Glory be to You, Father of all flesh, for creating man in Your own likeness; for breathing into him a soul capable of the knowledge of Your wondrous works, and Your infinite perfections.
Glory be to You, for so plainly revealing the worth of our souls in Your sight. For giving Your only Son to redeem them, when lost by the fall of our first parents: for his opening a new and living way through his flesh, whereby our guilty souls can have access to You. We come through the veil in faith, with confidence where we are acquitted, purified and exalted to dwell eternally in Your blessed presence.
Glory be to You who promised and has sent down from heaven Your Holy Spirit, to enlighten, guide, and sanctify the souls of those who come to You by Christ Jesus.
We return to You, O God, our unfeigned thanks for Your repeated promises of glory, reserved in heaven for every soul which departs this life in the true faith and fear of Your name. We desire also to adore Your tender mercies towards us, in laying hell as it were open before our eyes; that, fully apprised of that dreadful place of torment, the prison of lost souls, we may ever labor to escape it. We bless You for all Your compassionate calls, warnings, and exhortations, both in Your word and providence, designed to lead us to regard above everything the salvation of our souls.
Now, O gracious Father! We humbly beseech You, make all Your goodness, through Your grace, effective to the work required in us to bring us to a lively and perpetual concern for the salvation of our immortal souls.
Deliver us, O God, from that gross ignorance stupidity, and contempt of spiritual blessings, in which we are naturally involved. O! rescue us from the prevailing power of things present and striking to our senses; from the abuse of bodily health and strength. From the enchantments of the pleasures of sin, or of any earthly comforts whatsoever; from anxious care concerning the body or things of this world; which all act in confederacy against us, both to prevent and to extinguish a due solicitude to save our souls alive. Keep us also, O God of all power and grace! From neglecting our souls through the infectious example of the multitude, or through fear of being had in derision for laboring fervently in the means of saving them. Wherever we are, whatever is our employ, still sound, O God! In our ears, that momentous question, “What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? And what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? ” Continually do You dispose our hearts to avoid everything that would prove hurtful to our souls, to watch and to pray for their preservation, and to obtain sure and certain proofs, that they shall be saved in the day of the Lord.
Finally, O God! We beseech You to have compassion on the great multitude who set at naught their never-dying souls; who are secure and at ease, though on the point of being eternally lost: cause, O Lord! the scales to fall from their eyes; take away from them all their hardness of heart, contempt of Your word, and cruelty towards themselves; that they at last may inherit Your great salvation, prepared for the souls of the faithful in Christ Jesus. For his sake alone, we beseech You to hear us; and in him we trust, our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.
Book: Complete Duty of Man
Author: Rev. Henry Venn. A.M.
Publisher: London: William Clowes and Sons, Stamford Street 1841
Revised and Edited by Karrol Sneed 2014