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thyself, and the Holy Ghost, the one God of our salvation, be all praise, and honour, and glory, ascribed by us and by all thy people, from this time forth for evermore.

Our Father, fyc.

The grace of our Lord, Src.

FRIDAY MORNING.

Let us Pray.

O Lord our God, whose name is most excellent in all the earth, and who hast set up thy glory above the heavens, worthy art thou to be celebrated with everlasting praises of men and angels; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are, and were, created. Thy hands, 0 Lord, have made us, and fashioned us; yea, thou continually preservest us, and givest us every good thing that makes our lives a blessing and a comfort to us. Thou hast formed us for thyself, that we should show forth thy praise, and that we should live to thy glory, as we do continually live upon thy bounty.

But, O Lord our God, we have not glorified thee as we ought; yea, rather, how greatly have we dishonoured thce in the whole course of our lives! We have forgotten thee, the gracious giver of all our good things, who art never unmindful of us. How soon are we weary of doing thee service, who art never weary of doing us good! "We have been disobedient to thy word, and have walked after the imagination of our own foolish hearts.

For these things we humble ourselves here before thee; and we entreat thee, for the sake of thy mercies in Christ Jesus, which hath moved thee to spare us hitherto, to have mercy upon us. Pardon, we beseech thee, all that is past, wherein we have offended thee, whether in omitting our duty, or failing in it, or doing contrary to it, and give us unfeigned repentance. Humble us duly under the sense of our transgressions; and, for thy dear Son's sake, absolve us from the guilt of them.

And strengthen us, good Lord, with might by thy Spirit in the inner man, that we may be more watchful against temptation, and more victorious over our corruptions. Destroy in us every vicious inclination, every evil habit, every rebellious motion that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and of Christ Jesus our Lord. And increase and confirm in us more and more the graces of thy Holy Spirit, especially those which thou knowest to be most wanting in us, and necessary for us. Fill us with the knowledge of thy will, with faith in thy promises, and with the fear and love of thy holy name.

Give to us, we humbly pray thee, what thou seest shall make our lives more comfortable to ourselves, more profitable to others, and more honourable to thee our God. And, whatever be our condition as to the concerns of this present time, may we alway be found in the way of our duty, fearing thee, and working righteousness; may we secure our interest in the great Saviour of the world; that, when all earthly help shall fail us, thou mayest take us up, and be the strength of our hearts, and our portion for ever.

Day by day we magnify thee, O Lord, who art making every day a further addition to thy mercies. We bless thee for our last night's preservation and protection, and for the rest and refreshment which thou hast given us therein. Cause us to hear thy loving-kindness, for in thee do we trust; cause us to know the way wherein we should go, for we lift up our souls unto thee. Cast us not away from thy presence; take not thy Holy Spirit from us; but direct all our ways to please thee, O our God, that thou mayest crown us with thy blessing and good success.

Such thy mercy and grace we beg for ourselves, and all for whom we ought to pray, in our great Mediator's form of prayer.

Our Father, fyc.

The grace of our Lord, fyc.

FRIDAY EVENING.

Let us Pray.

O God, the Father of mercies, and fountain of all goodness, who hast declared thy readiness to hear and to help us, enable us, we beseech thee, now to call upon thee with our whole heart: and let our prayer be acceptable to thee, through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord.

There is in ourselves no good thing to recommend ns to thy favour: we are by nature children of •wrath; and we have daily added to our trespasses against thee. But in thy beloved Son there is the gracious promise of pardon and peace. Gh! see our sins punished in Him, who was wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities; and as the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, so let the merit of His righteousness be on us; and by His stripes let our souls be healed.

Nor do we beg for pardon only of our sins, but also for power against them, and grace sufficient to enable us to break them off; that we may walk more acceptably before thee in all the duties of righteousness and holiness, which the Lord has prescribed to us. Enable us more effectually to resist temptation, that no iniquities may prevail against us, nor any presumptuous sin have dominion over us.

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