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that here we have not any continuing city, that in the midst of life we are in death. And grant that neither the splendour of any thing which seems great, nor the conceit of any thing which seems good in us, may any way withdraw our eyes from looking on ourselves as sinful dust and ashes : and teach us to press forward in the race that is sel before us, with faith and patience, with meekness and humility, with charity, self-denial, and constant perseverance; in order that when we depart this life we may sleep in Jesus Christ, and at the general resurrection on the last day may receive that blessing which He will then pronounce upon all those that truly love and worship Thee through His holy name. Unto Him that is able to keep us from falling, and to present us fanltless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to God alone, our Saviour through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory and majesty, power and dominion, now and for ever. Amen.

MONDAY EVENING.

ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father! For the sake of Him who died for us on the Cross, forgive us our frequent and grievous offences against Thee. Grant us an effective and true repentance, that we attempt not to excuse or palliate our transgressions either to ourselves or before Thee, but endeavour stedfastly to amend our lives. Help our unbelief, and let us not be without hope. Instruct us henceforward to watch and pray, lest we enter into temptation, to avoid every beginning of evil; and grant that the words of Thy wisdom, which day by day we read and hear, may be so grafted inwardly in our hearts by Thy grace, that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living, to the honour and praise of Thy name. Enable us to perceive and incline us to discharge our duty to Thee and to our neighbour in its full extent; and so order our lives and conversation, that we may speak and think of others as we would they should speak and think of us. Teach us to regard the time, all the means of improvement, and all the opportunities of usefulness, afforded us here on earth, as talents of which we must give in a true and solemn ac

count before Thy throne. Every night be pleased, for the sake of our Redeemer, graciously to charge Thy wakeful providence with the care of us. Grant us a quiet and refreshing sleep, defended from all grievous adversities which might overpower the body, and from all sinful thoughts which might hurt the soul. Every morning fill our hearts with Thy praise, and make glad our waking in Thee. Bestow upon us cheerfulness, strength, and contentment, that we may rejoice to run our course, and send us forth to our respective occupations under the settled conviction, that Thine eye rests ever upon us, that Thou wilt reward us according to our works; and that the night cometh when no man can work. And to the end that we fall not away from Thy salvation, establish our reliance on Thee, the Giver of every good and perfect gift, in Jesus Christ, through whom all thanksgiving, and wisdom, and honour, and power, and glory, be unto our God for ever and ever, world without end. Amen.

TUESDAY EVENING.

ALMIGHTY God! who for the sake of Him that died on the cross to save sinners dost forgive the sins of all the truly penitent, create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of Thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness. Let not our sorrow be of the world unto death, but after a godly manner; that carefulness may be wrought in us, and fear and clearing of ourselves. Stir us up to constant and impartial self-examination, to watchfulness and fervent prayer: and grant us continually the help of Thy grace to save us from the corruptions of the flesh, from the wiles and assaults of Satan, and from the seductive practices and perplexing interests of the world around

Enable us in our daily conduct to subdue all evil tempers, impatience, and perverseness; all selfishness and discontent; and to set a guard upon ourselves in the fear of Thee. Let not our hearts entertain any proud or unkindly notions, and let not our tongues become unruly. Teach us, unto whom Christ has forgiven so much, to forbear one another, and to forgive one another, in all meeknesss, and to put on charity, the

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bond of perfectness. Assist us, gracious Lord, against our own blindness and iniquity, that we may break

ugh the bonds of spiritual ignorance, and the snares of idleness and luxury. Give us true wisdom, that we may discern what is pleasing to Thee, may follow what belongs unto our peace. If it please Thee that our riches increase, let not our hearts be set upon them ; but keep us, we beseech Thee, duly mindful of Thee, the Giver of all good things, and always conscious that here we can not have any thing of our own; and so conduct us through our stewardship on earth, that we abuse not Thy gifts, but shew ourselves faithful to the charge they imply. Whenever it may please Thee to bring upon us any of the sufferings of this life, humble us entirely before Thy throne. Enable us to look ever unto the cross of our Redeemer, and amid all the chances and changes of this world, let Thy Spirit possess our hearts with patience and consolation, and increase in us true religion, that we may with one mind and one mouth continually glorify Thee as God, through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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