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by Thy providence are set in authority in this realm; that Thou wouldest be pleased to direct and prosper all their counsels and endeavours, to the advancement of Thy glory, and the good of Thy church ; that under them we may lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God! the Giver of all good gifts, Who, of Thy Divine Providence, hast appointed divers orders in Thy Church, give Thy Grace, we humbly beseech Thee, to all those who are called to any office and administration in the same; and so replenish them with the truth of Thy doctrine, and endue them with innocency of life, that they may faithfully serve before Thee, to the glory of Thy great Name, and the benefit of Thy holy church, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen..

· Almighty God! the Fountain of all goodness, we make our humble supplications unto Thee for all our benefactors, friends, and relations, especially for those most near and dear unto us; and likewise for all those, who in this transitory life, are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity ; keep them, we beseech Thee, under the protection of Thy good providence; increase and multiply upon them Thy mercy; that Thou being their ruler and guide they may so pass through things temporal, that they finally lose not the things eternal : grant this, O Heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake our Lord. Amen.

Thanksgiving $.

· Almighty and everlasting God, Heavenly Father! we give Thee humble thanks that Thou hast vouchsafed to call us to the knowledge of Thy grace, and faith in Thee: increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore; and mercifully grant that we, who know Thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of Thy glorious God head, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Father of Mercies, and God of all Grace! we desire, with unfeigned thankfulness, to adore and praise Thy Holy Name for Thine inestimable love, in the redemption of the world by the death and passion of our Saviour Christ, both God and man: Who humbled Himself even to the death upon the cross, for us miserable sinners who lay in darkness and the shadow of death; that He might make us the children of God, and heirs of everlasting life : grant, we beseech Thee, that having this hope we may purify ourselves, even as He is pure; that when He shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto Him in His eternal and glorious kingdom; where with Thee, O Father, and Thee, O Holy Ghost, He liveth and reigneth one God, world without end. Amen.

O Lord God! Thou strength of our health, in Whom we live, and move, and have our being; Who givest to all men life, and breath, and all things; we render Thee most humble and hearty thanks and praise for our health and strength, for our food and raiment, and for all the good things of this life, which by Thy great mercy we enjoy ; beseeching Thee still to continue the same unto us, and to give us grace always to use them to the advancement of Thy glory, to the good of our fellow creatures, and the furtherance of our own salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Almighty God! we give Thee humble thanks, that Thou hast vouchsafed to deliver us from all the perils and dangers of the night

Father, that we through Thy help may both

faithfully live, and walk according to Thy will in this life present, and also may be partakers of everlasting glory in the life to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for the acceptance of our devotions. Almighty God! Who hast promised to hear the petitions of them that ask in Thy Son's name; we beseech Thee mercifully to incline Thine ears unto us, who have made now our prayers and supplications unto Thee: And grant that those things which we have faithfully asked, according to Thy will, may be effectually obtained, to the relief of our necessities, and to the setting forth of Thy glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

SECTION II.

DEVOTIONS FOR THE EVENING.

q Read a chapter in the Bible; or a portion of the preliminary instructions &c. p. 1.

Questions proper to put to ourselves, in our Evening

retirements for devotion.

What account can I give of the day past?

Have I made the business of religion, and the care of my soul, my first and principal concern? ..

Have I faithfully and diligently discharged all the duties of my particular station ?

Have I studied to employ my leisure hours to the best advantage ? ' · Have I strictly observed the rules of Christian sobriety and temperance in eating and drinking; and been innocent and moderate in all my recreations ? : · Have I endeavoured to set God alway before me; and to demean myself as it becomes

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