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“ Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly ed down his kead to save me: He stretchin heart; and ye shall find rest unto your ed forth his arm to preserve me: He shed souls,” St. Matt. xi. 29. O heavenly mas bis most precious blood for my redemption : ter and pattern, how am I astonished, when He is lifted up from the earth, that he may I consider thy humility, thy poverty, thy draw all men unto him. O my Lord, draw meekness, thy resignation, in the midst of me to thy table, that I may admire and love injuries, oppressions and wrongs ! It must be thee, let me go with the devoutest affection thy almighty grace which must enable me to to testify how much I value thy kindness, to follow thy example, and tread in thy steps, profess the sincerity of my faith to thee; and to which our nature is so averse : For this my most dutiful love unto thee; and I will grace I now pray, through thy merits and render unto thee, O Lord, my most hearty mediation, O Jesus. Amen.
thanks, that thou wilt admit me to that ho
nour; I will hope in God and praise him, Blessed God, how great was our misery?
who is the health of my countenance, and how great was thy mercy? when nothing my God; Blessed be God, who hath not could save us from ruin but the death of thy cast out my prayer, nor turned his mercy son! I see by this how hateful sin is to thee;
from me. make it so to me I beseech thee.--May I never fatter myself that thy mercy will save ine, if I continue in sin, when thou sparedst not thine own son, when he put himself in
A Prayer, on Saturday Morning, to Jesus the place of sinners ! May I never provoke Christ, for our due receiving of the Holy thy justice; may I never forget thy mercies, Sacrament, and what thy son has done for me! Blessed art thou, O my most merciful and O All-sufficient Saviour, teach me by thy
great and good example, to practise loving Lord; all the angels praise thee, O obedience and submission to thy divine will God, for evermore.
and pleasure: I humbly beseech thee, so
to prepare my soul for the due receiving of Now, when the solemnity of the holy the holy sacrament, that I may thereby obeucharist is celebrated, it is a day when the tain remission of my sins, and all other benesons of God come to present themselves be fits of thy passion. Pardon, O Lord, parfore the Lord, and we may be sure salan don my unpreparedness to will also come among them, not only to ac holy and divine
ordinance. O may cuse every unworthy receiver, but even to thy word and sacrament always so influence tempt the worthiest that receive; tempt him and dispose my heart, that I may thereby with wandering and worldly thoughts, with be sanctified and renewed unto all holy obefat and dull affections; yea, it may be, with dience to thy will, mortilying my sinful spiritual pride, with formal hypocrisy, or corruptions, and being renewed in ihy image, impure imaginations: Now that we be not in holiness, righteousness, sobriety, trub, ensnared by satan's devices, we must strive knowledge, faith, and temperance.
O to keep our souls fixed and intent upon
Christ blessed Jesus, by thee let me have access to in the sufferings of his passion ; we must thy heavenly father: Let' thy innocence and contemplate the power of his resurrection, purity procure pardon for my uncleanness and the glory of his ascension, and the benefits and disobedience : Let thy humility exiinof his intercession: For as often as I think guish my pride and vanity; thy meekness sofof the Lord's passion, I perceive the love of ten and correct my anger, and thy charity coGod in the forgiveness of my sins. Christ bow verthe multilude of my sins; and do thou, of No. 27.
thine infinite mercy, immediately after this lite, receive my soul into everlasting joy and felicity, there to reign with thee for ever. Amen.
my infirmities: “Heal me, O Jesus, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for thou art my praise. In the multitude of thy mercies will I go unto the altar of God, even unto the Gad of my joy and gladness.” Clothe me, O Lord, ' in the wedding garment, and be unto me wisdom and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption.”
Saturday's Meditations in the Even
Upon the most Holy Sacrament.
A Prayer on Saturday Evening, to Jesus Have confessed, this week, my sins to
Christ, for our due receiving of the
Holy Sacrament. thee, O God; and I hope thou hast forgiven the wickedness of my sins; do not contend in judgment with thy servant: “ For ORD, remember me in thy kingdom :" if thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, who
Lord, !ay not the sins of mine enemies shall abide it? He that spared not his own to their charge; Lord, lay not my own sins son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall to my charge; but by thine agony and he not with him also freely give us all bloody sweat, by thy head crowned with things?” Rom. viii. 32. This is, indeed, thorns, and smitten with fists and staves, by O God, a sure pledge of thine infinite love thine eyes full of tears, and thine ears pierced for thy poor creatures.--Upon this I de with slanders and revilings, by thy face pend when my heart is in heaviness for my iniserably defiled with spittle, by thy mouth sins:- This my refuge when I remember moistened with vinegar and gall, by thy my sins, and thy divine justice.---O make neck bending under the weight of the cross, me truly sensible of this thy great love ; by thy back torn and furrowed with scourges, and give me the graces which that love sees by thy loud and bitter cry, “my God, needful for me, for Jesus Christ's sake, the my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" by son of thy love. Amen.
