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I confess likewise before thee, that I have most grievously, omitted and neglected my duty to thee, in not making better use of the talents and opportunities of doing good, which thou : baft entrusted me withal. I have offended grievously, and been wanting to my duty in a great part of my life ; toward those whom thou hast committed to my charge, in nor instructing them, and watching over them as I ought, to inform them in the good knowledge of God; and to improve in other knowledge as was my duty to have done. Lord forgive this great and beinous fin.
I have offended against thee by anger and impatience upon many occasions ; by neglecting to cultivate my mind, and to govern my passions ; by uncbaritableness and evil speaking ; and especially by mispending my precious time, which might have been employed to excellent purposes. Lord ! what can I say unto thee for these and innumerable other provocations of my life ? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. Lord, let thy goodness, which I have had such plentiful experience of, lead me to repentance, and not to be roo pented of. * Have mercy upon me, O Lord, and according to the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out all my transgressions, for thy mercy in Jesus Christ, whom thou haft set forth to be propitious by his blood for the fins of the whole world.
I do now, O Lord, in a deep sense of my sin fulness, and a hearty contrition for all my faults of omillion and commission which I have been guilty of, bumble myfelf before thee, and earnestly implore thy mercy and forgiveness. I do not only repent of all the evils of my past life; but am now. fully resolved by thy grase utterly to forsake them, and break off the practice of them; and: do: most hear. tily beg the assistance of thy grace to make good this holy resolution for the remaining part of my life.. Create in me a clean heart, O God? and renew a right Spirit within me, and do thou keep it for ever ia the purpose and resolution of my heart, to make
good what I have now so solemnly promised to thee. Suffer me not to turn again to sin and folly : but let thy grace continually preserve me, and enable me to do better ; and let not fin have any more dominion over me, that I should serve it in the luft of it.
Grant this, o merciful Father, for the sake of my blessed Saviour and Redeemer, who died for our fins, and rose again for our justification, and now fitteth at thy right hand to make intercellion for lin. ners: In his name and mediation I offer up this act of repentance, and these my humble supplications for pardon and forgiveness, for thy grace and alliftance, concluding all in his comprehensive prayer : Our Father, &c.
Next a prayer for God's blessing upon me, and his; and his Holy Spirit to be conferred upon me in the Solemn dedication of me the day following to this. high and holy office. .
Almighty and most merciful Lord God, the giver of every good and perfect gift, and the Father of lights, who haft promised, that if any man lack wisdom, he shall ask it of thee, who givef to all lia berally and upbraideft not, and it mall be given him; I most humbly befeech thee in the solemn a. etion of the day following, wherein I thy servant am to be dedicated, and set apart to the service of thee, and thy church, in so high and holy an office, to thed forth upon me, thy most unworthy servant, the gifts and graces of thy Holy Spirit in a plentiful measure.
And since by thy own wise and good providence, and the important desire of those whom thou hast set in authority over us, I am called to the government and conduct of this miserable, distracted and divided church, in so very difficult and dangerous a time, be pleased of thine infinite mercy and good, ness to thy sinful and most unworthy servant, to af. ford him the grace and assistance of thy Holy Spirit, to enable him so to discharge the office which thou hast called him to, that thy name may be glo. rified, and this church, which thou hast committed to his charge, may be edified in faith and holiness,
in love, peace and union, by his diligent and faith. ful cares and endeavours; grant to him such a degree of health, such a vigour of mind, and such a measure of thy heavenly grace and wisdom, as may fit him to be an useful Pastor of thy church. Give me, O Lord, a mind after thine own heart, that I may delight to do thy will, o my God, and let thy lazo be written in my heart. Give me courage and re. solution to do my duty, and a heart to spend mye self, and to be spent in thy service, and in doing all the good that possibly I can the few remaining days of my pilgrimage here on earth.
