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holy Places cr Peisons, or any Thing elic dedicated to his Service ? or, hava I not taken God's Nanie in vain, by common Swearing and Cursing? or, have I not: taken false and unlawlul Oaths ? or, have I not broken my own Vows and Resouticns, especially my Baptimal ?
IV. Have I not neglected the worship of God on his Sabbaths ? have I not ipint part thereof in vain Sports, idle Discourses, Visits, and many other unnecessasy affairs ? or, have I not suffered others to profane the Sabbath, when it was in my Power to restrain them from so doing?
V. Have I not been stubborn, irreverent and undutiful towards mr Parents, rejecting their Counsels, despising their Government, and coveting their Estate be. fore their Death ? or, have Icontributed toward their Neceflicies when they were in Want, and I had in my Power to help them ? or, have I not been disloyal tɔ. my Prince, stubborn and unfaithful to my Master, refractory and unchankful to my Minister, peevish and unkind to my Friend and Companion,
VI. If I have not actually taken away the Life of any Person, yet have I not made my Neighbour's Life grievous by Oppression, Rage, and Violence against him? Or, have I not by Fighting or Quarrelling wounded his Person? Or, have : I not tempted him, by any other Vice or Intemperance, to destroy his Health, and so shorten his Days? Or, have I not by false or contumelious Speeches wounded his good Name and Reputation? Or, have I not, by my own Luxury and Intemperance in Eating and Drinking, been accessary to my own Death?
VlI. If I have escaped the grosser Ads of Adultery and Fornication, yet have I not conceived Lust in my Heart, and neglected the Means to preserve my own and others Chastity ? Or, have I not by Gluttony and Drunkenness, or by any impure Thoughts or Words, defiled my Soul ? Or, have I not accustomed 'myself to filthy Talking, Jesting, and immodest Garbs, and unchalte Behaviour in common Conversation ?
VIII. If I have not been guilty of common and public stealing, yet have I been true and just in all my Dealings ? or, have I not contracted Debts, when I was conscious to myself that I was not able to pay, or make Restitution ? or, have I not wafted my own or others Estates by riotous living i or, have I not by Violence and Oppression exacted of my Iuferiors, or by unlawful Usury taken advantage of their Neceflities
IX. If I have not before the Magiftrate sworn falsly against any Man, yet have I not accustomed myself to Lying and Slandering? or have I not accused my Neighbour unjustly? or, have I not concealed the Truth of another, when Justice and Charity obliged me to give Evidence of it? or, have I not unjustly fought to uphold my own Credit, or to blast any other Perlon's?
X. Have I not secretly complained against the Providence of God, as it others had too much, and I too little ? or, have I not by unlawful means endeavoured to deprive others of their Goods and Property? or have I laboured truly and faithfully
to get my own Living and been content with that State of Life unto which it hith pleased God to call me ? Apenitential Confefion of Sins ; with an bumble Supplication for Mercy and Fergiveness. A А
Lmighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hatt made, and
doft forgive the Sins of all them that are penitent, create and make Here call in me a new and contrite Heart that I worthily lamenting my Sins, and to mind all acknowledging my Wretchedness
, may obtain of thee, the God of all grievous. linta Mercy, perfea Remission and Forgiveness through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. See Plal. li. vi. xxxii. xxxviï.
An Axt of Con'rition.
to be called thy Son. Wo is me, O Lord, who was conceived and born in fin the l'houghts of my Heart were inclined unto Evil from my Youth. . Wo is me that I have finned against thee my Creator and kind Benefactor. Lord, I have done Evil continually in thy Sight, and my Life hath been little else than one continual Course of Impiety, Unthankfulness, and of unworthy Returns for all thy Goodneiš and Loving-kindness to me. Wo is me that I hould thus requite the Lord. O that my Head were Water, and mine Eyes a Fountain of Tears, that I might weep Day and Night for my Sin ! O gracious Lord, look on me as thou didst on the Apostle St. Peter, and let thy compassionate look fo pierce my stony Heart, that I nray weep bitterly for my sins, and may have that godly sorrow which würketh Repentance unto Salvation not to be repented of, for Jesus's sake. Amen. Sec Psal. xxv. xxxii. xxxviii.
