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My only hope therefore is in thy tender mer. cy, which hath been ever of old; and in that pity and compassion which thou hast shewn to mankind, in the redemption of the world by the death of thy dear Son. For thy name's fake, therefore, O Lord! and for thy beloved Son's fake, pardon, I most humbly beseech thee, all my past sins, and let not iniquity be my ruin. Forgive the deadness of my devotion; the coldness of my affections; the wanderings of my prayers ; and whatever thou hast seen amiss in me.
Oh! pity my weaknesses and forgive my infirmities, and lay not to my charge the imper. fections of my religious duties. But enable me, O Lord, by the assistance of thy good spirit, to amend whatever has been amiss, and to endeavour more and more after the attainment of all thofe graces and good dispositions, which are necessary to render our prayers and praises acceptable in thy sight. And,.
Whereas I have fo lately renewed my baptismal covenant with thee, in the Lord's Supper, let me never fall into a careless and unconcerned state of mind; into a coldness and indifference towards the duties of religion ; but animate and enliven my suggish heart, and cleanse it from all its defilements. Oh! root out of my heart, by the powerful efficacy of thy grace, O God! all pride, envy, and co
vetousness; vetousness; all bitterness, anger, and malice; and whatever else is contrary to the laws and precepts of thy Gospel; and replenish my foul with the graces of thy holy Spirit, that I may become fruitful in every good ward and work, and my whole life may be one continued act of an humble and dutiful obedience to thy diviae commands. To which end,
O blessed Jefu! strengthen my faith, for. tify my mind, and give me an honest and upright heart, that nothing may be ever able to fake my integrity. Give me such a lively sense and conviction of the shortaefs and uncertainty of this life, and of the momentous concerns of eternity, that I may not be so foolish as to waste my precious time in an eager pursuit after the things of this world, but may employ it in such a manner, as may best promote thy honour and glory, and set forward my own salvation.
O make me so wise as to fee, and know, and follow, the things that make for my peace, *lest they be hid from my eyes, and all opportunities of reconciling myself to thee, my offended God, be far from me; let the fala vation of my precious foul be my constant care and concern.
Grant that I may never forget the one thing Beedful,t but give all diligence to make my
calling * Rom. xiv. 19. f Luke x. 42.
assistance of thy grace and holy Spirit, that I may not be tempted above what I am able to bear. And whereas this very day, O Lord, thou has given me an opportụnity of serving thee in thy house; grant that I may not be accused of coldness or indevotion, nor of hear. ing thy word only; but that I may approve myself a doer of the fame in my faith and practice. Wherefore,
O most gracious God! let me never faias or tire in my duty, nor, for the sake of any thing this world can offer mę, be unmindful of the great and important concero of my falvation. Give me such a zeal for thy fervice, that the doing thy will may be my greatest joy and satisfaction: apd imprint op my mind such a lively fenfe of thy love, as may inflame my heart with the most devout and ardent affecțiops: that, being every day more and more weaned from this world, I may look upon all its honours, pleasures, and profits, with that coldness and indifference, which become the servant of the blessed Jesus; who, being God, descended from the heavens, and took upon him the form of a fervant, that he might leave us an example of his great humi. lity. Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ's fake, ouç oply mediator and advocate. Amer..
A concluding Prayer. THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 and the love of God, and the fellow thip of the Holy Ghost, be with me now and ever. Amen.
N. B. This Prayer may properly be used every Moina ing and Evening to conclude your devocions.
If time shall now permit, you may proceed to exam mine yourself, and the state of your conscience, by the particular directions printed in page 233. : When you lie down in bed.
will lay me down in peace, and take my I reft; for it is thou, Lord, only that make eft me to dwell in fafety; and into thy hands I recommend my spirit, my soul, and my body, for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of :ruch. Amen.
In the morning when you go out of your chamber. ; THE blefling of God defcend upon mes
and all belonging to me, and dwell ift my heart for evermore, and bless my goinigs out and my coming in, now and for ever. Amen.
· The Meditation for Monday Morning Upon the inflitution of the Holy Sacrament of the
Lord's Supper. The Bread that I will give, is my felh-myfler is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed It is the spirit that quickcnérh, the filesh profileth nos thiag, the words that I speak unto you, they are fpi
rit, and they are life. John vi. 53, 55, 63. I; CONSIDER, O my soul! how, by die : yine providence, we hape efcaped the
onowe : danger
danger of this night, and are continued to. . gether in a deep sense of our duty, which we yesterday acknowledged and confirmed in the receiving of that holy facrament, which, in its outward part, is only Bread and Wine, which the Lord hath commanded to be received;* that is, to be eaten and drunk by all who come to his table, in remembrance of the body and blood of Christ, which are verily and indeed taken and received by the faithful in the Lord's Supper.t A sacrament which at once, by the bread broken, signifies the body of Christ broken on the cross; and by the wine poured out, fignifies 'the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion. But guard against that doctrine, which teaches that we eat the natural body, and drink the natural blood of Christ; for, the natural body and blood of Christ are in heaven, and not here; it being against the truth of Christ's natural body to be at one time in more places than one, t and therefore we caonot eat and drink Christ's natural body and blood in the facrament..
II. We are well assured by Christ himself, as well as by his apostle, that the Lord's Supper was expressly designed for the remembrance of
Christ, * See the Church Catechism, on the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
+ See the Rubric to the Communion Service in the common Prayer Book,