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permit, to become acquainted with thy perfections and providence. And let our conceptions of thee, produce in us the sentiments of veneration, gratitude, and submission, and lead us to a diligent imitation of thy moral perfections, and a constant obedience to thy laws, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

GRANT unto us, O most merciful Father, the spirit of wisdom and knowledge. Teach us to Judge aright concerning thee, our Maker, and the duties which thou requirest of us; and let all religious truths deeply impress our hearts, and have a lasting influence on our behaviour. Assist us to subdue every vicious affection, and to withstand every temptation; that we may manifest the sincerity of our repentance, by the steadfastness of our obedience; and that, not being weary of well doing, we may finally obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O GOD, who givest understanding to man, and instructest him out of thy

law, grant unto us thy servants such knowledge as may best enable us to do good, and a sincere disposition rightly to improve the knowledge we possess. Suffer us not, we beseech thee, to be drawn aside from our obedience to thy laws, by the love of pleasure, of riches, or of fame. Preserve in us a constant remembrance of thine all

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seeing eye. Deliver us from irregular desires, vain hopes, and weak fears and prepare us, by innocence and purity of manners, and a steadfast faith in thee, for all the events of this mortal life, and for our departure out of this world. By the constant exercise of piety, righteousness, and mercy; by meekness, patience, and moderation; by truth and fidelity, candour and charity; by an humble, resigned, and contented spirit, may we become fitted for the society of the just made perfect in thine heavenly kingdom; which we ask in the name, and as disciples of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

DIVINE ASSISTANCE.
O GOD, who art ever

more ready to hear than we are to pray, and who hast promised the assistance of thy holy Spirit to those who truly seek it, we humbly beseech thee to fulfil thy gracious promise to us thy servants, and grant us that light and help, without which we know nothing, and can do nothing. O guide us by thy counsel, defend us by thy might, purify us by thy Spirit, and keep us in thy fear and love continually; and thine shall be the honour, and the glory, and the praise, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

WE humbly beseech thee, O Father, to assist and direct us in the attainment of the happiness for which thou hast designed us. Lift up the light of thy countenance upon us, to illuminate our minds with thy heavenly truth, that, being purged from error, prejudice, and vice, our desires and passions may be under the continual guidance of reason, and our actions may be conformed to thy most holy laws, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O GOD, the almighty Guardian and Friend of the righteous, we humbly beseech thee to protect our innocence and sustain our virtue, in the midst of the temptations of the world. Preserve us from all false judgments concerning the ends of living, and the way to happiness. Secure us from the influence of vain customs and evil examples; and give us that firmness and independence of spirit, which will enable us to be eminently good; that continually improving in all amiable and virtuous dispositions, and steadily persevering in a course of exemplary goodness, we may be prepared to meet our last end with a serene and peaceful mind, and to enter upon the future state with an humble hope of thy mercy, through Jesus Amen. Christ our Lord.

THE BIBLE.

O God, who in times past didst speak to the fathers by the prophets, and in these last days to us by thy Son; we thank thee for the volume of thy holy word; for the plain and ample directions it

contains; for the sublime instructions it affords; for the consolations and hopes it presents to the penitent, the afflicted, and the dying; for the immortal life it reveals to man; for the eternal glory and happiness it promises to those who love, and strive to obey thee. May we be enabled, by the light and assistance which it gives to our ignorance and frailty, to order our steps aright; to keep thy laws and ordinances blameless; and steadily to pursue that path of virtue and true holiness which leads to everlasting life. And this we humbly beg in the name of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

TY.

WE humbly beseech thee, O Father, to assist us in setting continually before our eyes, the most holy example of thy Son our Saviour. May we faith

CHRIST AND CHRISTIANI- fully imitate his purity, his

ALMIGHTY God, who didst send thy Son Jesus Christ into the world to save sinners, teach us, we pray thee, to know and to love him; make us to be acquainted with his character, imbued with his spirit, and devoted to his cause. By our willing obedience to his commands, may we manifest our grati

tude for the blessings which he laboured and died to procure for us, and render ourselves partakers of that immortality which he has revealed and promised to the righteous. Let none of the temptations of the world shake our fidelity, or cause our love to grow cold; but may we always walk worthy of the holy name by which we are called. In that name we address thee, and ascribe to thee, the God of all mercy and grace, everlasting praises. Amen.

humility, his meek, peaceful, and contented spirit, his entire resignation to thy will, and his diligence in doing good, and finishing the work which thou gavest him to do. May we acquire the temper as well as the doctrines of his gospel; and help us in all things to walk worthy of our high and holy vocation, and of the glorious rewards which thou hast set

before us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose name we ascribe unto thee all glory, worship, and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

WE thank thee, O Father in heaven, for the blessed gospel of thy Son Jesus Christ; for the light it sheds on thy nature, character, and providence, on the path of our duty, and on the future world. May this glorious light shine into our hearts, and cheer and sustain us, and lead us through the scenes and trials of this life, to the endless felicities of thy kingdom above. Which we ask in the name of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, who wouldst have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of thy truth; regard in mercy, we beseech thee, those parts of the earth where the gospel is not known, and bring them to the knowledge, obedience, and love of the religion of thy dear Son. We also pray for the whole christian world, that all

who profess the faith of the gospel, may hold it in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in holiness of life. Grant that the spirit of Christ and his religion may overcome all discord, strife, and persecution; and that all his disciples, however divided in opinion, may be united in love. We entreat thee, more particularly, to assist us to govern our hearts by the blessed law of charity, that together with all our fellow Christians, we may continually become here on earth more worthy of the glorious society in heaven, where charity never faileth. Accept us, O Father of all mercies, in these our supplications, which we present unto thee in the name of Jesus Christ, the head of all things to the church, through whom we ascribe to thee blessing and praise, for ever and ever. Amen.

O THOU God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, give us grace, we humbly beseech thee, to act in every relation and condition of life, as thy children, disciples of thy Son, and members of the

general family of mankind. May we love one another with pure hearts fervently; and heartily unite our endeavours to promote each other's happiness; that, in this life, we may experience how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity; and that we may be prepared for an eternal abode in the regions of endless peace and joy, through thine infinite mercy, declared unto us by Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O GOD, the source of all good, grant, we beseech thee, that the remembrance of the innumerable blessings which thy bounty hath bestowed upon us by Jesus Christ, may transform us into thine image, and incline us to become, like him, just and righteous, kind and beneficent. Incline us, as we have opportunity, to relieve the necessitous, to comfort the afflicted, to instruct the ignorant, to encourage and assist the honest and industrious, and to go about doing good. Animated by the divine spirit of christian charity, may

we make continual advances in our resemblance to thee; till at length we shall be prepared to dwell for ever with thee, the God of love, from whom all happiness flows, and to whom be rendered all honour, gratitude, and obedience, for ever and ever. Amen.

RESIGNATION.

O MOST gracious and merciful Father, we desire to resign ourselves and all our interests to thy disposal, in the humble hope that thy mercy will never forsake us, and that thou wilt cause all things to work together for our good. We would submit patiently to thy will under all our afflictions; and we humbly pray that we may so pass through the chan ges of this world, as finally to be prepared for the enjoyment of perfect and eternal happiness in the world to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

TEMPTATION.

ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, it is our

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