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against the weakness and frailty of my own mind, against the false reasonings of skeptics and infidels, and against the pride and presumption of libertines. Let no unreasonable prejudice cloud the light of my understanding ; let not pride and vanity obscure the proofs of thy holy revelations; let no partiality pervert my judgment in matters of infinite consequence; but, above all, let no unreasonable passion or sinful lust corrupt my will, and indispose me to entertain thy holy and excellent laws. Make
my faith lively and effectual, and let the fruits of it appear in my life and conversation. Extend it to all the circumstances of thy holy obedience, that it may not only en. lighten my mind, but purify my heart, and conquer my sinful passions. Make my faith perfect by charity, the true characteristic of thy disciples; that thus, by believing in thee, and loving thee, in this life, I may see and enjoy thee eternally in thy heavenly kingdom, through the merits of Jesus Christ my only Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Collects and Prayer for the Church. The Collects for Good
Friday. Collect for the fifth Sun. day after Trinity Collect for the fifteenth Sunday after Trinity Collect for the twenty-second Sunday after Trinity. Collect for St. John the Evangelist's Day. Collect for St. Matthias's Day, Collect for St. Peter's Day. Cole lect for St. Bartholom"w the Apostle. Collect for St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles.
O God, who gatherest thy flock out
of all nations into the saving fold of one holy Catholic Church, purchased by the precious blood of thy dear Son; preserve me evermore in the unity of thy Church, that I may be made partaker of thy mercy and grace, and finally obtain the end of my vocation, everlasting life. Holy Jesus, the Redeemer and Head of the Church, preserve her evermore by thy help and good
Defend her from the assaults of heresy and schism, and unite in her communion all those who call upon thy
Remember, O Lord, thy servants the Bishops of thy Church; endow them with wisdom, and fill them with the Holy Ghost, that they may make choice of fit persons to serve thee in the ministry of thy Church, and may govern
thy Church to the edification of thy people, and the glory of thy great name. Remember, O. Lord, according to the multitude of thy mercies and compassions, all the Presbyters and Deacons who compass thy holy altar; grant to those an unblameable Presbyterate, and preserve these unspotted in their ministry, that they may be found worthy to be advanced to a higher degree. Holy and eternal Jesus, the great Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, bless all the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries. Endue them with the spirit of prudence and sanctity, faith and charity, confidence and zeal, diligence and watchfulness, that they may declare thy will unto the people faithfully, and rightly and duly administer thy holy sacraments. Grant, O Lord, that by a true belief and holy life, by welldoing and patient suffering, (when thou shalt call them to it, they may glorify thee, the great Lover of souls, and after turning many to righteousness, may shine as the stars in glory. Bless also, O God, all the faithful with an humble filial love, and due obedience, for thy sake, to those whom thou hast set over them in the ministry. May thy blessing, Almighty God, thus rest on all estates of men in thy holy Church, that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, truly and faithfully serving thee, the clearness of truth, and beauty of holiness, may daily increase in thy Church, until, at last, the whole of thy dispersed sheep being brought home to this flock, all who profess themselves Christians may hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life, and may be made one fold under one Shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, O Father, and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
Prayer for a right Observation of Holy Days.
in , pastors, and teachers, and governors, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ ja make me careful to observe all those institutions which are enjoined for these admirable ends; and always to esteem days set apart for thy worship, and dedicated to thy service, as a great relief to the infirmity of my nature, which is not capable of an uninterrupted contempla
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tion of thee. Let not the affairs of this life, nor my eagerness in obtaining the good things of it, so far engross my thoughts, as to make me neglect those happy opportunities of working out my own salvation. Let not the love of pleasure prevail upon me to consume them in sensual enjoy. ments; bụt grant that my rejoicing may be accompanied with temperance and moderation; and dispose my mind, by all the refreshments of my body, to serve thee with greater diligence and cheerfulness all my days. Make me constant at these holy seasons, in attending thy public worship, and let me enter thy house with recollected thoughts, composed behaviour, and with a thankful and devout temper of mind. Let me hear thy word with serious attention, and with a particular application of it to the state of my own soul. Let me approach thy altar with fervent and heavenly affections, and with firm resolutions of better obedience. Let me comme. morate the mysteries of my redemption with profound humility, with exalted thoughts of thy wonderful goodness, and with thankful acknowledgments of the great love manifested to the sons of men. Let the mortified lives of thy saints raise me above the pleasures of sense; and let the pattern of their piety and devotion, their humility and charity, their meekness and patient sufferings, be always so powerfully impressed upon my mind, that I may transcribe their example in my life and conversation : That thus observing these days of rest here below, I may celebrate an eternal rest with thee hereafter in thy heavenly kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Fasting. O Lord, who; for our sakes didst fast forty days and forty
nights; give me grace to use such abstinence, that my flesh being subdued to the spirit, I may ever obey thy godly motions, in righteousness and true holiness; to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
Prayer for the Divine Favour upon our Fısting.
be favourable, O Lord, be favourable unto me, who turn to thee in weeping, fasting, and praying; for thou art a God full of compassion, long-suffering, and of great pity; thou sparest when I deserve punishment, and in thy wrath think
est upon mercy: Spare me, good Lord, spare me, and let me not be brought to confusion; hear me, O Lord, for thy mercy is great, and after the multitude of thy mercies look upon me, through the merits and mediation of thy blessed Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,
Prayer for the Profession of Repentance. I by
sins, and am heartily grieved for the loss of thy favour. What humiliation, o Lord, can sufficiently express the greatness of such a loss! But I will weep and mourn, because I have offended thee; and I will repent as it were in dust and ashes, I will mortify those inordinate appetites which have so fatally betrayed me; I will contradic: all those inclinations which have made me to stray from the ways of thy commandments. And do thou, O Lord, wean my soul from the pleasures of the body, which so often corrupt it, and render it incapable of relishing spiritual enjoyments. Let it not contract too great a familiarity with the delights and satisfactions of sense, since it was created for more exalted pleasures, and must shortly quit those here below; that so when I come to leave this world, I may
be qualified for the blessed conversation of spirits in thy heavenly kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.