O gracious Lord Jesus
though I, who am a sinner,
in nowise presume on any merits of my own,
and put all my trust in Thy goodness and mercy,
yet do I fear and tremble in drawing near to the Table
on which is spread Thy banquet of all delights.
Many a sin
has sullied me in body and in soul
because I did not restrain my thoughts nor guard my lips:
nevertheless it is to Thee,
of majesty and love,
that I turn in my extremity,
for Thou art the fount of mercy;
to Thee, as quickly as I may, I speed:
for Thou alone canst heal me;
I take refuge under Thy protection.
I dare not face Thee as my judge,
but I cleave to Thee as my saviour.
Thy mercy is above all Thy works.
Though I fear, because of my sins,
yet I trust in Thee on account of Thy mercy.
Turn, then, those pitiful eyes of Thine upon me, O Jesus
our everlasting king and Lord,
Who art God
and Who for man
Have mercy upon me,
full of misery and of sin
though I be, upon me,
whose only hope
is in Thee,
because of Thy loving-kindness.
Hail! Thou saving victim,
offered up for me and for all mankind upon the gibbet of the cross!
Hail! thou glorious and most Precious Blood,
that flowest from the wounds of Jesus
my crucified Lord;
to wash away the sins of all the world!
Forget not, O Lord,
that I am one of those whom Thou hast created,
and with Thine own blood hast redeemed.
I repent me of my sins:
strive to amend my ways.
O most merciful Father,
put far from me all my iniquities and all my offences;
so that, by Thee made whole in body and in soul,
I may be accounted worthy to approach the Holy of holies.
Grant, in fine, that the holy foretaste of Thy body and blood,
which thou vouchsafest to me, a poor sinner,
may be a pledge of the full remission of my sins
and of the washing away for evermore of all my guilt.
From my mind
may it chase away every sinful thought:
in my will
may it foster all holy desires:
may it spur me on to the doing of works well-pleasing to Thee;
and may it be to me, of body and of soul,
a very sure protection and defence against the craft of all my enemies.
For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born,
and a time to die;
a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill,
and a time to heal;
a time to break down,
and a time to build ... continue reading
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