HAVE mercy, we beseech You, Ο Lord, on all mankind. Make Your way known upon earth, Your saving health among all nations. Bring into Your fold Your ancient people Israel. Bless, guide and govern by Your Spirit Your whole Church, heal its divisions, cleanse it from all corruptions, and make it fruitful unto all good works. Have mercy on the people of this land, and pour forth largely Your blessing on all the Cities and States. Bless our President and Government of our Nation, and the Councils of our Church, and grant that all laws made by them may work for righteousness and peace. Bless this place in which we live with a spirit of charity and godliness. Bless our own household and all its members. Bless all who are near and dear to us wheresoever they are. Bless the poor and the afflicted, the sorrowing and the perplexed. To each and all of us grant that which You know to be best for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Source not found.)
O GOD the Father, of Heaven: have mercy upon us, miserable sinners.
O God the Son, Redeemer of the world: have mercy upon us, miserable sinners.
O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son: have mercy upon us, miserable sinners.
O Holy, Blessed, and Glorious Trinity, three persons and one God: have mercy upon us, miserable sinners.
Remember not, Precious Lord, our offenses; neither deal with us according to our sins; spare us, good Lord, Spare Your people, whom You have redeemed with Your most precious blood: after the multitude of Your great mercies, Spare us, good Lord.
From all evil, especially from the evil of sin; from the crafts and assaults of the devil; from Your wrath, and from everlasting damnation, Good Lord, deliver us.
From all blindness of heart; from pride, self-conceit, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice, and all uncharitableness, Good Lord, deliver us.
By the mystery of Your holy Incarnation; by Your cross and passion; by Your precious death and burial; by Your glorious resurrection and ascension; and by the coming of the Holy Ghost, Good Lord, deliver us.
In all the times of our tribulation; in all the times of our wealth; in the hour of death, and in the day of Judgment, Good Lord, deliver us.
We pray to You, Almighty God, for future mercies, let us not forget to acknowledge those which we have already received. We bless You for our creation; we bless You for preserving us till now; we bless You for all Your goodness towards us; but, above all, we bless You for Your great love in sending Your Son Jesus Christ into the world, to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification. We beseech You to make us so sensible of Your mercies, that our hearts may be truly thankful; and that we may praise You, 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 honor and glory, world without end. Amen. – A Selection of Prayers for Families by Edward Jones
O heavenly Father, you have filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For All Sorts and Conditions
O God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, we pray to you for all sorts and conditions of people; that you would be pleased to make your ways known to them, your saving health to all nations. More especially we pray for your holy Church universal; that it may be so guided and governed by your good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves 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 in any ways afflicted or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; [especially those for whom our prayers are desired]; that it may 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’s sake. Amen
For the Human Family
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
From the Book of Common Prayer
O LORD, the great Almighty God, You art the giver of life and strength, and of all grace all goodness; without whom we can do nothing; and through whose gracious assistance it is, that we are enabled to do all things belonging to Your service and our duty. We humbly pray, that You will be graciously present with us, and powerfully assist us this day. Direct and quicken us in all the ways and duties of Your holy service. Lord forgive our iniquities, that separate us between You and our souls; and remember not the sins against us, which may justly provoke You to hide Your face from us. But according to Your mercy, remember us, O Lord, and accept us, and our imperfect services, at the hands, and for the sake of Jesus Christ.
O leave us not to the dullness and hardness, the vanity and deceitfulness of our own depraved hearts but show the power of Your heavenly grace, in working mightily upon these hearts of ours: to bring and keep them in such a holy frame, that we may be fit to attend upon You, and perform more faithful and appropriate service to You and enjoy more of that heavenly communion with You, which You have made us capable of; and which our souls will be forever restless without.
O let us not serve You in formality and hypocrisy, making any duties of course the cover of a vain licentious life. But let our hearts and souls, and all that is within us, be taken up in a reverent, faithful and affectionate attendance upon You. Nor let us serve You out of duty, only because we must; but with all readiness and gladness, and love and delight. Making Your pleasure to be ours, and the daily service of our Lord, the joy and solace of our souls. O help us so to sanctify this day, that Your day may be a means to promote the sanctification of our souls. Let us bestow ourselves in exercises benefitting the holy season; and not profane it to any vain and vicious purposes. But on the Lord’s day may we abound in the work of the Lord; and not do our own works, nor find our own pleasure, nor speak our own words, in the day which You have hallowed for Yourself. Let us rest from all our sinful ways, as well as from our continuous labors; and so delight ourselves in You. O Lord, give us pure hearts, and bless to us Your word, O gracious Father. Give to us all the means of grace, which through Your favor we enjoy, that we may not use them in vain, nor to our hurt: but for the informing of our minds, the reforming of our lives, and the saving of our souls; still growing in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; till we attain to be such as Your holy word requires, in all holy conversation and godliness.
