From the Private Devotions of Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626) whose feast we celebrate today: his daily devotions for Wednesday, the Fourth Day of the week.
(This post on Sinden.org is the first in a seven-part series to conclude September 26, 2020 )
THE FOURTH DAY __________________________________________________________________ INTRODUCTION I HAVE thought upon Thee, O Lord, when I was waking, for Thou hast been my helper. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, who madest the two Lights, Sun and Moon, greater and lesser, and the stars for light, for signs, for seasons, spring, summer, autumn, winter, days, weeks, months, years, to rule over day and night. __________________________________________________________________ CONFESSION Behold, Thou art angry, for we have sinned. We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses as filthy rags. We all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. But now, O Lord, Thou art our Father, we are clay, all Thy handiwork. Be not wroth very sore, nor remember iniquity for ever, behold, see, we beseech Thee, we are all Thy people. O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do Thou it for Thy Name's sake; for our backslidings are many, we have sinned against Thee. Yet Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by Thy Name, leave us, not. O Hope of Israel, The Saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest Thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night? why shouldest Thou be as a man astonished, as a mighty man that cannot save? Be merciful to our unrighteousnesses, and our iniquities remember no more. Lord, I am carnal, sold under sin; there dwelleth in me, that is, in my flesh, no good thing; for the good that I would, I do not, but the evil which I would not, that I do. I consent unto the law that it is good, I delight in it after the inner man; But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and enslaving me to the law of sin. Wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ, that where sin abounded, grace hath much more-abounded. O Lord, Thy goodness leadeth me to repentance: O give me sometime repentance to recover me from the snare of the devil, who am taken captive by him, at his will. Sufficient for me the past time of my life to have done the will of lusts, walking in lasciviousness, revelling, drunkenness, and in other excess of profligacy. O Lamb without blemish and without spot, who hast redeemed me with Thy precious Blood, in that very Blood pity me and save me; in that Blood, and in that very Name, besides which is none other under heaven given among men, by which we must be saved. O God, Thou knowest my foolishness, and my sins are not hid from Thee. Lord, Thou knowest all my desire, and my groaning is not hid from Thee. Let not them that trust in Thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my cause; let not those that seek Thee be confounded through me, O Lord God of Israel. Take me out of the mire that I sink not; O let me, be delivered from them that hate me and out of the deep waters; Let not the water flood drown me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. __________________________________________________________________ PRAYER FOR GRACE [Defend me from] [against seven deadly sins] Pride Amorite. envy Hittite. wrath Perizzite. gluttony Girgashite. lechery Hivite. [covetousness] the cares of life Canaanite. [sloth] lukewarm indifference Jebusite. [Give me] Humility, pitifulness, patience, sobriety, purity, contentment, ready zeal. One thing have I desired of the Lord which I will require,  that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the fair beauty of the Lord, and to visit His temple. Two things have I required of Thee, O Lord, deny Thou me not before I die; remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches, feed me with food convenient for me; lest I be full and deny Thee and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor and steal, and take the Name of my God in vain. Let me learn to abound, let me learn to suffer need, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. For nothing earthly, temporal, mortal, to long nor to wait. Grant me a happy life in piety, gravity, purity, in all things good and fair, in cheerfulness, in health, in credit, in competency, in safety, in gentle estate, in quiet; a happy death, a deathless happiness. __________________________________________________________________  Vide p. 194, Edition of 1675. __________________________________________________________________ PROFESSION I believe in the Father, benevolent affection; in the Almighty, saving power; in the Creator, providence for guarding, ruling, perfecting the universe. In Jesus, salvation, in Christ, anointing; in the Only-begotten Son, sonship, in the Lord, a master's treatment, in His conception and birth the cleansing of our unclean conception and birth; in His sufferings, which we owed, that we might not pay; in His Cross the curse of the law removed; in His death the sting of death; in His, burial eternal destruction in the tomb; in His deseent, whither we ought, that we might not go; in His resurrection, as the first-fruits of them that sleep; in His ascent, to prepare a place for us; in His sitting, to appear and intercede; in His return, to take unto Him His own; in His judgment, to render to each according to his works. In the Holy Ghost; power from on high, transforming unto sanctity from without and invisibly, yet inwardly and evidently. In the Church, a body mystical of the called out, of the whole world, unto intercourse in faith and holiness. In the communion of saints, members of this body, a mutual participation in holy things, for confidence of remission of