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Graciously look upon our afflictions" With pfty' behold the sorrows of our hearts" Me rcifully forgive the sins of thy people" Favourably' with me rcy' hear our prayers" O Son of David' have me rcy upon us" Both now and eVer' vouchsafe to hear us' O Christ"
Graciously hear us' O Christ" graciously hear us' O Lord Christ'"
O Lord' let thy me rcy be shewed upon us'
LET US PRAY.
We humbly beseech thee' O Father' mercifully to look upon our infirmities" and for the glo ry of thy name' tu rn from us all those evils' that we most ju stly have deserved" and grant' that in all our troubles' we may put our whole trust and confidence in th y me'rcy' and evermore se rve thee' in holiness and pureness of living' to thy honour and glory' through our only Mediator and Advocate' Jesus Christ our Lord=
It must be manifest, I think, to every careful observer, (although it is unnoticed by Sheridan,) that there is here a change as to the person addressed. Most of the petitions in the Litany, are addressed to the second person in the Trinity: to Him who submitted to "baptism, and fasting and temptation;" to "agony and bloody sweat;" to the "cross and passion" for us. This is especially true, of the fervent responsive petitions immediately preceding this concluding prayer. "O Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace," &c. "Graciously hear us, O Christ,n &c. But this prayer, is manifestly addressed to the first person in the Trinity; and this change is distinctly marked by reading the introductory address with the emphasis upon the word thee, as follows, "We humble beseech thee' 0 Father' &c." Whereas, in the common mode of reading it, the important change is passed over without notice, and this most solemn and interesting part of our service is deprived of one of its distinguishing beauties.
PRAYERS AND THANKSGIVINGS UPON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.
Most gracious God' we humbly beseech thee' as for the People of these United States in ge neral' so especially for their Senate andjtepresentatives' in Co ngress assembled" that thou wouldest be pleased to dire ct' and pro sper' all their consultations' to the advancement of thy glory' the good of thy Chu rch' the safety' honour' and welfare of thy people" that all things may be so ordered and settled by their endeavours' upon the be st' and surest foundations" that peace and happiness' truth and justice' religion and piety' may be established among us' for all generations'" These' and all o ther necessaries' for them' for us' and thy whole church' we hu mbly beg' in the name and mediation of Jesus Christ' our most ble ssed Lord and Saviour=
FOR A SICK PERSON.
O Father of mercies' and God of all comfort' our only help in time of need" look down from heaven' we humbly beseech thee" behold' visif and relieve thy sick servant for whom our prayers are desired" Look upon him with the eyes of thy me rcy" comfort him with a sense of thy goo'dness" preserve him from the temptations of the enemy" give him patience under his affliction" and' in thy good time' resto re him to health' and enable him to lead the residue of his life' in thy fear' and to thy glory" Or else' give him grace so to take thy visitation' that after this painful life ended' he may dwell with thee' in life everla sting' through Jesus Christ' our Lord'"
FOR A PERSON GOING TO SEA.
O Eternal God' who alone spreadest out the heavens' and rulest the raging of the sea" we commend to thy Almighty protection' thy servant' for whose preservation on the great deep our prayers are desired'" Guard him we beseech thee' from the da ngers of the sea" from sic'kness" from the violence of enemies' and from e'very evil to which he may be exposed'" Conduct him in safety to the haven where he would be' with a grateful sense of th y mercies' through Jesus Christ' our Lord"
FOR A PERSON UNDER AFFLICTION.
O Merciful God' and heavenly Father' who hast taugh t us' in thy holy Word' that thou dost not willingly afflic't or grieve the children of men" look with pity' we beseech thee' upon the sorrows of thy servant for whom our prayers are desired'" In thy wisdom' thou hast seen fit to visit him with trouble' and to bring distress upon him'" Remember him O Lord' in mercy' sane tify thy fatherly correction to him" endue his soul with patience under his affliction' and with resignation to thy blessed will" comfort him with a sense of thy goo'dness" lift up thy countenance upon him' and give him pea ce through Jesus Christ' our Lord'"
FOR MEETINGS OF CONVENTION.
Almighty and everlasting God' who' by thy Holy Spirit' didst preside in the councils of the blessed Apostles' and hast promised' through thy Son' Jesus Christ' to be with thy Church' to the e nd of the world" we beseech thee' to be present with the council of thy Church' here assembled in thy name and presence'" Save them from all error' ignorance' pride'