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those inestimable benefits? What return can I make for Thy signal pity? Alas! how ungratefully have I replied to the calls of so bounteous and loving a benefactor? I have been ever ungrateful for Thy benefits, ever disobedient to Thy commands. I have shut up my heart against the approaches of Thy good Spirit. Fault I have added to fault, and sin to sin.
I confess, O Lord, that I am not worthy to be called Thy son; yea, though I acknowledge Thee to be my Father. For Thou verily art my Father. Thou art my hope. Thou art the fount of pity, for Thou rejectest not sinners who flee unto Thee, but receivest them for cleansing and renewal. Behold then, O my Helper, and see how I fly unto Thee in the extremity of my want, bringing nothing else than the grievous burden of my sins.
Humbly imploring Thy pity I cast myself down at Thy feet in presence of Thy tender love. Pardon me, I beseech Thee, for Thou art my strong hope, and save me of Thine infinite mercy.
O merciful Jesu, for the remission of my sins I plead before Thee Thine own boundless love which constrained Thee, O God of infinite Majesty, not to abhor the Virgin's womb, but for my sake to be made man, and, compassed about with many tribulations, afflictions, toils, and persecutions in this world, to die. And I beg of Thine infinite goodness that by Thy merits Thou wouldest pardon all my offences, remit the penalty and the guilt, purify my soul from all stain of sin, and finally bring me unto life eternal. Amen.
ETERNAL God, Father Almighty, Who didst give Thine only Son to be born of a woman, and to be made the Son of Man, that we might be made the sons of God: Grant to me to be
indeed Thy child, and be Thou now and ever my Father, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (158)
Daily during the week before Easter.
No. 123, p. 130.
Intercessory Prayer, to be said daily, or upon
I have taken upon me to speak
unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes. -Gen. xviii. 27.
Unto Thee lift I up mine eyes,
O Thou that dwellest in the heavens.
Arise, O Lord, and help us,
And save us for Thy mercy's sake.
OST High God, our loving Father, infinite in Majesty, I humbly beseech Thee for Thy servants* * That Thou wouldest give them pure minds, perfect love, sincerity in conduct, holiness in heart, strength in action, courage in distress, self-command in character. Grant them pardon of their sins. Perfect their work. Accept their prayers. Protect them by Thine own Name, O God of Jacob! Send them Thy saving help from Thy holy place, and strengthen them out of Zion. Remember their offerings, accept their sacrifices, give them the grace of devotion, fulfil their desires with good gifts, and crown them with Thy mercy.
And of Thy gracious goodness, O Lord, hasten Thy kingdom, that we, with all those that are departed in the true faith of Thy holy Name, may have our perfect consummation and bliss both in body and soul in Thy eternal and ever
lasting glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (159)
For other Prayers, see p. 186.
Thanksgiving, to be said daily, or upon Sunday and Friday.
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
And all that is within me, praise His holy
LIFT up my heart unto Thee, O Lord, I bless Thee, I worship Thee, and praise Thee, the Creator, Preserver, and Governor, the Lord and Father, the King and God of all, the Fountain of Life and Immortality, the Treasury of eternal good things: Whom the heavens, and the heavens of heavens, the Angels and all the celestial Powers sing praise unto, incessantly crying one to another Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts, heaven and earth are full of the majesty of Thy Glory: Blessed be the glory of the Lord from His place: blessed be Thou, my God, my Strength and my Stay, my Refuge and Deliverer, my Helper and my Defender. Amen. (160)
THANK Thee, O Almighty God, that, while the day is drawing to its close, Thou makest the evening bright to me: and I entreat Thy boundless mercy, that as I see this outward light, so Thou wouldest enlighten my heart with the light of Thy Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
[NTO hands I commend my
and body, for Thou hast created, redeemed, and regenerated them, O Lord, Thou God of Truth and with myself I commend unto Thee
all that belong to me, whom Thou hast graciously given unto Thy servant. Preserve us, O Lord, from all evil: O Lord, I beseech Thee, keep our souls: keep us from falling, and present us faultless before the presence of Thy glory in that day. Amen. (162)
HE Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep my heart and mind, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
O Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come.-Ps. lxv. 2.
Or, the Form of Confession, p. 6.
UR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed
will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
LORD, my God and Father, blessed be Thy Name for ever; Dispose my heart, open my lips, and guide me by Thy Holy Spirit, that my prayers and praises may be acceptable in Thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then the Collect for the day from the Book of Common Prayer, and the seven Prayers following, or any of them, or one for each day of the week.
WILL always give thanks to Thee, O Lord,
soul shall make her boast of Thee, O my God, and the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad; for I sought Thee, O Lord, and Thou heardest me, and didst deliver me out of all my fear, even for Jesus Christ His sake. Amen.
Those who pray but twice daily may use this office on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening.