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and conform my whole soul to thy holy, humble, and suffering spirit 0 thou, who for the love of me hast undergone such an infinity of sufferings and humiliations, let me be wholly "emptied of myself," that I may rejoice to take up my cross daily and follow thee. Enable me too, to endure the pain, and despise the shame; and if it be thy will, to resist even unto blood.

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, I, miserable sinner, humbly acknowledge that I am altogether unworthy to pray for myself. But since thou hast commanded me to make prayers and intercessions for all men, in obedience to thy command, and confidence of thy unlimited goodness, I commend to thy mercy the wants and necessities of all mankind. Lord, let it be thy good pleasure to restore to thy Catholic Church, primitive peace and purity : to show mercy to these sinful nations, and give us grace at length to break off our sins by repentance: defend our Church, from all the assaults of schism, heresy, and sacrilege, and bless all bishops, priests, and deacons, with apostolical graces. O let it be thy good pleasure to defend the king from all his enemies spiritual and temporal; to bless all his royal relations; to grant to the council, wisdom; to the magistrates, zeal and prudence; to the gentry and commons, piety and loyalty.

Lord, let it be thy good pleasure, to give thy grace to the Univer-. sities : to bless those whom I, have wronged (-), and to forgivethose who have wronged me (-): to comfort the disconsolate to give health and patience to all that are sick and afflicted (-).

Vouchsafe to bless my father and mother with the fear of thy name, that they may be holy in all manner of conversation. Let them remember how short their time is, and be careful to improve every moment of it. Othou who hast kept them from their youth up until now, forsake them not now they are gray-beaded, but perfect them in every good word and work, and be thou their guide unto death. Bless my brothers and sisters, whom thou hast graciously, taught the gospel of thy Christ; give them further degrees of illumination, that they may serve thee with a perfect heart and a willing mind. Bless my friends and benefactors, and all who have commended themselves to my prayers (-). Lord, thou best knowest all our conditions, all our desires, all our wants. O do thou suit thy grace and blessings to our several necessities.

Hear, O merciful Father, my supplications, and that for the sake of thy Son Jesus, and bring us, with all those who have pleased the from the beginning of the world, into the glories of thy Son's kingdom; to whom with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all praise for ever: and ever!

Our Father, fc.

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Questions relating to Mortification ; see before the prayers for Wednes

day Evening. O GOD the FATHER, who canst not be thought to have made me only to destroy me, have mercy upon me.

O God the Son, who knowing thy Father's will, didst come into the world to save me, have mercy upon me.

O God the Holy Ghost, who to the same end hast so often breathed holy thoughts into me, have mercy upon me.

O holy, blessed, and glorious T'rinity, whom in Three Persons I: adore as One God, have mercy upon me.

Lord, carest thou not that I perish! T'hou that wouldst have al}, inen to be saved! Thou that wouldst have none to perish! and wilt thou now show thine anger against a worm, a leaf; against a vapour that vanisheth before thee! O remember how short my time is, and deliver not my soul into the power of hell! For, alas, what profit is there in my blood ? Or who shall give thee thanks in that pit? No; let me live in thy sight: let me live, O my God, and my soul shall praise thee. Forget me, as I have been disobedient, pro.. voking thee to anger, and regard me as I am distrest, crying out to thee for help. Look not upon me as I am a sinner; but consider me as I am thy creature. A sinner I am, I confess, a sinner of no ordinary stain; but let not tbis hinder thee, O my God; for upon such sinners thou gettest the greatest glory.

O remember for whose sake it was that thou camest from the bosom of thy Father, and wast content to be born of thine own handmaid. Remember, for whom it was that thy tender body was torn, scourged, and crucified ! was it not for the sins of the whole world? And shall I be so injurious to thy glory, as to think thou hast excepted me? Or, can I think thou diedst only for sinners of a lower kind, and left such as I without a remedy? What had become then. of him who filled Jerusalem with blood? What of her, who lived in a trade of sin ? Nay, what had become of thine own disciple, who with oaths and curses thrice denied thee?

