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[Prayer] for purity, by Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques (1916)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=48794 [Prayer] for purity, by Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques (1916) 2023-02-06 19:25:15 Basil L.Q. Henriques's prayer "For Purity" was first published in <em>The Fratres Book of Prayer</em> for the Oxford and St. George's Synagogue Jewish Lads Club in 1916, and later reprinted in the <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=48734">Prayer Book of the St. George's Settlement Synagogue</a></em> (1929), "Special Prayers" section, page 96. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Bedtime Shema Immersion (Purification) 57th century A.M. British Jewry English vernacular prayer teḥinot in English Liberal Movement for Progressive Judaism in Britain 20th century C.E.
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For purity.
Many are the temptations
against which I try to fight,
and were it not for the help
which Thou art ever ready to give unto me,
I should fail and they would overcome me.
But I need Thee more than ever
in my struggles against
the evil passions and desires
which sometimes come to me.
It is not through ignorance that I sin,
but through weakness
and through the deliberate suppression
of the voice of conscience.
I cast Thee from me
and forget Thy presence within me.
O my Father,
when I am with my companions,
and above all when I am alone,
help me to keep my mind pure and clean.
Give me the strength of will
to banish thoughts and desires
which I know to be wrong,
so that I sin not in mind
nor in deed.
May the remembrance of my beloved ones
help to restrain me;
for how can I bear to face those whom I love,
if I have been disloyal and false to them?
It is so easy to blind myself to my sin.
With shame and horror
may I realise whither my weakness will lead me.
O help me to rise above my sinful self,
and so to discipline and rule myself
that without fear I may meet my temptations.
Thou art with me,
and with Thy help
all things are possible.
Only in Purity and Uprightness
can I bear witness unto Thee, my Master
in whose service I strive to live.
Amen.

Basil L.Q. Henriques’s prayer “For Purity” was first published in The Fratres Book of Prayer for the Oxford and St. George’s Synagogue Jewish Lads Club in 1916, and later reprinted in the Prayer Book of the St. George’s Settlement Synagogue (1929), “Special Prayers” section, page 96.

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