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For Our Country
ALMIGHTY God, who in the former time didst lead our fathers forth into a wealthy place and set their feet in a large room; Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to us their children, that we may always approve ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning and pure manners. Defend our liberties; preserve our unity. Save us from lawlessness and violence; from discord and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way. Fashion into one .godly people .the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those whom we entrust in thy Name with the authority of governance, to the end that there may be good government at home and peace with all the world. In the time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness; and in the day of trouble suffer not our trust in thee to fail. All which we ask for Jesus Christ's sake. AMEN.
O LORD God of Hosts, stretch forth, we pray thee, thine almighty arm to strengthen and protect the soldiers of our country; support them in the day of battle, and in the time of peace keep them safe from all evil; endue them with courage and loyalty; and grant that in all things they may serve without reproach, as seeing thee who are invisible; through Jesus Christ ,our Lord. AMEN.
O ETERNAL Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea; Vouchsafe to take into thy almighty and most gracious protection our country's Navy, and all who serve therein. Preserve them from the dangers of the sea and from the violence of the enemy; that they may be a safeguard unto the United States of America, and a security for such as pass on the seas upon their lawful occasions; that the inhabitants of our land may in peace and quietness serve thee our God; to the glory of thy Name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
O ETERNAL Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens, and rulest land and sea; Be pleased to receive into thy almighty and most gracious protection, thy servants, the soldiers and sailors of the United States of America. Preserve them from the dangers by which they are encompassed, and from the violence of the enemy; that they may be a safeguard to our ,country, and a security for such as pass by land or sea upon their lawful occasions; that the inhabitants of our land may in peace and quietness serve thee our God; and that these thy servants may return in safety to enjoy the blessings of home, with a thankful remembrance of thy mercies. to praise and glorify thy holy Name;. through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
LOOK in Thy mercy, we beseech Thee, O Lord, on those who are called to tasks of special peril, in the air or beneath the sea. Even there also shall Thy hand lead them, and Thy right hand shall hold them. Help them to do their duty with prudence and with fearlessness, confident that in life or in death the Eternal God is their refuge, and underneath them are the Everlasting Arms. Grant this, for Jesus Christ's sake, Thy Son our Lord. AMEN .
ALMIGHTY God, the Father and Founder of all families, keep in Thy watch care those near and dear to me at home. Defend them from all dangers and adversities. Give them all things useful for their souls and bodies. Grant them such trust in thy loving protection, that they may be free from all anxious fears; and finally when this war is overpast may we, Thy reunited children, be permitted to praise Thee in Thy Holy Church;' through Jesus ,Christ our Lord. AMEN.
O ALMIGHTY Lord, who art a most strong tower to all those that put their trust in thee, to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey: Be now and evermore our defence; prosper the forces of our Country and of our Allies; decide the issues of this war according to righteousness; have mercy on all the wounded, our own and of the enemy; succour the dying; comfort the bereaved; cheer the anxious; uphold the faith of thy servants, and give peace and lasting concord. Hear us, 0 Lord, from heaven thy dwelling-place, and when thou hearest, forgive; through the mediation of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
ALMIGHTY God, who dost look down in fatherly love upon all who suffer; We beseech thee to hear our humble prayers for the wounded and the sick: Give to each one of them thy help, in spirit and in body. according to his need; sanctify him, cheer him, and, if it be thy will, restore him; and in thy redeeming love have mercy on the fallen. All this we ask through the mediation of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
O MERCIFUL God, whose blessed Son went about doing good: Uphold with thy strength and grace those who do service to the wounded and the sick; grant to the ministers of thy gospel faithfulness and love, to the physicians and surgeons wisdom and skill, to the nurses sympathy and patience: and we beseech thee to protect and bless them in all dangers, anxieties, and labours; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
O ALMIGHTY God, God of the spirits of all flesh; We give Thee thanks for all those that have laid down their lives for home and country; And we commend them to thy Fatherly care and protection, beseeching thee that we, with them, may have our portion in the life of the world to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
For the Departed
May the souls of the faithful, through the mercy of God rest in peace.
GRANT. we beseech thee, Almighty God that the souls of these, thy servants, now delivered from the disquietude of this world may be permitted to behold the King in His beauty, who with thee 0 Father, and thee 0 Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. AMEN.