O how easy it is for thee to forgive ! For it is thy nature. Ilow proper is it for thee to save! For it is thy name. How suitable is it to thy coming into the world! For it is thy business. And when I consider that I am the chief of sinners, may I not urge thee farther, and say, shall the chief of thy business be left undone ? Far be that from thee! Have mercy upon me!

I ask not of thee the things of this world, give them to whom thou pleasest, so thou givest me mercy. O say unto my soul, “Be of good cheer, thy sins are forgiven thee.” that I might never sin, against thee more! And whereinsoever my conscience accuses me most, be thou most merciful unto me!

Save me, 0 God, as a brand snatched out of the fire..

Receive me, O my Saviour, as a sheep that has gone astray, but would now return to the great Shepherd and Bishop

of my soul ! FATHER, accept my imperfect repentance, compassionate my infirmities, forgive my wickedness, purify my uncleanness, strengthen my weakness, fix my unstableness, and let thy good Spirit watch over me for ever, and thy love ever rule in my heart, through the merits, and sufferings, and love of thy Son, in whom thou art always well-pleased.

Give thy grace, O holy Jesus, to all the world, and let all who are redeemed by thy blood, acknowledge thee to be the Lord : let all Christians, especially those of this nation, keep themselves unspotted from the world. Let all Governors, and especially our Sovereign, rule with wisdom and justice; and let the Clergy be exemplary in their lives, and discreet and diligent in their labours. Let our Universities enjoy freedom from violence and faction, and excel in true religion and sound learning. Be a help at hand to all that are afflicted, and assist them to trust in thee. Raise up friends for the widow and fatherless, the friendless and oppressed. Give patience to all that are sick, comfort to all troubled consciences, strength to all that are tempted. Be gracious to my relations (-). To all that are endeared to me by their kindnesses and acquaintance, to all who remember me in their prayers, or desire to be remembered in mine (-). Sanctify, O merciful Lord, the friendship which thou hast granted me, with these thy servants (-). O let our prayers be heard for each other, while our hearts are united in thy fear and love, and graciously unite them therein more and more. Strengthen the hearts of us thy servants against all our corruptions and temptations : enable us to consecrate ourselves faithfully and entirely to thy service. Grant that we may provoke each other to love, and serve thee, and grow up together before thee in thy fear and love, to thy heavenly kingdom ; and by thy infinite mercies, vouchsafe to bring us with those that are dead in thee, to rejoice together before thee, through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with Thee and the Holy Ghost, the blessed and only Potentate, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, be honour and power everlasting.

Our Father, &-c.


O GOD, thou great Creator and Sovereign Lord of heaven and carth, thou Father

of angels and men, thou Giver of life and Protector of all thy creatures, mercifully accept this my morning sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving which I desire to offer with all humility to thy divine majesty. “ Thou art praised, O Lord, by all thy works," and magnified by every thing which thou hast created. The sun rejoiceth to run his course, that he may set forth thy praise whe madest him. Nor do the moon and stars refrain to manifest thy glory even amidst the silent night. The earth breathes forth each day perfumes, as incense to thee her sacred King, who hast crowned her with herbs and trees, and beautified her with hills and dales. The deep uttereth her voice, and lifteth up her hands on high to thee, the great Creator, the universal King, the everlasting God. The floods clap their hands, and the hills are joyful together before thee: the fruitful vales rejoice and sing thy praise. Thou feedest the innumerable multitude of animals which thou hast created : " these all wait upon thee, and thou givest them their meat in due season." Thou madest light for our comfort, and broughtest forth darkness out of thy treasures, to overshadow the earth, that the living creatures of it might take their rest. “ The fire and hail, snow and vapour, wind and storm, fulfil thy word,” and manifest thy glory. Inanimate things declare thee, O Lord of life; and irrational animals demonstrate their wise Creator. Amidst this universal jubilee of nature, suffer not, I beseech thee, the sons of men to be silent; but let the noblest work of thy creation pay thee the noblest sacrifice of praise. O pour thy grace into my heart, that I may worthily magnify thy great and glorious name. Thou hast made me and sent me into the world to do thy work. 0. assist me to fulfil the end of my creation, and to show forth thy praise with all diligence, by giving myself up to thy service. “Prosper the work of my hands upon me,” O Lord; O prosper thou whatever I shall undertake this day, that it may tend to thy glory, the good of my neighbour, and the salvation of my own soul.

