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Concluding supplication for every morning, by Grace Aguilar (ca. 1830s)


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Concluding supplication for every morning.
Almighty Father,
may it please Thee to permit this day
to pass innocently,
acceptably to Thee.
Grant me Thy Holy Grace,
that I may be enabled
to resist any unlooked-for temptation,
strength to give up inclination and time if required,
with cheerfulness and promptness;
wisdom to cultivate and improve the talents
Thou hast so mercifully bestowed on me.
Enable me, oh blessed Lord,
to remember and attentively to perform
my domestic duties.
Let not my favourite pursuits
occupy my mind so much
as to make me forget them,
or turn my thoughts from Thee.
In all things, oh merciful Father,
permit me to remember Thee.
Guard me
from the sins I committed yesterday,
whether secret or presumptuous.
Preserve me
from all ill-temper,
and impatience,
from too violent or foolish mirth,
and from that depression
which bids me sorrow without a cause.
Endow me with Thy Holy Spirit, oh Lord,
that sin may not gain dominion over me,
neither this day nor evermore.
“Search me, oh God, and know my heart,
try me, and know my thoughts,
and see if there be any wicked way,
and lead me in the life everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

“Concluding supplication for every morning” by Grace Aguilar was published posthumously by her mother Sarah Aguilar in Essays and Miscellanies (1853), in the section “Sacred Communings,” pp. 207-208. In the UK edition of Sacred Communings (1853) the prayer appears with small variations of spelling and punctuation on pages 87-88.








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