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living, to thy honour and glory, through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer of St. Chryfoftom.
Almighty God, who haft given us grace at this time with
one accord, to make our common fupplications unto thee, and doft promife, that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name, thou wilt grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the defires and petitions of thy fervants, as may be moft expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.
2 Cor. 13. 14.
HE grace of our Lord Jefus Chrift, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghoft, be with us all evermore. Amen.
PRAYERS and THANKSGIVING S upon feveral Occafions, to be used before the two final Prayers of the Litany or Morning and Evening Prayer.
God heavenly Father, who by thy Son Jefus Christ haft promised to all them that feck thy kingdom, and the righteousness thereof, all things neceffary to their bodily fuftenance; Send us we beseech thee, in this our neceffity, fuch moderate
Paraphrafe on the Prayer of St. Chryfoftom. Moft mighty God, who haft difpofed us at this Time publickly to offer up our united petitions to thee, and haft promised by thy Son that even when a few are affembled together for thy Worship, thou wilt look favourably upon them; graciously perform our requests, O Lord, we beseech thee as thou shalt fee belt for us; giving us a firm Faith in, and fubmiffion to thy Word in this World, and eternal Happiness in that which is to come.
Father which he has fhewed to us in our creation, prefervation, and redemption-and the comfortable affiftance of the Holy Spirit by which we are fanctified, be with us all for ever.
Paraphrafe on the Prayer for Rain.
O God, our Father in Heaven, who haft promifed by Jefus Christ that they who, by doing their duty, purfue the Happiness of another life, fhall have all neceffary providion for this; we beseech thee to fend us, in our prefent need fuch kindly Rain that the Earth may yield her Fruits for our fupport, and thereby increase. in us a thankful obedience to thee our Benefactor, through Jefus Chrift.
rain and showers, that we may receive the fruits of the earth to our comfort, and to thy honour, through Jefus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Thanksgiving for Rain.
God our heavenly Father, who by thy gracious Providence doft cause the former and latter Rain, to defcend upon the earth, that it may bring forth fruit for the use of man; We give thee humble thanks that it hath pleased thee in our great neceffity to send us at the last a joyful rain upon thine inheritance, and to refresh it when it was dry, to the great comfort of us thy unworthy fervants, and to the glory of thy holy Name, through thy mercies in Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
For fair Weather.
Almighty Lord God, who for the fin of man didst once drown all the World, except eight Perfons, and afterwards of thy great mercy didft promise never to deftroy it so again; We humbly befeech thee, that although we for our iniquities have worthily deferved a plague of rain, and waters, yet upon our true repentance thou wilt fend us fuch weather, as that we may receive the fruits of the earth in due feason, and learn both by thy punishment to amend our lives, and for thy clemency to give thee praise and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
In the Time of War and Tumults.
Almighty God, King of all Kings, and Governor of all
Paraphrafe on the Thanksgiving for Rain.
O gracious God, who, by thy Providence giveft Rain from Heaven, and fruitful feafons; with grateful Hearts we blefs thee for the needful fupply which thou haft lately afforded us; whereby the Earth is refreshed, and enabled to bring forth Food for our Nourishment, and to excite in us a lively fenfe of thy goodness toward us through Jefus Chrift.
Paraphrafe on the Prayer for fair Weather.
O most mighty God, who for Sin didft once destroy
all mankind by a Flood, except the Family of Noah, and didft promise never again to inflict the fame punishment; though we confefs our Iniquities have juftly provoked thee to fend upon us the fame Judgment; yet we beseech thee mercifully to regard our penitence, and grant us fuch favourable Weather, that the Earth may reafonably afford us her Fruits; and that thy chaitifement may infpire us with obedience, and thy mercy with thankfulnefs, through Jefus Chrift.
to whom it belongeth justly to punish Sinners, and to be merciful to them that truly repent: Save and deliver us, we humbly befeech thee, from the hands of our Enemies; abate their pride, affwage their malice, and confound their devices, that we being armed with thy defence, may be preferved evermore from all perils, to glorify thee, who art the only giver of all victory, through the merits of thy only Son Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen. In the Ember-Weeks, to be faid every Day, for thofe that are to be admitted into Holy Orders.
Lmighty God, our heavenly Father, who hast purchased
to thyself an, univerfal Church, by the precious blood of thy dear Son; Mercifully look upon the fame, and at this time fo guide and govern the minds of thy Servants, the Bishops and Pastors of thy Flock, that they may lay hands fuddenly on no Man, but faithful y and wifely make choice of fit Persons to serve in the facred Miniftry of thy Church. And to those which fhall be ordained to any holy function, give thy Grace and heavenly Benediction, that both by their life and doctrine they may set forth thy glory, and set forward the falvation of all Men, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for the High Court of Parliament, to be read during their Seffion.
