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filhes do multiply ; Behold, we beseech thee, the afflictions of thy people, and grant that the scarcity and dearth, iwhich we do now most justly suffer for our iniquity) may through thy goodness be mercifully turned into cheapness and plenty, for the love of Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

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God, merciful Father, who, in the time of Elisha the

prophet, didst suddenly in Samaria turn great scarcity and dearth into plenty and cheapness, Have mercy upon Us; that we, who are now for our fins punished wiih like adversity, may likewise find a seasonable relief: Increase the fruits of the earth by thy heavenly benediction ; and grant that we, receiving thy bountiful liberality, may use the same to thy glory, the relief of those that are needy, and our own comfort, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In the time of War and Tumults.

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all things, whose power no creature is able to relist, to whom it belongeth justly to punish sinners, and to be Merciful to them that truly repent ; Save and deliver us, we humbly beseech thee, from the hands of our enemies ; bate their pride, afswage their malice, and confound their devices; that we, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore from all perils to glorify thee, who are the only giver of all victory, through the merits of thy only Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PA RA PHRAS E. Parapbrase on the PRAYER in time of War and Tumulis. omnipotent Being, King of kings, wbose kingdom ruleth over all ; whole will and power the mightiest are unable to refift; whose sole prerogative it is to punith offenders with friet justice, and to thew thy mercy

by sparing such as fiacerely repent of their fins, we beseech thee to preletse us froin the hands of our foes; to quell that pride which has made

lo haughtily despise our force, and invade our rights ; to diminish Ries malignity of heart which excites them to perfecute us with so much


In the Time of any common Plague or fickness.

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upon thine own people in the wilderness, for their obstinate rebellion against Moses and Aaron ; and also in the time of king David didft Nay with the plague of pestilence threescore and ten thousand, and yet, remembering thy mercy, didst save the rest : Have pity upon us miserable finners, who now are visited with grcat sickness and mortality; that like as thou didit then accept of an atonement, and didst command the destroying Angel to ceale from punishing; so it may now pleafé chee to withdraw from us this plague and grievous sickness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. In the Ember-weeks to be said every Day for those that are to

be admitted into holy Orders.

chaled to thyself an universal Church by the precious blood of thy dear Son ; mercifully look upon the same; and at this time so guide and govern the minds of thy servants the bishops and pastors of thy fock, that they may lay hands suddenly on no man, but faithfully and wisely make choice of fit persons to serve in the sacred Ministry of thy Church. And to those which shall be ordained to any byly Function, give thy grace and heavenly benediction;

P 'A RA P H R AS E. eagerness and fury; and bafile all those devices and stratagems by which they endeavour to trepan us ; that we, being shielded by thy protection, which is the best armour, may be saved from all the perils and dangers by which this war is attended ; and if thou art pleased by thy gracious providence to cause victory to decide for us, we may ascribe the gift to thy bounty alone ; and this we earnestly request of thee for the sake of thy only Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Paraphrafe on the PRAYER in the Ember-weeks. Omnipotent God, our most gracious Father, who dwellest in the moll exalted part of the heavens, and hast purchased to thyself a church, by the blood of thy own dear Son, ( Atts xx. 28. Eph. v. 25.) we befeech thee to watch over the same with thy especial Providence, and to direct by shy heavenly guidance the minds of the bishops and their affitting presby:

that both by their life and doctrine they may set forth thy glory, and set forward the salvation of all men, through Jesus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

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divine providence haft appointed divers Orders in thy Church; Give thy grace, we humbly befeech thee, to all those who are to be called to any Office and Administration in the same; and to replenish them with the truth of thy Doctrine ; and endue them with innocency of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great Name, and the benefit of thy holy Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. A Prayer for the High Court of Parliament, to be read during their Seffion.

OST gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, as for

this Kingdom in general, fo especially for the High Court of Parliament, under our most religious and gracious King at this time assembled; That thou wouldst be pleased to dired and prosper all their Consultations to the advance

PA RA PHRASE. ters in the office of ordination, in such a manner, that, pursuant to tho advice of the apoftle, they may lay hands suddenly on no man, (1 Tim. j. 22.) but that they may with wisdom and fidelity make choice of perfons qualified by their piety and learning to be admitted into the ofices of the miniftry. We beseech thee moreover in behalf of those, who hall, a this time be received into any of the ecclefiaftical orders, that thou wouldi beftow upon them such large portions of thy grace and blefing, that by their virtuous lives and orthodox do&trine, they may become ora Laments to the holy profession wherein they shall be engaged, and may advance thy glory, by promoting the salvation of fouls, through Jesus Chrif our Lord. Amen.

