26. Bishop Potter's address to the Clergy and congregations of the diocese of Pennsylvania.
Special service for the National fast.
.--Instead of the Venite, the 130th Psalm.
Proper Psalms, 51st and 77th.
First Lesson, Isaiah 58th. Second Lesson, St. Luke 12th, from 22d verse.
The Greater Litany, with the Special Prayers
already set forth.
The Epistle, Gospel, &c., for Ash Wednesday
, with the following Collect:--
“O God, whose nature and property is ever to have mercy, receive the humble petitions, which, with one heart and one mouth, throughout this land are now offered unto Thee; and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of Thy great mercy loose us. Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions.
Take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatsoever else may hinder the restoration of Godly union and concord; that, as there is but One Body, and One Spirit, and One Hope of our Calling, One Lord
, One Faith, One Baptism, One God and Father of us all; so we may once again be made to be of one heart and of one soul, united in one holy bond of Truth and Peace, of Faith and Charity, and may, with one mind and one mouth, glorify Thee; through Jesus Christ
.--Proper Psalms, 49th and 90th.
First Lesson, Ezek.
33d. Second Lesson, Hebrews 12th.
Collect as in the morning — Special Prayers.