Great peace have they that love Your law. O Lord, increase our love of Your word, which the angels desire to look into. Make our souls pliable and submissive, to be turned and ruled by it, till we become in all things agreeable to it.
Bless us, our Father, and command a blessing upon all our pious designs and performances this day: and bless Your servants whom You have appointed to break the bread of life to our souls, that they may speak Your word and give to everyone their portion in due season. And that Your word, which they deliver, may be to our conviction, edification and comfort, and the savor of life to our souls. O You that has the key of David, and opens and no man shuts, You that speaks to the heart, and gives the increase, open our understandings to receive Your truth, both in the light, and in the love of it. And set it home so powerfully in our hearts that it may take root deep in our souls, make the fruits of Your Spirit be seen in our lives. Let us not be forgetful hearers but faithful doers of Your word.
And grant, O God, that our services this day be such, as may tend to our advantage and in the great day of Your appearing and that we may so hallow these Sabbaths on earth, that hereafter we may be attend the joyful celebration of the eternal life in Your kingdom of heaven: therewith all the church triumphant, to magnify Your glorious name, and to enjoy Your love, and sing Your praise forever. For the addition of this Sabbath to all the rest, for the benefit of Your word, and the ordinances of Your worship, and all the means of grace, and hopes of Your eternal glory, to You, the God of all grace, be the praise, and honor, and glory rendered by us, and by all .’ thine, from this time forth, and fοrever. AMEN.
— A collection of Family Prayers and Devotions
Ο YOU Most High! Yours eyes are in every place, beholding the evil and the good; You see every secret thing; You search the hearts, and try the reins of the children of men. We come into Your presence with reverence and deep humility, for it becomes us to lay in the dust, and, putting our hands upon our mouths, to cry, unclean, unclean; God be merciful to us sinners.
We acknowledge ourselves to be sinners. Our iniquities are great and numberless; but with a brοken heart and contrite spirit, we pray to be delivered from them, and to be led in the way everlasting. We are ruined by sin; we have no merit in ourselves, and can offer no excuse for our transgressions; but You are rich in mercy. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin. On the morning of this holy Sabbath, of this day consecrated to the solemn duties of religion, we would approach the mercy seat, and beseech You, Ο Lord, that You wilt blot out our iniquities and forgive our sins.
Will You look upon the face of Your anointed, and for Jesus’s sake be merciful to us. Create in us clean hearts, and renew a right spirit ‚within us. Enlighten our minds that we may understand Your word; give us tender and wakeful consciences, that we may feel the force of truth, and warm our hearts by a sense of Your presence.
May we remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy; may we keep it in commemoration of that day in which our Savior arose from the dead, having finished the work of redemption. We pray that our souls may rise this day from drowsiness and sloth to watchfulness and diligence in Your service. Be with us in the public, private, and social duties of this sacred day; may we hear Your word, search the scriptures with our hearts, and call upon Your name, that our souls shall derive an eternal benefit.
You, Lord, know the hearts of each member of this family. Bless us who are parents, and give us wisdom, and faith, and patience, that we may discharge our duty to our children with an eye single to Your glory. We beseech You to have mercy upon the children — may they all be interested in the great salvation; convince them all of sin, and lead them to the Savior, who has said “Suffer the little children to come to me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
We render You thanks, most merciful God, for the favors You have conferred upon us. We thank You for creating and preserving us; for the kind care You have taken of us; You have fed and clothed us; and what is more, You have provided for us the bread of life —that bread which came down out of heaven, of which if a man eat he shall hunger no more. In view of Your great mercy to us, we desire to serve You better. We cannot repay You for the least of Your mercies; but we would show our gratitude by being more obedient, more circumspect, and more devoted to Your service.
We would not confine our requests to ourselves. We would remember the wants of others. Regard these who are sick, and restore them to health, or prepare them to die in peace; have compassion upon the broken hearted and afflicted, whether by the death of friends, by sickness, by loss of property, by trials, or by disappointment;—let their afflictions do them good; my they soon be heard to say, it is good for us that we have been afflicted.
