Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving
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A Psalm of Thanksgiving.—Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
A Psalm of David.—Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and cliangetli not. He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
Bless the Lord, 0 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 lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things, so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever. His glory is great in thy salvation honour and dignity wilt thou lay upon him. For thou wilt make him most blessed for ever; thou wilt make him exceeding glad with thy countenance.
I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. O God, thou hast taught me from my youth; and hitherto I have declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grey-headed, O God, forsake me not, until I have showed thy strength to this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
Almighty God! We have entered into Thy gates with thanksgiving, and into Thy courts with praise, to give thanks unto Thee for Thy loving kindness and Thy truth.
Verily, Thou hast shown Thy wondrous goodness unto Thy pious servant. This is the day that we looked for, we have found, we have seen it. This day one hundred years are fulfilled of the life of Moses, the son of Joseph Elias Montefiore, and his eye has not been dimmed.
When we remember the righteous deeds he has wrought for Israel, we acknowledge with humility, that all things come of Thee, that Thou didst inspire every good resolve. Thou didst enkindle in his heart the love of his people—a most vehement flame, and he went out unto his brethren and looked on their burdens. When he journeyed to the Holy Land, to succour the distressed indwellers thereof, Thou wast at his right hand Thou wast with his mouth when he appeared before the sovereigns of the East and the West, to stand in the breach, and to turn aside the wrath of the oppressors from the oppressed. Thou didst prosper his desire to magnify Thy law and make it honourable. To old age and even to hoar hairs didst Thou bear and deliver him. Thou didst assure unto him a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters.
Lord of Recompense! Even as Thou hast been with Thy servant, so be with him still. Keep him as the apple of the eye. From lingering illness defend him. May his eyes see that the righteousness he has sown has blossomed and borne fruit. Sustain him with the blissful hope that in the way of virtue is life, and immortality in the pathway thereof.
God of the spirits of all flesh! In Thy hand is the pure soul of Judith, the faithful helpmate of her husband, who strengthened his arms to seek healing for those that were bowed in spirit, and; to revive the hearts of those that were bruised. Show her the path of life, fulness of joy in Thy presence.page 4
Father of Mercies! Fill our hearts with the steadfast desire to tread in the footsteps of those that were chosen of Thee, that we may labor in Thy cause, quickened by the love of Thee and the love of our fellow-men, and assured, that they who turn many to righteousness will shine as the stars for ever.
Bestower of all good! Vouchsafe Thy blessing unto our country, beneath the shadow of which we dwell in happiness. May there be peace within her boundaries, and may her prosperity wax exceeding great. Cause Thy face to shine upon the mother of our land, our Sovereign lady the Queen. Make her glad, we beseech Thee, according to the days wherein Thou hast afflicted her. Protect her son, the Heir-apparent, and may her offspring, even children to the third and fourth generation, be blessed of Thee. Vouchsafe wisdom and understanding unto her ministers and counsellors. Pour out Thy spirit upon all the indwellers of the earth. Cause envy and hatred to perish, so that all may delight in the abundance of peace and good will.
Be gracious unto us, O Lord, make Thy face to shine upon us, and render us worthy of Thy salvation. Do good in Thy good pleasure unto Zion; build Thou the walls of Jerusalem. Amen.
Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts; praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and flutes. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
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