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the blessed hope of being finally clothed with immortality; and, amidst all the fears which the thought of death awakens, may I be strengthened by the belief, that as Christ the first fruits is already risen, they also who are Christ's shall be made alive at his coming

May the ascension of my Redeemer teach me to elevate my thoughts above all the changes of this earth; and, seeing in the glorious termination of his earthly sorrows an indication of the kindred glory which is reserved for those who follow his steps, may my course in time be conformed to his example, and all my prospects of the life that is to come be full

of glory.

And for these purposes grant, O Lord, that as Jesus our forerunner has risen from the dead, and ascended to thy right hand, I also may rise with him to newness of life. May the old man with his deeds, which are corrupt, be taken away, and may my future life be adorned with all the brightness of the new man, which, after Christ, is created in righteousness and true holiness. May the love of God constrain me thus to judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead, and that we who live

should henceforth live, not unto ourselves, but unto him who loved us and gave himself for us.

And feeling, O Lord, how truly grand are the prospects which have been opened up to those who do thy will, and how assuredly our future place in thy kingdom must depend upon the virtue we have attained upon this earth, may I be enabled, by thy grace, to watch all my thoughts with a holy jealousy, lest in any thing I should depart from the perfect way of thy commandments. May neither the follies nor the sins of life ever make me forget how high is the vocation wherewith I am called ; but, adding daily to my faith knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience, and to patience meekness, and to meekness brotherly kindness and charity, may my course of virtuous attainment be like that of the morning light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Support me, O Lord, amidst the many cares and griefs with which thou mayest see fit to try me; and may I so improve my trials, that, becoming more and more alive to the evil of sin, and more and more devoted to the practice of all virtue, my present

light afflictions may work out for me an exceeding weight of glory.

Be with me, O most merciful Father, through all the duties and temptations of this day; and grant that these my secret supplications may so impress all holy resolutions upon my heart, that, amidst the busiest hours of occupation or of pleasure, I may consider myself as thy servant, and do all things to thy glory, for Christ's sake. Amen.


PSALM cxix. 35. Make me to go in the path of

thy commandments ; for therein do I delight. 36. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not

to covetousness. 37. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity;

and quicken thou me in thy way.

Let my prayer, O Lord, be set forth before thee as incense, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. I know not what things to pray for ; but do thou, O Lord, pardon mine infirmities, and let thy spirit help me with groanings which cannot be uttered.

I bless thee for the invaluable gift of thy blessed word, and for all the consolation and instruction which it is fitted to communicate. Blessed be thy name, that thou hast not entirely withdrawn thyself from all intercourse with thy children of the

dust ; but that, as at sundry times and in divers manners thou didst speak in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, in these last days thou hast spoken to us by thy Son from heaven. I thank thee, O Father, that thou hast put thy word into my hands, and opened up to me those pure sources of satisfaction which it contains. Open my understanding to understand the Scriptures,-enable me every day to see more and more of the wisdom and love of thy dispensations towards men,-and may my knowledge be of that kind, which, while it enlightens the understanding, purifies and humbles the heart. Enable me to preserve a constant reverence for thy word ; and may it be my delight to meditate therein by day and by night,-in the still hour of seclusion from the world, and when I am actively occupied with its business and its cares. Above all, grant, O Lord, that I may ever walk according to the directions which thy word contains ; may it regulate my heart and purify my imagination, and guide all my actions; and thus may it be to me, at all times, as a light to my feet and a lamp to my path.

Grant, O Lord, that my religious knowledge may

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