I have had great experience of thy great mercy and goodness to me all my days : Hide not thy face from me in this needful time. Thou haft been my help; leave me not, nor forsake me, O God of my fal. vation ; teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path because of mine enemies, Pfal. xxvii. 9, 11, In thee, O Lord, do I hope; thou wilt bear, O Lord my God; hear me, left otherwise mine enemies mould rejoice over me, and when my foot Nippeth they mould magnify themselves against me, Psal. xxxviii. 15, 16, Deliver me, o my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hands of unrighteous and cruel men: for thou art my hope, o Lord God, thou baft been my truft from my youth ; by thee have I been bolo den up from the womb; my praise hall be continu. ally of thee. I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.' Cast me not off in the time of old age, forsake me not when my strength faiteth. O God, thou haft taughi me from my youth, and hither. to have I declared thy wondrous works: Now also when I am old and gray.headed forsake me not, un. til I have fewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to them that are to come. Hear me, O Lord, for thy mercy's fake in Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
Then I read the prayers in the confecration-office. i concluded with a prayer for the King and Queen; And a short 'ejaculation.
O Lord and heavenly Father, high and mighty, King' of Kings, and Lord of Lords, the only Ruler
of of Princes, who doft from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth, most heartily I beseech thee with thy favour to behold our most gracious fove. reign Lord and Lady, King William and Queen Mary ; endue them with all those graces and virtues which may fit them for that high station wherein thou hast placed them; give them wisdom and un. derstanding to go in and out before this great people, and a heart to seek their good all the days of their lives : and make them great examples of piety and virtue to an evil and degenerate age. Preserve them in their persons, govern their counsels, and prosper their forces by sea and land, and make them victorious over their enemies. Be pleased to take the person of the King into the particular care of thy providence. Give thy Angels charge over him to keep him in all his ways; cover his head in the day of battle; and crown him with victory and good luce cess. Give courage and resolution to him, and to his fleets and armies, and take away the hearts of his enemies. Scatter the people that délight in war; Thew thyself, thou Judge of the earth, and ren. der a reward to the proud. Let not iniquity always triumph in the oppression of thy people. Let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but do thou establish the juft.
I beseech thee to bless and strengthen the Queen, to whom thou hast now committed the care and go.
resolution for such a time as this.. Discover and de. feat all the designs of wicked and unreasonable men against the persons of their Majesties, and against our peace and religion, and turn their counsels into foolishness. Strike through the loins of those that rise up against that happy government, which thy signal providence hath eitablished among us. O Lord bless them both (if it be thy blessed will ), with å hope. ful issue to sit upon the throne after them, and to be a blessing to those nations for many generations. This, O Lord, is not impossible with thee. Have a gracious regard, I beseech thee, to the humble condition of the Queen thy servant, and make her that
was barren to fing, and to become a joyful mother of children. Hear my prayer, O Lord, in this behalf, for thy mercy's fake in Jesus Christ. Amen.
And now, O Lord, I humbly beseech thee to .accept of these my praises and thanksgivings, which I have humbly offered to thy divine Majesty! of my humiliation and repentance for all the sins of my life; and of my resolution of a better obedience for the future, änd to enable me by thy grace to make them good. Hear likewise my prayers and supplications for thy blessing upon the folemn action of the day following, and upon thine unworthy seryant who is to be dedicated to thy service; and for them whom thou haft ser over us; and for these sinful nations; and all for the sake of thy dearly beloved Son, in whom thou art well pleased, Jesus Christ the righteous. In whose name and words I conclude my prayers.
Our Father, &c.'
A discourse to his servants concerning receiving the facrament. N OW that I have mentioned the facra
ment, I have a great desire, that as many of you as can should receive it at Easter, and that you should carefully prepare yourselves for it against that time. It is the most folemn inftitution of our religion, and as we are Chriftian's, we are obliged to the frequent receiving of it, and we cannot neglect it without a great contempt of our blessed Saviour and his religion. He bath appointed it for a solemn remembrance of his great love to us, in laying down his life for us, and therefore he commands us to do it in remembrance of him; and St. Paul tells uis, that as often as 'we eat this bread, and drink this cup, we do Mew forth the Lord's death till be come.
Both the comfort and the benefit of it are great. The comfort of it; because it does not only represent to us the exceeding love of our Saviour, in giwing his body to be broken, and his blood to be Thed for us, but it likewise seals to us all those bles