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holy Places or Perfons, or any Thing elie dedicated to his Service? or, have I not taken God's Name in vain, by common Swearing and Curfing? or, have I not taken false and unlawful Oaths? or, have I nct broken my own Vows and Refoutions, especially my Baptifmal?
IV. Have I not neglected the worship of God on his Sabbaths? have I not fpent part thereof in vain Sports, idle Difcourfes, Vifits, and many other unneceffary affairs? or, have I not fuffered others to profane the Sabbath, when it was in my Power to restrain them from fo doing?
V. Have I not been ftubborn, irreverent and undutiful towards my Parents, rejecting their Counfels, de fpifing their Government, and coveting their Eftate before their Death? or, have I contributed toward their Neceffities when they were in Want, and I had in my Power to help them? or, have I not been difloyal to my Prince, stubborn and unfaithful to my Master, refractory and unthankful to my Minister, peevish and unkind to my Friend and Companion.
VI. If I have not actually taken away the Life of any Perfon, yet have I not made my Neighbour's Life grievous by Oppreffion, Rage, and Violence against him? Or, have I not by Fighting or Quarrelling wounded his Perfon? Or, have: I not tempted him, by any other Vice or Intemperance, to deftroy his Health, and fo. fhorten his Days? Or, have I not by falfe or contumelious Speeches wounded his good Name and Reputation? Or, have I not, by my own Luxury and Intemperance in Eating and Drinking, been acceffary to my own Death?
VII. If I have efcaped the groffer Acts of Adultery and Fornication, yet have I not conceived Luft in my Heart, and neglected the Means to preferve my own and others Chastity? Or, have I not by Gluttony and Drunkenness, or by any impure Thoughts or Words, defiled my Soul? Or, have I not accustomed myself to filthy Talking, Jesting, and immodest Garbs, and unchafte Behaviour in common Converfation?
VIII. If I have not been guilty of common and public stealing, yet have I been true and just in all my Dealings? or, have I not contracted Debts, when I was conscious to myself that I was not able to pay, or make Reftitution? or, have I not wafted my own or others Eftates by riotous living? or, have I not by Violence and Oppreffion exacted of my Inferiors, or by unlawful Ufury taken advantage of their Neceffities.
IX. If I have not before the Magiftrate fworn falfly against any Man, yet have I net accustomed myfelf to Lying and Slandering? or have I not accused my Neighbour unjustly? or, have I not concealed the Truth of another, when Juftice and Charity obliged me to give Evidence of it? or, have I not unjustly fought to uphold my own Credit, or to blast any other Perfon's?
X. Have I not secretly complained against the Providence of God, as if others had too much, and I too little? or, have I not by unlawful means endeavoured to deprive others of their Goods and Property? or, have I laboured truly and faithfully
to get my own Living and been content with that State of Life unto which it hath pleased God to call me ?
A penitential Confefsion of Sins; with an bumble Supplicatión for Mercy and Fergiveness. Lmighty and eve-lafting God, who hateft nothing that thou hatt made, and doft forgive the Sins of all them that are penitent, create and make Here call in me a new and contrite Heart,that I worthily lamenting my Sins and to mind all acknowledging my Wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all grievous finle Mercy, perfect Remiffion and Forgiveness through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. See Pfal. li. vi. xxxii. xxxviii.
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An Act of Con'rition.
Father, "Ather, I have finned against Heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy Son. Wo is me, O Lord, who was conceived and born in fin the Thoughts of my Heart were inclined unto Evil from my Youth. Wo is me that I have finned against thee my Creator and kind Benefactor. Lord, I have done Evil continually in thy Sight, and my Life hath been little else than one continual Course of Impiety, Unthankfulness, and of unworthy Returns for all thy Goodnets and Loving-kindness to me. Wo is me that I fhould thus requite the Lord. O that Head were Water, and mine Eyes a Fountain of Tears, that I might weep Day and Night for my Sin! O gracious Lord, look on me as thou didst on the Apoftle St. Peter, and let thy compaffionate look fo pierce my ftony Heart, that I may weep bitterly for my sins, and may have that godly Sarrow which worketh Repentance unto Salvation not to be repented of, for Jefus's fake: Amen.
See Pfal. xxv. xxxii. xxxviii.
