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living, to thy honour and glory, through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom.
ALmighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one acco'd, to make our common supplications unto thee, and dost promise, that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name, thou wilt grant their requests ; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most 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.
TH E grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of Godj and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
PRATERS and T H A N K S G IV1N G S upon several Occasons, to be used before the two final Prayers of the Litany or Morning and Evening Prayer. . .
^ For Rain.
OGod heavenly Father, who by thy Son Jesus Christ hast promised to all them that seek thy kingdom, and the righteousness thereof, all things necessary to their bodily sustenance; Send us we beseech thee, in this our necessity, such moderate
Paraphrase on the Prayer of St. Chrysostom. Father which he has (hewed to us in ourcreation, pre
Most mighty God, who hast disposed us at this Time servation, and redemption—and the comfortable assis
publickly to offer up our united petitions to thee and tance of the Holy Spirit by which we are sanctified, be
hast promised by thy Son that even when a few are with us all for ever.
assembled together for thy Worship, thou wilt look Paraphrase on the Prayer for Rain.
favourably upon them ; graciously perform our requests, O God, our Father in Heaven, who hast promised
O Lord, we beseech thee as thou shalt see best for by Jesus Christ that they who, by doing their duty,
us i giving us a firm Faith in, and submission to thy pursue the Happiness of another life, shall have all ne
Word in this World, and eternal Happiness in that cessary proviiion for this; we beseech thee to send us, in
which is to come. our present need such kindly Rain that the Earth may*
Paraphrase on the Blejstng. yield her Fruits for our support, and thereby increafe.
The inestimable benefits which Christ Jesus has pur- in us a thankful obedience to thee our Benefactor,,
chased for Uj and the unspeakable love of God the through Jesus Christ.
rain and showers, that we may receive the fruits of the earth to our comfort, and to thy honour, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Thanksgiving for Rain.
OGod our heavenly Father, who by thy gracious Providence dost cause the former and latter Rain, to descend 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 necessity to fend 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 servants, and to the glory of thy holy Name, through thy mercies in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For fair Weather.
OAlmighty Lord God, who for the fin of man didst once drown all the World, except eight Persons, and afterwards of thy great mercy didst promise never to destroy it so again; We humbly beseech thee, that although we for our iniquities have worthily deserved a plague of rain, and waters, yet upon our true repentance thou wilt fend us such weather, as that we may receive the fruits of the earth in due season, 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.
OAlmighty God, King of all Kings, and Governor of all Things, whose power no Creature is able to resist, to whom
Paraphrase on the Thanksgiving for Rain. all mankind by a Flood, except the Family of Noah,
O gracious God, who, by thy Providence givest Rain and didst promise never again to inflict the same punifh
srom Heaven, and fruitful seasons ; with grateful Hearts ment; though we confess our Iniquities have justly
we bless thee for the needful supply which thou hast provoked thee to fend upon us the fame Judgment;
lately afforded us; whereby the Earth is refreshed, yet we beseech thee mercifully to regard our penitence,
and enabled to bring forth Food for our Nourishment, and grant us such favourable Weather, that the Earth
»nd to excite in us a lively fense os thy goodness to- may reasonably afford us her Fruits; and that thy chai
ward us through Jesus Christ. tiscment may inspire us with obedience, and thy mercy
Paraphrase on the Prayer for fair Wtather. with thankfulness, through JefuS Christ. O most mighty God, who for Sin didst once destroy
to whom it belongeth justly to punish Sinners, and to be merciful to them that truly repent: Save and deliver us, we humbly beseech thee, from the hands of;our Enemies; abate their pride, asswage their malice, and confound their devices, that we being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore from all perils, to glorify thee, who art the only giver or all victory, through the merits of thy only Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the Ember-Weeks, to be said every Day, for those that are to be admitted into Holy Orders.
ALmighty God, our heavenly Father, who hast purchased to thyself an, universal Church, by the precious blood of thy dear Son; Mercifully look upon the fame, and at this time so guiuc and govern.the minds of thy Servants, the Bishops and Pastors of thy Flock, that they may lay hands suddenly on no Man, bat faithstil."y'*and wisely make choice of fit Persons to serve in the sacred 'Ministry of thy Church. And to those which shall be ordained to any h >!y function, give thy Grace and heavenly Benediction, that-both by their life and doctrine they may set forth thy glory, and set forward the salvation of all Men,/ through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen, v '• - \ \
A Prayer for the High Court of Parliament, to be read during
Paraphrase on the Prayer in the Time of War, and Paraphrase on the Prayer s>r those that are to be adTtmuhr. _ a . mitted tnco «y Or^w.
(J molt mighty and gracious God, who through
O most mighty God, who rulest over all the King- Jesus Christ hast procured to thyself an universal
domsofthe World with irresistible power, punishing Church; shew favour towards it, and at this time so
the wicked"and (hewing Mercy to the Penitent; pre- influence its governors, that they may act with strict
serve us we beseech thee from the assaults of our Enc- caution, discretion and integrity, in their appointment
mies, humble their Insolent*, calm their ill win, and of" Persons to the sacred Ministry. And give thy aslisdefeat their injurious designs against us; thai being . tance and blefiing, we beseech thee, to all who shall be
safe under thy^ protection from all dangers, we may chosen to this Once, that both by their Doctrine and
ever give thee praise; and this we beg for the ^Merits Example they may advance thy Glory, and promote the
of Jesos Christ our Lord. •■ Salvation of aii Mankind, through Jesus Christ.
