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obtain forgiveness and acceptance; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour; to whose covenant I now implore admission; of the bene fit of whose death I implore participation. For his sake have mercy upon me, O God ; for his sake, O God, pardon and receive me.
Almighty and most merciful Father, I am now about to commemorate once more, in thy presence, the redemption of the world by our Lord and Saviour thy Son Jesus Christ. Grant, O most merciful God, that the benefit of his sufferings may be extended to me. Grant me faith, grant me repentance, illuminate me with thy holy Spirit, enable me to form good purposes, and to bring these purposes to good effect. Let me so dispose my time, that I may discharge the duties to which thou shalt vouchsafe to call me; and let that degree of health, to which thy mercy has restored me, be employed to thy glory. O God, invigorate my understanding, compose my perturbations, recal my wanderings, and calm my thoughts; that, having lived, while thou shalt grant me life, to praise thee and do good, I may, when thy call shall summon me to another state, receive mercy from thee; for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
Almighty and most merciful Father, I am now, as to human eyes it seems, about to commemorate, for the last time, the death of thy Son Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer. Grant, O Lord, that my whole hope and confidence may be in his merits and thy mercy; enforce and accept my imperfect repentance; make this commemoration available to the confirmation of my faith, the establishment of my hope, and the enlargement of my charity; and make the death of thy Son Jesus Christ effectual to my redemption. Have mercy upon me, and pardon the multitude of my offences. Bless my friends, have mercy upon all men. Support
me, by thy holy Spirit, in the days of weakness, and at the hour of death; and receive me, at
my death, to everlasting happiness; for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.
For Christmas Day.—MSS.
Almighty and most merciful God, Lord and Father of all things in heaven and on earth, before thy high throne we prostrate ourselves, and raise our hearts in grateful praise and thanksgiv
ing in thy holy temple. This day hast thou given us thine only begotten Son, the mignty God, the Prince of Peace, as thou hadst promised through thy prophets: this day do we bend in gratitude before thee for the holy gift, the high behest which thou, Lord, iu thy merciful and tender love towards the creatures of thy hand, hast bestowed upon us, vouchsafing to redeem, through the intercession of thy pure and immaculate Son, thy rebellious people; and to turn them from their perverse and sinful ways to the pure worship of thee, through the means and mediation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the heir of all things, the brightness of thy glory, and the express image of thyself. We praise, we laud, we extol thy mercy and thy lovingkindness towards us. O let our gratitude bring forth the fruits of thy goodness; and aid us, with thy holy Spirit, to throw off the old, and take upon us the new man; that so devoting ourselves to thy service in purity of worship and simplicity of heart, the great sacrifice and atonement which thou hast accepted for the transgressions of our former nature may not have been made in vain. Endue us with thy grace, and strengthen us in thy faith, fear and love, that we may wean all our
affections from the things of this world, and set our hearts and feelings on the promises of bliss eternal, which thou hast given us through thy Son, our Lord, our Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ; to whom be all glory, and praise, and might, and dominion, with thee, and with the Holy Ghost, for ever and ever. Amen.
For Good Friday.-MSS.
All powerful Ruler of the universe, at whose mighty word the corners of the earth tremble, and the mountains shake to their bases; who ridest on the storm, and doth let loose thine anger in the whirlwind; O let thy justly-ex• cited wrath cease, and let not the fulness of thine indignation be poured out upon guilty man. In all humility we prostrate ourselves before thee; we acknowledge our sin, and the weight of our transgression is very heavy upon us. Hear us, have mercy upon us, for we are fallen low and in despair. Thou, Lord, didst send thy Son on earth for our redemption: thine onlybegotten did leave the realms of bliss, to taste the bitter cup of misery and death, to drink the very dregs of human affliction. Rejected of men, whom he came down to save, he was a
man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; he was persecuted for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities; a stranger on the earth which was fashioned by his hands, and an outcast among the people whom his Father had made. O Lord God, great disposer of events, where shall I hide my head? where avoid thy dreadful presence? I am ashamed of my nature, for the cruelty of man is great. I dread thy wrath, for thy people have rebelled, and have not heard thy word. They have laid their sacrilegious hands upon our Lord and Saviour; they have smitten and scourged him, and led him out to crucifixion. They oppress him, and he is afflicted, but he opens not his mouth. He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, but he is dumb, and reproacheth them not. When I behold him stretched upon the cross, in the agonies of death, surrounded by his persecutors, the bloody sweat dropping from the sacred brow of our Lord, our Master and Redeemer, how can I expect to escape the heavy and wrathful displeasure of the Almighty? Who shall redeem us from the burthen of our sin? Who shall blot out our iniquities? We cannot do these things of ourselves, for we are weak, frail, and fallible beings. Who shall be our guide? Who shall open the gates of heaven, and bid us come in? Thou, Lord,