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A prayer for a woman who cannot be delivered without
dificulty and hazard. O LORD God of all comfort and consolation, who art the refuge of the distressed, and the help of all that depend upon thee; we thy unworthy servants do now offer up our supplications at the throne of thy majesty, in the behalf of this thy servant, who is in great pain and misery. Thou hast been pleased to bring the child to the birth, but there is not strength to bring forth. On this account, thy servant is in violent agonies, crying out in her pangs, and pouring out her soul to thee in prayer. O grant that " it may be in an acceptable time."
- Thou art our salvation ; thou shalt preserve us from trouble ; thou shalt compass us about with songs of deliverance." O let thy servants feel these blessed effects of thy goodness; and as thou hast brought to the birth, enable her, we beseech thee, to bring forth, that she may rejoice in the work. manship of thy hands, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
Consider the low estate of thine handmaid, and deliver her soul from death, her eyes from tears, and her feet from falling. “Gracious art thou, O Lord, and righteous ; thou preservest the simple, and helpest those that are in misery." Help thy servant therefore now, we humbly entreat thee, who stands in so much need of it. Accept her tears, and assuage her pain, as shall seem most expedient for her. And forasmuch as she putteth her whole trust in thee, give her strength and patience proportionable to all her pains and agonies. Support her spirits under them, and if thon pleasest, carry her safely through the same, and “make her to hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice."
“Restore unto her, O Lord, the joy of thy salvation, and uphold her with thy free Spirit, then shall she teach transgressors thy way, and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver her” from this great affliction, “O God, thou God of her salvation, and her tongue shall sing aloud of Thy righteousness.”
* Thy mercies and power are still the same, and
* This is to be omitted, if it be the first child.
will be the same for ever. O let them now be shown in this thy servant's delivery, as they have been formerly on the like occasion; that so, bs having fresh instances of thy loving kindness, she may still praise thee more and more.
O perfect her repentance, and pardon her sins Give her patience while she lives, and peace when I she dies, and, after death, the happiness of a bless a ed eternity, which thou hast promised and pre pared for all that love and fear thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. A prayer for grace and assistance for a woman, after delivery, but still in danger,
.(From Mr. Kettlewell.) O FATHER of mercies, what thanks can we worthily give unto thee for thine unspeakable good of ness to this thy servant, and her helpless infant, co and for the wondrous things which thou hast done; for her! The pangs of death compassed her, and as she found trouble and sorrow, The mouth of the pit was opened, and ready to shut itself upon her: Wa but thou hast graciously assuaged her pains, and se turned her sorrows into joy.
Lord, we will ever adore and magnify thy mercy, which has dealt so lovingly with her, and all praise thy truth and faithfulness, which have nothie suffered her hopes to fail. We will never forget ! how mindful thou hast been of the low estate of OL thy handmaid : for she has been supported by thy power, O blessed God, in her greatest weakness. She has tasted thy goodness in the midst of all her pangs and sorrows.
Perfect, O Lord, that deliverance to her which! thou hast most graciously begun, and let her not al be lost after the wonders which thou hast already fr done for her.
Continue her patience, and her humble depend be ance on thee, under the pains and accidents to lic which she is still exposed. Support her spirits, be and raise her up again in thy due time." Thy itu mercy and power are still the same, and will be 109 the same for ever. O Let them still be shown for at her recovery, as they have been already for her deta
livery ; let them be shown upon her, that she may praise thee more and more.
But if, in thy paternal providence, whereunto we pray she may willingly commit herself, thou che hast determined otherwise concerning her, thy
blessed will be done. Dispose her either to life or andet death, as thou pleasest, only in both to thy mercy : u period and whether living or dying, let her still please
thee, and be thou her portion. O perfect her reis pentance, and give her patience whilst she lives, Lee and peace when she dies, and after that, the hap
piness of a blessed eternity, which thou hast pre
pared for all that truly fear thee; through Jesus fates Christ our Lord. Amen.
If the child be living, this may be added :
PRESERVE likewise her tender infant, O Father thanks of mercies, and let its own weakness, and our specat cries, commend it to thy care. ne bi se Keep it also afterward in health and safety, and htboxes as it increases in years and stature, let it increase Tag in wisdom, and in thy fear. We beg not for it the wealth or greatness, but wisdom to know and to
elit serve thee. For, O Lord, we do not desire life, aber in either for ourselves or it, but that we may live to
thee, and grow daily in love and thankfulness for comito all thy mercies, and in faith and patience, and all
be holy obedience, which may fit us for the happiness which is which thou hast promised ; through Jesus Christ rill never our only Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
Prayers for a sick child.
