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¶ The EVENING PRAYER is to be read the same as MORNING PRAYER, to the Answer "The Lords Name be praised," preceding the Psalms; then shall be said or sung the Psalms in Order as are appointed, with the Doxology, as in the Morning Service; then the Lesson from the Old Testament; after which this HYMN:
St. Luke 1, 46.
doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
¶ Or else this. Psal. 98.
unto the Lord a new song: for he hath done marvellous things.
¶ Then a Lesson of the New Testament, as it is appointed: And after that shall be sung or said this Hymn.
St. Luke 2. 29.
now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace: according to thy word.
¶ Or else this. Psal. 67.
GOd be merciful unto us,
and bless us: and shew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful
¶ Then shall be said the Apostles Creed by the Minster and the People, standing.
I Believe in God the Father
Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
¶ And after that, the Prayers following, all devoutly kneeling; the Minister first pronouncing,
The Lord be with you:
C O L L E C T S.
from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works, do
proceed; Give unto thy servants that peace, which the world cannot give;
that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that
by thee we being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time
in rest and quietness, through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
¶ These four Prayers following, are always to be used in the Evening Service, and at other Times when the Litany is not said.
¶ A Prayer for the Congress.
MOst gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, as for these United States in general, so especially for their Delegates in Congress: that thou wouldest be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations to the advancement of thy Glory, the good of thy Church, the safety, honour, and welfare of thy people; that all things may be so ordered and settled by their endeavours, upon the best and surest foundations, that peace and happiness; truth and justice, religion and piety may be established among us for all generations. These and all other necessaries for them, for us, and thy whole Church, we humbly beg in the Name and mediation of Jesus Christ our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
¶ A Prayer for our Civil Rulers.
O Lord our heavenly Father, the high and mighty Ruler of the Universe, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers, upon earth; most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to behold all in authority, legislative, judicial and executive, in these United States; and so replenish them with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that they may always incline to thy will, and walk in thy way: Endue them plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant them in health and wealth long to live; and finally, after this life, to attain everlasting joy and felicity, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
¶ A Prayer for the Clergy and People.
ALmighty and everlasting God, send down upon all Bishops and other Pastors, and the Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing: Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator Jesus Christ. Amen.
¶ A Prayer for all Conditions of Men.
O God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men, that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More especially we pray for thy holy Church universal; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians, may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally we commend to thy Fatherly goodness, all those who are any way afflicted or distressed in mind, body, or estate; [* especially those for whom our prayers are desired] that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them, according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions: And this we beg for Jesus Christs sake. Amen.
¶ Then the General Thanksgiving and Prayer of St. Chrysostom and the blessing, as in the Morning Service.
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