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thy Church to the edification of thy people, and the glory of thy great name. Remember, O Lord, according to the multitude of thy mercies and compassions, all the Presbyters and Deacons who compass thy holy altar; grant to those an unblameable Presbyterate, and preserve these unspotted in their ministry, that they may be found worthy to be advanced to a higher degree. Holy and Eternal Jesus, the great Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, bless all the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries. Endue them with the spirit of prudence and sanctity, faith and charity, confidence and zeal, diligence and watchfulness, that they may declare thy will unto the people faithfully, and rightly and duly administer thy holy sacraments. Grant, O Lord, that, by a true belief, and holy life, by well-doing and patient suffering, (when thou shalt call them to it) they may glorify thee the great lover of souls, and after turning many to righteousness, may shine as the stars in glory. Bless, also, O God, all the faithful with an humble filial love, and due obedience, for thy sake, to those whom thou hast set over them in the ministry. May thy blessing, Almighty God, thus rest on all estates of men in thy holy Church, that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, truly and faithfully serving thee, the clearness of truth, and beauty of holiness, may daily increase in thy Church, until, at last, the whole of thy dispersed sheep being brought home to this flock, all who profess themselves Christians may hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life, and may be made one fold under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, O Father, and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Prayer for a right Observation of Holy Days,

ALMIGHTY God, who hast established in thy Church, pastors, and teachers, and governors, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ ;make me careful to observe all those institutions which are enjoined for these admirable ends; and always to esteem days set apart for thy worship, and dedicated to thy service, as a great relief to the infirmity of my nature, which is not capable of an uninterrupted contemplation of thee. Let not the affairs of this life, nor my eager

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ness in obtaining the good things of it, so far engross my thoughts, as to make me neglect those happy opportunities of working out my own salvation. Let not the love of pleasure prevail upon me to consume them in sensual enjoyments; but grant that my rejoicing may be accompanied with temperance and moderation, and dispose my mind, by all the refreshments of my body, to serve thee with greater diligence and cheerfulness all my days. Make me constar at these Holy Seasons, in attending thy public worship, aru let me enter thy house with recollected thoughts, composed behaviour, and with a thankful and devout temper of mind. Let me hear thy word with serious attention, and with a par. ticular application of it to the state of my own soul. Let me approach thy altar with fervent and heavenly affections, and with firm resolutions of better obedience. Let me commemorate the mysteries of my redemption with profound humility, with exalted thoughts of thy wonderful goodness, and with thankful acknowledgments of the great love manifested to the sons of men. Let the mortified lives of thy saints raise me above the pleasures of sense; and let the pattern of their piety and devotion, their humility and charity, their meekness and patient sufferings, be always so powerfully impressed upon my mind, that I may transcribe their example in my life and conversation : That thus observing these days of 'rest here below, I may celebrate an eternal rest with thee hereafter in thy heavenly kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Fasting. O LORD, who, for our sakes, did fast forty days and forty nights; give me grace to use such abstinence, that my flesh being subdued to the spirit. I may ever obey thy godly mo

I tions, in righteousness and true holiness; to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father, and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Prayer for the Divine Favour upon our Fasting. TURN thou me, O good Lord, and so shall be turned ; be favourable, O Lord, be favourable unto me, who turn to thee in weeping, fasting, and praying; for thou art a God, full of compassion, long-suffering, and of great pity ; thou sparest when I deserve punishment, and in thy wrath thinkest

upon mercy: Spare me, good Lord, spare me, and let me not be brought to confusion ; hear me, O Lord, for thy mercy is great, and after the multitude of thy mercies look upon me, through the merits and mediation of thy blessed Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for the Profession of Repentance.

I ACKNOWLEDGE, O God, my own vileness, by reason of my sins, and am heartily grieved for the loss of thy favour. What humiliation, O Lord, can sufficiently express the greatness of such a loss ! But I will weep and mourn, because I have offended thee; and I will repent as it were in dust and ashes. I will mortisy those inordinate appetites which have so fatally betrayed me; I will contradict all those inclinations which have made me to stray from the ways of thy commandments. And do thou, O Lord, wean my soul from the pleasures of the body, which so often corrupt it, and render it incapable of relishing spiritual enjoy

Let it not contract too great a familiarity with the delights and satisfactions of sense, since it was created for more exalted pleasures, and must shortly quit those here below; that so when I come to leave this world, I may

bo qualified for the blessed conversation of spirits in thy hea. venly kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.






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