Meet with all those who may assemble this day for Your worship. Let those who preach the gospel have an unction from the Holy One; may Your Spirit accompany the truths to the hearts of all who hear, and may Your children be comforted and quickened, and sinners converted from the error of their ways. May the Gospel soon be published to every creature. Will You hear us for the sake of Jesus Christ, to whom with the Father and Spirit be endless praises. AMEN. — Rev. Emerson Davis
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O God, whose name alone is Jehovah. You are the Most High over all the earth; and You have set Your glory above the heavens. All Your works praise You, Ο Lord, and Your saints bless You. You are our father’s God, and we will exalt You. You are our own God, and early will we seek You, for in Your favor is life.
Open our lips, and our mouth shall show forth Your praise. You have made us, and not We ourselves. Yours eye see our substance and in Your book our names are written. You have taught us more than the beasts of the field, and made us wiser than the fowls of the air. There is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty gives him understanding. Your providence has watched over us from the womb, supplied all our wants, arranged all our affairs, and determined the boundaries of our habitation.
The lines have fallen to us in pleasant places, yea, we have a good heritage. We live in a land of vision. How superior are our advantages to those of Your ancient people, the Jews. The SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, which was below the horizon to them, has risen upon us with healing in His wings; and we are all the children of the day. Let us not, therefore, sleep, as do others; but while we have the light, may we walk in the light, lest darkness come upon us.
May we ever be impressed with the conviction that where much is given, much will be required and that our greatest danger results from our distinguishing advantages— our Sabbaths; our sanctuaries; the Scriptures of truth; the preaching of the gospel; and all the other means of grace.
What more could have been done for us than You have done? and yet how little fruit have we brought forth. We deserve to be cut down as encumberers of the ground, and cast into the fire. Yet, Ο Lord, spare us, for the sake of Your Son, our Savior; and lengthen out our day of grace. Convict us of sin, of righteousness, and of a judgment to come. May we see our danger, and our refuge too, and be led to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; and may we find Him to be precious to our souls, the CHIEF AMONG TEN THOUSAND, AND THE ONE ALTOGETHER LOVELY.
May we be made the partakers of Christ, and not only of His righteousness, but of His Spirit. That we may be, not only pardoned, but renewed; and not only have a title to heaven, but a meetness for it. No longer alienated from the life of God, may our meditations of You be sweet, and may we draw near to You with exceeding joy. May we trust in Your promises, and rely on Your constant protection and care. May we be devoted to Your service, and find in it perfect freedom. May we delight ourselves in Your commandments, and forget not Your word, that we may not sin against You.
With afflictions weaned from the world, and with evidences bright for heaven, all the days of our appointed time may we wait till our change comes: may we die, supported by the consolations of the gospel, and surrounded with the glory of God; and have an entrance ministered to us abundantly, into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior.
Prepare us for our passage, as well as for our end. While we are here, may we fulfil the duties and bear with firmness, the trials of our respective stations; may we glorify our Father, who is in heaven; and serve our generation according to His will.
Continue Your goodness to us as a family. Adapt Your mercies to each of our wants. May those of us who hope in You that we have passed from death to life, walk humbly with God and grow in grace, and may those who are still impenitent, be convinced of sin and become the devoted servants of Christ. Remember our absent friends. Let Your ministers enjoy Your presence; and Your churches be filled with Your glory. Let this nation be under Your care. Ever protect the seat of learning and science; of civil and religious freedom; of social blessedness; and of gospel privileges; shall they be the source of usefulness to the ends of the earth.
May Ethiopia stretch forth her hands to God. And may all nations whom You have made, come and worship before You. For Yours, Ο God, is the power; and Yours shall be the glory, through our Lord and Savior. AMEN. — Rev. Emerson Davis
THE heavens declare Your glory, Ο God, and the raiment shows Your handy work. Day to day utters speech, and night to night shows knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where Your voice is not heard. We behold displays of Your wisdom, power and goodness in all Your works, from the largest to the least.
