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Thy loving kindness, which have been ever of old. O remember not the sins and offences of my youth, or my riper age; but according to Thy mercy think Thou upon me, O Lord, for Thy goodness and the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
(108) MONDAY. LORD, give me such grace that I may seek
upon Thee whilst Thou art near; that I may forsake the wickedness of my ways, and abhor the unrighteousness of my own imaginations; that I may return unto Thee, and Thou have mercy upon me, in Jesus Christ, my only Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
(109) TUESDAY. (Y Lord and my God, I beseech Thee to give
constancy in temptations, and victory against all my ghostly enemies. Grant me sorrow for my sins, thankfulness for Thy benefits, fear of Thy judgements, love of Thy mer ies, and mindfulness of Thy presence for evermore. ́ Amen.
ECEIVE, O Lord, I beseech Thee, my prayers; dread; for Thou, through Thy Christ, art the only hope of sinners, and through Him I trust to be forgiven my iniquities. Amen.
(111) THURSDAY. LORD, Thou art just, and all Thy ways are
mercy and truth; Thou judgest truly for ever; remember me and look upon me; punish me not according to my sins, or my ignorances, or my fathers' which have sinned before Thee; deal not with me according to my sins, but as seemeth best to Thee, O Lord, my strength and my salvation. Amen.
me not be in distress; though in want of some of Thy comforts, yet not of all; though I be chastened, yet let me not be forsaken; though I be cast down, yet let me not be destroyed; and, though my outward man perish, yet let my inward man be renewed daily, even for Jesus Christ His sake. Amen.
O that is in trouble, and the spirit rehat is vexed,
crieth unto Thee; Hear, O Lord, and have mercy, for Thou art merciful, and have pity upon me, because I have sinned before Thee. For Thou endurest for ever, but, unless Thou have mercy, I utterly perish. Have mercy, therefore, even for Jesus Christ His sake. Amen.
(114) O Lord, open Thou my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Thy praise. O God, make speed to save me.
O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
Meditation. “It is finished.” -S. John xix. 30. TY Saviour hath nailed to the cross the sin writing of ordinances that was against us. Christ
ath worked out salvation in the midst of the earth, spreading out His undefiled arms upon the Cross, as though He would clasp all to His bosom. See then, my soul, that thou be unblemished and fit for that pure embrace. Once suffered as a little child to come to thy Lord,
and then sanctified and blessed in Baptism by the touch of His divine hand, may I evermore be enfolded in the arms of His tender mercies, and be united, body and soul, with Him, in the communion of His body and blood, Who in the same night that He was betrayed, took bread and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to His disciples and said, Take, eat; this is My body. And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Once dedicated to my Lord in the life-giving waters of the Baptismal Laver, and now more closely joined to Him in mysterious union by the Eucharistic gifts of His body and blood, may I always abide in Him and He in me; and thus dwelling in Him and with Him may I ever enjoy the fulfilment of His own loving promise, “ Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth give I unto you.” For His Cross hath overcome sin, vanquished hell and the grave, raised from death to life, and opened unto us once more the joys of Paradise. Wherefore let me give thanks and glory to Christ, my mighty and all merciful God. Seeing then, my soul, the salvation which has been fulfilled for thee and for all men by the Saviour's cross, be thou faithful unto death, and He shall give thee a crown of life. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed thee, and shall lead thee unto living fountains of waters, and God shall wipe away all tears from thine eyes. So then let me now lift up my soul in supplication to Christ my God, Who at the ninth hour tasted of death in the flesh, and pray that He would crucify all lusts of the flesh within me. As at this hour the veil of the temple was rent in twain ... the earth did quake, the rocks were rent, the graves were opened, and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, let me now unveil my heart, and see that it be not duller than the earth, harder than the rocks, more closely sealed than the sepulchres of death, but let me now rise upwards in thought and affection, crying out with the penitent thief; “Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom.”
Anthem or Antiphon. And now, Lord, what is my hope? Truly my hope is even in Thee.-Ps. xxxix. 8. Then the seren Psalms following, or any of them, or one for each day of the week.
that strive with Me : and fight Thou against them that fight against Me.
Lay hand upon the shield and buckler : and stand up to help Me.
Bring forth the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute Me : say unto My soul, I am Thy salvation.
Let them be confounded, and put to shame, that seek after My soul : let them be turned back, and brought to confusion, that imagine mischief for Me.
Let them be as the dust before the wind : and the angel of the Lord scattering them.
Let their way be dark and slippery : and let the angel of the Lord persecute them.
For they have privily laid their net to destroy Me without a cause : yea, even without a cause have they made a pit for My soul.
Let a sudden destruction come upon him unawares, and his net, that he hath laid privily, catch hinuself : that he may fall into his own mischief.
And, My soul, be joyful in the Lord : it shall rejoice in His salvation.
All My bones shall say, Lord, who is like unto Thee, Who deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him : yea, the poor, and him that is in misery, from him that spoileth him?
False witnesses did rise up : they laid to My charge things that I knew not.
They rewarded Me evil for good : to the great discomfort of My soul.
Nevertheless, when they were sick, I put on sackcloth, and humbled My soul with fasting : and My prayer shall turn into Mine own bosom.
I behaved myself as though it had been My friend, or My brother : I went heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
But in Mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together : yea, the very abjects came together against Me unawares, making mouths at Me, and ceased not.
With the flatterers were busy mockers : who gnashed upon Me with their teeth.
Lord, how long wilt Thou look upon this : 0 deliver My soul from the calamities which they bring on Me, and My darling from the lions. So will I give Thee
thanks in the great congregation : I will praise Thee among much people.
O let not them that are Mine enemies triumph over Me ungodly : neither let them wink with their eyes that hate Me without a cause.
And why? their communing is not for peace : but they imagine deceitful words against them that are quiet in the land.
They gaped upon Me with their mouths, and said : Fie on Thee, fie on Thee, we saw it with our eyes.
This Thou hast seen, O Lord : hold not Thy tongue then, go not far from Me, O Lord.
Awake, and stand up to judge My quarrel : avenge Thou My cause, My God, and My Lord. *