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A PRAYER FOR PURITY
O God of infinite purity, who hast called us not to uncleanness, but to holiness, and hast promised to none but the pure in heart to see and enjoy thy heavenly kingdom; how shall I, a polluted wretch, appear before thy glorious Majesty, in whose sight even heaven itself is not clean! O most gracious Lord, wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from all my sin, in that fountain opened for a guilty and perishing race—the precious blood of the Lamb of God, slain to take away the sins of the world. Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me whole. O create a clean heart in
say to my soul, as thou didst to the leper, I will, be thou clean; and I shall be fitted now for thy holy service, and hereafter for thy heavenly glory and felicity. O let me not live after the flesh, lest I eternally die : but, by thy Spirit, so mortify the deeds and propensities of the body, that I may for ever live. Help me my God, to avoid every occasion of falling and backsliding, and to abstain from all appearance of evil. Help me against the power of prevailing iniquities and besetting temptations, and purge away all my sins for the glory of thy name. May the time past of my life suffice to have served my own lusts and pleasures, and let not sin any longer reign in my moral body, that I should obey it in the lusts thereof; but enable me, O Lord, to cut off even the right hand, and to pluck
out the right eye; to keep under my body, and to bring it into subjection, that I may hereafter overcome the sins that have so often overcome me. 0 mortify and destroy in me every rebellious motion, and every vicious inclination, that exalts itself against the gospel and government of Jesus Christ. Let me not yield myself the miserable slave of soul-ruining lusts; but demean myself as the wise, faithful follower of my crucified Lord and Master: and as thou who hast called me art holy, so make me holy in all my affections and conversation ; so studious of Christian piety and purity that I may see and enjoy the Lord. Gird me with might, to that spiritual conflict wherein I am engaged, not only against flesh and blood, but spiritual foes, 100 strong for me to deal with; that through Christ sttengthening me, I may go on, conquering and to conquer, all that withstands thy glory and my salvation, till Satan be bruised under my feet; that nothing may ever be able to separate me from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus my Lord. Amen.
A PRAYER FOR ONE WHO IS PREPARING FOR CONFIR.
Most merciful God, by whose gracious providence, I was born of Christian parents, and early dedicated to thee in holy baptism, wherein I was made a member of the Catholic Church, whereof Jesus Christ is the head; I most heartily thank thee for
calling me to this state of salvation, and for bestowing upon me such blessed privileges.
And now, O Lord, that I am preparing myself to receive a further degree of thy grace and favor, I humbly beseech thee to enlighten my mind with the true knowledge and understanding of that solemn vow which I made at my baptism, and which I am now about to ratify and confirm publicly in thy presence.
Give me, O Lord, unfeigned repentance for all my past errors: that the many and great sins I have committed, may not deprive me of the assistance of thy Holy Spirit which I am about to receive; but through the merits of Christ, wash away all that is past; and let power and strength, communicated to me from above, mortify and subdue them for the time to come. I am unable, O Lord, of myself to help myself, but I solemnly give myself unto thee, soul and body, all that I am, all that I can attain, for the rest of my days; mercifully grant, that thy blessed Spirit may, in all things rule my heart; that by his holy inspiration, I
may think those things that are good, and, by his gracious guiding, may perform the same, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A PRAYER AFTER CONFIRMATION.
I BLESS and praise thy holy name, O Lord God, for those renewed assurances which thou hast
vouchsafed me, of thy favor and gracious goodness towards me. Let the blessing of the rite which I have received by the hands of thy authorised servant, the bishop, be and remain with me, and most powerfully help and support me in all trials and temptations, when I most need the aid of thy Holy Spirit. Leave me not a moment to my own frailty, without his assistance; but, through his succors, enable me to adhere to that public and solemn profession of my faith which I have declared in the presence of God and the congregation, and faithfully to perform the promises I have renewed, of observing and keeping thy holy commandments; that walking uprightly before thee all my days, and being found watching when my 'appointed time shall come, I may, from a life of righteousness, be translated to a life of glory, through Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
A PRAYER FOR THE DIVINE PROTECTION.
O God, who savest by thy right hand, such as put their trust in thee, be merciful unto me, for my soul trusteth in thee; yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until every fear and calamity be overpast. I humbly beseech thee, O gracious Father, to be present with me now in all my ways, and throughout the whole course of my life. Suffer no malice to be able to hurt, no cun
ning to circumvent me, no violence to oppress me, no falsehood to betray me. Deliver me from the slander of the idle and of the tattler, as well of the malicious. Strengthen my faith and trust in thy power and providence. That which I cannot forsee, do thou prevent; that which I cannot withstand, do thou master; that which I do not discover to fear, do thou unmask or frustrate : that, being preserved from, or delivered out of all dangers, both of soul and body, I may in both glorify thee, my only helper and deliverer, and be safe in the merits and mercies of Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
A PRAYER AFTER A RELAPSE INTO SIN.
O just and holy God, what shall I say unto thee, and how shall I appear before thee, after I have so highly offended thy glorious Majesty, striking more wounds into my distressed conscience! What patience, but that of the long-suffering God, would ever bear with such as provoke him every day, when he could so easily break out in fury, and avenge him of his adversary! O how justly mighlest thou, Lord, refuse to hear me, crying to thee in the anguish of my soul, who have so often refused to listen when thou hast called by the motions of thy good Spirit! O the spoils, and havoc, and desolation, which my sin has made in my soul!
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