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Early beloved, on Sunday next I purpose, thro' God's affiftance, to adminifter to all fuch as thall be religiously and devoutly difpofed, the most comfortable facrament of the body and blood of Chrift, to be by them received in remembrance of his meritorious crofs and paffion, whereby alone we obtain re mission of our fins, and are made partakers of the kingdom of heaven. Wherefore it is our duty to render most humble and hearty thanks to almighty God our heavenly father, for at he hath given his fon our Saviour Jefus Chrift, not only to die for us, but alfo to be our fpiritual food and fuftenance in that holy facrament. Which being fo divine and comfortable a thing to them who receive it worthily, and fo dangerous to them that will prefume to receive it unworthily; my duty is to exhort you in the mean feafon to confider the dignity of that holy myftery, and the great peril of the unworthy receiving thereof, and fo to fearch and examine your own confciences (and that not lightly, and after the manner of diffemblers with God; but fo) that ye may come holy and clean to fuch a heavenly feaft, in the marriage-garment required by God in holy fcripture; and be received as worthy partakers of that holy table,

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The Jew Week's Preparation.

The Lord Jefus, the fame night in which he was betrayed, took bread and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: this is my b this do in remembrance me. After the fame manner alfo he took the cup, when he had fupped, faying, This cup is the new teftament in n my blood; this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in temembrance of me: For as often as eat this bread, and • drink this cup, ye do fhew the Lord's death till he come. i Gor. xi. 23, 24, 25, 26.

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To thee, O Lord, do I lift up my eyes, my hands, my heart, from this bed, where my body hath taken its nightly repofe, towards thy Heaven, where my foul expects her eternalreft.

My voice fhalt thou hear betimes in the morning; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up,...

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I laid me down and flept, and rose up again, for the Lord hath fuftained me. Amen. When you are ready, look on your foul as fill undreed, till you have faid your prayers.

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manded us to pray unto thee, let thy fpirit help mine infirmities; and do thou fo difpofe my mind, and influence my heart in my preparation for a worthy receiving of thy moft holy facrament, that my prayers and praises may be acceptable in thy fight, thro' the mediation, and for the fake of Jefus Chrift our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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vices in me; and so strengthen me with. thy grace, that by the innocency of my life, and the conftancy of my faith, I may always: glorify thy great and holy name. the true circumcifion of the fpirit; that, my heart and all my members being mortified from all worldly and carnal lufts, I may in all things obey thy bleffed will. Enable me to love my enemies, and to do good to those that hate

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Here may be added (if time will permit) the Morning Prayer, o page 135 of this FIRST Part.

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UR father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trefpaffes, as we forgive them that trefpass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from

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So far may be ufed every Morning before the Meditation.

The Meditation for Monday Morning.

Upon our Saviour's loving invitation to the communion of his body and blood.

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye fin not. And if any man fin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jefus Chrift the righteous. 1 John ii. 1.

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Ome now, O my foul, and let us retire from the purfuits of this vain deceitful world; and let us well confider the gracious and condefcending invitations wherewith

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our bleffed Lord and only Saviour has called us, in his holy gofpel, to be partakers of his Holy Table. Why then this wavering, or coldnels, O my foul! give ear to the eternal truth, who will remove all thy doubts and fears by the following invitation.

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Ome unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will refresh you. The bread that I will give, is my flesh; which I will give for the life of the world. Take, eat, this is my body, which is given for you; this do in remembrance of me. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. The words, which Ifpake unto you, they are fpirit, and they are life. Matth. xi. 28. John vi. 51. I Cor. xi. 24. John vi. 56, 63.

2. Rife then, my foul, and take thy fwifteft wings, fly to this great mystery. There we fhall fee the prince of peace facrifice himself to reconcile us with the Father: there we shall fee, Oftupendous mercy! the Son of God with heavenly food entertaining the fons of men. Can we, O dear redeemer! believe the wonders of this mystery, and not be ravished with admiration of thy great goodnefs? can we acknowledge thy perfect veracity, and not be lieve this wonder of thy love? let us not then

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