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have compaffion upon their blindness and ignorance, their grofs errors and wicked practices. Send forth, I beseech thee, thy light and thy truth, to fcatter that thick darkness which covers the nations, and overfpreads fo great a part of the world; that thy way may be known upon earth, and thy faving health among all nations.
Blefs and preserve thy church difperfed over the face of the earth, reftore to it unity and concord in the acknowledgment of the truth, and the practice of righteoufnels and goodnefs. Remove out of it all errors and corruptions, all offences and scandals, all divifions and diffenfions, all tyranny and ufurpation over the minds and confciences of men, that they who profefs the fame faith, may no longer perfecute and destroy one another; but may be kind and tender hearted one towards another, as it becomes brethren, and thofe that are heirs of the fame common falvation.
I beseech thee more efpecially, to be merciful to that part of thy church which thou haft planted in thefe kingdoms. Pity the diftractions and heal the breaches of it. Purge out of it all impiety and profanenefs; take away thofe mistakes, and mutual exafperations, which caufe fo much distemper and difturbance; and restore to it piety and virtue, peace and charity. Endue the Paftors and Governors of it with the fpirit of true religion and goodness, and make them zealous and diligent to promote it in those who are under their inftruction and care. Give them wisdom to difcern the best and most proper means of compofing the differences of this miferably divided church, the heart to endeavour it, and by thy bleffing upon their endeavours the happiness. to effect it.
And I befeech the, O Lord, of thy great goodnefs to blefs all my relations and friends; particularly my dearest confort the Queen. I acknowledge thy fpecial providence in bringing us together, and thereby giving me the opportunity and means of being inftrumental in refcuing these nations from mifery and ruin. And as thou hast been pleased to unite us
in the nearest relation; fo I beseech thee to preferve and continue that entire loye and affection between us, which becomes that relation. And if it be thy bleffed will, and thou feeft it beft for us, blefs us with children to fit upon the throne of thefe kingdoms, and to be a bleffing to them for many gene
Be merciful alfo, O God, to my native country; let true religion and righteoufnefs be eftablifhed among them, as the fureft foundation of their peace and profperity.
Blefs all my allies: O righteous Lord, thou loveft righteoufnefs, and hateft falfhood and wrong, da thou ftand by us in the maintenance of that just cause in which we are engaged, and bless us with u nion and good fuccefs.
And in thy good time, O Lord, reftore peace to Christendom; put an end to thofe bloody wars and defolations, wherewith it hath been fo long and fo miferably haraffed: And, when thou feeft it beft and fittest, manifeft thy glorious juftice in giving check to that ambition and cruelty, which hath been the cause of fo great calamities, to fo great a part of the world. O God, to whom vengeance belongeth ; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, fhew thy felf: Lift up thy felf, thou Judge of the earth, and render a reward to the proud: Scatter the people that delight in war: Let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but do thou efstablish the juft.
Be merciful, O God, to all that are in affliction or diftrefs; that labour under poverty or perfecution or captivity; under bodily pains and diseases, or under temptation and trouble of mind: be pleased to fupport and comfort them, and in thy due time to deliver them according to thy great mercy.
Forgive, I beseech thee, moft merciful Father, to all mine enemies, all their malice and ill-will towards me; and give them repentance and better minds; which I heartily beg of thee for them, as I myself hope for mercy and forgiveness at thy hands through the merits and mediation of Jefus Chrift, my most merciful God and Saviour.
A thankful acknowledgment of the mercies of God,
both temporal and Spiritual; and above all, for
tor, and Preserver, and Governor of all things; my Saviour and Deliverer, and continual Benefactor: I acknowledge, I admire, I adore, thy infinite ex. cellencies and perfections: And let all the creatures in heaven and earth say, Amen. I
Render thanks to thee, most gracious God, for
innumerable favours conferred upon me thy poor creature, and most unworthy; for my being, for my reason, and for all other endowments and faculties of soul and body; for thy continual care and watchful providence over me from the beginning of my life, and through the whole course of it: For all the happy circumstances of my birth and e. ducation: For the pious care of my dear, and ever honoured mother and grandmother, and of all others. who had the charge of me in my tender years : For thy unwearied patience towards me, after so many and so great provocations: And for thy merciful and wonderful preservation of me from innumerable dangers and deaths, to which I have been exposed all my life. I will ftill hope in thy goodness, O Lord, who has been my truit from my youth; by thee. have I been holden up from the womb, my praise shall be continually of thee. Above all I adore thy tender mercy and compassion to me and all mankind, in sending thy only Son into the world, to redeem us from lin and misery, and by suffering in our nature, and dying in our stead, to purchase for us eternal life. I bless thee for the light of the glorious gospel, for the knowledge and sense of my duty towards thee: for delivering me from temptations too hard for me, and supporting me under ma
ny: For the directions, and affiftance, and comforts of thy holy Spirit: For reftraining me by thy grace, and reclaiming me from the ways of fin and vanity; and for all the gracious communications of thy goodness, whereby thou haft inclined my heart to love and fear thee, and enabled me in any measure to do thy will.
For thefe and all other thy bleffings and favours to me, which are more than can be numbered, I render unto thee, moft gracious God, all poffible praife and thanks by Jefus Chrift my bleffed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
A prayer to God, to prepare my heart for the worthy receiving of the holy Sacrament, and to make me partaker of the bleffings and benefits of it.
and glory, thanksgiving and praife, love and obe dience, for ever and ever.
Short meditations and ejaculations at the communion.
Before the Minifter begins the fervice.
Lift up my foul to thee, my God, humbly imploring thy bleffing upon me, and gracious affistance of me in the holy action I am now about. Forgive my want of due preparation, and accept of my fincere defire to perform an acceptable fervice to thee, through Jefus Chrift.
Before the receiving of the bread.
Lord, I am not worthy of the crumbs which fall from thy table.
After the receiving of it.
Greater love than this hath no man, that a man lay down his life for his friend.
Herein hath God commended his love to us, that whilst we were enemies, he gave his Son to dy for us.
Before the receiving of the cup.
What fhall I render to the Lord for all his benefits I will take the cup of falvation, and I will bless the name of the Lord.
After the receiving of it.
Bleffed be God for his unfpeakable gift, his dearly beloved Son Jefus Chrift, in whom we have re