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FOR FAITH IN GOD'S MERCY THROUGH CHRIST.
ALMIGHTY GOD, our Heavenly Father, who, for the greater confirmation of our faith and confidence in Thy mercy, hath in the Gospel declared, that whosoever believeth in thy Son Jesus Christ shall not perish, but have everlasting life; and that this is life eternal, to know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent: increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in me evermore. O let me not rest in a dead faith, but that I may have such a lively faith, as will shew itself by love and good works; such a victorious faith, which may enable me to overcome the world, and conform me to the image of Thy Son Jesus Christ, in whom I believe. O grant me such a due sense of thy infinite mercy, shewed to mankind in so much misery, as may never depart out of my mind.
I stedfastly believe, O blessed Jesus, that thou didst suffer upon the cross to save me and all the world from the guilt and punishment of our sins. O give me that grace, that I may die to sin, and rise again unto righteousness! accept of my im
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perfect sorrow, repentance, faith, and weak resolutions; and let thy precious merits, O my crucified Saviour, supply all my wants and imperfections. Thou hast said, come unto me, all ye that labour, and are weary and heavy laden, and I will refresh you. O blessed Jesus, I come unto thee in all humility, and deeply sensible of my great unworthiness; 0 do thou bear this burden of sin for me, and refresh me with comfortable hopes of thy mercy and forgiveness, and the truth of thy salvation, o gracious LORD; to whom, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory for ever. Amen. See Psal. xix. lvii. Eph. ii. 6, II.
A THANKFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THE DEATH OF
ALMIGHTY GOD, our heavenly Father, who of thy tender mercy didst give thine only son Jesus CHRIST to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption, and hast instituted and ordained holy mysteries as pledges of his love, and for a continual remembrance of his death and passion, to our
great and endless comfort:” Behold, I do most affectionately, and with all the powers of my soul and body, return my most hearty praise and thanksgiving for thy great mercy and tender compassion to me and all mankind, in sending thy only son into the world to redeem us from sin and misery, and, by his meritorious death and passion, to purchase for us eternal life. Grant, O LORD, that I may always most gratefully remember this exceeding love of my only Saviour JESUS CHRIST, thus dying for me; and work in me all such holy and heavenly affections, as may dispose my heart to be a worthy guest at thy holy table, prepared for the continual remembrance of the sacrifice of the death of Christ, and of those benefits which we receive thereby. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits; who forgiveth all thy sins, and healeth all thine infirmities; who saveth thy life from destruction, and crowneth thee with mercy and loving-kindness. See Psal. | ciii. 2, 3, 4.
A PRAYER FOR THE GRACE OF CHARITY.
“O LORD, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth ; send thy Holy Ghost and pour into my heart that most, excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee;" more especially when I am going to commemorate the unspeakable love of my blessed Saviour in dying for me, let not my heart be destitute of love towards my brethren, extend thy mercy and forgiveness to all mine enemies, persecutors and slanderers, and turn their hearts: which I as sincerely beg for them, as I hope for mercy and forgiveness at thy hands. Possess me with kindness and goodwill for all mankind, that my faith may work by love, and dispose my heart according to my ability, to administer towards the wants and necessities of
those who are any ways afflicted or distressed in Á mind, body, or estate, and to do unto all men, as
I would they should do unto me; and give me that charity which covereth a multitude of sins, 6 that by doing good for evil, all men may know that I am thy disciple. Grant this for Jesus's sake. Amen. See Psal. xv. cxxxiii. xli. cxii. Matt. xxv. 34, 41.-Matt. xviii. 21. I Cor. xiii.
FOR THE MORNING YOU INTEND TO COMMUNICATE.
O most gracious and eternal LORD God, who hast called all such who are weary and heavy laden to come unto thee by faith and repentance, and thou wilt refresh them; in affiance of this thy gracious invitation, I will come to thy heavenly table, not trusting in my own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies; and although I am not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs that fall from thy table, yet since it is thy property always to have mercy, I will not despair of a kind reception ; forgive my want of a due preparation, and accept of my sincere desire to perform an acceptable service unto thee; clothe me with the wedding-garment, even the graces of the gospel, and then I am sure I shall be a welcome guest at thy table, when I shall come thither in the likeness of thy son JESUS CHRIST, in whom thou