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Do thou, O Lord, rebuke the sea, and make it calm ; for to thee the winds and the sea obey: let not the waters swallow me up, but let thy Spirit, the spirit of gentleness and mercy, move upon the waters.
Be thou reconciled unto thy sero vants, and then the face of the waters will be smooth. I fear that my sins make me, like Jonas, the cause of the tempest. Cast out all my sins, and throw not thy servants away from thy presence and from the land of the living, into the depths, where all things are forgotten. But if it be thy will, that we shall go down into the waters, Lord, receive my soul into thy holy hands, and preserve it in mercy and safety till the day of restitution of all things: and be pleased to unite my death to the death of thy Son, and to accept of it so united as a punishment for all my sins, that thou mayest forget all thine anger, and blot my sins out of thy book, and write my soul there, for Jesus Christ's sake, our dearest Lord and most mighty Redeemer. Amen.
Then make an act of Resignation thus; To God pertain the issues of life and death. It is the Lord, let him do, what seemeth good in his own eyes. “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
Recite Psalm cvii. and cxxx.
A form of a Vow to be made in this or the like danger.
If the Lord will be gracious and hear the prayer of his servant, and bring me safe to shore, then I will praise him secretly and publickly, and pay unto the uses of charity (or religion] [then name the sum you design for holy uses.] 0 my God, my goods are nothing unto thee: I will also be thy servant all the days of my life, and remember this mercy and my present purposes, and live more to God's glory, and with a stricter duty. And do thou please to accept this vow as an instance of my importunity, and the greatness of my needs: and be thou graciously moved to pity and deliver me. Amen.
This form also may be used in praying for a blessing on an enter
prise, and may be instanced in actions of devotion as well as of charity.
A Prayer before a Journey. O Almighty God, who fillest all things with thy presence, and art a God afar off as well as near at hand; thou didst send thy angel to bless Jacob in his journey, and didst lead the children of Israel through the Red-sea, making it a wall on the right hand and on the left: be pleased to let thy angel go out before me and guide me in my journey, preserving me from dangers of robbers, from violence of enemies, and sudden and sad accidents, from falls and errors. And prosper my journey to thy glory, and to all my innocent purposes : and preserve me from all sin, that I may return in peace and holiness, with thy favour and thy blessing, and may serve thee in thankfulness and obedience all the days of my pilgrimage ; and at last bring me to thy country, to the celestial Jerusalem, there to dwell in thy house, and to sing praises to thee for ever. Amen..
Ad Sect. 4.] A Prayer to be said before the hearing or reading
the Word of God. O holy and eternal Jesus, who hast begotten us by thy word, renewed us by thy Spirit, fed us by thy sacraments, and by the daily ministry of thy word, still go on to build us up to life eternal. Let thy most Holy Spirit be present with me and rest upon me in the reading, or hearing, thy sacred word; that I may do it humbly, reverently, without prejudice, with a mind ready and desirous to learn and to obey; that I may be readily furnished and instructed to every good work, and may practise all thy holy laws and commandments, to the glory of thy holy name, O holy and eternal Jesus. Amen.
Ad Sect. 5, 9, 10.] A form of confession of sins and repentance,
to be used upon Fasting days, or days of Humiliation ; especially in Lent, and before the Holy Sacrament,
“ Have mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness; according to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine of fences. For I will confess my wickedness and be sorry for my sin.” O my dearest Lord, I am not worthy to be accounted amongst the meanest of thy servants; not worthy to be sustained by the least fragments of thy mercy, but to be
shut out of thy presence for ever with dogs and unbelievers. “But for thy name's sake, O Lord, be merciful unto my sin, for it is great."
I am the vilest of sinners, and the worst of men :. proud and vainglorious, impatient of scorn or of just reproof; not enduring to be slighted, and yet extremely deserving it: I have been cozened by the colours of humility, and when I have truly called myself vicious, I could not endure any man else should say so or think so. I have been disobedient to my superiors, churlish and ungentle in my behaviour, unchristian and unmanly. “But for thy name's sake,” &c.
O just and dear God, how can I expect pity or pardon, who am so angry and peevish, with and without cause, envious at good, rejoicing in the evil of my neighbours, negligent of my charge, idle and useless, timorous and base, jealous and impudent, ambitious and hard-hearted, soft, unmortified and effeminate in my life, undevout in my prayers,
without fancy or affection, without attendance to them or perseverance in them: but passionate and curious in pleasing my appetite of meat and drink and pleasures, making matter both for sin and sickness; and I have reaped the cursed fruits of such improvidence, entertaining indecent and impure thoughts; and I have brought them forth in indecent and impure actions, and the spirit of uncleanness hath entered in, and unhallowed the temple, which thou didst consecrate for the habitation of thy Spirit of love and holiness. But for thy name's sake, O Lord, be merciful unto my sin, for it is great.
