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Two Prayers:

From a Civil War Soldier's Prayer Book

June 13, 1841


Almighty and most merciful Father;

We have erred and strayed from

Thy ways Like lost sheep.

We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.

We have offended against Thy holy laws.

We have left undone those things

Which we ought to have done;

And we have done those things

Which we ought not to have done.

And there is no health in us.

But Thou, O Lord, have mercy

Upon us, miserable offenders.

Spare Thou those, O God,

Who confess their faults.

Restore Thou those who are penitent;

According to Thy promises declared

Unto mankind, in Christ Jesus Our Lord.

And grant, O merciful Father, for His sake,

That we may hereafter live

A godly, righteous, and sober life;

To the glory of Thy holy Name, Amen.

A General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,

We Thine unworthy servants,

Do give Thee most humble and

Hearty thanks for all Thy

Goodness and lovingkindness

To us, and to all men.

We bless Thee for our creation,

Preservation, and all the

Blessings of this life;

But above all, for Thine inestimable love in the

Redemption of the world

By our Lord Jesus Christ;

For the means of grace,

And for the hope of glory.

And we beseech Thee,

Give us that due sense

Of all Thy mercies, that

Our hearts may be unfeignedly

Thankful, and that we may show

Forth Thy praise, not only with our

Lips, but in our lives; by giving up

Ourselves to Thy service, and by

Walking before Thee in holiness

And righteousness all our days;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

To Whom, with Thee and the

Holy Ghost, be all honour and

Glory, world without end. Amen.