Thro’ the tender mercy of my God, whereby the Day-spring from on high has visited me, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to direct my feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:78-79 (WesleyNT)
Glory be to You, O Lord, all glory be to You, who created the light, and commands it to shine upon the face of the deep.
How glorious is that light, which affects my senses, the rays of the sun, the flame of fire, the day divided from the night, the evening and the morning.
How much more glorious is that light, which shines in upon my mind, by the examples of Patriarchs, the revelations of Prophets, the sweet solace of holy Psalms, the instruction of wise Proverbs, the profit and experience of faithful Histories.
Blessed be Your name for this light, which no darkness ever overspreads; this sun, which never goes down! God is the Lord, who has shown me such light; bind the sacrifice with cords, yes, even to the horns of the altar.
O You, who on this day did rise again, raise up my soul to newness of life. Grant me repentance from dead works, and plant me in the likeness of Your resurrection.
O Father and God of Peace, who brought again from the dead my Lord Jesus Christ, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant; make me perfect in every good work, to do Your will, working in me that which is well pleasing in Your sight, through Jesus Christ.
O You, who on this day of the week, sent down on Your Apostles Your most Holy Spirit; take not Your Holy Spirit away from me. But grant to all Your servants, who ask it of You, that they may be daily renewed, and more plentifully enriched with the same.
O Lord, who by choosing this day for these most important, most beneficial events, You, directed Your Apostles, full of the Holy Ghost, to call it, and to make it be, Your day. Lord I honor You, by translating it to the sacred rest of the Sabbath; to make this day of the Lord, a refreshment after labor, an interval of recruit to my feeble and wearied bodies; a merciful cessation to servants and beasts, my fellow laborers; a constant return of Your solemn worship, by prayers and praises, by hearing Your word, and administration of Your sacraments in the public assemblies of the saints, and the house where Your honor dwells; and a figure and a pledge of that better rest hereafter, which still remains to the people of God: O grant me so to use these days of rest, and of public worship in this life, that I fail not of a part in Your eternal rest, and in the continual hymns of angels and blessed spirits in the life to come.
Book: Christian’s Daily Companion
SELECTED FROM THE PRAYERS OF BISHOPS WILSON AND ANDREWS TO WHICH IS ADDED A COMPILATION FROM PALMER’S AND COTTERILL’S FORMULARIES
PUBLISHED BY ELIJAH WEEMS, FOR GABRIEL NOURSE
Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014