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perfect example of humility, and to extinguifh our pride: For
5. By this means I fhall partake of his graces, and be filled with 'his abundant love. I fhall be washed from error and idle imaginations, my hands from all impure actions, my heart from all vain af fections, my fenfes from all finful delights and defires: fo that thou, my foul, being purged by true repentance, I fhall, both body and foul, be cleansed in his blood, and made partaker of all thofe glorious fruits which Chrift hath given me in this
food of life.
6. O bleffed Jefus, what madnefs then is it to fet my affections upon the perithable things of this world, who may. altain the joys even of eternal life by knowing thee! the hour is come, O Jefus, wean me from the world, and fecure me wholly unto thyfelf, and give me this life eternal to know and glorify thee. Make' me fenfible that it is my intereft, as well as duty, to walk always before thee, and be always mindful of thy prefence with me. Let it be my meat and drink to do thy holy will, and my only joy to glorify thy name.
Here observe the directions given on page 8, and more particularly endeavour to improve your soul by reading a lesson out of the NEW WHOLE DUTY OF MAN; Sunday 6:
A prayer on Thursday Evening to implore God's mercy and assistance towards a worthy receiving of the most holy sacrument.
Let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Heb. x. 22.
RANT, almighty and moft merciful Lord God, that I may never draw down thy juft indignation upon myself, either by turning my back upon this ordinance, or by going to it without thought and unworthily. May thy mercy pardon what is paft, and give me grace for the time to come, to confecrate my life to thee, and to embrace every occafion of remembering my Redeemer's love, and thereby fecuring thy favour, and my own falvation; and if it be thy will, grant that I may always find fuch comfort and benefit in this ordinance, as may encourage me to obferve it with joy unto my life's end.
Bleffed be thy name, holy Father, for the opportunity thou haft this day vouchfafed me of humbling myfelf before thee. Pardon, I moft humbly befeech thee, all my failings and defects at this time. The wanderings of my prayers, the coldness of my affections, and the difproportion of my repentance to the heinoufnefs of thofe fins which I have committed. O
let thy mercy and goodnefs fupply what is wanting in me, and be thou graciously pleafed to pity my weakneffes, and forgive my infirmities, through the merits, and for the fake of thy beloved Son, and my bleffed Saviour, Jefus Chrift the righteous; to whom with thee, and the Holy Ghoft, be afcribed all honour and glory now and for evermore.
See the concluding prayer and blessing on pages 38 and 39.
The Meditation for Friday Morning*. On the passion of our blessed Saviour, commemorated in the most holy sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
Being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Phil. ii. 8.
Propofe now unto thee, O my foul, that thou mayft give me comfort by a devout meditation on the fufferings of our wounded Jefus, which were the wonder and aftonifhment of heaven and earth and thence learn of thy Saviour to be meek and lowly in heart; who being great Lord of the world, condescended with the profoundeft humility to undergo the punishment of flaves.
2. Behold with what patience this innocent lamb yields to have his body plough
*Here you may observe the direct ons » given on page 3.
ed and furrowed by mercileis murderers ! behold him naked, helpless, and unpitied, whilft the furious executioners tear his fkin and tender flesh with cruel fcourges, to fatisfy the cruelty of a barbarous multitude.
3. Behold this fame bleffed Jefus extended, tortured, and nailed, and rudely hoifted up upon the crofs between two thieves, where he hung for the space of three long hours, [reviled by the Jews, and railed at by the very thieves,] in pain, dolour, in grief, and fhame; all his bones disjointed, and his wounds ftretched and rent the wider by the weight of his body hanging on the nails; and all this for man, even for thee, my foul, a miferable finner!
4. Behold thofe powerful hands, which fo lately had cured the blind and deaf, cleanfed the lepers, and loofed them that were bound by Satan, extended in mifery! behold thofe adorable feet pierced with nails, which had gone about doing good continually!
5. Behold that facred body hanging upon the crofs, hungry and thirsty, naked and cold, wounded and rent, weeping and bleeding, racked and tortured, languifhing, praying, and facrificing itself, and expofed to all manner of fhame and torment for thee, in which all the treasures
of wisdom and power were hid! and let that vinegar and gall given unto him quench all immoderate appetites in thee, and imbitter all fenfual delights. Behold that face, more beautiful than the fons of men, which comforted the afflicted, and the light of whofe countenance the fathers and prophets had fo much defired to behold, changed into the paleness and horror of death; crying to his Father, My God, my God, why haft thou forfaken me! and then giving up the ghoft.
6. Oh! how great in mercy, how abundant in compaffion was the Son of God thus to die for thee! how great in majesty, how terrible in power! for now did the heavens wax dark, the veil of the temple rent afunder, the very ftones clave, and the dead arofe! How great was his power in his death, to produce fuch wonders, by it, in it, and after it! how far did his merits and power extend! even to the fun in the heavens, to the veil in the temple, to the holy of holies, the dead in the graves, to the centre of the earth, to hell beneath; yea, to the very hearts of the impenitent: For the Centurion was now convinced of his error and converted.
7. Oh! I will flee to the crofs of my Saviour, and there with the pious, devout, and afflicted women, and his beloved difH