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O Eternal King, Who preparedst Heaven and Hell, and Who art a Father of mercy, willing rather to pardon Thy straying sheep, than to punish them; Visit me with Thy Divine inspiration that I may ever be mindful that there is a Hell for the impenitent as well as a Heaven for the redeemed, and do Thou give me strength so to pass through this life, and so truly to repent that I may escape Hell, and be admitted into Heaven. Change Thou my heart, and when Thou comest to Judgment, O condemn me not. Let Thy mercy pardon me now, that Thy justice condemn me not in that Day.
I confess, O my God, that I am that miserable sinner who hath done countless wickednesses, for which I deserve not to see Thy Glory, nor to be admitted into the company of those who enjoy it. I am heartily sorry and bewail my sins and shortcomings: pardon them, O Lord, through Thy Mercy, that the work of Thy Hands be not destroyed, nor fail in attaining that end for which it was created. Let me not be cast into Hell, to be fuel for that never-ending fire! and for ever to blaspheme Thy Name, since "who shall give Thee thanks in the pit?" Thou, O Lord, Who didst deliver the Three Children out of the fiery furnace, deliver Thou me from the flames of Hell; place me in the light and brightness of Thy Love. From everlasting death, Good Lord, deliver Thy child and servant. Amen.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
God, of Whom, by Whom, and in" Whom are all things;
God, in Whom we live, and move, and are;
Who alone hast immortality, and dwellest in Light inaccessible;
Whose Majesty filleth the whole earth;
Whom Heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain;
Who openest Thy Hand, and fillest with blessing every living creature;
Who hast power to cast body and soul into Hell;
Whose Eyes are brighter than the sun, beholding all the ways of men;
Who searchest the heart and triest the reins;
Whose judgments are incomprehensible, and Whose ways are unsearchable;
Merciful and Patient, of much compassion and true;
King of kings, and Lord of lords;
King of ages, Immortal and Invisible;
Be merciful and spare us, O Lord: From the worm that never dieth, and the fire that shall never he extinguished, O Lord, deliver us. From heing deprived of the sight and enj oyment of Thee;
Through Thy Almighty power and infinite wisdom;
Through Thy incomprehensible Majesty and eternal Glory;
O Lord, deliver us. And grant, that we may present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto Thee;
Hear us, O Lord.
Hear us, O Lord.
, Psalm LXXIII. Quam bonus Israel.
Truly God is loving unto Israel: even unto such as are of a clean heart.
Nevertheless, my feet were almost gone: my treadings had well-nigh slipped.
And why? I was grieved at the wicked: I do also see the ungodly in such prosperity.
For they are in no peril of death: but are lusty and strong.
They come in no misfortune like other folk: neither are they plagued like other men.
And this is the cause that they are so holden with pride: and overwhelmed with cruelty.
Their eyes swell with fatness : and they do even what they list.
They corrupt other, and speak of wicked blasphemy : their talking is against the Most High.
For they stretch forth their mouth unto the heaven: and their tongue goeth through the world.
Therefore fall the people unto them: and thereout suck they no small advantage.
Tush, say they, how should God perceive it : is there knowledge in the Most High?
Lo, these are the ungodly, these prosper in the world, and these have riches in possession: and I said, Then have I cleansed my heart in vain, and washed mine hands in innocency.
All the day long have I been punished: and chastened every morning.
Yea, and I had almost said even as they: but lo, then I should have condemned the generation of Thy children.
Then thought I to understand this : but it was too hard for me.
Until I went into the sanctuary of God: then understood I the end of these men.
Namely, how Thou dost set them in slippery places : and castest them down, and destroyest them.
O how suddenly do they consume: perish and come to a fearful end.
Yea even like as a dream when one awaketh : so shalt Thou make their image to vanish out of the city.
Thus my heart was grieved: and it went even through my reins.
So foolish was I, and ignorant: even as it were a beast before Thee.
Nevertheless I am always by Thee: for Thou hast holden me by Thy Right hand.
Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel: and after that receive me with glory.
Whom have I in Heaven but Thee: and there is none upon earth that I desire in comparison of Thee.
My flesh and my heart faileth : but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
For lo, they that forsake Thee shall perish: Thou hast destroyed all them that commit fornication against Thee.
But it is good for me to hold me fast by God, to put my trust in the Lord God: