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thankful 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 bave 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 ?
VII. If I have escaped the grosser acts 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 and words, defiled my soul? Or, have I not accustomed myself to filthy talking, jeste ing, and unchaste 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 wasted my own or others' estates by riotous living? Or, have I not by violence or oppression exacted of my inferiors, or by unlawful usury taken ada vantage of their necessities ?
IX. If I have not before the magistrates sworn falsely 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 sought to uphold my own credit, or to blast any other person's?
· X. Have I not secretly complained against the provis dence of God, as if others had too much, and I too little ? Or, have I not, by unlawful means endeavoured to deprive others of their goods and prosperity? Or, have I laboured truly and faithfully to get my own living, and been content with that state of life unto which it hath pleased God to call me ?
A Penitential Confession of Sins : with an humble Supplie
cation for Mercy and Forgiveness. ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent; create and make in me a new and contrite heart, that I, worthily lamenting my sins, and acknowledging my wretch- mind all your edness, may obtain of thee, the God of all most grievous mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness,
sins, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
See Psalms vi. xxxii. xxxviii. li.
An Act of Contrition. * FATHER, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.” Woe is me, O Lord, who was conceived and born in sin: the thoughts of my heart were inclined unto evil from my youth. Woe is me that I have sinned 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 goodness and lovingkindness to me. Woe is me that I should thus requite the Lord. O that my head were waters, and mine eyes à fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for my sin! () gracious Lord, look on me as thou didst on the apostle St. Peter, and let thy compassionate look so pierce' my stony heart, that I may weep bitterly for my sins, and may have that godly sorrow which worketh repentance unto salvation not to be repented of: for Jesus sake. Amen.
See Psalms xxv. xxxii. xxxviii.
A Resolution to lead a new life. And now, O Lord, I do not only with great shame and confusion of face confess and bewail the sinfulness and vanity of my own life, but I do stedfastly resolve 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 lusts of the flesh.” Be pleased, O Lord, to strengthen and confirm all these good resolutions 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 rose again for my justification ; and I humbly beseech thee, for his sake, to give me grace to continue in the same into my life's end. Amen.
See Psalms i. xxiii. xxiv. xxv. cxix. cxxvi.
A Prayer for Faith in God's Mercy through Christ. ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who, for the greater confirmation of our faith and confidence in thy mercy, hast, in thy holy gospel declared, that whosoever believeth in thy Son Jesus Christ, shall not perish, but have everlasting life: and that this is life eternal to know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent : increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in me, evermoré. O let me not rest in a dead faith, but grant that. I may have such a lively faith as will shew itself by love and good works; such a victorious faith, as may enable me to overcome the worla, 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, shewn to mankind in so much misery, as may never depart out of my mind.
I stedfastly believe, O blessed Jesus, that thou didst suffer upon the cross to save me and all the world from the guilt and punishment of our sins. O give me that grace, that I may die to sin, and rise again unto righteousness! Accept my imperfect sorrow, repentance, faith, and weak resolutions, and let thy precious merits, O my crucified Saviour, supply all my wants and imperfections. Thou hast said, Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are weary, and heavy laden, and I will refresh you. O blessed Jesus, I come unto thee in all humility, and deeply, sensible of my great unworthiness: 0 do thou bear this burthen of sin for me, and refresh me with comfortable hopes of thy mercy and forgiveness, and the truth of thy salvation, O gracious Lord ! to whom (with the Father and the Holy Ghost) be all honour and glory for ever. Amen. · See Psalm lvii. Eph. ii. 6. 11.
- A thankful Remembrance of the Death of Christ. “ ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of thy tender mercy didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption, and hast instituted and ordained holy mysteries as pledges of his ,love, and for a continual remembrance of his death and passion, to our great and endless comfort:" behold, I do most affectionately, and with all the powers of my soul and body, return my most hearty praise and thanksgiving for thy great mercy and tender compassion to me and all mankind, in sending thy only Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and misery, and, by his meritorious death and passion, to purchase for us eternal life. Grant, O Lord, that I may always most gratefully remember this exceeding love of my only Saviour Jesus Christ, thus dying for me ; 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 his benefits, who forgiveth all thy sins, and healeth all thine infirmities; who saveth thy life from destruction, and crowneth thee with mercy and loving-kindness.”.
See Psalm ciii. 2, 3, 4.
A Prayer for the Grace of Charity. “O LORD, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth; send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into my heart that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace, and of all virtues, without which, whosoever liveth is accounted dead before thee;" more especially when I am going to commemorate the unspeakable love of my blessed Saviour in dying for me, let not my heart be destitute of love towards my brethren ; extend thy mercy and forgiveness unto all my enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and turn their hearts ; which I as sincerely beg for them, as I hope for mercy and forgiveness at thy hands. Possess me with kindness and