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sacramental covenant which I have this day so solemnly renewed and confirmed in thy presence, and at thy table; that through the strength and power of that heavenly food I have there been partaker of, I may daily grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ Jesus, and abound in every good word and work ; and subdue in me all those inordinate lusts and corrupt affections which war against my soul ; purify my mind from all evil thoughts, bad intentions, and evil designs; and suffer not pride, vainglory, self-love, malice, hatred or revenge, or any other evil whatsoever, to reign in my mortal body; but do thou keep it for ever in the purpose of my heart, faithfully to fulfil my baptismal vows and resolutions, which I have now again renewed at thy holy table; that by persevering in all virtue and holiness of life, I may at length be an inheritor of that infinite happiness and glory which thou hast promised by Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer in private for the Grace of Perseverance. Hear most merciful Saviour, I humbly beseech thee, and let thy grace be ever assistant to all the endeavours and designs of thy weak and unworthy servant. I am not able of myself to do or think any thing that is good or well-pleasing in thy sight. O let thy Holy Spirit continually guard me against those numerous temptations which so strongly encounter me. Fix my inconstant mind, that I may not be led away with the errors of the wicked, and fall from my own stedfastness, but that I may persevere in good works unto the end. Moderate my affections and desires, and confine them only to such objects as are well-pleasing in thy sight. Let thy will be the sole guide and measure of mine, that all my hopes and
appear desirable to me, in comparison of a pure heart and peaceable conscience: “ Teach me thy way, O Lord, and I will walk in thy truth: O knit my heart unto thee, that I may fear thy name.” Make me to love thee, as I ought, above all things, and let the interest of thy honour and glory be always dearer to me than gold and silver, or any other temporal advantage; for thou, O Lord, art my portion, thou art my only rest, in thee alone is fulness of joy and true satisfaction, and without thee is misery and torment. O grant me this blessed retreat, this happy security, and then I shall find rest unto my, soul, both here and hereafter. Amen.
See Psalms ļxxxvi. cxix.
PONDER My words, O Lord, consider my meditation : my voice shalt thou hear betimes, O Lord : early in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up, Psalm V. 1. 3. Almighty God, who, dwelling in the highest heavens, yet vouchsafest to regard the lowest creature here upon earth, I humbly adore thy sacred Majesty, and with all the powers of my soul and body do exalt and praise thy holy name for all the mercies and comforts of this life, and for the hopes and assurance of a better; for protecting me from the evils and dangers of the night -past, and for bringing me safely to the light of a new day; continue this thy mercy and goodness to me; and as thou hast awakened my body from sleep, so raise my soul from the death of sin, unto a life of righteousness. De
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liver me, O God, from the evils of this day, and guide my feet in the paths of peace and holiness, and strengthen my resolutions to embrace all opportunities of doing good, and carefully to avoid all occasions of evil, especially those sins * which by nature and such sins as you inclination I am most likely to fall into : are most afraid, and when, through frailty, or the violence of of any other temptation, I fall from my duty, do thou: in mercy restore me again with a double portion of thy grace and Holy Spirit, to maintain a more vigorous defence against Satan and his devices. Shower down thy graces and blessings upon all my relations, Con my father and mother, on my brethren and sisters,] on all my friends, and give thy holy angels charge over them, to protect them from all sin and danger. Make me diligent in the duties of my calling, and that in all the changes and. chances of this life, I may absolutely submit to thy Divine Providence. Let thy blessing be upon my actions, and. let thy wisdom direct my intentions, that so the whole course of my life, and the principal designs of my heart, may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that which is righteous in thy sight, through Jesus Christ our. Lord. Amen.
See Psalms iv. xvi. xxiii. lxxxvi.
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The blessing of God descend upon me and all belonging to me, and dwell in my heart for evermore; and bless my going out and my coming in, now and for ever. Amen.
Let my prayer, O Lord, be set forth as incense, and the lifting up of my hands be as an evening sacrifice, Psalm cxli. 2. O Lord, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, whose glory the heaven of heavens cannot contain, look down from the throne of thy majesty, and behold thy unworthy servant, prostrate before thy mercy-seat, humbly confessing unto thee the vanity and sinfulness of my whole life; especially the omissions of
* Here name my duty and commissions of sin * this day particular sins wherewith I have so lately offended thine and failings of infinite Majesty and goodness, and so
grievously wounded my own soul; of these, and all other my transgressions, I most earnestly repent, and am heartily sorry for these my misdoings; the remembrance of thein is grievous unto me, the burden of them is intolerable: have mercy upon me, most merciful Father; for thy Son Jesus Christ's sake, forgive me all that is past, and accept of these my prayers and supplications, through the merits and mediation of the same, our Mediator and Redeemer. And although I am unworthy, through my manifold sins and iniquities, to offer unto thee any sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, yet I beseech thee to accept of this my bounden duty, with my unfeigned thanks for all thy goodness and
fere me loving-kindness to me and all mankind ta particular purely proceeding from thy bounty, and blessings and wholly intended for my good, and particu
larly for preserving me this day in the midst of so many dangers incident to my condition, and from so many calamities as are due to my sins. Thou art my Creator, O my God, and protector; thou art the ulti
mate end of my being, and supreme perfection of my na. ture; under the shadow of thy wings is perpetual repose, and from the light of thy countenance flow eternal joy and felicity; to whom be glory and honour, world without end. Amen.
And thou, O Lord, by whom kings reign, and princes decree justice, bless our most gracious sovereign Lord King WILLIAM, and all the Royal Family; all my relations, friends, and kind bene- * Here name factors * ; let thy providence succour them?
persons. and theirs from all evil and danger, and do thou reward them seven-fold into their bosom for all the good they have done or said of me. Be pleased likewise, O Lord, (in whose hands are the issues of life and death,) to succour, help, and comfort all that are in danger, necessity, and tribulation; all that labour under any bodily pain, sickness, or temptation t, or are dis
18- † Especially turbed in mind; relieve such according to those for whom their several necessities, giving them pa- our prayers are tience under their sufferings, and a happy desire issue out of all their afflictions. Subdue in me the evil spirit of wrath and revenge, and dispose my heart patiently to bear reproaches and wrongs, and to be ready not only to forgive, but also to do good for evil, that all men may know that I am Christ's disciple. And finally, O Lord, since thou hast ordained the day to labour in, and the night to take our rest, as I praise thee for the mercies of the day, so I humbly beg the continuance of thy gracious protection over me this night. Let thy holy angels pitch their tents about my bed, that being safely delivered from all perils and dangers of this night, and comfortably refreshed with moderate sleep, I may be enabled to discharge the duties of my calling, and . faithfully to persevere in holiness and pureness of living