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EVENING PRAYER.

After reading the Lessons of the Day or some other portion of Holy Scripture, if there be no Bishop, Priest or Deacon present let the Master of the House kneel down and say:

Let us humbly confess our sins before Almighty God!

The Confession

To he said of the whole Family after the Person officiating all kneeling,

Almighty and Most merciful Father We have erred and strayed from Your ways, like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Your holy laws: We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done .those things which we ought iiot to have done; and there b no health in us. But You, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders: Spare You them, O God, which confess their &ults: Restore You them that are penitent; According to Your promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and sober life, To the glory of Your holy Name. Amen.

Here if a Bishop or Priest be present let him be requested to give the Absolution, otherwise^ let the Master of the House proceed and say the Family repeating with him,

The Lord’s Prayer

OuR Father, which is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name; Your kingdom come; Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven: Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Then shall follow the Collects; the first of the Day (seepage 39, et seq. the second for Peace, the third for Aid against all Perils. The two last Collects shall never alter, but daily he said at Evening Prayer throughout all the year, as follows.

The second Collect, for Peace

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels^ and all just works do proceed; Give unto Your servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey Your commandments, and also that by You we being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness, through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The third Collect for Aid against all Perils.

Lighten our darkness, we beseech You, O Lord; and by Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night, for the love of Your only Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Collect or Prayer for all conditions of Men,

O God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech You for all sorts and conditions of men, that You would be pleased to make Your ways known unto them, Your saving health unto all nations. More especially we pray for the good estate of the Church, that it may be so guided and governed by Your good Spirit, that all who profess, and call themselved Christians, may be 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 Your fatherly goodness all those who are any ways afflicted or distressed in mind, body, or estate. [* especially This to be said when any de those for whom our prayers sire the prayers are desired]; May it please You to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions: And this we beg for Jesus Christ his sake. Amen*

A General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we Your unworthy servants do give You most humble and hearty thanks for all Your goodness and loving kindness to us and to all men, (particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day.) We bless You for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for Your inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And we beseech You, give us that due sense of all Your mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we may show forth Your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to Your service, and by walking before You in holiness and righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom with You and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen,

A Prayer of St Chrysostom

Almighty God, who has given us grace at this time, with one accord to make our common supplications unto You. You promise, that when two or three are gathered together in Your Name, You will grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of Your servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of Your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen

2 Cor. 13:14

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

If a Bishop he present let him be requested to pronounce a blessing on the Family,

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen,

COLLECTS

To be used at Evening Prayer throughout the Week

Monday.

Visit we beseech You, O Lord, this house and family, and drive far from it all the snares of the enemy; let Your holy angels dwell herein to preserve us in peace; and let Your blessing be upon us for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,

Tuesday.

Look graciously, O Lord, upon Your Church in this house, and hear us when we pray, for all who are commended to our prayers by kindred or alliance, by the obligation of benefits received, by charge entrusted to our care, by moral friendship, by Christian charity, by promise, by mutual duty; be You merciful unto us all, and bless us, and show us the light of Your countenance, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday,

Almighty Father, who hast given Your only begotten Son to be unto us a sacrifice for sin, an example of meek and patient suffering, and a mirror of righteousness and true holiness of life; give us grace that we may receive that his inestimable benefit with all thankfulness of heart, and also daily endeavor ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life, through he same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Thursday,

O God who hast declared that a house divided against itself cannot standi and who hast warned us not to let the sun go down upon our wrath, make us a household, dwelling together in unity and godly love. Banish and drive away all envy, hatred, and malice from our hearts, and if any of us have done any wrong to any man, give us grace that we may restore fourfold; so that forbearing and forgiving one another, we may find mercy at Your hands through the merits and intercession of Jesus Christ our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

Friday.

Almighty God, we beseech You graciously look upon this family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the cross who now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Saturday.

O Lord and Heavenly Father, who hast brought us to the end of another week: we acknowledge Your great goodness to us, in sparing us when we deserve punishment; in giving us the necessaries of this life; and in setting before us the happiness of a better. Pardon, Lord, our offences; correct and amend what is amiss in us; that as we grow in years we may grow in grace, and the nearer we come to our latter end we may be the better prepared for it. Take from us all ignorance, hardness of heart, and too much carefulness for the things of this life. Make us a household fearing You, submitting ourselves to Your good pleasure, and putting our whole trust in Your mercy. Make us mindful, that as the end of the week, so the end of life is nigh at hand; and because we know neither the day nor the hour of our Master’s coming, grant us grace, that we may always live in such a state, that we may never be afraid to die, but that, living or dying, we may be Your through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Book: Family Prayer
Author: Rev. Walter Farquhar Hook, M.A,
Publisher: London: J. G. & F. Rivington