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(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; likewife after fupper (d) he took the cup, and when he had given d 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 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 wide to be con
*Be not discouraged if you cannot fill up all spaces and with regular devotion, or with intense meditation between the prayer of consecration and the time of receiving the h bread and wine; in this case do as well as you cant en remember your own offences with as much sorrow as you can, and the mercies of God to you in Christ Jesus, with ast 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.
CW, O my God, proftrate before thine altar, I dare not fo much as look upon this mystery 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 praife 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 wine, use the following prayer?
1 prayer to be used when the priest is receiving
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 administration 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 Christ 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. EHOLD, gracious Lord, I come to
this holy table, as a fick man to the great phyfician of life; I befeech 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 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 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.
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 a perfect love, and an universal 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 happinefs 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:
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 stri and 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 composedin 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 bleffed Jesu! who, &c. as follows:
After receiving the bread.
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.
* * When the minister is drawing near you with the cup, fix your thoughts upon Jesus Christ dying for the sins of the world.