be none to deliver you. Whoso offereth Me thanks and praise, he honoureth Me: and to him that ordereth his conversation right, will I shew the salvation of God. Glarp be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen,

S. 13. I Penitential Psalm, 6. O LORD, rebuke me not in thine indignation: neither chaften me in thy displeasure. Have mercy upon me, o LORD, for I am weak : 0 LORD, heal me, for my bones are vexed. My soul alfo is fore troubled: but LORD, how long wilt Thou puuilh me? Turn Thee, O LORD, and deliver my soul: O lave me for thy mercies fake. For in death no man remembreth Thee : and who will give Thee thanks in the pit? I am weary of my groning, every night wahh I my bed : and water my couch with my tears. My beauty is gone for very trouble : and worn away because of all mine enemies. Away from me all ye that work vanity : for the LORD hath heard my petition : the LORD will receive my prayer. All mine enemies Thall be confounded, and fore vexed : they shall be turned back, and pnt to shame fuddenly. Glory be to the Father doc.

9. 14. A Prayer for Knowledge. O God of all wisdom and Grace, who halt promised to guide all meek and humble Souls in Indgment, and to teach them thy Way; preserve my mind, 1 most humbly beseech Thee, from all manner of illufions, and free from all mistakes about These holy Mysteries of my Salvation; that I may neither approach irreverently unto thy Altar; nor out of causeless fears omit my Duty, and lose the Comforts which Thou impartest there. o And do Thou, O Father of lights, the Author of every good and perfect gift,inlighten my Mind to under tand aright my whole Christian Duty; and dispose my Heart to imbrace it with such fincere af. fection, that I may neither omit any part of it, nor be dull and liveless in the performance. Help me so to follow my ordinary Imployments, that they may not uofit me for Devotion; and stir me up to such fervor in devotion, that it may have a mighty infuence upon all the other Ace, tions of a holy Life. Let the pions Warmth I feel in my heart by the very reading of these things, accompany ine till I return again to chis, or other such like holy duties :

and by them till more and more infame my Love to Thee, and to all Goodness; that So my Life may be nothing but a passage from one good imployment to another, till I are rive at that happy place where I shall have nothing else to do but to admire and praise thy Love in endless joys; thro' Christ Jefus, to Whom, with Thee, O Father, and the Holy Ghoit, be glory given in the Church, throughout all Ages, & World without end. Amer.

. 15. A. General Preparatory Prayer, to be said now , and after the last particular Prayer every day this week.

O Blessed fefu, my Lord and my God, be a Jefus, be a Savior onto thy servant; I am preparing, Gracious Redeemer, to approach thy more especial Presence, to receive the Rifles of thy Love, the Pledges of thy most coftly Be. nefits; O may I not, by an unworthy Receiving, Eat and Drink my own Damnation, not discerning the Lord's Body; O mayft Thou be made unto me, of Godchy Father, Willom, e Righteon fnefs, fanctification and Redemption! Enter then into my heart, prepare its unpreparedness. purge out all its Impurities, and grant that I may partake of this Holy Sacrament with Faith and Reverence, with pions Relish and Delight, with spiritual Profit and Advaorage. My apprehensions, Holy Savior, of this thine amazing Love are low and fender, o do Thou exalt, do Thou inlarge them; my Affections cold and heavy, little warm’d, with gratitude for ine thine stimable Bounty, Odo Thou quicken, do Thou inftame 'em, Miy I now lafle and see how gracious my Lord is, how blifford ihe man who puts his trust in Him. Meet me cherefore, dear Fefis, in this ficted Festival, with a free and plenary Paruon of all my lins; with an intire {an&ification of my Nature; and a perfect cure, at least suppression of all my Infirmities; Meet me aad Comfort

meet me and make me fit for thy Company; Let thy Grace be my Guide and Guard unto Death : May thy Banner over me at this Feast of Love, be peace and joy, and compeat Reconciliation. O that I were more worthy, render me such by thy Worthinets; Cleanse me by thy Spirit; let me feed on Thee by Faith, and grow up with th'increase of God to a fulnefs of stature in Christ Jesus. May th' outward and vifibli figns of my Savior 's Death, convey to me th' inward and spiritual Grace purcha fed thereby May I fo eat thy Flesh, and drink thy Bloud, Blefjed Lord, as




tore, Hrad this nert after si's. to act. 3. 19. page. 131.
$ 6. BEFORE I begin to Read or Hear the Holy Scriptures,
will be useful that I consider, First, Their own Excellency.
ngage my Love to’em. Secondly, The Providence of God'ia
Competing and Preserving'em, 1 excite my Rezerence. Third-
$, The Care of the Church in fitting'em to our use, t'incourage
isy Diligence.

9. 7. First, THE Sciprure mujt needs be Excellent, because
We the Revelation of the Wbole Will of God, so far as is Necessary

pour Salvation ; a Compleat Repolitory of all Divine Truths, Hbat concern Faith and Manners; the Foundation of our Faith, And the Rule of our lives, the Moderator and Determiner of Doubts and Differences; the Guide of Consciences, and Ground efour Hope; ib' Evidence of our Inheritance; and the Law by which we shall be fudged at the Last Day. Wherefore 'tis my Duty and interest to be converfan: in'em, according to the Com-, mand of Jesus, and th Example of all God's servants, who studied em more ihan any other Writings: fo that S. Bazil and his friend med no Ocher Book, but wholly Mediiated in This for 13 years. And, if it were possible, I shou'd Meditate in the Sriptures Day and Night ; Toshna 1. 8. or Read therein All the Daies of my life; Deut. 17. 19. at least fo fmall a portion thereof Daily as my Almanack at th’end bereof directs. Because Ignorance of tese Sacred Oracles will lay me open to Errors in Judgment, S, Mar. 12. 24. and Wickedncfs in Pračlice, Plal. 119. 3. and finally prove the Ruine of my Soul,

