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"O Lord, pour out Thy fury upon the heathen that know Thee not, and upon the
"The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but He blesseth the habitation
JAMES BURNS, PORTMAN STREET.
THE present manual of family devotions has been drawn up in order to assist in supplying wants now strongly felt amongst a very numerous class, by providing :
First. Forms of prayer, which, without interfering, but in a few instances, with the Daily Service of our own Liturgy, should yet possess the approval of authority for their recommendation and support. Objections have been made of late, by most thinking persons, that Family Prayers, selected entirely from our own authoritative formularies, furnish but a bad substitute for the Daily Service, which ought itself to be more exclusively reserved for the public worship of the sanctuary.
Secondly. An uniform character and even sameness, not only in the general framework of the prayers from day to day, but also in the prayers themselves, except where changes are needed to suit particular days and seasons; that thus, at a reverent distance and after the example of the Church, we may imitate in spirit the unvarying worship of the blessed seraphim, who, we know, are ever engaged in one ceaseless song, continually crying, "Holy, holy," before the throne of God.
Thirdly.-Special forms of prayer for the principal Fasts and