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And that thou hide not thy self from
thine own flesh? Then Shall Bly light break forth as the morning, und ihine health Shall Spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness Shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rere-ward. Then shalt thou call, and the LORD Shall answer; thou shalt cry, and He shall Jay. Here I am : if thout take away from the midst of thee the yoke; the puttiug forth of the finger, and speaking, vanity : And if thou, draw out thy foul so the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted f02.; then shall thy light rise in obfcurity, and thy sharkness be as the noon-day. And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fıt thy bones : and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whole waters fail not. And they that ihall be of thee, Shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations, and thou hale be called, The repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell In. $. 15. A general Morning Prayer on all single Fasts.
I Acknowledge, O God, my own vileness by reason of my Sins, and am heartily griev'd for the loss of thy Favor. What Humiliation, O Lord, can fufficiently, express the greitness of such a Loss! But I will weep and mourn be. cause I have offended Thee, and I will repent, as it were in Dift and Ashes: I will mortify those inordinate ApPeçites which have so fadly betray'd me; I will contradict all those Inclinations which have made me stray from the ways of thy Commandments. And do Thou, O Lord, wean my soul from the Pleasures of the Body, which so often corruprit, and render it incapable of relishing Spiritual Injoyments : Let it not contract too great Familiarity with the Delights and Satifaction of Sense, since it was created for more exalted Pleasures, and muft shortly quit those here below; that so when I come to leave this Worid, I may be qualified for the bleed Conversation of Spirits in thy heavenly Kingdom, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,
S. 16. EVERY Fryday in the Year (except when Chriftmas-day falls upon one) is injoin'd to abridge our felves as to the Pleasure of Eating and Drinking, and to Examine and Humble our Selves, in compliance with the Custom of the Primitive Church, because our Savior, upon this
Day of the Week humbled Himselt, even to the Death of the Cross, for us miserable Sinners.
$. 17. THE Fafts called Vigils, are to prepare our Minds for a due Observation of th' insuing Solenınities, without Intem perance, Lightness, or Vanity.
$. 18. TH'Ember-Days are set apart for consecrating to God the four Seasons of the Year; and also for imploring his Blessing upon th'Ordinations perform'd only upon the Sundays immediately following.
Sa 19. THE Rogation Daysare to prepare our Minds to celebrate our Savior's Ascension; and likewise to appease God's Wrath and deprecate his Displeafure that He might be pleas'd to bless the Fruits (with which the Earth at this time is cover'd) and avert Pestilence and War, which ordinarily be gia in this Season
S. 20. THE Lent-Faft, Practised by the first Christians, wherein they did eat and drink what was least delicate, may have respect to Mose's his twice fafting forty daies; Elias 40 daies; the Ninivites having precisely as many days allow ed for their Repentance; and our blessed Savior's obferving the same length. of time; as the common Number belonging to extraordinary Humiliation, and in order to promote Piety and Devotion. $. 21. A General Prayer for every day in Lent.
ALMIGHTY God, give me Grace to use fuch Abstinence during this Sealon dedicated to the exercise of Repentance, that my Flesh may be subdued to the Spirit, and my Mind left free to Approach Thee with Ardor and Fervency of Affection. Inute me by Self denial to bring my Body into Subjection, and to punish all those Exceffes I have been guilty of in the use of thy Creatures. Let my Retire
ment from the World make me see the Vanity and Empe : tiness of it : & teach me to Relish the Pleasures of Spiri
tual Injoyments. Let me spend thofe folitary Hours in improving my Christian Knowledge, and do Thou open my Eyes that I may see the wondrous things of thy Law. Make me heartily to bewail my fins, and do Thou work in me that godly Sorrow noc to be Repented of. Grant that I may sincerely Examine the state of my own Mind, and do Thou search and try me, and lead me into the way everlast'ing. That perceiving how evil and bitter a thing it is to depart from the Living God, I may no longer continue at 3
diltance from the Fountain of all loy aud Happiness; but that by Confelling and forsaking my sins, I may be intirely, converted unto Thee, and they may be blotted out, when the times of Refreshing shall come from the!Presence of she Lord, thro' Jesus Christ, my only Savior, Amen.
