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Self-examination [version 2], by Grace Aguilar (ca. 1830s)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=50592 Self-examination [version 2], by Grace Aguilar (ca. 1830s) 2023-05-06 18:53:41 "Self-examination" by Grace Aguilar was published posthumously by her mother Sarah Aguilar in <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=50563">Sabbath Thoughts and Sacred Communings</a></em> (1853), pp. 97-98. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Grace Aguilar https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Bedtime Shema Repenting, Resetting, and Forgiveness 56th century A.M. English vernacular prayer self-reflection teḥinot in English תשובה teshuvah מוסר mussar 19th century C.E. זמן תשובה Zman teshuvah תחינות teḥinot
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Self-examination.
Grant, O God,
that I may look upon my heart
with a stern unflinching eye;
that my sins and faults
may stand in all their wickedness before me.
That I may know and guard against them;
and in the examination I am about to make,
my heart and thoughts
may be as open to my sight,
as if they were laid bare before me.
Grant this, O God,
that I may become good and virtuous in Thy sight.
Amen.
Have I done my duty towards my God?
Did I commence this day by devotion?
Have I in any way transgressed his Commandments?
Have I given up my own inclinations for the sake of others ?
Have I gained any victory over myself ?
Have I given way to temper, impatience or anger?
Have I done evil?
Have I resisted temptation?
Have I done all that I had resolved to do to-day?
Have I done my duty towards my parents?
Have I done my duty in that station where it hath pleased God to place me?
What have I done?
Have I done good?
Almighty Father,
bend Thy gracious ear to the confession I have made,
and forgive the sins I have committed.
O if I have done any trifling good that is acceptable to Thee,
if I have performed my earthly duties
in a manner pleasing to Thee,
O most merciful God,
forgive my sins
and give me strength
to guard against them in the future,
that each day I may draw nearer to my Heavenly Father,
and each night my heart may glow
in joy, and love, and adoration.
Hear me, O God,
hear me from Thy throne of mercy,
and for the sake of Thy great name,
O answer me!

“Self-examination” by Grace Aguilar was published posthumously by her mother Sarah Aguilar in Sabbath Thoughts and Sacred Communings (1853), pp. 97-98. In Essays and Miscellanies (1853) the prayer appears on pages 165-168. Another, longer version of this prayer with additional questions, appears under the title “Self-Examination for Every Night” in Essays and Miscellanies (1853), pp. 165-168.

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