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may thy servant be prepared to give himself up into thy hands with christian patience and fortitude, in joyful expectation of thy mercy unto eternal life. Give him unfeigned repentance for all his sins, and a firm reliance on thy great mercies declared unto mankind by Jesus Christ our Lord. May the hope of thy favor support him in the hour of death; may he leave the world in peace; may he be received into thy heavenly kingdom, and made a partaker of that happiness which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor hath it entered into the heart of man to conceive.]
fit to lay thine afflicting hand. We beseech thee, if it be thy will, to remove the disorder under which he labors, and restore him to health and strength. Suffer not the wishes of his parents to be disappointed, but in thy great mercy spare him to be the comfort and support of their advancing years, and to be useful in the world. But whatever thou hast determined concerning him, thy will, O God, be done. Into thy hands we commit ourselves and all our enjoyments, and we humbly pray that, by all the dispensations of thy providence, we may be trained up for that world where pain, and sorrow, and death shall be known no more. Amen.
O God, command thy blessing upon thy servant, even life evermore, through Jesus Christ our
Lord and Saviour. Amen. FOR A PERSON IN AF
FOR A SICK CHILD.
O GOD, the fountain of all mercy, we offer up our humble prayers unto thee in behalf of the child, on whom thou hast seen
O MERCIFUL God and heavenly Father, who hast taught us in thy holy word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men;
look with pity, we beseech thee, upon the sorrows of thy servant for whom our prayers are desired. Remember him, O Lord, in mercy; sanctify to him thy fatherly correction; endue his soul with patience under his affliction, and with resignation to thy holy will. Comfort him with a sense of thy goodness; lift up the light of thy countenance upon him, and give him peace through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O GOD, gracious and merciful, who bindest up the broken heart, and pitiest the sorrows of those who fear thee, fulfil to thy servant, for whom our prayers are now desired, the promises of thy word. Sanctify to him, we beseech thee, thy correcting hand. Suffer him not to faint under thy rebuke. Let not his faith fail, nor his fortitude be overcome, nor his patience nor his hope depart from him. Enlighten
the darkness which covers him, by the cheering truths of religion. Let the remembrance of thy goodness comfort his heart. Let the conviction of thy wisdom fortify his soul. Enable him to resign unto thee the object of his affections, in the assurance that as thou hast appointed unto all men once to die, so after death will be a joyful resurrection, when they who sleep in Jesus shall awake to everlasting life, and friends shall meet again, to separate more. Amen.
FOR A PERSON AT SEA, OR GOING TO SEA.
O ETERNAL Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea; be pleased to receive into thine almighty and most gracious protection the person of thy servant, for whom our prayers are desired. Preserve him from the dangers of the sea, from sickness, from the violence of enemies, and
from every evil to which FOR THE GENERAL COURT,
he may be exposed. Conduct him in safety to the desired haven, with a grateful sense of thy mercies, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR MALEFACTORS AFTER
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eternal death. Pardon their sins, and save their souls, for the sake of thine infinite goodness, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
MOST gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, for the Legislature of this Commonwealth, at this time assembled, that thou wouldst be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations, to the advancement of thy glory, and the safety, honor, and welfare of thy people; that all things may be so ordered and settled, by their endeavors, upon the best and surest foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety may be established among us for all generations. These and all other necessaries for them, and for us, we humbly beg, in the name of Jesus Christ, our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
O MOST gracious and merciful God, we earnestly beseech thee to look down upon those persons recommended to our prayers, who now lie under the sentence of the law, and are appointed to die. Visit them, O Lord, with thy compassion; make them sensible of the miserable condition to which their wickedness has reduced them, and give them true and unfeigned repentance. O God, in judgment remember mercy, and whatever sufferings they are to endure in this world, deliver them
from the bitter pains of A COLLECT FOR SPRING.
O LORD, the Creator and Preserver of all things, who with unerring wisdom maintainest the
beauty and order of thy works; we look up with joy and confidence unto thy gracious power, which causes the returning seasons to know their place. Bless, we beseech thee, the springing of the year, and enrich the earth with the rain of heaven. May grass grow for the cattle, and herbs and fruits for the service of man. May our pastures be clothed with flocks, our valleys covered with corn, and the year crowned with thy goodness; and may we so improve the various blessings of thy providence in this world, as to be prepared for the unchangeable felicities of thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR SEASONABLE WEATH
O GOD, our heavenly Father, whose gift it is that the earth is fruitful and bringeth forth its increase for our sustenance and comfort; we humbly beseech thee to send us
in this our necessity such seasonable weather, that we may receive the fruits thereof in due time; and grant that we may show forth our thankfulness to thee for all thy mercies, by a sincere obedience to thy holy laws, which thou hast taught us by Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
IN TIME OF GREAT SCARCITY.
O GOD, our heavenly Father, who hast mercifully given us life, and on whom we depend for its support and preservation ; mercifully behold, we beseech thee, the present afflictions of thy people; alleviate the distresses of the miserable, and may the cries of the poor come unto thee; increase the fruits of the earth by thy heavenly benediction; may our scarcity be turned into plenty, and grant that we may improve the bounties of thy providence to thy praise, by relieving the distresses of others, and by thankfully acknowledging thee
the giver of every good and perfect gift, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
IN TIME OF SICKNESS.
ALMIGHTY and most wise God, whose neverfailing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and on earth; we humbly direct our addresses unto thee, in this time of our calamity, beseeching thee in behalf of our fellow creatures and friends, who are suffering under the grievous sickness with which thou art pleased to visit us. May the everlasting arm of thy mercy support them, in this time of their distress. Sanctify this general affliction to the reformation of our manners, and the improvement of our virtue; and cause us to rejoice in the humble hope that every thing shall work together for good. In the midst of life we are in death; of whom may we seek for succor but of thee, O God. Restrain the progress of this disorder,
if it be agreeable to thy blessed will. May those lives which are yet spared be devoted to thy service, and may we, and all thy servants, be prepared for every event of thy providence, that whether we live, we may live unto the Lord, or whether we die we may die unto the Lord, and whether living or dying, may have an interest in thy mercies unto eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
IN TIME OF WAR.
O ALMIGHTY God, to whom it justly belongeth to punish sinful nations, and to be merciful to those who repent; we humbly beseech thee, in this time of our danger, to be the defender of our country. Give us not up into the hands of our enemies; save us from the edge of the sword, and preserve our land from the desolations of war. Have mercy upon us, O God; have mercy upon thy people. Send forth a spirit of