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holy office, and help them always to adore Thee with reverence and godly fear. Keep them, O Lord, from wandering thoughts, from lip-service, from vanity and irreverence, and from whatsoever other sin may most easily beset them. And make us all, we beseech Thee, examples and patterns to each other and to the Church in which Thou hast placed us, that we may ever glorify Thy holy Name; through JESUS CHRIST our SAVIOUR. Amen.
O Lord, who in Thy wrath didst destroy Uzzah for irreverently laying his hand upon Thine Ark ; Keep us, we beseech Thee, from our besetting sin of taking holy words irreverently within our mouths. May we have grace to be always mindful of the solemnity of the work in which we are engaged ; and may our reverence increase, as we become more familiar with Thy praises. Teach us to remember always how the holy Angels veil their faces before Thee. And may we so reverently praise Thee here that hereafter we may with the Angels praise Thee in heaven; through JESUS Christ our LORD and SAVIOUR. Amen.
The Lord bless us and keep us, &c.
FOR A CONFIRMATION CLASS.
Let us pray.
LORD, have mercy upon us.
O LORD, we beseech Thee mercifully to receive the prayers of Thy people which call upon Thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen.
LORD, we beseech Thee, grant Thy people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow Thee the only God; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen.
O God, forasmuch as without Thee we not able to please Thee, mercifully grant that Thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen.
O HEAVENLY FATHER, look down in mercy upon these Thy children, who are about to seek Thy blessing in the holy rite of the Laying-on-of-hands.
Teach them to know their own sinfulness and weakness that they may come to Thee for pardon for the past, and for grace and strength for the future; so that, being confirmed in Thy service, they may serve Thee truly here, and attain to everlasting life hereafter ; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen.
O HEAVENLY FATHER, send Thy grace upon Thy children who are now preparing to dedicate themselves to Thee, and to seek Thy Holy Spirit, in the Laying-on-of-hands. Give them an earnest desire to yield themselves to Thy service, to live as Thy true children, and to take up their cross to follow CHRIST. Defend them from the distractions and temptations of the world; keep them in safety under the shadow of Thy wings; and so fit and prepare them, O Lord, for this holy ordinance that they may receive the fulness of Thy blessing; through our only Mediator and Advocate JESUS CHRIST. Amen.
The Grace, &c.
FOR A MOTHERS' MEETING.
Let us pray.
LORD, have mercy upon us.
CHRIST, have mercy upon us.
PREVENT US, O LORD, in all our doings with Thy most gracious favour, and further us with Thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in Thee, we may glorify Thy holy Name, and finally by Thy mercy obtain everlasting life; through JESUS CHRisT our LORD. Amen.
O LORD, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth; Send Thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before Thee: Grant this for Thine only Son JESUS CHRIST's sake. Amen.
LORD of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things; Graft in our hearts the love of Thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of Thy great mercy keep us in the same; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen,
O HEAVENLY FATHER, look down in mercy upon these Thy servants, and grant that in all the busy cares and occupations of their daily life they may never forget Thee, but remember that they are ever walking in Thy sight; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen.
O BLESSED JESU, who for thirty years didst dwell in Thy humble home at Nazareth, bless, we beseech Thee, the homes of these Thy servants. Drive from them all selfishness and impurity, all unkindly tempers and all ungracious words; that they may be homes meet for Thy presence. Do Thou dwell in them, and make them Thine, and may Thy servants so love and serve Thee here below that they may be received at last into the blessed mansions of our heavenly Father's House ; where Thou livest and reignest with the FATHER and the HOLY SPIRIT one God for ever
For Children. O MERCIFUL GOD, bless, we pray Thee, all children whom Thou hast given to Thy servants. Grant that the old Adam may be so buried in them that the new man may be raised up in them. Grant that all carnal affections may die in them, and that all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in them. Grant that they may have power and strength to have victory and to triumph against the devil, the world, and the flesh. Grant that they may also be endued with heavenly virtues, and everlastingly rewarded, through Thy mercy, O blessed LORD God, who dost live, and govern all things, world without end. Amen.
The Grace, &c.