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according as I had deserved, and might justly have expected, I had been now, now at this instant, sealed up to an eternity of torments, hopelessly miserable, fearing the revelation of thy day with an unsupportable amazement: and now under the sweet influences of thy mercies, I am praying to thee, confessing my sins, with shame indeed at my baseness and ingratitude, but with a full hope and confidence in thy mercy. O turn the eyes of thy divine clemency with a gracious aspect upon a wretched sinner, open the bowels of thy mercy, and receive me into favour. O my dear God, let thy grace speedily work that in me, for which thou so long hast spared me, and to which thou didst design me in thy holy purposes and mercies of eternity, even a true faith, and a holy life, conformable to thy will, and in order to eternal blessedness. I remember, O Lord, the many fatherly expressions and examples of thy mercies to repenting sinners, thy delight in our conversion, thy unwillingness to destroy us, thy earnest invitation of us to grace and life, thy displeasure at our danger and miseries, the infinite variety of means thou usest to bring us from the gates of death, and to make us happy to eternity. These mercies, O Lord, are so essential to thee, that thou canst not but be infinitely pleased in demonstrations of them. Remember not, O Lord, how we have despised thy mercies, slighted thy judgments, neglected thy commandments; but now, at length, establish in us great contrition for our sins, lead us on to humble confession and dereliction of them, and let thy grace make us bring forth fruits meet for repentance, fruits of justice, of hope, of charity, of religion, and devotion, that we may be what thou delightest in, holy, and just, and merciful, vessels prepared for honour, temples of the Holy Ghost, and instruments of thy praises to all eternity, O blessed Jesu, who livest and reignest ever one God, world without end. Amen.
O Lord Jesu Christ, Son of the eternal God, interpose thy holy death, thy cross and passion, between thy judgment and my soul, now and in the hour of my death; granting unto me grace and mercy,—to all faithful people, pardon and peace,—to the church, unity and amity,—and to all sinners, repentance and amendment,—to us all, life and glory everlasting, who livest and reignest ever one God, world without end. Amen.
A Form of Thanksgiving, with a particular Enumeration of
God's Blessings. Most Glorious Lord God, infinite in mercy, full of compassion, long-suffering, and of great goodness; I adore, and praise, and glorify thy holy name, worshipping thee with the lowliest devotions of my soul and body, and give thee thanks for all the benefits thou hast done unto me; for, whatsoever I am, or have, or know, or desire, as I ought, it is all from thee; thou art the Fountain of being and blessing, of sanctity and pardon, of life and glory.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me,
praise his holy name. Thou, O God, of thine infinite goodness, hast created me of nothing, and hast given me a degree of essence next to angels, imprinting thine image on me, enduing me with reasonable faculties of will and understanding, to know and choose good, and to refuse evil, and hast put me into a capacity of a blessed immortality.
O praise the Lord with me, and let us magnify his
name together. Thou, O God, of thy great mercy, hast given me a comely body, a good understanding, straight limbs, a ready and unloosed tongue; whereas, with justice, thou mightest have made me crooked and deformed, sottish and slow of apprehension, imperfect and impedite in all my faculties.
O give thanks unto the God of heaven; for his mercy
endureth for ever. Thou, O God, of thy glorious mercies, hast caused me to be born of Christian parents, and didst not suffer me to be strangled in the womb, but gavest me opportunity of holy baptism, and hast ever since blessed me with education in Christian religion.
Thy way, O God, is holy: who is so great a god as our
God? Thou, O God, out of thine abundant kindness, hast made admirable variety of creatures to minister to my use, to serve my necessity, to preserve and restore my health, to be an ornament to my body, to be representations of thy power and
of thy mercy,
Unto thee, O God, will I pay my vows: unto thee will
I give thanks.
Thou, O God, of thine admirable and glorious mercy, hast made thine angels ministering spirits for my protection and defence against all the hostilities of the devil; thou hast set a hedge about me, and such a guard as all the power of hell and earth cannot overcome ; thou hast preserved me by thy holy providence and the ministry of angels, from drowning, from burning, from precipice, from deformities, from fracture of bones, and all the snares of evil, and the great violations of health, which many of my betters suffer.
I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, with my whole
heart; even before the gods will I sing praises unto
thee. Thou, O most merciful God, hast fed me and clothed me, hast raised me up friends and blessed them, hast preserved me in dangers, hast rescued me from the fury of the sword, from the rage of pestilence, from perishing in public distemperatures and diseases epidemical, from terrors and affrightments of the night, from illusions of the devil and sad apparitions; thou hast been my guide in my journeys, my refreshment in sadnesses, my hope and my confidence in all my griefs and desolations.