Preserve me from all those snares and temptations which continually solicit me to offend thee. Guide me by thy Holy Spirit in all those places whither thy providence shall lead me this day; and suffer not my communications with the world to dissipate my thoughts, to make me inadvertent to thy presence, or lukewarm in thy service : but let me always walk as in thy sight, and as one who knows this life to be the seed-time to an eternal harvest. Keep me, I beseech thee, undefiled, unblamable, and unreprovable unto the end; and grant, that I may so diligently perform thy will, in that station wherein thou hast been pleased to place me, that I may make my calling and election sure, through Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Saviour.

Hear, also, O Lord, my prayers for the whole race of mankind, and guide their feet into the way of peace; reform the corruptions of thy Catholic Church, heal her divisions, and restore to her her ancient discipline : give to the Clergy thereof, whether they be Bishops, Priests, or Deacons, grace, as good shepherds to feed the flocks committed to their care. Bless King George and all the Royal Family, and all that are put in authority under him. Let them exceed others as much in goodness as greatness, and be signal instruments of thy glory. Grant that the Universities, and all other places set apart for thy service, whatsoever is praiseworthy may for ever flourish. Keep, O Lord, all the nobility, gentry, and commons of this land, in constant communion with thy holy Catholic Church, in

humble obedience to the king, and in Christian charity one towards another.

In a particular manner, I beseech thee to be gracious to my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all my friends and relations. Pardon all their sins, and heal all their infirmities. Give them that share of the blessings of this life, which thou knowest to be the most expedient for them; and thy grace so to use them here, that they may enjoy thee eternally.

With a propitious eye, O gracious Comforter, bebold all that are in affliction : let the sighings of the prisoners, the groans of the sick, the prayers of the oppressed, the desire of the poor and needy, come before thee (-). Give unto my enemies (-) grace and pardon, charity to me and love to thee : remove the cloud from their eyes, the stony from their hearts, that they may know and feel what it is to love their neighbour as themselves. And may it please thee to enable me to “love all my enemies, to bless them that now curse me, to do good to them that now hate me, and to pray for those who now despitefully use me and persecute me.” Be pleased, O Lord, of thy goodness, shortly to accomplish the number of thine elect, and to hasten thy kingdom ; that we, with all thy whole church, may have our perfect consummation of bliss, through Jesus Christ our Lord, by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, now and for ever.

Our Father, foc.


Particular Questions relating to Thanksgiving.

1. Have I allotted some time for thanking God for the blessings of the past week?

2. Have I, in order to be the more sensible of them, seriously and deliberately considered the several circumstances that attended them!

3. Have I considered each of them as an obligation to greater love, and, consequently, to stricter holiness?

O MOST great and glorious GOD, who art mighty in thy power, and wonderful in thy doings towards the sons of men, accept, I beşeech thee, my unfeigned thanks and praise, for my creation, preservation, and all the other blessings which, in the riches of thy mercy, thou hast from time to time poured down upon me.

“ Thou, LORD, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of thine hand. Thou createst the sun and moon, the day and night, and makest the out-goings of the morning and evening to praise thee. Thou “formedst man of the dust of the ground, and breathedst into him the breath of life.” In thine own image madest thou him, capable of knowing and loving thee eternally. His nature was perfect, thy will was his law, and thy blessed

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