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tainments, in comparison of the pleasure and happiness of serving thee, and doing good. · Let the difficulties and dangers which I meet with in the way of my duty, be so far from discouraging me, that they may excite my zeal, increase my resolution, and serve only to make the pleasure of loving thee more intense and perfect. .
Let the divine flame of thy love burn so bright in my soul, that it may free my mind from all vile affections, and may influence all my actions ; so that I may carefully observe all thy holy laws, and farther evidence its certainty, by diligently consulting the temporal and spiritual happiness of my neighbour.
O let it suppress all the bitter effects of envy, that I may com passionate the misfortunes of others, and rejoice in all good things thou art pleased to bestow upon them.
That I may be tender of my neighbour's reputation, and never expose it to rash censures, nor diminish it by the relation of his real infirmities.
That I may guard my heart from secretly repining at his prosperity, or triumphing in his calamity.
That I may set a watch upon the door of my lips; that I may speak no evil concerning him, por utter any words of detraction. · That it may quiet, and appease the furi
ous boiling of anger in my mind, by making me patient and meek under all provocations, by disposing me to forgive offences, and never to return any injurious treatment.
That it may conquer worldly sorrow, which worketh death, by a comfortable expectation of future happiness.
That it may expel malice, by doing good ; that it may strengthen my weakness, by fortitude ; cure my despair, by hope ; my listlessness, by spiritual exertions; and restrain the wanderings of my mind towards unlawful things, by making me steadfast and unmoveable in the work of the Lord.
IV. Give me, O Lord, a sober abstinence, that I may know how to abound, and how to want. · That my appetites may be kept under strict government, since the indulging of them by our first parents, brought death into the world,
That they may always observe their due bounds by administering to the necessities of life, and never support and encourage luxury, which is boundless and infinite, which brings forth scurrility and immodesty, which depresses the soul, and renders it unapt for spiritual en. joyments.
Make me so mindful of that strict account I must give of all my actions at the dreadful tribunal-seat, that it may mortify all inclinations and temptations to sinful pleasures.
And stir me up to zeal and diligence in performing all those things which are acceptable in thy sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
This may be added, with regard to the receiving
the Holy Sacrament. In order to attain these blessed ends, O Lord, I approach thy holy table, that I may grow in grace, and may be enabled to imitate the suffering virtues of the crucified Jesus.
Grant, therefore, most merciful God, that the receiving symbols of his body and blood, which I am now about to partake of, may, by the grace and efficacy of his spirit, conform me to his divide image, and make me steadfast in serving thee, till thou takest me finally to enjoy thee, through Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
Some short Prayers, proper to be used for the
enforcing our holy resolutions, and for the assistance of God's grace, to enable us to per
form them. O LORD Jesu ! I give thee my body, my soul, my substance, my friends, my liberty, and my life; dispose of me, and of all that is mine, as it seemeth best to thee, and to the glory of thy holy name. Amen. · II. Lord, I am not now mine, but thine; therefore claim me as thy right; keep me as thy charge, and love me as thy child ; fight for me when I am assaulted; heal me when I am wounded ; and revive me when I am fainting. Amen. .. . : III. O God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many great dangers, that by reason of the weakness of our nature, we cannot always stand upright ; look, I beseech thee, with pity and compassion upon my frailties and infirmities; and grant me such health of body, and soundness of mind, that both in soul and body I may evermore serve thee with all my strength and might, throughJesus Christ our Lord. Amen. , IV. Grant me, O gracious Lord, a pure intention of heart, and a steadfast resolution to despise all vanity; to fight the battles of the Lord manfully, against the world, the flesh and the devil; to spend my time religiously and usefully; to walk always as in thy presence; to preserve my body and soul in holiness, fit for the habitation of the spirit of God. Amen.
V. O Lord, increase in me faith and devotion; replenish my heart with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep me in the same. Give me a peaceable spirit, and a quiet life; a sober, patient understanding, and religious heart; a soul full of devotion to do thee service; and do thou make my services acceptable to thee while I live, and my soul ready for thee when I die. Amen.
VI. O Lord, make me humble to my superiors, and friendly to my equals; thankful to my benefactors; kind to my relations, and loving and charitable to all men, even my very enemies. Make me gentle and easy to be entreated, slow to ånger, and readily admonished ; fully prepared, and thoroughly furnished for every good word and work. Annen.
VII. O Lord, give me spiritual wisdom, that I may discern what is pleasing to thee, and follow what belongs unto my peace; and let the knowledge and peace of God, and of Jesus Christ our Lord, be my guide and my portion all the days of my life. Amen.
VIII. To the King eternal, immortal, invisible, and only wise God, who is the ever blessed and adorable Trinity, be all honour and glory, thanksgiving and praise, now and for evermore. Amen.
A Prayer for the whole State of Mankind. ACCEPT, O Lord, of my prayers and interces