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In the Evening. St. Ambrose, Serm. 8. on Ps. cxviii.
O Lord my Saviour in whose power it is to remit Sins, I beseech thee, say unto me, Loose thee from thay chains, come out of the bonds of thy Sins; and when thou sayest, loose those cords of my Errors, wherewith I am entangled and bound : for though I am the most wicked of all men *, and to be abhorred by reason of my con: tinuance in sins, yet when thou commandest, I shall be free from them. Amen.
For Help. Ps. xci. I. and the Coll. for 11th Sund, after Trinity
The Compline. For Help. Ps. xlvi. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. For Mercy. Ps. cxix. 122. Increase of Grace, Coll. for 14th Sund. after Trinity.
At Bed-time, and in the night, if thou awakest. Ps. 1, 15. Jer. x. 24. adding:
And grant that thy correction may amend me, and make me thine, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. Ambrose. For Penitence. Look on me also, O Lord Jesus, that I may call to mind my own sins, and wash away my offences with tears : grant me I beseech thee, the tears of St. Peter : I would not have the joy of a sinner, that I may obtain this, turn thee, O Lord, and look upon me, and grant the same cock may awaken even me, most miserable sinner, that being delivered, I may sing unto thee for ever and ever.
WEDNESDAY. In the morning: For Penitence. Baruc. ii. 12, 14, adding :
Deliver me for thine own sake, and the merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Gracious Father, without thee I can do nothing; nor can I have pardon but by thee. I was conceived and born in sin: and though thou didst wash me from that in the laver of BAPTISM, yet I have since defiled myself again. and by many grievous actual sins, have made myself a sinner above all other ment, considering
* This sentence (I am the most wicked, &c.) is an eastern form of speech, and must be so designed by the author, and was thus used by St. Paul.
+ This implies a great degree of self-abasement. Pious men are apt 1o exceed, in their humiliations before God. But this has its proper bounds, and should be duly regarded.
the great measure of grace, that thou hast given me. Lord, increase thy grace, and by it weaken first, and then cut off my resistance, that I'may see, and confess, and hate, and forsake all my sins, and find mercy and salvation in the merits of my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
To be heard. Ps. cxix. 147. Ps. cxliii. 8. adding:in the merits of Jesus Christ. Amen. Third Hour. For Hope. Ps.xxxix. 9. 7, 8.
For Penitence. O Lord, look upon me in mercy ; in the greater mercy because for the calling and place I am in, I must give a stricter account to thee. Look, therefore, upon me () Lord, but not till thou hast nailed my sins to the cross of Christ : not till I have hid myself in the wounds of Christ; not till thou hast bathed me in the blood of Christ, that so, the punishment, which should else overtake me, may pass over me : then look and say unto my soul, I have forgiven thee; and by the work of thy mercy in my soul make me feel it, through Jesus Christ our only Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Gr. Naz. Por my Flock. O Lord who bringest the great flocks to perfection, and encreasest the little ones by thy grace; comfort me abundantly according to the exceeding greatness of thy bounty, and feed and preserve my flock, together with MYSELF, through Jesus Christ the chief shepherd, and our (only) Saviour. Amen.
Sixth Hour. For Defence. Ps. xxxv. 1, 3. To be heard. Ps.Ixxxvi. 6. Deliverance. Ps. cxx. 9. and Coll. for 15th Sund. after. Trinity. For Obedience, the 18th Sund. after Trinity.
Compline. Penitence. Ps. li. 17. O Lord, I humbly pray thee look upon me, and cleanse my mind and my thoughts from unclean notions, and filihiness of the flesh and spirit, and from every work of the Devil, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Mercy. O Lord, graciously shew forth thy unspeakable mercy, and both free me froin the sins I have committed, and deliver me finm the PUNISHMENTS I have deserved, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Coll. for 19th Sund. after Trinity.
Bed-time, and at night if thou awakest. Ps. Ixiii. 7, 8. adding
Therefore, under the shadow of thy wings, I hope to pass through the darkness of this night, in the comfort of Jesus Christ my Lord and only Saviour. Amen. And Ps. cxix. 148.
Fir Moderate Sleep. O Lord, thou which hast made the night for man to rest in, as well as the day to labour; grant dear Father, that I may take my bodily rest, that my soul may continually watch for my deliverance out of this mortal life ; and that my sleep be not excessive, according to the insatiable desires of the flesh, but sufficient to maintain and relieve nature: to live and serve thee in all sober ad godly conversation, through the aid and assistance of Jesus Christ my only Lord and Saviour. Amen.
THURSDAY. In the Morning. Ps. xvii. 5; then St. Aug. de Hæres.
For Help: Help me my Lord Jesu, and gird thy sword about thy thigh, 0 thou most Mighty. Go forth, O thou most powerful of all : Kill me in myself, that I may live to thee, and let my enemies cease to persecute me.
