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When more than 23 weeks after Trinity Week occur in any year, the Lessons for the four weeks here given may be employed. The Second Lessons can be taken from the arrangements for the weeks after Epiphany, which have not been used.
PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILY,
Family worship should be observed daily in every household, when she following prayers may be used in connection with the reading of a portion of Scripture. It is recommended that the Scriptures be read as directed by the Calendar, or "Order of Scripture readings for the Family.”
On Sundays, after reading the Scriptures, the Family shall rise and join in saying the Creed.
Then shall be said, all kneeling, first the Sunday Collect for the week, next the Prayer for the particular day of the week, and lastly the Lord's Prayer, in which all shall join audibly.
O LORD, merciful and gracious Father, we, Thy children, adopted in Jesus Christ, gather around the mercy-seat with humble and childlike trust in Thee. As Thou makest the outgoings of the morning to rejoice, so do Thou make glad our hearts on this day of sacred rest. Thou, O Lord, art the true and only rest of the soul, and our hearts cannot rest until they rest in Thee. Grant us this day, not only the rest of the body, but also some foretaste of that peace and joy which shall refresh us, when we, after the labors of this life, shall awake in Thy likeness, and be nunbered with Thy saints in glory everlasting.
O Thou who hast made Thy Church Thy dwelling. place, and chosen it as Thy rest forever, and hast taught us in Thy word not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together; regard in special mercy, we beseech Thee, all those who meet to-day in Thy holy courts. Manifest Thyself unto them as Thou dost not unto the world. Bless unto them and us all Thine ordinances; and may our worship in the Church on earth prepare us more fully for the blessed worship of the Church in heaven.
O adorable Saviour, Head of Thy Church, who hast all power in heaven and in earth, and who dost send forth Thy servants in Thy name, to publish salvation and make disciples to Thyself; sustain the Pastors of Thy flocks at home, and in heathen lands. Give them the anointing of the Holy Ghost in their ministrations, that they may feed the flock that waiteth around Thee; comforting the distressed; instructing the ignorant; warning the careless; confirming the doubting; suiting and satisfying the wants of all from the rich treasury of Thy grace.
Be pleased, O God of compassion, whose tender mercies are over all Thy works, to remember this day all ranks and conditions of men. Succor the needy and oppressed; protect and cheer widows and orphans; restore the sick; prepare the dying for death; sanctify the merciful chastisements of Thy hand unto all who are enduring them; and grant that their afflictions may lead them to the exercise of that godly sorrow which worketh repentance unto life, and thus bring unto them, in the life to come, a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, through the suffering,