You have magnified Your word above all Your name; and we can never be sufficiently thankful for the revelation of Your will in the Scriptures of truth. We bless You that this sacred volume has been preserved, and translated, and published, and multiplied, so that we all have it in our possession, and can read in our own tongue Your wonderful works O God. Here we see not only Your greatness, but Your grace; and not only Your pity, but Your rectitude; we see mercy and truth meeting together, righteousness and peace embracing each other. Here You have shined in our hearts, to give us the knowledge of Your glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
For in Christ You have reconciled the world to Yourself, not imputing their trespasses to them. You have made Jesus to be sin for us, Jesus who knew no sin. You gave us Your Son that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. You have raised Him from the dead, and given Him glory, that our faith and hope may be in You, O God. In view of this infinite kindness, may we reign all our unworthy and suspicious thoughts; and placing our confidence in You, return and say Lord, Ι am Yours, save me. Look upon me, and be merciful to me, as You used to do to those that love Your name.
We ask not to be enrolled among the rich and the great of this world, but to be numbered‚ with those who are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. The graves are ready for us; and we shall soon be in a state, that will render it a matter of indifference to us whether we have filled a cottage or a palace — but it ‚will be eternally important to us, that we have been justified by Your grace, and sanctified by Your Spirit, and adopted into Your family. May we, therefore, be wise to salvation: and make it our present, our supreme, our persevering concern, tο obtain those blessings which are spiritual in their nature; eternal in their continuance; satisfying in their possession; and which unerringly indicate that we are the friends of God.
Preserve us from a false estimate of the whole of our character, or any part of it. May we regard our principles as well as our conduct; our motives as well as our actions. May we never mistake the excitement of our passions for the renewing of the Holy Ghost. May we never judge our religion by occasional impressions and impulses; but by our constant and prevailing disposition. May our heart be right with God, and our life such as becomes the gospel.
May we maintain a supreme regard for one another and always strive for a better world. May we feel and confess ourselves to be only strangers and pilgrims in this life. How often by bodily infirmities and pains, and by dissatisfaction’s growing out of every enjoyment —how often have we been taught that this is not our rest. Afford us, we pray, all the assistance we need while passing through the scenes of life. Give us, in large abundance, the supply of the spirit of Jesus Christ, that we may be prepared for every duty: that we may love You for all our mercies; that we may submit to You in every trial. May we trust You when we walk in darkness, and have no light; and amidst all the changes of the present, and the uncertainties of the future, may our minds be kept in perfect peace, being stayed upon God.
Have You not made with us an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure? The very hairs of our head—are they not all numbered? Are not all Your ways mercy and truth? Lord, we believe, help our unbelief. And now to Him that is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy: to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. AMEN. — Rev. Emerson Davis
O GOD, Who is holy, and rest in the holy places, Who is hymned by the Seraphim, glorified by the Cherubim, and adored by all the heavenly powers, Who has vouchsafed Your care over Your humble and unworthy servants. We come to worship and praise You. Receive, Ο Lord, we beseech You, our fervent thanksgiving, and grant that we may serve You in holiness and peace all the days of our life. Blessed are You, Ο Lord God of our fathers, You are to be praised and exalted above all forever. Blessed be Your glorious and holy Name. You, Ο Lord, are the greatness and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty, for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine. Thine is the kingdom, Ο Lord, and Thou is exalted as Head above all. Yours. We will sing unto the Lord a new song. Ο Lord, You are great and glorious, wonderful in strength and invincible. Let all creatures serve You, for You spoke and they were made. You sent forth Your Spirit and they were created. Ο God, You are worthy to be praised with all pure and holy praise, therefore let Your saints praise You with all Your creatures, and let all Your angels and Your elect praise You forever. Let our souls bless You God, the great King, for worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing, both now and evermore. Amen.
(St. Chrysostom, A.D. 347.)
Heavenly Father we come to You this morning to praise and worship You. We thank You for the peaceful rest we have had this past night and now that the dawn breaks we are anxiously awaiting the day You have prepared for us. Lord God Almighty we know that You are our strength, our hope, our refuge, our counselor, our guide, our everything. We long for more of You each day. We continually seek Your face and desire that Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. God watch over our coming and going today that we may not sin against You. Bless our family and relations. May we be a light to the world and a source of comfort to the afflicted. God give us the word’s to say to those that need encouragement. May our business dealings be just and true. Lord our hearts desire is to walk in a manner worthy of our calling as Christians, do not let that desire be thwarted. Now we dedicate this day to You in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen —Karrol
O GIVE thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: because His mercy endures forever.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do to me?
The Lord is my strength and song, and has become my salvation.
The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous:
The right hand of the Lord does all things wonderfully.
I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord.
COME, my soul, you must be waking!
