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M. O Son of God, Redeemer of the world ;
M. O Lamb of God that takest away the sin of the world;
C. Have mercy upon us.
M. O Lamb of God that takest away the sin of the world;
c. Grant us Thy peace.
O God, merciful Father, who despisest not the sighing of the contrite, nor rejectest the desire of the sorrowful: be favorable to our prayers which in our afflictions that continually oppress us, we pour out before Thee; and graciously hear them, that those things which the craft of the devil or man worketh against us, may be brought to nought, and by the counsel of Thy goodness be dispersed; so that being hurt by no persecutions, we may evermore give thanks unto Thee in Thy holy Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, from whom all holy desires, all gcod coungels, and all just works do proceed; give unto Thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that our hearts may be set to obey Thy commandments, and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may by Thy protection pass our time in peace and quietness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYERS AND THANKSGIVINGS
For the Opening of a Synod or Classis. ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who by Thy Holy Spirit didst preside in the first Synod of the Apostles and Elders at Jerusalem, and hast promised to be with Thy Church alway even unto the end of the world; vouchsafe, we pray Thee, unto us Thy servants, here assembled, Thy gracious presence and benediction. Deliver us from all error, pride and prejudice. Enlighten us with wisdom from above. Fill our hearts with the spirit of unity and peace; and so order and govern us in all our doings, that the kingdom of Satan may be broken down, Thy people comforted and established in their most holy faith, and the pure Gospel truly preached and truly followed; until at length all Thy dispersed sheep shall be gathered into the one sold of the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord : to whom be glory forever. Amen
For the Catechumens.
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who dost, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, accept the intercessions of Thy people; remember in Thy great mercy, we beseech Thee, the Catechumens in this congregation and throughout Thy whole Church. By Thy Holy Spirit inwardly enlighten and instruct them in the knowledge of Thee and divine things; open the ears of their hearts to be occupied with Thy law day and night; strengthen and confirm them in religion ; unite them more closely with Thyself and Thy flock; deliver them from all iniquity, and give no place to the Adversary to get advantage against them. Cleanse them from all pollution of flesh and spirit, and let he indwelling of Thy grace be evermore their strength and safety. Prepare them for the full communion of Thy Church here, and for Thy presence and glory in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Opening of the Year. ALMIGHTY and eternal God, with whom one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day; we bring Thee thanks and praise for Thy blessings, inore than we can number, with which Thou hast crowi ed our lives during the year now past; and since Thy mercies are ever new, let the year which has now begun, be to us a year of grace and salvation. Have pity upon us in our misery, whose days are as
Deliver us from the vanity of our old fallen nature; and establish us in the fellowship of that life which is the same yesterday and to-day
and forever. Graciously protect and conduct us through the uncertainties of this new year of our earthly pilgrimage. Prepare us for its duties and trials, its joys and sorrows. Help us to watch and pray, and to be always ready like men that wait for their Lord; and grant that every change, whether it be of prosperity or adversity, of life or of death, may bring us nearer to Thee and to that great eternal year of joy and rest, which, after the years of this vain earthly life, awaits the faithful in Thy blissful presence; where we shall unite, from everlasting to everlasting, with angels and saints, in ascribing blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, unto Him who sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever. Amen.
In Time of Dearth. O God, heavenly Father, whose gift it is that the rain doth fall, and the earth bring forth her increase; behold, we beseech Thee, the afflictions of Thy people. Visit the earth with Thy heavenly benediction; and grant that the scarcity and dearth, which we now most justly suffer for our sins, may, through Thy goodness, be mercifully turned into plenty; that we, receiving thy bountiful liberality, may use the same to Thy glory, the relief of those that are needy, and our own comfort: for the love of Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.
In Time of Pestilence. Holy Lord God Almighty, who of old didst stay the angel of pestilence at the cry of Thy repenting
children, and bring back health to a dying people; hear us, Thy suppliants, returning unto Thee, as in sackcloth, dust, and ashes, and mercifully lift from us the heavy hand of Thy righteous visitation ; that the peuple may live before Thee, and not die in their sins, and that the land may no longer mourn by reason of Thy judgments, O Lord, who for our iniquities art justly displeased. We humbly ask it for Christ's sake. Amen.
In Time of War. O ALMIGHTY God, Supreme Ruler and Governor of all things, who art a strong tower of defence to them that fear Thee, and whose power no creatureis able to resist; unto Thee do we make our humble cry in this the hour of our country's need. To Thee it belongeth justly to punish sinners and to be merciful to those who repent. Save and deliver us, we humbly beseech Thee, from the hands of our enemies; abate their pride, assuage their malice, and confound their devices; that we, being armed with Thy defence, may be
preserved evermore from all perils, to glorify Thee, who art the only Giver of all victory; through the merits of Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Conversion of the Jews. ALMIGHTY God, the God of Abraham, of Isaac s.r.o of Jacob, who didst first send Thy Son to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, and hast not shut out from Thy mercy even the most hardened offenders; hear our prayers for Thine ancient people in their dispersion and blindness, that, the veil being taken