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4l> Prayers 'for tht V A S T-d A. Sr' s,

thy glorious Name, saying with, the Angels, Holy, Holy, Holy, & the HLordOofrof Host, "Heaven /arid Earth are full of thy Glory ; thj Majesty rs inapprehensible; thy Greatness is infinitely above our Thoughts and oar Praises: But thy Goodness is beyond all thy Works \. and we come this Day to osier np to Thee our Thanksgivings for all thy Favours which Tbou hast bestowed upon us, even to this.jire-' sent Time.'

0 Lord, we are loaded with thy Benefits, and the Testimonies of thy Bounty offer themselves to us from all Parts. Thou hast given us Life, Motion, and Being •, and thy liberal Hand does abundantly furnish us wkh all Things neceflary to pass this Life in Peace and Tranquillity. Thou hast blessed, protected, and preserved us till now: Whilst Thou vifitest so many other People with thy ScourgeSjThou, dost keep us in Peace, Plenty, and Liberty.

But chiefly, we praise Thee for all thy Spiritual Blessings in Jesus' Christ. Thou hast redeemed Mankind by the Blood of thy Son, and Thou hast made us to be of the Number of those who know Thee, and whom Thou dost call to be glorified with Thee in Heaven.

Thou hast preserved the Candlestick of thy Word in the midst of us: Thou hast protected our Churches: Thou hast removed Persecution front them":"Thou hast provided, and dost daily provide for their Edification more and more.

Thou hast given to all of us in general, and to each of us in particular, the Means of attaining Salvation. Thou hast prevented us by thy Word, by thp^Voice of thy servants, by^the Motions. #f*hy Spirit, awTby'tft: fcotmftfaF. Asiistande of thy Grade. .{T-fioi* h£st supported us notwithstanding our Sins. Thou hast not "cut us oss during the Course of our Iniquities ^ and even now we are waiting upon Thee, and Thou art still dlspoVd to bless us., 'i

Bur, O God, we have abused thy Favours: Instead of making good use of thy Temporal Mercies, we have taken Occasion froojkthence to offend Thee, and to cleave to the World. We have n<$ served Thee whilst Thou hast been bestowing ^great Mercies upoir~ris> We are corrupted, we have forsaken Thee, we.have dishonoured Ojkl rJfoVpt'dj Thee to 'jc^fbusie, Thou, O God, who art therRock of onrf Salyitronv . We Havt not walked in the Light of thy Holy'Gospel, whlfflr enlightens us, nor lived after a manner worthy of our location- . We have finned .against Thee, against our Neighbours, and against our selves, hy our Actions, by our Words, and by our Thoughts,, Our ^Vjcfcecf nesses, 0 Lord, our Wickednesses are multipiy'd^'ajidopr. hiiqu!r;ex'-;are reached eyetipDto the .Heavens"

1 Tord;^e ac'kuowicdgSe the Multitude and'the Greatness of.oflr Ini-. quitKfs. ^cithtr; we, rior: ffie chfefest'aniOng us,'nor,:the'Pn'ests, nor' the Pcojrte, haye" performed thy "Law: We have not listened to thy Commsndments, nor tothc Warnings whichThou bast given us byPrayefs for the Fas T-d K fT»; A j


thy'Spiffs, and by the Ministry of thy Servants, dating 0* I .of thy Forbearance: Since the Days of our Father;, erea Wtttltvm D'i ftaie greatly offended Thee.

O Lord, the Sins which are committed amongst: as, hare t lo«g time provoked Thee to Wrath: Impiety, want of Devotion, Hypoct»die, vain Swearing, Blasphemies, Prophanation of thy Holy b&tlt^ of thy holy Service, and of thy holy Laws-, Injustice, Theft, V\o%ntjs Fraud, Hatreds, Diviiions, Envy, Backbiting, Slandering, Sensuality, Drunkenness, Gluttony, Fornication, Adultery,Pride, Excess la Apparel, Covetousness, Love of the World, Sins secret and open ^ Sins of the Great Ones, and of the Common People• , all these Sim, O God, the just Judge, all these Sins have defiled this Country and its Inhabitants, and do enkindle thy Wrath and Indignation.

And now? what (hall we say after such Things as these; for Vf© have forsaken thy Commandments, and rebelled against Thee. 0 Lord, Thou art Righteous, and we are wicked. To Thee belongs Righteousness, but to us Confusion of Face. Thou mayest justly cast .us off, and destroy us. For all these Things we condemn our selves, and do take upon us this Day Sackcloth and Ashes, having humble Recourse to the Greatness of thy Mercies.