Now is breaking
O’er the earth another day.
Come to Him who made this splendor;
See You render
All your feeble strength can pay.
Gladly hail the sun returning;
Be the Incense of Your powers:
For the night is safely ended, —
God has tended
With His care your helpless hours.
Pray that He may prosper ever
When your aim is good and true;
But that He may ever thwart you,
And convert you,
When evil you would pursue.
O GOD, mercifully accept the prayers of Your children throughout the world, which shall this day be offered at the footstool of Your throne: give us grace to prepare our hearts, that we may serve You with reverence and godly fear: grant us a true apprehension of Your divine majesty, and a deep sense of our unworthiness; that so, approaching Your presence with lowliness and devotion, we may present an offering acceptable to You, and in the spirit of Him who has taught us how to pray. Amen. — Rush Rees Shippen
O LORD, our heavenly Father! the great Source of life, the benevolent Power, in Whom all our comfort and happiness exist! You are good and do good continually; Your tender mercies are over all Your works. Our voice will You hear in the morning, Ο Lord! in the morning will we direct our prayer unto You, and look up.
To whom should we look up with sentiments of gratitude at the beginning of every day, but to You, whose care has protected us through the hours of darkness; whose goodness has refreshed us with sleep? To whom, in our ignorance of what a day may bring forth, we direct our prayers, with sentiments of trust in a paternal providence, and with mutual solicitude for each others virtue and happiness. We look to You, our eternal Refuge, whose mercies towards us are great and constant. Hear, most gracious God, these our united prayers and thanksgivings. The goodness we have in Jesus Christ, encourages us to pour out before You our gratitude. It is our earnest desire, to enter on the employments, and meet the events of every day, with a deep sense of the importance of religion. Dispose us, Father of our spirits, amidst all the cares and business of this life, to regard the salvation of our souls as the one thing needful. Make us sincere Christians; render our habitation a holy sanctuary, the residence of piety and Christian knowledge. Let every heart be an altar to You. May the religion of Christ, possessing our wills and pervading our affections, become a bond of union, the spring of every virtue, the animating motive to every duty, a support under every trial, and the pledge of Your favor and everlasting love.
Ο Lord most holy! what we ask for ourselves, we desire for others. Increase the number of those who serve You with holy joy, and with a Christian life. Multiply the triumphs of truth over error; of the filial spirit of love over gloomy fears. In all the habitations of men, from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof, may the incense of acceptable praise, and the pure offering of virtuous lives be presented to You. Endue those who are appointed to rule over their fellow men, with superior wisdom and benevolence. Inspire all instructors of youth, and all teachers of religion, with an ardent concern to promote the greatest welfare of those for whom they labor. Incline the young, Ο God, to cultivate a sober mind; to remember You their Creator, Redeemer and Judge; and to acquire those habits which shall secure their present usefulness and future peace. Lead those in the middle of life, to labor, while it is day, in Your service and for the benefit of their fellow men, before the night comes. Support Your aged servants under all their infirmities, and help them by their example to convince the rising generation, that religion has power to shed comfort upon the decline of life, and to smooth the passage to the tomb.
Ιn the arms of faith and prayer we would commend to You the sick and the afflicted, we ask You to be very near and gracious to them in weakness and trouble. May Your blessing be upon all our families. Grant that parents may be duly impressed with the high and solemn trust committed to their charge; and see that they set before their children examples, which they can follow with safety; and, when they die, leave behind them characters, which may be remembered with love and veneration. And may children be mindful of how much they owe to their parents; and be induced to do all in their power to promote their happiness. Ο God, grant that all, whether as parents or children, as masters or servants, as members of families, or as citizens of the state, may discharge their obligations with diligence, fidelity, and zeal. In every situation, may it be our chief care to do justly, to love mercy, and walk humbly before You, our God.
In the name of our Redeemer we offer our prayer; and in Him, the Resurrection and the Life, we look forward to a better and happier world, to which You will at last receive us; and to You shall be rendered ceaseless praises. Amen. — Charles Brooks
ALMIGHTY and most merciful God! Maker of all worlds! Judge of men! Your name is excellent in all the earth; and Your glory is above the stars. You inhabit eternity, and dwell in light which no man can approach.