CHAP. III. Seventeen Meditations Before the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, to be read in the Family, two or more at a time, fo as to read ibem all, once at least, rearly, on the Evenings of
Section 1. NEW-YEARS DAY. LET us consider before we go to the Holy Table, for what Ends we go thither; and with what Hearts we ought to go. Is it not to admire the greatness of God's Love in giving his Son to us; and the greatness of Christ's Love ia giving Hinself for us? Is it not to render our highest hanks and praise to the Father and the Son', for this ineftimable Love in giving his Bloud a Ransom for us ; and then offer up our felves wholly to his Love? Is it not to renew our Baptismal Covenant, wherein we promised to forsake all his Enemies, and to lead a mortified life in all obedience to his Will? To represent to God what his Son has done for us, and humbly to hope in Him for all the Benefits of his Pallion? To receive increase of Power to overcome the World, and farther Testimonies of his Love, and stronger desires after the Consummation of it in heavenly Bliss? To Unitę our hearts in Brotherly Affection to all the faithful fervants of fefus; and to Rejoyce in the holy Communion of Christ and his Saints? O blessed Fefus, who can have hearts disposed to do all this without Thee? We come therefore to Intreat. Thee that Thou wilt represent thy self most lively to us. If we could have seen Thee hanging on the Cross; or if Thou wouldst appear to us as Thou didst to Saul; if the Heavens were opened and we could behold Thee, as did S. Stephen; what ftrange Passions, what holy Affections would it raise up in our hearts! Let us ofen our Eyes, heartily and strongly Believe, and our loy shalll be full. He will be in the midst of us, when we are Allembled together in his Name; according as He promised. He presents Hiinfelt before us in these Signs of his Body and Bloud. Let us Behold how
the Word was made flesh : how He was Circumfised and fulfilled the Law under which He was born; that He might bea pure and unspotted Offering to God; and see how He suffer'd upon the Cross; how his Body was broken , and bis Heart-bloud pour'd out to reconcile us unto God. And then we cannot but come with thankful hearts; and with humble, reverent, and devout affections present four felves uato him, bitterly bewailing our offences, chearfilly resigning our felves to his Will, and joyfully hoping for his Mercy. When He says by his Minister, Take eat, drink this ; what is the meaning, but as if He should say, I am thy Salvation? Aud when we stretch ont our hands and do this; what is it, but to say, My Lord, and My God? And happy are they, who not only call Him, Lord, but do the things that He says. Blessed are they that do his Com. mandmenie, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in thro' the gaies into the City. Behold, I come quickly; (lays He) and my reward is with me, to give every man according us his work shall be. He chat overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my Son. Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus. Rev. 22, 14, 12, 20. & ch. 21.7.
§. 2. JANUARY. WE must Conlider with our felves, some time before we intend to communicate, that we are invited to come, not only into the Presence, but unto the Table of God: to be Guests of the Lord of the whole world.' What a grace, what an honor is this; shall any business, any pleafure on Earth put by the thoughts of it? It is impossible, if we remember what the great God is who calls us to Him and that He fers the Body of his Son before us upon his Table; and thar our Cup is filled with his Bloud; that the Angels think it not below them to wait on us, and minile. ter unto ns; and the Divine Spirit will be ready to breath upon us, and fill us with such holy Love, that we shall send up our souls in joyful hymns of Praise and thanks to Goi our Savior. With what Admiration should we receive the News of this Invitation' ? With what Reverence ought we to approach Him? With what forwardness of Love; with what gladness of heart, should we go to meet our blessed Lord! Was there ever any Kindness, (should we think with our selves) like unto that of his? Did there evere such a furnace
of Love, (if I may lo represent.it) burn in any heart? could He do more than dy the bloudy and shameful death of the Cross, for to save finners? How is it possible, that the Remembrance of this tender Love and compassion fhould ever dy? or that any heart should freeze over fuch a fire? Unless we be wilfully careless, we fee that he will have our Love : He will not suffer any thing to rob Him of the purchase of his Bloud. For left we should prove fo ungrateful, as to let Him flip out of our Minds, He has left Himselt still among us in sensible' signs and representations. By these He flows us his bloudy Deaib and Passion. He makes Him self present to our faith : and we may see that He is desirous to do more than dy for us; having contrived a way to live for ever in us, and be firmly united to us. What manner of Love is this that Heaven has manifested unto us? Who can refrain from tears of grief and sorrow to shink of his own Ingratitude; and from tears of joy to think of the wonderful kindness of the Lord? Can we look on Hirn who was pierced for our Sins, and 110t lament and mourn? can we see his bleeding Wounds and not be tronbled ? No pious heart car be so hard. And yer when we consider that by those stripes we are healed; and that He has washed us from our fins in his Blond; that faithful fouls may take Sanctuary in his wounds, and be secure and safe : we can't chuse but 'rejoyce in the Lord, and be glad in his Salvation. Let us call to our souls then and bid'em awaken in themselves the livelielt thoughts of Him, and the devouteft affections to Him; Call to 'em to put themselves in tune, to string (as I may lo Speak) the Instruments of Joy, and praise; and dir up all the graces of the Holy Spirit : that so we inay go with a deep humilify; a godly Sorrow; a perfect hatred of all fint, both of the felih and of the spirit; a strong resolution against them; with a lowly Faith; and in the heights of Love; with inlarged Desires, and great longings to this holy Feast. Let us Ask our souls, what do you think of? what do you love? what do you long for ? with what intentions are you going to the Lord's Table ? Are the Treasures of Christian Wisdom and Knowledge more in your account than thou. Sands of Gold and silver? Do you hcartily believe the holy Gospel of Ckrift Fefns; and love Him and his Religion in fincerity? Is all sin already bleeding to death in you, and had