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A Prayer on any Saint's Day.
/~\ Lord God, precious in thy Sight is the ^-^ Death of thy Saints and Martyrs, because they have had the great Happiness to give thee the utmost Testimony of their unfeigned Love and Affection. Precious to themselves, O Lord, is the Death of thy Saints; because as they have been Partakers of Christ's Sufferings, so when his Glory shall appear, they mall be made glad with exceeding Joy. Let their Death be always precious, O Lord, in thy Sight; because their Example has convinced me of the Possibility of serving thee under the greatest Difficulties, and animates my Endeavours with the Prospect of their happy Success.
I bless and praise thy holy Name, for all the Apostles, Saints, and Martyrs, de-< parted this Life in thy Faith and Fear., I congratulate their Victories over theWorld, who overcame themselves, and led in Triumph their own. Passions. I com-1 memorate with all Thankfulness* their he«-> roic Piety, and who served the Lord.in Hunger and Thirst, in Prison and Chains, on Racks and in Torture, and who undauntedly encountered Death armed with tV T6 the the greatest Terror. Let that mighty Grace, O Lord, which enabled them to conquer all Opposition, support and animate thy Servant, who is surrounded with the fame Temptations, and exposed to the same unruly Passions. Let their Examples teach me to be humble and meek, and to submit all my Desires to the Will of God; to govern my Senses by Reason, and my Reason by the Dictates of Revelation; to hold fast thy true Religion and Worship, and never to live unworthy thereof; to take up the Cross, and to resist unto Blood, striving against Sin. Let their mortisied Lives raise me above the Pleasures of Sense; and let the Pattern of their Piety and Devotion, of their Purity and Charity, of their patient Suffering, and Perseverance unto the End, be always so lively imprinted upon my Mind, that I may transcribe their Example in my Life and Conversation, and thereby inherit those Promises they are now made Partakers of, through the Merits of Jesus Christ my only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
A V ray er . at our fir si Entrance into the Church.
T ORD, I am now in thy House ; assist, I .*-' pray thee, aud accept of my Services. Enable me and all who may this Day meet in thy Name, to worship thee in Spirit and in Truth. Let thy Holy Spirit help our Insirmities, and dispose our Hearts to Seriousness, Attention and Devotion; and grant that we may improve this Opportunity, to the Honour of thy holy Name, and the Benesit of our Souls, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
A Prayer at Church after the Service is endedi
T> LESSED be thy Name, O Lord, for -*-* this Opportunity of attending thee in thy House and Service.
Grant that I, and all that profess thy Name, may be Doers of thy Word, and not Hearers only: Pardon our Wanderings and Imperfections, and accept both us and our Services, through our only Mediator Jesus Christ. Amen, 1
A Prayer for Chastity.'
/^REAT and glorious Lord God: Thou ^-* art a Being of insinite Holiness, and unspotted Purity, and hast declared thy Hatred and Abhorrence of all Impurity and Uncleanness. I present myself before thee at this Time, beseeching thee to give me a Heart full of Sorrow and Concern, for that the Temper and Disposition of my Mind are so opposite and contrary to thee, and that I am so far from that Purity and Holiness which thou requirest, and which is necessary to make me meet to relish and partake of the Joys and Delights of thy Kingdom.
This u to he used [" I come unto thee to by such whose Case "beg Relief and Assistance
retires it. it seom ^ &nd tQ beseech
". thee, for the fake of thy dear Son, to "pardon and forgive all the impure and *' wicked Thoughts, Desire§7~and Purpo"ses, which I have ever entertained in my "Mind, and all the immodest and un"chaste Behaviour and Actions of my ". Life. And, O merciful God, I likewise "implore Pardon and Forgiveness for alt "who have tempted me, or have been
"tempted "tempted by me, or have been Partakers "with me in any Kind of Impurity. Res*' cue them from the Power and Dominion "of their Lusts, and grant that they may "be converted unto thee."]
O be thou pleased to purge and cleanse my Soul from all Filthiness of Flesh and. Spirit, and grant that my Body may be a holy Temple, sit for thy Holy Spirit tp dwell in.
To this End, do thou enable me to mortify and subdue all fleshly Lusts, which war against the Soul, which wound the Conscience, grieve the Holy Spirit, and render the Mind unsit for the Peformance of holy Duties.
Create in me, O God, a clean Heart; and renew a right Spirit within me. Put thy Fear into my Heart, and cause in my Soul a stedfast Resolution against, and Detestation of all Uncleanness. Let me ever remember thaf thou art every where present, and that all Things how secret soever they may be kept from Men, are naked and open to the Eyes of him with whom we have to do. Let me ever remember that thy holy Word declares, that Whoremongers, and Adulterers, shall be