O give thanks unto the Lord of lords; for his mercy
endureth for ever. But above all mercies, it was not less than infinite, whereby thou lovedst me and all mankind, when we were lost and dead, and rebels against thy divine Majesty; thou gavest thine own begotten Son to seek us when we went astray, to restore us to life when we were dead in trespasses and sins, and to reconcile us to thyself by the mercies and the atonement of an everlasting covenant.
He is our God, even the God of whom cometh salva
tion: God is the Lord by whom we escape death. O most blessed Jesu, I praise and adore thine infinite mercies, humility, and condescension, that for my sake thou wouldst descend from the bosom of thy heavenly Father into the pure womb of an humble maid, and take on thee my nature, and be born, and cry, and suffer cold, and all the incommodities which the meanness of a stable could minister to the tenderness of thy infancy.
Lord, what is man that thou art mindful of him; and
the son of man, that thou so regardest him ? I adore thee, blessed Jesu, and praise thee for thine immaculate sanctity, for all thy holy precepts and counsels, for thy divine example, for thy miracles and mysterious revelations of thy Father's will, for the institution of the holy sacraments, and all other blessings of thy prophetical office.
O praise the Lord, for the Lord is gracious : sing praises
unto his name, for it is lovely. I adore and love thee, most blessed Jesu, for all the parts of thy most bitter passion, for thy being betrayed and accused, buffetted and spit upon, blindfolded and mocked, crowned with thorns and scourged, for thine agony and bloody sweat, for thy bearing the sad load of the cross, and sadder load of our sins, for thy crucifixion three long hours, when the weight of thy body was supported with wounds and nails,-for thy death and burial, for thy continual intercession and advocation with thy heavenly Father in behalf of me and all thy holy church, and all other acts of mediation and redemption, the blessings of thy priestly office.
O praise the Lord for his goodness; and declare the
wonders he hath done for the children of men. I adore and magnify thy holy name, O most blessed Jesu, for thy triumph over death, hell, sin, and the grave, for thy opening the kingdom of heaven to all. believers, for thy glorious resurrection and ascension, for thy government over all the creatures, for the advancement of thy holy kingdom, for thy continual resisting and defeating the intendments of thy enemies against thy church, by the strength of thine arm, by the mightiness of thy power, by the glories of thy wisdom; for those blessed promises thou hast made and performest to thy church of sending the Holy Ghost, of giving her perpetuity of being, in defiance of all the gates and powers of hell and darkness, and blessing her with continual assistances, and all other glories of thy regal office
O sing praises, sing praises unto our God; () sing
praises, sing praises unto our King. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with under
standing O most Holy Spirit, Love of the Father, Fountain of grace, spring of all spiritual blessings, I adore and praise thy divine excellencies which are essential to thy glorious self in the unity of thy most mysterious Trinity, and which thou communicatest to all faithful people, and to me thy unworthy servant in the unity of the catholic church.
O magnify the Lord our God, and fall down before his
footstool; for he is holy. O blessed Spirit, I praise and magnify thy name for thy miraculous descent upon the apostles in Pentecost in mysterious representments, for those great graces and assistances coming upon their heads, and falling down upon us all in the descent of all ages of the church, for confirmation of our faith, for propagation of the Gospel, for edification and ornament of thy family.
Thou, O God, shalt endure for ever, and thy remem
brance throughout all generations. O most glorious Spirit, I praise and magnify thy name for the inspiration of the apostles and prophets, for thy providence and mercy in causing holy Scriptures to be written, and preserving them from the corruptions of heretics, from the violences of pagans and enemies of the cross of Christ.
I will always give thanks unto the Lord: his praise shall ever be in
mouth. I bless thy name for those holy promises and threatenings, those judgments and mercies, those holy precepts and admonitions, which thou hast registered in Scriptures, and in the records and monuments of the church; for all those graces, helps, and comforts, whereby thou promotest me in piety and in the ways of true religion ; for baptismal and penitential grace; for the opportunities and sweet refreshings of the sacrament of the eucharist ; for all the advantages thou hast given me of good society, tutors, and governors; for the fears thou hast produced in me as dilatories and impediments of sin, for all my hopes of pardon, and expectation of the promises made by our Lord Jesus Christ to encourage me in the paths of life and sanctity ; for all the holy sermons, spiritual books and lessons ; for all the good prayers and meditations; for those blessed waitings and knockings at the door of my heart; patiently tarrying for, and lovingly inviting me to repentance, without ceasing, admonishing and reproving me with the checks of a tender conscience, with exterior and interior motives; and for whatsoever other means or incentives of holiness thou hast assisted me withal.
I magnify, and praise, and adore thee and thy goodness.