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A PRAYER BEFORE DEVOTIONS.
Open, O Lord, my mouth, to bless thy holy name: cleanse my heart from all vain, perverse, and distracting thoughts: enlighten mine understanding, inflame my will, that I may worthily, attentively, and devoutly recite this office, and deserve to be heard in the sight of thy Divine Majesty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Lord, in union with that divine intention
by which thou didst give praise to God while on earth, I offer to thee these Hours.
APPROVED WITHIN THEIR SEVERAL
THE RIGHT REV. THE BISHOP OF SIGA, V.A.
THE FAMILY PRAYER-BOOK;
ALL THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DEVOTIONS GENERALLY
BEFORE COLLECTED IN ONE BOOK.
WITH EPISCOPAL APPROBATION.
BY THE AUTHOR OF "HOLY READINGS."
CORRECTED AND ENLARGED.
T. JONES, 63, PATERNOSTER ROW.
Price Three Shillings; Bound and Gilt-edged.
The Hymns in this Prayer-book are newly and most literally translated in metres suited to the Church music to which the Latin verses are generally sung.
I HAVE read the "FAMILY PRAYER BOOK," and do not find anything in it repugnant to the Faith, Morality, or approved Discipline of the Catholic Church. It is a work of high character; combining solid devotion and fervent piety with that judicious selection of pious exercises which is so peculiarly necessary at the present moment, and that chaste simplicity and primitive dignity of expression which ever befits the communications of man with God in Prayer-as they every where characterize the communications of God with man in the inspired writings.
I consider the "FAMILY PRAYER BOOK" a valuable addition to our works of piety; and, as such, I approve of it within the limits of my jurisdiction.
+ PETER AUGUSTINE, BISHOP OF SIGA, Vicar Apostolic of the Western District.
Prior Park, August 1st, 1839.