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performance of every social duty, must be prepared to suffer frequent vexation and mortification from the opposition, the ridicule, and the uncharitable censures
of those too numerous members of every circle, whose indifference to vital religion is tacitly rebuked by his own stricter rule of life. He will on these occasions thankfully accept the gracious assurance with which our Saviour accompanies the warning: “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
Variety in individual character and in the circumstances of daily life nearly precludes the recommendation of rules for general adoption respecting the details of private devotional practice. As, however, some persons may possibly derive benefit from suggestions which have been found useful, a few are subjoined to these general remarks :
1. When in the hours of solitude our spirit. is bowed down from the loss of relations or friends, or when we are assailed by evil thoughts, it may be found salutary to read or repeat from memory some of the Collects of our Church, which are inserted in the following pages, and adapted for private use, or to use any other more congenial form of devotion. This practice will divert the mind from the evils and temptations which oppress it, raising the soul in silent prayer to God, who “ seeth in secret," and who “ is about our path, and about our bed, and spieth out all our ways.” It will tend, by the Divine blessing, to calm and purify the soul. “ Blessed are they that mourn ; for they shall be com
of these excellent manuals need be given here. A very few are mentioned as suited for constant
The Private Devotions of Bishop Andrewes, translated by Dean Stanhope.
The Sacra Privata ; or, Private Devotions of Bishop Wilson (of Sodor and Man).
The Christian Year; a Series of Sacred Poems. Law's Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life.
Bishop Jeremy Taylor's Holy Living and Dying, edited by Archdeacon Hale. Marriott's Hints on Private Devotion. Sherlock's Discourse on Death.
PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS.
FROM THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.
INTRODUCTORY. O God, whose nature and property is ever to have mercy and to forgive, receive my humble petitions; and though I be tied and bound with the chain of my sins, yet let the pitifulness of Thy great mercy loose me; for the honour of Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
CONFESSION. Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men; I acknowledge and bewail my manifold sins and wickedness, which I, from time to time, most grievously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against Thy Divine Majesty, provoking most justly Thy wrath and indignation against
I do earnestly repent, and am heartily sorry for these my misdoings; the remembrance of them is grievous unto me; the burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon me, have mercy upon me, most merciful Father; for Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, forgive me all that is past; and grant that I may ever hereafter serve and please Thee in newness of life, to the honour and glory of Thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
CONFESSION AND PRAYER.
Have mercy upon me, O God, after Thy great goodness : according to the multitude of Thy mercies do away mine offences.
Wash me throughly from my wickedness, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my faults: and my sin is ever before me.
Against Thee only have I sinned and done this evil in Thy sight: that Thou mightest be justified in Thy saying, and clear when Thou art judged.
Behold, I am shapen in wickedness: and in sin hath my
mother conceived me. But lo, Thou requirest truth in the inward parts: and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.
Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness : that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.
Turn Thy face from my sins, and put out all my misdeeds.
Make me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from Thy presence : and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
O give me the comfort of Thy help again : and stablish me with Thy free Spirit.
Then shall I teach Thy ways unto the wicked: and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.
Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, Thou that art the God of my health: and my tongue shall sing of Thy righteousness.
Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord: and my mouth' shall shew Thy praise.
For Thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it Thee : but Thou delightest not in burntofferings.
The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt Thou not despise.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
FOR PARDON. I humbly beseech Thee, O Father, mercifully to look upon mine infirmities; and for the glory of Thy name turn from me all those evils that I most righteously have deserved; and grant, that in all my troubles I may put my whole trust and confidence in Thy mercy, and evermore serve Thee in holiness and pureness of living, to Thy honour and glory; through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord.
FOR PURITY OF THOUGHT. Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are