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sins of the world ; and to suffer death, that thy father into this vale of misery, and to be might give life, not only to his friends, be conceived by the Holy Ghost, and to be but also to bis enemies, even to those very born of the Virgin Mary. persons that shed his most precious blood.
Chuse, I beseech thee, my heart for thy Consider his most abundant mercy, which dwelling place; adorn it, replenish it with extended itself so far forth, as to take upon
take upon spiritual gifts, and wholly possess it. him all the miseries and debts of the world, and to make satisfaction for them, as if they O that I were so devoted unto thee, that had been particularly his own debts. I might never alienate my affections, or turn
away my mind from thee! I adore thee, Consider that most perfect obedience most dear Redeemer, who being born in the which he shewed towards his father, whom depth of winter, didst not refuse to be wraphe obeyed unto death, even the death of the ped in swaddling clothes, and to be laid in cross ; where finally bowing his head, he a manger : offered up unto him his most holy soul, giving us thereby to understand, that the work of Grant, O Lord, that I may always stand bis obedience was then perfectly fulfilled.
in thy sight, truly humble, and truly poor Let us in all possible instances, do as our Saviour himself cominanded us, St. John xiii. 15. “ I have given you an example,
O blessed Jesus, who didst suffer thyself, that as I have done, so should ye do like upon the eighth day, like other children, to wise."
be circumcised, and being yet an infant, to
shed thy precious blood : O Lord Jesus receive my spirit ; () thou, who art the resurrectiou and the life, receive And, for our singular comfort wouldst be my soul. O light of mine eyes, enlighten
called Jesus, which signifieth a Saviour : me with saving truth ; O God of all comfort, rejoice my heart. O word of the fa O that it would please thee to admit me ther, instruct me in saving knowledge. o (being circumcised from all bad thoughts
, light eternal, shine thou upon my mind, that
words and works) into the number of thy
children. I may understand thee, know thee, and love tbee.
O sweet Jesus, whom the wise men, with a devout seeking, found by the direction of a star, and having found, fell down and worshipped ; offering unto thee gifts of gold,
frankincense and myrrh : Derout Meditations upon the Life and
Passion of our Saviour Jesus Christ ; Grant that I may offer daily unto thee for Friday Evening.
the gold of bright-shining charity; the franko incense of sweet-smelling devotion ; and
the myrrh of religious mortification. Kneeling say,
O holy Jesus, who for our sakes Sweet Jesus, praise, honour and glory wouldst be subject to the law, and to give
be to thee, who, for iny sake, didst us an example of humility, wouldst be carvouchsafe to come down from the bosom ofried to the temple by thy mother, aud be
JESUS! praise, honour, and glory be O blessed Jesus, who according to the
to thee, who staying in the temple | law, didst eat the paschal lamb with thy disfor the space of three days, with great ciples, and giving them an example of hugrief and care of heart, wast sought after mility, and charity, kneeling upon the by thy holy mother, and at length, with ground, didst wash their feet, and having great joy, found by her sitting in the midst washed them, didst wipe them with the of all the doctors, both hearing them, and towel wherewith thou wast girded : asking them questions :
O may thy divine example pierce my Be pleased to impart thyself to me in heart, and utterly cast down in me all pride such sort, that I may never be separated and loftiness. from thee, nor ever be deprived of thy comfort.
O Jesus, who with an unspeakable cha
rity didst institute the sacrament of thy body O Lord, who didst not disdain to be bap and blood: tized by thy servant John the Baptist in the river Jordan :
Grant that when I approach that table
of life, I may with a chaste affection, sinWho, likewise for our sakes, abiding gular humility and purity of heart, receive amongst wild beasts in the desarts, and fast thee. ing forty days and forty nights, and persevering in prayer, didst permit thyself to be Grant that thy word may be truly pleastempted by satan :
ing to me, and sweeter than the honey and
the honey-comb to my soul. And overcoming him, was honoured with the ministry and service of angels:
O Jesus, who going forth with thy disci
ples beyond the river Cedron, didst enter No. 27.
all things as from thy hand, mand' firma O JESUS! who didst suffer thyself to be
bound as a malefactor, mercifully belp and assistance from thee.
grant that thy incomparable meekness may
sbine forth in me to my good, and thy evero Jesus, who didst not refuse a kiss to
lasting glory. the traitor Judas, coming deceitfully to betray thee:
O blessed Jesus, who by the wicked Jews was proclaimed guilty of death ; and with
out cause condemned to be crucified ; Shewing by the calmness of thy countenance, and sweetness of thy words, all
That by thy unjust condemnation, thou imaginable meekness :
mightest deliver us from the guilt of our
sins where with we were justly attainted: Grant I may shew myself loving and mild to all mine enemies,
Grant that I may imitate thy meekness
and patience. And pardon them from my heart, howsoever they shall offend me.
O meek Jesus, who being stripped naked
in the palace, and bound to a pillar, didst O Jesus, who didst permit thine enemies
suffer thy tender and immaculate flesh to most furiously to lay their sacrilegious hands
be rent with most cruel scourges, that by upon thee: 'and being cruelly bound by thy stripes thou mightest heal our wounds': them, didst not revenge, but mildly endure the reproaches, blasphemies, and injuries,
Grant that I may now patiently suffer the where with they did most wickedly affront
scourges of thy fatherly correction. thee:
Thy enemies clothed thee, the king of Who didst restore and heal the ear of glory, with a purple garment, for the greater
affront. Malchus, one of thy furious persecutors:
They fastened upon thy divine head a That rendering good for evil, the riches crown of thorns. of thy mercy, and mildness, might shine forth to us :
They put into thy hand a sceptre of reed,
and kneeling down in a scornful manner, O Jesus, who didst hang (thy hands and saluted thee, saying, Hail, King of the feet being pierced) several hours upon the Jews.
shameful cross, and shedding thy precious Plant, I beseech thee, in my heart, the throughout thy whole body:
blood, didst endure unspeakable torments memory of thy passion.
