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STUDIA IN / 



THE LIBRARY 

of 

VICTORIA UNIVERSITY 
Toronto 

Ex libris the Rev. Hutcheson 



2Utra to ilebotum 



PRAYERS FOR SAILORS 
AND FISHER-FOLK 



PREPARED AND PUBLISHED BY INSTRUCTION 
OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE 
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND, 



WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS 

EDINBURGH AND LONDON 

MCMIII 



273 

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EMMANUa 

/WR-1230 



" The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His 
ears are open unto their prayers." I PETER iii. 12. 



PREFACE. 



THIS Book of Prayers is a token of the interest 
which the Church of Scotland takes in the sea 
faring community. 

Remembering that some of the dearest 
friends of our Lord Jesus Christ when He 
was upon the earth were fishermen, and 
knowing the Christian worth of many of 
our toilers on the sea, and the hardships 
and perils of their lot in life ; and believing 
that the spirit of devotion to God which is 
manifested in worship and in prayer is of 
great importance to all men, and specially 
to those whose calling is arduous, perilous, 
and full of temptation, the General Assembly 
of the Church of Scotland has directed its 
Committee on Aids to Devotion to issue this 
Prayer-book for Sailors and Fisher-folk. 

It is well known that many of our sailors 
and fisher-folk do not need a book to help them 
either in their public or private prayers ; but 
it is also well known that many of them do 



iv Preface. 

need such help, and that for want of it their 
prayers are hindered. This book is intended 
to give such help. 

There are many occasions when the Christ 
ian men in a ship's company or a boat's 
crew might worship God together, and do 
not, simply because none of their number 
dare trust himself to lead the rest, and there 
are many occasions on which prayers would 
be most becoming ; say at a burial at sea, 
when there is a storm, when an accident has 
occurred to one of the crew, or when there 
is serious sickness on board : but from natural 
diffidence, or simply from not knowing what 
to do or say, the duty and comfort and sus 
taining power of prayer is wanting. 

This book is intended for use on such oc 
casions, and any one who will take the 
trouble carefully to look through it will find 
in it prayers suited to all the varying cir 
cumstances of seafaring life. 

There are two services for the Lord's Day 
which can be used on board a ship of war, 
a liner, a merchant ship, or a fishing -boat, 
with special prayers which can be introduced 
into the services as occasion demands. 

There is a service for the sick in hospital, 
and a short service which can be read to a 
sick shipmate, with special prayers to suit 
the conditions of the sick. 

There is a Burial Service which can be used 
when no clergyman is available. 



Preface. v 

There are prayers for the use of fishermen 
afloat and in the fisherman's home. 

For the convenience of those who may not 
be able to carry a Bible about with them, and 
in order that the proper Scripture material 
for a service may always be at hand in one 
volume, several appropriate passages of Holy 
Scripture are printed at the end of the book. 

We invite those into whose hands this book 
may come to look carefully through it, when 
we are sure that they will find some prayers 
suitable to themselves and their circumstances. 

We commend the book to all who are in 
terested in sailors and fisher-folk, and speci 
ally to societies which exist for the purpose 
of conducting missions to seamen, in the hope 
that they will use it and recommend it to those 
whom they seek to influence for good. 

We wish our sailors and fisher-folk God 
speed ; and our prayer is, that they may con 
tinue stedfast in the faith of Christ, and may 
come at last into the haven of eternal rest. 

By authority of the Committee on A ids 
to Devotion, 

JOHN PATON, D.D., 

Convener. 



CONTENTS. 



PAGE 

MORNING SERVICE . i 

EVENING SERVICE 11 

SPECIAL PRAYERS TO BE USED IN MORNING AND 

EVENING SERVICES 

To be used when there are emigrants on board . . 20 

On the occasion of a storm or other danger at sea . 22 
Thanksgiving for deliverance from a storm or other 

danger at sea ....... 24 

On reaching the end of a voyage .... 25 

SPECIAL PRAYERS TO BE USED ON BOARD A SHIP OF 

WAR 

Before a battle ........ 27 

After a battle . . . . . . . .29 

Thanksgiving after a victory ..... 30 

For the sick and wounded .32 

In time of war ........ 33 

Thanksgiving for peace ...... 34 

SERVICE FOR THE SICK 

Specially intended to be used in the sick-bay . . 36 
Short service to be used at the bedside of a sick 

shipmate 4 6 



viii Contents. 

SERVICES FOR THE SICK continued 

Prayer for one whose sickness has been long continued 52 

For one about to undergo a serious surgical operation . 53 

In case of sudden illness or accident .... 54 

For one who is insensible or delirious 55 

For a sick person in deep dejection of spirit . . 56 

For a sick person when there is little hope of recovery 58 

For one at the point of death ..... 60 

PRAYERS FOR THE USE OF SAILORS, FISHERMEN, AND 

PERSONS AT SEA 61 

SERVICE AT THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD ... 68 

Prayer to be used at a funeral at sea .... 72 

Prayer at the burial of the dead after a battle . . 73 

SPECIAL PRAYERS 

Prayer at the beginning of a year . . -.--. 75 

For a time of great sickness and mortality ... 77 

Thanksgiving for the removal of pestilence . . 78 

Prayer for friends at home . . . . . 79 

PRAYERS FOR THE USE OF FISHERMEN AFLOAT . 81 

PRAYERS FOR USE IN A FISHERMAN'S HOME 

When the boats are about to sail . . . .85 

When the boats are out 88 

\Vhen there is a storm 93 

Thanksgiving for safe return from the fishing . . 95 

SELECT PORTIONS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT . . 98 

SELECT PORTIONS FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT . 113 



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INTENDED TO BE USED WHEN A FEW SAILORS 
OR FISHERMEN CAN MEET TOGETHER FOR 
WORSHIP, EITHER AFLOAT PR ASHORE. 



The Service may begin with singing a Psalm, 
Paraphrase, or Hymn. 

"Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His 
praise from the ends of the earth, ye that go 
down to the sea, and all that is therein, the 
isles and the inhabitants thereof." 

" Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory 
and honour and power, for Thou hast created 
all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and 
were created." 



LET us PRAY. 

C\ LORD our God, Father of our Lord 

Jesus Christ, who desirest not the 

death of a sinner, but rather that he may 

turn unto Thee and live ; and hast sent Thine 

A 



2 Prayers for Sailors. 

only and well-beloved Son to suffer the cruel 
death of the cross, that by Him we may 
have access to Thy throne of grace ; we 
approach Thee in His holy name, acknow 
ledging Thee to be our God and heavenly 
Father, and desiring to render unto Thee the 
praise and worship of faithful servants, and 
loving children. 

O most merciful Father, we acknowledge 
before Thee that we are sinners, and that, 
without Thy grace, there can be in us no 
goodness. 

We confess, O God our Father, all our sins 
against Thee. It is against Thy pure and 
holy law that we have rebelled. It is against 
Thy great love that we have sinned when we 
have disobeyed Thee. It is Thy mercy that 
we have misused when we have been careless 
and foolish. We acknowledge our transgres 
sion; and our sin is ever before us. Against 
Thee, Thee only, have we sinned, and done 
this evil in Thy sight. 

We thank Thee, O God, with all our heart, 
that Thou hast promised to pardon our sins. 
Have mercy upon us, O God, and cleanse 
us from our sins. We put our trust in the 
merits of Thy beloved Son, who gave Him 
self a sacrifice for our sins ; and for His 
sake we beseech Thee to take aw ay all our 
iniquity, to receive us graciously, and to 
supply all our need. 

O Lord, of Thy good pleasure, shed abroad 



Morning Service. 3 

Thy love in our hearts by the Holy Spirit; 
granting us, if it be Thy holy will, to know 
that we are Thy reconciled children in Jesus 
Christ. 

Almighty God, who art the confidence of 
all the ends of the earth, and of them that 
are afar off upon the sea our sun and shield, 
our refuge and defence, the strength of our 
heart and the rock of our salvation enable 
us to put our trust in Thee. Teach us with 
full assurance to look up to Thee as our recon 
ciled God and Father in Christ Jesus, and 
graciously remember Thy word unto Thy ser 
vants, on which Thou hast caused us to hope, 
that Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose 
mind is stayed on Thee. 

Pardon, O God, whatever want of confidence 
we have shown towards Thee, and lead us 
henceforth by the teaching of Thy Holy Spirit 
to trust in Thee with all our heart. Help us 
to rely on the goodness of Thy providence. 
Increase our faith in the promises of Thy 
Word. Dispose us to cast upon Thee all our 
cares, humbly to commit to Thy keeping all 
our interests, and earnestly to seek the guid 
ance of Thy wisdom and the aid of Thy 
strength in all our undertakings. 

Teach us, O God of all grace, to depend 
on the merciful provisions of Thy Gospel. 
Counting all things but loss for the excel 
lency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our 
Lord, may we seek to win Christ, and to 



4 Prayers for Sailors. 

be found in Him, having the righteousness 
which is by faith. Convince us that without 
Him we can do nothing, but that through 
His strength we can do all things. May we 
be persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor 
angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor 
things present, nor things to come, nor 
height, nor depth, nor any other creature, 
shall be able to separate us from the love of 
God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Honour and praise be to Thee, O Lord 
God Almighty, for all Thy mercy and loving- 
kindness shown unto Thy people. We thank 
Thee for creating us after Thine own image ; 
for redeeming us when we were lost, with the 
precious blood of Thy beloved Son ; for sanc 
tifying us with Thy Holy Spirit through the 
revelation and knowledge of Thy Word; for 
helping us in all our necessities ; for saving 
us from dangers of body and soul ; for com 
forting us with Thy fatherly pity in all our 
tribulations ; for giving us so long a time of 
repentance ; and for enabling us, the living 
in the land of the living, to praise Thee as 
we do this day. 

Fill our hearts with such zeal for Thy 
glory, that our constant endeavour may be to 
serve and worship Thee in spirit and in truth. 
Deliver us from the wiles of the devil, the 
snares of the world, the evil desires and affec 
tions of the flesh, and from all that may in 
any wise hinder us in Thy service. May Thy 



Morning Service. 5 

Holy Spirit take such full possession of our 
hearts that the whole course of our lives may 
be ruled and guided by His power. And grant 
that the rest of our time in this world may 
be so spent in Thy fear and love, that we 
may end our lives in Thy favour, and finally 
come to Thy heavenly kingdom, through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. 

Gracious God, in whom alone dwelleth all 
fulness of light and wisdom, be pleased to 
enable us by Thy Holy Spirit to understand 
Thy Holy Word. Give us grace to receive it 
with reverence, and humility, and faith ; and 
enable us so faithfully to obey it, that by our 
godly lives we may set a good example to our 
brethren, and glorify Thy holy name, through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed 
be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy 
will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. And for 
give us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver 
us from evil : For Thine is the kingdom, and 
the power, and the glory, for ever, ^tmett. 

Here may be read a portion of the Old Testament and 
of the New Testament, and thereafter a Psalm, Para 
phrase, or Hymn may be sung. 1 A short Address may 
be given, or a Sermon read, and another Psalm, Para 
phrase, or Hymn may be sung. 

1 At the end of the book will be found select passages of 
Scripture. 



Prayers for Sailors. 



LET us PRAY. 

C\ GOD, who hast caused the light of Thy 
Word clearly to shine among us, and 
hast plainly instructed us in the way of sal 
vation, let it please Thee to cause the light 
from heaven so to shine into our hearts 
and minds, that we may possess the know 
ledge of Thy will in all wisdom and spiritual 
understanding. Cause the Gospel of Christ 
to come to us, not in word only, but also in 
power and in the Holy Ghost, and in much 
assurance ; and enable us to receive it, not 
as the word of men, but as Thy Word, O 
living God, which worketh effectually in them 
that believe. 

Enable us all, O Lord, daily to increase in 
the knowledge and love of Thee our God, and 
of Thy Son Jesus Christ. Every day may we 
be more and more zealous in the duties of 
religion ; more frequent and more fervent in 
our prayers and thanksgivings ; more serious 
in our repentance and humiliations ; more de 
sirous and better fitted to take part in all holy 
ordinances, and more regular and exemplary 
in our lives and conduct. 

O God our Father, who hast made of one 
blood all nations of men for to dwell on all 
the face of the earth, and who hast com 
manded us to love the brotherhood and to 
fear Thee, enable us in the bonds of true 



Morning Service. 7 

charity to pray for all our brethren of man 
kind. 

Bless them, O God, that bless Thee. Sanc 
tify them that put their trust in Thee. Save 
Thy people and bless Thine heritage. Give 
Thy peace to Thy world, to Thy Churches, 
and to Thy ministers, because every good 
gift cometh down from Thee, the Father of 
lights. 

Grant, O Lord, that the whole world may 
be enlightened with the knowledge of Thy 
saving truth, and that Thy kingdom of grace 
may so universally prevail over all the earth, 
that Thy kingdom of glory may be hastened, 
and that Thy will may be done in earth as 
it is in heaven. 

O God, who rulest over all nations, setting 
up one and bringing down another according 
to Thy will, look down with favour, we be 
seech Thee, on the British Empire, with all 
its colonies and dependencies. Promote its 
interests, both civil and religious, and grant 
that the manifold privileges we enjoy may con 
tinue unimpaired to the latest generations. 

We pray for all who are in authority, 
especially for his most sacred Majesty King 
Edward, that Thou wouldst enrich him with 
all heavenly blessings. Protect his person ; 
prosper his government ; and make him an 
honoured instrument in Thy hand for the 
preservation and diffusion of Thy truth. We 
pray for her gracious Majesty Queen Alex- 



8 Prayers for Sailors. 

andra, for the Prince and Princess of Wales, 
and all the Royal Family, that they may be 
enabled to adorn their exalted station with 
the virtues of a godly and religious life. 
Bless and guide all in authority in the em 
pire, and grant that the whole community 
under them may lead quiet and peaceable 
lives in godliness and honesty. 

We commend our army and navy to Thy 
protection, beseeching Thee to support them 
in all hardships, and to grant them defence 
and deliverance in all perils, and victory over 
all their enemies. 

Father of mercies, we implore Thy tender 
compassion for all whom Thou hast visited 
with any affliction. Relieve the destitute ; 
heal the sick ; protect the friendless ; comfort 
the bereaved; support the dying, and prepare 
them for their change. Give to all Thine 
afflicted ones abundant consolation, and a 
good hope through grace ; and cause Thy 
fatherly chastening, though for the present 
grievous, to yield unto them afterward the 
peaceable fruit of righteousness. 

We pray for our kindred, our friends, and 
our benefactors, that they may prosper in all 
things, and be in health, and above all, that 
their souls may prosper. We pray also, that 
Thou wouldst grant Thy forgiveness to such 
as have in any way injured us, and that Thou 
wouldst enable us from the heart to forgive 
them. 



Morning Service. 9 

Bless us in all the works of our hands. 
Guide and sustain us amid the perils of our 
calling, and make us heartily content with 
whatsoever in Thy providence Thou art 
pleased to send. 

Almighty God, who hast given the sea Thy 
decree, and whose dominion is over the fish 
of the sea and whatsoever passeth through 
the paths of the sea, grant Thy blessing, we 
beseech Thee, to all who go down to the sea 
in ships and do business in the great waters. 

Be pleased, for Christ's sake, to bless Thy 
servants who now pray to Thee. Preserve us 
in times of storm ; guide us in all our courses 
and in all our ventures, and prosper us in all 
things. Bless our loved ones in their homes ; 
keep them from fear for us, and grant unto 
them the gift of perfect trust in Thee, their 
God and Father in Jesus Christ. 

May the love of Christ be with us all to 
save us and make us glad. May the Holy 
Spirit be with us to sanctify us and keep us 
in the way of life. May the sense of Thy 
presence be ever with us, to be the strength 
of our life and our eternal portion. 1 

Hear these our humble prayers, O God 
most high, pardon their imperfections, and 
grant us an answer in peace. Take us all 
into Thy gracious keeping. Lead us all for 
ward and upward by the power of Christ 
dwelling in us. Teach us that we are Thine, 

1 Here take in any of the special prayers from pages 20-35. 



IO Prayers for Sailors. 

and heirs of the heavenly kingdom ; enable 
us all to press toward the mark for the prize 
of Thy high calling ; and finally, through the 
abounding merit and mediation of Jesus Christ 
our Lord, give us a place in the eternal glory ; 
and to Thee the Father, the Son, and the 
Holy Spirit, we ascribe all honour and glory, 
world without end. Itmen. 

Then may be sung a Psalm or Hymn. 



'^PHE grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and 

the love of God, and the communion of 

the Holy Ghost, be with us all. 



lEbmtng j&rbtre* 



INTENDED TO BE USED WHEN A FEW SAILORS 
OR FISHER-FOLK CAN MEET TOGETHER FOR 
WORSHIP, EITHER AFLOAT OR ASHORE. 