We Your dependent and sinful creatures would bow before You, acknowledging how unworthy we are to appear in Your presence, or to lift up so much as an eye to those holy heavens, where You dwell. Ο Lord! though we are thus unworthy to presume on Your favor, yet so great is Your goodness, as to encourage our addresses to You, by many gracious promises of Your love and acceptance. With humble confidence, then, would we approach Your throne of grace, beseeching You, in the name of Jesus Your beloved Son, to be merciful to us and forgive us according to Your abundant goodness.
We acknowledge, Ο Father, that we have acted foolishly and wickedly, by doing those things which You have forbidden, and by neglecting to do those things, which You have commanded: Ο let that divine mercy, which has spared us so long, lead us to repentance, that we may forsake our evil ways, and turn unto You, the Lord our God.
Give us grace, we beseech You, to seriously consider the great work we have to do, and the uncertainty of the time in which we must perform it; so that we may not foolishly consume our days in vanity and indolence; in the gratification of corrupt desires and empty wishes. Grant us aid to lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily besets us; and may we run with patience and perseverance the race laid out for us, looking unto Jesus.
Gracious God! You have mercy in all Your ways, and desire not the death of sinners, but rather that they should turn from their ways and live; look in pity upon us, and, through our Redeemer, enable us to conquer every evil habit and surmount every temptation. Look with Your favor upon our remaining part of life; grant, if it please You, that the days, few or many, which You shall yet allow us, may pass in reasonable trust, in holy fear, and ardent love. Strengthen our good purposes till they shall produce lives pleasing to You. Enable us so to shun sloth and negligence, that every day we may discharge our part of the duties You have allotted us: and will You, Ο Lord, further with that labor which, without Your help, must be ineffectual. Enlighten us with divine knowledge; animate us with heavenly hope; comfort us in Your love, and aid us in all our good resolutions; so that we, who have been created by Your power, and sustained by Your providence, may live to answer the high purposes of our being. Let us not add wickedness to wickedness; but tο experience Your favor, which is life, and Your loving kindness, which is better than life.
We are now to begin another term of duty; will You, Ο God, be with us. May our increase of days produce increase of grace: and as Your bounties are multiplying upon us, may we return to You the offering of holy lives.
Father of mercies! You have defended us through another night and bestowed on us another morning. We desire to dedicate to You the lives You are sparing. Give us wisdom, that we may know You; sanctify our affections that we may love You; put Your fear into our hearts, that we may dread to offend You, and grant that in the conclusion of the day we may be able to review our conduct with increasing satisfaction, and have our hope in Your mercy stilt more established.
These our petitions, we would offer through the Son of Your love, our Intercessor at Your right hand; while we ascribe to You praises everlasting. Amen. — Charles Brooks
O LORD our God, great, eternal, wonderful in glory, Who keeps Your covenant and promises for those that love You with their whole heart. Who is the life of all, the help of those that flee unto You, the hope of those who cry unto You. Cleanse us from our sins, and from every thought displeasing to Your goodness, cleanse our souls and bodies, our hearts and consciences, that with a pure heart and a clear mind, with perfect love and calm hope, we may venture confidently and fearlessly to pray and worship You, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Coptic Liturgy of S. Basil, A.D. 370.)
Revised by: Karrol 2016
ETERNAL and infinite Jehovah! Framer of our bodies and Father of our spirits! we adore You as our Father and our God, and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, — as that most high and holy Being, whom angels praise,. whom dominions adore, before whom all pοwers fall down and. tremble, and whose excellent glory cherubim and seraphim proclaim forever.. On this morning of the day sacred to You, we would come before You, in the name οf that Savior, whose glorious rising this day is commemorated. By Your good providence we are once more permitted to assemble in the tranquility and happiness of the family circle. You have watched over us during the past night, have spared our lives, and made us the monuments of Your preserving goodness. And now, our Father, may we come to You in the spirit of faith and devotion. Save us from the guilt of hollow professions and heartless prayers, — and let us not draw near unto You with our lips while our hearts are far from You.
