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O Lord God, to work in me whatever is well pleasing in thy sight, that for the time to come I may bring forth fruits, meet for repentance.

O let it be thy good pleasure to create in me a saving knowledge of thee and of my duty, justifying faith, true sanctifying grace, and a purifying hope, an ardent love, and a filial fear of thee, a constant desire of pleasing thee, and a great tenderness of offending thee.

Lord, create in me a penitent heart, a resigned will, and mortified affections, an habitual mindfulness of thy presence, and a steady devotion in my prayers, sincere intentions and zeal for thy glory, perseverance in all holy purposes, and constancy in all trials and temptations.

Lord, create in me a reverential awe of thy name, a delight in thy service, a sacred regard to this day and house of prayer, and a great attention to thy word ; a daily care of my time, and diligence in all my praiseworthy pursuits and honest employments.

Lord, make me chaste and temperate, humble, meek, and patient of reproof; and create in me a cheerful and gentle, a contented and considerate, a quiet and peaceful spirit.

Lord, bless me with health and competency of living, with a good understanding, a retentive memory, and a ready apprehension; and with such a portion of temporal good things, as thou seest fit for me, and give me grace to make a right use of all the blessings I have already received.

Lord, purify my thoughts, bridle my tongue, guide all my actions, guard all my senses, stop my ears, and turn away my eyes, from sin and vanity.

Lord, give me grace to be just in all my dealings, to do to all men as I would they should do to me; to be subject to my parents, and to all my lawful superiors and governors; O grant that I may render due honor and obedience to them all in their several stations.

Lord, make me willing to forgive injuries, and unwilling to offer any; make me grateful to my benefactors, friendly to my equals, condescending to my inferiors, compassionate to the afflicted, charitable to the poor, according to my ability, a lover of good men, and kind to my enemies; with a conscience void of offence towards thee, and towards men, and grace to continue in the communion of the church without wavering.

O merciful God, keep thy servant from all wilful, deliberate, or presumptuous sins, and let no wickedness have dominion over


From stubbornness and pride, idleness and sloth, intemperance and youthful lusts, inconstancy and lying, good Lord, deliver


From irreligious principles, and false teachers, unruly passions, and violent temptations; from contracting vicious habits, or taking pleasure in sin; from profaneness and bad company, envy and malice, detraction and uncharitableness, good Lord, de

liver me.

From the errors and vices of the age, and all remaining affections to sin; from the sins I am most inclined to; from whatsoever is offensive to thee, or destructive to my own soul, good Lord, deliver me.

Hear me, O Heavenly Father, and conform my whole life to the example and precepts of my blessed Saviour, to whom be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

Prayers abridged and slightly altered, from

Bishop Taylor.

O King of glory, Lord and Maker of the world, thou art a God knowing all things, be thou present with us in the religious solemnity to which thou hast been, graciously, pleased to invite us this day. Have mercy upon us thy people, who with hungry and thirsty souls are going to be refreshed and comforted at the table of our Lord. Deliver us from all the shame of our sins, from the corruption and evil inclinations that attend them, and from all the dangers that may, justly, follow them. Cleanse our wills and our understanding from the deceits of the world, from the violence and snares of the devil, from all guile and hypocrisy, from every evil word and work, that we may serve thee faithfully, worship thee religiously, and pray acceptably unto thee. Pity our infirmities, and take not from thy servants thy grace and the light of thy divine countenance : but according to the multitude of thy great mercies, do away all our offences, that, without self-condemnation, we may appear before thee. God of mercy! thy only begotten Son came into the world, that he might bring the wandering sheep into his fold, grant that we, who are going to commemorate his mercy at thy holy table, may not be excluded. We do not approach to thee

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