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fully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavour ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
For the Light of the Holy Spirit.
God, who didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort, through the merits of Christ Jesus, our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
For the Enlightening of the Church.
MERCIFUL LORD, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church, that it being enlightened by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostles and Evangelists may so walk in the light of thy truth, that it may at length attain to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
e Second Sunday after Easter. f Whitsunday
For the right Use of the Holy Scriptures.
BLESSED LORD, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience, and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
For the Success of Christ's Ministers.
O LORD Jesu Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee; Grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom
& St. John the Evangelist.
of the just, that at thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
For the Acceptance of our Prayers in the
House of God. O Most glorious Lord God, receive the prayers and intercessions of us, and of all others thy servants, who, entering into thy house, shall call upon thee this day : and give to all of us grace, that we may prepare our hearts to serve thee with reverence and godly fear. Affect us with an awful apprehension of thy heavenly Majesty, and with a deep sense of our own unworthiness : that so, approaching thy sanctuary with lowliness and devotion, and appearing before thee with clean thoughts and pure hearts, with bodies undefiled, and minds sanctified, we may be living temples, holy and acceptable in thy sight, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
i Third Sunday in Advent.
Thanksgiving for Regeneration and
Adoption into the Church.
WE yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate us, thy servants, with thy Holy Spirit, to receive us for thine own children by adoption, and to incorporate us into thy holy Church. And humbly we beseech thee to grant, that we, being dead unto sin, and living unto righteousness, and being buried with Christ in his death, may crucify the old man, and utterly abolish the whole body of sin ; and that, as we are made partakers of the death of thy Son, we may also be partakers of his resurrection ; so that finally, with the residue of thy holy Church, we may be inheritors of thine everlasting kingdom ; through Christ,
Christ, our Lord. Amen."
i From the service for the consecration of churches.
Baptism of infants.
[Thanksgiving for the Redemption of the
World, to be said when the Holy Communion is about to be administered.
We give most humble and hearty thanks to thee, O God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, for the redemption of the world by the death and passion of our Saviour Christ, both God and Man; who did humble himself, even to the death upon the cross, for us, miserable sinners, who lay in darkness and the shadow of death; that he might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. And to the end that we should alway remember the exceeding great love of our Master, and only Saviour, Jesus Christ, thus dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which by his
precious blood-shedding he hath obtained to us; he hath instituted and ordained holy mysteries, as pledges of his love, and for a continual remembrance of his death, to our great and endless comfort. To him therefore, with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, we give (as we are most bounden) continual thanks ; submitting ourselves