The Fifth Day


We are satisfied with Thy mercy, O LORD,
in the morning.
Blessed art Thou, O LORD,
who broughtest forth from the water
creeping things of life,
and whales,
and winged fowl.

Be Thou exalted, O GOD, above the heavens,
and Thy glory above all the earth.
By Thy Ascension, O LORD,
draw us too after Thee,
that we savour of what is above,
not of things on the earth.

By the marvellous mystery
of the Holy Body and precious Blood,
on the evening of this day,
LORD, have mercy.

(1) Confession.

Thou who hast said,
"As I live, saith the LORD,
I will not the death of a sinner,
but that the ungodly return from his way
and live;
turn ye, turn ye from your wicked way,
for why will ye die, O house of Israel?"
turn us, O LORD, to Thee,
and so shall we be turned. {57}
Turn us from all our ungodlinesses,
and let them not be to us for punishments.
I have sinned, I have committed iniquity, I have done wickedly,
from Thy precepts, and Thy judgments.
To Thee, O LORD, righteousness,
and to me confusion of face,
as at this day,
in our despicableness, wherewith Thou hast despised us.
LORD, to us confusion of face,
and to our rulers
who have sinned against Thee.
LORD, in all things is Thy righteousness,
unto all Thy righteousness;
let then Thine anger and Thy fury be turned away,
and cause Thy face to shine
upon Thy servant.
O my God, incline Thine ear and hear,
open Thine eyes and see my desolation.
O LORD hear, O LORD forgive, O LORD hearken and do;
defer not for Thine own sake, O my GOD,
for Thy servant is called by Thy Name.
In many things we offend all;
LORD, let Thy mercy rejoice against Thy judgment
in my sins.
If I say I have no sin, I deceive myself,
and the truth is not in me;
but I confess my sins many and grievous,
and Thou, O LORD, art faithful and just,
to forgive me my sins when I confess them.
Yea, for this too
I have an Advocate with Thee to Thee,
Thy Only-begotten SON, the Righteous.
May He be the propitiation for my sins,
who is also for the whole world.
Will the LORD cast off for ever?
and will He be no more intreated? {58}
Is His mercy clean gone for ever?
and is His promise come utterly to an end for evermore?
Hath GOD forgotten to be gracious?
and will He shut up His loving kindness in displeasure?
And I said, It is mine own infirmity;
but I will remember the years of the right hand
of the most Highest.

(2) Prayer for grace.

[Give me grace]
to put aside every weight,
and the sin that doth so easily beset us;
all filthiness
and superfluity of naughtiness,
lust of the flesh, of the eyes,
pride of life,
every motion of flesh and spirit
alienated from the will of Thy sanctity:
to be poor in spirit,
that I have a portion in the kingdom of heaven;
to mourn, that I be comforted;
to be meek, that I inherit the earth;
to hunger and thirst for righteousness, that I be filled;
to be pitiful, that I be pitied;
to be pure in heart, that I see GOD;
to be a peace-maker that I be called the son of GOD;
to be prepared for persecutions and revilings
for righteousness' sake,
that my reward be in heaven,—
all this, grant to me, O LORD.

(3) Profession.

I, coming to GOD,
believe that He is,
and that He is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek Him.
I know that my Redeemer liveth,
that He is CHRIST, the SON of the Living GOD,
that He is truly the SAVIOUR of the world, {59}
that He came into the world to save sinners,
of whom I am chief.
Through the grace of JESUS CHRIST
we believe that we shall be saved
like as our fathers.
I know that my skin shall rise up upon the earth,
which undergoes these things.
I believe to see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Our heart shall rejoice in Him,
because we have hoped in His holy Name,
in the Name of the Father,
of the Saviour, Mediator, Intercessor, Redeemer,
of the two-fold Comforter,
under the figures of the Lamb and the Dove.
Let Thy merciful kindness, O LORD, be upon us,
like as we do put our trust in Thee.

(4) Intercession.

Let us beseech the LORD in peace,
for the heavenly peace,
and the salvation of our souls;—
for the peace of the whole world;
for the stability of GOD'S holy Churches,
and the union of them all;—
for this holy house,
and those who enter it with faith and reverence;
for our holy Fathers,
the honourable Presbytery, the Diaconate in CHRIST,
and all, both clergy and people;—
for this holy retreat, and all the city and country,
and all the faithful who dwell therein;—
for salubrious weather, fruitfulness of earth,
and peaceful times;—
for voyagers, travellers,
those who are in sickness, toil, and captivity,
and for their salvation.
Aid, save, pity, and preserve them,
O GOD, in Thy grace. {60}
Making mention
of the all-holy, undefiled, and wore than blessed
Mary, Mother of GOD and Ever-Virgin,
with all saints,
let us commend ourselves, and each other, and all our life,
to CHRIST our GOD.
To Thee, O LORD, for it is fitting,
be glory, honour, and worship.
The grace of our LORD, JESUS CHRIST,
and the love of GOD,
and the communion of the HOLY GHOST,
be with me, and with all of us. Amen.
I commend me and mine, and all that belongs to me,
to Him who is able to keep me without falling,
and to place me immaculate
before the presence of His glory,
to the only wise GOD and our SAVIOUR;
to whom be glory and greatness,
strength and authority,
both now and for all ages. Amen.

(5) Praise.

for my being, life, reason,
for nurture, protection, guidance,
for education, civil rights, religion,
for Thy gifts of grace, nature, fortune,
for redemption, regeneration, catechising,
for my call, recall, yea, many calls besides;
for Thy forbearance, long-suffering, long long-suffering
to me-ward,
many seasons, many years, up to this time;
for all good things received, successes granted me, good things done;
for the use of things present,
for Thy promise, and my hope
of the enjoyment of good things to come;
for my parents honest and good,
teachers kind,
benefactors never to be forgotten, {61}
religious intimates congenial,
hearers thoughtful,
friends sincere,
domestics faithful,
for all who have advantaged me
by writings, homilies, converse,
prayers, patterns, rebukes, injuries;
for all these, and all others
which I know, which I know not,
open, hidden,
remembered, forgotten,
done when I wished, when I wished not,
I confess to Thee and will confess, I bless Thee and will bless,
I give thanks to Thee and will give thanks,
all the days of my life.
Who am I, or what is my father's house,
that Thou shouldst look upon a dead dog,
the like of me?
What reward shall I give unto the LORD
for all the benefits which he hath done unto me?
What thanks can I recompense unto GOD,
for all He has spared and borne with me until now?
Holy, Holy, Holy,
worthy art Thou,
O LORD and our GOD, the Holy One,
to receive the glory, and the honour, and the power,
for Thou hast made all things,
and for thy pleasure they are,
and were created.

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