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My soul shall be satisfied, even as it were with marrow and fatness, when my mouth praiseth Thee with joyful lips.

Have I not remembered Thee in my bed, and thought upon Thee when I was waking ?

Because Thou hast been my helper, therefore under the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice.

My soul hangeth upon Thee; Thy right hand upholdeth me.

Ps. Ixiii. 1-9.

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A MORNING PRAYER. ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, I bless and praise Thy holy Name that Thou hast preserved me from all the evils and dangers of the night past and hast safely brought me in health and strength to the beginning of another day. And now, O Lord, I beseech Thee to strengthen me by Thy blessed Spirit, that I may embrace all opportunities of serving Thee and doing good; that I may love Thee with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength; that I

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become a true and faithful disciple of our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; and that I may love my neighbour as myself. Grant me, O Lord, such a measure of Thy grace, that I may carefully avoid all occasions of evil, particularly all sloth, sensuality, selfishness, uncharitableness, censoriousness, covetousness, pride, vanity, discontent, impatience, distrust in Thy good providence, neglect of Thy Holy Word and Commandment [

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whatsoever other sins I am most likely to fall into. O enable me to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil; and to become more humble, meek, pure, temperate, patient, more thoroughly resigned to Thy Holy Will, more thankful to Thee for Thy great goodness and mercies, more actively benevolent, kindly affectioned, and charitable towards my brethren and fellow-creatures. Grant, O Lord, that I may live in such a sober, righteous, and godly manner daily here upon earth, that when I die, I may be comforted with the blessed hope of everlasting life, which Thou hast given us through the merits and mediation of Thy blessed Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

I beseech Thee, O Lord, mercifully to pour Thy blessings abundantly, both spiritual and temporal, upon my dear [wife, husband, parents, children, or brothers and sisters,] and all my relations and friends, and this household and myself, and grant us all this day Thy protection from all sin and danger. [Here add any particular prayer for especial blessings or aid according to your circumstances.] I beseech Thee, O Lord, of Thy great goodness and mercy, to confirm me in health and strength and vigour of body and mind, and make me diligent in the duties of my station, and enable me to fulfil the designs which I have from time to time commenced, if it shall seem good unto Thine infinite wisdom and mercy. But, O Lord, I beseech Thee, teach me to submit with Christian patience and resignation to whatsoever adverse circumstancés Thou shalt see fit to ordain.

Let Thy

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blessing be upon all my actions, and let Thy wisdom direct all

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intentions ; that the whole course of my

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be ordered by Thy governance, to do all that is righteous in Thy sight, through Thy Son Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Saviour, who hath taught us, when we pray,

to say, “Our Father, which art in heaven," &c.

AN EVENING PRAYER. O blessed Lord God, I humbly thank Thee for Thy great goodness and mercy towards me, in preserving me this day from all the evils and dangers which we are liable to, and for granting me health and strength to join in its duties, and to enjoy Thy manifold goodness and mercies [and particularly for

]. O make me more thankful to Thee for these and all Thy great goodness and mercies, and especially for the greatest of all Thy mercies, even the redemption of the world, by our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I confess, O Lord, that I have hitherto been too careless about the great duties of religion, and that I have minded the business and pleasures of this short life far more than Thy holy service. I confess, also, that I have been guilty of many sins and offences against Thee, and particularly this day [

1. But, O Lord, I beseech Thee to have mercy upon me, a sinner! O forgive me all my past sins, for the sake of Thy blessed Son Jesus Christ! For His sake I beseech Thee to blot out all mine ini. quities, and grant me the aid of Thy Holy Spirit that I may diligently amend my life for the time

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to come, and carefully avoid all occasions of evil, particularly all sloth, sensuality, selfishness, uncharitableness, censoriousness, covetousness, pride, vanity, discontent, impatience, distrust in Thy good promises, neglect of Thy Holy Word and Commandment [

], and whatever other sins I am most likely to fall into. Grant me the grace of the Holy Spirit, to love Thee with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength; to become a true and faithful disciple of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; and to love my neighbour as myself. O enable me to become more humble, meek, pure, temperate, patient, more thoroughly resigned to Thy Holy Will, more thankful to Thee for Thy great goodness and mercies, more actively benevolent, kindly affectioned, and charitable towards my brethren and fellow-creatures. Grant, O Lord, that I may live so daily here upon earth as I should wish I had done when I come to die.

And now, O Lord, I beseech Thee to receive my dear (parents, wife, husband, or children, or brothers and sisters, and all my dear relatives and friends,] and our household and myself this night into Thy protection; and grant us all, I beseech Thee, refreshing rest, that we may rise in the morning fitted for Thy service and the duties of the day. I beseech Thee, O Lord, to pour Thy blessings abundantly, both spiritual and temporal, upon my dear [wife, or husband, or child,] and to preserve them in health and strength, and enable them to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus

Christ. I beseech Thee, O Lord, to confirm me in health and strength and vigour of body and mind, and make me diligent in the duties of my station, and enable me to fulfil the designs which I have from time to time commenced, if it shall seem good unto Thine infinite wisdom and mercy. But, O Lord, I beseech Thee, teach me to submit with Christian patience and resignation to whatsoever adverse circumstances Thou shalt see fit to ordain. O Lord, I beseech Thee mercifully to hear my prayers, and grant me these imperfect petitions, together with whatsoever else Thou seest best for my spiritual and temporal welfare, for the sake of Thy blessed Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, who hath taught us, when we pray, to say,

“Our Father, which art in heaven,” &c.

IN TEMPTATION. Almighty and most merciful Father, I humbly beseech Thee to look upon my infirmities, and to keep me in the hour of temptation from the commission of sin. Enable me to take up my cross daily, and to follow our blessed Lord and Saviour. Give me, I pray Thee, a clear knowledge of my duty under every circumstance of life. Show me the narrow way” which “leadeth unto life,” and grant me the aid of Thy Holy Spirit to enable me to walk therein with undeviating stedfastness and increasing faith and courage. Grant these things for the sake of Thy blessed Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

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