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of all those virtues which are most pleasing to Thee: in all things to perform Thy most righteous Will, and in all things to hold down my own, which is bent to evil; subjecting it to my superiors and others, out of love to Thee; and endeavouring to walk in the way of perfection, by the help of all those means, which Thou, my Master, hast in Thy holy Gospel pointed out both by word and example.
Help me, therefore, O LORD; for without Thy special aid I am unable to follow out or to fulfil these my good resolves; give unto me a lively faith, and a strong and stedfast mind; that as Thou, of Thine own Nature, canst not sin,-so too I, by Thy grace, may be incapable of it.
Finally, I beseech Thee, that Thou wouldest deign by Thy judgment to accept and to approve of this declaration of my vill ; that all things may be done to Thy honour and glory, to the salvation of my soul, the good of my neighbour, and agreeably to Thy most holy will, and to this end I give up myself to God the FATHER, GOD the Son, and God the HOLY GHOST. Amen. Our FATHER, &c.
PSALM CXVIII. 14, 18, 28. The LORD is my Strength and my Song: and is become my Salvation.
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 Thee. Glory be to the FATHER, &c. As it was in the beginning, &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;
Have mercy upon me, JESU.
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 ;
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 tha trive with me; and fight Thou against them that fight against me. O Helper of the poor, Defender of the fatherless, sustain
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 good
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 wicked
Glory be to the FATHER, &c.
THURSDAYS BETWEEN SEPTUA
GESIMA AND LENT.
AN EXERCISE FOR THE MORTIFICATION OF
“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