« AnteriorContinua »
them and lead them into all truth, giving them both the gift of divers languages, and alfo boldnefs with fervent zeal, conftantly to preach the gofpel unto all nations, whereby we have been brought from darkness and error, into the light and true knowledge of thee, and of thy Son Jefus Chrift. Therefore, with angels, &c..
Upon the feast of Trinity only.
Who art one God, one Lord; not only one perfon but three perfons in one fubftance: for that which we believe of the glory of the Father, the fame we believe of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft, without any difference or inequality. Therefore, with angels, &c.
After each of which prefaces shall immediately be sung or said, Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name, evermore praifing thee, and faying, Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Hofts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord, most high. Amen. Rubrick.
¶Then shall the priest, kneeling down at the Lord's table, say in the name of all them that shall receive the communion, this prayer following:
We do not prefume to When the priest acknow come to this thy table, Oledges in this form of humilimerciful Lord, truftinglation his own, and the comin our own righteoufnefs, God's unmerited kindness, in municant's unworthiness, and but in tay manifold and admitting them to his holy great mercies. We are table, make this act of huminot worthy fo much as to liation your own by your most gather up the crumbs devout attention, and joining under thy table; but thou with an hearty Amen. art the fame Lord, whofe property is always to have mercy; grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, fo to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jefus Chrift, and to
drink his blood, that our finful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our fouls washed through his moft precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.
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, be shall say the prayer of Consecration as followeth :
Directions. the of conAlmighty God our hea-secration, to be said by the venly Father, who of thy priest alone; and whilst he is 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 sacrainent; and demption, who made 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 soul a full, perfect, and fuffi-death, saying secretly. cient facrifice, oblation,
L and fatisfaction for the END down thy spirit and fins of the whole blessing upon this means of and did inftitute, 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, O merciful Father, we moft humbly befeech thee, and grant that we receiving thefe 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 (b) And here to break it to his difciples, faying, Take, the bread.
'to his hands.
(c) And here to lay his hands upon all the
eat, (c) this is my body which is given for you, do this in remembrance of me; likewise 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 shall drink it in remembrance of me. Amen.
(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
*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 unto 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.
God, proftrate before thine altar, I dare not fo much as look upon this myftery of our falvation, if thou hadft not invited me. I 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 forgiveness 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 fhameful death of the cross to recover me from the state of fin and mifery: I admire thine infinite condefcenfion, who was pleafed 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 expreffions of thy bounty and goodness towards me: 0 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 first 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 kneeling.
*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 reine, use the following prayer :)
1 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 exxxii. 9. IVE thy grace, O Lord, we humbly befeech thee, to all thofe who are called to any office or administration in thy church, and fo replenish them with the truth of thy doctrine, and endue then 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 same to the people, lift up your heart to God in the following prayer: A prayer before receiving the holy sacrament. Lord, I come to
B this holy table, as a fick man to the
great physician of life; I befeech thee, 0 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 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