A Resolution to lead a new Life.
and bewail the Sinfulness and Vanity of my own life, but I do ítedlaftly refolve and purpose (through the Assistance of thy Grace and holy Spirit directing me) to “ renounce the Devil and all his Works; the Pomps and Vanities of this * wicked World, and all the sinful lufts of the Flesh.” Be pleased, O Lord, to strengthen and confirm all these good kesolutions in me.
And I heartily thank thee, o heavenly Father, for calling me to this State of Salvation through Jesus Christ my Saviour, who died for my Sins, and role again for my Jultification ; and I humbly befeech chee for his Sake, to give me grace to continue in the fame unto my life's End : Amen. See Pfal. i.xxiii. xxiv. XXV.cxix. cxxvi.
A Prayer for faith in God's mercy thro' Cbrift.
of our faith and confidence in thy mercy, hast in thy holy Gospel declared, that whosoever believeth m thy Son Jesus Chrift, Mall not perish, but have everlajiing life ; and that this is life eternal, to know the the only true God, and jein
Jus Christ whom thou hit fent : Increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in me evermore. O let me not rest in a dead faith, but that I inay have such a lively faith as will thew itself by love and good works; such a victorious faith, which may enable me to overcome the world, and conform me to the image of thy Son Jesus Christ, in whom I believe. O grant me such a due sense of thy infinite mercy, she wed to mankind in so much initery, as m.iy never departout of my inind.
I Itedfastly believe, o blessed Jesus, that thou didit fuffer upon the cross to save me and all the world from the guilt and punishment of our fins.. give
that grace, that I may die to fin, and rile again unto righteousness! Accept my imperfc& forrow, repenrance, faith, and weak resolutions; and let thy precious merits, O my crucified Saviour, supply all my, wants and imperfe&tions. Thou hast said, Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are weary and beavy laden, and I will , efresh you, O blessed Jelus, I come unto thee in all humility, and deeply sensible of my great unworthiness ; ( do thou bear this burden of fin for me, and refreth me with comfortable hopes of thy mercy and forgiveness, and the truth of thy falvation, () gracious Lord; to whom, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory for ever. Amen. See Psalm xix. lvii. Eph. ii. 6, 11.
A Thankful Remembrance of the Death of Christ.
only Son Jesus Christ to suffer Death upon the Cross for our Redemption, 6 and halt instituted and ordained holy Mysteries, as Pledges of his love, and for a ut continual Remembrance of his Death and Passion, to our great and endless Com“ fort :” · Behold, I do rroft affectionately, and with all the Powers of my Soul and Body, return my most hearty Praise and i hanksgiving for thy great Mercy and tender Compassion to me and all mankind in lending thy only Son into the World to redeem us from Sin and Misery, and by his meritorious Death and Passion, to purchale for us eternal life. Grant, O Lord, that I may always molt gratefully remember this exceeding love of my only Saviour Jesus Christ, thus dying for mo; and work in me all such holy and heavenly Affections, as may dispose my heart to be a worthy Guest at thy holy Table, prepared for the continual Remembrance of the Sacrifice of the Death of Christ, and of those Benefits which we receive thereby. Praise the Lord, O my Soul, and forget not all bis Benefits; who forgiveth all thy sins, and bealeth all thine Infirmities ; who laveth thy Life from Deltručlion, and crownoth thee with Mercy and Loving-kindness. See Pjul. ciii. 2, 3, 4.
