Oration Delivered Before the City Council and Citizens of Boston, on the One Hundred and Third Anniversary of the Declaration of American Independence, July 4, 1879

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order of the City Council, 1879 - Fourth of July orations - 44 pages
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Page 9 - God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness, through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Page 8 - We pray thee, O God of might, wisdom, and justice, through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist, with thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude, the President of these United States; that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to thy people over whom he presides, by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion ; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy ; and by restraining vice and immorality.-...
Page 9 - Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability. We recommend likewise to Thy unbounded mercy all our brethren and fellow-citizens, throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge, and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law ; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give ; and, after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.
Page 7 - O eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Creator of all things, visible and invisible, Source of all our good ; infinitely good in thyself, and infinitely gracious, bountiful, and good to us ; behold we, thy poor servants, the work of thy hands, redeemed by the blood of thine only Son, come [in answer to his summons by his Vicegerent], to present ourselves, as humble petitioners, before the throne of thy mercy. We come in communion with all thy Church in heaven...
Page 8 - Let the light of thy divine Wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government. So that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety and useful knowledge, and may perpetuate to us the blessings of equal liberty.
Page 9 - Beat down the standard of Satan and set up everywhere the standard of Christ. Abolish the reign of sin, and establish the kingdom of grace in all hearts. Let humility triumph over pride...
Page 8 - We pray for his excellency, the governor of this state, for the members of assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers, who are appointed to guard our political welfare ; that they may be enabled by thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.
Page 9 - Lord, our actions by thy inspirations, and further them with thy continual help ; that every prayer and work of ours may always begin from thee, and through thee be likewise ended.
Page 7 - Almighty and Eternal God! who, through Jesus Christ, hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue, with unchanging faith, in the confession of Thy name.
Page 9 - Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.

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