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Grant that all Thy children born again in Baptism, and strengthened by Thy gift in the Laying on of Hands, may walk before Thee in newness of life. Give to all who in true penitence seek it the Absolution and Remission of their sins. Grant that all who are partakers of the blessed Body and Blood of Thy dear Son may receive the Bread of Everlasting Life, and ever live in oneness with Him and He with them. Encourage and strengthen all faithful souls by Thy presence, that they may continue before Thee in Holiness and Righteousness unto their life's end. Amen.

O Father Beloved, who didst send Thy dear Son to preach peace to them that are far off as well as to them that are nigh; Make this place to be a witness for Thee and Thy love. Grant that by the preaching of the Gospel herein many who now know Thee not may hear of Thee, and turning with all their hearts to Thee may be cleansed from sin, and made partakers of all the gifts Thou givest without measure to Thy faithful children. Grant this our prayer for the love of Thy dear Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A General Thanksgiving.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we, Thine unworthy servants, do give Thee most humble and hearty thanks for all Thy goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to all men. We bless Thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for Thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we beseech Thee, give us that due sense of all Thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful; and that we show forth Thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to Thy service, and by walking be

fore Thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

The Grace.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

Here may follow a Hymn and a Sermon.

If there be a celebration of the Holy Communion: The Collect.

O Almighty God, who hast built Thy Church upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the head cornerstone; Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made an holy temple acceptable unto Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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After the Celebration or a Sermon, immediately before the final Blessing:

Let us pray.

O Lord God, who dost vouchsafe to have Thy dwelling upon earth in houses built for the worship of Thy Name though the heavens and earth cannot contain Thee; We beseech Thee that, mindful of the work and labor of all Thy Saints, Thou wouldest visit this place erected to Thy glory [and in honor of N]. Cleanse it, by Thy grace, from all defilements, and ever keep it pure and without spot; And as Thou didst crown the pious desires of David Thy servant in the work of Solomon his son, so do Thou of Thy great goodness fulfil

our mind in driving hence all spiritual wickedness; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with Thee and the Holy Ghost be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

Blessed be Thy Name, O Lord God, that it hath pleased Thee, by Thy good Spirit, to put into the hearts of Thy servants the desire to erect this House to Thy honor and worship. Bless them, O Lord, their families and their substance, and accept the work of their hands; and grant, we beseech Thee, that all who shall enjoy the benefit of this pious work, may show forth their thankfulness by making a right use thereof, to the glory of Thy blessed Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


THE ORDER FOR THE RE-OPENING OF A RESTORED CHURCH The Bishop is received at the entrance of the Restored Church, or of the Churchyard, by the Minister and the Churchwardens, and proceeds with the Clergy, the Churchwardens and others towards the Holy Table, Psalm cxviii. 19-29 being said or sung as follows:

Open me the gates of righteousness: that I may go into them. and give thanks unto the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord: the righteous shall enter into it.

I will thank thee, for thou hast heard me and art become my salvation.

The same stone which the builders refused is become the head-stone in the corner.

This is the Lord's doing and it is marvellous in our eyes.

This is the day which the Lord hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Help me now, O Lord: O Lord, send us now prosperity.

Blessed be he that cometh in the Name of the Lord : we have wished you good luck, ye that are of the house of the Lord.

God is the Lord, who hath showed us light : bind the sacrifice with cords, yea, even unto the horns of the altar.

Thou art my God, and I will thank thee: thou art my God, and I will praise thee.

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious : and his mercy endureth for ever.

Glory be.

Then shall the Bishop, standing in the Chancel, say this prayer, all standing: Let us pray.

We are not worthy, O Lord, to enter into Thy presence, for Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil. But Thou, Lord, art merciful and full of compassion. Grant that Thine eyes may be upon us continually as we enter into this Thine house, and that all our thoughts and words may be hallowed by Thy presence. Let Thy Holy Spirit be within us, and Thy holy angels be with us and about us, that in all our ways we may glorify Thy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Bishop, standing at the Holy Table, and turning to the people, say:

Dearly beloved in the Lord, we are gathered together to-day to render humble and hearty thanks to Almighty God for His goodness in prospering the work of the Restoration of this Church, and to implore the continuance of His favor and blessing upon it.

After this shall be sung, all still kneeling, the following Hymn:

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire.

Then the Bishop shall say:

O most blessed Saviour, who in the days of Thy earthly Ministry, by Thy gracious presence at the Feast of Dedication, didst approve and honor such service as this which we are now offering unto Thee; Be present with us by Thy Holy Spirit; and because holiness becometh Thine House for ever, sanctify us, we pray Thee, that we may be living Temples, holy and acceptable unto Thee; and so dwell in our hearts by faith,

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