The Service may begin with singing a Psalm, 
Paraphrase, or Hymn. 

"Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did 
He in heaven and in earth, in the seas and 
all deep places. Lord, Thou art God, which 
hast made heaven and earth, the sea and all 
things that are therein." 

" Wait on the Lord ; be of good courage, 
and He shall strengthen thine heart : wait, I 
say, on the Lord." 



LET us PRAY. 

r\ THOU that hearest prayer, unto Thee 

shall all flesh come. Bow down Thine 

ear, O Lord ; hear us, for we are poor and 

needy. Rejoice the souls of Thy servants; 



12 Prayers for Sailors. 

for unto Thee do we lift up our souls. For 
Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive, 
and plenteous in mercy unto all them that 
call upon Thee. 

Almighty and most merciful Father, we 
present ourselves before Thee trusting not in 
our own worthiness, but in Thy manifold 
mercies. We thank Thee that Thou hast 
promised to hear our prayers, for the sake 
of Thy beloved Son ; and hast also com 
manded us in His name to meet together, 
and that He has given the assurance that He 
will be in the midst of us. 

Wherefore we beseech Thee, most gracious 
God, to look down upon us in pity. Cast us 
not out of Thy sight on account of our sins, 
which deserve Thy wrath ; but graciously re 
ceive us for the merits of Jesus Christ, in 
whom thou art ever well pleased. For His 
sake, let it please Thee to remember us with 
the favour which Thou bearest unto Thine 
own, and to visit us with Thy salvation. 

Enable us to love Thee, the Lord our God, 
with all our heart, and soul, and strength, and 
mind; and graciously cause Thy Holy Spirit 
so to dwell in us, that all our thoughts, and 
words, and deeds may be to the praise and 
honour of Thy name. May our light so shine 
before men, that they may see our good works, 
and glorify Thee, our Father in heaven. 

O God, who hast called us of Thy free grace 
to be heirs of Thy heavenly kingdom with 



Evening Service. 13 

Jesus Christ Thy Son, let it please Thee to 
increase our faith and knowledge, and so to 
enlighten our minds and sanctify our hearts, 
that we may stedfastly walk before Thee in 
all holiness, and finally obtain an entrance 
into Thy kingdom of glory, through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. 

Grant also, O Lord, that we may be 
nourished by Thy goodness with all things 
which Thou knowest to be needful for us, 
and may be enabled to use Thy gifts with 
contentment and thankfulness. And because 
we are so frail and prone to evil, and so con 
stantly beset by our spiritual foes that we 
cannot stand in our own strength, we earnestly 
beseech Thee so to arm us with Thy grace, 
and to strengthen us with the might of Thy 
Holy Spirit, that we may withstand all temp 
tation, and finally obtain the victory over all 
our enemies. 

We adore Thee, O God, as the Father of 
lights, from whom cometh down every good 
and perfect gift. We thank Thee for the 
revelation which Thou hast made of Thyself, 
and of Thy holy will in the written Word, 
and in Christ Himself, the living Word, the 
life and light of men. And now we pray 
Thee of Thine infinite mercy so to cause the 
pure light of divine knowledge to shine into 
our hearts and minds, that we may compre 
hend the precepts of the Gospel of Christ. 
Plant in us also, we beseech Thee, the holy 



14 Prayers for Sailors. 

fear of Thy blessed commandments, that, 
trampling upon all carnal lusts, we may seek 
a heavenly citizenship, both saying and doing 
always such things as shall please Thee. 

Lord our God, who knowest that we have 
daily need of Thy divine aid and guidance in 
our pilgrimage, dispose us, with true humility, 
to rely on the teaching of Thy Word and the 
grace of Thy Holy Spirit. Convince us of 
our ignorance and blindness; cause us ever 
to have recourse to Thee, lest in any way 
we be seduced by the wiles of the tempter 
or the wickedness of ungodly men ; and so 
direct us, that we may at last come to that 
heavenly glory which has been purchased for 
us by the blood of Thy dear Son. 

Graciously hear us, for the sake of Jesus 
Christ, who hath taught us thus to pray: 

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed 
be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy 
will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. And for 
give us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver 
us from evil : For Thine is the kingdom, and 
the power, and the glory, for ever. $tmeit. 

Here may be read a portion of the Old Testament and 
of the New Testament, and thereafter a Psalm, Para 
phrase, or Hymn may be sung. A short Address may 
then be given, or a Sermon read, and another Psalm, 
Paraphrase, or Hym?z may be sung. 1 

1 Select passages of Holy Scripture will be found at the end 
of the book. 



Evening Service. 



LET us PRAY. 

A LMIGHTY GOD, who shinest upon us 
*^ in Thy Word, to reveal the way of 
salvation, grant that we may behold and re 
ceive Thy truth. And as by nature we are 
blind, open our eyes, we beseech Thee; and 
let the inward light of Thy Spirit lead us to 
the clear shining of Thy Word. Suffer not 
the flame of faith, once kindled in our hearts, 
ever to be extinguished ; but do Thou con 
tinually feed and sustain it, until at length 
we shall see Thee face to face, in the fulness 
of Thy glory. 

O God, be merciful unto us, and bless us, 
and cause Thy face to shine upon us: that 
Thy way may be known upon earth, and Thy 
saving health among all nations. Let the 
people praise Thee, O God, let all the people 
praise Thee. O let the nations be glad, and 
sing for joy ; for Thou shalt judge the people 
righteously, and govern the nations upon 
earth. Let the 'people praise Thee, O God, 
let all the people praise Thee. Then shall 
the earth yield her increase ; and God, even 
our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless 
us ; and all the ends of the earth shall fear 
Him. 

Enlighten our minds, we beseech Thee, by 
Thy Holy Spirit, that we may be guided in 
ways of righteousness. Defend us in soul and 



1 6 Prayers for Sailors. 

body from all evil. Take us into Thy good 
keeping all the days of our lives, and ever 
increase in us the gifts of Thy grace, until 
we be perfected in the glory of Thy Son Jesus 
Christ, who shall replenish our souls with His 
everlasting light and gladness. 

We pray, O heavenly Father, in the spirit of 
Christ, for all our brethren of mankind. Be 
pleased to make known the way of salvation 
to all who now sit in darkness and in the 
shadow of death, that they may come forth 
into light, and may by faith receive the life 
eternal. Bring thine ancient people Israel, 
with the fulness of the Gentiles, into the 
Church of Christ. 

Father of lights, from whom cometh down 
every good and perfect gift, be pleased, we 
pray Thee, to bless Thy Church on earth ; 
and grant unto all preachers and ministers 
of Thy Word the gifts of Thy Holy Spirit, 
and to all Thy children grace, that they may 
believe unto salvation, and persevere in holi 
ness unto the end. Bless the faithful and the 
strong. Confirm the fearful and the wavering. 
Grant to the seekers after truth that they may 
find in Christ the way, the truth, the life. 
Remove the doubts of the doubting ; and 
cause, by Thine almighty power, the glory 
of the kingdom of Christ to prevail every 
where among the children of men. 

Bless, we pray Thee, his most sacred 
Majesty King Edward, her gracious Majesty 



Evening Service. 17 

Queen Alexandra, the Prince and Princess of 
Wales, and all the Royal Family. Grant, 
O King of kings and Lord of lords, that 
they may all be members of the household 
of faith, and heirs of the heavenly kingdom. 

O God, who rulest over all nations, setting 
up one and bringing down another according 
to Thy will, look down with favour, we be 
seech Thee, on the British Empire, with all 
its colonies and dependencies. Promote and 
strengthen good and wise government there 
in ; and bless all the people with peace, to 
the praise of Thy holy name and the increase 
of the happiness of the whole world. 

Enlighten and direct, by Thy heavenly 
wisdom, O God, we beseech Thee, all persons 
set in authority in the realm ; and enable 
them, in their various stations and offices, to 
advance Thy glory and the public good. 

Bless, we pray Thee, the British navy and 
army. May it please Thee to strengthen and 
protect all who serve therein, and to make 
them, under Thy will, the means of preserving 
peace and defending liberty. 

Guide and protect all who travel by land or 
sea, all exiles, all emigrants, and all who are 
solitary and desolate. Cheer them with a 
comfortable sense of Thy presence. 

O God, who boldest the waters in the hollow 

of Thy hand, who stayest the rough wind in 

the day of the east wind, and who makest the 

stormy wind to fulfil Thy pleasure, bless and 

B 



1 8 Prayers for Sailors. 

keep, we beseech Thee for Christ's sake, all 
mariners and fishermen. Preserve them by 
Thine almighty power in every time of peril, 
give them faith in Jesus Christ of Nazareth, 
who stilled the tempest on the sea of Galilee, 
and grant that by the power of His love they 
may be saved. 

God of all comfort, we commend unto 
Thee all those whom Thou hast in any wise 
afflicted ; all nations visited with pestilence, 
famine, or war ; all persons suffering from 
poverty, sickness, bondage, or other distress, 
whether of body or of mind ; and we beseech 
Thee to show them Thy fatherly kindness, 
and to overrule all these evil things for their 
good, to the end that, turning with their 
whole hearts unto Thee, they may receive 
perfect consolation now, and in Thy good 
time full deliverance from all their troubles. 

Prepare us, O God, for every event that 
may befall us. So teach us to number our 
days, that we may apply our hearts unto 
wisdom. O satisfy us early with Thy mercy, 
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 
Guide us by Thy counsel while we live, and 
afterwards receive us into glory. 1 

And now, Lord, what wait we for ? Our 
hope is in Thee. Be pleased to accept our 
worship ; to forgive our sins ; and to grant 
us, for the sake of Thy beloved Son, what- 

1 Here take in any of the special prayers from pages 20-35. 



Evening Service. 19 

soever good things we have asked of Thee 
in His name. 

God of all grace, who hast called us unto 
Thine eternal glory by Christ Jesus, make 
us perfect ; stablish, strengthen, settle us ; 
that in all things thou mayest be glorified, 
through Jesus Christ ; to whom be praise 
and dominion for ever and ever. Jlmen. 

Then may be sung a Psalm or Hymn. 



'T^HE grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and 

the love of God, and the communion of 

the Holy Ghost, be with us all. 



Special 

TO BE USED IN 

THE MORNING AND EVENING SERVICES. 



I. 



TO BE USED WHEN THERE ARE EMIGRANTS 
ON BOARD. 

A LMIGHTY and most merciful Father, we, 
^^ Thy children, who are now called in Thy 
providence to leave our native shores, and to 
pass through the great ocean, desire to com 
mend ourselves to Thy care. We beseech 
Thee, who stillest the noise of the waves, 
and boldest the winds in the hollow of Thy 
hand, to deliver us, and those who sail with 
us, from all the perils to which we are exposed, 
and to grant us a swift and prosperous voyage 
to our desired haven. Preserve, O Lord, to 
the end, all our sojourning in this life, with 
out harm and without storm. 



Special Prayers. 2 1 

We pray for those of us who are emigrating 
to a distant country, that it may please Thee, 
by whom all things are ordered, to provide for 
us new homes in the land of our adoption. 
Aid us in all our lawful undertakings. Bless 
us in our basket and our store. And above all, 
supply to us and to our families the means of 
grace, that our souls may be nourished and 
strengthened unto eternal life. 

O Lord our God, from whom alone come 
strength and light, enable us to hold fast those 
precious truths of Thy blessed Word in which 
we have been instructed. Though far removed 
from the sanctuaries of our fathers, suffer us 
not, we beseech Thee, to be moved away from 
the faith and hope of the Gospel which we 
have heard. 

O God of our fathers, we commend to Thy 
care our dear friends whom we have left in 
the land of our nativity. Encompass them 
with Thy favour as with a shield. Enrich 
them with the treasures of Thy grace. Cheer 
us from time to time with tidings of their 
welfare. And though we should never again 
see them in this world, may we meet them 
at last in our Father's house, and there be 
made perfectly blessed with them in the full 
enjoying of Thee to all eternity, through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. $cmert. 



22 Prayers for Sailors. 



II. 



ON THE OCCASION OF A STORM OR OTHER 
DANGER AT SEA. 

A LMIGHTY GOD, who art our refuge and 
our strength, a very present help in 
trouble, have mercy upon us, and hear our 
prayer. Out of the depths do we cry unto 
Thee. Rebuke the wind and the sea, O God, 
and let there be a calm. Deliver us in this 
time of our extremity, that we may yet live 
to serve Thee, and to glorify Thy holy name. 

We acknowledge that we have justly pro 
voked Thy judgments. Our iniquities have 
taken hold upon us, so that we are not able 
to look up : they are without number, there 
fore our hearts fail us. O God, whose mercy 
is infinite, be Thou pleased to deliver us. 
O Lord, make haste to help us. Enter not 
into judgment with Thy servants, we beseech 
Thee ; for in Thy sight shall no man living 
be justified. 

For the sake of Jesus Christ, who is able to 
save to the uttermost the chief of sinners, re 
ceive us graciously, forgive us freely ; restore 
unto us the joys of Thy salvation, and uphold 
us with Thy free Spirit. 

Give Thy blessing to the captain, the officers, 
and sailors of this ship. Give them wisdom, 
courage, and endurance, that by Thy grace 



Special Prayers. 23 

they may bring us safely through this time 
of peril. 

Help us all, O God, to commit ourselves to 
Thee, as to a faithful Creator and Redeemer, 
who hast said that Thou wilt never leave us 
nor forsake us. And if it be Thy will that 
these waters should overwhelm us, let our 
souls be safe in Thy hands, kept by Thy 
power unto life everlasting. Be merciful to 
our relatives and friends. Comfort them. 
Relieve their anxieties. Supply their wants. 
Forgive their sins. Encompass them with 
Thy favour as with a shield. And though we 
may never again see them in this world, may 
we meet them at last in the glories of Thy 
heavenly kingdom. 

O God, .for Christ's sake save us, or we 
perish. O hear us, for Thy mercies' sake, and 
send deliverance. Defer not, for Thine own 
sake, O our God. We do not present our 
supplications before Thee for our own right 
eousnesses, but for Thy great mercies, and 
for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord and 
only Saviour. $tnuti. 



24 Prayers for Sailors. 



III. 



THANKSGIVING FOR DELIVERANCE FROM A 
STORM OR OTHER DANGER AT SEA. 

"DLESS the Lord, O our souls, and all that 
is within us, bless His holy name. Bless 
the Lord, O our souls, and forget not all His 
benefits ; who forgiveth all our iniquities, who 
healeth all our diseases, who redeemeth our 
life from destruction, who crowneth us with 
loving-kindness and tender mercies. We ren 
der thanks and praise to Thee, O God, because 
Thou hast heard our voice and our supplica 
tions ; because Thou hast inclined Thine ear 
unto us, therefore will we call upon Thee as 
long as we live.- If it had not been the Lord 
who was upon our side, then had the waters 
overwhelmed us, the proud waters had gone 
over our soul. Our help is in the name of the 
Lord, who made heaven and earth. 

O let our mouth be rilled with Thy praise, 
and may we seek Thy glory all the days of 
our lives. Enable us, with gladness, to pay 
Thee the vows which our lips uttered when 
we were in trouble, presenting our bodies a 
living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, 
which is our reasonable service. 

Grant us deliverance, not only from Thy 
temporal judgments, but from that everlasting 
condemnation which our sins deserve. Justify 



Special Prayers. 2$ 

us freely by Thy grace, through the redemption 
that is in Christ Jesus. Sanctify us wholly by 
Thy Spirit. Strengthen us with might for the 
patient endurance of every trial, and for the 
faithful discharge of every duty. May Thy 
great goodness to us, at this time, lead us to 
trust Thee more completely in the time to 
come. Guide us by Thy counsel while we 
live, and afterwards receive us into glory, for 
the Lord Jesus' sake. 



IV. 

ON REACHING THE END OF A VOYAGE. 

A/TOST gracious God, our Father and Pre- 
server, we thank Thee that, by Thy 
good hand upon us, we have been delivered 
from the perils of the deep, and brought in 
safety to our desired haven. Fill our hearts 
with gratitude and our mouths with praise for 
all Thy care and kindness ; and help us to 
devote to Thy glory the lives which Thou 
hast spared. 

[Guide us to our homes ; and grant that we 
may there find in health and comfort our dear 
friends, from whom we have been so long 
separated. 1 ] 

[Be with us in this strange land, and grant 

1 This or the folloiving paragraph to be used, according as the 
port reached is at home or abroad. 



26 Prayers for Sailors. 

that in due season we may return to our 
homes in peace.] 

Deliver us, we beseech Thee, from the mani 
fold temptations to which, on shore, we are 
exposed ; from the snares of impurity, in 
temperance, and ungodliness, and from the 
corrupting influence of evil companionship 
and example. And let our conversation be 
in all things as it becometh the Gospel of 
Christ. 