Parapbrafe on the PRAYER for the Parliament. O God, who art always disposed to hear us upon whatever occasion we address thee, we beseech thee to bestow thy blesfing upon this nation in general, but in particular opon the parliament now afsembled under the King's most gracious majesty, that thou wouldst be pleased, by the influence of thy holy Spirit, to govern their debates and resolutions in such a manner as may be most conducive to promote God's glory, the church's good, the safety of the king's person, his high character and welfare,



ment of thy Glory, the good of thy Church, the safety, honour, and welfare of our Sovereign and his Kingd ms; that all things may be fo ordere i and settled by their endeavours, upon the best and furest foun.lations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piecy, may be established among us for all generations. These and all other necesaries, for them, for us, and thy whole Church, we humbly beg in the Name and Mediation of Jesus Christ, our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen. A Collec7, or Prayer, for all conditions of Men, to be ufed at fuch Times

where the Litany is not appointed to be faid. God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, we

humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men, that thou wouldst be pleased to make thy ways known unto them; thy saving health unto all Nations. More especially 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 profess and call themselves Christians, may be


PA RA P H R AS E. and the kingdoms which are subject to his sway ; that whatever in our ex. cellent constitution may be misinterpreted or perverted by the craft of designing men, may, by their wifdom, be explained, and all defecto rectified and amended, fó that such falutary laws may be enacted by them, that peace; justice, and piety may be secured amongst us upon the mot solid and lafting foundation. These 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 ourselves, we humbly beg thee to grant us, for Jesus Chrift's fake. Amen.

Paraphrala ox the PRAYER for all Conditions of Mer. O God, who by thy omnipotence, didit call mankind into exitence, and who by thy providence dost preserve them, we beseech thee to extend thy blessing 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 pfalmitt, (Pfal. lxvii. 2.) but we fill more earnestly put up our petitions for the welfare of the catholic church, beseeching thee, that the whole body of christians, in what part of the world foever they may disper fed, may receive the true orthodox and catholic faith, that they may hold this faith, according to the expression of the apostle, in unity of spirit and in the bond of peace, (Eph. iv. 3.) not divided by uncha, riuable fchifmas and separations, but attached to each other by the Spiritual

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led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to thy Fatherly goodness, all those who are any ways, afflicted or distressed in mind, body, or

This to be said when estate [* Especially those for whom our ay defire ibe Prayers of Prayers are desired) that it may please ibe Ceagregarion, thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities; giving them patience under their sufferings, 'and a happy issue out of all their affictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ his fake. Amen.

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

God, whole nature and property is ever to have mercy though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us, for the honour of Jesus Christ our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

PA RA P H R AS E. bands of christian charity ; but chiefly, we pray that all who profess the name of Chrift, may thew themselves worthy of their holy profeflion, by leading a virtuous and pious life : lastly, we recommend to thee, who doit behold all thy creatures with a paternal tenderness, all persons who are visited by any affliction, or oppressed by any calamity, all those whose minds are troubled with melancholy thoughts, who are tormented with anxiety and gloomy apprehenfions concerning their future ilate, or groan under the fhocking agonies of despair ; all those whole bodies are attacked by fickness or any painfal disorder ; or whose estaces are impaired by lois, er the oppression of powerful adversaries; that thou would it be pleased to afford them such comfort and relief, as their respective wants may require, and deliver them happily out of all their croables, either by rendering their fituation in this world more desirable, or by placing them in a happier ; all which favours we beg, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Paapbrase on the PRAYER that may be said after any of the former. O God, who in the facred oracles halt revealed to us much of thy dirice 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 beseech thee to hear propitiously these our petisions, which we offer to thee, with a deep conviction and humble lento of our unworthiness ; and though our fins have got such a mattery over us, that we are altogether enslaved 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 affistance of that grace through thy great compas

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