sins, for hope of resurrection, of translation, to life everlasting. __________________________________________________________________ INTERCESSION And I have hoped in Thy mercy from everlasting to everlasting. How excellent is Thy mercy, O Lord; If I have hope, it is in Thy mercy, O let me not be disappointed of my hope. Moreover we beseech Thee, remember all, Lord, for good; have pity upon all; O Sovereign Lord, be reconciled with us all. Give peace to the multitudes of Thy people; scatter offences; abolish wars; stop the uprisings of heresies. Thy peace and love vouchsafe to us, O God our Saviour, the Hope of all the ends of the earth. Remember to crown the year with Thy goodness; for the eyes of all wait upon Thee, and Thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest Thy hand, and fillest all things living with plenteousness. Remember Thy Holy Church;. from one end of the earth to the other; and give her peace, whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood; and establish her unto the end of the world. Remember those who bear fruit, and act nobly, in Thy holy Churches, and who remember the poor and needy; recompense to them Thy rich and heavenly gifts; vouchsafe to them, for things earthly, heavenly, for corruptible, incorruptible, for temporal, eternal. Remember those who are in virginity; and purity and ascetic life; also those who live in honourable marriage, in Thy reverence and fear. Remember every Christian soul in affliction, distress, and trial, and in need of Thy pity and succour; also our brethren in captivity, prison, chains, and bitter bondage; supplying return to the wandering, health to the sick, deliverance to the captives. Remember religious and faithful kings, whom Thou hast given to rule upon the earth; and especially remember, Lord, our divinely-guarded king; strengthen his kingdom, subdue to him all adversaries, speak good things to his heart, for Thy Church, and all Thy people. Vouchsafe to him deep and undisturbed peace, that in his serenity we may lead a quiet and peaceable life with all godliness and honesty. Remember, Lord, all power and authority, our brethren in the court, those who are chief in council and judgment, and all by land and sea waging Thy wars for us. Moreover, Lord, remember graciously our holy Fathers, the honourable Presbytery, and all the Clergy, rightly dividing the Word of Truth, and rightly walking in it. Remember, Lord, our brethren around us, and praying with us in this holy hour, for their zeal and earnestness-sake. Remember also those who on fair reasons are away, and pity them and us in the multitude of Thy pity. Fill our garners with all manner of store; preserve our marriages in peace and concord, nourish our infants, lead forward our youth, sustain our aged, comfort the weak-hearted, gather together the scattered, restore the wanderers, and knit them to Thy Holy Catholic Apostolic Church. _Set free the troubled with unclean spirits, voyage with the voyagers, travel with the travellers stand forth for the widow, shield the orphan, rescue the captive, heal the sick. Those who are on trial, in mines, in exile, in galleys, in whatever affliction, necessity, and emergence, remember, O God; and all who need Thy great mercy; and those who love us, and those who hate; and those who have desired us unworthy to make mention of them in our prayers; and all Thy people remember, O Lord, our God, and upon all pour out Thy rich pity, to all performing their requests for salvation; and those of whom we have not made mention, through ignorance, forgetfulness, or number of names, do Thou Thyself remember, O God, who knowest the stature and appellation of each, who knowest every one from his mother's womb. For Thou art, O Lord, the Succour of the succourless, the Hope of the hopeless, The Saviour of the tempest-tost, the Harbour of the voyager, the Physician of the sick, do Thou Thyself become all things to all men. O Thou who knowest each man and his petition, each house, and its need, deliver, O Lord, this city, and all the country in which we sojourn, from plague, famine, earthquake, flood, fire, sword, hostile invasion, and civil war. End the schisms of the Churches, quench the haughty cries of the nations, and receive us all into Thy kingdom, acknowledging us, as sons of light; and Thy peace and love vouchsafe to us, O Lord, our God. Remember O Lord, our God, all spirits and all flesh which we have remembered, and which we have not. And the close of our life, Lord, Lord, direct in peace, Christianly, acceptably, and, should it please Thee, painlessly, gathering us together under the feet of Thine elect, when Thou wilt and how Thou wilt, only without shame and sins. The brightness of the Lord our God be upon us, prosper Thou the work of our hands upon us, O prosper Thou our handiwork. Be, Lord, within me to strengthen me, without me to guard me, over me to shelter me, beneath me to stablish me, before me to guide me, after me to forward me, round about me to secure me. __________________________________________________________________ PRAISE Blessed art Thou, Lord, God of Israel, our Father, from everlasting to everlasting. Thine, O Lord, is the greatness and the power, the triumph and the victory, the praise and the strength, for Thou rulest over all in heaven and on earth. At Thy face every king is troubled, and every nation. Thine, O Lord, is the kingdom and the supremacy over all, and over all rule. With Thee is wealth, and glory is from Thy countenance; Thou rulest over all, O Lord; the Ruler of all rule; and in Thine hand is strength and power, and in Thine hand to give to all things greatness and strength. And now; Lord, we confess to Thee and we praise Thy glorious Name.
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