0 God, whodefirest not the Death of a Sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live: Thou who defpisest not the Prayers and GrOans of those that call upon Thee, hear the Prayers of thy Elect and of thy Children. Hear the poor Sinners that confess their Faults. Be gracious to those that are penitent, for the Love of thy well-beloved' Son \ for the sake of his Sacrifice, and of what he surfer'd for uSr Have Pity upon hardend Sinners, and give them Time and Means to repent. - Be favourable, O God, be favourable to thy People, who turn to Thee with Tears, Fasting, and Prayers. Be merciful to us, good God, for Thou art a God full of Compassion, LongSuffering, and great Mercy. Turn us, and we shall be turned: Regenerate us to a New Life, to the end that Thou mayest continue to take Pleasure in us, and that our Prayers and our Persons may be acceptable to Thee.

Accept, O Almighty God, accept this Day the Sacrifice of our Thanksgivings for all thy Goodness. Lord, we praise Thee, we bless Thee, we glorifie Thee, we rejoice in Thee, we give Thee Thanks, aud we continually magnifie thy holy Name.

Come let us praise the Lord, for He is good, and his Mei'cy endnreth for ever. Let the Lord be praised from Day to Day:, the Lord who is our Help, and wh6 'pours forth his Benefits ilpon us! He is ourGOd, and the God of our Salvation. Blefled be the Lord, who daily heaps upon us his good Things! And blefled for ever be the Name of his Glory, and let each of us say, Amen. .

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44 Prayers for the' F A s'TrD.A X si

. Here is to he added thr Tracer that is said on the Week-Days teforr the Sermon: O Lord,, since we are here met in thy Name, to hear Thy Word, which Thou hast given us, &c. and the Lord's*'Prayer: And after the Sermon, this Prayer- n .

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O Almighty God, we cast our selves down before Thee, to- comtinue to offer up to Thee our Supplications this Day of Fasting and Humiliation.

And since we are here assembled to pray to Thee, not only for our selves, but also for all sorts of Persons, and particularly for thy Church :. We pray Thee^O God, who art the Creator and Father of Mankinds for all Men, and for all People in general\ that Thou wouldest be pleased co make known thy Ways unto them, and mar nisest thy Salvation to all the Nations.

We pray Thee for the Prosperity of the Catholick Church, guide it by thy Word, and by thy Spirit, and let not the Gates of Hell ever prevail against it. Bless the Profestant Churches •, preserve them; defend them against their Enemies \ unite them by the Bands of Peace•, sanctifie them: Stop the Course of Error, of Divifions, of Corruption and Scandals that reign among those whom Thou hast ho-, noured with thy Knowledge, and restore every where Truth, Piety, and Peace. Bless the Churches of England, Hollands Germany, Hungary, Piemont, and all other Places where thy Name k. called upon in Purity. Keep those that are in being, support those that are persecuted, and re-establish them in thy Favour.

Bless the Churches of Switzerland, our dear Country, which are all assembled this Day before Thee. Hear the Prayers which, they offerup to Thee, and let these Churches ever be the Objects; of thy Protection. Grant thy Blessing to the Churches of this Country\ pre-serve them from Error and Vice^ remove from them Ignorance and. Scandals •, and grant that Piety, Order, and- Peace may always flourish among them. Above all, we implore with most ardent Prayers, thy Blessing upon this Flock. O Lord, pardon our Sins, and be merciful to this Church. Make the Knowledge and Fear of thy, great Name, to reign therein, and? bless whatever is undertaken for ut$: Edification. Bless the Families and those Persons of which they are composed • , Parents and Children,. Husbands and Wives, Masters and Servants*, Young and Old, Great and Small, Rich and Poor- -_, - ..

We recommend to thy Goodness, all the Pastors- who, in whatsoever. Place they be, are appointed for the Gaidande;6f thy ^locksy O Lord, send good. Labourers i-nto tby Harvest! Sa^ctiHeafid fill .ar bundantly with thy Gifts, those wJho-exercise the ,Hojy Ministry, as alfa those Who devote themselves thereto.. Cloath thy Ministers wit&. Righteousness.. Gr^nt a happy the pious Designs an4-holy Labours of all Thy true Servants that seek thy Glory and the "Edification of thy Church. Particularly bless the Pastors of this Country


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