unto thee in thy holy church, through Jesus Christ our
O Lord, arise, help us,
Min. The Lord be with and deliver us for thy name's sake.
Answ. And with thy spirit.
Min. Let us pray. O Lord, show thy mercy upon us;
O God, we have heard with our ears, and our fathers have declared unto us the noble works that thou didst in their days,
O Lord, let thy mercy be shown upon us;
As we do put our trust in thee.
PRAYER FOR FAST DAY.
ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, who lovest righteousness and hatest iniquity, and art a compassionate Father to those who repent and turn unto thee; we come before thee
this day, humbly confessing our sins, and beseeching thee to grant unto us sincere repentance.
O thou Supreme Director of the affairs of human society; we thank thee for the advantages of our condition; that we enjoy liberty, safety, and plenty; that the lines are fallen to us in pleasant places, and that we have a goodly heritage. Yet we have made unworthy returns for thy loving kindness; we have shown ourselves undeserving of thy mercy. We lament that plenty has been abused by luxury, and liberty by licentiousness; our peace and safety by strife, envyings, and divisions; and that so little of the power of godliness is manifested. Surely it is of thy mercy that we are not consumed, and because thy compassions fail not.
We beseech thee to grant thy mercy unto us who have corrupted our manners, who have been indifferent to thy worship; indulged too much a spirit of pride and uncharitable
ness, and have become too strongly attached to the world and the things of the world. Awaken us to a sense of our unworthiness; pardon the sins of our nation; forgive all those who humble themselves this day before thee, and spare thy people; animate us to unite with one heart in promoting the honor of thy name, the interests of religion, and the prosperity and happiness of our country. May we keep the fast which thou hast chosen; and loosing every band of wickedness, become a peculiar people zealous of good works, that thy displeasure may be turned away from us, and that thou mayest delight to build us up and not destroy us.
O thou, who art the Lord of lords, and the Fountain of all power, we commend to thy care and blessing the President of the United States, the Governor of this State, and all others in authority. May they have wisdom to discern, and firmness to
pursue the true interests of this people; may they employ all their influence to promote peace and virtue; and under their government may justice and judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Endue with grace and clothe with godliness the ministers of religion. May they do honor to thy truth in their public services and their private conduct; and do thou so direct and bless them, both in their preaching and living, that they may save themselves, and those who hear them. We beseech thee to bless all seminaries of learning, all governors and instructers of youth, all patrons and promoters of sound literature and knowledge; and grant that all the means and opportunities of mental, moral, and religious advancement, which are enjoyed among us, may be thankfully acknowledged and diligently improved.
Universal Parent and Governor; be merciful to the whole race of man;