Paraphrafe on the Prayer in the Time of Wars and Paraphrafe on the Prayer for thofe that are to be ad
O moft mighty God, who ruleft over all the Kingdoms of the World with irrefiftible power, punishing the wicked and fhewing Mercy to the Penitent; preferve us we beseech thee from the affaults of our Enemies, humble their infolence, calm their ill will, and defeat their injurious defigns against us; that being, fafe under thy protection from all dangers, we may ever give thee praife; and this we beg for the Merits of Jefus Christ our Lord.
mitted into Holy Orders.
O mot mighty and gracious God, who through Jefus Chrift haft procured to thyfelf an univerfal Church; fhew favour towards it, and at this time fo influence its governors, that they may act with strict caution, difcretion and integrity, in their appointment of Perfons to the facred Miniftry. And give thy affiftance and bleffing, we befeech thee, to all who fhall be chofen to this Once, that both by their Doctrine and Example they may advance thy Glory, and promote the Salvation of all Mankind, through Jefus Christ.
OST gracious God, we humbly befeech thee, as for this kingdom in general, fo efpecially for the High Court of Parliament, under our moft religious and gracious King at this time affembled: That thou wouldeft be pleafed to direct and profper all their confultations to the advancement of thy glory, the good of thy Church, the fafety, honour, and welfare of our Sovereign and his Kingdoms; that all things may be so ordered and fettled by their endeavours, upon the best and furcft foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations. These and all other neceffaries for them, for us, and thy whole Church, we humbly beg in the Name and Mediation of Jefus Christ our moft bleffed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
A Collect or Prayer for all conditions of Men, to be used at fuch times when the Litany is not appointed to be faid.
God, the Creator and Preferver of all Mankind, we
humbly beseech thee for all forts and conditions of Men, that thou wouldeft be pleased to make thy ways known unto them; thy faving health unto all nations. More especially we pray for the good estate of the Catholick Church; that it may be fo guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who pro
Paraphrafe on the Prayer for the Parliament.
O God of infinite goodness, we humbly addrefs thee, not only in behalf of this Nation in general, but alfo particularly for its Reprefentatives, now affembled by the appointment of our most pious and benevolent Sovereign: that thou wouldst be pleafed fo to influence their debates and refolutions, as may conduce to thy. Glory, the benefit of thy Church, the fecurity, dignity, and happiness of our King and his Dominions; that their acts may be fo wifely form'd, and fo firmly
+ As the Parliament is a part of the Conftitution and Government of this Kingdom, and as the welfare of the People greatly depends upon their determinations, fo it highly becomes us to pray that our infinitely wife God would fo direct their Counfels, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable Life in ail Godliness and Honesty.
This Prayer is compofed in the true Spirit of
eftablished, that peace, juftice, and piety may always flourish among us. Thefe, and whatfoever elfe thou feeft needful for them, us, and thy whole Church, we humbly intreat thee to grant for the fake, and through the Interceffion of Jefus Chrift.
Paraphrafe on the Prayer for all conditions of Men.
O God, the Father of all Men, let thy goodness and the light of thy Gospel extend to the People of all Countries, of what rank and condition foever: but more particularly we implore thy Bleffing upon the
Chriftian Charity. It regards, not one peculiar part of the human fpecies, but all Men-not one particular fect of Christians, but the univerfal Church of Chrift, wherefoever it is founded, and howsoever it is diftinguished. It ex ends not to Perfons under one kind of affliction alone, but to all that labour under any fort of diftrefs whether of Mind, Body, or Estate.
This to be faid
fefs and call themselves Chriftians, may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of fpirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally we commend to thy fatherly goodness, all those who are any ways afflicted or diftreffed in mind, body, or eftate [*efpecially thofe for whom our prayers are defired] that it may pleafe thee to comfort and relieve them according to their feveral neceffities; giving them patience under their fufferings, and a happy iffue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jefus Chrift his fake. Amen.
when any defire the Prayers of the Congregation,
A Prayer that may be faid after any of the former.
God, whose nature and property is lever to have mercy and to forgive; Receive our humble petitions; and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our fins, yet let the pitifulnefs of thy great mercy loofe us, for the honour of Jefus Chrift our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
A general Thanksgiving. tory Ln Lmighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy fervants do give thee moft humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodnefs and loving kindness to us, and to all Men
univerfal Church of Chrift; that it may be fo influenced by the governance of thy Spirit, that all Profeffors of Chriftianity may have a right understanding in all Things, and may prove the foundness of their Faith by their Unanimity, Peaceablenefs, and Holinefs of Life. To conclude, we commend to thy Mercy all that labour under any temporal Affliction of what kind foever; befeeching thee to afford them fuch comfort and relief as their wants may require, granting them a humble refignation to thy will under all their
Sin indeed is a Chain of fervitude from which we can be loofed alone by the Grace of God through Jefus Christ.
This general Thanksgiving prefents us, in order, with a comprehenfive view of all God's Bleffings beftowed upon us, both with refpect to this life and another. Our Creation is mentioned first because it is neceffary, that we may be capable of enjoying the rest.
diftreffes, and a happy releafe from all their Calamities.