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Then shall the Minister read the SECOND LESSON, from the New Testament; and at the end of it he shall say, Here endeth the Second Lesson. Then shall be sung, or else said by the Minister and People, alternately, the song of Simeon, as followeth.

Nunc dimittis. ST. LUKE II. 29.

LORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word;

For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

To be a light to lighten the Gentiles; and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

¶ Or else this Psalm.

Deus misereatur. PSALM LXVII.

GOD be merciful unto us, and bless us; and show us the light of his countenance, and

be merciful unto us;

That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.

Let the people praise thee, O God; yea, let all the people praise thee.

O let the nations rejoice and be glad; for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.

Let the people praise thee, O God; yea, let all the people praise thee.

Then shall the earth bring forth her increase;

and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.

God shall bless us, and all the ends of the world shall fear him.

¶ Then shall be said these Prayers following, the Minister first saying,

Min. The Lord be with you;
Answ. And with thy spirit.
Min. Let us pray.

O Lord, show thy mercy upon us;

Answ. And grant us thy salvation.

Min. O God, make clean our hearts within us; Answ. And take not thy holy Spirit from us.

¶ Then shall be said the COLLECT FOR THE DAY; and then the Service shall proceed as followeth.


GOD, 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, being defended by thee from the fear of our enemies, we may pass our time in rest and quietness, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.


LIGHTEN our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord, and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night, for the love of thy Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.


LORD, our Heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon the earth; most heartily we beseech thee with thy favor to behold the President, Vice-President, and Congress of the 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, that in all their deliberations they may be enabled to promote the national prosperity, and to secure the peace, liberty, and safety of the United States throughout all generations. This we humbly ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift; send down upon all ministers of the Gospel, and upon 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 Heavenly Father, for thine infinite mercy's sake in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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 the good estate of thy holy Church; 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 ways afflicted or distressed in mind, body, or estate; 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 humbly ask as disciples of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶If any desire the Prayers of the Congregation, the Notes are to be read here, by the Minister, followed by the appropriate Prayers or Thanksgivings.


ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and lovingkindness 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

may show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ our Lord; in whose name we ascribe unto thee all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.


ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us grace, at

this time, with one accord, to make our common supplications unto thee, and hast promised by thy beloved Son, that, where two or three are gathered together in his name, thou wilt grant their requests; fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them, granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.


HE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.



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