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the Holy Spirit, One God, world without end. Amen. (Lord Nelson's Family Prayers.)

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Before the Baptism of a Child. Almighty and Immortal God, the Aid of all that need, the Helper of all that flee to Thee for succour, the Life of them that believe, and the Resurrection of the dead; we call upon Thee for the Infant this day to be baptized, that he, coming to Thy Holy Baptism, may receive remission of his sins by spiritual regeneration. Receive him, O Lord, as Thou hast promised by Thy well-beloved Son, saying, Ask, and ye shall have; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. So give now unto us that ask; let us that seek find; open the gate unto us that knock; that this Infant may enjoy the everlasting benediction of Thy heavenly washing, and may come to the Eternal Kingdom which Thou hast promised by Christ our Lord. Amen.

After the Baptism of a Child. Almighty and Everlasting God, who renewest human nature beyond the dignity of its first Creation; We beseech Thee by Thy continual grace to preserve Thy heavenly gifts in him whom Thou hast this day vouchsafed to renew by the mystery of Regeneration. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Preserve, we beseech Thee, O Lord, in the newborn offspring of Thy heavenly Family, the Spirit of adoption Which Thou hast given: That he being renewed in body and soul, may offer unto Thee a pure and holy service, and, being guided by Thy continual protection in the way of salvation, may finally attain to everlasting life. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Before and after a Confirmation. Almighty and Everliving God, we make our humble supplications unto Thee for Thy servants, and more especially for those of [this household, and of] this Parish, upon whom (after the example of Thy holy Apostles) the Bishop this day is about to lay (or has laid] his hands, to certify them by that sign of Thy favour and gracious goodness towards them.

Before Confirmation. Strengthen them, we beseech Thee, O Lord, with the Holy Ghost the Comforter, and daily increase in them Thy manifold gifts of grace; the Spirit of wisdom and understanding; the Spirit of counsel and ghostly strength; the Spirit of knowledge and true godliness: and fill them, O Lord, with the Spirit of Thy holy fear now and for ever. Amen.

After Confirmation. Let Thy Fatherly Hand, we beseech Thee, ever be over them; let Thy Holy Spirit ever be with them; and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of Thy word, that in the end they may obtain Everlasting Life. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Before Holy Communion.

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Blessed Jesus, Who art about to come to us Thy unworthy servants in the Blessed Sacrament of Thy Body and Blood, prepare our hearts, we beseech Thee, for Thyself.

Grant us that repentance for our past sins,—that faith in the Atonement made for them by Thee upon the Cross,—that full purpose of amendment of life, — that perfect love to Thee and to all men, which shall fit us to receive Thee. Lord, we

are not worthy that Thou shouldest come under our roof, much less that we should receive Thee into ourselves; but since Thou didst not disdain to be laid in a manger amidst unclean beasts, so vouchsafe to enter into our souls and bodies, unclean though they be through many sins and defilements.

Lord, come to us, that Thou mayest cleanse


Lord, come to us, that Thou mayest heal us.
Lord, come to us, that thou mayest strengthen


And grant that having received Thee, we may never be separated from Thee by our sins, but may continue Thine for ever, till we see Thee face to face, in Thy heavenly Kingdom, where, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, Thou livest and reignest, ever One God, world without end. Amen.


After Holy Communion. We praise Thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty Everlasting God, for all the blessings wherewith Thou hast blessed us in heavenly things in Christ, for our new birth in Baptism, for the grace of Confirmation, for Thy Holy Word, for Thy duly appointed Ministers, and for all the spiritual gifts whereof we are made partakers in Thy Holy Catholic Church.

More especially do we yield Thee hearty thanks for that Thou dost vouchsafe to feed our souls with the Divine Food of the most blessed Body and Blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. And we beseech Thee, O Lord, that Thou wouldest evermore vouchsafe unto us, who have this day partaken of the Heavenly Gift, both the desire to live a holy and religious life, and also strength and power faithfully to fulfil the same. Through the Same Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

When any of the Family is seriously ill. O Gracious Father, Who chastenest us of Thy great mercy for our good, and not for our destruction, have mercy upon

Thy servant N. whom it has pleased Thee to afflict with sickness.

Strengthen him, O Lord, to bear it patiently, and give him grace to lift up his heart to Thee, and to find Thee in his trial. O be Thou with him, and give him patience, and faith, and the spirit of prayer, and of repentance, and of hope. Help him to set his

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affections upon things above, and so to meditate upon Thee and upon Thy goodness, that this his affliction


draw him closer and closer unto Thee. In all his pains and weakness enable him evermore to turn to Thee, and in Thee to find health and refreshment for his soul.

Restore him, if it please Thee, to his bodily health; and if it be Thy Will to take him to Thyself, prepare him for his change, and receive him at last into that blessed abode where Saints departed dwell with their Redeemer and their Lord. Through the Same Thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. (Rev. C. Marriott.)

After a recovery from a dangerous sickness. O Lord God, in Whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind; Give this Thy servant grace holily to spend in Thy service that life which Thou hast now so mercifully prolonged. Grant that he may consecrate his whole life to Thee; and so live henceforth in Thy fear, that he may at last die at peace with all the world and with Thee, O Holy Father, Who with the Son and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest, ever One God, world without end. Amen. (Visitatio Infirmorum.)

O Most Mighty and Gracious God, Who hast chastened and corrected this Thy servant, but hast not given him over unto death: For these and all other Thy great mercies, kindle in his heart a lively thankfulness, and in his soul the most sincere and

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