. 8. Secondly, 'TIS no ordinary Regard which I must give to those holy Pages, because God is th’Author , and his Spirit tho Inditer of 'em, and, in his infinite Wisdom, and Love , He has commiited bis Will to Writing, that it might not be Corrupted or Impair'd by the Prejudices, the Malice, or Forgetfulness of Men, As all Traditionsgenerally are: and has loid down all Necessary and Fundamental Truths fo Clearly that the Meanest may UnderStand'em, and yet in more Curious Points has left such Dufficulies as may Exercise the Wits, and Allay th' Arrogance of the most Knowing Men. And t'ingage us diligently:0 Read it all, Hebas not in any One Part set down Every thing that is directly Tending t’our Salvation, but has so prudently dispers d'em that someofem are to be found Every where, so that every part thereof is Useful, and none of it must be Neglected, much less Contemnd. Andebi Almighty has not only show'd his Care in lhe Forming, but also in

the * Place this leafʼtwirt p.139 137, to be read before $ 11.

; the Preserving these sacred Records : for thos they are,

moft Ancient in the World (of undoubted Credit ,) and hat been hated and opposed by fatan and his inftruments yet neitha Time, Power, Policy, nor Malice cou’dever Destroy, nor Corruptiem

$. 9. Thirdly; THE Governors and Lights of the Chard have curefully Translated th' Original Scripture into all Langman ges, thailall Nations might hear in their own Tongues the wonderfull works of God, Acts. 2. 18. After which pattern our Church has made that elaborute. exact, and faithful Transation into th' English Tongue, the like to which is not in any Nation ; (Anglicanæ versionis Authores omoi laude majores fuifle arguit accurata illa et, ad invidiam aliarum Geoti. um, elaborata Versio. Sixt. Amama Præf.ad Drus.). and has inojyn'd us to Read or Hear it every day, both at Morning and Evening Prayer; carefully sele&ting the most Practical and perti. nent Chapters; omitting the more difficult, or rather remirring 'em to private Confideration, where we have more · leisure. And we read (on Working and Holy-days, but never on Sundays) fome part of Aprocryphal Authors, for Inftruction of Manners, as the Primitive Church also did,

S. IO. A Prayer for Abfolute Obedience, O MOST blessed God, the Fountain of all being and hap: piness, the highest of my thoughts and conceptions fall infinitely short of the Greatness of thy Perfections: but when I Chuse Thee, my Will is satisfied; my Body, is better as well as my Spirit ; when I chearfully Obey Thee; yea, the Crosses and Afictions of this life turn to my Profit, by th' Union of my Will with thine, and my stedfast Adherence to Thee. There is nothing that I can wish for more thap that I may always continue is as our bleffad Lord did, in a constant Love and absolute Obedience to Thee in all things. Pour down upon me a more abundant Portion of thy Holy Spirit, that may make my Thoughts niore fixʼd upon Heava enly things, and my whole Conversation such as becomes 000 who has such excellent Precepts, such precious. Promises, such noble Hopes, and seeks, by Patient continuance in Well . Doing, for Glory , Honor, and Immortality; that Lifeit self may not be so dear tome, as the Doing of thy Will revealad inChryfof. That doing my Duty impartially towards Thee, my Self, and towards all Men, I may at last hear that comfortable Voice, Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the Joy off thy Lord. Amen,

Thou haft required, as my Soul has need, and as will prove the moft beneficial unto me; that being consirm'd in Goodness by this holy Sacrament, and made an Heir of eternal Life by a due partaking of the same, I may be presery'd by the Power, thro' Faith unto Salvation. Amen.

5. 16. TO these and all the following extraordinary, I mut not fail to add my ordinary Daily devotions; else what de I more than at other times and all must not seem grie. vous, for it wil be doubly and trebbly, what do I say? nay vafpeakably, and infinitely too, rewarded. The devil (whe, as our Savior laies, is a Liar, and the father of it) spake the truth once, when he igrimated, that Man doth not serve God for nought. Job. 1.9.

$. 17. Now it is not enough that I have spent an half hour or more in these Devotions, but , in order to Practice, I muft digeft them well by Meditation, 'twixt this and the next Day's Exercife; and fo every tollowing Day's Direc. tions till the next again, if I expect my Soul should be thereby nourish'd , as my Body by mear. As the Lord God commanded th' Ifraelites in order to obedience, Deur. 6.6, 7. Thefewords which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart. And thou shalt talk of them when thou fittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou lyeft down, and when thou risest 14

At Night,thi and every seduy Holy day,as Introd. 386042.

CHAP. II. Five Sacramental Meditations before and on the 5 principal Feasts: Wiih an Account of our other Fealts & Falls.

S. -. OUR prudent Reformers have retained five of the most ancieot particular Prefaces, as in our communion Sera vice, to be said before Therefore with Angels and Archangels

C. (which the Grecians call the Trisagium, because the

word Holy is thrice repeated, ) to praile God peculiarly for È the Mercy commemorated on each Festival upon which we

do Communicate. Which being the great Ent of 'em, the best Method to prorpore that, will be to ground a devout Meditation upon every one of these Prefaces, proper for me, when I parcake of the Mysteries at any of these Times, to use in private before these solemnities, as an Addition to my other Devotions.


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