thy heart wounded with a goldier's spear, by
the water and blood streaming from that How greatly hast thou loved us, O thou wound; by thy body broken and thy bload good father, who sparedst not thy only son, shed for me; by the saving and significant but deliveredst him up for the ungodly! How memorials of thy love and sufferings, “forgreatly hast thou loved us, seeing be, who give, O Lord, the offences of thy servant, thought it no robbery to be equal with thee, and cover all my sins. Take away all thy was made subject unto death, even the death displeasure, and turn thyself from thy wrathof the cross : and therefore do I justly repose
ful indignation. Turn me, O God, my Samy hope in thee; and I trust thou wilt heal viour, and let thine anger cease from me.” all my diseases, else should I despair, for Grant me, dearest Lord, such a sense of thy many and great are the diseases of my soul; sufferings, as may fill my soul with love and but greater is the cure which thou hast pro gratitude towards thee, for those inestimable vided for them. Behold, O Lord, I cast all blessings thou hast purchased for me: and my care upon thee; let my soul live, and it give such a sight of my sins, which occasion shall praise thee, and I will consider the ed all thy sorrows, as beartily to bewail and wonderful things of thy law. Thou knowest detest them, and such a faith in that full,
perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and breadth of the love of Christ! Who can satisfaction which thou hast made for the sins sufficiently admire it, that so great a majesty of the world, that I may so importunately I should stoop so low, and suffer so much, plead the merit of it, in this commemoration for his lost and miserably undone creatures, of that sacrifice, as to render thee gracious and on purpose to advance us to so blessed a propitious to me a miserable sinner. O Lord condition? hear, my prayers, and let my cry come unto thee. Amen.
Oye blessed host of heaven, who rejoice at the conversion of one single sinner, adore and praise my crucified Saviour, who died for the sins of the world, adore and praise
that unknown sorrow, that wonderful love, Sunday's Meditations in the Morn
which you yourselves must needs admire. ing.
O my gracious Lord, my heart is now
full of the sense of thy love ; and wbat have Upon the most Holy Sacrament. I to return to thee, but love again ? 'Tis all
I have to offer thee; accept it, o merciful
Lord, imperfect as it is." And do thou OST thou sightly understand, O my daily heighten iny sense of thy love to me,
saul, the unspeakably great dignity of that I may daily heighten my love to thee. this blessed ordinance ? Behold thou art going to feast with the king of kings! What O thou infinite lover of souls, with all an honour, what felicity is this? How hap- my heart I love, I praise, I adore thy love py mayest thou be, if this sacrament kindles
to me; but, alas! I can never do it enough. in thee a fervent love to thy dear Redeemer ?
( do thou at last, gracious Lord, translate and can it do less? Behold here is represent me to thy kingdom of glory, that there I ed the greatest love that ever was vouchsaf
may love thee to the utmost capacity of a ed to men : Here Christ entertains the devout
creature, and praise thee to all eternity. soul with his choicest blessings, and opens the Amen, Lord Jesus, Amen, Amen. windows of heaven to rain down this celestial manna for us to eat. To thy holy tem O Lord, make me earnest and zealous ple, O my God, I am now going, to renew
in thy service; and as thou hast sent thy my baptismal vow, and to enter into a solemn
son to bring us to thyself, do thou likewise covenant with thee, and do faithfully pro- send thy holy spirit to sanctify me for thymise to resign myself entirely to thee, to be self; and then I, who of myself am natufaithful to thee, and to live up to those laws rally prone to evil, shall, by the assistance which my Saviour hath established with his of thy grace, run the way of thy commandown blood.
Draw near with faith, ye contrite souls, Let neither the flesh, the world, por the and take this holy sacrament to your com devil, prevail with thee, O christian, to fort ; let your sorrow be turned into joy, neglect this dying command of Christ, Do and your fear into 'faith and hope ! go and this in remembrance of me: Is this rememoffer' up your best praises to the Father, bering thy dearest friend, to think of him who contrived this glorious redemption; to solemnly but once or twice a year? Shouldthe Son who effected it; and to the Holy est thou not remember him as often as thou Ghost, who gives us the benefit thereof. hast an opportunity ? Should thy Saviour O! the height and length, depth and I remember thee no oftener than thou dost his
death and passion, how fearful would thy condition be? Canst thou represent his love too often to thy mind and affections ? Art thou afraid of thinking too much of his love? Art thou afraid of being too much devoted to his service ? Considering how dull, how dead thou often art, thou hadst need come frequently to the sacrament, to have thy heart made tender, broken, and contrite for thy sins. Art thou afraid of renewing thy repentance, thy faith, thy hope, thy charity too often ? The oftener thou dost resort to this blessed communion, the greater will be thy acquaintance with the best of friends; no person is more welcome at this table, than the humble and broken-hearted; and none meet with more favourable reception than the poor in spirit ; these our crucified Jesus will most graciously receive. O come then, let us go into the house of the Lord, and our most merciful Redeemer will say unto us, Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you.
