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others, considering them, and seeking not to be burdensome beyond what is needful. Save us from the sin of selfishness, to which we are so sorely tempted when in pain or sickness, and give us grace to strive ever to make others around us bright and happy. Let us not please ourselves by seeking that others should see our sufferings and share our troubles : but show forth the fruits of grace in simple, patient, cheerful submission, and in gentle, thoughtful, loving tempers; that so we may be made like unto Thee, our SAVIOUR and our Example, who, with the FATHER and the HOLY SPIRIT, art ever one God, world without end. Amen.



O JESUS, our SAVIOUR, we implore Thee, by that bitter grief which possessed Thy soul in the garden of Gethsemane, come to the aid of Thy servant, when his soul shall be filled with dread at the sight of Thy awful judgment. Vouchsafe to strengthen him then by hope in Thy mercy: send to him Thy holy Angel to defend him against the assaults and temptations of the devil. Let the virtue of Thy sufferings give him strength to endure length of sickness, or violence of pain and anguish, without murmurs or impatience. Make his soul to abide ever perfectly submissive to Thy will, and to accept alike, for love of Thee, sickness and health, adversity and prosperity, death and life. Maké him to say continually, “Thy will, O God, not mine, be done." We ask Thee not, O LORD, to send him an easy death, or light pains, or slight sickness. All this we leave to Thy wisdom. Do Thou what is best for Thy servant. What we do

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ask of Thee, what we implore Thee to grant him, is the favour of receiving to the last all the aids which religion can afford, and that he may utter from his heart, as his last words on earth, JESUS, into Thy Hands I commend my soul : Jesus, I love Thee with my whole heart." Amen. (Pinart.)



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FOR RESIGNATION. O MERCIFUL FATHER, bless, we beseech Thee, this Thy servant, and give him grace to resign his will altogether to Thine. We know that Thou dost not willingly afflict nor grieve the children

We know that it is of very faithfulness that Thou causest us to be troubled. We know that, when Thou chastisest us, Thou dealest with us as with sons. Oh grant to Thy servant a deep and living faith in Thy wisdom and goodness. Let him not murmur or repine at Thy will. Let him see Thy Fatherly Hand in all things. May he remember Thy past loving-kindnesses, and trust in Thy mercy, and believe that Thou doest all things well

. Help him to say from his heart, “ It is the LORD; let Him do what seemeth Him right.”. Help him to say, “Not my will, but Thine, be done.” Give him grace to cast all his care upon Thee, knowing that Thou carest for him. Make him content, if so Thou willest, to suffer still. Let him not be impatient for recovery, or for death.

O God of all grace, who hast called us unto Thy eternal glory by CHRIST JESUS, after that he hath suffered for a while, make him perfect, and bring him to Thine everlasting kingdom; through Jesus CHRIST our LORD. Amen.




O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst bear Thy Cross for us, help us to take up our Cross, and to bear it after Thee; that so, walking in Thy footsteps, and being made like unto Thee through suffering, we may attain to Thy kingdom, and see Thee in Thy glory; where, with the FATHER and the HOLY Spirit, Thou livest and reignest, ever one God, world without end. Amen.


FOR STRENGTH TO BEAR THE CROSS. O BLESSED JESUS, who didst bear Thy Cross for us, give Thy feeble children strength to take up their Cross and follow Thee. If our Cross be heavy, make us to bear it gladly, that so we may be more like unto Thee. Oh let us not shrink from planting our steps, if need be, in the path of pain in which Thou walkedst: for that path will lead unto heaven. Let us not put away from our lips the cup of bitterness which Thou drankedst to the dregs : for that bitter cup is life-giving medicine to the soul. We are very weak, but Thy strength is made perfect in weakness.

Oh may we so suffer with Thee here below, that we may sleep in Thee when we die, and at the last day rise again, in great joy and glory, to reign with Thee through endless ages; who livest and reignest with the FATHER, and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.



O MOST LOVING SAVIOUR, who through suffering wast made perfect, tasting every form of human bitterness, making trial of every human woe; we adore and bless Thy infinite love and compassion which brought Thee to such unutterable sufferings for us 'most guilty sinners. For us didst Thou suffer the Agony in the garden, when Thy soul was exceeding sorrowful even unto death, and Thy Sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. For us didst Thou bear the cruel kiss of the traitor, and the forsaking of Thy chosen disciples. For us wast Thou falsely accused and unjustly condemned. For us wast Thou mocked and struck, and spit upon. For us didst Thou wear the sharp crown of piercing thorns. For us was_Thy sacred Flesh mangled with the scourge. For us didst Thou go forth bearing the Cross until Thou didst sink under the load. For us didst Thou [* even on this day of the week] hang in mortal agony upon the Cross, the nails rending Thy holy Hands and Feet. For us didst Thou pray, “FATHER, forgive them;" for we too have crucified Thee by our sins. didst Thou endure the terrible hiding of Thy FATHER's Face, and the awful death-struggle, and the parting asunder of Soul and Body. O infinite Love, kindle in our cold hearts the flame of love to Thee. And make us glad to be made like unto Thee, if it be Thy will, by sharing in Thy suffering, and walking in Thy path of pain. The servant is not above the Master. As Thou didst suffer, so make Thy servants willing to bear all things for Thy sake, who now livest and reignest with the FATHER and the Holy SPIRIT, one God evermore. Amen.

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MERCIFUL JESUS, who wast lifted up upon the Cross that Thou mightest draw all men unto Thee; have mercy upon Thy sinful servants, and draw them closer to Thyself through the power of Thy blessed Cross. O dear REDEEMER, we are still too far from Thee. We ask Thee with all our hearts to draw us nearer. We would be drawn nearer to Thee in faith, learning to know better the precious teaching of the Cross. We would be drawn nearer to Thee in love, loving Thee better for Thine infinite love to us. We would be drawn nearer to Thee in likeness, copying the pattern of Thy perfect meekness and patience. Draw us, 0 merciful Saviour, lifted up from the earth upon the Cross-draw us with the strong cords of Thy love; embrace us with the outstretched Arms of Thy compassion; and through all trials and temptations, in all times of weakness and of danger, keep us close to Thee, and suffer us not to go from Thee; for Thine infinite mercies' sake, who livest and reignest with the FATHER and the HOLY SPIRIT, one God, world without end. Amen.



O HOLY FATHER, whose dearly-beloved Son “for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right

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