A Prayer from Jeremy Taylor

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Sep 15, 2008 by Howard Baker | 0 Comments

Below is a prayer of Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), Anglican pastor and author of Holy Living and Holy Dying, practical guides to Christian devotion that draw on biblical and patristic sources. One of my favorite quotes of his: The job of a pastor is to prepare people for a good death.

"O Almighty God, give to thy servants a meek and gentle spirit, that we may be slow to anger, and easy to mercy and forgiveness. Give us wise and constant hearts, that we may never be moved to intemperate anger for any injury that is done or offered. Lord, let us ever be courteous, and easy to be entreated; let us never fall into a peevish or contentious spirit, but follow peace with all people; offering forgiveness, inviting them by courtesies, ready to confess our own errors, apt to make amends, and desirous to be reconciled. Let no sickness or gross accident, no employment or weariness, make us angry or ungentle and discontented, or unthankful, or uneasy to them that minister to us; but in all things make us like unto the holy Jesus. Amen."

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