The Practice of Piety
The Practice of Piety
Lewis Bayly

Table of Contents


Title Page

BIOGRAPHICAL PREFACE.

THE PRACTICE OF PIETY.

CONTENTS.

TO THE HIGH AND MIGHTY PRINCE CHARLES, PRINCE OF WALES.

TO THE DEVOUT READER.

THE PRACTICE OF PIETY; DIRECTING A CHRISTIAN HOW TO WALK THAT HE MAY PLEASE GOD.

A PLAIN DESCRIPTION OF THE ESSENCE AND ATTRIBUTES OF GOD, OUT OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURE, SO FAR AS EVERY CHRISTIAN MUST COMPETENTLY KNOW, AND NECESSARILY BELIEVE, THAT WILL BE SAVES.

MEDITATIONS OF THE MISERY OF A MAN NOT RECONCILED TO GOD IN CHRIST.

MEDITATIONS OF THE STATE OF A CHRISTIAN RECONCILED TO GOD IN CHRIST,

2. Meditations of the blessed state of a Regenerate Man in his Death.

3. Meditations of the blessed state of the Regenerate Man after Death.

Meditations of the blessed state of a Regenerate Man in Heaven.

3. Of the Prerogatives which the Elect shall enjoy in Heaven.

4. Of the Effects of those Prerogatives.

Meditations directing a Christian how to apply to himself, without delay, the foresaid knowledge of God and himself.

MEDITATIONS ON THE HINDRANCES WHICH KEEP BACK A SINNER FROM THE PRACTICE OF PIETY.

HOW A PRIVATE MAN MUST BEGIN THE MORNING WITH PIETY.

Meditations for the Morning.

BRIEF DIRECTIONS HOW TO READ THE HOLY SCRIPTURES ONCE EVERY YEAR OVER, WITH EASE, PROFIT, AND REVERENCE.

A Prayer for the Morning.

Meditations to stir us up to Morning Prayer.

Another short Morning Prayer.

Farther Meditations to stir up to Prayer in the Morning.

A brief Prayer for the Morning.

MEDITATIONS DIRECTING A CHRISTIAN HOW HE MAY WALK ALL THE DAY WITH GOD, LIKE ENOCH.

First, For thy Thoughts.

Secondly, for thy Words.

Thirdly, for thy Actions.

MEDITATIONS FOR THE EVENING.

A Prayer for the Evening.

Another shorter Evening Prayer.

MEDITATIONS FOR HOUSEHOLD PIETY.

Morning Prayer for a Family.

THE PRACTICE OF PIETY AT MEALS, AND THE MANNER OF EATING.

Meditations before Dinner and Supper.

Grace before Meat.

The Practice of Piety at Evening.

Rules to be observed in Singing of Psalms.

Evening Prayer for a Family.

MEDITATIONS OF THE TRUE MANNER OF PRACTISING PIETY ON THE SABBATH-DAY.

Ten Reasons demonstrating the Commandment of the Sabbath to be moral.

THE TRUE MANNER OF KEEPING HOLY THE LORD'S DAY.

A Morning Prayer for the Sabbath-day.

Things to be meditated on as thou goest to the Church.

A private Evening Prayer for the Lord's day.

OF THE PRACTICE OF PIETY IN FASTING.

I. Of a Private Fast.

II. Of the Public Fast.

OF THE PRACTICE OF PIETY IN HOLY FEASTING.

I. Of Preparation.

III. Of the Duties which we are to perform after receiving the holy Communion, called Action or Practice.

THE PRACTICE OF PIETY IN GLORIFYING GOD IN THE TIME OF SICKNESS, AND WHEN THOU ART CALLED TO DIE IN THE LORD.

A Prayer when one begins to be sick.

A Prayer before taking of Medicine.

MEDITATIONS FOR THE SICK.

MEDITATIONS FOR ONE THAT IS LIKE TO DIE.

A Prayer for a sick Man, when he is told that he is not a man for this world, but must prepare himself to go unto God.

Meditations against Despair, or doubting of God's Mercy.

An Admonition to them who come to visit the Sick.

A Prayer to be said for the Sick by them who visit him.

CONSOLATIONS AGAINST IMPATIENCE IN SICKNESS.

CONSOLATIONS AGAINST THE FEAR OF DEATH.

SEVEN SANCTIFIED THOUGHTS AND MOURNFUL SIGHS OF A SICK MAN READY TO DIE.

The sick Person ought now to send for some godly and religious Pastor.

Now follows the Practice of Piety in dying for the Lord.

A Divine Colloquy between the Soul and her Saviour upon the effectual Merits of his dolorous Passion.




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