[Be gracious to those of us who are emigrat 
ing to a foreign land. 1 Watch over us during 
the remainder of our journey, and lead us by 
a right way to our destined habitation. To 
Thy fatherly care we commend the friends 
from whom we are severed, beseeching Thee 
ever to bless and to befriend them. Bestow 
upon them the bounties of Thy providence, 
and greatly enrich them with the treasures 
of Thy grace.] 

Holy Father, we look up to thee for all 
needful guidance and counsel in our earthly 
pilgrimage. Go with us where we go, and 
dwell with us where we dwell. Let goodness 
and mercy follow us all the days of our life, 
and at last may we dwell in the house of the 
Lord for ever. 

Mercifully hear us, for the sake of Jesus 
Christ, our Lord and Saviour. 

1 This to be used if there are Emigrants on board. 



TO BE USED 

ON BOARD A SHIP OF WAR. 



I. 

TO BE USED BEFORE A BATTLE. 

A LMIGHTY GOD, who rulest among the 
'^ nations, setting up one and bringing 
down another according to Thy will, Thou 
that musterest the host of the battle, we come 
unto Thee in prayer, and ask Thee to be with 
us now, making us fit for every duty, and up 
holding us by Thine almighty power. 

Teach our hands to war ; make our arms 
strong ; and gird us with might in the battle. 
Deliver us, if it be Thy will, from wounds 
and death, and grant us the victory. Remove 
fear far from us, and enable us to quit us like 
men. Prosper the just cause, O God, and 
bring us forth in safety from the midst of our 
enemies. Then will we give thanks unto 



28" Prayers for Sailors. 

Thee, O Lord, and will sing praises unto 
Thy name. 

Give now, O Lord, Thy grace to those of 
us who will fall in the battle. Prepare all 
such for death. Subdue the rage of battle in 
them before they die, that they may die in 
peace of spirit, with Thee and with all men. 

Give patience and strength to those who 
will have to bear wounds and suffering for 
many days. In the exultation of victory keep 
us within the bounds of purity, sobriety, and 
of the Christian victor's joy, lest we forget 
Thee and the duties we owe to all men. 

Forgive all our sins, we humbly beseech 
Thee, O Lord, and grant that there may be 
in us evermore the spirit of Christ Jesus our 
Lord, so that living or dying we may be His. 

Bless all our dear ones in distant lands. 
Keep them and do them good, O God of our 
salvation ; and, if it be Thy holy will, spare 
us to join them again in the land of our birth ; 
but above all, grant to every one of us such 
faith and true holiness that, through Jesus 
our Lord, we may come at last into Thy 
heavenly kingdom. 

O God, keep us all faithful unto death ; and 
then do Thou give unto us the crown of 
life. 



On Board a Ship of War. 29 

II. 

TO BE USED AFTER A BATTLE. 

A LMIGHTY GOD, who in Thy merciful 
r"* providence hast covered our heads in 
the day of battle, and saved us from the hands 
of our enemies, we thankfully acknowledge 
Thy great goodness. May Thy grace enable 
us truly to thank Thee, and to devote to Thy 
service the lives which Thou hast spared. Be 
cause Thou hast been our help, therefore in 
the shadow of Thy wings will we rejoice. 
Because Thou hast delivered our souls from 
death, we will walk before Thee in the land 
of the living. 

Continue to us, we beseech Thee, Thy pro 
tection, and teach us stedfastly to put our 
trust in Thee, as our reconciled God and 
Father in Christ Jesus, so that we may not 
fear before our enemies. Suffer us not to 
faint or be discouraged in the stress of war ; 
and in success dispose us to give all the glory 
to Thee. Grant us Thine aid in our warfare, 
and continue to crown our arms with victory, 
that peace may be secured. 

Father of mercies, have pity on the wounded. 
Relieve their sufferings ; sustain their strength; 
render effectual the means used for their re 
covery ; and let Thy chastening, though for 



30 Prayers for Sailors. 

the present grievous, yield in them afterwards 
the peaceable fruit of righteousness. 

Bless, O God, the friends and relatives of 
the fallen. Provide for their wants, and com 
fort them in their time of sorrow. 

Teach us all, that in the midst of life we 
are in death, and by Thy grace prepare us 
for our change. Confirm our faith and hope 
in the Redeemer, who is able to save unto 
the uttermost all who come unto Thee through 
Him. Living or dying, may we be the Lord's. 

Graciously accept our praises and answer 
our prayers, for the sake of Thy beloved Son, 
our strength and our Redeemer. 



III. 

THANKSGIVING AFTER A VICTORY. 

TORD GOD of hosts, mighty in battle, 
we give Thee thanks for the victory 
with which it hath pleased Thee to crown 
our arms ; and we pray that we, and all in 
authority over us, may by Thy grace be 
enabled to improve it to Thy glory, for the 
honour of our country, and for the good of 
all mankind. 

Blessed be Thou, O Lord our strength, who 
teachest our hands to war and our fingers to 
fight ; our fortress, our deliverer, and our 
shield, who savest us from the sword, and 



On Board a Ship of War. 3 1 

subduest the people under us. Not unto us, 
O God, not unto us, but unto Thy name be 
the glory, for .Thy mercy's sake. 

We pray for the friends of those who have 
fallen in battle, that it may please Thee 
to comfort and support them, shedding Thy 
love abroad within their hearts, and teaching 
them to look beyond the fading glories of 
earth to the eternal brightness and blessed 
ness of heaven. 

Be Thou pleased to bless our enemies. 
Enable us from the heart to forgive them. 
Give peace in our time, good Lord. 

Keep us all mindful how near we are to 
death, and help us with earnestness and 
watchfulness to prepare for it. Let the life 
we henceforth lead in the body be a life of 
faith in the Son of God, who loved us and 
gave Himself for us. And let it be our con 
stant endeavour by Thy grace to fight the 
good fight of faith, until, having conquered 
the enemies of our souls, we shall at length 
reign and triumph in Thy kingdom, through 
Jesus Christ, the Captain of our salvation ; 
in whose name we offer our thanksgivings and 
prayers, and to whom, with Thee and with 
the Holy Spirit, we ascribe all honour and 
glory, for ever and ever. Jlmen. 



32 Prayers for Sailors. 

IV. 

FOR THE SICK AND WOUNDED. 

"T^ATHER of mercies and God of consola 
tion, mercifully look down on our com 
rades who have been smitten with grievous 
sicknesses or painful wounds. Grant relief 
and comfort in their sufferings, and bless 
the means used for the recovery of their 
health and strength, that, being yet spared 
to serve Thee on the earth, they may give 
up the rest of their lives to Thy glory. 
But whatever be Thy will, O God, prepare 
them for it, and enable them with meekness 
to submit to it. Work in them unfeigned 
repentance for their sins. Give them sted- 
fast faith in Thy Son Jesus Christ, and grant 
that, being at peace with Thee through Him, 
they may, whether in life or in death, be 
upheld with the assurance of Thy favour, 
and comforted with the hope of Thy heavenly 
kingdom. 

We pray for our sick and wounded enemies, 
asking for them the blessings we seek for our 
selves; and we pray that peace may speedily 
come. 

Give ear, O God, to our humble supplica 
tions, for the sake of Thy beloved Son, our 
Lord and Saviour, 



On Board a Ship of War. 33 

V. 

IN TIME OF WAR. 

ALMIGHTY GOD, who rulest in the 
'**' kingdoms of the earth and governest 
among the nations, who makest the wrath 
of man to praise Thee, and restrainest the 
remainder thereof; grant us deliverance, we 
beseech Thee, from the evils of war, with 
which Thou hast afflicted us. Humble us 
under the chastening of Thy mighty hand. 
Work in us unfeigned repentance for those 
sins whereby we have provoked Thy righteous 
displeasure. And vouchsafe, in answer to our 
humble supplications, that all those calamities 
which now threaten us may be stayed, and 
that the blessings of peace may be speedily 
restored to us. 

Endue our statesmen and councillors, we 
beseech Thee, with wisdom to devise, and 
energy to execute, such measures as are most 
expedient at this time ; and grant that all that 
they do may be for Thy glory, and for the 
good of this nation and of all men. 

We commend to Thy care all soldiers and 
sailors, beseeching Thee to support them in 
all hardships, and to give them defence and 
deliverance in all perils. Let Thy wisdom 
guide them, and Thy strength uphold them, 
and Thy grace inspire them with confidence 
c 



34 Prayers for Sailors. 

and hope in Thee. Prepare them, O God, 
for whatever may befall them, that whether 
they live or die, they may be Thine. Cover 
their heads in the day of battle ; and crown 
their arms with victory. So shall we, Thy 
people, ascribe all praise and thanksgiving 
unto Thee, who art the Giver of every good 
thing. 

Hear us, O God, from heaven Thy dwelling- 
place, and grant an answer of peace, for the 
sake of Thy beloved Son, our Lord and 
Saviour. 3tmett. 

VI. 

THANKSGIVING FOR PEACE. 

C\ LORD our God, who stillest alike the 
^~ > ^ noise of the waves and the tumult of the 
people, who breakest the bow, and cuttest the 
spear in sunder, who burnest the chariot in 
the fire, and makest wars to cease unto the 
ends of the earth, we render praise and 
thanksgiving unto Thee for restoring to us 
the blessings of peace. Suffer us not to pro 
voke Thee, by our wickedness, to visit us 
again with Thy judgments; but teach us to 
show our gratitude for Thy goodness by a 
sincere and constant obedience to Thy holy 
will; and help us, both as individuals and as 
a nation, to improve the peace so happily re 
established, to the glory of Thy name, the 



On Board a Ship of War. 35 

advancement of Thy kingdom, the prosperity 
of our country, and the good of all mankind. 

Hasten, we beseech Thee, that blessed time 
when the Prince of Peace shall everywhere 
take to Himself His great power and reign, 
and when under His dominion nation shall 
no longer rise up against nation, neither shall 
they learn war any more. 

Graciously hear our prayers and accept our 
praises, for the sake of Thy beloved Son, to 
whom, with Thee and the Holy Spirit, be 
glory everlasting. $tmen. 



for tf)* j&tciu 



SPECIALLY INTENDED TO BE USED IN THE 
SICK-BAY. 



" WE know that all things work together for 
good to them that love God." 

"But now thus saith the Lord . . . When 
thou passest through the waters, I will be with 
thee ; and through the rivers, they shall not 
overflow thee : when thou walkest through the 
fire thou shalt not be burned; neither shall 
the flame kindle upon thee, for I am the Lord 
thy God." 

" I am persuaded that neither death, nor 
life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, 
nor things present, nor things to come, nor 
height, nor depth, nor any other creature, 
shall be able to separate us from the love 
of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." 

LET us PRAY. 

f~^\ LORD God Almighty, who hast revealed 

Thyself as the living God which made 

heaven and earth, and the sea and all things 






Service for the Sick. 37 

that are therein, we come to Thee in our 
weakness, believing that Thou art willing to 
receive us, to hear our prayers, and to give us 
for Christ's sake the blessings that we need. 
We cast our care on Thee. Make haste to 
help us, O God of our salvation. 

We make confession of our sins unto Thee, 
and humbly ask Thee for Christ's sake to 
pardon us, and to receive us into Thy godly 
favour. May these, our sicknesses and pains, 
teach us the frailty of human life on earth, 
and warn us that sin brings suffering and 
death, so that we may be taught to flee from 
sin unto Him who is holy, and who maketh 
holy, that we may have eternal life. 

O God, have mercy upon us, for we are 
weak and sore vexed. Save us, we beseech 
Thee, through Jesus Christ. Give us faith 
in Him lest we perish. May He be our Re 
deemer, that we may live for ever. 

O God, against whom we have sinned, if 
any of us have brought these sicknesses and 
pains, and this fear of death, upon ourselves 
by any impurity, intemperance, or folly, in 
mercy forgive us. Grant us a true repentance 
for the sin that is past, and in all coming time 
keep us pure and holy, by the grace of Christ 
and the power of Thy Holy Spirit. 

Show us, O God, the nature of sin, and of 
its evil work, and enable us to flee for refuge 
from it unto Him who alone can save from 
sin and death. Defend us from all tempta- 



38 Prayers for Sailors. 

tion, purify our minds from evil thoughts, and 
our hearts from evil desires, and enable us in 
holiness to serve Thee, while we pass through 
this life, and to glorify Thee for evermore in 
the life that is to come. These things we ask 
for Christ's sake. 

O Lord, Thou knowest that Thy servants 
before Thee are often in fear and sore dis 
tress, and that we Jhave hours of sad lone 
liness away from our -native country and our 
friends. Grant us .* therefore evermore, we 
humbly pray Thee, a comfortable sense of 
Thy Fatherly presence, and power to under 
stand that wherever we are Thou art with us, 
and that -wherever Thy children are, Christ is 
with them to give them His heavenly blessing. 
O give us all a living and abiding faith in 
Christ. 

O Almighty Lord, who art a most strong 
tower to all them that put their trust in Thee, 
to whom all things in heaven and earth are 
subject, be now and evermore our defence, 
and make us to know and feel that it is 
only through Jesus Christ that we can re 
ceive health and salvation. O God, if it be 
Thy will that we should live, to us to live 
may it be Christ ; and if it be Thy will that 
we should die, grant, we beseech Thee, that 
we may die in Christ, that to die may be gain. 
May we all have part in the blessed and holy 
life which is given by Christ, and which knows 
no ending. 






Service for the Sick. 39 

We humbly ask Thee to pardon our sins, 
and to give us a sense of peace with Thee. 
May Thy peace, which passeth understanding, 
keep our hearts and minds in the love of 
Christ, and may the Holy Spirit so bless and 
sanctify us that we may rest continually in 
holy confidence in Thee. 

We thank Thee for Thy Holy Word, with its 
tidings of salvation and good cheer ; and we 
ask Thee to enable us, as we now read Thy 
Word, so to receive its glad message that it 
may be to us for guidance and light, for 
comfort and joy, to the praise of Thy great 
name for evermore. 3cmen. 

READ. 
Psalm ciii. 

TDLESS the Lord, O my soul; and all that 
is within me, bless His holy name. 

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not 
all His benefits : 

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities ; who 
healeth all thy diseases ; 

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction ; 
who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and 
tender mercies; 

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things ; 
so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. 

The Lord executeth righteousness and judg 
ment for all that are oppressed. 



4O Prayers for Sailors. 

He made known His ways unto Moses, His 
acts unto the children of Israel. 

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to 
anger, and plenteous in mercy. 

He will not always chide ; neither will He 
keep His anger for ever. 

He hath not dealt with us after our sins, nor 
rewarded us according to our iniquities. 

For as the heaven is high above the earth, 
so great is His mercy toward them that fear 
Him. 

As far as the east is from the west, so far 
hath He removed our transgressions from us. 

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the 
Lord pitieth them that fear Him. 

For He knoweth our frame ; He remembereth 
that we are dust. 

As for man, his days are as grass ; as a 
flower of the field, so he flourisheth : 

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone ; 
and the place thereof shall know it no more. 

But the mercy of the Lord is from ever 
lasting to everlasting upon them that fear 
Him, and His righteousness unto children's 
children ; 

To such as keep His covenant, and to those 
that remember His commandments to do them. 

The Lord hath prepared His throne in the 
heavens ; and His kingdom ruleth over all. 

Bless the Lord, ye His angels, that excel 
in strength, that do His commandments, 
hearkening unto the voice of His word. 



Service for the Sick. 41 

Bless ye the Lord, all ye His hosts ; ye 
ministers of His, that do His pleasure. 

Bless the Lord, all His works in all places of 
His dominion : bless the Lord, O my soul. 



John xiv. 

T ET not your heart be troubled : ye believe 
in God, believe also in me. 

In my Father's house are many mansions : 
if it were not so, I would have told you. I go 
to prepare a place for you. 

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I 
will come again, and receive you unto myself; 
that where I am, there ye may be also. 

And whither I go ye know, and the way ye 
know. 

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not 
whither thou goest ; and how can we know 
the way ? 

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the 
truth, and the life : no man cometh unto the 
Father, but by me. 

If ye had known me, ye should have known 
my Father also : and from henceforth ye know 
him, and have seen Him. 

Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the 
Father, and it sufficeth us. 

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long 
time with you, and yet hast thou not known 
me, Philip ? he that hath seen me hath seen 



42 Prayers for Sailors. 

the Father ; and how sayest thou then, Show 
us the Father ? 

Believest thou not that I am in the Father, 
and the Father in me ? the words that I speak 
unto you I speak not of myself: but the 
Father, that dwelleth in me, He doeth the 
works. 

Believe me that I am in the Father, and the 
Father in me : or else believe me for the very 
works sake. 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that 
believeth on me, the works that I do shall he 
do also ; and greater works than these shall he 
do ; because I go unto my Father. 

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, 
that will I do, that the Father may be glorified 
in the Son. 

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will 
do it. 

If ye love me, keep my commandments. 

