Luck chain letter.  Ancient Prayer (no title). Dated. "Dear Friend"  "...Lawrence of Massachusetts"  US, 1906.
                              December 1, 1906

Dear friend:
  I am quite sure this will interest you.
  This prayer was sent to me asking me to send it to nine persons.
  Prayer - O Lord Jesus Christ, we implore Thee, O Eternal God, to have mercy on all our sins and take us with Thee through Eternity, Amen.

  This prayer was sent out by Bishop Lawrence of Massachusetts asking that it be copied and sent to nine persons.
  Those who will not do this will have some great misfortune.
  He who will write this prayer for nine days and send it to nine persons will on or before the ninth day experience some great joy.
  It was heard that he who will do this will be delivered from some great calamity. Please do not break the chain.

Published: The Courier (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), Dec. 4, 1906, p.1. FAKE PRAYER CHAIN CIRCULATED AGAIN.  "A fake 'prayer chain' is again being worked in Harrisburg and thousands of letters, written mostly by the ignorant or superstitious are being sent through the mails. Here is a sample of one of them:" [text] "It was devised either by a practical joker or by somebody who wanted to bring discredit upon the Christian church."  "A year ago Bishop Shanahan found it necessary to announce to his diocese the falsity of a prayer very similar to this."    Entered by DWV, July 25, 2014.


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