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WEDNESDAY EVENING.

ALMIGHTY God! who shewest to them that be in error the light of Thy truth, to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness, absolve us, we beseech Thee, for the sake of Thy Son, from our continual and manifold offences, and thoroughly cleanse our hearts, in order that we may thankfully accept the means of grace, and gladly acknowledge the hope of glory. Suffer us not to deceive our own souls, and remain satisfied with the form of godliness without its power; overcome rather the pride and stubbornness of our tempers; enable us to realize our faith, and day by day to make more and more practical our dependence upon Thee for every good and perfect gift. Enlighten our understandings, O Father of glory! that we be not aliens from Thee, without God in the world, having no hope ; but rather obtain fellowship in the mystery now revealed by Thine Apostles and Prophets, and through the effectual working of Thy power become partakers of Thy promise in Christ. Grant us calmness of mind, and steadiness of purpose, that we strive in all things to approve ourselves His disciples. Teach us under Thy blessing to do all we can every hour towards our own amendment, and carefully to avoid saying or doing whatever might be to ourselves or to others an occasion of evil. Make us kindly to all with whom we may have any intercourse, and ever watchful for the good and comfort of those more immediately around us. Make us earnestly thanktul for the many blessings we receive at Thy hands, for all the comforts and conveniences we are enjoying ; and so rule our hearts, that our daily prayers unto Thee may be in the spirit fervent and sincere. Have mercy on Thy Church, and grant that all they that do confess Thy holy Name may agree in the truth of Thy holy word, and live in unity and godly love. Prosper our King and all those in authority under him. Enlighten all Thy ministers, and more particularly the Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, of our own Church, with a true knowledge and understanding of Thy word; and further amid all nations the knowledge of Thy salvation. And we most humbly beseech Thee of Thy goodness, O Lord, to com. fort and succour all them who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. And we also bless Thy holy Name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear, beseeching Thee to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of Thy heavenly kingdom, through Jesus Christ our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

THURSDAY EVENING.

ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, unto whom we have access through Jesus Christ, for his sake pardon our many offences, and so rule our hearts, that each of us sincerely repent all our sins, negligence, and ignorance,

and stedfastly purpose to lead a new life ; that each of us have a lively faith in Thy mercy through Christ, with a most thankful remembrance of His death, and be in charity with all men. Teach us to offer up unto Thee our praises and prayers with earnestness and sincerity, well knowing that we are now in Thy more immediate

presence, that Thou hearest every word and readest every thought. And since it is Thou alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men, grant that we may love the things which Thou commandest, and desire that which Thou dost promise ; that in all time of our tribulation, in all time of our wealth, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found. May it please Thee to forgive whatever of evil in thought, word, or deed the past day witnesseth against us, for the sake of Him who died to afford us the means of grace. Suffer us not to tempt ourselves at all, or to be tempted above what it shall please Thee to enable us to bear. Teach us in all our undertakings to remember Thy continual providence, and in singleness of heart to count upon Thy furtherance and support through Jesus Christ, in whom we can do all things by faith. Give us ears to hear and eyes to see, that we commit all our works unto Thee, to the end that our thoughts be established. Keep us ever mindful, that riches profit not in the day of wrath ; and let not that way seem right unto us, whereof the end is death. May we deeply feel, that all the blessings we enjoy, whether the more immediate gifts of nature, of labour, or of situation, proceed alike from Thy free bounty. Grant us such a knowledge of Thy great and manifold mercies bestowed upon us, as may engage us to a true thankful.

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And Thou, O God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we can not always stand upright, support us in all difficulty ; carry us through all temptation ; and enable us to serve Thee with a quiet and contented mind, for the sake of Thine only Son, in whose holy words, and through whose intercession, we further call upon Thee, saying,

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FRIDAY EVENING.

ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men, we acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness which we from time to time most grievously have committed by thought, word, and deed against 'Thy divine Majesty. We beseech Thee to grant us earnest and timely repentance, the grace to feel how often we offend against Thee, the wisdom to understand the means of amendment, and the heart to adopt them all in singleness of purpose and deep humility. Teach us in all our doings to use this world as not abusing it, and to set our affections on things above. And in order that Satan may neither deceive us by lies nor by the truth, that he may not find place in our weakness or in our pride, deliver us from our own conceits, and let Thy word dwell in us richly. Keep us from all wilful sin against our knowledge of the truth. Enable us, who are not our own, but bought with a price, to learn in truth how for us our Redeemer liveth, and to hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering. Instruct and strengthen us by Thy Holy Spirit in the examination of our secret thoughts, and the private works of our hands; and when

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