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By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God". - For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them ".
Petitions for the graces and virtues of the Chris
tian life. Most blessed God, the fountain of all goodness, Who didst create man at first in Thine own image, and when that was defaced by sin wast graciously pleased to create us again in Christ Jesus, after Thine own likeness, in righteousness and true holiness; I humbly beseech Thee of Thine infinite goodness and mercy to endue me, Thy most unworthy creature, with that godlike temper of mind and those heavenly virtues, which constitute the new creature, and which maydispose me for the attainment of that glorious end, for which I was created and redeemed.
Send down, O Heavenly Father, Thy holy Spirit upon Thy servant to sanctify my nature; to renew me in the spirit of my mind, and to enable me so diligently to tread in the blessed steps of my divine Master and Saviour, that the life of Jesus may be seen in all mine actions, and His image formed in my soul; and that devoting myself wholly to Thy holy will and pleasure I may make it my serious and constant endeavour to employ every faculty of my soul, and every member of my body, and every day of my life in Thy service, and to Thy glory.
m Eph. ii. 8.
* Ibid. 10.
Possess my soul, I beseech Thee, with such strong and lively apprehensions of the adorable perfections of Thy Majesty, and of the absolute necessity of my being in some measure a partaker of the divine nature here, in order to qualify me for the fruition of Thy glorious Godhead hereafter, as may effectually engage me to be holy, as Thou art holy; pure, as Thou art pure; and conformable to Thee in all Thine imitable excellencies.
Give me grace, O Lord, to love Thee with all my heart, and to serve Thee with all my strength; and to make Thee, the Omnipresent and Omnipotent God, mine only fear and hope, my trust and confidence, my joy and desire. Dispose me to hear, and read, and meditate on Thy word with attention and pleasure ; to pray without ceasing; to give thanks to Thee in every thing; to be constant and conscientious in the performance of all religious duties ; and to perform them always with such reverence and devotion, as may be acceptable in Thy sight, through the mediation of Jesus Christ my Saviour.
O Holy Father, enable me, I beseech. Thee, to cleanse my heart from all evil imaginations ; to subdue everyinordinate lust and passion; to fix my mind upon those transcendent and durable pleasures which are at Thy right hand; and to esteemitmy principal concern, and most important interest to recommend myselfto Thy favour, by being pure and chaste in all my thoughts, sober, contented, and thankful in all mine enjoyments, humble in all mine opinions of myself, charitable in all my sentiments and speeches of others, meek and patient under provocations and injuries, sincere and faithful in all my professions, just and upright in all my dealings, diligent and cheerful in all mine employments, discreet, inoffensive, and blameless in my conversation, and useful in every relation and capacity of life.
And I beseech Thee, O Lord, to pour into my heart such a measure of that most excellent gift of charity, as may dispose me to love all men for Thy sake, as I love myself; to forgive and pray for mine enemies, persecutors, and slanderers; and to be constantly willing and ready to do all the good offices in my power to any of my fellow-creatures.
Finally, O Lord, I most humbly beg that whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report, I may think on these things, and that they may abound in me every day more and more: that I may be always growing wiserand better ; always studying to do more and more good; always labouring to be stronger in the faith, richer in good works, more frequent in my devotions, more fervent in Thy service, more zealous for Thy glory, more eminent in meekness, humility, patience, charity, and every thing that is good and acceptable to Thee; that so I may shine as a light in the world, and excite many by mine example to glorify Thee our Heavenly Father; and when Jesus Christ, the Chief Shepherd, shall appear, I may receive of Him a crown of glory that fadeth not away. Amen. .
For the use of the Clergy. . And since Thou Lord hast been pleased of Thy special grace and favour to call me, Thy most unworthy servant, to the holy office of priesthood, and to entrust me with the cure of souls, give me grace, I humbly beseech Thee, diligently to discharge the weighty office which Thou hast called me to, and to be a faithful and industrious labourer in Thy vineyard.
Enrich mine understanding with the knowledge of Thy truth; and so replenish my soul with the gifts aud graces of Thy blessed Spirit, that I may be thoroughly furnished to vindicate and defend the Apostolical doctrine and discipline of Thy holy church, and to feed the flock which Thou hast set me over, with the wholesome food of Thy word.
O Lord, help me to take diligent heed to my ministry, and conscientiously to apply myself to fulfil all the duties of it. Give me a mind after Thine own heart, that I may delight to do Thy will, O my God: and whatsoever I do in word or deed, grant I may do it, not with eye-service as a pleaser of men, but with singleness of heart and a willing mind as the servant of Christ, Who will one day call me to a strict account for every soul committed to my charge.
Almighty and merciful Lord, Who knowest to how important and difficult a work Thou hast called Thy sinful and most unworthy servant, I humbly and earnestly beseech Thee to consider my weakness, and the manifold temptations and dangers that encompass me on every side. And o let Thy holy spirit of grace be ever present with me to direct and govern me, to strengthen and assist me, to animate and invigorate me throughout the whole course of my duty, and to fortify my soul with such degrees of patience, and meekness, and prudence, and courage,