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How well hast Thou but rather that he should live: fought for me! Lord, I pray remember that Thine OnlyThee to grant me remission begotten Son came into this of my sins, true contrition world not to call the righteous and repentance, and grace not but sinners to repentance, and to offend Thee for the future, for His sske hear me, O Lord, neither by those sins of which who cry to Thee, who kneel I have been heretofore guilty, at the door of Thy mercy, and nor by any others.
pray confess my sins aad miseries to especially for Thy grace to Thee, the only Physician of bridle my flesh, to rule my the soul ; through Jesus Christ tongue, to mortify my in- our Lord. Amen. ordinate appetites, to collect my scattered and wandering Add this Psalm: thoughts and imaginations; That, being thus renewed, !
Psalm 1xxxvi. Inclina, Dom may hecome a new creature, a
mine, living temple, a dwelling-place acceptable to Thee.
Bow down Thine ear, also those virtues which should
Lord, and hear me: adorn the place of Thy rest ; for I am poor, and in misery. a holy fear of Thy Name; Preserve Thou my soul, for firm hope, profound humility, I am holy: my God, save Thy perfect patience, prudent dis- servant that putteth his trust Cernment, poverty of spirit, in Thee. entire obedience, long suffer- Be merciful unto me, O ing fortitude, and diligent Lord: for I will call daily readiness in all things which pertain to Thy honour and Comfort the soul of Thy worship, and, above all things, servant : for unto Thee, O ardent love of Thee and of my Lord, do I lift up my soul. neighbour. And since I am For Thou, Lord, art good unworthy of all these things, I and gracious : and of great pray Thee, O Lord, to call
mercy unto all them that call to remembrance Thy tender mercies and Thy loving kind- Give ear, Lord, unto my nesses which have been ever of
prayer : and ponder the voice old; remember that Thou de- of my humble desires. sirest not the death of a sinner, In the time of my trouble I
will call upon 'Thee : for 'Thou vant, and help the son of hearest me.
Thine handmaid. Among the gods there is Show some token upon me mone like unto Thee, O Lord : for good, that they who hate there is not one that can do as me may see it, and be ashamed : Thou doest.
because Thou, Lord, hast All nations whom Thou holpen me, and comforted hast made shall come and worship Thee, O Lord : and shall glorify Thy Name.
For Thou art great, and ing God, Father, all merdoest wondrous things : Thou ciful and ever ready to forgive, art God alone.
to Thee I confess my perverTeach me Thy way, O sity, and the wickedness of my Lord, and I will walk in Thy deeds. My sins are many, and truth : O knit my heart unto the burden of them is great Thee, that I may fear Thy and heavy. I have sinned in Name.
thought, word, and deed, not I will thank Thee, O Lord only against my neighbour, my God, with all my heart : whom Thou has bidden me to and will praise Thy Name for love even as myself, but also)
against Thee, O my God, my For great is Thy mercy to- most bountiful Father, I have ward me: and Thou hast de- provoked Thy wrath, and livered my soul from the ne- merited Thine auger. The thermost hell.
Evil One suggested, and my O God, the proud are risen own concupiscence co
consented, against me: and the congre
and ruined me,
I have none gations of naughty men have to blame but myself, O God; sought after my soul, and therefore I both accuse myself have not set Thee before their and condemn myself, because eyes.
I have myself done that which But Thou, O Lord God, is evil. Yet, О most merciful art full of compassion and Father, am I not Thine ? mercy: long-suffering, plen- Hast not Thou, O God, given teous in goodness and truth. Thy Son to be the propitiation O turn Thee then unto me, for
my sins ? Spare me, and and have mercy upon me: give mercifully forgive the offences Thy strength unto Thy ser. of one who acknowledges his
complainings, etc., have not Examine yourself whether you arisen from envy.
are angry, revengeful, irritable. On Gluttony:
Examine Slotb.-This sin is to be yourself if you have not recognized, when you feel disthought too much ahout what like or disgust for any exertion, you shall eat or drink, have do not pray, or attend Church, been particular as to what it do not go often to confession, was, had any inclination to do nothing for your own saldrink too much, been often vatión; when you are lukeintoxicated; have spent too warm; when you do not fulfil, much money on eating and or only badly, the duties of drinking, passed your time in your station and your daily public houses.
work, and with a great deal of On Anger.—This sin springs grumbling and disinclination; from pride and self-love, and when you are luxurious, sleep innumerable sins against our too long, and Ay from all neighbour follow from it. exertion and self-mortification.
