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ritual grace, the body and blood of thy fon Jefus Chrift, 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 ftrength, and victory, to triumph against the world, the flesh, and the devil; and alfo may be endued will all fuch heavenly virtues which are pleafing to thee, and which thou wilt eternally reward, for the merit of thy fon'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 confecrated bread, if time will permit.

If thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there remembereft that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way, firft be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Matt. 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 mysteries; 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 these elements of bread and wine to my support and comfort in this life, and my eternal happiness in that which is to come. Amen.



When the minifter is drawing near you, and before you receive the bread, fix your thoughts upon Jefus Chrift dying for the fins of the world.


¶ And when the pricft delivereth the bread to any one, he shall


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The body of our Lord JeWhen the minifter comes fus Chrift, which was given to give you the confecrated bread for thee, preferve thy body and wine, I would have you very and foul unto everlasting life. intent upon what you are about; Take and eat this in remem-but take great beed, left while you brance, that Chrift died for are ftriving to raise your heart, you be not loft and bewildered in thee, and feed on him in thy your thoughts. Strive rather for a heart by faith with thanks-ferious and compofed mind; let giving your devotion be rather regular and equal, than exalted and transported; attend gravely to what the minifter fays; and when he has repeated that excellent prayer"The body of our Lord Jefus Chrift, which was given for thee, preferve thy body and foul unto everlasting life."- be fure you fay foftly a moft hearty Amen; for is not that the thing you come for and defire? When he has faid"Take and eat this in re"membrance that Chrift died for thee, and feed on him in thy "heart by faith with thanksgiving"-take it with your righthand, and glove off, but without lolling with your elbows on the rails, or any other carelefs and indecent pofture: and whilft you are taking it fay, O bleffed Jefu! who, &c. as follows:



After receiving the bread.


Bleffed fefu! who vouchsafest to be my food, nourish my foul to eternal life create in me a mighty hunger after righteoufnefs, and let this divine food inftill into my weak and languishing foul new fupplies of


grace, new life, new vigour, and new refolutions; that I may never again faint, or droop, or tire in my duty.


When the minifter is drawing near you with the cup, fix vour thoughts upon Jesus Christ dying for the fins of the world.

Before receiving the cup.

Merciful God, grant that this cup, which
I am now about to receive, may be unto

me a cup of bleffing. Sprinkle me with the

blood of the ever bleffed Jefus, that my foul, being cleanfed from all corruptions, may attain to life everlasting.


¶And the minifter that delivereth the cup to any one shall say, The Minister.


The blood of our Lord Jefus Chrift, which was fhed for thee, preferve thy body and foul untoeverlasting life. Drink this in remembrance

When the minifter delivereth the cup, and fays,The "blood of our Lord Jefus Chrift, "which was fhed for thee, pre"ferve thy body and foul unto "everlasting life," be fure you Say Amen. And when he has faid

"Drink this in remembrance that Chrift's blood was shed for thee, and be thankful.”—take it, and drink very moderately, regarding neither thirst or pleafure in that draught. But let me remind you, that you do not pretend to repeat, either loud or foftly, the words the minifter ufes in delivering the bread and wine; your bufinefs being to attend foberly to what he fays, and then to fay Amen. Itell you this, becaufe an idle custom bas prevail d of people's repeating what the minifter fays, to the difturbance of the minifter, and to the hindrance, I dare fay, of their own

that Chrift's blood was fhed for thee, and be thankful..

devotions, which would be further'd by a grave and filent attention, which I take all occafions to recommend to you. And if these devotions do not hold to the end, you may listen to the minifter delivering the bread and wine to the other communicants, and say a hearty Amen to each of them, for that is praying for the greatest bleffing God can beflow on them, the prefervation of their body and foul unto everlasting life.

Whofo eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the laft day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. John vis 54, 55, 56.

When thou haft received both kinds, fay;
Have done, O Lord, as thou hast command-



O let me find the great Benefits of this thy divine inftitution; pour down thy graces upon me, direct my goings in thy ways, and enable me by thy power and strength of this divine food, to perfevere in the practice of a holy and religious life, even to the last moment of my days; be thou my peace and refuge, and let my pleafure and fafety depend on thee; be thou my portion and greatest treasure, and let my eternal happiness be fixed in the enjoyment of -thee, who didft vouchsafe not only to take our nature upon thee, that thou mighteft die for our fins, but haft left us a perpetual memorial thereof in this holy facrament. Amen.

A prayer of thanksgiving as foon as we are retired from the Lord's table.

I will fing of the Lord, because he hath dealt so lovingly with me: yea, I will praise the name of the Lord most highest. Pfalm xiii. 5, 6.

LL honour, glory, and power, might, majefty, and dominion, be unto him that fitteth on the throne, and unto the lamb that was flain, for ever and ever.

I give thee most humble and hearty thanks, O Lord, that thou hast been pleased to admit me to renew my baptifmal covenant with thee in this holy facrament.

That thou haft vouchfafed to feed me with the fpiritual nourishment of the body and blood of thy fon Jefus Chrift; and this not for any merits of my own, but for the fake of thy infinite goodness and mercy.

Unworthy tho' I am, yet thy bounty, O Lord, never fails; the love of my faviour is not diminished; and the virtue of his propitiation is never exhausted: Grant, therefore, I befeech thee, that this holy facrament may never turn to my judgment and condemnation.

But that it may be health and recovery under all my weakneffes and infirmities;


Safety and defence against all the attacks my fpiritual enemies;

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