The Second Day


My voice shalt Thou hear betimes, O LORD,
early in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee,
and will look up.
Blessed art Thou, O LORD,
who didst create the firmament of heaven,
the heavens and the heaven of heavens,
the heavenly powers,
Angels, Archangels,
Cherubim, Seraphim,
waters above the heavens,
mists and exhalations,
for showers, dew, hail, snow as wool,
hoar frost as ashes, ice as morsels,
clouds from the ends of the earth,
lightnings, thunders, winds out of Thy treasures, storms;
waters beneath the heavens,
for drinking and for bathing.


I will confess my sins,
and the sins of my fathers,
for I have transgressed and neglected Thee, O LORD,
and walked perversely before Thee.
Set not, O LORD, set not my misdeeds before Thee,
nor my life in the light of Thy countenance,
But pardon the iniquity of Thy servant,
according to Thy great mercy;
as Thou hast been merciful to him from a child,
even so now.
I have sinned, what shall I do unto Thee,
O Thou preserver of men? {32}
Why hast Thou set me as a mark against Thee,
so that I am a burden to myself?
O pardon my transgression,
and take away mine iniquity.
Deliver me from going down to the pit,
for Thou hast found a ransom.
Have mercy on me, SON of DAVID,
LORD, help me.
Yea, LORD, even the dogs eat of the crumbs
which fall from their masters' table.
Have patience with me, LORD,
yet I have not wherewith to pay,
I confess to Thee;
forgive me the whole debt, I beseech Thee.
How long wilt Thou forget me, O LORD? for ever?
How long wilt Thou hide Thy face from me?
How long shall I seek counsel in my soul,
and he vexed in my heart day and night?
How long shall mine enemies triumph over me?
Consider and hear me, O LORD my GOD,
lighten mine eyes that I sleep not in death,
lest mine enemy say I have prevailed against him,
for if I be cast down, they that trouble me will rejoice at it;
but my trust is in thy mercy.

(2) Prayer for grace

         Remove from me
(The Ten Com-
  1. all iniquity and profaneness, superstition,
         and hypocrisy.
  2. worship of idols, of individuals.
  3. rash oath and curse.
  4. neglect or indecency of worship.
  5. haughtiness and recklessness.
  6. strife and wrath.
  7. passion and corruption.
  8. indolence and fraud.
  9. lying and injuriousness. {33}
10.every evil notion, every impure thought,
         every base desire, every unseemly
         Grant to me,
  1. to be religious and pious.
  2. to worship and serve.
  3. to bless and swear truly.
  4. to confess meetly in the congregation.
  5. affection and obedience.
  6. patience and good temper.
  7. purity and soberness.
  8. contentedness and goodness.
  9. truth and incorruptness.
10. good thoughts, perseverance to the end.

(3) Profession.

         I believe in GOD,
1. the FATHER, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
2. And in JESUS CHRIST, His Only-begotten Son, our LORD.
    (1.) conceived of the HOLY GHOST,
    (2.) born of Mary, ever-virgin,
    (3.) suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    (4.) crucified,
    (5.) dead,
    (6.) buried.—
    (1.) descended into hell,
    (2.) risen from the dead,
    (3.) ascended into heaven,
    (4.) set down on the right hand.
    (5.) to return thence,
    (6.) to judge both quick and dead.
3. And in the HOLY GHOST,
    (1.) The Holy Church,
    (2.) Catholic,
    (3.) communion of saints,
    (4.) remission of sins,
    (5.) resurrection of flesh,
    (6.) life everlasting. {34}

And now, LORD, what is my hope?
Truly my hope is even in Thee;
in Thee, O LORD, have I trusted,
let me never be confounded.

(4) Intercession.

Let us pray GOD,
for the whole creation;
for the supply of seasons,
healthy, fruitful, peaceful;
for the whole race of mankind;
for those who are not Christians;
for the conversion of Atheists, the ungodly;
Gentiles, Turks, and Jews;
for all Christians;
for restoration of all
who languish in faults and sins;
for confirmation of all
who have been granted truth and grace;
for succour and comfort of all
who are dispirited, infirm, distressed, unsettled,
men and women;
for thankfulness and sobriety in all
who are hearty, healthy, prosperous, quiet,
men and women;

                For the Catholic Church,
                            its establishment and increase;
                for the Eastern,
                            its deliverance and union;
                for the Western,
                            its adjustment and peace;
                for the British,
                            the supply of what is wanting in it,
                            the strengthening of what remains in it [Note 1];

for the episcopate, presbytery, christian people; {35}
for the states of the inhabited world;
for christian states,
far off, near at hand;
for our own;
for all in rule;
for our divinely-guarded king,
the queen and the prince;
for those who have place in the court;
for parliament and judicature,
army and police,
commons and their leaders,
farmers, graziers, fishers, merchants,
traders, and mechanics,
down to mean workmen, and the poor;
for the rising generation;
for the good nurture of all the royal family,
of the young ones of the nobility;
for all in universities, in law colleges,
in schools in town or country,
in apprenticeships;
for those who have a claim on me from relationship,
for brothers and sisters,
that GOD'S blessing may be on them,
and on their children;
or from benefits conferred,
that Thy recompence may be on all
who have benefitted me,
who have ministered to me in carnal things;
or from trust placed in me,
for all whom I have educated,
all whom I have ordained:
for my college, my parish,
Southwell, St. Paul's, Westminster,
Dioceses of Chichester, Ely, and my present,
clergy, people, helps, governments,
the deanery in the chapel royal,
the almonry, {36}
the colleges committed to me [Note 2];
or from natural kindness,
for all who love me,
though I know them not;
or from Christian love;
for those who hate me without cause,
some too, even on account of truth and righteousness;
or from neighbourhood,
for all who dwell near me
peaceably and harmlessly;
or from promise,
for all whom I have promised to remember
in my prayers;
or from mutual offices,
for all who remember me in their prayers,
and ask of me the same;
or from stress of engagements,
for all who on sufficient reasons fail to call upon Thee;
for all who have no intercessor
in their own behalf;
for all who at present are in agony
of extreme necessity or deep affliction;
for all who are attempting any good work
which will bring glory to the Name of GOD
or some great good to the Church;
for all who act nobly
either towards things sacred or towards the poor;
for all who have ever been offended by me
either in word or in deed.
GOD have mercy on me and bless me;
GOD show the light of His countenance upon me
and pity me.
GOD bless me, even our GOD,
GOD bless me and receive my prayer; {37}
O direct my life towards Thy commandments,
hallow my soul,
purify my body,
correct my thoughts,
cleanse my desires,
soul and body, mind and spirit,
heart and reins.
Renew me thoroughly, O GOD,
for, if Thou wilt, Thou canst.

(5) Praise.

merciful and pitiful,
long-suffering and full of pity, and true,
keeping pity for thousands,
taking away iniquities and unrighteousnesses and sins;
not clearing the guilty one,
bringing sins of fathers upon children.
I will bless the LORD at all times,
His praise shall ever be in my mouth.
Glory to GOD in the highest,
and on earth peace,
goodwill towards men.

                 The Angels,

                 against devils;

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1. An allusion apparently to the Church in Sardis.—Rev. iii. 2.
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2. As Visitor.
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