O Jesus, who wast so kind even to thy O Jesus, who notwithstanding thou wast declared innocent by Pilate the Judge,
bitterest enemies, that thou didst pray unto nevertheless was content to hear the furia thy father for them, saying, “ Father, forous outcries of the Jews, by which they de
give them, for they know not what they
do." manded that thou shouldst be crucified :
Give me, I beseech thee, the grace of O Prince of Peace! who, being led out with two thieves, didst carry the cross with
true meekness and patience, by which I great pain upon thy sacred shoulders, and
may, according to thy commandment and didst not refuse to be driven by a rude mul. example, love and
example, love and pray for my bitterest
enemies. titude, to be urged and hastened onward to Mount Calvary :
o Jesus, who didst submit to the death of And being weary and faint, didst lan
the cross, and recommending thyself to thy guish under thy burthen:
beavenly father, and bowing down thy
venerable head, yielded up the ghost : Give me tears of devout compunction, and of holy love, which
Prepare me, I beseech thee, for the hour bard my
of death. heart, and make it grateful unto thee. Grapt that with fervent devotion I may
Thou, O dearest Saviour, by laying down embrace all crosses ; and may humbly fol thy life for thy sheep, hast 'shewed thyself low thee unto death.
to be the good shepherd : O Jesus ! who having thy shoulders bruis.
Thou didst die, O thou only begotten Son ed with the weight of thy cross, didst at
of God! Thou diedst, O my beloved Savilength arrive weary at the place of execu
our, that I might live for ever! tion:
O how great hope, how great confidence Where wine mingled with gall was offer may every devout soul now repose in thy ed thee to drink :
death, and in thy blood !
Where thou wast cruelly stretched out I glorify and praise thy holy name, acupon the wood of the cross, and fastened knowledging my infinite obligations to thee. with nails to the same:
O sweet Jesus, who being with great laGrant, O Lord, that with a devout and mentation of thy friends taken down from grateful mind, I may consider this thine the cross, wast anointed with precious ointunspeakable charity, with which of thine ments, wrapt in fine linen, and buried in own accord thou didst stretch forth thine a new tomb: Grant that I may pass through arms, and willingly offeredst thine hands the grave and gate of death'io my joylal and feet to be pierced.
Jesus, praise, honour, and glory be to wounds heal me, thy virtues amend me, thee, who, forty days after thy resurrection, thy death quicken me ; and now that I am didst gloriously ascend into heaven in the preparing my soul to come to thy table, sight of thy disciples, where thou sittest at grant that I may have a sweet remembrance the right hand of the Father, blessed for of thy love, to encourage my hope, to ex
cite me to my duty, and to give me an
bumble confidence to look up unto thee for Grant that I may in heart and mind thy pardon, and for the grace of thy holy thither ascend, and with thee continually spirit, to enable me to please thee better dwell.
hereafter. Multiply thy blessings upon me,
sweetest Jesus, increase in die true reliO may I seek, and savoor those things gion, sincere and fervent devotion in my which are above, and not those things which prayers and patience in troubles, and grant are here upon earth.
me whatsoever is necessary to my soul's
health, or conducive to thy glory, that I O my most merciful Lord God, grant that may never more live unto myself, or to the may so innocently pass the course of this world, but to thee only; and by the refreshmiserable life,
ments of an holy hope, be led through the
paths of this mortal life to the possession of That when my soul departs out of the thy kingdom, O blessed Jesus, who with prison of my body, I may be admitted into the Father and the Holy Ghost, livest and thy presence,
reignest ever one God, world without end.
Amen. And be received into thy everlasting joy ;
And with all the saints bless and praise thee for ever. Amen.
Saturday's Meditations in the Morn
ing. 4 Prayer before the
Holy Sacrament, for Friday Evening.
Upon the most Holy Sacrament. O
Holy Jesus, I adore thy mercies, and
thy incomparable love, who for our HAT a deal of cost and pains do we sạkes didst suffer such inexpressible tor
bestow upon these wretched bodies tures, which cannot be remembered with of ours, only to make them pleasing and out the deepest sorrow and compassion :lovely in the eye of some beholders, as miPity me, O Lord, pity thy sorrowful ser serable, perhaps, as ourselves: And yet vant, turn thy merciful eyes towards me,
when we have done all, we way appear O must merciful Redeemer; for my sins contemptible in those eyes from whom we are great, and I am full of sorrow and desired most approbation: Whatever besbame, and feel the burthen of them; comes of the outward man, let it be
my which is too heavy for me to bear: O gra care, blessed Lord, that my soul be clothed cious Lord, who hast done so much for me, with thy righteousness, and that I may to purchase me blessings on earth, and an come holy to thy table ; so shall I be sure inheritance in heaven, speak the word only, to be safe, blessed, and amiable here, and and thy servant shall be whole ; let thy glorious for ever hereafter.