Thou hast given me a whole life to serve thee in, and to advance my hopes of heaven: and this precious time I have thrown away upon my sins and vanities, being improvident of my time and of my talent, and of thy grace and my own advantages, resisting thy Spirit and quenching him. I have been a great lover of myself, and yet used many ways to destroy myself. I have pursued my temporal ends with greediness and indirect means. I am revengeful and unthankful, forgetting benefits, but not so soon forgetting injuries, curious and murmuring, a great breaker of promises. I have not loved my neighbour's good, nor advanced it in all things, where I could. I have been unlike thee in all things. I am unmerciful and unjust; a sottish admirer of things below, and careless of heaven and the ways that lead thither.
But for thy name's sake, O Lord, be merciful unto my sin, for it is great.
All my senses have been windows to let sin in, and death by sin. Mine eyes have been adulterous and covetous; mine ears open to slander and detraction ; my tongue and palate loose and wanton, intemperate, and of foul language, talkative and lying, rash and malicious, false and flattering, irreligious and irreverent, detracting and censorious; my hands have been injurious and unclean, my passions violent and rebellious, my desires impatient and unreasonable : all my members and all my faculties have been servants of sin; and my very best actions have more matter of pity than of confidence, being imperfect in my best, and intolerable in most. But for thy name's sake, O Lord, &c.
Unto this and a far bigger heap of sin I have added also the faults of others to my own score, by neglecting to hinder them to sin in all, that I could, and ought: but I also have encouraged them in sin, have taken off their fears, and hardened their consciences, and tempted them directly, and prevailed in it to my own ruin and theirs, unless thy glorious and unspeakable mercy hath prevented so intolerable a calamity.
Lord, I have abused thy mercy, despised thy judgments, turned thy grace into wantonness. I have been unthankful for thy infinite loving-kindness. I have sinned and repented, and then sinned again, and resolved against it, and presently broke it; and then I tied myself up with vows, and then was tempted, and then I yielded by little and little, till I was willingly lost again, and my vows fell off like cords of vanity.
Miserable man that I am! who shall deliver me from this body of sin ?
And yet, O Lord, I have another heap of sins to be unloaded. My secret sins, O Lord, are innumerable, sins I noted not; sins that I willingly neglected; sins that I acted upon wilful ignorance and voluntary mispersuasion; sins that I have forgot; and sins which a diligent and a watchful spirit might have prevented, but I would not. Lord, I am confounded with the multitude of them, and the horror of their remembrance, though I consider them nakedly in their direct appearance, without the deformity of their unhandsome and aggravating circumstances : but so dressed they
are a sight too ugly, an instance of amazement, infinite in degrees, and insufferable in their load.
And yet thou hast spared me all this while, and hast not thrown me into hell, where I have deserved to have been long since, and even now to have been shut up to an eternity of torments with insupportable amazement, fearing the revelation of thy day.
Miserable man that I am! who shall deliver me from this body of sin ? Thou shalt answer for me, O Lord my
God. Thou that prayest for me, shalt be my judge.
The Prayer. Thou hast prepared for me a more healthful sorrow: 0 deny not thy servant, when he begs sorrow of thee. Give me a deep contrition for my sins, a hearty detestation and loathing of them, hating them worse than death with torments. Give me grace entirely, presently, and for ever, to forsake them; to walk with care and prudence, with fear and watchfulness all my days; to do all my duty with diligence and charity, with zeal and a never-fainting spirit; to redeem the time, to trust upon thy mercies, to make use of all the instruments of grace, to work out my salvation with fear and trembling: that thou mayest have the glory of pardoning all my sins, and I may reap the fruit of all thy mercies and all thy graces, of thy patience and long-suffering, even to live a holy life here, and to reign with thee for ever, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. Ad Sect. 6.] Special devotions to be used upon the Lord's
day, and the great festivals of Christians. In the morning, recite the following form of thanksgiving;
upon the special festivals adding the commemoration of the special blessings according to the following prayers: adding such prayers, as you shall choose out of the fore
going devotions. 2. Besides the ordinary and public duties of the day, if you
retire into your closet to read and meditate, after you have performed that duty, say the Song of Saint Ambrose (commonly called the Te Deum), or, We praise thee, &c. then add the prayers for particular graces, which are at