Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Lord's Day

We found this little book among my dad's old books, and I wanted to share a few good quotes. The author may not have been sound in all his doctrine, but these seem to be fine. Some of the prayers are very much taken from Scripture, though the ones I'm quoting are not so much. From The Private Devotions of Lancelot Andrews (Translated by John Henry Newman):

Prayer for the First Day of the Week:

'Introduction

Through the tender mercies of our God
the day-spring from on high hath visited us.
Glory be to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee.
Creator of the light,
and Enlightener of the world,--
of the visible light,
The Sun's ray, a flame of fire,
day and night,
evening and morning,--
of the light invisible,
the revelation of God,
writings of the Law,
oracles of Prophets,
music of Psalms,
instruction of Proverbs,
experience of Histories,--
light which never sets.
God is the Lord who hath shewed us light;
bind the sacrifice with cords,
yea even unto the the horns of the altar.

O by Thy resurrection raise us up
unto newness of life,
supplying to us frames of repentance.
The God of peace,
who did bring again from the dead
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
perfect us in every good work,
to do His will,
working in us what is acceptable before Him,
through Jesus Christ,
to whom be glory for ever.

Thou who didst send down on Thy disciples
on this day
Thy Thrice-Holy Spirit,
withdraw not Thou the gift, O Lord, from us,
but renew it in us, day by day,
who ask Thee for it.'

From Confession

'O remember, what my substance is,
the work of Thine hands,
the likeness of Thy countenance,
the cost of Thy blood,
a name from Thy Name,
a sheep of Thy pasture,
a son of the covenant.
Despise not Thou the work of Thine own hands.'

'And more, and still more,
pierce Thou, rend, crush my heart;
and remit, forgive, pardon
what things are grief to me,
and offence of heart.'

3 comments:

Miss Jen said...

AMEN!!!! :>)

sara said...

The second one especially strikes my heart these days. I should copy it down!

Thank you for your comment on my blog! I thought that it was sweet and interesting that Lucy Hayes was smiling too. How long she must have held it!

Melissa M. said...

I'm glad you appreciated the quotes. :) I didn't realize the book was written by a Catholic until I read further--besides a few things in it, it's quite sound.

You're welcome. :)