I renounce the world with its vain pomp
QUESTIONS FOR SELF-EXAMINATION.
Do I seek my happiness in the things of this world — in
its riches, honors, or pleasures?
Do I think more of these than of my salvation?
Do I ever neglect my religious duties on account of
Have I been so taken up in these as to unfit me for
Am I fond of vain amusements?
Do I love extravagant dress and display before others?
Do I avoid all those things in which ungodly persons
find their pleasure?
Do I act as if I felt that the world and the things that
are in it were passing away?
The devil taketh him up into an exceeding high moun-
tain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and
the glory of them;
And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if
thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for
it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and
him only shalt thou serve.
Then the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came
and ministered unto him. — St. Matt. iv. 8-11.
From love of this vain world;
From all unholy desires for earthly pomp
and glory; from ambition and pride; from
covetousness and avarice;
Good Lord deliver me.
By Thy fasting and temptation in the wil-
derness; by Thy contempt of earthly riches
and glory; and by Thy victory over the
subtle charms and proud promises of the
Good Lord deliver me.
What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole
world, and lose his own soul?
Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? —
St. Mark, viii. 36, 37.
Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully
grant unto me, that all deadly pleasures may
be cast aside, and that no interests of earth
may rob me of the everlasting bliss of
heaven; but rather, may I always be will-
ing to lose my life for Thy sake and the
gospel’s, that I may find it and keep it eter-
nally: through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our
Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto
me, and I unto the world. — Gal. vi. 14.
Bestow on me, Lord, the spirit of Thy
holy martyrs, of whom the world was not
worthy; who were willing, for the precious
faith of Christ, to be destitute, afflicted, tor-
mented; and who, for no promises of life,
accepted deliverance, that they might obtain
a better resurrection; and, like Thy servant
Moses, who esteemed the reproach of Christ
greater riches than the treasures of Egypt,
may I be willing to count all that earth can
offer but loss in comparison with that far
more exceeding and eternal weight of glory
which awaits the faithful at the coming, and
in the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity
with God? Whosoever, therefore, will be a friend of the
world, is the enemy of God. — James iv. 4.
O Lord my God, since righteousness can
have no fellowship with unrighteousness,
and light can hold no communion with dark-
ness; since Christ can have no concord with
Belial, nor the temple of God be in agree-
ment with idols; and as Thou hast com-
manded me not to be conformed to this
world: grant that I may never be unequally
yoked together with these, but may come
out from among them and be separate, so
that I may not touch any unclean thing, and
that my soul and body, which Thou hast
made Thy temple, may be kept pure as Thy
habitation through Thy Holy Spirit.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father
is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affiic-
tion and to keep himself unspotted from the world. —
James i. 27.
Vouchsafe unto me, Lord, grace to re-
nounce the vain pomp and glory of the
world, and to choose the ways of charity and
good works, that being wholly taken up with
labors of mercy, I may escape the corrup-
tions that are in the world through lust, and
attain unto glory, and honor, and immor-
tality: through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the
world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father
is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and
the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the
Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but
he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. — 1 John
From the love of the world and the things
that are in it; from the lust of the flesh, the
lust of the eyes, and the pride of life; from
all baseness, that defiles, and from all emp-
tiness, that passeth away:
Good Lord deliver me.
Whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world; and
this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that be-
lieveth that Jesus is the Son of God. — 1 John v. 4, 5.
Almighty God, who hast brought again
from the dead our Lord Jesus, the glorious
Prince of salvation, with everlasting victory
over hell and the grave; grant unto me
power, I beseech Thee, to rise with Him to
newness of life, that I may overcome the
world with the victory of faith, and have
part at last in the resurrection of the just:
through the merits of this same risen Sa-
viour, who liveth and reigneth with Thee
and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world
without end. Amen.