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drink his blood, that our finful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our fouls wafhed through his moft precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.




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When the priest, standing before the table, hath so ordered the bread and wine that he may with more readiness and decency break the bread before the people, and take the cup into his hands, he shall say the prayer of Consecration as followeth :

The Minister.



This is the prayer of conAlmighty God our heavenly Father, who of thy priest alone; and whilst he is secration, to be said by the tender mercy didft give consecrating the bread and thine only Son Jefus wine, raise up thy soul to see Chrift to fuffer death up-with the eye of faith what on the cross for our re-great things the Lord hath left thee in that sacrament; and made demption, who there (by his own oblation Pray that they may be a means of himself once offered) all the benefits of his precious of conveying into your sout a full, perfect, and fuffi-death, saying secretly. cient facrifice, oblation,


and fatisfaction for the SEND down thy spirit and fins of the whole world, blessing upon this means of and did institute, and in grace and salvation, whichthou his holy gofpel command thyself, O Jesu, hast ordained. us to continue a perpetual memorial of that his precious death until his coming again: hear us, Omerciful Father, we moft humbly befeech thee, and grant that we receiving these thy creatures of bread and wine, according to thy Son our Saviour Jefus Chrift's holy inftitution, in remembrance of his death and paffion, may be partakers of his most bleffed body and blood: who in the fame night that he was betrayed (a) took (a) Here the priest, is bread; and when he had given to take the paten inthanks (b) he brake it and gave to his hands. it to his difciples, faying, Take,

(b) And here to break the bread.




(c) And here to lay his hands upon all the (d) Here he is to take the cup into his hands. (e) And here to lay his hand upon every vessel (be it chalice or flagon) in which there is any wine to be con*secrated.

eat, (c) this is my body which is given for you, do this in remembrance of me; likewife after fupper (d) he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them faying, Drink ye all of this; for this (e) is my blood of the New Teftament, which is fhed for you, and for many, for the remiffion of fins: Do this as oft as ye fhall drink it in remembrance of me. Amen.


* Be not discouraged if you cannot fill up all spaces with regular devotion, or with intense meditation between the prayer of consecration and the time of receiving the bread and wine; in this case do as well as you can: remember your own offences with as much sorrow as you can, and the mercies of God to you in Christ Jesus, with as much love, joy, and gratitude; recommend to God's mercy our parents, relations, friends, and all the world. Do any thing that is good and proper to fill up the time; and leave the rest to God, who is a bounteous rewarder of them that seek him.

* * Or when the prayer of consecration is over, if you have time before the bread and wine are brought to you, use the following prayer:

A prayer immediately after the confecration of the bread and wine.

I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving: and will call upon the name of the Lord I will pay my vows into the Lord, in the sight of all his people; in the courts of the Lord's house, even in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem, praise the Lord. Psal. cxvi. 14, 15, 16.


Now my

O God, proftrate before thine altar, I dare not fo much as look upon this mystery of our falvation, if thou hadft not invited me. 1 befeech thee, therefore, accept of this reprefenta

tion we make before thee of that all fufficient facrifice, which thy Son our Saviour Jefus Chrift made upon the cross: let the merit of it plead effectually for the pardon and forgivenefs of all my fins, and render thee favourable and propitious to me, a miferable finner; let the power of it prevail against all the powers of darkness; let the wisdom of it make me wife unto falvation; and let the peace of it reconcile me unto thee, and bring to me peace of confcience.


And then, O bleffed Jefus my Redeemer, I fhall be enabled to adore thee, who didft endure the painful and shameful death of the cross to recover me from the ftate of fin and mifery: I admire thine infinite condefcenfion, who was pleased to be made miferable, that I might be made happy: poor, that I might be enriched; and didft die that I might live for ever. With all my foul, O dear Jefus, I love and

praise thee, for the ftupendous es

of thy bounty and goodnefs towards me: O Lamb of God that takeft away the fins of the world, have mercy upon me; O Lamb of God that takeft away the fins of the world, grant me thy peace. Amen. Lord Jefus. Amen.


Then shall the minister fist receive the communion in both kinds himself, and then proceed to deliver the same to the bishops, priests, and deacons in like manner, (if any be present,) and after that to the people also in order, into their hands, all meekly kueeling.



* *The first person that receives is the minister who has a request to you, in behalf of himself, namely, that as he prays for you with great fervency, you would comfort and encourage him with an hearty. Amen upon your knees, to the petitions at his taking the holy elements: and in the interval between his receiving the bread and wine, use the following prayer:

A prayer to be used when the priest is receiving the bread and the wine.



Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness: and let thy saints sing with joyfulness. Psalm cxxxii. 9.


IVE thy grace, O Lord, we humbly befeech thee, to all thofe who are called to any office or adminiftration in thy church, and fo replenish. them with the truth of thy doctrine, and endue them with innocency of life, that they may faithfully ferve before thee, to the glory of thy great name, and benefit of thy holy church, thro' Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen..




*After the minister has received the communion in both kinds, and is proceeding to deliver the saine to the people, litt up your heart to God in the following prayer : A prayer before receiving the holy sacrament. EHOLD, gracious Lord, I come to this holy table, as a fick man to the great phyfician of life; I beseech thee, O Lord, to cure my infirmities, and let me not only receive the outward and visible fign, but the inward and fpiritual grace, the body and blood of thy Son Jefus Christ, that fo all carnal affections may die in me, and that all things belonging to the fpirit may live and grow in me; that I may

have power, and strength, and victory, to triumph against the world, the flesh, and the devil; and alfo may be endued with all fuch heavenly virtues which are pleafing to thee, and which thou wilt eternally reward, for the merit of thy Son's, death; to whom with the Father and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.


Another prayer just before receiving the consecra ted bread, if time will permit,

If thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Mat. v. 23, 24.

ET it be thy pleasure, O God, to

work in me whatsoever is wanting to fit me for thy divine acceptance, and a worthy receiving of these holy myfteries; give me repentance unto life, not to be repented of; endue me with a lively faith, a perfect love, and an univerfal charity; pity my weakness, and forgive my infirmities, that I may worthily receive thefe elements of bread and wine to my fupport and comfort in this life, and my eternal happiness in that which is to come. Amen.


*_* When the minister is drawing near you, and before you receive the bread, fix your thoughts upon Jesus Christ dying for the sins of the world,


¶ And when the priest delivers the bread to any one, he shall say:

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