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O how. shall I appear before the judgment seat of Christ, when He shall come in His power with the holy angels to judge every man according to his works, and to take vengeance on them that obey not the Gospel; since my life has been so unsuitable to the doctrines and precepts of it!
But I repent, O my God, I repent; I accuse and condemn myself; I am grieved, I am troubled, and am heartily sorry for these my misdoings; and I turn to Thee with full purpose and resolution of sincere obedience for the time to come. :
And I beseech Thee, O Lord, Who art gracious and merciful, long suffering and of great goodness, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for the ungodly; for His sake, and for Thy goodness' sake, I beseech Thee to pardon and forgive all my sins; my sins of ignorance, and those which I have committed through want of care and circumspection; but especially all my wilful sins, and those transgressions, whereby I have in any degree brought a reproach upon my Christian profession, or occasioned others to fall; all of which I do now in a more particular manner lament before Thee.
O Lord, holy Father, Who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men,
Who gavest Thy Son to die, that He might redeem us from all iniquity; vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, to cleanse and sanctify my polluted soul; and enable me by Thy grace to subdue all mine irregular appetites and passions, and to renounce and forsake every evil practice of what nature or kind soever : that my heart and all my members being mortified from all worldly and carnal lusts, I may no longer live in the flesh to the lusts of men, but according to Thy will, O God; and at the last may attain the gift of eternal life, which Thou hast promised to all them that sincerely love and obey Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Penitential Psalm collected out of the book of
Psalms. O Lord, rebuke me not in 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'?
Thy wrathful displeasure goeth over me, and the fear of Thee hath undone me". Thou hast set our misdeeds before Thee, Psal. vi. 1-3. * Psal. Ixxxviii. 16.
and our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance ".
But mine eyes look unto Thee, O Lord God: in Thee is my trust: O cast not out my soul '. ; Turn Thee, O Lord, and deliver my soul: 0 save me for Thy mercies sake P.
Deliver me from all mine offences, and make me not a rebuke unto the foolish ?. • Call to remembrance, O Lord, Thy tender mercies; and Thy loving kindnesses which have been ever of old.
O remember not the sins and offences of my youth; but according to Thy mercy, think Thou upon me, O Lord, for Thy goodness'.
For Thy name's sake, O God, be merciful unto my sin, for it is greats.
Turn Thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and in misery.
The sorrows of my heart are enlarged : 0 bring Thou me out of troubles.
Look upon my adversity and misery, and forgive me all my sin.
O hide not Thou Thy face from me; nor cast Thy servant away in displeasure".
Withdraw not Thou Thy mercy from me, O
* Psal. xc. 8.
* Ibid. 15--17.
Psal. cxli. 9. PPsal. vi. 4.
" Psal. xxvii. 10.
Lord; let Thy loving kindness and Thy truth alway preserve me". :
My sins have taken such hold upon me, that I am not able to look up; yea, they are more in number than the hairs of my head, and my heart hath failed me.
O Lord, let it be Thy pleasure to deliver me: make haste, O Lord, to help me '. :
Out of the deep have I called unto Thee, O Lord ; Lord, hear my voice.
Olet Thine ears consider well the voice of my complaint.
If Thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss, O Lord, who may abide it"?
My misdeeds prevail against me: O be Thou merciful unto our sinsa..
Lord, be merciful unto me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against Theeh.... ...
My confusion is daily before me; and the shame of my face hath covered me.
My strength faileth me, because of mine iniquity; and my bones are consumed '.
For my wickednesses are gone over my head, and are like a sore burden, too heavy for me to bear.
* Psal. xl. 14. Ibid. 15,16. 2 Psal. cxxx. 1-3. a Psal. Ixv. 3. b Psal. xli. 4. Psal. xliv. 16. . Psal. xxxi. 12.
* Psal. xxxviii. 4.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with Thine ears consider my calling: hold not Thy peace at my tears.
O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength, before I go hence, and be no more seen.
Shew Thy servant the light of Thy countenance; and save me for Thy mercies' sake
Thy mercy, O Lord, reacheth unto the heavens; and Thy faithfulness unto the clouds'.
O satisfy us with Thy mercy, and that soon; so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life 5... · Hear me, O Lord, for Thy loving kindness is comfortable: turn Thee unto me according to the multitude of Thy mercies.
And hide not Thy face from Thy servant, for I am in trouble; O haste Thee, and hear me.
Draw nigh unto my soul, and save it : O deliver me, because of mine enemies".
I stretch forth my hands unto Thee; my soul gaspeth unto Thee as a thirsty land '.
Lord, Thou knowest all my desire; and my groaning is not hid from Thee k.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and consider my * Psal. xxxix. 13. d Ibid. 15. Psal. xxxi.18. * Psal. xxxvi. 5. . 8 Psal. xc. 14. b Psal. lxix. 17-19. * Psal. cxliii. 6.
* Psal. xxxviii, 9.