(Visitation Office.) O ALMIGHTY God and merciful Father, to whom e to be alone belong the issues of life and death; look down nu lete from heaven, we humbly beseech thee, with the hasta eyes of mercy, upon this child, now lying upon the
bed of sickness : visit him, O Lord with thy salvanimble de ton : deliver him in thy appointed time from his acciute bodily pain, and save his soul for thy mercies? pt her sake; that if it shall be thy good pleasure to pro
times long his days here on earth, he may live to thee, , and he and be an instrument of thy glory, by serving thee be slow faithfully, and doing good in his generation; or
our con few hum
else receive him into those heavenly habitations,
anot where the souls of them that sleep in the Lord sion Jesus enjoy perpetual rest and felicity. Grant this for thy mercies' sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
cala (From Mr. Kettlewell.)
this LORD, pity the troubles and weakness of this in.
we fant, and pity our sorrows, who are afflicted with
bro it, and for it. Ease it of its pains, and strengthen it when it lies struggling for life. Raise it up
the again, if it shall please thee, to grow in years and stature, in wisdom and virtue; and thereby to comfort us, and glorify thee.
We believe, o Almighty Father, that thou know. est best what is fit, both for it and us, and wilt do
time what is fit for both, and therefore we leave it to
day thee, to dispose of it as thou pleasest. But whe ther it be to life or death, let it be thine in both, and ! either preserve it to be thy true and faithful ser vant here on earth, or take it to the blessedness of thy children in the kingdom of heaven; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. A prayer for a person who, from a state of health, és,
suddenly seized with the symptoms of death. the O most gracious Father, Lord of heaven and, ed earth, Judge of the living and of the dead, behold thy servants turning to thee for pity and mercy, . in behalf of ourselves and this thy servant. 11 was but lately that we beheld him in as promis. ing a state of health and life, as any one of us seems to be in at present, and therefore our concern is so much the greater to behold so sudden a change, and so unlooked-for an instance of our mortality.
We know, O Lord, thou canst bring back from the brink of the grave, and as suddenly raise thy
Տն servant again as thou hast cast him down, and therefore we think it not too late to implore thy gr mercy upon him for his recovery ; at least we beg of thee to spare him a little, that he may recover his strength, and have time to make his peace with thee, “before he go hence, and be no more seen." But if it be thy will to remove him at this time into 1 a
another world, O let the miracles of thy compassion, and thy wonderful mercy, supply to him the want of the usual measures of time, that he may fil himself for eternity. And let the greatness of his calamity be a means to procure his pardon for 1 hose defects and degrees of unreadiness which this sudden stroke hath caused. And teach us all, we beseech thee, from this unexpected fate of our brother, to be continually upon our guard, and to watch and pray, since we know not the hour wher: the “Master of the house cometh," whether " in the evening, or at midnight, or in the morning."
Lord, thou hast now called thy servant before he was aware of it ; 0, give him such a great and efectual repentance in this exigence, that in a short time it may be sufficient to do the work of many days. Thou regardest, O Lord, the sincerity oi our hearts more than the measures of time, in our conversion ; accept therefore, we beseech thee, the few minutes of thy servant's unfeigned tears and humiliation for his sins, as if they were hours and days of a longer preparation ; and let it be thy pleasure to rescue him from all the evils he deserves, and all the evils he fears, that in the songs of eternity which angels and saints shall sing to the glory of thy name, this also may be reckoned amongst thine invaluable mercies, that thou hast redeemed his soul from death, and made him partaker of eternal life; through Jesus Christ oui Lord. Amen.
A prayer for a sick person, when there appeareil
small hope of recovery.
(Visitation Office.) O FATHER of mercies and God of all coinfori, our only help in time of need; we fly unto thee for succour in behalf of this thy servant, here lying under thy hand in great weakness of body. Look graciously upon him, O Lord, and the more the outward man decayeth, strengthen him, we beseech thee, so much the more continually with thy grace and Holy Spirit in the inner man. Give him unfeigned repentance for all the errors of his life past, and steadfast faith in thy Son Jesus, tha: hi