And I will pray the Father, and He shall 
give you another Comforter, that He may 
abide with you for ever; 

Even the Spirit of truth ; whom the world 
cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, 
neither knoweth Him : but ye know Him ; for 
He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 

I will not leave you comfortless : I will 
come to you. 

Yet a little while, and the world seeth me 
no more ; but ye see me : because I live, ye 
shall live also. 



Service for the Sick. 43 

At that day ye shall know that I am in my 
Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 

He that hath my commandments, and 
keepeth them, he it is that loveth me : and 
he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, 
and I will love him, and will manifest myself 
to him. 

Judas saith unto him (not Iscariot), Lord, 
how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto 
us, and not unto the world ? 

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man 
love me, he will keep my words : and my 
Father will love him, and we will come unto 
him, and make our abode with him. 

He that loveth me not keepeth not my 
sayings : and the word which ye hear is not 
mine, but the Father's which sent me. 

These things have I spoken unto you, being 
yet present with you. 

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, 
whom the Father will send in my name, He 
shall teach you all things, and bring all things 
to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said 
unto you. 

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give 
unto you : not as the world giveth, give I 
unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, 
neither let it be afraid. 

Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go 
away, and come again unto you. If ye loved 
me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto 
the Father : for my Father is greater than I. 



44 Prayers for Sailors. 

And now I have told you before it come to 
pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might 
believe. 

Hereafter I will not talk much with you : 
for the prince of this world cometh, and hath 
nothing in me. 

But that the world may know that I love 
the Father ; and as the Father gave me 
commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us 
go hence. 



LET us PRAY. 

"DLESS to us, O God, the reading ot Thy 
Holy Word, and enable us at all times 
to receive it as our guide in life. 

Grant likewise, O God our Father, that out 
of Thy Word we may be able to take that 
comfort which we need in this time of our 
trial, of sickness, and pain. Keep us true to 
Thyself in Jesus Christ, and grant that we 
may come out of all these troubles holier, and 
fitter to serve Thee. Enable us to bear all 
that Thou dost send of trial, with humility 
and patience, remembering Him who, as our 
Redeemer, was made perfect through suffering. 

Bless all who by their care and skill min 
ister to the sick and dying, and specially 
those who minister in this ship. Direct 
them in all that they do for the relief of the 
sufferings of those for whom Christ died; 



Service for the Sick. 45 

give them grace to follow in the footsteps 
of the great Physician; and grant that, as 
they minister to others, they may have the 
joy of knowing that their service is also unto 
Christ their Lord. 

Bless, we pray Thee, O God, all our ship 
mates, and relations, and friends, giving to 
them in this life faith in Christ; and in the 
world to come, life everlasting. 

O God, from whom cometh down every 
good and perfect gift, grant unto us the good 
gift of faith, and enable us all perfectly to 
trust Thee now and evermore. If we die, 
enable us to die in Christ, that we may live 
for ever. If we are spared, enable us to spend 
the rest of our lives here in Thy fear and love, 
and zealously to do Thy will. O spare us a 
little that we may recover strength, before we 
go hence and be no more. Thy will, O Lord, 
be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 

Hear these our prayers, O God, we beseech 
Thee, for Jesus' sake. $Unen. 



J9le00fn0 

"JV/TAY the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, 
and the love of God, and the com 
munion of the Holy Ghost, be with us all. 

Itmett. 



46 Prayers for Sailors. 



SHORT SERVICE TO BE USED AT THE BED 
SIDE OF A SICK SHIPMATE. 

" Call upon me in the day of trouble : I 
will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me." 

" In the day of my trouble I will call upon 
Thee: for Thou wilt answer me." 



LET us PRAY. 

GOD, who ever governest Thy creatures 
with tender affection, incline Thine ear 
to our supplication ; graciously regard this 
Thy servant who is suffering from bodily sick 
ness, visit him with Thy salvation, and bestow 
the medicine of heavenly grace, through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. 

O Almighty God, who by the might of Thy 
command drivest away from men's bodies all 
sickness and infirmity, be present in Thy good 
ness to this Thy servant, that his weakness 
may be banished and his strength recalled; 
and his health being thereupon restored, he 
may bless Thy holy name. Grant unto him 
the spirit of true repentance; and to him, 
being penitent, be Thou pleased, for Christ's 
sake, to grant remission of all sins, and grace 
unto holiness, the end of which is eternal life, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 



Service for the Sick. 47 

Give unto him, we beseech of Thee, O Lord, 
an abiding and sure faith in Thee, so that all 
fear being removed, he may possess his soul 
in peace, and may bear with patience what 
ever further trial Thou mayest send. 

Give a bright and cheering hope that his 
spirit fail not in times of pain or weariness; 
but that he may be comforted by a sense of 
the heavenly sympathy of Jesus Christ, who 
bore the most bitter agony of the cross to 
save mankind. 

Give unto Thy servant above all things, we 
pray Thee, power to rest in Thy fatherly love, 
as revealed in Jesus Christ the great Physician, 
that he may not fear any issue of this sickness, 
even though it be unto death. 

Give Thy Holy Spirit in such measure that 
in this time of affliction his soul may be puri 
fied by trial and lifted up to the heavenly 
things which accompany salvation. Grant 
unto him the comforts of Thy Word, assur 
ance of Thy favour, and a firm belief that all 
Thy good promises are true in Jesus Christ 
Thy Son our Saviour. 

Prepare us all, O God, for whatever trials 
or sorrows may await us. And grant that, 
whether in health or in sickness, in joy or in 
grief, in life or in death, we may be enabled 
to glorify Thy name, and may be made fit 
to inherit Thy heavenly kingdom, through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. JUmen. 



48 Prayers for Sailors. 

READ. 
Psalm cxxi. 

T WILL lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from 
whence cometh my help. 

My help cometh from the Lord, which made 
heaven and earth. 

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved : He 
that keepeth thee will not slumber. 

Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither 
slumber nor sleep. 

The Lord is thy keeper; the Lord is thy 
shade upon thy right hand. 

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor 
the moon by night. 

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil : 
He shall preserve thy soul. 

The Lord shall preserve thy going out, and 
thy coming in, from this time forth, and even 
for evermore. 

Isaiah xliii. 1-3. 

"OUT now thus saith the Lord that created 
thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, 
O Israel, Fear not : for I have redeemed thee, I 
have called thee by thy name ; thou art mine. 

When thou passest through the waters, I 
will be with thee : and through the rivers, 
they shall not overflow thee ; when thou 
w^alkest through the fire, thou shalt not be 



Service for the Sick. 49 

burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon 
thee. 

For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One 
of Israel, thy Saviour. 

i Peter i. 3-9. 

T3LESSED be the God and Father of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, which according to 
His abundant mercy hath begotten us again 
unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus 
Christ from the dead, 

To an inheritance incorruptible, and un- 
defiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved 
in heaven for you, 

Who are kept by the power of God through 
faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the 
last time : 

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for 
a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness 
through manifold temptations ; 

That the trial of your faith, being much 
more precious than of gold that perisheth, 
though it be tried with fire, might be found 
unto praise and honour and glory at the ap 
pearing of Jesus Christ : 

Whom having not seen, ye love ; in whom 
though now ye see Him not, yet believing, 
ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of 
glory : 

Receiving the end of your faith, even the 
salvation of your souls. 
D 



5<D Prayers for Sailors. 



LET us PRAY. 

V\TE pray Thee, O Father in heaven, to 
bless to Thy servant these Thine own 
words of promise and of heavenly comfort. 
May he hope in Thy word. Be Thou his 
hiding-place and shield. Comfort him, O 
God, and quicken him after Thy loving-kind 
ness ; for Thou art a present help in every 
time of trouble. Strengthen him in the day 
time when suffering and faint. Cause the 
light of Thy presence to cheer him in the 
night-watches, when the spirit is filled with 
fear; and grant that, his faith being rooted 
and grounded in Thee, patience may have in 
him her perfect work. 

In place of the intercessions which follow, the Special 
Prayer -which has reference to the case of the sick person 
may be used, concluding with the Lord's Prayer and 
Blessing. 

IX/TERCIFUL FATHER, who hast taught 
iV1 us in Thy Holy Word that Thou dost 
not willingly afflict the children of men, look 
with compassion, we beseech Thee, on this 
Thy servant. 

Sanctify to him Thy fatherly correction, 
that it may yield in him the peaceable fruits 
of righteousness. Teach him to submit with 
meekness to Thy will. Comfort him with a 
persuasion of Thy favour. Support him with 
the hope of eternal life. 



Service for the Sick. 51 

We earnestly pray that, if it seem good to 
Thee, Thou wouldst bless the means employed 
for his recovery, that his sufferings may be 
relieved, his health restored, and his days pro 
longed to serve Thee on the earth. But if 
Thou hast appointed that this sickness shall 
be unto death, prepare him, O God, to depart 
in peace, and mercifully receive him into those 
blessed mansions which are prepared in heaven 
for the redeemed. 

Give to him, O Father in heaven, assurance 
of Thy favour. Give to him, O Christ, the 
peace which the world cannot give. Give to 
him, O Holy Spirit, the light and comfort 
which can guide through life and through 
death. 

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed 
be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will 
be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give 
us this day our daily bread. And forgive us 
our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And 
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us 
from evil : For Thine is the kingdom, and 
the power, and the glory, for ever. $Lmctt. 



^PHE grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and 

the love of God, and the communion of 

the Holy Ghost, be with us all. 



52 Prayers for Sailors. 



PRAYER FOR ONE WHOSE SICKNESS HAS 
BEEN LONG CONTINUED. 

C~\ GOD, Creator and Preserver of all things, 
look with compassion, we beseech Thee, 
on Thy servant, whom Thou hast seen fit to 
visit with long-continued sickness. 

Have mercy on him, for he is desolate and 
afflicted. Receive him into Thy fatherly pro 
tection ; for he hath recourse in his adversity 
to Thee alone. Though he be sore troubled, 
Thou canst send deliverance ; though cast 
down, Thou canst lift him up ; though weak 
and trembling, Thou canst give him strength 
and courage ; though conscious of great and 
manifold transgressions, Thou canst make him 
holy. 

Vouchsafe, O God, to him Thy mercy for 
the sake of Thy beloved Son. 

We pray Thee to arrest his malady and to 
restore his health. But if it seem to Thee 
good to protract his trials, give him strength 
to bear them. Teach him to regard his 
present distresses as the wise and merciful 
corrections of his Father in heaven. Let Thy 
Holy Spirit settle in his heart those precious 
promises which are made to us in Christ 
Jesus, so that he may patiently wait all the 
days of his appointed time, until his change 
come; and when the hour of his departure 



Service for the Sick. 53 

is at hand, support him with the hopes 
and consolations of Thy Gospel, that, trust 
ing in Thy Word, his soul may depart in 
peace. 

May it also please Thee, most merciful 
Father, to strengthen and comfort his rela 
tives and friends, and all who minister to 
him in his affliction, that they faint not 
through overmuch labour and anxiety. Help 
them to cast their burden upon Thee, with 
the comfortable persuasion that Thou wilt 
sustain them. These things we ask, O God, 
trusting in the mercy of Jesus Christ our 
Lord. 



FOR ONE ABOUT TO UNDERGO A SERIOUS 
SURGICAL OPERATION. 

GOD, we commend to Thee, through 
Jesus Christ our Lord, this Thy servant 
in an hour of pain and fearfulness. Give him 
strength to bear with fortitude what lies before 
him. May his faith in Thee, and in Christ his 
Saviour, strengthen him and cheer him. May 
he, as he suffers, remember what Christ has 
for him suffered. Grant wisdom, courage, 
and tenderness to his physicians ; and, if it 
be Thy will, may what they do work in him 
a lasting cure. May he so patiently bear the 
wounding of his mortal body, that the dis- 



54 Prayers for Sailors. 

cipline may tend to his growth in grace ; and 
may he, by Thy mercy, be spared yet many 
days in the land of the living and place of 
hope, to thank and glorify Thee, who art a 
very present help in trouble. Grant this, 
we beseech Thee, O God, for Christ's sake. 

Itmeit. 



IN CASE OF SUDDEN ILLNESS OR ACCIDENT. 

A LMIGHTY GOD, who smitest and heal- 
est, who killest and makest alive, while 
none can stay Thy hand ; give ear, we beseech 
Thee, to our earnest supplications in behalf of 
this Thy servant, whom Thou hast visited 
with sudden and severe affliction. Be pleased, 
O Lord, to deliver him ; O Lord, make haste 
to help him. Quicken him for Thy name's 
sake; and for Thy righteousness' sake bring 
his soul out of trouble. O spare him, that he 
may recover strength, before he go hence, and 
be no more. 

Above all, grant that this sudden visitation 
may be overruled for his everlasting welfare. 
May it humble him under Thy mighty hand. 
May it lead him to exercise true repentance 
towards Thee and unfeigned faith in the 
Lord Jesus Christ; and by Thy grace to 
cherish in his heart so deep a concern for 
the welfare of his soul, as no temptations 
shall be able to overcome. May he think 



Service for the Sick. 55 

upon his ways, turn his feet unto Thy 
testimonies, and make haste to keep Thy 
commandments. 

If it be Thy will that, in answer to our 
prayers, he should yet be spared in the land 
of the living, grant that he may, by Thy 
grace, be enabled to serve Thee more faith 
fully. But if it seem good to Thee to cut 
him off in the midst of his days, enable him 
meekly to bow to Thy holy will, and to depart 
in full assurance of faith. And grant him, 
through the merits and grace of the Redeemer, 
a portion in the inheritance of the saints. 

Mercifully hear us, and grant an answer in 
peace, for the sake of Thy beloved Son, our 
Lord and Saviour. 



FOR ONE WHO IS INSENSIBLE OR DELIRIOUS. 

T ORD GOD, merciful and gracious, who 
knowest our frame, and hast compassion 
on our infirmities, look down in pity, we 
beseech Thee, on Thy servant, for whom, in 
his present sorely afflicted state of body and 
of mind, we desire to intercede. 

We earnestly pray, O God, that it may 
please Thee to enlighten his darkness, and 
to restore to him the use of all his faculties, 
that he may be able clearly to discern the 
things which belong to his everlasting peace. 



56 Prayers for Sailors. 

Arrest, if it be Thy will, the progress of his 
disease. Bless the means employed for its 
removal. Work for him a great deliverance 
for Thy mercy's sake ; that, being restored 
to health of body and soundness of mind, he 
may be yet spared to serve Thee in the land 
of the living. 

Above all, we entreat Thee to be merciful 
to his soul. Remember not against him 
former transgressions ; remember Thy loving- 
kindnesses, which have been of old ; and for 
the sake of Thy beloved Son, who bore our 
sins in His own body on the cross, receive 
him graciously, love him freely, and visit him 
with Thy salvation. 

If it seem good to Thee in his present state 
to remove him from us, receive him, O Lord, 
unto Thyself, and in mercy give him, for 
Christ's sake, an entrance into Thy glorious 
kingdom, wherein the shadows that now lie 
dark upon him shall be removed, and in Thy 
light he shall see light. 

Mercifully hear our humble supplications, 
for the Lord Jesus' sake. Lmert. 



FOR A SICK PERSON IN DEEP DEJECTION 
OF SPIRIT. 

T7ATHER of mercies and God of all comfort, 

we pray that this, our brother, who is 

tempted by fear and doubt, may be cheered 



Service for the Sick. 57 

with the light of Thy reconciled countenance, 
and blessed with the consolations of Thy grace. 

O Lord, rebuke him not in Thine anger, 
neither chasten him in Thy hot displeasure. 
Have mercy on him, for he is weak ; heal 
him, for his soul is sore vexed. The troubles 
of his heart are enlarged ; O bring Thou him 
out of his distresses. Look upon his affliction 
and his pain, and forgive all his sin. Let not 
the thought of Thy wrath lie hard upon him, 
nor the terror of Thy judgments distract or 
overwhelm him. Let him not doubt the truth 
of Thy promises, so graciously made in Thy 
beloved Son. Cause him to hear the voice 
of the Redeemer, inviting weary souls to come 
to Him and rest ; assuring him that in no wise 
shall he be cast out. And let Thy Spirit work in 
him a lively faith, so that he may be filled with 
all joy and peace in believing, and may abound 
in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost. 

Merciful Father, who hast comforted us 
with the assurance that Thou dost not afflict 
willingly nor grieve the children of men, 
suffer not our sorrowing brother, we beseech 
Thee, to think by reason of these trials that 
Thou hast forgotten to be gracious to him. 
Trusting in Thee as a reconciled God, may 
he be persuaded that in faithfulness Thou 
art chastening him, not for Thy pleasure, 
but for his profit. And having Thy love 
shed abroad within his heart, may he know 
that all things work together for his good, 



58 Prayers for Sailors. 

and that his present light affliction, which is 
but for a moment, worketh for him a far more 
exceeding, even an eternal weight of glory. 

