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

Another prayer just before receiving the consecrated 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.

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work in me whatfoever is wanting to fit me for thy divine acceptance, and a worthy receiving of thefe 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 weaknefs, and forgive my infirmities, that I may worthily receive thefe elements of bread and wine to my support and comfort in this life, and my eternal happinefs in that which is to come. Amen.

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**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.

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The body of our Lord *When the minister comes Jefus Chrift, which was bread and wine, I would have to give you the consecrated given for thee, preferve you very intent upon what thy body and foul un-you are about; but take great to everlasting life. Take heed, lest while you are striand eat this in remem-ving to raise your heart, you be brance that Chrift died not lost and bewildered in for thee, and feed on him your thoughts. Strive rather for a serious and composed in thy heart by faith with mind; let your devotion be thanksgiving. rather regular and equal, than exalted and transported; attend gravely to what the minister says; and when he has repeated that excellent prayer"The body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life"-be sure you say softly a most hearty Amen; for is not that the thing you come for and desire? When he has said "Take "and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on him in thy heart by faith with thanksgiving"-take it with your right-hand, and glove off, but without lolling with your elbows on the rails, or any other careless and indecent posture and whilst you are taking it say, O blessed Jesu! who, &c. as follows:

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After receiving the bread.

Bleffed fefu! who vouchfafeft to be my food, nourish my foul to eternal life; create in me a mighty hunger after righteoufnefs, and let this divine food inftil 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.

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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 everlafting.

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

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ever bleffed; 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 the power and ftrength 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 pleasure and fafety depend on thee; be thou my portion and greatest treafure, and let my eternal happiness be fixed in the enjoyment of thee, who didft vouchfafe 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 soon as we are retired from the Lord's table.

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

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

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

Unworthy though I am, yet thy bounty, O Lord, never fails; the love of my Saviour is not diminished; and the virtue of his propitiation is never exhaufted. 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 of my fpiritual enemies

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Vigour and strength to all my holy purposes and refolutions;

Comfort and fupport under all the affictions and calamities of life;

Affiftance and direction under all difficulties and doubts ;

Courage and conftancy under all dangers and perfecutions, especially in all times of fickness, and at the hour of death. Finally, let it procure for me pardon and forgivenefs in this life, mercy and faM 2

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