Imatges de pÓgina

After this shall be said as followeth :
The Minifter.

O Lord and heavenly Father, we thy humble fervants entirely defire thy fatherly goodnefs mercifully to accept this our facrifice of praife and thanksgiving: moft humbly befeeching thee to grant, that by the merits and death of thy Son Jefus Chrift,and through faith in his blood, we and all thy whole church may obtain remiffion of our fins, and all other benefits of his paffion. And here we offer and prefent unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our fouls and bodies, to be a reafonable, holy, and lively facrifice unto thee, humbly befeeching thee, that all we who are partakers of this holy communion, may be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction. And although we be unworthy, through our manifold fins, to offer unto thee any facrifice, yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and fervice; not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jefus Chrift our Lord; by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghoft, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.

Or this.

Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee, for that thou doft vouchsafe to feed us, who have duly received thefe holy myfteries with the fpiritual food of the most precious body and blood of thy Son our Saviour Jefus Christ; and doit affure us thereby of thy favour and goodness towards us, and that we are very members incorporate in the myftical body of thy Son, which is the bieffed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs thro' hope of thy everlafting kingdom, by the merits of the moft gracious death and paflion of thy dear Son. And we most humbly befeech thee, O heavenly Father, fo to aflift us with thy grace, that we may continue in thy holy fellowship, and do all fuch good M 3 works

works as thou haft prepared for us to walk in, through Jefus Chrift our Lord;, to whom with thee, and the Holy Ghoft, be all honour and glory, world without

end. Amen.

Then shall be said or sung,

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will towards men. We praise thee, we blefs thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks unto thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly king, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son Jefus Chrift: O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takeft away the fins of the world, have mercy upon us; thou that takeft away the fins of the world, receive our prayers; thou that fittest at the righthand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy, thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Chrift, with the holy Ghoft, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


¶ Then the priest, (or, bishop if he be present,) shall let them depart with this BLESSING.

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love or God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with always. Amen.


Then say,


Let this day, O my God, be noted in the book of life.-Forget not my prayers, O Lord, nor let my coldness and wanderings, and infinite unworthinefs, turn them into fin. Lord, hear my prayers, and let my cry come unto thee.


Ejaculations and a short prayer when the communion service is ended.

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation. Luke ii. 29.

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W, O Lord, refreshed with this

ftitution, I have fealed my repentance, and flee unto thee for pardon for all thofe imperfections that have accompanied me at this time, in my attendance at thy altar; forgive the deadnefs and dulnefs of my affections, the wanderings of my thoughts, and diftractions of my mind; let the fincerity of my holy purpofes and refolutions be accepted, notwithstanding my weakness and frailty.

O! let this commemoration of my crucified Saviour influence all my thoughts, words, and actions, that my converfation may be as becometh the gospel of Chrift. Reward me not according to my deferts, but according to my great neceffities, and thine own rich mercies in Jefus Chrift; to whom with thee, O God the Father, and God the Holy Ghoft, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.



Now arising, depart reverently from the Lord's table with a glad heart and cheerful countenance; preserve good thoughts in your mind; behave with gravity, yet be not sullen or morose; for a Christian's behaviour should not be without innocent alacrity or cheerfulness, L


How to live well, after a worthy receiving of the holy-sacrament.

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us, and to our children for ever. Deut. xxix. 29.

F thou wouldst preferve thy faith in


traction, content thyfelf with reverencing and admiring thefe holy mysteries; and do not indulge: a bufy curiofity, in bold and unprofitable inquiries concerning them, for this is one way to damp a godly zeal, and to perplex thy mind with intri-'cate and endlefs doubts.

2. Happy is that meeknefs and poverty of fpirit, which induftrioufly declines the rugged thorny paths of controverfy and captious difputes; and walks in the plain Imooth way of duty and practical religion; which ftudies God's commands, and labours to understand things of a fize Iwith its own capacity, without troubling itfelf about his doings and decrees.

3. Too many inftances there are of daring men, who by prefuming to found the deep things of religion, have cavilled and argued themfelves out of all religion. These men mistake their bufinefs

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the thing required of a Chriftian, is not penetration and fubtility of wit, nice diftinction, or fublime notions, but victorious faith, and an honeft holy life; fobriety and temperance, and chastity, juftice and charity, piety and devotion.

4. Thefe doubts are not always finful, nor always from themselves, but frequently owing to the temptations of the devil, and induftrioufly fcattered by him, with wicked artifice and malicious defign. Be not, therefore, too anxious upon these occafions. Trouble not thyfelf to argue nicely, nor employ thy thoughts upon the matter, nor hold thyfelf concerned to be able to answer every cavil, which he puts into thy head: but keep clofe to Scripture, and do thy duty; and the enemy will foon retreat when he finds thee neglect his attempts.

5. Think not these inward distractions a lign that thou art forfaken of God. They are rather, on the contrary, a mark of grace. God fuffers them to exercife thy patience, to try thy conftancy, to promote thy fpiritual advantage. Proceed then in thy Chriftian courfe with refolution and patience; and ftill frequent the facrament with fteadfaft faith, and humble reverence.

6. Whatever there thou findeft to exceed thy understanding, put it to God's


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