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EVERY MORNING AND EVENING IN THE WEEK,
FOR DAYS OF HUMILIATION, AND FOR
MATTHEW vi. 6. “ Enter into thy closet, and when thou hast
shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly."
MORNING PRAYER FOR MONDAY.
Psalm civ. 22, 23. The sun ariseth : man goeth forth unto his work, and to his labour, until the evening
HEAVENLY FATHER, ON
my bended knees, and with a heart truly thankful for thy great loving-kindness, I now bless thee, that thou hast again opened mine eyes to behold the light of day. Accept my sincere gratitude for health of body and peace of mind; for the watchful care that has been exercised over me during the hours of sleep; and for the prospect which is again set before me of running my Christian race during the day that is begun.
How manifold, O Lord, have been thy lovingkindnesses towards me ! I bless thee, that thou hast been pleased to give me a place among thine intelligent and rational offspring ; that thou hast
endowed me with an immortal spirit; and hast bid me aspire after all virtue and all praise, with the hope of reaping, if I am faithful to my trust, everlasting happiness in the life which is to come. I bless thee also, that thou hast cast my
lot in a Christian land, and hast made me see the brightness of those latter days, which many patriarchs and righteous men saw afar off and were glad. Forbid, O heavenly Father, that I should ever be insensible of so great a blessing, or that, in any thing which I may do during this fleeting life, I may walk unworthy of my Christian vocation.
Accept my fervent gratitude for the many mercies by which my early years were distinguished; for the good example which I early enjoyed; for the good instructions by which my mind was formed; for the blessing of an enlightened and Christian education ; and for every mean which in thy providence has been employed for preparing me for the duties of this life, and for training me up to a meetness for thy heavenly kingdom.
What shall I render unto thee, O Lord, for all thy mercies? my goodness cannot reach unto thee; I feel, that, instead of having done my duty, I have