The Sixth Day

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Introduction.

Early shall my prayer come before Thee.
Blessed art Thou, O L
ORD,
who broughtest forth of the earth, wild beasts, cattle,
and all the reptiles,
for food, clothing, help;
and madest man after Thine image, to rule the earth,
and blessedst him.
The fore-counsel, fashioning hand,
breath of life, image of G
OD,
appointment over the works,
charge to the Angels concerning him,
paradise.—
Heart, reins, eyes, ears, tongue, hands, feet,
life, sense, reason, spirit, free will, memory, conscience,
the revelation of G
OD, writing of the law,
oracles of prophets, music of psalms,
instruction of proverbs, experience of histories,
worship of sacrifices.

Blessed art Thou, O LORD,
for Thy great and precious promise
on this day
concerning the Life-giving Seed,
and for its fulfilment in fulness of the times
at this day.

Blessed art Thou, O LORD,
for the holy passion
of this day. {63}
O by thy salutary sufferings
on this day,
save us, O LORD.


(1) Confession.

I have withstood Thee, LORD,
but I return to Thee;   (Hosea.)
for I have fallen by mine iniquity.
But I take with me words,
and I return unto Thee and say,
take away all iniquity and receive us graciously,
so will we render the calves of our lips.
Spare us, LORD, spare,   (Joel.)
and give not Thine heritage to reproach,
to Thine enemies.
LORD, LORD, be propitious,
cease, I beseech Thee,   (Amos.)
by whom shall Jacob arise?
for he is small.
Repent, O LORD, for this,
and this shall not be.
While observing lying vanities   (Jonah.)
I forsook my own mercy,
and am cast out of Thy sight.
When my soul fainted within me,
I remembered the LORD;
yet will I look again toward Thy Holy Temple;
Thou hast brought up my life from corruption.
Who is a GOD like unto Thee,   (Micah.)
that pardoneth iniquity
to the remnant of His heritage?
He retaineth not His anger for ever,
because He delighteth in mercy.
Turn again and have compassion upon us, O LORD,
subdue our iniquities,
and cast all our sins into the depths of the sea,
according to Thy truth, and according to Thy mercy. {64}
O LORD, I have heard thy speech and was afraid,   (Habakkuk.)
in wrath remember mercy.
Behold me, LORD, clothed in filthy garments;   (Zechariah.)
behold Satan standing at my right hand;
yet, O LORD, by the blood of Thy covenant,
by the fountain opened for sin and for uncleanness,
take away my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.
Save me as a brand
plucked out of the fire.
Father, forgive me, for I knew not,
truly I knew not, what I did
in sinning against Thee.
LORD, remember me
when Thou comest in Thy kingdom.
LORD, lay not mine enemies' sins to their charge,
LORD, lay not my own to mine.
By Thy sweat bloody and heavy,
Thy soul in agony,
Thy head crowned with thorns, bruised with staves,
Thine eyes swimming with tears,
Thine ears full of insults,
Thy mouth moistened with vinegar and gall,
Thy face dishonourably stained with spitting,
Thy neck weighed down with the burden of the cross,
Thy back ploughed with the wheals and gashes of the scourge,
Thy hands and feet stabbed through,
Thy strong cry, Eli, Eli,
Thy heart pierced with the spear,
the water and blood thence flowing,
Thy body broken,
Thy blood poured out,
LORD, forgive the offence of Thy servant,
and cover all his sins.
Turn away all Thy displeasure,
and turn Thyself from Thy wrathful indignation. {65}
Turn me then, O GOD our SAVIOUR,
and let Thine anger cease from us.
Wilt Thou be displeased at us for ever,
and stretch out Thy wrath from one generation to another?
Wilt Thou not turn again and quicken us,
that Thy people may rejoice in Thee?
Show us Thy mercy, O LORD,
and grant us Thy salvation.


(2) Prayer for grace.

