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FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH.
[All standing.) Versicle. Come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord. Response. And he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths.
V. The path of the just is as the shining light.
T Then shall be sung
BLESSm Doff heaven.
LESSED are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the King
dom of Blessed are they that mourn: for | they shall be comfort- | ed. Blessed are the meek: for they shall in- | herit the earth.
Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they — | shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall ob- | tain | mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for | they - | shall see | God.
Blessed are the peacemakers : for they shall be called the children of God.
1 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for | theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning is now and ev-er | shall be, \ world with- | out end. | A-- | men.
[ Then shall be read responsively from
HOSO dwelleth under the defence of the Most High, shall
abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2. I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my strongHold ; my God, in him will I trust.
3. For he shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter, and from the noisome pestilence.
4. He shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers; his faithfulness and truth shall be thy shield and buckler,
5. Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day ;
6. For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noonday.
7. A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand ; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8. Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou behold, and see the reward of the ungodly.
9. For thou, Lord, art my hope ; thou hast set thine house of defence very high.
10. There shall no evil happen unto thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12. They shall bear thee in their hands, that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son; and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning is now and I ev-er shall be, it world without end. | A-- men.
Then shall be read
The Lesson. [Which may be the Gospel or the Epistle for the Day, or any brief
passage of Holy Scripture, at the Reader's discretion.]
The Prayer. O , ar strength
and joy, our ever-present helper and defender, we come to confess our sins before thee, and to pray for what we need. Give us the mind which was in Christ Jesus our Lord. Make us gentle and obedient, loving, brave, and true. Keep our childhood holy, and our youth pure and good, so that the longer we live we may grow more and more into the likeness of the perfect man. Thou knowest our temptations, Heavenly Father : help us to watch against them, and to win the victory over them, remembering that thou hast promised to those who are faithful unto death a crown of life. Pity our weakness, Lord, we are thy children, and the work of thy hands; thou hast called us by our names, we are thine. Send down upon us for our present need the dew of thy heavenly grace.
Bless us in the work before us now. Make us quick to learn and eager to be taught; and may the good seed of thy Word, planted in our hearts to-day, bring forth abundant fruit in days to come. Thou hast made our bodies the temples of thy presence, may our lives show forth thy praise. Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cry come unto thee for the sake of thy dear Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
| Then shall the Reader add
The Blessing. The Lord bless us and keep us: The Lord make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us, now and for evermore. Amen.