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ment of thy Glory, the good of thy Church, the fafety, honour, and welfare of our Sovereign and his Kingdoms; that all things may be fo ordered and fettled by their endeavours, upon the beft and fureft foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and juftice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations. These and all other neceffaries, for them, for us, and thy whole Church, we humbly beg in the Name and Mediation of Jesus Christ, our most bleffed Lord and Saviour. Amen.

A Collect, or Prayer, for all conditions of Men, to be used at fuch Times when the Litany is not appointed to be faid. of all


humbly beseech thee for all forts and conditions of we men, that thou wouldst be pleafed to make thy ways known unto them; thy faving health unto all Nations. More efpecially we pray for the good estate of the Catholic Church; that it may be fo guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profefs and call themselves Chriftians, may be


and the kingdoms which are subject to his fway; that whatever in our excellent conftitution may be misinterpreted or perverted by the craft of defigning men, may, by their wifdom, be explained, and all defects rectified and amended, fo that fuch falutary laws may be enacted by them, that peace, juftice, and piety may be fecured amongst us upon the moft folid and lafting foundation. Thefe and all other things which thou, in thy infinite wisdom, fhalt think neceffary, either for that respectable body, or for thy holy church established among us, or finally, for ourfelves, we humbly beg thee to grant us, for Jefus Chrift's fake. Amen.

Paraphrafe on the PRAYER for all Conditions of Men.

O God, who by thy omnipotence, didit call mankind into existence, and who by thy providence doft preserve them, we beseech thee to extend thy bleffing to all our fellow-creatures, whatever be their rank, condition, or country, and to grant that the light of the gospel may be propagated to the remoteft regions of the earth, according to the prediction of the pfalmift, (Pfal. Ixvii. 2.) but we ftill more earnestly put up our petitions for the welfare of the catholic church, befeeching thee, that the whole body of chriftians, in what part of the world foever they may be difperfed, may receive the true orthodox and catholic faith, that they may hold this faith, according to the expreffion of the apostle, in unity of fpirit and in the bond of peace, (Eph. iv. 3.) not divided by uncha ritable fchifms and feparations, but attached to each other by the fpiritua


led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of fpirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteoufnefs of life. Finally, we commend to thy Fatherly goodnefs, all thofe who are any ways afflicted or diftreffed in mind, body, or • This to be said when eltate [* Efpecially thofe for whom our any defire the Prayers of Prayers are defired] that it may please the Congregation, thee to comfort and relieve them according to their feveral neceffities; giving them patience under their sufferings, 'and a happy iffue out of all their afActions. And this we beg for Jefus Chrift his fake. Amen.

A Prayer that may be said after any of the former.

God, whofe nature and property is ever to have mercy and to forgive, receive our humble petitions; and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our fins, yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loofe us, for the honour of Jefus Chrift our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.


bonds of chriftian charity; but chiefly, we pray that all who profefs the name of Chrift, may fhew themselves worthy of their holy profeffion, by leading a virtuous and pious life: laftly, we recommend to thee, who doit behold all thy creatures with a paternal tenderness, all perfons who are vifited by any affliction, or oppreffed by any calamity, all thofe whofe minds are troubled with melancholy thoughts, who are tormented with anxiety and gloomy apprehenfions concerning their future late, or groan under the fhocking agonies of defpair; all thofe whole bodies are attacked by fickness or any painful diforder; or whofe eftates are impaired by lofs, or the oppreffion of powerful adverfaries; that thou wouldst be pleafed to afford them fuch comfort and relief, as their refpective wants may require, and deliver them happily out of all their troubles, either by rendering their fituation in this world more defirable, or by placing them in a happier; all which favours we beg, in the name of Jefus Christ. Amen.

Paraphrafe on the PRAYER that may be faid after any of the former.

O God, who in the facred oracles haft revealed to us much of thy divine nature and attributes, as is particularly declared that thou art always ready to have mercy upon finners, and to receive them into favour, upon their repentance. We befeech thee to hear propitioufly thefe our petitions, which we offer to thee, with a deep conviction and humble fenfe of our unworthiness; and though our fins have got fuch a mastery over us, that we are altogether enflaved to them, and lie, as it were, fettered with their chains; yet as thy all powerful grace inclines and enables thee, fo we beg by the affiftance of that grace through thy great compaf


A General Thanksgiving.


Lmighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy fervants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving kindness to • This to be faid us, and to all men [* particularly to thofe when any that have who defire now to offer up their praifes and been prayed for, de- thanksgivings for thy late mercies vouchsafed fire to return praise. unto them.] 2. We bless thee for our creation, prefervation, and all the bleffings of this life; but above



hion and mercy, thou wouldst deliver us from the fame; and this we pray thee to grant, for the honour of Jesus Christ, who is our mediator, and at thy right hand makes interceffion in our behalf. Amen.

