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Page CHAP. IV. St. Augustine's Recommendation of the Passion of Christ unto God the Father ........... 135

CHAP. V. St. Ambrose's Commemoration of our Saviour's Passion 136

CHAP. VI. St. Gregory's Prayers upon the Passion of Christ . . . 139

CHAP. VII. The Form of Prayer used by our Lord upon the Cross, viz, the twenty-second Psalm Paraphrased ...ib.

CHAP. VIII.
Meditations and Prayers preparatory to the Blessed Sa-

crament, on Saturday night, or Sunday morning
before . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

CHAP. IX.
Meditations upon your going to Church ; with some short

Directions for your demeanour in the House and in
the Service of God ........... 153

CHAP. X.
Meditations and Prayers at the Blessed Sacrament . . 159

CHAP. XI.
Psalms of Praise and Thanksgiving after the Holy Com-

munion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Meditations upon the Dwelling of God in the Hearts of

His People . .. ..... ...... 173 Meditations III. Holy Breathings of the Soul after

God, III .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Meditations upon Unity in the Public worship of God . 182 The hundred and thirty-third Psalm Paraphrased . . . 183

THE

PRACTICAL CHRISTIAN.

PA RT I.

CHAP. I.
OF THE GREAT NECESSITY OF SELF-EXAMINATION.

WHOSOEVER believes as a and damnation of each Christian his soul to be particular person : but yet immortal, being either en- / each man's conscience, imtitled to everlasting joy partially examined, will acthrough faith and obedience ! quaint him with very much to the Gospel of Christ, or li- of his condition, whether of able to eternal woe a through wisdom or folly, of rightdisobedience and misbelief, eousness or sin, of life or must be very stupid and of death to all eternity. sottish, if he do not fre- 2. That every man should quently “examine him- | know himself, is such a selfb,” whether he may rea- fundamental principle of sonably conclude he is in true wisdom, that wise men the state of grace and of old affirmed Nosce teipsalvation ; or of sin, and sum, to be a command imof death the “wages there- mediately derived to the

sons of men, by a voice “ All the works of the from Heaven, as being abrighteous and of the wise solutely necessary to the are in the band of God: right guidance of all the and no man knoweth either actions of human life uplove or hatred, by all that on earth. “Many sciences is before him d.” God hath are invented (saitb Bern.) kept secret to Himself His | by the sons of men ; but decrees of eternal salvation l there is none greater, none * John v. 28, 29. b Psalm iv. 4; 2 Cor. xiii. 5; Gal. vi. 4. c Rom vi. 23.

d Eccles. ix. 1.

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more profitable, than each model) of the perfections man's knowledge of himself. of the Godhead. There is not a more compen- | It is peculiar to God dious way to the knowledge alone, to be essentially blessof God, than the knowledge ed in Himself, even in the of a man's selfe.”

contemplation and fruition He who knows every of His own perfections from thing, and knows not him- everlasting to everlasting. self aright, knows in effect as | And yet so great is the much as comes to nothing goodness of God, that He

3. The reasonable scul, hath made man capable of were it not debauched by the same blessedness with the sensual appetite, and Himself; to enjoy pot anodistracted by the hurry of ther, but the same felicity exorbitant desires, could which God Himself enjoys not but often remember in the enjoyment of Himherself, examine and call to self. That is the great end mind the Author and End and perfection of man's beof her being ; the immor- | ing in nature, even through tality and dignity of her all the degrees of grace, to nature ; what is her errand see the fair beauty of God in into this world, and how glory, and to love Him and she shall subsist in the praise Him for ever. world to come; what is her But, alas! vain "man bechiefest good, and wherein ing in honour, hath no unher perfection and felicity derstanding," considers not consists : which cannot be the honour of his being merely to eat and drink after the image of his and sleep, purchase lands, Maker ; but receives his build houses, satisfy the divine immortal soul in lusts of the flesh, swell / vain, whilst he follows the with pride of life.

sway of his sensual irraShe would consider that tional appetite, and “is comshe is stamped after the pared to the beasts that image of God, and her hap- perish?.” piness consists in the know- 4. And well it were ledge, love, and enjoyment, for all such inconsiderate of the Divine Majesty, and and imprudent persons, if in the imitation and repre- their souls were as perishing sentation (according to her and mortal as those which • Bern. de Interiori Domo, c. 12.

f Psalm xlix. 12.

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