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Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Then may be added such Collects and Prayers as the Minister shall think fit. See pages 175-178 of this book.

IV.

A LITANY FOR THE DYING.

See page 107.

XXXII.

VARIOUS PRAYERS

For the Purification of the Church From Error.

O Eternal God and merciful Father, we humbly pray for Thy holy Church throughout the world, that it being purged from false philosophy and vain deceit, we may live and act as befits the members of the mystical Body of Thy Son, and in the end be found acceptable unto Thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

An Intercession for the Church.

We beseech Thee, O Lord, let the strong crying of Thy Church ever be acceptable unto Thee; that receiving forgiveness of sins, it may become devout by the working of Thy grace, and tranquil under the protection of Thy power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Reunion of Christendom.

O Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst unto Thine Apostles, Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; Regard not our sins, but the faith of Thy Church, and grant her that peace and unity which is agreeable to Thy will; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost one God, world without end. Amen.

For Bishops.

O God, who rulest over Thy people with fatherly love, give the spirit of wisdom to all who have received from Thee the authority of government, that the welfare of Thy flock may turn to the everlasting joy of their pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Bishop of the Diocese.

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O God, the Pastor and Ruler of Thy faithful servants, look down in mercy on Thy servant, bishop. Do Thou evermore guide, defend, comfort, sanctify and save him, and grant him by Thy grace so to advance in word and good example, that he may, with the flock committed to him, attain to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In the Vacancy of a See (or Parish).

Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth; Grant, we beseech thee, of Thy loving-kindness, to this Thy flock a Bishop (or Pastor) who shall by holiness of life, wisdom in ruling and faithfulness in teaching, be well-pleasing unto Thee, and by watchfulness and zeal promote Thy glory and the salvation of souls; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Diocese.

We implore Thy blessing on all the parishes and missions of this diocese. Grant to them all things needful for their spiritual welfare. Strengthen and confirm the faithful; visit and relieve the sick; turn and soften the wicked; rouse the careless; recover the fallen; restore the penitent; remove all hindrances to the advancement of Thy truth; bring all to be of one heart and mind within the fold of Thy holy Church, to the honor and glory of Thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, One God, world without end. Amen.

For the Clergy.

O Christ, whose Priesthood never passeth away, let Thy power come to the aid of Thy servants, the Clergy

of this Diocese (Parish), that they may carefully and excellently discharge their ministry according to Thy pleasure; and as they have received their talents to be profitably employed, as the Spirit giveth ability, they may at last lay them on Thy altar with abundant gain, that they may become worthy to hear that voice full of hope, "Enter into the joy that has no end." May they go on, O Lord, from strength to strength; lift them up while they worship Thee; perfect Thy gifts in them, and crown their heads with a diadem, and in their hearts, as in an ark, may Thy grace be stored up; grant them Thine abundant help, and fill their labors with power, that all may be to Thy glory who with the Father and the Holy Ghost art God for ever and ever. Amen.

O God, whose ways are all mercy and truth, carry on Thy gracious work, and bestow, by Thy benefits, what human frailty cannot attain; that they who attend upon the heavenly Mysteries may be grounded in perfect faith, and shine forth conspicuous by the purity of their souls; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Their Success in the Edification of the Faithful.

Grant, O Lord, that they who minister in Thy Name in this Diocese (or Parish) may be enabled so to dispense the mysteries of Thy grace and truth, that many by their ministrations may be built up in our most holy faith, and perfected in the energies of a loving obedience; through Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Their Success Against the Powers of Evil.

O Lord God of Hosts, fill, we beseech Thee, all those whom Thou hast set as pastors over Thy sheep, with righteousness and true holiness, that by their faith and piety they may overcome the wicked one, and save the

Lord's flock from the danger of his assaults; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Those Who Have Ministered To Us in Spiritual Things.

Almighty God, who art the Giver of all good things; We praise Thee for Thy blessing vouchsafed to us by the hands of Thy servants(. . . ) Perfect Thy work in their hearts according to the fulness of Thy love, and grant that we, keeping the grace which we have received through their instrumentality, may give them cause to rejoice with us in its growth; and that, by the manifold fruit of their ministrations, the thanksgivings of many may abound for them in the day of reward; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

For the Increase of Clergy.

O Almighty God, look mercifully upon the world, redeemed by the blood of Thy dear Son, and send forth many more to do the work of the ministry, that perishing souls may be rescued, and Thy glorious triumph may be hastened by the perfecting of Thine elect; through the same Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For a Parish.

Almighty and Everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth; Mercifully hear the supplications of us Thy servants, and grant unto this Parish all things that are needful for its spiritual welfare: schools wherein to bring up the young in Thy faith and fear; ministers to labor in this portion of Thy vineyard; a church perfected according to the beauty of holiness; strengthen and increase the faithful, visit and relieve the sick, turn and soften the wicked, arouse the careless, recover the fallen, restore

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