by Jeremy Taylor
A Sketch of the Life and Times of Bishop Taylor.
Chapter 1. Consideration of the General Instruments and Means Serving a Holy LIfe, by Way of Introduction.
Section I. The first general instrument of Holy Living, Care of our Time
- The first general instrument of Holy Living, Care of our Time.
- Rules for employing our Time.
- The Benefits of this Exercise.
Section II. The Second General Instrument of Holy Living, Purity of Intention.
- Rules for our Intentions.
- Signs of our Purity of Intentions.
Section III. The Third General Instrument of Holy Living; or the Practice of the Presence of God.
- Several Manners of the Divine Presence.
- Rules of exercising this Consideration.
- The benefits of this Exercise.
Prayers and Devotions.
- For grace to spend our time well.
- The first Prayers in the morning, as soon as we are dressed.
- Another Form of Prayer for the Morning.
- An Exercise to be used at any time of the day.
- A Form of Prayer for the Evening, to be said by such who have not time or opportunity to say the public prayers appointed for this office.
- Evening Prayer.
- Another form of Evening Prayer, which may also be used at bed-time.
- Ejaculations and short Meditations to be used in the night, when we awake.
- A Prayer for holy intention is the beginning and pursuit of any considerable action, as Study, Preaching, etc.
- A prayer meditating and referring to the Divine presence.
Chapter II. Of Christian Sobriety.
Section I. Of Sobriety in the General Sense.
- Evil Consequences of Voluptuousness or Sensuality.
- Degrees of Sobriety.
- Rules for suppressing Voluptuousness.
Section II. Of Temperance in Eating and Drinking.
- Measures of Temperance in Eating.
- Signs and Effects of Temperance.
- Of Drunkenness.
- Evil Consequents to Drunkenness.
- Signs of Drunkenness.
- Rules for obtaining Temperance.
Section III. Of Chastity.
Section IV. Of Humility
- The evil Consequent of Uncleanness.
- Acts of Chastity in general.
- Acts of Virginal Chastity.
- Rules for Widows or Vidual Chastity.
- Rules for Married Persons, or Matrimonial Chastity.
- Remedies against Uncleanness.
- Arguments against Pride, by way of consideration.
- Acts or Offices of Humility.
- Means and Exercises for obtaining and increasing the Grace of Humility.
- Signs of Humility.
Section V. Of Modesty.
Section VI. Of Contentedness in all Estates and Accidents.
- Acts and Duties of Modesty, as it is opposed to Curiosity.
- Acts of Modesty as it is opposed to Boldness.
- Acts of Modesty as it is opposed to Indecency.
- Instruments or Exercises to procure Contentedness.
- Means to obtain Content by way of considerations.
- Poverty or a low fortune.
- The Charge of many Children.
- Violent Necessities.
- Death of Children, or nearest Relatives and Friends.
- Untimely Death.
- Death unseasonable.
- Sudden Death, or Violent.
- Being Childless.
- Evil or unfortunate Children.
- Our own Death.
Prayers for the Several Graces and Parts of Christian Sobriety.
Chapter III. Of Christian Justice.
Section I. Of Obedience to Our Superiors.
- Acts and Duties of Obedience to all our Superiors.
- Remedies against Disobedience, and Means to endear our Obedience; by way of consideration.
- Degrees of Obedience.
Section II. Of Provision, or that part of Justice which is due from Superiors to Inferiors.
- Duties of Kings, and all the Supreme Power, as Lawgivers.
- The Duty of Superiors as they are Judges.
- The Duty of Parents to their Children.
- Rules for Married Persons.
- The Duty of Masters of Families.
- The Duty of Guardians or Tutors.
Section III.Of Negotiation, or Civil Contracts.
Rules and Measures of Justice in Bargaining.
Section IV. Of Restitution.
Rules of making Restitution.
Prayers Relating to Justice.
- A Prayer for the Grace of Obedience, to be said by all Persons under Command.
- A Prayer to be said by Subjects when the Land is invaded and overrun by barbarous or wicked People, enemies of the Religion or the Government.
- A Prayer to be said by Kings or Magistrates for themselves and their People.
- A Prayer to be said by Parents for their Children.
- A Prayer to be said by Masters of Families, Curates, Tutors, or other obliged Persons, for their Charges.