A Prayer for the grace of Charity.
worth ; fend thy Holy Ghost, and pour into my Heart that most excellent « Gift of Charity, the very Bond of Peace, and of all Virtucs, without which
« whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee;" more especially when I am go. ing to commemorate the unspeakable Love of my blessed Saviour in dying for me, let not my Heart be deftitute of Love towards my Brethren: Extend thy Mercy and. Forgiveness unto all mine Enemies, Persecutors and Slanderers, and turn their Hearts; which I és fincerely beg for them, as I hope for Mercy and Forgiveness at thy hands. Possess me with Kindness and Good-will for all Mankind, that my Faith may work by Love, and dispote my Heart according to my Ability, to admi. nister towards the Wants and Necessities of those who are any Ways afflicted or dirtressed in Mind, Body, or Estare ; and to do unto all Men as I would they should do unto me; and give me that Charity which covereth a Multitude of Sins, that by doing Good for Evil, all Men may know that I am thy Disciple Grant this for Jesus's fake. Amen.
See Psalm xv. cxxxiii. xli. cxii. Matth. xxv. 34, 41. Mattb. xviii. 21. I Cor. xiii.
A Prayer the Morning you intend to communicate.
" and heavy laden to come unto thee by Faith and Repentance, and thou wilt refresh them : In Affiance of this thy gracious Invitation, I will come to thy heavenly Table, not trusting in my own Righteousness, but in thy manifold and great Mercies; and although I am not worthy so much as to gather up the Crumbs that fall from thy Table, yet since it is thy Property always to have Mercy, I wiil not defpair of a kind Reception : Forgive my want of a due Preparation, and accept of my sincere Desire to perform an acceptable Service unto thee: Clothe me with the Wedding Garment, even the Graces of the Gofpel, and then I am sure I shall be a welcome Guest at thy Table, when I shall come thither is the Likeness of thy Son Jetus Christ, in whom thou art well pleased. Poffefs my Soul with a lively Faith, profound Humility, filial Obedience, inflamed Affection, and universal Charity, that jo I may become a worthy Partaker of thele holy Mysteries, to my great and entless Comfort. Grant this, O heavenly Father, if it be thy blessed Will, through Jesus Chrift. Amen.
Our Fatber, &c.
Sbort Prayers and Meditations before the Minister at Church begins th:
At going up to the Altar. N the Multitude of thy tender Mercies, O Lord God, do I now approach thine
Altar ; O pardon my Sins, and look not upon my Unworthiness, (tor I am a finful Creature, O Lord) but upon those Motives which drew me hither, even my own Miseries ; and thy tender Mercies: therefore help me to supply in Humility what i want in Worthiness, and let my bended Knees and contrite Heart (hew that i durit
thou giyeit unto me the Bread of Life. Evermore give me this Bread, that
no' have adventured hither, had not thy Mercy held out the golden Scepter, and said, Come unto me, ali je tbat labour, and are beavy laden, and I will refresh you.
At giving your Aims. O Lord, who didft not despise the Widow's Mire, accept of this little which I freely offer towards the relief of any of thy puor Members, Mark xii.
W ken the Priest is setting in Order tbe Elements to be confecrated. OOK.down, O Lord God, froin tly holy Habitation, and from the glorious Throne of thy kingdom, and fanctify us.
Wken yu receive the Iriad. nay eat thereof, and not die eternally. John vi. 34, 50.
After receiving the Bizad.
and for thy Truth's Sake.
Before receiving the Cup.
done unto me? I will receive the Cup of Salvation, and call Name of the Lord.
Gift, in whom we have Redemption through his Blood, even the Forgiveness of our Sins.
When you retire from the Altar.
bless the Lord, O my Soul, and forget not all his Benefits; who forgiveth • all thine Iniquities, and healeth all thy Diseases; who redeemeth thy Life from
Destruction, and crowneth thee with Loving-kindness and tender Meccies." o let that heavenly Food, which thou haft fo lately fed me with, transfuse. new Life and new Vigour into my Soul, and into the Souls of all those who bave been Partakers with me of this holy Communion, that our Faith, Hope and Chacity, may daily increase, and that we may all grow in Grace, and in the: Knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jefus Chrift. Amen and Amen.
See Psalm viii. xxiii. lxxi. ciïi.
Prayers and Meditations which may be joined to the former, where the Communions
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Afpirations for a devout Communicant. :
Wildoın, that I may ever look on thee my Redeemer as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, which leadeth unto eternal. Life. What am il, Lord, and what is my