We praise You, God of Grace, for all those religious blessings, which we are now especially called upon most gratefully to remember, and for all the holy recollections which this day brings to our minds. Glory be to You, Father of mercies, for that Savior, who triumphed over the grave and made death His captive. We bless You, that You, who, in times past, spoke to the fathers by the prophets, have, in these latter days, spoken to us by Your Son Jesus Christ; that You have sent Him to go before us in the way of duty and of suffering, to be our guide and deliverer, to save us from our sins, and to show us the way to Your favor, which is life, and Your loving kindness, which is better than life. How should we adore Your goodness, Ο God, that when spiritual darkness covered the earth, and mankind had wandered far from You, You stretched forth the arm of Your mercy, mighty to save, and powerful to bless, — and that the Messenger of Your truth and love appeared, the friend of sinners, and the guide to immortality. We bless You, that though earth be a land of darkness, and over it be spread the shadow of death, yet there is an inheritance of glory reserved for Your children in a brighter world, —that though we are born to die, yet Christ has taught us that we die but to live forever, — and through the grave has opened to us the pathway to the mansions of bliss and glory. And we pray, Ο Father, that while we are grateful for the high and rich blessings of the Gospel, our hearts may be subdued to its dominion and sanctified by its influences; that we may live in the purity of Christian faith, and die in the joy of Christian hope.
Father in heaven! we beseech You to be with us, and bless us this day, and prepare our hearts for Your service. Ο send out Your light and Your truth; let them lead us, let them bring us to Your holy place. In Your earthly temple, may we this day meet around Your altar, and there put away all our earth-born passions, our distracting cares, οur vain and frivolous thoughts, and offer to You that homage of the soul, which You will not despise. May we enter Your gates with thanksgiving, and Your courts with praise, there to pour out our hearts to You in the voice of prayer, and to seek some good instruction, some purifying, sanctifying, influences from Your holy word. Ο save us from a careless, formal, hypocritical worship; and when we receive good impressions, let them not be as the morning cloud and the early dew. We lament before You, that we have so often forgotten Your goodness and violated Your laws, and that our souls have been so much estranged from You, and from pure and holy things. We pray that this day, and during the whole of our lives, we may love You more and serve You better than ever yet we have done. May we leave behind, our follies and our sins, and press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. May the virtues and graces of the Gospel be the ornaments of our lives and characters. May we seek to imitate the example of our Savior, and to transcribe into our own souls something of His meekness and humility, His fervent piety and patient resignation, His enlarged benevolence, His generous and holy zeal in doing good. Knowing that a day is coming, in which You will render unto every one according to His works, may we be as those who live for eternity.
We pray for Your servant, who ministers in sacred things to the society, of which we are members. Bless his labors in the cause of Christ, and make him the instrument of turning many to righteousness. Let Your blessing rest on all the ministers of the Gospel; may they be animated, faithful, zealous, and successful in imparting and enforcing the truths, the warnings, and the hopes of our holy religion. We pray that Your presence and blessing may be with all the assemblies of Your worshipping people this day, — and may the power of Your word be displayed in turning men from the error of their ways unto You, the living and true God. Grant, Ο God, that the kingdom of Your Son may be more widely diffused and more firmly established, and that all the nations of the earth may come to the knowledge and worship of You, through Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. In His name we offer our prayer, and ascribe unto You all power and glory forever. Amen.
Book: A Family Prayer Book
Author: Charles Brooks
Edited by: Karrol 2016
Blessed be God, the maker of heaven and earth, blessed be the Lord, who only does wondrous things, and blessed be His glorious name forever who has made both day and night through His glorious wisdom, and so ruled, that while the earth remains, they shall not cease, that man may rest by night, and proceed again to his labors by day. O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom have You made them all: the earth is full of Your riches. For such gifts we thank You before the sun rises, and come into Your presence when the light breaks forth. Therefore I bless You now also, for You have suffered me securely to rest and sleep this night, and again awakened me to the joy of living. You have mercifully sheltered me from the assaults and malice of enemies. I supplicate Your grace: grant that my soul may repose in Your hands, my body continue in health according to Your good pleasure, and be kept from all injury and peril. Be my mighty protection and strong stay, a defense from heat, and my cover from the sun at noon, my preservation from stumbling, and my help from falling, that no harm may come unto me.
O Merciful God, knowing the hour is come to awaken out of the sleep of sin and iniquity, for now is our salvation so near, the night is far spent, the day is at hand: so help us to cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, that we may walk honestly as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in clambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying, but putting on the Lord Jesus Christ in the true faith and a Christian conduct. Thus awaken us each morning. Open my ears that I may hear Your holy Word with a believing heart and keep the same in my memory. Let my ears incline to the entreaties and prayers of the needy, not to forsake them in their distress. And when in my distress I cry unto You, hear the voice of my supplications, and despise not my sighing in the hour of death. Let my prayers come before You early. Incline Your ears to my entreaties. Satisfy us early with Your mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Amen. –– John Habermann