« EdellinenJatka »
The LORD hath chastened and corrected me : but He hath not given me over unto death.
Open me the gates of righteousness : that I may go into them, and give thanks unto the LORD.
Thou art my God, and I will thank Thee : Thou art my God, and I will praise
Glory be to the FATHER, &c.
WEDNESDAYS BETWEEN SEPTUA.
GESIMA AND LENT.
AN EXERCISE OF TRUST. “In Thee, O LORD, have I trusted : let me never be confounded.”
Behold, O God our Defender, and be Thou my stay and my refuge ; for I believe in Thee, O LORD, and I hope in Thee, and with my whole heart I desire to love Thee. O my God, be not Thou far from me; my God, look upon me and help me. Lo! I, the purchase of Thy Blood, am standing in a slippery place, and surrounded on all sides with snares and pits for my soul. Oh! draw me forth with the cords of Thy love!
O give me wings like a dove, that I may flee unto Thee; and that, by Thy grace, I may follow Thee, my Shepherd, and cleave unto Thee with my whole heart.
This Thy servant is left unto Thee, O JESU! O FATHER of mercies, without Whom I can do nothing, I beseech Thee be Thou a Guardian and Helper to me, and leave me not comfortless; for Thou art my God, my only Hope, my Protector, the Horn also of my salvation and my refuge. Amen.
A PRAYER TO JESUS. O LORD, I have destroyed myself, but in Thee is my help. To Thee, O most Bounteous LORD JESUS CHRIST, Who art the Fountain of Love, to Thee do I turn. By the power of Thy Godhead, whereby, one GOD with the FATHER and the Holy Ghost, Thou didst make all things out of nothing, I confess that I was created ; and by Thine Incarnation, which in Thine own proper Person, yet with the co-operation of the FATHER and the Holy Ghost, Thou didst take upon Thee, I know that I have been re-made and renewed: wherefore I pray Thy most sweet Mercy;
By Thy holy Incarnation, Nativity, and Circumcision, have mercy upon my soul;
By Thy Holy Infancy, Thy Youth, and Baptism;
By Thy Fasting, Hunger, and Weariness;
By Thy miracles, whereby, though Thou wast very Man, yet Thou wast recognised as very God;
By Thy Scourgings, Spittings, and Blows, which for us Thou didst receive;
By Thy Cross, and the Death which on that Cross Thou didst suffer, that Thou mightest redeem us from death ; )
Have mercy upon me, JESU.
I confess before Thee, O LORD, mine iniquities, and how I have fallen back from Thee to empty and hurtful things. But to whom shall I go, but to Thee, Who art the Restorer and Redeemer of sinners ? Look, O LORD, upon me, and deliver me. Plead Thou my cause with them that strive with me; and fight Thou against them that fight against me. O Helper of the poor, Defender of the fatherless, sustain my endeavours, strengthen my resolutions, and grant me to amend my ways; and by true penitence and confession, to purge, correct, and cast off mine iniquities; that by the gift of Thy most indulgent Love, I may be able, after the death of the flesh, to come to Thee, my most Loving Lord, and with all
Thy saints, to sing Thy unspeakable glory,
PSALM CII. 23; CIJI. 8. He brought down my strength in my journey : and shortened my days.
The LORD is full of compassion and mercy : long-suffering and of great goodness.
He will not always be chiding : neither keepeth He His anger for ever.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins : nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
Glory be to the FATHER, &c.
THURSDAYS BETWEEN SEPTUA.
GESIMA AND LENT.
AN EXERCISE FOR THE MORTIFICATION OF
CURIOSITY. “O turn away mine eyes : lest they behold vanity.”—Psalm cxix. 37.
O LORD JESU CHRIST! in Whom are hidden all the treasures of Wisdom and
Knowledge, O that I knew Thee,—that I knew myself; O that I knew Thy Will! For that knowledge alone sufficeth me, by which I may be for ever wise unto salvation, and know Thee, see Thee, and in Thee possess all things; and this the more, and the more perfectly, the less a vain curiosity shall have here distracted me amid diverse things. One thing is needful; and this is life eternal; to know Thee Alone.
Are these things true? Do I believe them with a living faith? Do I live, think, speak, and act before Thee as if I believed them ? And do I hope in Thee, O my only Hope ? And do I love Thee, O Infinite Goodness, here most intimately present with me?
LORD, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief. In Thee alone do I hope, and I know I shall not be confounded. Vanity of vanities; yea, all things are vanity; and as from love to Thee, I grieve above all things that I have offended Thee, so with my whole heart do I love Thee above all things. And what is there that can yet separate me from Thee? O JESUS! O my Life! O most endearing Charity! O God of my heart, and my All! Why, then, O my soul, should I seek to pry into things too deep and too mighty for me? Why should I turn mine eyes unto vanity, and not ra