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The prayer on Monday Morning, to implore
God's asistance in the course of this week's preparation for receiving the holy facrament. I acknowledge my faults, and my sin is ever before me. Psal. li. 3.
Most glorious and ever-blessed God,
in whose presence is fulness of joy, and at whose right hand there are pleasures for evermore ; vouchsafe, I beseech thee, to discharge my mind of all fuperfluous cares, and immoderate desires of the things of this world, and enable me fo to employ my time this week, as may effectually prevent or resist all temptations. Let thy grace, O Lord, so powerfully affist my endeavours, and direct my will, and strengthen my intentions, that I may do such things as are agreeable to thee, and suitable to the dignity of a Christian : and that I may fill up all the fpaces of this week with meditations upon the most holy sacrament, with acts of religion, and fervent charity, so that when the devil affaults me, he may not find me idle, and that my dearest Lord, at his sudden coming, may find me improving the talent committed to my care, that I may enter into the joy of my Lord; to which, I beseech thee,
bring me, through the merits and intercession of thy dear Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.. . ....
. ! Now repair to the public service at the church; or if you have not that opportunity, spend your leisure time in a devout perusal of that pious treurise, necessary for all families, as well as every private Christian, lately published by the King's authority, viz.
The New WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, &c.
And I heartily wish that every poor (as well as rich) Fa. mily in the Kingdom was furnished with one of these Books: it is a great Pity they should be any where wanting. Great Charity therefore it would be for rich Landlords, and others of easy Fortunes, to bestow this pious and useful Book upon theis poor and uninstructed Neighbours,'Fenants, and Servanıs, that the knowledge of God and Religion may be promoted aniongst then, which would make greatly for. The Good and Welfare both of Church air State. For though brain-sick Opinions and false Principles may make Men proud and headstrong, and doublesome to their Governors and Superiors; yet solici Knowledge and sincere Godliness, will make Men humble and ineek quiet and peaceable, obedient to their Superiors and Ministers, fullof Charity to their Neighbours, and ready to do every good Work.
Be sure to retire foon this evening to examine thy conscience.
The Meditation for Monday Evening.
Upon the vanities of the world, and the goodness of
God, in order to a worthy receiving of the most koly sacrament.
He that loveth his life shall lose it: and he that hateth his life in this world, shall keep it unto life eternal. Jonit
xi. 25. 1. A Wake thou, O my soul, from the
fleep of iin; for, behold, life and death are set before thee; choose while thy gracious Lord allows thee time and day, left the night and darkness overtake thy neglect : choose, but remember thy eternity is concerned, and deliberate ere thou makest thy choice.
2. Survey all the pleasures of the world before thee, and ask if any of them be worth such pains: ask if the vain forbid, den things thou loveft, deserye thy affection better than thy Maker. Are they more worthy in themselves, or beneficial to thee, that thou mayft juftly prefer them before thy Redeemer? doff thou expect to bę at reft, and satisfied by enjoying them, or everlastingly happy by their procurement? can they prote& thee at the hour of death, or plead thy cause at the day of judgment? O! no. They only deceivę me with a smiling look, which I too often have proved by dear experience.
3. It is heaven alone that yields a true content; it is heaven alone that fills us with eternal delight. Say then, my soul, take away your flatteries, false world, and leave me free for better thoughts. O infinite goodness! it is thyself alone I choose ; thou art my only happiness for ever. I see my portion hereafter depends on my choice here; and my choice here, O Lord, depends on thee. ..
4. O my dearest Lord, do thou choofe me, and guide my uninstructed soul to choose thee. For here we, alas! move. slowly in the dark, led on by the argument of things not seen, but did we clearly see what we say we believe, we should foonchange the course of our lives.
5. Did we but see the damned in their flames, or hear them cry in the midst of their torments, how should we fear to follow them in their fins, which we know have plunged them into all those miferies ! how should we strive against the next temptation, and cast about to avoid the danger by working out our salvaţion ! or, : 6. Did we but see the incomparable glories of the saints; or hear the sweet harmonious hymns which they continually sing, how should we study to imitate thole holy ways, by which we know
they arrived at all their happiness! how should we seek all occasions of improvement, and make it our business to work out our salvation! did man but seriously consider what he says he believes, he would never live as he doth. Who can doubt but ere long he shall be turned into dust; yet which of us lives as if he thought ever to die?,,
7. Pity, O gracious Lord, the frailties of thy servant, and suffer not my blindness to lead me into ruin Supply my want of light by a lively faith, and strength. en my faith by thy powerful grace : make me remember it is no trifling thing to gain or lose the kingdom of heaven : make me choose wisely, and pursue my choice, and use as well the means, as like the end. O set thou right the bias of my heart, that in all my motions I may draw off from the world ; that I may still incline towards thee, and rest at lait in thy holy presence. Thou art my Lord, and
I will serve thee in fear; thou art my ! God, and I will love thee in hope : what
will it profit me to gain the whole world, and lose my own foul? or what shall I give in exchange for my foul ? - Now repair to the public service of the church; but if 300 hude not that opportunity, then employ your time in read. ing some part of the New WHOLE Dui Y OF MAN, as directed on page 8, especially Sunday 17. Section 1.ad VII.