- A Prayer to be said by Debtors, and all Persons obliged, whether by Crime or Contract.
- A Prayer for Patron and Benefactors.
Chapter IV. Of Christian Religion.
Of the internal Actions of Religion
Section I. Of Faith.
- Signs of true Faith.
- The Means and Instruments to obtain Faith are,
Section II. Of the Hope of a Christian.
- The Acts of Hope are...
- Rules to govern our Hope.
- Means of Hope, and Remedies against Despair.
Section III. Of Charity, or the Love of God.
- The Acts of Love to God are,
- The Measures and Rules of Divine Love.
- Helps to increase our Love to God, by Way of Exercise.
- The two States of Love to God.
- Cautions and Rules concerning Zeal.
- Of the external Actions of Religion.
Section IV. Of reading or hearing the Word of God.
- Rules for hearing or reading the Word of God.
- Concerning Spiritual Books and Ordinary Sermons, take in these Advices also.
Section V. Of Fasting.
- Rules for Christian Fasting.
- The Benefits of Fasting.
Section VI. Of keeping Festivals, and Days holy to the Lord; particularly the Lords Day.
- Rules for keeping the Lords Day and other Christian Festivals.
Section VII. Of Prayer.
- Motives to Prayer.
- Rules for the Practice of Prayer.
- Caution for making Vows.
- Remedies against Wandering Thoughts in Prayer.
- Signs of Tediousness of Spirit in our Prayers and all Actions of Religion.
- Remedies against Tediousness of Spirit.
Section VIII. Of Alms.
- Works of Mercy, or the several Kinds of corporal Alms.
- Works of Spiritual Alms and Mercy are,
- Rules for giving Alms.
- Motives to Charity.
- Remedies against Unmercifulness and Uncharitableness.
- Remedies against Anger, by way of consideration.
Section IX. Of Repentance.
- Acts and Parts of Repentance.
- Motives to Repentance.
Section X. Of Preparation to, and the Manner how to receive the holy Sacrament of the Lordís Supper.
- The Effects and Benefits of Worthy Communicating.
Prayers for All Sorts of Men and All Necessities; Relating to the Several Parts of the Virtue of Religion.
- A Prayer for the Graces of Faith, Hope, Charity.
- Acts of Love by way of Prayer and Ejaculation; to be used in private.
- A Prayer to be said in any Affliction, as Death of Children, of Husband or Wife, in great Poverty, in Imprisonment, in a sad and disconsolate Spirit, and in Temptations to despair.
- Ejaculations and short Meditations to be used in time of Sickness and Sorrow, or Danger of Death.
- An Act of Faith concerning the Resurrection and the Day of Judgment, to be said by Sick Persons, or meditated.
- Short Prayers to be said by Sick Persons.
- Acts of Hope, to be used by Sick Persons after a pious Life.
- A Prayer to be said in behalf of a Sick or Dying Person.
- A Prayer to be said in a Storm at Sea.
- Then make an Act of Resignation thus:
- A Form of a Vow to be made in this or the like Danger.
- A Prayer before a Journey.
- A Prayer to be said before the hearing or reading the Word of God.
- A Form of Confession of Sins and Repentance, to be used upon Fasting Days, or Days of Humiliation, especially in Lent, and before the Holy Sacrament.
- The Prayer.
- Special Devotions to be used upon the Lords Day, and the great Festivals of Christians.
- A Prayer to be said on the Feast of Christmas, or the Birth of our blessed Saviour Jesus; the same also may be said upon the Feast of the Annunciation and Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
- A Prayer to be said upon our Birth-day, or Day of Baptism.
- A Prayer to be said upon the Days of the Memory of Apostles, Martyrs, etc.
- A Form of Prayer recording all the parts and mysteries of Christs Passion, being a short history of it: to be used especially in the week of the Passions, and before the receiving the blessed Sacrament.
- The Prayer.
- A Form of Prayer or Intercession for all Estates of People in the Christian church. The parts of which may be added to any other forms; and the whole office, entirely as it lies, is proper to be said in our preparation to the Holy Sacrament, or on the day of celebration.
- The Manner of using these Devotions by way of Preparation to the receiving of the blessed Sacrament of the Lords Supper.
- A Prayer of Preparation or Address to the Holy Sacrament.
- Ejaculations to be said before or at the receiving the Holy Sacrament.
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