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father's rod. We have no strengths of our own, thou art our confidence, our rock, and our strong salvation. Save us, O God, from the miseries of this world, and never let us suffer the intolerable calamities of the next. Rescue us from the evils we have done, and preserve us from the evils we have deserved ; that we, living before thee with clean hearts, and undefiled bodies, and sanctified spirits, may, at the day of judgment, be presented pure and spotless by the blood of the Lamb, that we may sing eternal hallelujahs in heavenly places to the honour of God our Saviour, who hath redeemed our souls from death, our eyes from tears, and our feet from falling. Grant this in the richness of thy mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall be added, upon all Sundays and Festivals of the year, this
following Prayer : and upon other days, as opportunity is to be had,
all or some portions. The Prayers for Kings, &c. and the state Ecclesiastical, are never to be
omitted : but, on ordinary days, it may suffice to recite them, omitting
so much of either as is included in the columns [*]. The Prayer of Intercession, for all States of Men and Women
in the Catholic Church.
I. Save us, defend and keep us in thy fear and love, O thou God of mercy and grace: give unto us the light of thy countenance, pardon of our sins, health of our body, sancti-, fication of our spirits, peace from heaven, and salvation of our souls in the day of our Lord Jesus. Amen.
For the Catholic Church.
II. Hear our prayers for thy holy church catholic, which thou hast redeemed with thy blood, sealed and sanctified with thy spirit: extirpate all heresies and false doctrines, unite all her divisions, let her be prosperous under thy favour, and the protection of kings and princes, and the whole secular arm: that she may daily celebrate thy name, with strict obedience, and pure spiritual sacrifices; that she may be accepted, and prevail in her daily and nightly prayers, and that the gates of hell may never prevail against her; let her live in the. spirit, and reign in thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.. Amen.
For the supreme Power.
III. We pray unto thee, O great King of heaven and earth, for all Christian kings, princes, governors, and states : crown them with justice and peace, and with the love of God, and the love of their people; [*] let holiness be the ornament of their heads; invest them with the armour of righteousness, and let the anointing from above make them sacred and venerable, wise, and holy,[*] that being servants of the King of kings, friends of religion, ministers of justice, and patrons of the poor, they may, at last, inherit a portion in the kingdom of our Lord Jesus.
For the State Ecclesiastical.
IV. Remember all them that do the Lord's work in the ministry and conduct of souls. Give them great gifts and great holiness, [*] that wisely and charitably, diligently and zealously, prudently and acceptably, they may be guides to the blind, comforters to the sad and weary, that they may strengthen the weak and confirm the strong, separate the vile from the precious, boldly rebuke sin, patiently suffer for the truth, and be exemplary in their lives, [*] that in all their actions and sermons, in their discipline and ministrations, they may advance the good of souls, and the honour of our Lord Jesus. Amen. For all Orders and States of Men, &c.
V. O blessed God, who art rich in mercy and compassion, take care of all states of men and women in the Christian church, the nobility and gentry, magistrates and judges, advocates and physicians, merchants and artificers, husbandmen and tradesmen, the labourers and the hirelings: give them grace in their several callings to glorify thee, and to keep a good conscience both towards God and towards man, that they may find eternal comfort in the glorious day of our Lord Jesus.
For the Miserable and Afflicted.
fatherless, the strangers and the friendless, the oppressed and the grieved, the decrepit and sickly, the young men and the tempted, the weak of heart and the weak in body, them that languish and them that are dying; relieve their necessities, comfort their sorrows, sanctify their calamities, strengthen their weaknesses, and suffer not the devil to prevail over them in the days of their sorrow and disadvantage: and, in thy due time, deliver them from their sad bondage into thy glorious liberty of the sons of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
VII. Be a guide to the travellers, a star and a port to mariners, the comfort and strength of miners and galley-slaves. Pity, good God, all gentlemen that are fallen into poverty and sad misfortunes; strengthen and deliver all women that are in sharp and dangerous labour; all them that roar and groan with intolerable pains and noisome diseases : have mercy and compassion upon all, that are afflicted with illusion of the night and frightful apparitions; that are haunted or possessed with evil spirits, or troubled with despairing or amazed consciences,— with the stone and with the gout,—with violent cholics and grievous ulcers : give them pity and give them patience, a speedy deliverance from their calamity, and a sanctified use of the rod of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
VIII. We pray unto thee, O blessed Father, in behalf of all that are in banishment and captivity, in fetters or hard services, in want or extreme poverty, in great fear or in any great passion. Keep them from sinning against thee, and from being swallowed by too great a sorrow. Let the accidents of their lives be under the command of reason, and of thy Holy Spirit, and end in holiness and comfort, in peace and joys eternal; through the mercies of our God, in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. For Preservation from Danger and Evil.
IX. Keep us, O God, from famine and pestilence, from earthquakes and inundations, from fire and sword, from invasion by foreign enemies and from civil wars, from false religion sanctify all the even our prayers, retinedy by the Holy go
and from discountenancing the true: let every Christian soul find pity at the throne of grace : let all our errors and ignorances find pardon by Christ, and remedy by the Holy Spirit of Christ; hear all our prayers, relieve all our necessities, sanctify all the events of thy providence, and the changes of our life, that we may for ever love and for ever fear thee, and all things may work together for our good unto thy glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Blessing. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communication of the Holy Spirit of God, be with us, and with all our relatives, and with all the servants of God, this day, and for evermore. Amen.
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. .
Say one or more of these Sentences. O Lord the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee, shall be ashamed, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters.
O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us; have mercy upon us for thy name's sake; for our backslidings are many, we have sinned against thee.
Seek the Lord, while he may be found : call upon him, when he is near.
There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the remnant of the transgression of his heritage ? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon,
Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to renew the hearts of them that are contrite.
After which add this short Exhortation. I beseech you that are present, to join with me in an humble confession of sins to Almighty God, casting yourselves down with all humility before the throne of grace.
1. ALMIGHTY GOD, powerful and merciful, thou art a jealous God against persevering sinners, but a gracious Father to the penitent: let thy merciful ears be opened to the peti. tions of thy servants, who, with sorrow and shame, confess their sins unto thee.
II. We have loved the world, not thee: we have obeyed the desires of our own hearts, not thy holy laws and commandments : we have often left our duty undone, but cease not to please our senses, and to feed greedily upon vanity: thou hast commanded us to love our brethren, and, instead of loving them, we have slandered and reproached, injured and tempted them, envied their good, and rejoiced in their calamity.
III. O blessed God, we are ashamed when we remember our own follies, our violent passions, our peevishness and pride, our vain thoughts and unprofitable words, our uncharitable and useless conversation : we spend our days in idleness and folly, our nights in the images and causes of death; and though our sins are so many that we cannot number them, yet we so little apprehend our own dangers, that we neither leave them utterly nor heartily deplore them.
IV. But, O God, thou God of pity and compassion, have mercy upon us : for thon art our Father, merciful and gracious, and thou hast revealed to mankind an infinite mercy