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thy side, and hast thence taken occasion, from his hardness to believe, to facilitate the faith of thy church in these after-ages.
6. Therefore, O my soul, being thus preinstructed in this great mystery of our faith, by the revelation of Jesus Christ, make it the principal subject of thy studies, and the daily entertainment of thy most serious thoughts. Draw me, O dearest Lord, from the world and myself, that I be not entangled with any earthly desires. Draw me after thee, with a sure hope of eternal bliss, that I may run with delight in the way of thy commands, and especially to thy holy table. Draw me up finally to thee and thy throne of glory, that I may see thy face, and rejoice with thee for ever in thy kingdom. Amen.
A confession of sins on Wednesday Morning, preparatory to receiving the Holy Sacrament.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John i. 8, 9.
MOST mighty God! how shall I, a poor miserable sinner, who am all over sin and pollution, dare to speak unto thee? O Lord, when I look back on my past life, I am' astonished at thy mercy and long-suffering towards me; and am sensible, if I had been rewarded according to my misdeeds, that I
had long before this been condemned to endless misery and torments. And lest I drop this opportunity of repentance, I flee unto thee and cry, Lord, be merciful unto me a sinner!
I have been a rebellious and disobedient sinner, a contemner of thy laws, and one of those wretched fools, that have made a mock at sin, and would not hearken to reproof; my mind has been overspread with blindness, ignorance, and folly, and almost every power and faculty of my soul has been corrupted and defaced. But now, as thou hast vouchsafed me this light of thy spirit to see mine infirmities, I flee unto thee, the author of my comfort, and say, Lord, be merciful unto me a sinner!
How have I preferred a life of folly and madness, of extravagance and disorder; a life that hath yielded me shame and much remorse, sorrow and affliction, before the peace, and pleasure, and serenity of a sober, virtuous, and religious conversation! how have I preferred the pleasures and profits of this world to the ways of virtue and religion! but now I repent, and say, Lord, be merciful unto me
O Lord! I dare not plead that I have spent any one day of my life solely to thy honour and glory; but how many days, nay, years, have I spent in the service of sin, how many are my lusts, and how great my
temperance? How oft have I profaned thy sabbaths, abused thy sacred name, ridiculed thy holy word, despised thy ministers, and made a jest of all that is serious? But now I flee unto thee by this Holy Sacrament, and cry, Lord, be merciful unto me a sinner!
If I have been proud and envious, passionate and angry, full of hatred, malice, and revenge; if I have been guilty of slandering and abusing, injuring and defrauding of my neighbour; of lewd actions and obscene discourses; of profane and filthy jests, and of frequent cursing, swearing, and lying: Lord, be merciful unto me a sinner!
More particularly, O Lord, I do most sorrowfully confess, and lament before thee, to whom all things are naked and open, that I have most grievously offended thee by[Here name particulars.]
Lord! what scandal have I brought to religion; what dishonour to thy name; what reproach to the Christian profession, by these my wicked and sinful practices; all which I surely trust shall be forgiven me, when now, with a contrite heart, I flee unto thee, and say, Lord, be merciful unto me a sinner! Amen.
A prayer to implore God's mercy and forgiveness of our sins.
The wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. vi. 23.
MY God! I have no hope but in that mercy of thine, which thou hast manifested in the redemption of the world, by thy Son Christ Jesus; that alone is the support of my soul under all its sorrow and anguish. I know, O God, that thou sparest when we deserve punishment, and in thy wrath thinkest upon mercy: spare me, therefore, O good Lord! spare me, and be not angry with me for ever wash away all my sins in the blood of thy dear Son, who came into the world to save sinners.
O Lord, pardon and forgive, I most earnestly beseech thee, all the sins and transgressions of my past life, more particularly [Here mention the sins thou art guilty of] cleanse thou me, O my God, from all my secret and unknown sins; and, O! be thou reconciled unto me, and receive me into thy favour, which, though I have hitherto so foolishly abused, yet I now value and prefer above all the pleasures of this world.
Give me, O Lord, I most heartily beseech thee, such unfeigned repentance of all my past sins, such an hatred and abhorrence of my former evil ways, that I may, from this
moment, take a final leave of all my darling lusts and sinful pleasure. Give me that humble and contrite spirit, whose groans thou dost never despise, that faith which overcometh the world, and which will enable me to conquer my most inveterate habits; and that love which will make me afraid to offend thee, and which will inspire me with resolutions active and vigorous, honest and sincere ; such as, by the assistance of thy grace and Holy Spirit, may carry me through all difficulties, and be proof against all the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.
O Lord, hear me! O Lord, help me, and have mercy upon me! grant me the blessing of thy Spirit, and of thy grace, that I may go duly prepared to thy holy table. O Lord, pity and save my soul, for thy truth and mercies' sake, who gavest thy Son Jesus Christ to die for all sinners, and to rise again for their justification. Amen. Blessed Lord! Amen.
Our Father which art in heaven, &c.
The foregoing prayer may be properly used, if time will permit, upon Sacrament-day.
Here also observe the directions given on page 8, and more particularly endeavour to improve your soul by reading a lesson out of the NEW WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, Sunday 4, Sections IV. and V.