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am to go on, and bring forth fruits meet for repentance. Within, I must strive to put off the old man and to put on the new; to get the victory over sensual thoughts and feelings, and to have the mind of Christ in meekness, humility, and all graces and virtues. Without, I must practise fasting and mortification, alms and works of mercy, so far as I am able. And especially I purpose to sanctify this holy time by retrenchments on Friday, and at other times, that so by these and other means my soul may be more fit for the exercise of heavenly prayer, and may have a greater relish for spiritual things, and the consolations of the HOLY GHOST.
O come before me, ye penitents of GODPeter weeping bitterly ; Paul proclaiming himself the chief of sinners; David asking for more and more cleansing; Magdalene kissing and anointing the feet of her SAVIOUR; the prodigal arising and going to his Father-and let me learn with you to sigh and groan, to wash me more and more in the bath of cleansing, to purify my heart continually by application to the sacred laver of Jesus's Blood, to disentangle my affections from all that is earthly and carnal, and thus to “ bring forth fruits meet for repentance” by doing all to the glory of GOD and the praise of the holy Name of Jesus.
With you also let me join in thanksgiving. Let me never cease to bless Him, Who has blessed and enriched me with His boundless favours and treasures. Let me mingle with aspirations of gratitude, vehement desires, and invite my God and SAVIOUR to come into my heart, and to produce in me the tempers and dispositions which will make me meet to receive Him worthily.
And 0 Thou Spirit of Love, Divine Comforter, feed me with the grace of love, that I may give to Jesus love for love, and that nothing may bring to my soul such joy as the remembrance of what Jesus has done for me, and what He is to me!
O most loving FATHER, I have sinned against Heaven and before Thee! O that I had never offended Thee, my God and my all! but at least accept this my burning desire and wish from my inmost heart. While it is still the time of pity, look Thou upon me and be merciful unto me. Thou knowest that I desire to love Thee more than all that claims my love. Thou knowest that I trust in Thee, and offer Thee my heart, with the earnest prayer that it may be broken and contritê before Thee. Be pleased, () LORD, to accept it as a burnt sacrifice: I give it all to Thee, and with it I give Thee all my members, all I have, and all I am. O bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Thy Name! O let me at least begin in this vale of tears to offer with all my soul to Thy Divine Majesty the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, to take the cup of salvation and call upon the Name of the LORD, that hereafter I may praise Thee for ever, through JESUS CHRIST, Thy Son, our LORD. Amen.
Now is the season of grace. The Judge is at the door ; let us not be gloomy: but let us bring to Him tears, and contrition, and alms-deeds, crying, we have sinned beyond the number of the sands of the sea; but forgive all, Redeemer of all, that we also may possess the immortal crown.
LORD, have mercy.
O God, Who didst draw Lot from the midst of sinners ;
Who, softened by the prayers of Moses, didst forgive the sins of Thy backsliding people;
Who didst pardon the sin of David, after his confession and repentance;
Who didst command Thy priests to weep and pray, and offer sacrifice for the people;
Who didst fast forty days and forty nights ;
Have mercy on us. Who didst prevent with Thy grace, Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom;
Who didst bear witness that the publican, humbly striking his breast, was justified ;
Who didst deliver the paralytic man from his infirmity, when Thou hadst forgiven his sins;
Who, by the example of the prodigal son, didst offer to sinners the hope of pardon ;
Who didst make known to the woman of Samaria the Fountain of Living Water;
LAMB of God, that takest away the sins of the world;
Have mercy on us.
Have mercy on us.
Psalm XCII. Bonum est confiteri. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD : and to sing praises unto Thy Name, O most Highest;
To tell of Thy loving-kindness early in the morning : and of Thy truth in the night-season.
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the lute : upon a loud instrument, and upon the harp.
For Thou, LORD, hast made me glad through Thy works : and I will rejoice in giving praise for the operations of Thy hands.
O Lord, how glorious are Thy works : Thy thoughts are very deep.
An unwise man doth not well consider this : and a fool doth not understand it.
When the ungodly are green as the grass, and when all the workers of wickedness do flourish : then shall they be destroyed for ever ; but Thou, O LORD, art the most Highest for evermore.
For lo, Thine enemies, O LORD, lo, Thine enemies shall perish : and all the workers of wickedness shall be destroyed.
But mine horn shall be exalted like the horn of an unicorn : for I am anointed with fresh oil.
Mine eye also shall see his lust of mine enemies : and mine ear shall hear his desire of the wicked that rise up against me.
The righteous shall flourish like a palmtree : and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Libanus.
Such as are planted in the house of the LORD : shall flourish in the courts of the house of our God. · They also shall bring forth more fruit in their age : and shall be fat and well-liking.
That they may show how true the LORD