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Out of the mouth of very babes and sucklings hast Thou ordained strength, because of Thine enemies : that Thou mightest still the enemy, and the avenger.
For I will consider Thy heavens, even the works of Thy fingers : the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained.
What is man, that Thou art mindful of him : and the son of man, that Thou visitest him ?
Thon madest him lower than the angels : to crown him with glory and worship.
Thou makest him to have dominion of the works of Thy hands : and Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet;
All sheep and oxen : yea, and the beasts of the field;
The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea : and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the seas.
O Lord our Governour : how excellent is Thy Name in all the world!
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. Here may be said the Apostles' Creed, p. 1; or
the Creed of S. Athanasius, p. 1. Lord, hear my prayer.
And let my crying come unto Thee. Then the Prayers following, or any of them, or one
for each day of the week.
GOD, ineffable, without beginning, without
end, Maker of all things, Who from Thy bosom hast sent down Thy beloved Son to take upon Him our life that lie might give us His life and be perfect God and perfect Man; both Shepherd and Sheep, dying in the flesh but living with Thee eternally; Grant, I beseech Thee, that with Thy Son I may in all things honour and glorify Thee. Through Him grant me remission of all my sins, obedience to Thy commandments, love of Thee, and perfect charity towards my brethren. May my heart conceive no inward iniquity, my tongue speak no outward evil. I pray that Thou wouldest strengthen me truly to fulfil Thy precepts, to correct whatever I find wrong within me, to hold fast what is right, to maintain what is healthful, to confirm what is weak. Grant me grace moreover to despise earthly things, to love heavenly things, so that I may count the world dead unto myself, being neither beguiled by its joys nor overwhelmed by its sorrows. And since Thine only begotten Son hath said, “No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him;" I beseech Thee, O Lord, and entreat Thee in my supplication, that Thou wouldest draw me unto Him, and may He lead me even unto Thee, where is everlasting life, everlastingly blessed, where there is no fear, but one universal Spirit, where Thou with Him and He with Thee in the Communion of the Holy Ghost eternally liveth and reigneth God throughout all ages. Amen.
(145) Or this. I
BESEECH Thee, O Lord, let my heart be
graciously enlightened by the holy radiance of Thy Son’s Incarnation; that so I may escape the darkness of this world, and by His guidance attain to the country of eternal brightness; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
wilt come to judgement in a day when we think not, and at an hour when we are not aware, grant that every day and every hour I may be prepared and ready for Thine advent. With Thy grace strengthen my heart. And as Thou makest evening to be the end of day, that Thou mayest bring the evening of life to our remembrance, grant me never to forget that life fleeth as the day. And do Thou, O Lord, abide with me, for it is toward evening, and the day of my life is far spent. O God, Who hast brought me up from my youth until now, lift up upon me the light of l'hy countenance, and open Thou my lips that I may show forth Thy praise. But, O Lord, it behoves me, sinner as I am, and utterly unworthy, rather to fall prostrate before Thee and with tears and groans to implore pardon for my sins, than to praise Thee with defiled tongue. Yet in Thy great goodness I put my trust. O accept the praises I desire to utter, unworthy sinner as I am, surely unworthy, but I trust devoted and acceptable to Thee. To Thee I give thanks,
I worship, praise, bless, and glorify Thee. For Thou art worthy, O Lord God, to receive praise and thanks for ever and ever. Amen. (147)
Or this. 0
LORD Jesus Christ, Who in taking upon
Thee our flesh, wast pleased to be conceived of a pure and holy virgin; Grant me Thy servant grace to withstand all the temptations of the flesh, and with a pure heart and a clean mind to follow Thee in all holy living ; Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest one God, world without end. Amen.
LESSED art Thou, Almighty Lord, enlighten
ing the day with the glory of the sun, and brightening the night with starry splendours ; Who hast granted me strength to pass through the space of day now past and to reach the beginning of this night. Hear my prayer; forgive my sins, voluntary and involuntary. Accept these my evening supplications, and send down upon me, Thy servant, the fulness of Thy mercy and compassion. Let Thy holy angels encamp about me. Put upon me the armour of Thy righteousness. Encompass me with Thy truth. Guard me with Thy power. Deliver me from every assault and every device of the enemy; and grant that this eventide, the coming night, and all the nights and days of life, may be to me truly holy, peaceful, siniess, void of offence, and free from all evil imaginations. For it is Thine to pity and to save, O Lord, my God. Amen.
night: Grant that the Sun of Righteousness may abide in my heart, to drive away the darkness of wicked thought: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(150) WEDNESDAY. GOD, the great and wonderful, ordering all
things by Thine unspeakable goodness and bountiful Providence; Who hast given unto us the good things of this life, and hast assured us of Thy promised kingdom; Who hast now defended me by Thy gracious power through that part of the day which is past; Grant that through that which remains I may abide blameless in the sight of Thy Divine Majesty, and may give honour to Thee, Who art our only good and merciful God. For Thou art my God; to Thee I give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; now, always, and for ever and ever. Amen. (151)
Or this. YRANT, I beseech Thee, O Blessed Jesus, that didst become partaker of our nature; so by the effectual working of Thy Spirit I may partake of Thine, and, when Thou shalt appear in glory, I may with Thee ascend where, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, Thou livest and reignest, one God, world without end. Amen. (152)
THURSDAY (ESU, our Master, do Thou meet me while
I dear country; so that, following Thy light, I may keep the way of righteousness and never wander away into the dread darkness of this world's night; while Thou, Who art the Way, the Truth, and the Life, art shining within me. O Christ, my God and my hope, I earnestly pray, implore, and beseech Thee, that, walking by Thy help, I may come unto Thee and rest in Thee. For Thou art the way, the truth, and the life, without Whom no man cometh unto the Father. For Thee I long, my most gracious and glorious Lord.
O Brightness of the Father's glory, Who sittest upon the cherubims, and piercest to the lowest depths beneath, 0 true Light, Light of Lights, Light inextinguishable, on Whom the angels love to look! Behold, my heart is Thine, dispel its darkness, and pour into it more fully the brightness of Thy love. Give Thyself, O my God, to me. Return to me, that by Thy continual help I may be enabled to live a holy, pious, and just life, and may never stray until Thou bring my whole being to the peace of my dear country, Jerusalem, and stablish me for ever: O my God, my merciful God. Amen. (153)