  .   .   .   .
the works of the flesh,
adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
idolatry, witchcraft,
enmities, strifes,
emulations, heats,
quarrels, parties,
heresies, envyings, murders,
drunkennesses, revellings, and such like.
 .   .   .   .
the fruits of the SPIRIT,
love, joy, peace,
long-suffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, meekness, temperance;
the spirit of wisdom, of understanding.
of counsel, of might,
of knowledge, of godliness,
of fear of the LORD:—
and the gifts of the SPIRIT,
the word of wisdom, of knowledge,
faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles,
prophecy, discerning of spirits,
kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues.
May Thy strong hand, O LORD [Note],
become my defence;
Thy mercy in CHRIST
my salvation; {66}
Thy all-veritable word,
my instructor;
the grace of Thy life-bringing Spirit,
my consolation,
all along, and at last.
The Soul of CHRIST hallow me,
and the Body strengthen me,
and the Blood ransom me,
and the Water wash me,
and the Bruises heal me,
and the Sweat refresh me,
and the Wound hide me.
The peace of GOD
which passeth all understanding,
keep my heart and thoughts
in the knowledge and the love of GOD.


(3) Profession.

I believe
that Thou hast created me;
despise not the work of Thine own hands;—
that Thou madest me after Thine image and likeness,
suffer not Thy likeness to be blotted out;—
that Thou hast redeemed me in Thy blood,
suffer not the cost of that redemption to perish;
that Thou hast called me Christian after Thy name,
disdain not Thine own title;
that Thou hast hallowed me in regeneration,
destroy not Thy holy work;—
that Thou hast grafted me into the good olive tree,
the member of a mystical body;
the member of Thy mystical body
cut not off.
O think upon Thy servant as concerning Thy word,
wherein Thou hast caused me to put my trust.
My soul hath longed for Thy salvation,
and I have good hope because of Thy word. {67}


(4) Intercession.

[I pray]
for the prosperous advance and good condition
of all the Christian army,
against the enemies of our most holy faith;
for our holy fathers,
and all our brotherhood in CHRIST;
for those who hate and those who love us,
for those who pity and those who minister to us;
for those whom we have promised
to remember in prayer;
for the liberation of captives;
for our fathers and brethren absent;
for those who voyage by sea;
for those who lie in sickness.
Let us pray also for fruitfulness of the earth;
and for every soul of orthodox Christians.
Let us bless pious kings,
orthodox high-priests,
the founders of this holy retreat,
our parents,
and all our forefathers
and our brethren departed.


(5) Praise.

Thou who, on man's trangressing Thy command,
and falling,
didst not pass him by, nor leave him, GOD of goodness;
but didst visit in ways manifold,
as a tender Father,
supplying him with Thy great and precious promise,
concerning the Life-giving Seed,
opening to him the door of faith,
and of repentance unto life,
and in fulness of the times,
sending Thy CHRIST Himself
to take on Him the seed of Abraham;
and, in the oblation of His life,
to fulfil the Law's obedience; {68}
and, in the sacrifice of His death,
to take off the Law's curse;
and, in His death,
to redeem the world;
and, in His resurrection,
to quicken it:—
O Thou, who doest all things,
whereby to bring again our race to Thee,
that it may be partaker
of Thy divine nature and eternal glory;
who hast borne witness
to the truth of Thy gospel
by many and various wonders,
in the ever-memorable converse of Thy saints,
in their supernatural endurance of torments,
in the overwhelming conversion of all lands
to the obedience of faith,
without might, or persuasion, or compulsion:—
Blessed be Thy Name,
and praised and celebrated,
and magnified, and high exalted,
and glorified, and hallowed;
its record, and its memory,
and every memorial of it,
both now and for evermore.
Worthy art Thou to take the book,
and to open the seals thereof,
for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to GOD
by Thy blood,
out of every kindred and tongue,
and people, and nation.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive the power, and riches, and wisdom,
and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
To Him that sitteth upon the Throne,
and to the Lamb,
be the blessing, and the honour, and the glory, and the might, {69}
for ever and ever. Amen.
Salvation to our GOD, which sitteth upon the throne,
and to the Lamb.
Amen : the blessing and the glory and the wisdom,
and the thanksgiving and the honour,
and the power and the strength,
be unto our GOD,
for ever and ever,
Amen.

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Note

Vide p. 146, edit. 1675.
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