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O MOST holy and merciful Lord God, the fountain of all goodness, wisdom, and strength; we pray asking You to look down, from heaven Your dwelling-place upon us servants, who desire to renew our praises and prayers to Your divine majesty.

We confess, that notwithstanding Your gracious dealings towards us, we have neither loved You nor obeyed You as we ought to have done.

We have been too much taken up with the cares and concerns of this life, and too negligent in the great work of our salvation. O gracious Lord, have compassion on our infirmities, and for Your dear Son’s sake turn from us all those evils that we most justly have deserved. Grant that neither the sins of this day, nor the transgressions of our past life, may ever be had in remembrance before You. Look upon us, O Lord, as reconciled to You in Jesus Christ; and grant to us for the time to come by the aid of Your Holy Spirit, that we may walk as becomes those who have been redeemed of the Lord.

Let not sin reign in our mortal bodies, nor vain desires take possession of our hearts: but by the efficacy of Your grace destroy in us all evil habits and all unholy wishes.

Convince us, we pray asking You, of the shortness and uncertainty of this life; that we may always be in a state of preparation and watchfulness, as servants, who wait for the coming of their Lord.

Give us grace, that we may be daily more and more sensible of the vanity of all worldly objects of desire; and more intent upon laying up for ourselves treasures in heaven.

May we never slight Your warnings, nor neglect the opportunities which You afford us. Make us to love Your Holy Word; enlighten our understanding to receive, and purify our affections to hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which You have given us in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Receive, our intercessions for all mankind, especially for our relations, friends, and neighbors; bring them all to the knowledge and practice of Your law; grant to them all things needful both for their souls and bodies.

Make this nation, O Lord, to be a people serving You.

Root out from among us all ungodliness, all uncharitableness, all indifference to religion; that we may be indeed Your people, and You may be our God.

Bless and protect Your servant the President of the United States, and all others in authority; that under them this nation may be godly and quietly governed.

Pity the afflicted and distressed in mind, body, and estate; and mercifully relieve them, as may be most conducive to Your glory, and to their eternal good.

To these, our prayers and intercessions, we desire to add our unfeigned thanksgivings for all the benefits which You have conferred upon us; for all the blessings which we have enjoyed from our youth up until now; particularly for the mercies and comforts of the day past; but above all, for our redemption by Jesus Christ

Be pleased to continue Your protection to us through this night. Refresh our bodies with quiet sleep, and our souls with the consolations of Your Holy Spirit; and when You shall call us out of this world, give us everlasting rest and peace in Your eternal kingdom, through the merits of our Redeemer Jesus Christ.

Our Father etc.

The grace of our Lord etc.

Book: Manual of Family Prayers

Compiled by: C.J. Blomfield, D.D.

Publisher: New York Protestant Episcopal Tract Society 1829