1. O thou omnipotent being, Father of all mercies and God of all comfort, (2 Cor. i. 3.) who art the author and giver of all the good things which thy creatures are bleffed with: we thy finful fervants, who are not worthy of the leaft of thy merits, (Gen. xxii. 10.) fince thou haft been graciously pleased to bestow fo many of them upon us with a boun. teous hand, we do, with the utmost devotion and refpect to thee, and with the moft fincere fenfe of thy favours, in this congregation pay our public thanks unto thee, for the numerous and reiterated examples of thy benevolence towards us, thanking thee, not only for favours conferred upon ourselves, but as, in thy holy word, we are particularly commanded fo to do, giving thanks for all men. 1 Tim. ii. 1.

2. We render thee our most grateful acknowledgments for the bleffing of our creation, that thou didst not fuffer us to lie in a state of non-exiftence, but haft raised us into glorious beings endowed with reafon and capable of attaining to eternal blifs in a future ftate. We bless thee for our prefervation, whereby thou haft defended us, during the whole courfe of our lives, from all thofe cafualties, to which we have been every day expofed; from pain, fickness, want, and all that variety of external accidents to which we might have become a prey; praifing thee likewife for all the bleffings of this life, for health, food, friends, benefactors, and many other bleffings whereof we all partake; but above all, we extol thy holy name, for that ineftimable love to us, (without which all temporal enjoyments had availed us nothing,) in redeeming the whole world which was loft and undone, and forever fubject to the divine wrath, by the precious blood of our Saviour Jefus Chrift. We bless thee likewife for the means of obtaining grace, which thou haft afforded us, for our reception into the church by baptifm, for the confirmation of our faith and our


all, for thine ineftimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jefus Chrift; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. 3. And we beseech thee, give us that due fenfe of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful; and that we may fhew forth thy praife, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy fervice, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteoufnefs all our days, through Jefus Chrift our Lord; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghoft, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

For Rain.


Father, who


vidence doft caufe the former and the latter Rain to defcend upon the earth. that it may bring forth fruit for the ufe of man; We give thee humble thanks, that it hath


relitution to thy favour after our fall, by the facrament of the Lord's fupper, for the advantages we receive by being edified by public prayer and the preaching of God's word: and finally, we bless thee for the hope which thou haft given us of exifting in a blessful state to all eternity, when thou fhalt remove us out of this world; by which bleffed hope we are enabled to overcome the terrors of death; which prevents us from defponding under the greatest preffure of worldly affliction, and fecures to us an everlafting happiness in the life to come.

3. We moreover befeech thee to encrease, in one particular, thy mer cies yet farther to us, and that is, to impart to us thy grace, that we may have a proper fenfe of all thefe mercies; that we may feel a fincere grati tude for them, and that we may let the remembrance of them fink deep into our hearts, not confining our gratitude to a verbal thanksgiving, but refolving to make the beft returns in our power, by devoting ourfelves entirely to thy fervice, and forming a fteady purpose, never, wilfully, to offend fo gracious a God, but to pafs our whole lives in that holiness and righteoufnefs which the rules laid down in thy gofpel oblige us to; these favours we intreat thee to grant, for the fake of Jefus Christ our Lord; to whom, with thee, and the Holy Ghoft, the three perfons of the glorivas and bleffed Trinity, to whom we are indebted for all these bleflings, be afcribed eternal honour and glory. Amen.

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Paraphrafe on the Thanksgiving for Rain.

O God, who tho' thou dwelleft in thy immortal glory in heaven, doft nevertheless protect us, thy poor creatures, with a fatherly care, and makeft all things tend to promote their good and emolument, who doft,



pleafed thee in our great neceffity to fend us at thee laft a joyful Rain upon thine inheritance, and to refresh it when it was dry; to the great comfort of us thy unworthy fervants, and to the glory of thy holy Name, through thy mercies in Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

For Fair Weather.


Lord God, who haft juftly humbled us by thy late plague of immoderate rain and waters, and in thy mercy haft relieved and comforted our fouls by this feafonable and bleffed change of weather: We praise and glorify thy holy Name for this thy mércy; and will always declare thy loving kindness from generation to generation, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Plenty.


Most merciful Father, who of thy gracious goodness haft heard the devout Prayers of thy Church, and turned our dearth and fcarcity into cheapnefs and plenty;


for their fakes, fend the former and the latter rain (that is, the rains which in the eaft ufually fall in fpring or autumn) on the earth, that men may gather their corn, wine, and oil; (Deut. ix. 14.) we, in deep and humble sense of thy goodness, do, as in duty bound, return thee thanks for relieving us in our late great neceffity, by fending a gracious rain upon thine inheritance, and refreshing it when it is weary, (Pfal. xlviii. 9.) and as we acknowledge this bleffing to be a greater comfort to us, we hope, by making a good ufe thereof, to cause it to promote thy honour and glory, which we beg, for thy mercies fake vouchfafed us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Fair Weather.

O righteous Lord God, who, on account of our difobedience and our innumerable tranfgreffons of thy holy laws, didft, of late, punish us by heavy rains and floods, but was afterwards pleafed in thy great mercy, to fpare us and relieve us, by fending this happy and feasonable change of weather; we, for this mercy, return thee our most hearty thanks in the congregation of thy people here affembled, and do promife, from hence forward, conftantly to bear in mind this extraordinary love and kindness which thou hast fhewn us, and, during the remainder of our lives, to be always fhewing forth thy praife from generation to generation, (Pfal. Ixxix. 13.) Amen.


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