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THE BENEDICTION.

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

Make you perfect in every good work to do His will ; working in you that which is wellpleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.— Heb. xiii. 20, 21.

I General Intercession.

(Which may be used instead of any of the foregoing.)

DEMEMBER, O Lord, we beseech thee, thy I whole Church militant here upon earth.

We pray thee to send down thy heavenly grace upon all whom thou hast called to serve thee in the ministry of the Word : that, by their labours, the whole body of the faithful may be edified and built up in their holy faith, and may be enriched with all heavenly gifts, waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Merciful God, look down upon thy desolate heritage ; unite thy scattered and divided people; heal their divisions; put away all errors and heresies from the midst of them ; cleanse thy sanctuary from all defilement of superstition and impiety. Build up thine altar, O God, that thy servants everywhere may

errors and her their divicattered and desolate

present unto thee incense and a pure offering, acceptable to thee, through Jesus Christ. Amen.

REGARD with compassion those who are in bitterness because of their transgressions ; give unto them true repentance; restore unto them the joy of thy salvation, and uphold them with thy free Spirit. Amen.

COMFORT and succour, we beseech thee, all who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity:

Especially we commend unto thee, those departing this life. May thy presence sustain them in that last hour when flesh and heart do fail. Defend them against the assaults of the enemy; and give them such patient hope and confidence that they may joyfully commit their spirits unto thee; and do thou receive them to thy rest. Amen.

Stir up the hearts of Christian parents to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, that they may be prepared to fulfil their several callings in this life, and to adorn the doctrine of God their Saviour in all things. Amen.

WE pray for all estates of men in Christian lands ; for kings and for all in authority; for Judges and Magistrates : Especially for this land, and for thy servant, our Sovereign Queen Victoria ; for the Prince Consort, Albert Prince of Wales, and all the Royal Family. Amen.

GRANT peace to all nations, and in war do thou favour the righteous cause. Save us from factions and tumults, from confusion and bloodshed : and vouchsafe unto all Christian men to dwell together as brethren in unity and peace. Amen.

VOUCHSAFE unto us seasonable weather, that the fruits of the earth may be perfected, and gathered in. Preserve us from famine and from pestilence. Amen.

SEND forth the news of thy salvation unto the ends of the earth ; and turn the hearts of

all Jews, heathens, and unbelievers, that they may become obedient to thy truth. Amen.

HASTEN, we entreat thee, O Lord, the second and glorious appearing of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ; and grant unto us that, daily looking for that blessed hope, we may not sleep as do others, but may watch and be sober, exercising ourselves unto godliness, and working out our own salvation with fear and trembling; that we, with all thy saints, may be presented holy and unblameable, before the presence of thy glory with exceeding joy; through him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood, Amen.

Now to the only wise God, our Saviour, be

glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever, Amen.

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