Grant, O God, if it be consistent with Thy 
holy will, that the malady of Thy servant may 
be removed, and that he may be spared to 
serve Thee on the earth. But if Thou 
shouldst have otherwise appointed, give him 
Thy grace to uphold him in a dying hour, 
that when he walks through the valley of 
the shadow of death he may fear no evil, 
because Thou, O Lord, art with him, and 
Thy rod and staff comfort him. 

Grant these requests, O Father, in his be 
half, and all other things which Thou knowest 
to be expedient for him, for the Lord Jesus' 
sake. 



FOR A SICK PERSON WHEN THERE IS LITTLE 
HOPE OF RECOVERY. 

GOD, in whose hand is the life of all 
mankind and the breath of every living 
thing, look with compassion on this Thy sorely 
afflicted servant, for whom we humbly offer 
our prayers. 

Thou hast been pleased in Thy providence 
to bring him very low, and near to the gates 
of death ; be pleased, therefore, we pray Thee, 
to give him Thy grace. Sustain his sinking 



Service for the Sick. 59 

heart, and give to him in rich measure the 
consolations of the Gospel. 

Let Thy Holy Spirit be shed on him abund 
antly, to strengthen him for the endurance of 
his sufferings, to witness with his spirit that he 
is a child of God, to purify him from all re 
maining sin, and to make him meet for the 
inheritance of the saints in light. 

God of all grace, support him in his time of 
trouble, that his faith be not shaken, nor his 
hope clouded, nor his peace disquieted by the 
trials that encompass him. Into Thy hands 
may he be enabled to commend his spirit, 
knowing Him in whom he hath believed, and 
being persuaded that Thou art able to keep 
that which is committed to Thee against the 
great day. And if it be Thy will at this time 
to remove him from this world, grant him a 
peaceful departure out of this life, and gra 
ciously receive him to Thyself. Living or 
dying, O God, may he be Thine, safe in Thy 
hands, and acceptable in Thy sight. 

Comfort his anxious relatives and friends. 
Enable them to cast their care on Thee. 
Teach them to submit with meekness to 
Thy holy will, and give them grace to im 
prove Thy chastening to the everlasting wel 
fare of their souls. 

These things we ask of Thee, O heavenly 
Father, only for the sake of Jesus Christ, Thy 
Son, our Saviour. Itmen. 



60 Prayers for Sailors, 



FOR ONE AT THE POINT OF DEATH. 

GOD, Father of mercies, and God of 
all consolation, look graciously, we be 
seech Thee, for Jesus Christ's sake, upon 
this Thy servant about to depart from this 
sinful world. Visit him with Thy salvation, 
and through the suffering and death of Christ 
Thy Son, mercifully grant him pardon and 
remission of all sin, that he in the hour of 
departure may find Thee a pitying Father ; 
and, cleansed from all sin by the blood of 
Christ, may pass into life eternal, into peace 
and the heavenly glory. 

O Lord, in Thy mercy grant that he may 
know Thee to be his reconciled God ; that 
he may be sensible in spirit of the presence 
of Christ with him, and that the light of the 
Holy Spirit may enlighten him in the dark 
hour of death. 

O Lord, in Thy mercy comfort, sustain, 
guide, and bless for evermore this our depart 
ing friend, for whom Christ has died. Into 
Thy hands we commend his spirit. O our 
God, keep him safe for evermore. &men. 



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A LMIGHTY GOD, who art the confidence 
** of all the ends of the earth, and of them 
that are afar off upon the sea ; under whose 
protection we are alike secure in every place, 
and without whose providence we can nowhere 
be in safety ; look down in mercy on us, Thine 
unworthy servants, who are called to see Thy 
wonders in the deep, and to perform the 
duties of our vocation on the great waters. 
Let Thine everlasting arms be underneath and 
round about us. Preserve us in all dangers. 
Support us in all trials. Conduct us speedily 
and safely on our voyage, and bring us in 
peace and comfort to our desired haven. 
Bless the officers and sailors of this ship. 
Guide them in all times of perplexity and 
danger, and enable them continually to put 
their trust in Thee. 

Be pleased to watch over the members of 



62 Prayers for Sailors. 

our families, and all the beloved friends 
whom we have left behind. Relieve our 
minds from all anxiety on their account, by 
the blessed assurance that Thou carest for 
them. Above all, grant that our souls may be 
defended from whatsoever evils or perils may 
encompass them ; and that, abiding stedfast 
in the faith, we may be enabled so to pass 
through the waves and storms of this uncertain 
world, that finally we may come to the haven 
of eternal rest, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 



II. 



A LMIGHTY GOD, who rulest over all, and 
*^ doest according to Thy will in heaven, 
and in earth, and in the sea, grant unto us, as 
we pass through the great waters, Thy pro 
tection and guidance. Bless, we beseech Thee, 
the captain, the officers, and sailors of this 
ship, and all who sail with us. For our Lord 
Jesus Christ's sake, who said to the waves, 
Be still, stretch Thy hand over the sea and 
shield us in every storm and peril, and bring 
us in safety to our desired haven. 

Teach us in all our ways to acknowledge 
Thee ; and help us in all difficulties and 
dangers to trust in Thee. Though deep 
should call unto deep, and all Thy waves 
and billows should go over us, yet do Thou 



For the Use of Persons at Sea. 63 

command Thy loving-kindness in the daytime, 
and cause Thy song in the night to be with us, 
and our prayer unto Thee, the God of our life. 

Bless .our homes, and care for our beloved 
friends. Fulfil, both to us and to them, Thy 
gracious promise that Thou wilt never leave 
us nor forsake us ; and preserve us from ever 
leaving or forsaking Thee. 

O Almighty God, give us all true faith in 
Thee, and that blessed hope in Christ Jesus 
our Redeemer, which is as an anchor of the 
soul, both sure and stedfast, and which 
entereth into that within the veil. Hear 
this our prayer, we beseech Thee, for Christ 
Jesus' sake. 



III. 



LORD our God, who art present every- 
where to hear and help us according to 
our need, dispose us at all times and in all 
places to trust in Thee. Cause us, even in 
the solitude of the ocean, to feel that Thou 
art not far from every one of us. And be 
graciously pleased to fulfil to us Thy word, 
that if we take the wings of the morning and 
dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even 
there shall Thy hand lead us, and Thy right 
hand shall hold us. 

To Thy care and guidance, O heavenly 
Father, we commit ourselves, and all who 



64 Prayers for Sailors. 

are on board this ship, beseeching Thee to be 
our refuge and our strength, our very present 
help in trouble. Send favouring winds, and 
grant that, by Thy goodness, we may in due 
season reach in safety our appointed haven. 
O Christ, the same yesterday, to-day, and 
for ever, be Thou our hiding-place from the 
wind and covert from the tempest, so that, 
whatever dangers may surround us, our hearts 
and minds may be kept in perfect peace. 

Bestow Thy blessing on our relatives and 
friends at home. Grant that they may prosper 
in all things, and be in health ; above all, that 
their souls may prosper. 

God of all grace, who hast blessed us hither 
to, we humbly beseech Thee to bless us still. 
Uphold us by Thy power. Direct us by Thy 
wisdom. Sanctify us more and more by Thy 
grace. Deliver us from all the snares and 
temptations to which we are exposed ; so that, 
having ended the voyage of life in peace, we 
may come at last to that heavenly kingdom 
which Thou hast prepared for us, through 
Jesus Christ our Lord ; to whom be all honour 
and glory for ever and ever. 



IV. 



A LMIGHTY GOD, our Maker and Pre- 
^^ server, we acknowledge that Thou art 
good unto all, and that Thy tender mercies 



For the Use of Persons at Sea. 65 

are over all Thy works. The earth is full of 
Thy riches; so is this great and wide sea, 
wherein are things creeping innumerable, both 
small and great beasts. These wait all upon 
Thee, that Thou mayest give them their meat 
in due season. O Lord, how manifold are 
Thy works : in wisdom hast Thou made them 
all. 

We thank Thee that we are invited to 
commit all our ways unto Thee, and that 
Thou hast promised to direct our steps. 
Wherefore, we beseech Thee, leave us not 
to ourselves as we pass through the paths of 
the seas ; but keep us safe by Thine almighty 
power. 

O God, who carest for Thy children, for 
Christ's sake shield us from all danger. Suffer 
no evil to befall us, and no temptation to 
ensnare or overcome us. Assist us in all 
the duties of our calling; and guide us in 
peace and safety to our journey's end. 

Bestow Thy favour on the captain, the 
officers, and the sailors of this ship. Give 
them wisdom and courage that they may 
rightly discharge every duty of their calling. 

Bless and comfort our relatives and friends 
at home. May we and they, though separated 
in bodily presence, be ever joined together in 
the unity of faith and love. And at length, 
when the course of this mortal life is ended, 
may we meet them and dwell with them for 
ever in that land of blessedness and rest 
E 



66 Prayers for Sailors. 

which Thou hast prepared for Thy people, 
through Jesus Christ ; to whom, with Thee 
and with the Holy Ghost, be all honour and 
praise for evermore. 3tmeit. 



V. 



A LMIGHTY GOD, who alone commandest 
*^ the winds and the waves, and they obey 
Thee ; we, Thine unworthy and sinful creatures, 
would humbly address to Thee our prayers. 
We worship Thee as the living and true God, 
who hast made the earth, and sea, and all that 
is therein. Seeing Thy wonders in the deep, 
we magnify and exalt Thy glorious name, and 
ascribe unto Thee all dominion, and majesty, 
and glory. 

We give Thee thanks for all that we have 
hitherto experienced of Thy goodness and 
care ; and we beseech Thee still to vouchsafe 
to us, notwithstanding our unworthiness, the 
continued defence and bounty of Thy provi 
dence. Give Thy fatherly blessing to the 
captain and all on board this ship. Shield 
us from all dangers, seen and unseen. Speed 
us on our way, and bring us to our destination. 
Take all our absent friends under Thy protec 
tion, and grant that in due time we may be 
happily restored to them. 

Above all, give unto us, O heavenly Father, 
the abundant influence of Thy Holy Spirit, 



For the Use of Persons at Sea. 67 

to enlighten our minds in the knowledge of 
Thy truth, to purify our hearts from indwell 
ing sin, and to work in us both to will and to 
do of Thy good pleasure. Enable us ever to 
hold faith and a good conscience, lest by 
putting them away we make shipwreck of 
the soul; and, being guided and governed 
by Thy blessed Spirit, may we finish the 
voyage of life in safety, and find entrance at 
last into the haven of eternal rest, through 
Jesus Christ our Lord ; for whose second 
coming to judge the world we wait, and to 
whom, with Thee the Father, and with the 
Holy Ghost, one God, be glory everlasting. 



at tfy JSurfal of t&e 

" I know that my Redeemer liveth." 



" OUR help is in the name of the Lord, who 
made heaven and earth. 

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the 
Lord pitieth them that fear Him. For He 
knoweth our frame ; He remembereth that 
we are dust. 

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, 
we are of all men most miserable. 

But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus 
from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up 
Christ from the dead shall also quicken your 
mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth 
in you. 

The hour is coming, in the which all that 
are in the graves shall hear His voice, and 
shall come forth ; they that have done good, 
unto the resurrection of life ; and they that 
have done evil, unto the resurrection of 
damnation. 



Service at the Burial of the Dead. 69 

As for me, I will behold Thy face in right 
eousness : I shall be satisfied, when I awake, 
with Thy likeness. 

The first man is of the earth, earthy; the 
second man is the Lord from heaven. 

As is the earthy, such are they also that are 
earthy; and as is the heavenly, such are they 
also that are heavenly. 

And as we have borne the image of the 
earthy, we shall also bear the image of the 
heavenly. 

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and 
blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; 
neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 

Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall 
not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, 
at the last trump : for the trumpet shall sound, 
and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and 
we shall be changed. 

For this corruptible must put on incor 
ruption, and this mortal must put on im 
mortality. 

So when this corruptible shall have put on 
incorruption, and this mortal shall have put 
on immortality, then shall be brought to pass 
the saying that is written, Death is swallowed 
up in victory. 

O death, where is thy sting ? O grave, where 
is thy victory ? 

The sting of death is sin ; and the strength 
of sin is the law. 



70 Prayers for Sailors. 

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the 
victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye sted- 
fast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work 
of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your 
labour is not in vain in the Lord." 



LET us PRAY. 

C\ GOD, our heavenly Father, in this hour 
of sorrow we come to Thee in prayer, 
for in Thee alone is our confidence and hope. 
For Christ's sake, be Thou pleased to hear us, 
and give us the blessing we need. 

Seeing that it hath pleased Thee, in whose 
hand our life is, and whose are all our ways, 
to take away from among us another of our 
brethren, grant unto us who remain, faith in 
Thy great goodness, and the comfort we need 
while in the presence of death. By Thy Holy 
Spirit the Comforter, be pleased now to grant 
to us all, and specially to the relatives of our 
departed brother, a good hope in Jesus Christ 
our Lord, who hath brought life and im 
mortality to light through the Gospel. 

We thank Thee, O God, that even now, 
standing here by this open grave, we can 
rejoice in Jesus Christ our Lord, believing 
that He has overcome the sharpness of death, 
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all 
believers. We praise Thee for the brightness 



Service at the Burial of the Dead. 7 1 

of the hope we have that they who die in 
Christ shall live with Him for evermore. And 
we humbly pray that we, who are here present, 
may be kept in everlasting fellowship with 
Him, so that when we depart this life, accord 
ing to Thy will, our souls may be received into 
His presence with exceeding joy, and our flesh 
also may rest in hope till this mortal shall have 
put on immortality, and death be swallowed 
up in victory. 

To us to live may it be Christ, that to die 
may be gain ; so that living or dying we may 
be always Thine, safe in Thy hands, and ac 
ceptable in Thy sight. 

Teach us all to live, as knowing that we 
must soon die. Let us not be slothful, but 
followers of them who through faith and 
patience inherit the promises. And seeing 
that the time is short, dispose us to weep, as 
though we wept not ; to rejoice, as though we 
rejoiced not ; to buy, as though we possessed 
not ; and to use this world as not abusing it ; 
because the fashion of this world passeth 
away. 

Hear our prayer^ O Lord, and give ear unto 
our cry; for we are strangers with Thee, and 
sojourners, as all our fathers were. O satisfy 
us early with Thy mercy, that we may rejoice 
and be glad all our days. Make us glad ac 
cording to the days wherein Thou hast afflicted 
us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. 
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be 



72 Prayers for Sailors. 

upon us ; and establish Thou the work of our 
hands upon us ; yea, the work of our hands 
establish Thou it. 



TO BE USED IF THE FUNERAL IS AT SEA. 

GOD, Creator and Preserver of all, who 
holdest the waters in the hollow of Thy 
hand, and hast declared that in the great day 
of the resurrection the sea shall give up the 
dead that are in it, grant unto us, that as we 
now commit to the great deep the body of our 
departed brother, we may be able to look up 
to Thee, our Father, through Christ, and with 
a sure and certain hope that they who believe 
shall inherit everlasting life. 

Guide us by Thy Spirit all the days of our 
life. Teach us to remember the things which 
pertain to the life which is eternal, and when 
our wanderings in this life are done, bring us, 
through faith in a crucified, risen, and glori 
fied Redeemer, to our desired haven of eternal 
rest. 

We commend unto Thee the friends of our 
departed brother, and pray Thee that, in their 
hours of sorrow, they may have joy and con 
solation in Thy love, through Jesus Christ 
our Lord. 

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



Service at the Burial of the Dead. 73 

the everlasting covenant, make us perfect in 
every good work, to do Thy will, working in 
us that which is well -pleasing in Thy sight, 
through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for 
ever and ever. 



Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed 
be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy 
will be done in earth, is it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. And for 
give us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver 
us from evil : For Thine is the kingdom, and 
the power, and the glory, for ever. JUmett. 



HP HE grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and 

the love of God, and the communion of 

the Holy Ghost, be with us all. 



PRAYER AT THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD 
AFTER A BATTLE. 

LORD God of hosts, who hast brought 
us in safety through the peril of battle, 
and hast at this time called us in sorrow to 
commit to the deep the dead bodies of our 
brethren in arms who have fallen, we desire 



74 Prayers for Sailors. 

to approach Thee in prayer through Jesus 
Christ, the Captain of our salvation, asking 
Thee to enable us all to remember Thy great 
mercy, and the love of Christ, in whom is all 
our hope for this life and for the next. 

Comfort, we beseech Thee, the friends and 
relatives of the fallen. Provide for their wants 
and alleviate their sorrows. Help them to 
bow in meek submission to Thy will. And 
in their bereavements draw them more closely 
unto Thee, who wilt never leave them nor 
forsake them. 

We thank Thee, O God, that we have good 
hope that as these our brethren quitted them 
selves like men, and fell at last, faithful unto 
death, righting for a righteous cause ; so they 
died in faith in Christ, and now rest in peace, 
waiting for a blessed resurrection. And we 
pray that we who remain may be able to per 
severe in righteousness, so that, at last, having 
fought the good fight of faith, we may receive 
the crown of life, and a place in the heavenly 
glory. 



