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Degrees of thy Favour ; that fo these Blessings here, may be an Earnest of thy future Mercies ; which I beseech thee to grant me, for the Sake of thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord ; to whom with thee, O Father, and the Holy Ghost, be ascribed, as is most due, all Honour, Glory, Power, Thankfgiving, and Praise, both now and for ever
A Concluding Prayer. B Lessed be thy Name, O Lord, for the
Opportunity thou hast this Day vouchsafed me of humbling myself before thee. Pardon, I most humbly beseech thee, all my Failings and Defects at this Time, the Wanderings of my Prayers, the Coldness of my Affections, and the Disproportion of my Repentance to the Heinousness of those Sins which I have committed. O let thy Mercy and Goodness supply what is wanting in me, and be thou graciously pleased to pity my Weaknesses, and forgive my. Infirmities, through the Merits, and for the Sake of thy beloved Son, and my alone Saviour, Jesus Christ the Righteous ; 'whom with thee, and the Holy Ghost, be all Honour and Glory ascribed, now and for evermore. Amen.
An Office for the SICK.
A Prayer at the Beginning of any Sickness,
which may be also used during its Conti
Almighty God and merciful Father,
whose never-failing Providence ordereth all Things both in Heaven and Earth ; I desire, with the profoundest Reverence, to humble myself before thee, acknowledging that thou, even in thy severest Dispensations, hast kind Intentions, and gracious Designs towards us; behold me thy poor Servant upon whom thou hast been pleased to lay thine affli&ting Hand; sanctify, I beseech thee, this thy Fatherly. Correction to me, and grant that I may receive it with all the Patience and Submifsion of a dutiful Child. Suffer me not, o Lord, to murmur or repine under any
Difpensations of thy Providence; but let all that is afflictive to me, be a Means to wean me from the World, to bring me nearer to thyself, and to purge away all that Dross and Defilement which my Soul has con
tracted in this finful Life. I know, O Lord, that thy Judgments are right, and that thou of thy Goodness haft caused me to be troubled : O give me such a Measure of Grace and Patience, as may enable me chearfully and willingly to submit my Will to thine.
I acknowledge, O Lord, that I have justly deserved to be severely dealt with by thee; for notwithstanding all the gentle Methods which thou hast used towards me, I have not loved thee as I ought to do; but in the Days of Health and Prosperity have forgotten thee, my God, and turned aside after Vanity and Folly ; but, О merciful Father, let not my Sins provoke thee to turn away thy Face from me thy Ser. vant, now feeking unto thee in this Time of my Trouble ; shut not up the Bowels of thy tender Compassions from me; but for the Merits and Intercession of thy beloved Son, pardon all my Sins, the proper Causes of all my Sorrows, and vouchsafe, I beseech thee, for his Sake, to be reconciled unto me. O suffer me not to sink under the heavy Load and Burden of my Transgressions, but stretch forth thy helping Hand to save and deliver me ; and lay unto my Soul, I am thy Salvation.
O Lord, support me under all my Pains, Weaknesses and Infirmities ; strengthen my Faith, enlarge my Hopes, increase my Charity, and perfect my Repentance. Make thou my Bed in my Sickness, and lay not more upon me than thou wilt enable me to bear; give a Blessing to the Means that shall be used for my Recovery ; and if it be thy good Pleasure, restore me to my former Health, that I
lead the Residue of my Life in thy Fear, and to thy Glory : But if thou hast determined that this Sickness shall be unto Death ; grant, O merciful Father, that the more the outward Man decayeth, so much the more I may find the inner Man strengthened and renewed with thy Grace and Holy Spirit. O give me Grace so to take thy Visitation, that after this painful Life is ended, I may dwell with thee in Life everlasting, through the Merits and Mediation of Jesus Christ my dear and only Saviour: Amen.
A short Prayer to be used by a Sick Person,
every Time he takes any Physic.
O Lord, without whom all our Endea
vours are but vain, give thy Blessing to the Means now used for my Recovery, and (if it be thy blessed Will) make them so effectual for that End, that I
live and be an Instrument of thy Glory, and better prepared for the Coming of my
dear Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for Repentance in Sickness.
R IGHTEOUS art thou, O God, in all
those Pains and Sorrows which thou hast brought upon me; I receive my Sicknefs as the Chastisement of a Sinner; and am willing to bear Chastisement for
my Sins, that I may thereby be reclaimed from them.
But, O Lord, correct me not in thine Anger, lest thou bring me to nothing; judge me not according as my Sins have deserved, but as my Weaknesses can bear, and as thy Compassions are wont to mitigate thy Judgments. And Oh! let my Sickness work in me a true Repentance,