A Refolution to lead a new Life.
ND now, O Lord, I do not only with Shame and Confusion of Face confefs and bewail the Sinfulness and Vanity of my own life, but I do ftedlaftly refolve and purpose (through the Affiftance of thy Grace and holy Spirit directing me) to renounce the Devil and all his Works, the Pomps and Vanities of this "wicked World, and all the finful lufts of the Flesh." Be pleased, O Lord, to ftrengthen and confirm all these good Refolutions in me. And I heartily thank thee, O heavenly Father, for calling me to this State of Salvation through Jefus Chrift my Saviour, who died for my Sins, and rofe again for my Julification; and I humbly beseech thee for his Sake, to give me grace to continue in the fame unto my life's End. Amen.
See Pfal. i. xxiii. xxiv. xxv. cxix. cxxvi.
A Prayer for faith in God's mercy thro' Chrift.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who, for the greater confirmation
of our faith and confidence in thy mercy, haft in thy holy Gofpel declared, that whosoever believeth in thy Son Jesus Christ, shall not perish, but have everlaying life; and that this is life eternal, to know thee the only true God, and Je
Jus Chrift whom thou bift fent: Increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in me evermore. O let me not reft in a dead faith, but that I may have fuch a lively faith as will fhew itfelf by love and good works; fuch a victorious faith, which may enable me to overcome the world, and conform me to the image of thy Son Jefus Chrift, in whom I believe. O grant me fuch a due fenfe of thy infinite mercy, fhewed to mankind in fo much mitery, as may never depart out of my
I tedfaftly believe, O bleffed Jefus, that thou didst fuffer upon the cross to fave me and all the world from the guilt and punishment of our fins. O give me that that grace, that I may die to fin, and rife again unto righteousness! Accept my imperfect forrow, repentance, faith, and weak refolutions; and let thy precious merits, O my crucified Saviour, fupply all my wants and imperfections. Thou haft faid, Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are weary and heavy laden, and I will refresh you. O bleffed Jefus, I come unto thee in all humility, and deeply fenfible of my great unworthinefs; O do thou bear this burden of fin for me, and refreth me with comfortable hopes of thy mercy and forgiveness, and the truth of thy falvation, O gracious Lord; to whom, with the Father and the Holy Ghoft, be all honour and glory for ever. Amen.
See Pfalm xix. lvii. Eph. ii. 6, II.
A Thankful Remembrance of the Death of Chrift.
Lmighty God, our heavenly Father, who of thy tender Mercy didft give thine only Son Jefus Chrift to fuffer Death upon the Crois for our Redemption, and haft inftituted and ordained holy Myfteries as Pledges of his love, and for a continual Remembrance of his Death and Paffion, to our great and endless Com"fort:" Behold, I do moft affectionately, and with all the Powers of my Soul and Body, return my moft hearty Praise and Thanksgiving for thy great Mercy and tender Compaffion to me and all mankind in fending thy only Son into the World to redeem us from Sin and Misery, and by his meritorious Death and Paffion, to purchafe for us eternal life. Grant, O Lord, that I may always most gratefully remember this exceeding love of my only Saviour Jefus Chrift, thus dying for me; and work in me all fuch holy and heavenly Affections, as may difpofe my heart to be a worthy Guest at thy holy Table, prepared for the continual Remembrance of the Sacrifice of the Death of Chrift, and of thofe Benefits which we receive thereby. Praise the Lord, O my Soul, and forget not all bis Benefits; who forgiveth all thy Sins and bealeth all thine Infirmities; who faveth thy Life from Deftruction, and crowneth thee with Mercy and Loving-kindness.
See Pfal. ciii. 2, 3, 4.
A Prayer for the grace of Charity. he hath
worth; fend thy Holy Ghoft, and pour into my Heart that moft excellent "Gift of Charity, the very Bond of Peace, and of all Virtues, without which
"whofoever liveth is counted dead before thee;" more especially when I am go. ing to commemorate the unspeakable Love of my bleffed Saviour in dying for me, let not my Heart be deftitute of Love towards my Brethren: Extend thy Mercy and. Forgiveness unto all mine Enemies, Perfecutors and Slanderers, and turn their Hearts; which I as fincerely beg for them, as I hope for Mercy and Forgiveness at thy hands. Poffefs me with Kindness and Good-will for all Mankind, that my Faith may work by Love, and difpote my Heart according to my Ability, to administer towards the Wants and Neceffities of those who are any Ways afflicted or diftreffed in Mind, Body, or Eftare; and to do unto all Men as I would they fhould do unto me; and give me that Charity which covereth a Multitude of Sins, that by doing Good for Evil, all Men may know that I am thy Diiciple Grant this for Jefus's fake. Amen.
