A Western Rite Orthodox Daily Office for 12/13/2019

(1928 BCP, 1892 Psalter, elements from Anglican Breviary)010260x

Morning Prayer for Friday after the Second Sunday in Advent

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Opening Sentence

Opening Versicles & Invitatory

℣. O Lord, open thou our lips.
℟. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
℣. O God, make speed to save us.
℟. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

℣. Praise ye the Lord.
℟. The Lord's Name be praised.

Venite, exaltemus Domino Psalm 95:1-7; 96:9, 13

The Lord, the King that is to come, O come, Let us worship.

O COME, let us sing unto the Lord; * let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving * and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

The Lord, the King that is to come, O come, Let us worship.

For the Lord is a great God, * and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are all the corners of the earth, * and the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it, * and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship.

O come, let us worship and fall down * and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is the Lord our God, * and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.

The Lord, the King that is to come, O come, Let us worship.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; * let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth, * and with righteousness to judge the world and the peoples with his truth.

O come, let us worship.

GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Lord, the King that is to come, O come, Let us worship.

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

But let the righteous be glad † and rejoice before God; let them also be merry and joyful .

PSALM 68. Exsurgat Deus

  LET God arise, and let his enemies be scattered:
let them also that hate him flee before him.
2   Like as the smoke vanisheth, so shalt thou drive them away:
and like as wax melteth at the fire, so let the ungodly perish at the presence of God.
3   But let the righteous be glad, and rejoice before God:
let them also be merry and joyful.
4   O sing unto God, and sing praises unto his Name:
magnify him that rideth upon the heavens, as it were upon an horse; praise him in his Name JAH, and rejoice before him.
5   He is a Father of the fatherless, and defendeth the cause of the widows:
even God in his holy habitation.
6   He is the God that maketh men to be of one mind in an house, and bringeth the prisoners out of captivity:
but letteth the runagates continue in scarceness.
7   O God, when thou wentest forth before the people:
when thou wentest through the wilderness,
8   The earth shook, and the heavens dropped at the presence of God:
even as Sinai also was moved at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel.
9   Thou, O God, sentest a gracious rain upon thine inheritance:
and refreshedst it when it was weary.
10   Thy congregation shall dwell therein:
for thou, O God, hast of thy goodness prepared for the poor.
11   The Lord gave the word:
great was the company of the preachers.
12   Kings with their armies did flee, and were discomfited:
and they of the household divided the spoil.
13   Though ye have lain among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove:
that is covered with silver wings, and her feathers like gold.
14   When the Almighty scattered kings for their sake:
then were they as white as snow in Salmon.
15   As the hill of Basan, so is God's hill:
even an high hill, as the hill of Basan.
16   Why hop ye so, ye high hills? this is God's hill, in the which it pleaseth him to dwell:
yea, the LORD will abide in it for ever.
17   The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels:
and the Lord is among them as in the holy place of Sinai.
18   Thou art gone up on high, thou hast led captivity captive, and received gifts for men:
yea, even for thine enemies, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
19   Praised be the Lord daily:
even the God who helpeth us, and poureth his benefits upon us.
20   He is our God, even the God of whom cometh salvation:
God is the Lord, by whom we escape death.
21   God shall wound the head of his enemies:
and the hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his wickedness.
22   The Lord hath said, I will bring my people again, as I did from Basan:
mine own will I bring again, as I did sometime from the deep of the sea.
23   That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies:
and that the tongue of thy dogs may be red through the same.
24   It is well seen, O God, how thou goest:
how thou, my God and King, goest in the sanctuary.
25   The singers go before, the minstrels follow after:
in the midst are the damsels playing with the timbrels.
26   Give thanks, O Israel, unto God the Lord in the congregations:
from the ground of the heart.
27   There is little Benjamin their ruler, and the princes of Judah their council:
the princes of Zabulon, and the princes of Nephthali.
28   Thy God hath sent forth strength for thee:
stablish the thing, O God, that thou hast wrought in us,
29   For thy temple's sake at Jerusalem:
so shall kings bring presents unto thee.
30   When the company of the spearmen and multitude of the mighty are scattered abroad among the beasts of the people, so that they humbly bring pieces of silver:
and when he hath scattered the people that delight in war;
31   Then shall the princes come out of Egypt:
the Morians' land shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.
32   Sing unto God, O ye kingdoms of the earth:
O sing praises unto the Lord;
33   Who sitteth in the heavens over all, from the beginning:
lo, he doth send out his voice; yea, and that a mighty voice.
34   Ascribe ye the power to God over Israel:
his worship and strength is in the clouds.
35   O God, wonderful art thou in thy holy places:
even the God of Israel, he will give strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

But let the righteous be glad † and rejoice before God; let them also be merry and joyful .

But it is good for me † to hold me fast by God, to put my trust in the LORD God.