Special 



PRAYER AT THE BEGINNING OF A YEAR. 

/^\ GOD, in whom we live, and move, and 
have our being, enable us, we pray Thee 
for Christ's sake, with this new year, anew to 
dedicate ourselves and all we have to Thee. 
As we live by Thy grace, and rejoice in Thy 
bounty, may we be able to live to Thy praise, 
and to serve Thee evermore with gladness. 

Teach us, good Lord, to seek first Thy 
kingdom and righteousness, that all other 
things may be added unto us. Grant that 
our spiritual life may this year grow, and 
bear fruit unto Thy glory. Lord, increase 
our faith. Make our hope in heavenly things 
brighter and more enduring ; and cause us to 
know the love of Christ, that we may love 
Thee with all our soul and strength and 
mind, and may love our neighbours as our 
selves. May the passing years bring us nearer 
the gate of heaven, and nearer to Thee in 
Christ. 



76 Prayers for Sailors. 

Impress us, O God, with an abiding sense 
of the shortness and uncertainty of our lives, 
and so teach us to number our days that we 
may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Give 
us grace to redeem the time we have spent 
in sloth, vanity, and wickedness, by greater 
earnestness and diligence in the work of prep 
aration for eternity. Grant that as our days 
are multiplied, our holy resolutions may be 
strengthened ; and that, as we draw ever 
nearer to the grave, we may constantly grow 
in our conformity to Thine image, and in our 
fitness to inherit Thy heavenly kingdom. 

Into Thy hands, O God, we commit our 
selves, beseeching Thee, who hast blessed us 
hitherto, to bless us still. Prosper us in 
our lawful undertakings. Keep us from the 
evil that is in the world. Prepare us for 
all events that may befall us. Grant that, 
whether in prosperity or in adversity, in health 
or in sickness, in life or in death, we may be 
upheld and comforted with the assurance that 
all things work together for good to them that 
love Thee. And make us to be so rooted and 
grounded in the faith, and so abundantly 
fruitful in good works, that in what hour 
soever our Lord shall come, we may be found 
of Him in peace, and may receive that crown 
of righteousness which is laid up for them that 
love His appearing. 

Graciously hear us, O God, and have mercy 
upon us, for the Lord Jesus' sake. 



Special Prayers. 77 



FOR A TIME OF GREAT SICKNESS AND 
MORTALITY. 

A LMIGHTY GOD, who killest and makest 
*^ alive, who turnest man to destruction, 
and sayest, Return, ye children of men ; we 
acknowledge the justice of that chastisement 
with which in Thy providence Thou hast 
been pleased to visit us ; and most humbly 
do we beseech Thee, for the Redeemer's sake, 
to have pity upon us, miserable sinners, and 
in the midst of deserved wrath to remember 
mercy. Return, O Lord, how long ? and let 
it repent Thee concerning Thy servants. 
Deliver us from the pestilence that walketh 
in darkness, and from the destruction that 
wasteth at noonday. Keep us in safety, O 
Lord, we beseech Thee, for Christ's sake, and 
enable us to trust continually in Thee. 

Above all, grant that Thy judgments may 
induce us to search and try our ways, and 
turn unto the Lord ; and that, exercising 
repentance towards Thee, and faith towards 
Thy beloved Son, we may be delivered from 
the plagues of our own evil hearts, saved 
from everlasting death, and raised to the hope 
of immortal life and glory, through Jesus 
Christ, who died for us and rose again ; and 
to whom, with Thee and with the Holy Spirit, 
be all honour and praise for ever and ever. 

Itmett. 



7 8 Prayers for Sailors. 



THANKSGIVING FOR THE REMOVAL OF 
PESTILENCE. 

A LMIGHTY and most merciful Father, we 
humbly and heartily acknowledge Thy 
goodness in withdrawing from us that plague 
with which for our sins we have been visited. 
It is of Thy mercies, O Lord, that we are not 
consumed, and because Thy compassions fail 
not. Wherefore, we beseech Thee, help us, 
with grateful hearts and obedient lives, to 
show forth Thy praise. Suffer us not to be 
forgetful of the vows which our lips uttered 
while we were in trouble ; but as Thou hast 
delivered our souls from death, our eyes from 
tears, and our feet from falling, dispose us 
to walk before Thee in the land of the 
living. 

Confirm us, O Lord, that we may ever 
be stedfast in our fidelity to Thee, who hast 
dealt so mercifully with us. Make us glad 
according to the days wherein Thou hast 
afflicted us, and the years wherein we have 
seen evil. Let Thy work appear unto Thy 
servants, and Thy glory unto their children. 
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be 
upon us, and establish Thou the work of our 
hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands 
establish Thou it. 

Graciously receive the tribute of our thanks- 



Special Prayers. 79 

givings, and grant an answer to our prayers, 
for the Lord Jesus' sake. 



PRAYER FOR FRIENDS AT HOME. 

LORD, who hast been our dwelling-place 
in all generations, and hast said that 
Thou wilt never leave us nor forsake us, 
enable us to put our trust in Thee. Though 
far from the land in which our fathers wor 
shipped Thee, suffer us not to be forgetful of 
Thy service. Teach us still to acknowledge 
Thee in all our ways, honouring Thy name, 
searching Thy word, hallowing Thy Sabbaths, 
and keeping Thy commandments. Help us to 
lead a life of faith in Jesus Christ Thy Son, 
who loved us and gave Himself for us. 

We pray for our friends and relatives at 
home, that it may please Thee to bless and 
to protect them. Bestow upon them Thy 
loving- kindness, which is better than life. 
May we and they be cheered from time to 
time with tidings of each other's welfare, 
and grant, if it be consistent with Thy will, 
that in Thy good time we may meet again 
in joy. Be with us and them in all the way 
that we go, and keep us in all places where 
soever we sojourn. Let Thy wisdom guide 
us, and Thy grace uphold us. And when 
the days of our pilgrimage on earth are ended, 



8o Prayers for Sailors. 

grant us an everlasting portion in that better 
country which Thou hast prepared for them 
that love Thee, through Jesus Christ ; in 
whose name we present our prayers, and 
unto whom, with Thee, O Father, and with 
the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory for 
evermore. 



for tiic Ilc of J?i0bmncn 
.afloat. 



i. 



A LMIGHTV and all-merciful God, Creator 
*"' and Ruler of all things, who boldest tin* 
waters in the hollow of Thy hand, hear us, 
who are pursuing our calling on the giv.it 
deep, as wo lift up our souls unto Thee. 

O God. we feel our helplessness before Thee, 
as we are driven up and down before the 
tempest and the waves beat in upon us. Our 
faith is often ready to fail, and we are afraid 
at the tokens of Thy presence. Lord, we 
believe help Thou our unbelief: and enable 
us by night and day, on sea and land, to 
trust in Th 

Preserve us, () heavenly Father, in exeiy 
hour of peril. Guide' us in every course. 
Keep us from hidden dangers. Prosper us 
in our work. Supply our daily wants. 
Teach us to seek first Thy kingdom and 
i 



82 Prayers for Sailors. 

righteousness, that all other things may be 
added unto us. 

O Lord our God, be Thou pleased to bless 
our homes, and all our dear ones therein. 
Keep them from fear for us. Give them the 
loving faith which brings good cheer, and 
prosper them every day in their labour of 
life. 

Hear, for Christ Jesus' sake, we beseech 
Thee, O God, and answer us, so that, being 
blessed by Thee, the Almighty God, we and 
all ours may have the peace and joy which 
come by believing, and may at last rest 
within Thy kingdom for evermore, 3ttmn. 



II. 



LORD God Almighty, hear us whea 
now we call on Thee through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. O Thou who hast taught 
us that Thy way is in the sea and Thy path 
in the great waters, grant that even now we 
may, by faith, find Thee, and know Thee to 
be very near to us. Enable us continually to 
put our trust in Thee ; and be Thou pleased 
to guard us from danger, to prosper us in our 
labour of life, and to guide us continually, so 
that we may be kept from sin and folly, and 
enabled by Thy grace always to do what is 
well-pleasing in Thy sight. 

O Christ, Thou Saviour of men, who on the 



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sea of Galilee didst still the tempest by Thy 
word of power, be pleased to grant us Thy 
presence, lest our faith do fail in time of peril. 
Increase our faith, O Lord, in Thee as our 
Redeemer and our heavenly Friend, and do 
Thou grant us Thy salvation. 

O Holy Spirit, Thou that guidest to the 
home of the spirits of just men, and into the 
haven of eternal rest, shed, we pray Thee, 
Thy heavenly light upon our way. Guide 
us, lest w r e miss the track and perish. 
Strengthen us, lest we faint while watch 
ing, and prepare us for the rest that re- 
maineth unto the people of God. 

O God, hear our prayers; and unto Thee, 
with Christ and the Holy Spirit, we would 
ascribe all honour, and glory, and praise, 
world without end. 



III. 



f~\ LORD God Almighty, who makest 
the clouds Thy chariot, who walkest 
upon the wings of the wind, and bindest the 
floods from overflowing, for Christ's sake be 
pleased mercifully to protect us, Thy ser 
vants, from all peril on the sea. Manifest 
Thy loving- kindness to us in the daytime, 
and show forth Thy faithfulness to us every 
night. Bless us in the labour of our hands, 
and feed us with food convenient for us. 



84 Prayers for Sailors. 

O God, who alone can give the precious 
gift of faith, grant unto us power at all times 
to trust in Thee, through Jesus Christ our 
Lord. In times of storm and peril, grant 
that our hearts may be fearless, because we 
know Him who said unto the waves, Peace, 
be still ; and because we trust in Thee, O 
God our Father, who art the confidence of 
them that are afar off upon the sea. O God, 
our hope is in Thee ; bless and guide us, now 
and evermore. 

Bless and keep safely all our relatives and 
friends. Confirm in their hearts a perfect 
confidence in Thy fatherly care. Remove 
their doubts, calm their fears, and lift their 
hearts to Thee, that they may have the 
blessed peace which comes by believing, and 
may commit all their care unto Thee, their 
heavenly Father. 

These our humble prayers we offer in the 
name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 



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i. 

WHEN THE BOATS ARE ABOUT TO SAIL. 

GOD, we acknowledge Thee to be the 
Lord. Thou art He that reigneth over 
all. Thy throne is established of old : Thou 
art from everlasting. The floods have lifted 
up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their 
voice ; the floods lift up their waves ; but 
Thou art mightier than the noise of many 
waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the 
sea. Thy testimonies are very sure. 

We thank Thee, O God, for all Thy good 
ness ; for Thy care over us ever since we had 
our being ; and for Thy good promises, that 
Thou wilt bless Thy people for evermore. 

We desire to commit all our concerns unto 
Thee, our heavenly Father, and with humble 
faith, to place our dependence on Thee, as 
Thou hast commanded. Give us therefore, O 



86 Prayers for Sailors. 

Lord, we pray Thee, a true and living faith in 
Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Saviour. May we 
have from Thee power to trust in Him and 
His finished work for us. Enable us, O God, 
to believe in Him as our Saviour from sin, and 
the Giver of eternal life, with all its joy and 
glory. 

We thank Thee, O God, for all Thy mercies ; 
and now we humbly pray Thee to guard and 
keep in safety all our dear ones who are about 
to leave us and to put to sea. Be with 
them, O God, during their voyage ; prosper 
them in their calling, and grant that their nets 
may be full, and that there may be abundance 
for them and for us. Sustain them amid the 
hardships of the sea ; and as they keep watch 
by night, be Thou pleased to watch over them 
in Thy great love, that they may be preserved 
from danger and kept safe amid the perils of 
the sea. 

In times of storm, O Lord, of Thy great 
mercy help Thy servants, that they perish not. 

Thou hast been pleased in Thy Holy Word to 
declare that Thou art a refuge from storm and 
a hiding-place from the wind, and that Thou 
stayest Thy rough wind in the day of the east 
wind, and that Thou canst make the storm a 
calm. O heavenly Father, make good Thy 
promises to our dear ones. Guard them by 
Thine almighty power, preserve them amid 
all the dangers of their calling, and bring 
them home again to us in safety. 



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And above all, O God, be pleased to keep 
them from the perils which beset the soul. 
Keep them from the company of sinful and 
foolish men, and in the midst of temptation 
strengthen them by Thy Holy Spirit, that they 
may not fall. Preserve them in all honesty, 
and grant that they may be temperate in all 
things. Enable them by Thy grace to be 
sober in conduct, gentle in temper, and pure 
in speech, that as Thy true children and the 
followers of Jesus Christ, who called His first 
disciples from among the fishermen of Galilee, 
they may be able continually to glorify Thee 
their God, and may walk worthily of their high 
calling in Jesus Christ. 

Lord our Keeper, watch over us, and over 
all who are dear to us. Shield us from all 
harm ; keep us from all sin ; and whether we 
sleep or wake, let us live with Thee. Fulfil 
Thy promise, that Thou wilt never leave us 
nor forsake us. Enable us to pass the time of 
our sojourning in Thy faith, and fear, and 
love ; and when we die, receive us unto Thy 
self, that we may dwell in Thy presence, and 
behold Thy face, and sing praises unto Thy 
name for ever. 

Enable the members of this household, we 
beseech Thee, to be faithful in their appointed 
duties. ^\.nd whatsoever they do, dispose them 
to do it heartily, as unto the Lord and not 
unto man. 

Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 



88 Prayers for Sailors. 

look with compassion on the sick and the 
afflicted. Give them support and comfort in 
their trials; and overrule Thy fatherly chas 
tening to the everlasting welfare of their 
souls. 

These our humble supplications we present 
in the name and through the mediation of 
Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. 

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed 
be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will 
be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us 
this day our daily bread. And forgive us our 
debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us 
not into temptation, but deliver us from evil : 
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and 
the glory, for ever. 



II. 

WHEN THE BOATS ARE OUT. 

" I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge 
and my fortress : my God ; in Him will I 
trust. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror 
by night ; nor for the arrow that flieth by day. 
Because thou hast made the Lord which is my 
refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation ; 
there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall 
any plague come nigh thy dwelling." 



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LET us PRAY. 

A LMIGHTY GOD, who art the confidence 
*^ of all the ends of the earth, and of them 
that are afar off upon the sea our sun and 
shield, our refuge and defence, the strength 
of our heart and the rock of our salvation 
enable us to put our trust in Thee. Teach 
us with full assurance to look up to Thee 
as our reconciled God and Father in Christ 
Jesus, and graciously remember Thy word 
unto Thy servants, on which Thou hast 
caused us to hope, that Thou wilt keep 
him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed 
on Thee. 

Pardon, O God, whatever want of confid 
ence we have shown towards Thee, and lead 
us henceforth by the teaching of Thy Holy 
Spirit to trust in Thee with all our heart. 
Help us to rely on the goodness of Thy prov 
idence. Increase our faith in the promises of 
Thy Word. Dispose us to cast upon Thee all 
our cares, humbly to commit to Thy keeping 
all our interests, and earnestly to seek the 
guidance of Thy wisdom and the aid of Thy 
strength in all our undertakings. 

Teach us, O God of all grace, wholly to de 
pend on the merciful provisions of Thy Gospel. 
Counting all things but loss for the excellency 
of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord, 
may we seek to win Christ, and to be found 



go Prayers for Sailors. 

in Him, having the righteousness which is by 
faith. Convince us that without Him we can 
do nothing, but that through His strength we 
can do all things. May we be persuaded that 
neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor princi 
palities, nor powers, nor things present, nor 
things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor 
any other creature, shall be able to separate 
us from the love of God, which is in Christ 
Jesus our Lord. 

Hear our prayers for our kindred and our 
friends. Deliver them from evil, preserve 
them in all good, and bring them to ever 
lasting joy. 

And especially, O God, we desire of Thee 
at this time a blessing for our dear ones who 
are afar off upon the sea. 

We commend them to Thy holy and all- 
powerful keeping. Be pleased, O God, for 
Christ's sake, to protect and bless them. In 
times of peril, O God, be Thou with them 
to save them. Throughout their days of toil 
strengthen them and keep them true to Thee. 
Through their nights of watching, may their 
confidence be in Thee ; and do Thou of Thy 
mercy watch over them, and suffer them again 
with gladness to see the morning light. 
Prosper them in labour. In faith in Thy 
good providence may they cast their nets, and 
may their nets be filled as were those of the 
disciples on the sea of Galilee, with a great 
multitude of fishes. If it be Thy holy will, 



For Use in a Fisherman's Home. 91 

may they have abundance for themselves and 
for us, and may they rejoice because they 
can feel that they have Thy blessing upon 
them. 

Take us all into Thy holy keeping. May 
our faith in Jesus Christ keep us evermore 
in the way of salvation, and may Thy Holy 
Spirit sanctify us so that we may always 
rejoice to do Thy will. 

