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But, by thy agony and bloody sweat, by thy head crowned with thorns, and smitten with fists and staves; by thine eyes full of tears, and thine ears pierced with slanders and revilings; by thy face miserably defiled with spittle; by thy mouth moistened with vinegar and gall; by thy neck bending under the weight of the cross; by thy back torn and furrowed with scourges; by thy loud and bitter cry, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? By thy heart wounded with a soldier's spear;
; by the water and blood streaming from that wound; by thy body broken, and thy blood shed, for me; by the saving and significant memorials of thy love and suffer
ings; forgive, O Lord, the offence of thy servant, and cover all my sins.
Take away all thy displeasure, and turn thyself from thy wrathful indignation. · Turn me, O God, my Saviour, and let thine anger cease from me. · Wilt thou be displeased for ever? And wilt thou stretch out thy wrath from one generation to another?
Wilt thou not turn again, and quicken me, that thy servant may rejoice in thee?
O shew me thy mercy, good Lord, and grant me thy salvation.
A PRAYER for GRACE.
Derend me, I beseech thee, by
EFEND thy mighty power, and endue me with strength in the inner man; effectually to withstand, and irreconcileably to abhor, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wraths, strifes, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and all the works of the flesh, with its corrupt affections aud lusts :
And help me to grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour; and let me not be barren in that knowledge, but bring forth abundantly the fruit of the spirit: Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, and forbearance, against which there is no law.
An Act of Faith.
BELIEVE, that thou, O God the Father, hast created me; despise not then the work of thy own hands.
I believe that thou hast made me in thy own image, after thy likeness; suffer not then thy likeness to be cast away and perish.
I believe that thou, O God the Son, hast redeemed me by thy blood; permit not then thyself to be defrauded of a purchase which cost thee so dear.
I believe myself to be called a Christian, after thy own name: disregard not then the person, whose greatest honour it is to be named after thee.