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At the end of each Lesson shall be said—
The Lord bless to us the reading of His word, and to His name be glory and praise.
Then shall be sung the Hymn BENEDICTUS or other Hymn or Psalm, after which may be sung or said by the Minister and people standing—
The Apostles' Creed.
BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty,
And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Lord be with you :
Then, the Congregation kneeling, the Minister shall
Let us Pray.
O God, who hast taught us to make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks for all men, we humbly beseech Thee to receive these our prayers which we offer to Thy divine majesty.
Almighty God, who hast made of one blood all nations, we pray for the peace of the whole world, and the salvation of all men. Look in pity upon Thine ancient people, whose are the fathers, and of whom according to the flesh Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour came; and have mercy upon all who are in bondage to heathen superstition, and fetch them home, blessed Lord, to Thy flock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites.
We pray especially for the good estate of the Catholic Church; that the divisions which desolate Thine heritage may be healed; that what is wanting anywhere may be supplied; and that every plant that is not of Thy planting may be rooted up.
We pray for all pastors and ministers of Thy Word, that they may take heed to themselves and to all the flocks over which the Holy Ghost
hath made them overseers, to feed the Church of Christ which He hath purchased with His blood, that when the chief Shepherd shall appear, they may receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
We pray for this parish, that those who bear office may be ensamples to the flock; that the young may abide in Christ, into whom they have been engrafted, and be spared for lives of piety and usefulness; that those in middle age may be strong for the Lord and valiant for the right; and that those advanced in years may have bodily comfort, and joy in the Holy Ghost, and finally a good end, and an abundant entrance into rest.
We pray for her most sacred Majesty Queen Victoria, that Thou wouldst grant her a long and happy life, faithful counsellors, loyal subjects, a prosperous reign, and finally bestow upon her a crown of glory.
We pray for Albert Edward Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, and all the Royal Family, that Thou wouldst regard them with Thy favour, and so dispose their hearts that they may seek Thy glory and the good of Thy Church.
We pray [for the High Court of Parliament] for the nobles, rulers, and judges of the land [and for the magistrates of this town], that Thou wouldst inspire them with Thy wisdom and grant them Thy blessing.
We pray for the Navy and Army, that they may be distinguished by loyalty and valour, temperance and godliness.
We pray for the United Kingdom, with all its colonies and dependencies, beseeching Thee to preserve our peace and defend our liberties, to prosper our trade and commerce, to send healthful and seasonable weather, to bless our husbandry, and to crown the year with Thy goodness. Amen.
We pray for the poor and needy, the desolate and the oppressed, the widow and the orphan, the weak and the bowed down; beseeching Thee to remember them in mercy, and to visit them in Thy compassion.
We pray for those who mourn, that they may be comforted; for those who suffer pain and anguish, that they may be relieved; for those in sickness, that they may be healed, and may again praise Thee in the sanctuary [and for any such known to ourselves whom we name in our hearts before Thee]; and especially we commend to Thee the dying, entreating Thee to be with them in that last hour when heart and flesh do faint and fail, to cleanse their souls in the blood of Christ, and to receive them to Thy rest.
O Thou who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea, we commend to Thine almighty pro
tection all travellers, sojourners, and strangers. Journey with those who journey, and grant that those who are far from their homes may revisit them, in Thy good time, in peace.
O Thou who art the God of all the families of the earth, we beseech Thee to bless all our friends and kindred, and to grant that we may ever be knit together in the bonds of mutual love, and, above all, that we may be members together of the mystical body of Christ.
And O God, our heavenly Father, with whom do live the spirits of the just made perfect, we give Thee thanks for all the faithful, and for all near and dear to us, who have been washed from their sins in the blood of the Lamb, and who, having accomplished their warfare, are at rest with Thee.
Finally, O Lord, we pray for each other, all for each, that Thou wouldst bless us outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls. Grant us good success in all our labours, and bring us to Thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with Thee, the Father, and the Holy Ghost, be glory, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Then a Psalm or Hymn is sung, or, when con-