PSALM 73. Quam bonus Israel!
TRULY God is loving unto Israel:
even unto such as are of a clean heart.
2   Nevertheless, my feet were almost gone:
my treadings had well-nigh slipt.
3   And why? I was grieved at the wicked:
I do also see the ungodly in such prosperity.
4   For they are in no peril of death:
but are lusty and strong.
5   They come in no misfortune like other folk:
neither are they plagued like other men.
6   And this is the cause that they are so holden with pride:
and overwhelmed with cruelty.
7   Their eyes swell with fatness:
and they do even what they lust.
8   They corrupt other, and speak of wicked blasphemy:
their talking is against the most High.
9   For they stretch forth their mouth unto the heaven:
and their tongue goeth through the world.
10   Therefore fall the people unto them:
and thereout suck they no small advantage.
11   Tush, say they, how should God perceive it:
is there knowledge in the Most High?
12   Lo, these are the ungodly, these prosper in the world, and these have riches in possession:
and I said, Then have I cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.
13   All the day long have I been punished:
and chastened every morning.
14   Yea, and I had almost said even they:
but lo, then I should have condemned the generation of thy children.
15   Then thought I to understand this:
but it was too hard for me,
16   Until I went into the sanctuary of God:
then understood I the end of these men;
17   Namely, how thou dost set them in slippery places:
and castest them down, and destroyest them.
18   O how suddenly do they consume:
perish, and come to a fearful end!
19   Yea, even like as a dream when one awaketh:
so shalt thou make their image to vanish out of the city.
20   Thus my heart was grieved:
and it went even through my reins.
21   So foolish was I, and ignorant:
even as it were a beast before thee.
22   Nevertheless, I am alway by thee:
for thou hast holden me by my right hand.
23   Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel:
and after that receive me with glory.
24   Whom have I in heaven but thee:
and there is none upon earth that I desire in comparison of thee.
25   My flesh and my heart faileth:
but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
26   For lo, they that forsake thee shall perish:
thou hast destroyed all them that commit fornication against thee.
27   But it is good for me to hold me fast by GOD, to put my trust in the Lord God:
and to speak of all thy works in the gates of the daughter of Sion.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

But it is good for me † to hold me fast by God, to put my trust in the LORD God.

The Lessons

Here beginneth the 20th verse of the 8th Chapter of Genesis

And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a sweet savor; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth. And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

Here beginneth the 16th verse of the 24th Chapter of Isaiah

From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously. Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

Here endeth the First Lesson.

First Canticle

Appointed Canticle    Te Deum    Benedicite

In the Lord Eternal † shall all the seed of Israel * triumph and glory.

The Canticle of Isaiah the Prophet Vere tu es Deus absconditus
Isaiah 45:15-25

Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, * O God of Israel, the Saviour.
They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: * they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.
But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: * ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; * God himself that formed the earth and made it;
He hath established it, he created it not in vain, * he formed it to be inhabited:
I am the Lord; * and there is none else.
I have not spoken in secret, * in a dark place of the earth:
I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: * I the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
Assemble yourselves and come; * draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations:
They have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, * and pray unto a god that cannot save.
Tell ye, and bring them near; † yea, let them take counsel together: * who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time?
Have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me; * a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: * for I am God, and there is none else.
I have sworn by myself, * the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return,
That unto me every knee shall bow, * every tongue shall swear.
Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: * even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, * and shall glory.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

In the Lord Eternal † shall all the seed of Israel * triumph and glory.

We Praise Thee Te Deum laudamus

In the Lord Eternal † shall all the seed of Israel * triumph and glory.

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud,
the Heavens and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.
The glorious company of the apostles praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.
The noble army of martyrs praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee,
the Father, of an infinite majesty,
thine adorable, true, and only Son,
also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,
thou didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,
whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy saints,
in glory everlasting.

In the Lord Eternal † shall all the seed of Israel * triumph and glory.

A Song of Creation Benedicite, omnia opera Domini

Song of the Three Young Men, 35-65

In the Lord Eternal † shall all the seed of Israel * triumph and glory.

O ALL ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye heavens, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye waters that be above the firmament, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O all ye powers of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye sun and moon, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye stars of heaven, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye showers and dew, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye winds of God, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye fire and heat, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye winter and summer, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye dews and frosts, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye frost and cold, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye ice and snow, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye nights and days, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye light and darkness, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye lightnings and clouds, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.

O LET the earth bless the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye mountains and hills, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O all ye green things upon the earth, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye wells, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye seas and floods, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye whales and all that move in the waters, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O all ye fowls of the air, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O all ye beasts and cattle, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye children of men, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.

O LET Israel bless the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye Priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye Servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye Spirits and Souls of the Righteous, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye holy and humble Men of heart, bless ye the Lord. * praise him and magnify him for ever.

LET us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; * praise him and magnify him for ever.

In the Lord Eternal † shall all the seed of Israel * triumph and glory.

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 7th Chapter of Mark

Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Here beginneth the 21st verse of the 4th Chapter of Mark

And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath. And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

Here endeth the Second Lesson.

Second Canticle

The Song of Zechariah Benedictus Dominus Deus Luke 1: 68-79

Through the tender mercy † of our God, * the Day-Spring from on high hath visited us.

BLESSED be the Lord God of Israel, * for he hath visited and redeemed his people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us * in the house of his servant David,
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, * which have been since the world began:
That we should be saved from our enemies, * and from the hand of all that hate us;

To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers, * and to remember his holy covenant;
To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham, * that he would give us,
That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies * might serve him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before him, * all the days of our life.
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest, *
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people * for the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God, * whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us;
To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, * and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Through the tender mercy † of our God, * the Day-Spring from on high hath visited us.

The Apostles' Creed

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary:
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost:
The holy Catholic Church;
The Communion of Saints:
The Forgiveness of sins:
The Resurrection of the body:
And the Life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers

℣. The Lord be with you.
℟. And with thy spirit.
℣. Let us pray.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

℣. O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.
℟. And grant us thy salvation.
℣. O Lord, save the State.
℟. And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
℣. Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.
℟. And make thy chosen people joyful.
℣. O Lord, save thy people.
℟. And bless thine inheritance.
℣. Give peace in our time, O Lord.
℟. For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest us dwell in safety.
℣. O God, make clean our hearts within us.
℟. And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

The Collect of the Day

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.

ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.

¶¶ This Collect is to be repeated every day, with the other Collects in Advent, until Christmas-day.

A Collect for Peace.

O GOD, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Grace.

O LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings, being ordered by thy governance, may be righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

2 Cor. xiii. 14.

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.


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