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individual is to say to his
to say to his own heart, on looking back, have I love, have I charity, have I repentance ? and looking forward, have I resolutions of amendment, and above all, have I faith? If “No” be the answer, let him leave his gift at the altar, and go in search of those things which he yet lacketh. Ву the grace of God he will find them, if he tries. By the grace of God he will soon return, searching for them in the purification of his heart, by the aid of his own rational sense, by meditation on the word of God, and above all by constant, assiduous, humble
prayer, for the Holy Spirit to comfort and to teach.
But if “ Yes” be the answer, if he can say, “I have examined my heart and conscience faithfully, I
my Saviour and brethren in love, I look up to my God in repentance and desire of amendment, I behold the cross of Jesus Christ in all faith, and my own sins in all humility,” then approach, draw near : “ Draw near and take this holy sacrament to your comfort.” Look upon the holy symbols of love, of peace, of justification. Look upon the body and blood of your Redeemer with confident and glowing hearts, with reverential looks of piety, with an earnest longing after immortality. Look upon them in the
them in the plenitude of your rejoicing, that to you a Saviour has
been born who has saved his people from their sins ; look upon them, and hear through them exclaiming the voice of your heavenly master : “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself that where I am ye may be also.”
END OF PART I.
MEDITATIONS AND PRAYERS.
" When, in my serious thoughts and more retired meditations,
, I am got into the closet of my heart, and there begin to look within myself, and consider what I am, I presently find myself to be a reasonable creature ; for, were I not so, it would be impossible for me thus to reason and reflect.”—BISHOP BEVERIDGE.
“ Meditate upon these things."-1 Tim. iv. 15.
THE LORD'S DAY.
“Dearly beloved brethren, on
I intend, by God's grace, to celebrate the Lord's Supper: unto which, in God's behalf, I bid you all that are here present, and beseech you, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, that you will not refuse to come thereto, being so lovingly called and bidden by God himself.” Exhortation, Communion Service.
And shall I hear these gracious words, and yet refuse? Shall I hear the glad announcement of my Redeemer's love: “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give