O ALMIGHTY God, with whom do live the spirits of just men made perfect, after they are delivered from their earthly prisons: We humbly commend the souls of these thy servants, our brethren, into thy hands, as into the hands of a faithful Creator and most merciful Saviour; most humbly beseeching thee, that they may be precious in thy sight. Wash them we pray thee, in the blood of that immaculate Lamb, that was slain to take away the sins of the world; that whatsoever defilements they may have contracted in the midst of this miserable and naughty world, through the lusts of the flesh. or the wiles of Satan, being purged and done away, they may be presented pure and without spot before thee; through the merits of Jesus Christ thine only 'Son our Lord. AMEN.
O ALMIGHTY God, the supreme Governor of all things, whose power no creature is able to resist, to whom it belongeth justly to punish sinners, and to be merciful to them that truly repent: Save and deliver us, we humbly beseech thee, from the hands of our enemies; that, we, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore from all perils, to glorify thee, who art the only giver of all victory; through the merits of thy only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
HEAR us, Holy Lord, Father Almighty, everlasting God, and be pleased to send Thy holy angels from heaven to guard, cherish, protect, visit and defend us all through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
O MOST powerful and glorious Lord God. the Lord of hosts, that rulest and commandest all things; Thou sittest in the throne judging right. and therefore we make our address to thy Divine Majesty in this our necessity, that thou wouldest take the cause into thine own hand, and judge between us and Our enemies. Stir up thy strength, O Lord, and come and help us for thou givest not always the battle to the strong, but canst save by many or by few. 0 let not our sins now cry against us for vengeance; but hear us thy poor servants begging mercy. and imploring thy help, and that thou wouldest be a defence unto us against the face of the enemy. Make it appear that thou art our Saviour and mighty Deliverer, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
O ALMIGHTY God, the Sovereign Commander of all the world, in whose hand is power and might, which none is able to withstand; We bless and magnify thy great and glorious Name for this happy Victory, the whole glory whereof we do ascribe to thee, who art the only giver of Victory. And. we beseech thee, give us grace to improve this great mercy to thy glory, the advancement of thy Gospel, the honour of our country, and. as much as in us lieth, to the good of all mankind. And, we beseech thee, give us such a sense of this great mercy, as may engage us to a true thankfulness, such as may appear in our lives by an humble, holy and obedient walking before thee all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom, with thee and the Holy Spirit, as for all thy mercies, so in particular for this Victory and Deliverance, be all glory and honour, world without end. AMEN.
O ALMIGHTY God, the refuge of an them that put their trust in thee: We turn to thee in this time of trouble; direct the course of this world, we humbly beseech thee. in accordance with thy holy will; take away whatsoever hinders the nations from unity and concord; prosper all counsels which make for the restoration of a rightful and abiding peace. And this we ask for thy mercy's sake, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
O LORD God Almighty, overrule we beseech thee, the present evils to the blessed issue, beyond. mere earthly peace, of restored brotherhood among nations, the enlargement of the Redeemer's Kingdom, and the reunion of Christendom in one faith and love. All this we ask, O Heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, thy Son, our Lord. AMEN.
HEAVENLY Father, we beseech Thee to help us in the personal influence, both conscious and. unconscious, which we exert from day to day, May we be a hindrance to no one either by word or example, but by the purity, gentleness and unselfishness of our lives. may' we lead many to serve their fellowmen and glorify Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
O LORD Jesus Christ, who didst endure unto the end, and whose courage never failed in the midst of great dangers: Grant that inspired by Thy example I may trust completely in Thy promise to be with me even unto the world's end, and that so, amidst all dangers I may have a heart inflamed by Thy courage, and a spirit inspired by Thy faith; through Thy mercy, O our God, who art blessed, and dost reign, and govern all things, world without end. AMEN.
O LORD Jesus Christ, who has said, "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work"; Grant us, we beseech Thee, such zeal in Thy service, that we may never be weary in well doing, but may labor steadfastly unto the end; through Thy mercy, O our God, who art blessed, and livest and reignest for ever and ever. AMEN.
Afflictions, for deliverance from and support under, Third Sunday after
Epiphany, Eighth after Trinity, Fifth in Lent.
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