'j\ /T^T graci°us God, we humbly beseech thee, as for this X v X kingdom in geneial, so especially for the High Court os Parliament, under our most religious and gracious King at this time assembled: That thou wouldest be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations to the advancement of thy glory, the good of thy Church, the safety, honour, and welfare of our Sovereign and his Kingdoms; that all things may be so ordered and settled by their endeavours, upon the best and surest foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations. These 'aud all other necessaries for them, for us, and thv whole Church, we humbly beg in the Name and Mediation of Jesus Christ our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Ame?i.
A ColleSl or Prayer for all conditio?ts of Men, to be used at such times when the Litany is not appointed to be said.
*lf \ God, the Creator and Preserver os all Mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of Men, that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them; thy saving health unto all nations. More especially we pray for the good estate os the Catholick Church; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who pro
Paraphrnsc on the Prayer for the Parliament. established, that peace, justice, and piety may always
O God of infinite goodness, we hunlbly address flourish among us. These, and whatsoever else thou
thee, not only in behalf of this Nation in general, but scest needful for them, us, and thy whole Church, we
also particularly for it-; Representatives, now assembled humbly imreat thee to grant for the fake, and through
by the appointment cf our most pious and benevolent the Intercession of Jesus Christ.
Sovereign : that thou wouldst be pleased so to influence Piraphrase on the Prayer for all condititnj of Men.
their debates and resolutions, as may conduce to thy O God, the Father of all Men, let thy goodness and
Glory, the benefit of thy Church, the security, dig- the light of thy Gospel extend to the People of all
nity, and happiness of our King and his Dominions; Countries, of what rank and condition soever: but
that their acts may be so wisely form'd, and so firmly more particularly we implore thy Blessing upon the
f As the Parliament is a part of the Constitution and Christian Charity. It jegards, not one peculiar part.of
Government of this Kingdom, and as the welfare of the the human specie^ but all Men—not one particular sect
People greatly depends upon their determinations* so it of Christians, but the universal Church of Christ,
highly becomes us to pray that our infinitely wife God wheresoever it is founded, and howsoever it<is dittin
would so direct their Counsels, that nee may lead a quiet guifhed.—It ex ends not to Persons under one kind ,of
and peaceable Life in ail Godiiuej's and Honesty. affliction alone, but to all that labour under any fort of
* This Prayer is composed in the true Spirit of distress whether of Mind, Body, or Estate.
fess and call themselves Christians, may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirits 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 distressed in .h.* TM'£nb4 tt mind, body, or estate [* especially those for whom gen/theconpe- QUr prayers are desired'] that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities; giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus. Christ his
fake. Amen. . \
A Prayer that may he said aster any of the former. jA^VGod, whose nature and, property is ever 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 pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us, for the honour of Jesus Christ our Mediator and Advocate. Amen. - ... Z.\a:
'. .; \::\: :'. • A general Thanksgiving, n'.< > r > l.n . t A :Lmighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy .goodness and loving kindness to us, and to all Men
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universe! Church of Christ'; that it may be so influ- ^.resses,' and a haPPy [e]e&/*<TM & &TM Calamities, enced by the governance of thy Spirit, that all Pro- Thi, webegfor jesosChr.ll's sake. , feslbM of Christianity may have a right understanding Paraphrase on the Prayer that may, be Master any os in all Things, and mav prove the Youndncsi of their the farmer. .- , • i •
Faith by their Unanimity, Pcaceableness, and Holi- , °.Ood> wh° art infinitely merc.fu!, and ready to ness of Life. To conclude, we commend to thy Mercy forSlve the truly penitent, accept our lowly Requests; all that labour under any temporal Affliction of what an° TM°, the heinousness of our Sin* have justly prokind soever; beseeching thee to afford them such com- voked thee to permit us to pcnsti in our Iniquities; yet fort and relief as their wants may require, granting mercifully deliver us we beseech thee from this spiritual them a humble resignation to thy will under all their Bondage through the Merits of Jesus Christ, who
pleadeth for us at thy right hand as our intercessor.
X Sin indeed is a Chain of servitude from which we And certainly it demands our highest Gratitude, that
can be loosed alone by the Grace of God through Jelus God has form'd us not Brutes, but ratkmnr CreatuTes,
Christ. , . , whereby we are enabled to contemplate, love, serve,
t This general Thanksgiving presents us, in order, and enjoy him for ever. But how much are our obli
with a comprehensive view of all God's Blessings be- gations increased, when we consider that to hi
stowed upon us, both with respect to this life and ano- are indebted also for our continual'Preservation and
ther. Our Creation is mentioned first because it is ne- support; without which we must quickly return to
cessary, that we may be capable of enjoying the rest, our original dust—and that he has bestowed upon us