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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

II.

The Apostles' Creed.

I

BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:

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:
And with thy spirit.

Then, the Congregation kneeling, the Minister shall

say

Let us Pray.

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Intercessions.

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 given Thy Son the heathen for His inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for His possession, extend, we pray Thee, the blessings of Thy Gospel, that all flesh may magnify Thy holy name; break everywhere the chains of idolatry and error, and make Thy truth triumphant, that the earth may be glad, and Thy saints shout aloud for joy.

We pray for Thy holy Church universal, that all who profess Thy name may be careful to maintain good works; that the weak may be strengthened, the wanderers restored, the sorrowful comforted, and the doubting confirmed.

O Thou Lord of the harvest, send forth, we pray Thee, labourers into the fields which are ripe for the harvest, and replenish all Thy ministers with heavenly grace, that they may faithfully serve Thee, and, both in their life and doctrine, seek only Thy glory.

We beseech Thee to bless this congregation. Grant that those who bear office may be ensamples to the flock, and that all its members may walk continually in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Ghost.

We pray for the young children, that their tender life may be precious in Thy sight, and that, by their godly upbringing, they may be fitted for usefulness in this world, and glory in the life to come. Amen.

We pray, O Lord, for our beloved country, with all its colonies and dependencies. Bless and long preserve Thy servant our Sovereign Lady the Queen, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and all the members of the Royal Family. Bless [the High Court of Parliament at this time assembled,] the Queen's ministers and counsellors, the nobles, judges, and magistrates, the army and navy, and all who are called to the public service. Replenish them with heavenly gifts, that they may faithfully serve Thee, to the end that under just and equal laws the Empire may be preserved in unity and strength, and that we, being defended from all dangers, may lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty. Amen.

We pray for all in sorrow, that they may be speedily relieved and comforted by the Holy

Spirit. We remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them, and them which suffer adversity, as being ourselves also in the body. Let the sighing of the prisoner come before Thee, and save Thou those that are appointed to die.

We pray for all who suffer for their faith in Thee, that, sustained by Thy love, they may be steadfast in life and in death.

We pray for the tempted, that, taking the shield of faith, they may be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked; for all who seek salvation, that they may be led to Jesus, the Saviour from sin and death; for the sick, that they may be healed; and for the dying, that Thy rod and Thy staff may comfort them in the dark valley. We pray for the bereaved, that their mourning may be turned into joy, and their souls blessed through Thy fatherly chastening. We pray for the widow and the fatherless, and for those who have none to help them but Thee, O God. We pray for those who are absent from their homes on the land or on the sea, that they may be kept from danger and death and sin. We pray for the stranger in a strange land, and for all who need Thy cheering grace.

We pray for our friends, kindred, and bene

factors; and we remember before Thee with thanksgiving all those departed in the faith; the holy apostles and prophets, the evangelists and pastors; the blessed martyrs and confessors; and all Thy saints who have gone before.

Amen.

Then a Psalm or Hymn is sung, or, when con-
venient, the Anthem.

Then, the Congregation kneeling, the Minister shall say

Let us Pray.

III.

The Thanksgiving.

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T is a good thing to give thanks unto Thee,
O God,

And to sing praises unto Thy name, O Most • High;

To show forth Thy loving-kindness in the morning,

And Thy faithfulness every night.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we Thine unworthy servants do give Thee most humble and hearty thanks for all Thy goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to all men [particularly to those who desire now to offer up their

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