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FOR A MONTH
THE REV. GEORGE SMITH, B.D.
Rector of Homersfield with St. Cross, and
Each of the following daily Forms is chiefly made up of a short opening Psalm, the Lord's Prayer, and a few Collects; the whole studiously kept within brief limits.
The Psalm is not meant as a selected or sufficient portion of daily Bible reading, but as a useful means of awakening devotion, and as properly leading to prayer in the spirit and with the understanding.
The Collects are mostly taken from the Book of Common Prayer; one or two others being added, morning and evening, to suit the worship to family use.
The Liturgical pattern having been followed, it is recommended that others present with the reader should say the alternate verses of the Psalms (all standing), the Lord's Prayer after the reader, and the responses in Italics (all kneeling); but if it be thought better this arrangement can be varied.
To have omitted the Psalms, or simply indicated in a single line such as might be used, would have left the volume less bulky ; but there seemed an obvious convenience in having each Service complete in itself. Any other portion of Scripture can be substituted by those who may prefer it.
The Compiler has been kindly assisted by the suggestions of friends, who will join him in the earnest prayer that the book may be found useful to some of those who are laudably aiming to order their houses and train their children in the fear of God.
DAILY PRAYERS FOR FAMILIES.
SUNDAY MORNING.-FIRST WEEK.
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Psalm LXV. CHOU, O God, art praised in Sion; and unto thee shall 1 the vow be performed in Jerusalem.
Thou that hearest the prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
My misdeeds prevail against me: O be thou merciful unto, our sins.
Blessed is the man, whom thou choosest, and receivest unto thee; he shall dwell in thy court, and shall be satisfied with the pleasures of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
Thou shalt shew us wonderful things in thy righteousness, O God of our salvation ; thou that art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of them that remain in the broad sea.
Who in his strength setteth fast the mountains, and is girded about with power.
Who stilleth the raging of the sea, and the noise of his waves, and the madness of the people.
They also that dwell in the uttermost parts of the earth shall be afraid at thy tokens; thou that makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to praise thee.
Thou visitest the earth, and blessest it; thou makest it very plenteous.
The river of God is full of water; thou preparest their corn, for so thou providest for the earth.