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O Lord God! Thou strength of our health, in Whom we live, 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, and the furtherance of our own salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Lord our Heavenly Father, by Whose gracious providence both day and night are governed, we humbly present unto Thee our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for Thy fatherly goodness towards us the day past; earnestly beseeching Thee to continue Thy merciful protection over us this night. Lighten our eyes, that we sleep not in death; defend us from all dangers ghostly and bodily ; and keep us in perpetual peace and safety. And forasmuch as Thou hast made the time of our departure out of this life uncertain, grant that we may be always watching for the coming of our Lord to judgment, and so wisely employ the few remaining days of our pilgrimage here on earth, that when we leave this world, our souls may be admitted into those blessed mansions which Thou hast appointed for the departed spirits of the righteous; there to abide in perfect rest and peace, till the sound of the last trumpet shall awaken our bodies also unto a glorious resurrection to eternal life, through the merits of Thine only Son Jesus Christ our Saviour. 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 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 communion of the Holy Ghost be with us all. Amen.
PSALMS AND PRAYERS TO BE USED JUST-BE
FORE WE GO INTO BED.
Psalms for Bed-time.
I WILL lift up mine eyes unto the hills : from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh of the Lord, Who made Heaven and Earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved : He that keepeth thee will not slumber;
Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper : the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day; nor the moon by night. . · The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil : He shall preserve thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in, from this time forth for evermore.
Glory be to the Father &c.
a Psal. cxxi.
: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress ; my God : in Him will I trust. ;
He shall cover thee with His feathers; and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that Alieth by day; · Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noon-day.
Because thou hast made the Lord, Which is my refuge, even the Most High thy habitation.
There shall no evil befal thee; neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
· For He shall give His angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways".
Glory be to the Father &c.
'b Psalm xci. 1, &c.
The Lord is my light, and my salvation ; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life ; of whom shall I be afraid ?
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil : for Thou art with me; Thy rod, and Thy staff, they comfort med.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise Thee with joyful lips;
When I remember Thee upon my bed, and meditate on Thee in the night watches.
The Lord will command His loving kindness in the day-time, and in the night His song shall be with me; and my prayer unto the God of my life
I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eye-lids to slumber, neither the temples of my head to take any rests,...
Till I have called upon the Lord, Who is worthy to be praised; and offered to my God the sacrifice of thanksgiving ,
I will remember Thy Name, O Lord, in the night: with my whole heart will I seek Thee'. c Psal. xxvii. 1. d Psal. xxiii. 4. Psal. Ixiii. 5,6. ' Psal. xlii. 8. 8 Psal. cxxxii. 4. Psal. xviii. 3. cxvi. 17.
Psal. cxix. 55. 10.