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O Lord, and confess, the floods and waves of passion do frequently overrun me; and we are drowned in the storms and overwhelmed with iniquity. The oaths, blasphemies, impieties, irreligious actions, of which I stand guilty before thee, are louder than the fiercest winds, and call aloud upon thee for vengeance; and many of us in our greatest danger provoke thee with the greatest unreasonableness and violence of impiety. But, o God, our God, be gracious unto thy servant who accuseth himself, and confesseth his guilt, and acknowledgeth thy justice, and begs thy goodness, and prays to thee for safety and defence, for deliverance and for pardon, for thy conduct and thy blessing. Keep us, O God, from storms and quicksands, from pirates and rocks, from errors and im es, from all evil contingencies and all evil actions; let this voyage be safe to my person and goods, let it be blessed by thy providence and thy Holy Spirit, that I may return with comfort and with advantages of success, and thy servant may glorify thee in the land of the living, in the church of the first-born, the congregation of thy redeemed ones, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In a Storm, or Danger of Pirates, or Shipwreck. O eternal and most holy Saviour Jesus, who, in the days of thy flesh and thy infirmity, didst command the winds and rebuke the seas, and they obeyed thee: and thou art exalted far above all principalities and powers, above all heavens and all angels, and art the king of the world, and hast commanded us to come boldly to the throne of grace with promise of help in time of need: look down upon thy servant, who, in the abyss of the seas, and the more uncomfortable abyss of our trouble, invocate the abyss of thy mercies. O refuse not to hear the prayers, and to consider the cries, and to behold and pity the need of me who call upon thee, who put my trust in thee, who have laid up all my hopes in thee, and thy infinite and eternal goodness. I have no strength of my own, but thou art my confidence; be thou also my portion and guide, my defence and shield, a star in the night, and a covering by day.
Strengthen my faith, O God, and increase my hope, that, in the greatest danger, I may against hope believe in hope, and with faith and love expect the salvation of the Lord, and may find thy goodness rescuing me from this present fear, and defending me in all our difficulties, and sanctifying every accident, and sweetening every event of providence, and consigning me by these blessings to a final delivery from all my sins, and from the evil which my sins deserve, to the glory of God, to the salvation of my soul in thy day, in thy glorious day, 0 eternal, and most holy Saviour and Redeemer Jesu. Amen.
XXV. A Prayer wherewith to conclude all our Devotions. Almighty God, who hast promised to hear the petitions of them that ask in thy Son's name; I beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears unto me, who have now made my prayers and supplications unto thee: and grant that those things which I have faithfully asked according to thy will, may be effectually obtained, to the relief of my necessity, and to the setting forth of thy glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Blessing The peace of God, which passeth all understanding; the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; the virtue of Christ's blessed cross and passion; be with me now, and at the hour of death. Amen.
COLLECTION OF OFFICES,
FORMS OF PRAYER
ORDINARY AND EXTRAORDINARY;
TAKEN OUT OF
THE SCRIPTURES, AND THE ANCIENT LITURGIES OF SEVERAL
CHURCHES, ESPECIALLY THE GREEK.
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