Almighty God, who givest power to the faint 
and increasest strength to them that have no 
might, we look to Thee for aid in all our 
duties and in all our trials. Fulfil to us, now 
and always, Thy promise, that as our days so 
shall our strength be. Arm ,us with might 
to resist every temptation, and stablish our 
hearts in every good word and work, that 
we may stand perfect and complete in Thy 
will. 

Guide us in all that we think and say and 
do, that all may be to Thy glory. 

Guide and strengthen us by Thy Holy Spirit, 
that we may be faithful to all our responsi 
bilities, honest in all our dealings, and gentle 
in our communications with all men. May 
we be able to preserve an even temper and 
the spirit of Christian charity amid all the 
anxieties of our business and the trials of 
our daily life. 

O God, who art very pitiful and of tender 
mercy, look with compassion on all who are 
afflicted. Heal the sick; provide for the 



92 Prayers for Sailors. 

destitute; deliver the oppressed; prepare the 
dying for their change. 

Prepare us, O God, for every event that 
may befall us. So teach us to number our 
days, that we may apply our hearts unto 
wisdom. Seeing that the time is short, 
dispose us to weep as though we wept not, 
to rejoice as though we rejoiced not, to buy 
as though we possessed not, and to use this 
world as not abusing it, because the fashion 
of this world passeth away. O satisfy us early 
with Thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be 
glad all our days. Guide us by Thy counsel 
while we live, and afterwards receive us into 
glory. 

Graciously hear and answer us, O Lord, 
according to the fulness of Thy mercy in Christ 
Jesus, our Lord and Saviour. 

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed 
be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will 
be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us 
this day our daily bread. And forgive us our 
debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us 
not into temptation, but deliver us from evil : 
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and 
the glory, for ever. Itmen. 



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III. 

WHEN THERE IS A STORM. 

TORD GOD Almighty, our heavenly Father, 

we come to Thee, imploring Thee to 

bless us in this time of our anxiety and fear. 

Be pleased of Thy mercy to preserve those 
dear to us, and all others who are in this time 
of storm in peril on the sea. 

All power is in Thy hand, O God, for Thou 
hast created all things. Thou hast made the 
earth and the heavens, and the sea is Thine 
also. Thou causest the vapours to ascend 
from the ends of the earth. Thou makest 
lightnings for the rain, and bringest forth 
the wind out of Thy treasuries. Be pleased, 
therefore, in Thine infinite mercy and al 
mighty power, so to overrule these tokens of 
Thy presence, that they may not injure us 
and ours ; and grant that in all times of peril 
our confidence may ever be in Thee, and that 
no fear may cause us in any way to distrust 
Thee. May a sense of Thy presence be in 
us a ground of faith, and may our hope in 
Thee continue stedfast to the end. 

O Christ our Saviour, who hast promised 
to be with Thy people always, even unto the 
end, hear our prayers, we beseech Thee, at 
this time, when we ask for a blessing of pro- 



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tection and salvation for those exposed to 
danger in the storm; and as Thou wast 
pleased to show Thy mighty power on the 
sea of Galilee, and to save Thy disciples when 
they cried unto Thee, and to rebuke the wind 
and the raging of the water, so that they 
ceased and there was a calm, in like manner 
now be Thou pleased to cause the storm to 
cease, and to save Thy servants for whom we 
pray. 

O Holy Spirit, be Thou likewise pleased to 
manifest Thy power in them, that no matter 
what befall, they may possess their souls in 
peace, trusting everything to the mercy and 
power of God. 

O God, who hast prepared for us in heaven 
a better and more enduring inheritance than 
can be found on earth, dispose us to seek 
those things which are above; and enable 
us so to look at the things which are unseen 
and eternal, that we may bear patiently all 
present hardships, and may reckon them un 
worthy to be compared with the glory which 
shall hereafter be revealed in us. 

Merciful Father, who hast given Thine own 
Son to be the propitiation for our sins, grant 
us, for His sake, Thy mercy to forgive us 
and Thy grace to help us. Pardon all the 
defects of our love to Thee, and all the 
excess of our love for earthly things. Turn 
our inclinations and affections from those vain 
objects which would draw away our hearts 



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from Thee. Give to us clear views of Thine 
excellency, and impress us with a lively sense 
of Thy goodness. Above all, teach us to com 
prehend, with all saints, the breadth, and 
length, and depth, and height of Thy love 
towards us in Jesus Christ. 

Graciously hear and answer us, O Lord, 
according to the fulness of Thy mercy in 
Christ Jesus, our Lord and Saviour. 

JLmen. 



IV. 

THANKSGIVING FOR SAFE RETURN FROM 
THE FISHING. 

" Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and 
thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and 
might, be unto our God for ever and ever." 

LET us PRAY. 

T T EAR our prayers, O Lord, and accept our 
thanksgivings for all Thy mercies, re 
newed to us and to all men every day, and 
especially for Thine infinite love, sealed to us 
in the life and death of Jesus Christ our Lord, 
and promised to all the faithful for evermore. 

We confess that we have not always re 
membered Thee. While we have been receiv- 



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ing Thy blessings, we have forgotten Thee. 
While we have been living by Thy mercy, 
we have broken Thy law. While Thy pro 
tection has been the very safety of our lives, 
we have lived carelessly and sinfully. O 
our God, have mercy upon us for Christ's 
sake. For His sake pardon these our sins 
and follies, and grant that Thy Holy Spirit 
may so sanctify our souls and bodies that we 
may be able to serve Thee here upon the 
earth, and may at last be made partakers 
of the heavenly glory. 

We desire to thank Thee now for our 
temporal mercies ; for life and health ; for 
happy homes and loving friends ; for power 
to think and strength to labour; for food 
and raiment ; and for every other blessing 
received at Thy hand. 

And specially at this time we give Thee 
thanks, O most merciful God, for Thy great 
goodness to those of our relatives and friends 
who have returned to us in safety. We thank 
Thee that Thou hast been pleased to preserve 
them amid all dangers of the sea, and that 
Thou hast given them strength to endure 
all the hardships of their perilous calling. 
We would stir up our hearts, and all that 
is within us, to praise and magnify Thy 
name, O God, for all Thy goodness to us 
and ours. 

We render thanks, above all, for the gift 
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Thine unworthy children, receive these bless 
ings; and we humbly ask Thee, with whom 
is no variableness, neither shadow of turning, 
to continue Thy goodness unto us and to bless 
us still, through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our 
Saviour, to whom with Thee and with the 
Holy Spirit be all praise, world without 
end. 



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I. 

EXODUS xiv. 

A ND the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 
*** Speak unto the children of Israel, that 
they turn and encamp before Pi-hahiroth, 
between Migdol and the sea, over against 
Baal-zephon : before it shall ye encamp by 
the sea. 

For Pharaoh will say of the children of 
Israel, They are entangled in the land, the 
wilderness hath shut them in. 

And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he 
shall follow after them ; and I will be honoured 
upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host ; that the 
Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. 
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And it was told the king of Egypt that the 
people fled : and the heart of Pharaoh and of 
his servants was turned against the people, 
and they said, Why have we done this, that 
we have let Israel go from serving us ? 

And he made ready his chariot, and took his 
people with him : 

And he took six hundred chosen chariots, 
and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains 
over every one of them. 

And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh 
king of Egypt, and he pursued after the 
children of Israel : and the children of 
Israel went out with an high hand. 

But the Egyptians pursued after them, all 
the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his 
horsemen, and his army, and overtook them 
encamping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, 
before Baal-zephon. 

And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children 
of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the 
Egyptians marched after them ; and they 
were sore afraid: and the children of Israel 
cried out unto the Lord. 

And they said unto Moses, Because there 
were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us 
away to die in the wilderness ? wherefore hast 
thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out 
of Egypt ? 

Is not this the word that we did tell thee 
in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may 
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for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we 
should die in the wilderness. 

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye 
not, stand still, and see the salvation of the 
Lord, which He will show to you to-day : for 
the Egyptians whom ye have seen to-day, ye 
shall see them again no more for ever. 

The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall 
hold your peace. 

And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore 
criest thou unto me ? speak unto the children 
of Israel, that they go forward. 

But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out 
thine hand over the sea, and divide it ; and 
the children of Israel shall go on dry ground 
through the midst of the sea. 

And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of 
the Egyptians, and they shall follow them : 
and I w T ill get me honour upon Pharaoh, and 
upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon 
his horsemen. 

And the Egyptians shall know that I am the 
Lord, when I have gotten me honour upon 
Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his 
horsemen. 

And the angel of God, which went before 
the camp of Israel, removed and went behind 
them ; and the pillar of the cloud went from 
before their face, and stood behind them : 

And it came between the camp of the 
Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it 
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light by night to these : so that the one came 
not near the other all the night. 

And Moses stretched out his hand over the 
sea ; and the Lord caused the sea to go back 
by a strong east wind all that night, and made 
the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 

And the children of Israel went into the 
midst of the sea upon the dry ground : and 
the waters were a wall unto them on their 
right hand, and on their left. 

And the Egyptians pursued, and went in 
after them to the midst of the sea, even all 
Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horse 
men. 

And it came to pass, that in the morning 
watch the Lord looked unto the host of the 
Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the 
cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians. 

And took off their chariot wheels, that they 
drave them heavily : so that the Egyptians 
said, Let us flee from the face of Israel ; for 
the Lord fighteth for them against the 
Egyptians. 

And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out 
thine hand over the sea, that the waters may 
come again upon the Egyptians, upon their 
chariots, and upon their horsemen. 

And Moses stretched forth his hand over 
the sea, and the sea returned to his strength 
when the morning appeared ; and the Egyptians 
fled against it ; and the Lord overthrew the 
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And the waters returned, and covered the 
chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host 
of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them ; 
there remained not so much as one of them. 

But the children of Israel walked upon dry 
land in the midst of the sea : and the waters 
were a wall unto them on their right hand, 
and on their left. 

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of 
the hand of the Egyptians : and Israel saw 
the Egyptians dead upon the sea-shore. 

And Israel saw that great work which the 
Lord did upon the Egyptians : and the people 
feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and 
his servant Moses. 



II. 

i CHRONICLES xvi. 7-36. 

'TWEEN on that day David delivered first 
this psalm, to thank the Lord, into the 
hand of Asaph and his brethren. 

Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His 
name, make known His deeds among the 
people. 

Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him, 
talk ye of all His wondrous works. 

Glory ye in His holy name : let the heart 
of them rejoice that seek the Lord. 



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Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His 
face continually. 

Remember His marvellous works that He 
hath done, His wonders, and the judgments 
of His mouth ; 

O ye seed of Israel His servant, ye children 
of Jacob, His chosen ones. 

He is the Lord our God; His judgments 
are in all the earth. 

Be ye mindful always of His covenant, the 
word which He commanded to a thousand 
generations ; 

Even of the covenant which He made with 
Abraham, and of His oath unto Isaac ; 

And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for 
a law, and to Israel for an everlasting 
covenant, 

Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of 
Canaan, the lot of your inheritance ; 

When ye were but few, even a few, and 
strangers in it. 

And when they went from nation to nation, 
and from one kingdom to another people, 

He suffered no man to do them wrong ; yea, 
He reproved kings for their sakes, 

Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do 
my prophets no harm. 

Sing unto the Lord, all the earth; show 
forth from day to day His salvation. 

Declare His glory among the heathen ; His 
marvellous works among all nations. 

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praised : He also is to be feared above all 
gods. 

For all the gods of the people are idols : 
but the Lord made the heavens. 

Glory and honour are in His presence ; 
strength and gladness are in His place. 

Give unto the Lord, ye kindreds of the 
people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. 

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His 
name : bring an offering, and come before 
Him ; worship the Lord in the beauty of 
holiness. 

Fear before Him, all the earth : the world 
also shall be stable, that it be not moved. 

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth 
rejoice ; and let men say among the nations, 
The Lord reigneth. 

Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: 
let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein. 

Then shall the trees of the wood sing out 
at the presence of the Lord, because He cometh 
to judge the earth. 

O give thanks unto the Lord ; for He is 
good : for His mercy endureth for ever. 

And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, 
and gather us together, and deliver us from 
the heathen, that we may give thanks to Thy 
holy name, and glory in Thy praise. 

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever 
and ever. And all the people said, Amen, 
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III. 

PSALM xcvi. 

SING unto the Lord a new song; sing 
unto the Lord, all the earth. 

Sing unto the Lord, bless His name ; show 
forth His salvation from day to day. 

Declare His glory among the heathen, His 
wonders among all people. 

For the Lord is great, and greatly to be 
praised : He is to be feared above all gods. 

For all the gods of the nations are idols : 
but the Lord made the heavens. 

Honour and majesty are before Him : 
strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. 

Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the 
people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. 

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His 
name : bring an offering, and come into His 
courts. 

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holi 
ness : fear before Him, all the earth. 

Say among the heathen that the Lord 
reigneth : the world also shall be established 
that it shall not be moved : He shall judge 
the people righteously. 

Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth 
be glad ; let the sea roar, and the fulness 
thereof. 

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therein ; then shall all the trees of the wood 
rejoice. 

Before the Lord ; for He cometh, for He 
cometh to judge the earth : He shall judge 
the world with righteousness, and the people 
with His truth. 



IV. 

PSALM cxxxv. 

pRAISE ye the Lord. Praise ye the name 
of the Lord ; praise Him, O ye servants 
of the Lord. 

Ye that stand in the house of the Lord, 
in the courts of the house of our God, 

Praise the Lord ; for the Lord is good : 
sing praises unto His name ; for it is pleasant. 

For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto 
Himself, and Israel for His peculiar treasure. 

For I know that the Lord is great, and 
that our Lord is above all gods. 

Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did He 
in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all 
deep places. 

He causeth the vapours to ascend from the 
ends of the earth : He maketh lightnings for 
the rain : He bringeth the wind out of His 
treasuries. 

Who smote the first-born of Egypt, both 
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Who sent tokens and wonders into the 
midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and 
upon all his servants. 

Who smote great nations, and slew mighty 
kings ; 

Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of 
Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan : 

And gave their land for an heritage, an 
heritage unto Israel His people. 

Thy name, O Lord, endureth for ever ; 
and Thy memorial, O Lord, throughout all 
generations. 

For the Lord will judge His people, 
and He will repent Himself concerning His 
servants. 

The idols of the heathen are silver and 
gold, the work of men's hands. 

They have mouths, but they speak not ; 
eyes have they, but they see not ; 

They have ears, but they hear not; neither 
is there any breath in their mouths. 

They that make them are like unto them : 
so is every one that trusteth in them. 

Bless the Lord, O house of Israel : bless 
the Lord, O house of Aaron : 

Bless the Lord, O house of Levi : ye that 
fear the Lord, bless the Lord. 

Blessed be the Lord out of Zion, which 
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V. 

PSALM cvn. 

C\ GIVE thanks unto the Lord, for He is 
good; for His mercy endureth for ever. 

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom 
He hath redeemed from the hand of the 
enemy ; 

And gathered them out of the lands, from 
the east, and from the west, from the north, 
and from the south. 

They wandered in the wilderness in a 
solitary way ; they found no city to dwell in. 

Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in 
them. 

Then they cried unto the Lord in their 
trouble, and He delivered them out of their 
distresses. 

And He led them forth by the right way, 
that they might go to a city of habitation. 

Oh that men would praise the Lord for His 
goodness, and for His wonderful works to the 
children of men ! 

For He satisfieth the longing soul, and 
filleth the hungry soul with goodness. 

Such as sit in darkness, and in the shadow 
of death, being bo'und in affliction and iron ; 

Because they rebelled against the words 
of God, and contemned the counsel of the 
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Therefore He brought down their heart with 
labour : they fell down, and there was none to 
help. 

Then they cried unto the Lord in their 
trouble, and He saved them out of their 
distresses. 

He brought them out of darkness and the 
shadow of death, and brake their bands in 
sunder. 

Oh that men would praise the Lord for His 
goodness, and for His wonderful works to the 
children of men ! 

For He hath broken the gates of brass, and 
cut the bars of iron in sunder. 

Fools, because of their transgression and 
because of their iniquities, are afflicted : 

Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat ; 
and they draw near unto the gates of death. 

Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, 
and He saveth them out of their distresses. 

He sent His word, and healed them, and 
delivered them from their destructions. 

Oh that men would praise the Lord for His 
goodness, and for His wonderful works to the 
children of men ! 

And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of 
thanksgiving, and declare His works with 
rejoicing. 

They that go down to the sea in ships, that 
do business in great waters ; 

These see the works of the Lord, and His 
wonders in the deep. 



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For He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy 
wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. 

They mount up to the heaven, they go down 
again to the depths: their soul is melted 
because of trouble. 

They reel to and fro, and stagger like a 
drunken man, and are at their wit's end. 

Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, 
and He bringeth them out of their distresses. 

He maketh the storm a calm, so that the 
waves thereof are still. 

