GREAT and glorious God, who alone art worthy of our love and service, cure me of, and preserve me from, the sin and vanity of admiring this world.
Give me, O Lord, a perfect indifference for the world, its profits, pleasures, honours, fame, and all its idols. Give me the eye of faith, that I may see it just as it is; the vanity of its promises, the folly of its pleasures, the unprofitableness of its rewards, the multitude of its snares, and the danger of its temptations.
Give me grace to renounce all covetous desires, all love of riches and pleasures; to desire only what is necessary, and to be content with what Thou, O Lord, thinkest so. Grant that I may resist every temptation to the love of creatures, lest they steal my heart from Thee, my God, whom I desire to love with all my soul; so that I may cheerfully part with all these things when thou requirest it of me. And that I may ever be prepared to do so, dispose me to a temperance in all things, and to lay up my treasure in heaven.
Represent Thyself unto me as my true happiness, that I may love Thee with all my heart, and soul, and strength; so that when I am called out of this world, I may rejoice in hope of going to the paradise of God, where the souls of the faithful enjoy rest and felicity, in hopes of a blessed resurrection, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Source: Compiled from Ancient Liturgies for the times of trouble. By Bp. Wilson. 1848.
“Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, is the concupiscence of the flesh, and the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the concupiscence thereof: but he that doth the will of God, abideth for ever.” — 1 John 2:15-17
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