A Prayer on Sunday Morning before the
Communion at home.
Blessed and eternal Jesus, thou true
passes are grown up even unto heaven. I have wrought all these great provocations, which I have confessed this week, and hating to be reformed, have cast thy words behind me, and quenched thy spirit within
O Lord, I am become out of measure sinful: And since I have thus chosen death, I am most worthy to take part of it.
This, this, O Lord, ought in justice to be the portion of my cup; To me belongs nothing but shame and confusion of face : But to thee, O Lord God, belongeth mercy and forgiveness, though I have rebelled against thee. O remember not my sins and offences, but according to thy mercy think upon ine. And now that I am this day to receive the blessed sacrament of thy precious body and blood, O Lord, I beseech thee, let thy holy spirit seal unto my soul all the blessings contained in the sacrament, that by the merits of thy death and passion, all my sins may be fully remitted and for: given, that the curse and judgment which they have deserved may never overtake me in this life, or condemn me in the world which is to come. My steadfast faith is, that thou hast died for my sins, and risen again for my justification. This I believe, O Lord, help thou mine unbelief.
lover of our souls, who art ever pleased with our love and hearty affection to thee, and wouldst have us delight ourselves in the thoughts of thee ; who gavest thyself a sacrifice for our sins, and thy most preci. ous body and blood for our spiritual food in this holy sacrament; who didst so love us who were thine enemies, that thou desiredst to reconcile us to thy offended father, and becamest man for our sakes, that we might endeavour to live in holiness before thee all the days of our life: O give me grace to imitate thy divine virtues. But, O Lord, I am ashamed, and blush to lift up my face towards thee, for mine iniquities are increased over mine bead, and my tres.
Work in me, I beseech thee, an unfeigned repentance, that I may beartily bewail my former sins, and loath them, and serve thee henceforth in newness of life; and let my soul never forget the infinite love of so sweet a Saviour, that hath laid down his life to redeem so vile a sinner. And grant, Lord, that having received the seals and pledges of my communion with thee, thou mayest henceforth so dwell by thy spirit in me and I so live by faith in thee, that I may carefully walk all the days of my life in godliness and piety towards thee, and in christian love and charity towards my neighbours; that living in thy fear, I may die ia thy favour, and, after death, be made partaker of eternal life, through thy merits, o
Jesu, my only Lord, my Saviour and || A Thanksgiving for Christ's Sufferings, Redeemer, to whom be glory for ever. which may be used before the Communion Amen.
Service begins, if time permit. aronne
Thou, my crucified Saviour, glory be to
thee, for causing thy sufferings to be
registered in the gospel : There I have read, Having entered into the Church with due and remember the works and triumphs of
Reverence, we may, at our first kneeling thy almighty love, for which I will always
I remember, O gracious Lord, how thou,
who boughtest it no robbery to be equal LET
ET the words of my mouth, and the with God, wast made in the fashion of frail
meditations of my heart, be now and man, of the vilest and most contemptible of ever acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, men ; for thou tookest on thee the form of a my strength and my redeemer." Psal.
very servant; I remember how many rexix. 14.
proaches, and contradictions, and blasphe
mies, and persecutions, thou didst endure Or, « O Lord prepare my unprepared from a wicked and perverse generation ; heart for prayer !"
and all this to save us sinful men. “ O thon that hearest prayer, unto thee “ O Lord Jesus, was ever sorrow like unshall all flesh come.”
to thy sorrow? worthy art thou, O Lamb,
that was slain, to receive power, and riches, “How amiable are thy tabernacles, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and Lord of hosts ! My soul hath a desire and glory, and blessing.” Rev. vii. 12. longing to enter into the courts of the Lord ; my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living I remember, O gracious Lord, how thou God."
didst endure a most bitter agony, and didst
sweat great drops of blood falling to the Lord, I am now in thy house : Accept, I ground; how thou, who art God above all, pray thee, of me and my services; and dis- blessed for ever, wast treacherously betraypose my heart to seriousness, attention and ed, apprehended, and bound as a malefactor; devotion, and grant that I may receive the how thou wast set at nought by Herod, and Holy Sacrament with faith, thanksgiving and his men of war, and forsaken of all thy discicharity. Be pleased to assist, with thy holy ples, and denied by Peter ; and all this to spirit, both minister and people ; and bless
save us sinful men. us in the use of thy holy ordinances for Jesus Christ bis sake. Amen.
“ O Lord Jesus, was ever,” &c. I remember, how thou, O God of truth, wast accused by false witnesses ; how thou, whom all the angels adore, wast blindfolded, and buffeted, and mocked, and spit upon, and stripped naked, and scourged ; and all this that we might be healed by thy stripes, and all this to save us sinful men.
“ O Lord Jesus, was ever," 86, 5 P