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The Meditation for Friday Morning
On the pasion of our blessed Saviour, commemorated in the most boly sacrament of the Lord's fiipper.
Being found in fashion as a man, hé humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Phil. ii. 8.
thou may'st give me comfort by a devout meditation on the sufferings of our wounded Jefus, which were the wonder and astonishment of heaven and earth! and thence learn of thy Saviour to be meek and lowly in heart; who being the great Lordof the world, condescended with the profoundest humility to undergo the punishment of Naves.
2. Behold with what patience this innocent lamb yields to have his body plowed and furrowed by merciless murderers! behold him naked, helpless, and unpitied, whilst the furious exécutioners tear his fkin and tender flesh with cruel scourges, to satisfy the cruelty of a barbarous multitude ! 3
Behold this fame blessed Jesus extended, tortured, and nailed, and rudely hoisted up
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upon the cross between two thieves, where he hung forthespaceof threelonghours, [reviled by the Jerós; and railed at by the very thieves] in pain, dolour, in grief, and shame; all his bones disjointed, and his wounds stretched and rent the wider by the weight of his body hanging on the nails; and all this for man, even for thee, my soul, a miserable finner!
4. Behold those powerful hands, which so fately had cured the blind and deaf, cleansed thie lepers, and loosed them that were bound by jatan, extended in misery! behold those adorable feet pierced with nails, which had gone about doing good continually!
Behold that sacred body hanging upon the cross, hungry and thirsty, naked and cold, wounded and rent, weeping and bleeding, racked and tortured, languishing, praying, and facrificing itself, and exposed to all manner of shame and torment for thee, in which all the treasures of wisdom and power were. hid! and let that vinegar and gall given unto him, quench all immoderate appetites in thee, and imbitter all sensual deliglits. Behold that face, more beautiful than the fons of men, which comforted the afflicted, and the light of whose countenance the father's and
phets had so much desired to behold, changed into the paleness and horror of death; crying to his father, My God, my God, why hoff thou: forsaken me! and then giving up the ghost.
6.Oh! how great in mercy, how abundant in compassion was the son of God thus to die for thee; how great in majesty, how terrible in power! for now did the heavens wax dark, the veil of the temple rent asunder; the very stones cleave, and the dead arojë. How great was his power in his death, to produce such wonders byit, in it, and after it? how far did his merits and
power extend! even to the fun in the heavens, to the veil in the temple, to the holy of holies, the dead in the graves to the center of the earth, to hell beneath; yea, to the very hearts of the impenitent. For the centurion was now convinced of his error and converted.
7. Oh! I will flee to the cross of my faviour, and there with the pious, devout, and afflicted women, and his beloved disciple St. John, I will open the flood-gate of mine eyes, I will water my couch with tears, I will bring my body into fubjection, and rend my heart; left I by my evil deeds approve, and become partaker of their sins. The insatiable malice of the chief priests and elders, who persuaded :
the multitude to cry out at once, away with this man; and release unto us Bırabbas. l What was this but to say, de troy the innocent, and give us a traitor and a thief? away with the prince of peace and universal charity, and leave unto us the author of fedition: put him to death who has raised up the dead before us, and give unto us a known'murtherer.
8. But what hast thou done, O thou lamb of God? and how hast thou deserved, thou saviour of the world, to bethusexposed; vilified, and tormented? what is thy crime, and the cause of thy grief? what is it that has laid thee on the altar of the cross, naked, bleeding, tortured and dying? the Lord has laid on thee the iniquities of us all: thou art wounded for our transgressions: thou art bruised for our fins: the chastisement of our peace is
upon thee; and by thy stripes we are healed.
9. Sing then, all you dear-bought nations of the earth, sing hymns of glory to the only Jesus; let every one break forth into singing, who pretends to felicity; sing praises to the God of our salvation; to him, who for us endured so much scorn, and patiently received so many injuries; to him, who for 'us sweat drops of blood, and drank of the dregs of his
father's wrath'; to the eternal Lord of heaven and earth, who for us was ilain by the hands of the wicked; who for us was led away as a sheep to the slaughter; and meek as a lamb, opened not his mouth.
A prayer on Friday morning, acknowledging our
own frailty, and imploring God's grace, thro’ the merits of the pasion of his son Jesus Christ. Have mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness: according to the multitude of thy mercies, do away miné of. fences. Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness, and cleanse me from my fin. For I acknowledge my faults; and my fin is ever before me. Pfalm li. 1, 2, 3.
Most great and glorious Lord God, just
and terrible in thy judgments to all obstinate rebellious sinners, but of infinite mercy to such as truly repent, and turn unto thee; look down, I beseech thee, with the eyes of
mercy upon me, who now present myself before thee, acknowledging that I am not worthy to lift up inine eyes to the throne of thy glorious majesty. O Lord, my fins are so many and so great, that it is owing to thy infinite goodness and mercy, that I have now an opportunity of humbling myself before thee, and begging mercy for my soul, which, I confess, has greatly finned against thee.. For I still fear, I have too great a desire