Traditional Prayers for Anglican Catholics

Trusting the Goodness of God

Almighty and everlasting God,
who hast preserved me by thy fatherly care
through all the years of my past life,
and now permittest me again
to commemorate the sufferings and the merits
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ:
grant me so to partake of this holy rite,
that the disquiet of my mind may be appeased,
that my faith may be increased,
my hope strengthened,
and my life regulated by thy will.
Make me truly thankful for that portion of health
which thy mercy has restored,
and enable me to use the remains of life
to thy glory and my own salvation.
Take not from me O Lord thy Holy Spirit.
Extinguish in my mind
all sinful and inordinate desires.
Let me resolve to do that which is right,
and let me by thy help keep my resolutions.
Let me, if it be best for me,
at last know peace and comfort,
but whatever state of life thou shalt appoint me
let me end it by a happy death,
and enjoy eternal happiness in thy presence,
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)