See Pfalm xv. cxxxiii. xli. cxii. Matth. xxv. 34, 41. Matth. xviii. 21. 1 Cor. xiii.
A Prayer the Morning you intend to Communicate.
Moft gracious and eternal Lord God, who haft called all fuch as 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 trufting in my own Righteoufnefs, but in thy manifold and great Mercies; and although I am not worthy fo much as to gather up the Crumbs that fall from thy Table, yet fince it is thy Property always to have Mercy, I will not defpair of a kind Reception: Forgive my want of a due Preparation, and accept of my fincere Defire to perform an acceptable Service unto thee: Clothe me with the Wedding Garment, even the Graces of the Gofpel, and then I am fure I fhall be a welcome Guest at thy Table, when I fhall come thither in the Likeness of thy Son Jetus Chrift, in whom thou art well pleased. Poffefs my Soul with a lively Faith, profound Humility, filial Obedience, inflamed Affection, and univerfal Charity, that io I may become a worthy Partaker of thele holy Mysteries, to my great and endless Comfort. Grant this, O heavenly Father, if it be thy bleffed Will, through Jefus Chrift. Amen.
Our Father, &c.
See Pfalm xxiii. xxv. xxvi.
Short Prayers and Meditations before the Minifter at Church begins the Communion Service.
At going up to the Altar.
N the Multitude of thy tender Mercies, O Lord God, do I now approach thine Altar; O pardon my Sins, and look not upon my Unworthiness, (for I am a finful Creature, O Lord) but upon thofe Motives which drew me hither, even my own Miseries; and thy tender Mercies: therefore help me to fupply in Humility what I want in Worthinefs, and let my bended Knees and contrite Heart fhew that i durit
no' have adventured hither, bad not thy Mercy held out the golden Scepter, and faid, Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are beavy laden, and I will refresh you. At giving your Aims.
Lord, who didft not defpife the Widow's Mite, accept of this little which I freely offer towards the relief of any of thy poor Members, Mark xii. 42.
When the Pricft is fetting in Order the Elements to be confecrated. OOK.down, O Lord God, from thy holy Habitation, and from the glorious Throne of thy kingdom, and fanctify us.
When you receive the Fread.
LORD, I am not worthy of the Crumbs which fall from thy Table, and yet
thou giveft unto me the Bread of Life. Evermore give me this Bread, that I may eat thereof, and not die eternally. John vi. 34, 50.
After receiving the Bread..
Tunto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy Name give the. Fraise, for
HAT Reward fhall I give unto the Lord for all the Benefits that he hath done unto me? I will receive the Cup of Salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord.
LESSED be God the Father of our Lord Jefus Chrift, for his unspeakable Gift, in whom we have Redemption through his Blood, even the Forgiveness of our Sins.
When you retire from the Altar.
Lefs the Lord, O my Soul, and all that is within me blefs his holy Name; blefs the Lord, O my Soul, and forget not all his Benefits; who forgiveth ail thine Iniquities, and healeth all thy Diseases; who redeemeth thy Life from • Destruction, and crowneth thee with Loving-kindness and tender Mercies." O let that heavenly Food, which thou haft fo lately fed me with, transfufe. new Life and new Vigour into my Soul, and into the Souls of all those who have been Partakers with me of this holy Communion, that our Faith, Hope and Charity, may daily increase, and that we may all grow in Grace, and in the Knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jefus Christ. - Amen and Amen.
See Pfalm viii. xxiii. lxvi. ciii.
Prayers and Meditations which may be joined to the former, where the Communions Sare large. OCT 17.
Afpirations for a devout Communicant.ms
Nlighten, O Lord, the Eyes of my Understanding with the Light of Faith and Wisdom, that I may ever look on thee my Redeemer as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, which leadeth unto eternal Life. What am I, Lord, and what is my