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NOURS OF THE DAY AND NIGHT,
PROPER FOR A
THOU, who inspirest thy saints with songs in the night, and givest wholesome sleep to thy beloved; whose name I will think of in the night season, and will keep thy law ; let thy protection and mercy be upon me, and let the Prayers and Thanksgivings come up to thee, which my soul poureth out when it fleeth unto the Lord before the morning watch.
O thout, who for us men, and for our salvation, didst vouchsafe to be born while Shepherds were watching their tlocks by night; grant me to be born. again, by the daily renewing of the Holy Ghost, till Christ be formed in me unto a perfect map, and save me.
About Sun Rising.' HOU, who very early in the morning, about the rising of the sun, wast pleased to leave thy tomb, and return again from the dead ; raise me, I pray thee, to walk in newness of life, by such daily exercises of repentance and virtue, as may keep me dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God, through thee, and save me.
Nine in the Morning. O THOU, who at the third hour of the day, didst pour out from Heaven upon thy apostles the miraculous gift of the Holy Ghost, take not away from us the comforts of that Spirit, but fill our hearts with the riches of his grace, and save us.
O thou, who, about this hour, didst, with invincible meekness and patience stand before Pilate's bar, and suffer a robber and murderer to be released before thee; grant us, in all our sufferings for the testimony of thy truth, and of a good conscience, to consider and imitate thee, who didst endure such contradiction of sinners against thyself, and save ys. .
Twelve at Noon. O THOU, who at the sixth hour of the sixth day of the week; didst nail the sins of the world with thy body to the cross, blot out the hand writing of our sins, which is against us, and take it out of the way, and save us. ..
O thou, who at the same hour of the day, didst let down a great sheet from Heaven, filled with all sorts of living creatures, figuring thereby to Peter thy universal Church; grant, that we sinners of the Gentiles, who have been received into that mystical sheet, may with it at length be taken up into Heaven, and save us.
One at Noon. O THOU, who at the seventh hour, didst command the fever to leave the Nobleman's son, allay all the distempered heats of our appetites and pas
sions, and heal' every sickness of our souls, and save us.
; Three after Noon. OTHOU, who didst vouchsafe, about the ninth hour of the day, to taste death for the sins of every man, mortify in us our members which are upon the earth, even all thiogs contrary to thy holy will, that we also may be crucified unto the world, and save us. .
O thou, who, at this solemn time of prayer, didst magnify the power of thine Apostles, by the cure of the impotent man at the gate of the Temple; who didst also at this hour manifest thyself to Cornelius, praying in his own house: hear us, O Lord, in this and every hour, whether of public or of private prayer, and grant the desires and petitions of thy servants, as thou knowest to be most expedient for us, and save us.
Four after Noon. THOU, who, about the tenth hour of the day, didst fill thy Apostle An. drew with joy, for having found the Messias : Discover thyself to us who
seek thee; fill us with the same holy joy for finding thee; and admit us to come and abide with thee, the whole remainder of this day, and of our life, and save us.
Five after Noon.
TH IOU, who didst not disdain, even at the eleventh hour, to send labourers into thy vineyard, and agree with them for their hire, after they had stood all the day idle: Be likewise gracious unto all that turn to thee, though they come late, though at the eleventh hour, of life; and give us all grace, to make up the time which we already have mispent or lost, and save us.
Six after Noon.
IOU, who, at the hour of eating the Passover, didst institute the Sacrament of thy Supper, a holy and perpetual memorial of thy precious body and blood : Make us thankful and diligent partakers of the same: that we may eat and drink thereof, never to condemnation, but always to the obtaining re