GENERAL PENITENTIAL PRAYERS:
Turn Thee, O Lord, and deliver my soul: O save me for Thy mercy's sake.
For in death no man remembereth Thee : and who will give Thee thanks in the
The seven Penitential Psalms.
thine indignation: neither chasten me in Thy displeasure.
Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am weak: O Lord, heal
me, for my bones are vexed.
My soul.also is sore troubled: but, Lord, how long wilt Thou punish me?
I am weary of my groaning; every night wash 1 my bed : and water my couch with my tears.
My beauty is gone for very trouble: and worn away because of all mine enemies,
Away from me, all ye that work vanity: for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.
The Lord hath heard my petition : the Lord will receive my prayer.
All mine enemies shall be confounded, and sore vexed : they shall be turned back, and put to shame suddenly.
Psalm xxxii. Beati, quo
great water-floods they shall not come nigh him.
Thou art a place to hide me in, Thou shalt preserve me from trouble: Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.
I will inform thee, and teach thee in the way wherein thou shalt go : and I will guide thee with mine eye.
Be ye not like to horse and mule, which have no understanding : whose mouths must be held with bit and bridle, lest they fall upon thee.
Great plagues remain for the ungodly: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord, mercy embraceth him on every side.
Be glad, O ye righteous, and rejoice in the Lord: and be joyful, all ye that are true of heart.
righteousness is forgiven : and whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth no sin : and in whose spirit there is no guile.
For while I held my tongue: my bones consumed away through my daily complaining.
For Thy hand is heavy upon me day and night: and niy moisture is like the drought in summer.
I will acknowledge my sin unto 'Thee: and mine unrighteousness have I not hid.
I said, I will contess my sins unto the Lord : and so 'Thou forgavest the wickedness of my sin.
For this shall every one that is godly make his prayer unto Thee, in a time when Thou mayest be found : but in the
in my bones, by reason of my I became even as a man that sin.
heareth not : and in whose For my wickednesses are mouth are no reproofs. gone over my head: and are For in Thee, O Lord, have like a sore burden, too heavy I put my trust: Thou shalt for me to bear.
answer for me, O Lord my My wounds stink, and are God. corrupt: through my foolish- I have required that they,
even mine enemies, should not I am brought into so great triumph over me: for when trouble and misery: that I go my foot slipped, they rejoiced mourning all the day long. greatly against me.
For my loins are filled with And I, truly, am set in the a sore disease: and there is no plague: and my heaviness is whole part in my body. ever in my sight. I am feeble, and sore smitten: For I will confess
wickI have roared for the very dis
edness : and be sorry for my quietness of
sin. Lord, Thou knowest all my But mine enemies live, and desire : and my groaning is are mighty : and they that not hid from Thee.
hate me wrongfully are many My heart panteth, my in number. strength hath failed me: and 'They also that reward evil the sight of mine eyes is gone for good are against me: be
cause I follow the thing that My lovers and my neigh- good is. bours did stand looking upon Forsake me not, O Lord my my trouble : and my kinsmen God: be not Thou far from me. stood afar off,
Haste Thee to help me : 0 They also that sought after Lord God of my salvation. my life laid snares for me: and they that went about to do me
Psalm li. Miserere mei, evil talked of wickedness, and
Deus. imagined deceit all the day long.
As for me, I was like a deaf God, after Thy great man, and heard not: and as goodness; according to the one that is dumb, who doth multitude of Thy mercies do not open his mouth.
away mine offences,