Then are they glad because they be quiet ; 
so He bringeth them unto their desired haven. 

Oh that men would praise the Lord for His 
goodness, and for His wonderful works to the 
children of men ! 

Let them exalt Him also in the congregation 
of the people, and praise Him in the assembly 
of the elders. 

He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the 
water-springs into dry ground ; 

A fruitful land into barrenness, for the 
wickedness of them that dwell therein. 

He turneth the wilderness into a standing 
water, and dry ground into water-springs. 

And there He maketh the hungry to dwell, 
that they may prepare a city for' habitation ; 

And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, 
which may yield fruits of increase. 

He blesseth them also, so that they are 
multiplied greatly, and suffereth not their 
cattle to decrease. 



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Again, they are minished and brought low 
through oppression, affliction, and sorrow. 

He poureth contempt upon princes, and 
causeth them to wander in the wilderness, 
where there is no way. 

Yet setteth He the poor on high from 
affliction, and maketh Him families like a 
flock. 

The righteous shall see it, and rejoice ; and 
all iniquity shall stop her mouth. 

Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, 
even they shall understand the loving-kindness 
of the Lord. 



VI. 

ISAIAH XLII. 1-12. 

T3EHOLD my servant, whom I uphold; 
mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth : 
I have put my Spirit upon Him ; He shall 
bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 

He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause His 
voice to be heard in the street. 

A bruised reed shall He not break, and the 
smoking flax shall He not quench : He shall 
bring forth judgment unto truth. 

tHe shall not fail nor be discouraged, till 
He have set judgment in the earth : and the 
sles shall wait for His law. 
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the heavens, and stretched them out ; He that 
spread forth the earth, and that which cometh 
out of it ; He that giveth breath unto the 
people upon it, and spirit to them that walk 
therein : 

I the Lord have called Thee in righteous 
ness, and will hold Thine hand, and will keep 
Thee, and give Thee for a covenant of the 
people, for a light of the Gentiles. 

To open the blind eyes, to bring out the 
prisoners from the prison, and them that sit 
in darkness out of the prison house. 

I am the Lord ; that is my name : and my 
glory will I not give to another, neither my 
praise to graven images. 

Behold, the former things are come to pass, 
and new things do I declare : before they 
spring forth I tell you of them. 

Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His 
praise from the end of the earth, ye that go 
down to the sea, and all that is therein ; the 
isles, and inhabitants thereof. 

Let the wilderness and the cities thereof 
lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar 
doth inhabit : let the inhabitants of the rock 
sing, let them shout from the top of the 
mountains. 

Let them give glory unto the Lord, and 
declare His praise in the islands. 



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MATTHEW vi. 19-34. 

T AY not up for yourselves treasures upon 
*^ earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, 
and where thieves break through and steal : 

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, 
where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and 
where thieves do not break through nor steal : 

For where your treasure is, there will your 
heart be also. 

The light of the body is the eye : if therefore 
thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full 
of light. 

But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body 
shall be full of darkness. If therefore the 
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light that is in thee be darkness, how great 
is that darkness ! 

No man can serve two masters : for either 
he will hate the one, and love the other; or 
else he will hold to the one, and despise the 
other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought 
for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye 
shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye 
shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, 
and the body than raiment ? 

Behold the fowls of the air : for they sow 
not, neither do they reap, nor gather into 
barns ; yet your heavenly Father feedeth 
them. Are ye not much better than they ? 

Which of you, by taking thought, can add 
one cubit unto his stature ? 

And why take ye thought for raiment ? 
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow : 
they toil not, neither do they spin : 

And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in 
all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of 
the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is 
cast into the oven, shall He not much more 
clothe you, O ye of little faith ? 

Therefore take no thought, saying, What 
shall we eat ? or, What shall we drink ? or, 
Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 

(For after all these things do the Gentiles 
seek;) for your heavenly Father knoweth that 
ye have need of all these things. 






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But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and 
His righteousness ; and all these things shall be 
added unto you. 

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: 
for the morrow shall take thought for the 
things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is 
the evil thereof. 



II. 

LUKE vni. 4-25. 

A ND when much people were gathered to- 
*^ gether, and were come to Him out of 
every city, He spake by a parable : 

A sower went out to sow his seed : and as 
he sowed, some fell by the way-side; and it 
was trodden down, and the fowls of the air 
devoured it. 

And some fell upon a rock ; and as soon as 
it was sprung up, it withered away, because it 
lacked moisture. 

And some fell among thorns ; and the 
thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 

And other fell on good ground, and sprang 
up, and bare fruit an hundred-fold. And when 
He had said these things, He cried, He that 
hath ears to hear, let him hear. 

And His disciples asked Him, saying, What 
might this parable be ? 

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the mysteries of the kingdom of God : but to 
others in parables ; that seeing they might not 
see, and hearing they might not understand. 

Now the parable is this : The seed is the 
word of God. 

Those by the way-side are they that hear; 
then cometh the devil, and taketh away the 
word out of their hearts, lest they should 
believe and be saved. 

They on the rock are they, which, when they 
hear, receive the word with joy; and these 
have no root, which for a while believe, and 
in time of temptation fall away. 

And that which fell among thorns are they, 
which, when they have heard, go forth, and 
are choked with cares and riches and pleas 
ures of this life, and bring no fruit to 
perfection. 

But that on the good ground are they, which 
in an honest and good heart, having heard the 
word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. 

No man, when he hath lighted a candle, 
covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under 
a bed ; but setteth it on a candlestick, that 
they which enter in may see the light. 

For nothing is secret that shall not be made 
manifest ; neither any thing hid that shall not 
be known and come abroad. 

Take heed therefore how ye hear : for whoso 
ever hath, to him shall be given ; and whoso 
ever hath not, from him shall be taken even 
that which he seemeth to have. 



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Then came to Him His mother and His 
brethren, and could not come at Him for 
the press. 

And it was told Him by certain, which said, 
Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, 
desiring to see Thee. 

And He answered and said unto them, My 
mother and my brethren are these which hear 
the word of God and do it. 

Now it came to pass on a certain day, that 
He went into a ship with His disciples : and 
He said unto them, Let us go over unto the 
other side of the lake. And they launched 
forth. 

But as they sailed He fell asleep : and there 
came down a storm of wind on the lake ; and 
they were filled with water, and were in 
jeopardy. 

And they came to Him, and awoke Him, 
saying, Master, master, we perish ! Then He 
arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of 
the water : and they ceased, and there was 
a calm. 

And He said unto them, Where is your 
faith ? And they being afraid wondered, say 
ing one to another, What manner of man is 
this ! for He commandeth even the winds and 
the water, and they obey Him. 



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III. 

ACTS xxvii. 

AND when it was determined that we 

should sail into Italy, they delivered 

Paul and certain other prisoners unto one 

named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band. 

And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, 
we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts 
of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of 
Thessalonica, being with us. 

And the next day we touched at Sidon. 
And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and 
gave him liberty to go unto his friends to 
refresh himself. 

And when we had launched from thence, 
we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds 
were contrary. 

And when we had sailed over the sea of 
Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a 
city of Lycia. 

And there the centurion found a ship of 
Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us 
therein. 

And when we had sailed slowly many days, 
and scarce were come over against Cnidus, 
the wind not suffering us, we sailed under 
Crete, over against Salmone ; 

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which is called the Fair Havens ; nigh where- 
unto was the city of Lasea. 

Now when much time was spent, and when 
sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was 
now already past, Paul admonished them. 

And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that 
this voyage will be with hurt and much dam 
age, not only of the lading and ship, but also 
of our lives. 

Nevertheless the centurion believed the 
master and the owner of the ship, more than 
those things which were spoken by Paul. 

And because the haven was not commodious 
to winter in, the more part advised to depart 
thence also, if by any means they might attain 
to Phenice, and there to winter ; which is an 
haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south 
west and north-west. 

And when the south wind blew softly, sup 
posing that they had obtained their purpose, 
loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete. 

But not long after there arose against it a 
tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. 

And when the ship was caught, and could 
not bear up into the wind, we let her drive. 

And running under a certain island which 
is called Clauda, we had much work to come 
by the boat : 

Which when they had taken up, they used 
helps, undergirding the ship ; and, fearing 
lest they should fall into the quicksands, 
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And we being exceedingly tossed with a 
tempest, the next day they lightened the 
ship ; 

And the third day we cast out with our 
own hands the tackling of the ship. 

And when neither sun nor stars in many 
days appeared, and no small tempest lay on 
us, all hope that we should be saved was 
then taken away. 

But after long abstinence Paul stood forth 
in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should 
have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed 
from Crete, and to have gained this harm and 
loss. 

And now I exhort you to be of good cheer : 
for there shall be no loss of any man's life 
among you, but of the ship. 

For there stood by me this night the angel 
of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, 

Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be 
brought before Cesar : and, lo, God hath 
given thee all them that sail with thee. 

Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer : for I 
believe God, that it shall be even as it was 
told me. 

Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain 
island. 

But when the fourteenth night was come, 
as we were driven up and down in Adria, 
about midnight the shipmen deemed that 
they drew near to some country ; 

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and when they had gone a little farther, they 
sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms. 

Then fearing lest we should have fallen 
upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of 
the stern, and wished for the day. 

And as the shipmen were about to flee out 
of the ship, when they had let down the boat 
into" the sea, under colour as though they, 
would have cast anchors out of the foreship, 

Paul said to the centurion and to the 
soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye 
cannot be saved. 

Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the 
boat, and let her fall off. 

And while the day was coming on, Paul 
besought them all to take meat, saying, This 
day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried 
and continued fasting, having taken nothing. 

Wherefore I pray you to take some meat ; 
for this is for your health : for there shall not 
an hair fall from the head of any of you. 

And when he had thus spoken, he took 
bread, and gave thanks to God in presence 
of them all : and when he had broken it, he 
began to eat. 

Then were they all of good cheer, and 
they also took some meat. 

And we were in all in the ship two hundred 
threescore and sixteen souls. 

And when they had eaten enough, they 
lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat 
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And when it was day, they knew not the 
land : but they discovered a certain creek 
with a shore, into the which they were minded, 
if it were possible, to thrust in the ship. 

And when they had taken up the anchors, 
they committed themselves unto the sea, 
and loosed the rudder-bands, and hoised up 
the mainsail to the wind, and made toward 
shore. 

And falling into a place where two seas met, 
they ran the ship aground : and the fore part 
stuck fast and remained unmoveable, but the 
hinder part was broken with the violence of 
the waves. 

And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the 
prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, 
and escape. 

But the centurion, willing to save Paul, 
kept them from their purpose ; and commanded 
that they which could swim should cast them 
selves first into the sea, and get to land : 

And the rest, some on boards, and some 
on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came 
to pass, that they escaped all safe to land. 

IV. 

COLOSSIANS III. 1-17. 

T F ye then be risen with Christ, seek those 
things which are above, where Christ 
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Set your affection on things above, not on 
things on the earth. 

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with 
Christ in God. 

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, 
then shall ye also appear with Him in glory. 

Mortify therefore your members which are 
upon the earth ; fornication, uncleanness, in 
ordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and 
covetousness, which is idolatry : 

For which things' sake the wrath of God 
cometh on the children of disobedience. 

In the which ye also walked sometime, when 
ye lived in them. 

But now ye also put off all these ; anger, 
wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communica 
tion out of your mouth. 

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have 
put off the old man with his deeds ; 

And have put on the new man, which is 
renewed in knowledge after the image of Him 
that created him : 

Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, 
circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, 
Scythian, bond nor free : but Christ is all, and 
in all. 

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, 
holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, 
humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; 

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one 
another, if any man have a quarrel against any : 
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And above all these things put on charity, 
which is the bond of perfectness. 

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, 
to the which also ye are called in one body ; 
and be ye thankful. 

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly 
in all wisdom ; teaching and admonishing one 
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual 
songs, singing with grace in your hearts to 
the Lord. 

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do 
all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving 
thanks to God and the Father by Him. 



V. 

i JOHN in. 

"DEHOLD what manner of love the Father 
hath bestowed upon us, that we should 
be called the sons of God ! therefore the world 
knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. 

Beloved, now are we the sons of God ; and 
it doth not yet appear what we shall be : but 
we know that, when He shall appear, we shall 
be like Him ; for we shall see Him as He is. 

And every man that hath this hope in him 
purifieth himself, even as He is pure. 

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also 
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And ye know that He was manifested to take 
away our sins ; and in Him is no sin. 

Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not : 
whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither 
known Him. 

Little children, let no man deceive you : he 
that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as 
He is righteous. 

He that committeth sin is of the devil ; for 
the devil sinneth from the beginning. For 
this purpose the Son of God was manifested, 
that He might destroy the works of the devil. 

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit 
sin ; for His seed remaineth in him ; and he 
cannot sin, because he is born of God. 

In this the children of God are manifest, 
and the children of the devil : whosoever doeth 
not righteousness is not of God, neither he 
that loveth not his brother. 

For this is the message that ye heard from 
the beginning, that we should love one 
another. 

Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, 
and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he 
him ? because his own works were evil, and 
his brother's righteous. 

Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate 
you. 

We know that we have passed from death 
unto life because we love the brethren. He 
that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 

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and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life 
abiding in him. 

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because 
He laid down His life for us : and we ought to 
lay down our lives for the brethren. 

But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth 
his brother have need, and shutteth up his 
bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth 
the love of God in him ? 

My little children, let us not love in word, 
neither in tongue ; but in deed, and in truth. 

And hereby we know that we are of the 
truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 

For if our heart condemn us, God is greater 
than our heart, and knoweth all things. 

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then 
have we confidence toward God. 

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, 
because we keep His commandments, and do 
those things that are pleasing in His sight. 

And this is His commandment, That we 
should believe on the name of His Son Jesus 
Christ, and love one another, as He gave us 
commandment. 

And he that keepeth His commandments 
dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby 
we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit 
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VI. 

REVELATION xxi. 

A ND I saw a new heaven and a new earth : 
** for the first heaven and the first earth 
were passed away ; and there was no more sea. 

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusa 
lem, coming down from God out of heaven, 
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 

And I heard a great voice out of heaven, 
saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with 
men, and He will dwell with them, and they 
shall be His people, and God Himself shall 
be with them, and be their God. 

And God shall wipe away all tears from 
their eyes ; and there shall be no more death, 
neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there 
be any more pain : for the former things are 
passed away. 

And He that sat upon the throne said, 
Behold, I make all things new. And He 
said unto me, Write : for these words are true 
and faithful. 

And He said unto me, It is done. I am 
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. 
I will give unto him that is athirst of the 
fountain of the water of life freely. 

He that overcometh shall inherit all things ; 
and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 

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abominable, and murderers, and whoremon 
gers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, 
shall have their part in the lake which 
burneth with fire and brimstone : which is 
the second death. 

And there came unto me one of the seven 
angels, which had the seven vials full of the 
seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, 
Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the 
Lamb's wife. 

And he carried me away in the spirit to a 
great and high mountain, and showed me that 
great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out 
of heaven from God, 

Having the glory of God : and her light was 
like unto a stone most precious, even like a 
jasper stone, clear as crystal; 

And had a wall great and high, and had 
twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, 
and names written thereon, which are the 
names of the twelve tribes of the children 
of Israel : 

On the east, three gates; on the north, 
three gates; on the south, three gates; and 
on the west, three gates. 

And the wall of the city had twelve foun 
dations, and in them the names of the twelve 
apostles of the Lamb. 

And he that talked with me had a golden 
reed to measure the city, and the gates there 
of, and the wall thereof. 

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length is as large as the breadth. And he 
measured the city with the reed, twelve 
thousand furlongs. The length, and the 
breadth, and the height of it are equal. 

And he measured the wall thereof, an 
hundred and forty and four cubits, according 
to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. 

And the building of the wall of it was of 
jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto 
clear glass. 

And the foundations of the wall of the city 
were garnished with all manner of precious 
stones. The first foundation was jasper; 
the second, sapphire ; the third, a chalcedony ; 
the fourth, an emerald : 

The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; 
the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; 
the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysopra- 
sus ; the eleventh, a jacinth ; the twelfth, an 
amethyst. 

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls ; 
every several gate was of one pearl : and the 
street of the city was pure gold, as it were 
transparent glass. 

And I saw no temple therein : for the Lord 
God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple 
of it. 

And the city had no need of the sun, neither 
of the moon, to shine in it : for the glory of 
God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light 
thereof. 

And the nations of them which are saved 



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shall walk in the light of it : and the kings 
of the earth do bring their glory and honour 
into it. 

And the gates of it shall not be shut at all 
by day : for there shall be no night there. 

And they shall bring the glory and honour 
of the nations into it. 

And there shall in no wise enter into it 
anything that defileth, neither whatsoever 
worketh abomination or maketh a lie ; but 
they which are written in the Lamb's book 
of life. 



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