Amen. For Consolation, Ps. Ixiii. 1. Esay (Isa.) xxxiii. 2, 5, 6. The Coll. for Ascension day: do. Sund. after Ascepsion.
Third Hour. To be heard, Ps. lv. 2. Against Enes mies, Ps. lxxxvi. 14.
For Defence. Assist me mercifully, O Lord, in these and all other my supplications, &c. See first Coll. at the end of office for Holy Com. in Liturgy.
Sixth Hour. Against Flatterers, Ps.lv. 22, adding
Lord, I cast my burthen upon thee, that thou mayest sustain
and do not suffer me to fall for ever. Amen. In time of Correction, Ps. xciv. 12. addingO Lord, fail me not, neither forsake me, for I am part of thine inheritance in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. For Defence and Obedience, 12th Sund. after Trinity.
Ninth Hour. For Patience, St. Aug. O Eternal God, I humbly beseech thee, that whilst I am on earth, as far as earthly things serve me, they may
remember that I am their owner, but by thy appointment, and so far forth as they offend me, let them teach me to serve Thee my Lord; whom when I do not obey, they arej wont to become offensive for just vengeance; that whether they serve me or not (yet) I may always serve thee, in and through Jesus Christ our Lord.. Amen.
Against Revilings. Ps.cix. 1, 2, 3. addingLord, forgive them, o hear me. Amen.
For Peace and Defence. O God, who art the author of peace, &c. as in the Liturgy.
At Evening. St Aug. Teach me, O Lord Jesus, (and) instruct me, that I may LEARN from thee what I ought to TEACH (others) concerning thee. Amen.
Against Enemies, Ps. cxl. 1, 2, 3, 4. addingEven for Jesus Christ's sake.
For Peace. O God, from whom all holy desires, &c. Liturgy. The Compline. For Hope. Ps. lvii. 1. addingO send out thy mercy and truth upon me, even for Jesus Christ his sake. Amen.
St. Aug. O merciful Lord, who comest not (iu) to the proud heart, humble thou my soul. O thou who art seen by those only, that are pure in heart, give me true purity of heart. (Thirst for God) O Lord, I am a thirst (for thee,) give me the pledge of the inheritance (which is) to come, give me at least a drop of thy heavenly showers, to refresh
my thirst, for I burn with love. Neither do I beg this for my own merits, for I am most unworthy, (so much as) to take it, but for thy mercies, and the merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
For Preservation. Second Coll. at the end of the Common Service. Liturgy. Bed-time, and at Night if thou awakest. Ps. lxxvii. 1, 4. 6,
addingCompose them in thee, that I may rise to serve thee. Amen.
Sleep. Grant, 0, Lord, to me that are lying down to sleep, rest, both of body and soul. Preserve me from the dismal sleep of sin, from all the black defiling pleasures of
the night. (as the effects of my impurity, arising from dreams or otherwise, to which we may be unwillingly subject)” Quench the fiery darts of the evil one which he aims craftily at me.
Subdue the rebellions of my flesh, and lay asleep in me all earthly and worldly thought, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Defence. I humbly beserch thee, O Father, mercifully to look upon my infirmities, &c. as in Coll. at the end of the Litany. (See Archbishop Laud's Daily Office, from p. 104 to 142 inclusive.)
As this portion of extracts affords but few observations, except what will fall more properly on the other parts of the daily office, as we proceed; I shall ouly add, that the prayer for Illumination by ERASMUS affords a remarkably fine specimen of eloquence and piety, and illustrates both the genius and disposition of that great luminary, “who lived and died before the English reformation had made any considerable progress.” The learned Bishop Hurd thought it no small advantage for our English reformers, to have “ the benefit of all his light and knowledge;" since this learned man had in those days, explained himself reasonably on almost every topic of revealed Religion.* And in that for Penitence by the good Archbishop, bimself, we perceive, how forcibly be evinces his deep sense of the importance attached to the weighty and solemn duties of the ininistry, in suing for “greater mercy, BECAUSE the calling and place he was in, must give a sTRICTER ACCOUNT.” Indeed, whosoever considers the nature and importance of the ministerial office, and how it has been represented by the best writers on the subject, † may well, and doubiless will exclaim, who is SUFFICIENT for these things ? And now, the attention of all men is turned upon the clergy with a jealous eye, it behoves thein, (if ever,) to quit them like men, who are the appointed ministers of God.
To consider the end of their ministry, and never to cease their labour, care, and diligence, till they have dove all that lieth in them, to bring all such as are committed to their charge to the faith and knowledge of
* See Biskop furd's Sermons, preached at Lincoln's Inn, 1765-6. Vol, 1. Sernion 13. p. 215-6; On the Rrformation. These sermons are distirguished for critical investigation and elegance.
fi Vide St. Chrysostom of the Priesthond. Dodwell's 2 Letters on the Susception of Holy Orilers': Barnet's Pastoral Cure. Erasmus' EccleHiustes. &c. All which require the inost serious attention.