but so many things as we have done amiss, pardon graciously,
for our destruction cometh of ourselves.
ANOTHER FORM OF EVENING PRAYER.
Deliver me, O Lord, from the terror by night,
from the pestilence that walketh in darkness.
Give me to seek Thee early,
even for thy praise and service.
Preserve my lying down and my uprising
from this time forth even for evermore.
Discover me my mind for meditation by night,
So as to remember Thee upon my bed;
in the night to commune with mine own heart
and to search out my spirit:
and to keep my spirit:
but if not this
(for I am not worthy,
I am not worthy, O Lord)
yet at leastwise,
O Lord Thou lover of man, let my sleep be to me a respite,
as from toiling, so from sinning withal.
Yea, O Lord, I beseech Thee, look upon me,
and put to sleep in me
every earthly and evil thought.
The sleeplessness of mine unseen foes, Thou wottest, O
the slackness of my wretched flesh
Thou knowest, which didst form me.
Let the wing of thy goodness shelter me:
lighten mine eyes that I never sleep in death.
Give me, O Lord, a good life, a good death,
for I know not, I know not, O Lord,
how soon is the putting off of my tabernacle.
Wherein grant me, O Lord, that the end of life be Christian,
sinless, shameless, and, if it like Thee, painless;
and a good defence at the appalling and fearful judgment-seat of Jesus Christ; that I may hear the most sweet voice.
Come ye blessed,
and that I may enter into thy joy
and get fruition of the vision
of our Father which is in heaven.
Grant me sleep, O Lord, for repose of weakness
and for relief of the toils of this travailling flesh.
Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend myself
and all things mine:
preserve me, o Lord, Thou that art the keeper of Israel,
that didst neither slumber nor sleep ever yet.
Blessing, thanksgiving and doxology
Blessed art Thou, O Lord God of our fathers,
that didst create changes of days and nights, that hast delivered us from the evil of this day, that hast bestowed on us occasions of songs in the evening
and to get us through the night fearlessly in hope:
for Thou art our light, salvation and strength of life
of whom then shall we be afraid ?
Glory be to Thee, O Lord, glory be to Thee,
for all thy divine perfections,
for thine inexpressible and unimaginable goodness and mercy,
unto sinners and unworthy,
and to me sinner, of all most unworthy
yea, O Lord,
glory and praise and blessing and thanksgiving
by the voices and concert of voices
as well of angels as of men and of all thy saints in heaven
and of all thy creation withal on earth,
and under their feet of me the sinner unworthy and wretched,
world without end.
On going to bed
Let me think upon thy name in the night season,
And keep thy law;
Let the evening prayer go up unto Thee,
And thy pity come down unto us,
O Thou which givest songs in the night,
Which makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to praise Thee,
Which givest thy beloved wholesome sleep.
ANDREWES' PRAYER UPON ENTERING A CHURCH
As for me, I will come into Thy house, even upon the multitude of Thy mercy; and in Thy fear will I worship towards Thy holy Temple. Psal. v. 7.
O Lord, hear the voice of my humble petitions, when I cry unto Thee; when I hold up my hands toward the mercy-seat of Thy holy Temple. Psal. xxviii. 2.
We wait for Thy loving-kindness, O God, in the midst of Thy Temple. Psal. xlviii. 8.
Be mindful of the brethren who are present, and join together in prayer with us now:
Remember their devotion and their zeal.
Be mindful of them also who upon good cause are absent:
And have mercy upon them and us, according to the multitude of Thy mercies, O Lord.
We bless Thee
for our ( Godly Princes ,
and for the founders of this Thy holy habitation.
Glory be to Thee, O Lard, glory be to Thee; glory be to Thee, because Thou hast glorified them; for and with whom we alb glorify Thee.
Let Thine eyes be open, and Thine ears graciously attent,
to hear the prayer which Thy servant prayeth in this place,
wherein Thy Name is called upon. 2 Chron. vi. 20, 33, 40.
Woe is me, I have sinned against Thee, O Lord,
I have sinned against Thee:
O how evilly have I done;
And yet Thou hast not requited me,according to my sins.
H Job xxxiii. 27. secund. LXX.
But I am ashamed,
And turn from my wicked ways,
And return to my own heart,
And with all my heart I return to Thee,
And seek Thy face;
And pray unto Thee:
I have sinned, I have done perversely, I have committed wickedness;
Lord, I know the plague of my own heart, and, behold, I return unto Thee with all my heart, and with all my might.
And now, O Lord, in Thy dwelling place, the glorious throne of Thy kingdom in heaven, hear the prayer and supplication of Thy servant. (King Solomon's Prayer at the Dedication of the Temple, 1Kings 8. & 2Chron.6)
And be merciful unto Thy servant, and. heal his soul. Psal. xli. 4.
I dare not so much as lift up mine eyes unto heaven, But standing afar off,
I smite upon my breast,
And say with the publican,
God be merciful to me a sinner. S. Luke xviii. 13.
To me, a greater sinner than the publican, be merciful as
to the publican.
The earnest desire of man shall be to Thy praise, and the continuance of that desire shall hold a festival to Thee. Ps. lxsvi. 10..secund. LXX.
ANDREWES' AFFIRMATION OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH.
Lord, I believe
In Thee, the (Father, )
Word, ) One God.
l. That by Thy love and power all things were created.
2. That, by Thy goodness and love to mankind, were
gathered together in one all things in Thy Word.
For us men, and for our Salvation, was made flesh;
Conceived and Born;
and Rose again;
3. That by the illumination and operation of the Holy
Spirit, a peculiar people is called, out of the whole world, to
be a corporation,
According to (The belief of the truth. 2 Thess. ii. 13.
(Holiness of conversation. 1 S. Pet. iii. 2.
By whom we are made partakers
Communion) of (Saints,
Remission ) (Sins,
in this present world ; By whom we look
For (Resurrection of the flesh,
in the world to come.
This most holy faith, once delivered to the Saints, (S. Jude, ver. 3,)
Lord, I believe;
Help Thou mine unbelief, S. Mark ix. 24.
Supply the defects of my weak faith. S. Luke xvii. 5.
Grant me also,
To (Love the Father for His tender love.
(Adore the Almighty, for His power.
To commit the keeping of my soul to Him, in well-doing,
as unto a faithful Creator. 1 S. Pet. iv. 19.
Grant me to enjoy
From (Christ, Anointing,
. (the only-begotten Son,
To serve the Lord,
For His Conception,
For His Nativity,
For His Sufferings,
in patience and antipathy to sin.
For His Cross,
in crucifying all occasions of sin.
For His Death,
in mortifying the flesh.
For His Burial,
in burying my bad purposes by good works.
For His Descent,
in meditation upon hell.
For His Resurrection,
in newness of life.
For His Ascension,
in setting my affections on things above. For His Session,