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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 cleansed from all corruptions, may attain to life everlafting.
And the minister that delivereth the cup to any one shall say,
When the minister deliThe blood of our Lord vereth the cup, and saysJefus Chrift, which was The blood of our Lord Jesus thed for thee, preferve Christ, which was shed for thy body unto everlafting" thee, preserve thy body and life. Drink this in re- "soul unto everlasting life"membrance that Chrift'sjbe sure you say Amen. And blood was fhed for thee, when he has said " Drink and be thankful.
this in remembrance that Christ's blood was shed for thee, and be thankful”—take it and drink very moderately, regarding neither thirst or pleasure in that draught. But let me remind you, that you do not pretend to repeat, either loud or softly, the words the minister uses in delivering the bread and wine; your business being to attend soberly to what he says, and then to say Amen. Itel you this, because an idle custom has prevailed of people's repeating what the minister says, to the disturbance of the ministry, and to the hinderance, I dare say, of their own devotions, which would be furthered by a grave and silent attention, which [ take all occasions to recommend to you. And if these devotions do not hold to the end, you may listen to ths minister 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 blessing God can bestow on them, the preservation of their body and soul unto everlasting life.
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.
When thou hast received both kinds, say, Have done, O Lord, as thou haft commanded me, and let thy name be for 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 pleafure 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 nighteft 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
LL honour, glory, and power, might,
that fitteth on the throne, and unto the Lamb that was flain, for ever and ever.
I give thee moft humble and hearty thanks, O Lord, that thou hast been pleafed to admit me to renew my baptifinal 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 againft all the attacks of my fpiritual enemies;
Vigour and ftrength to all my holy purposes and refolutions;
Comfort and fupport under all the afHictions and calamities of life;
Affiftance and direction under all difficulties and doubts ;
Courage and conftancy under all dangers and perfecutions, efpecially 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
vour at the day of judgment, and a neverfading crown of glory in thy heavenly kingdom; where with thy Son Jefus Chrift, and the bleffed Spirit, thou livest and reigneft one God, world without end.
If the consecrated bread or wine be all spent before all have communicated, the priest is to consecrate more according to the form before prescribed, beginning at [our Saviour Christ in the same night, &c ] for the blessing of the bread; and at [likewise after Supper, &c.] for the blessing of the cup, as you will find it on pages 114, 145.
When all have communicated, and the minister re turns to the remaining part of the communion office, (by some called the post communion,) be sure you be not unready to join with him, nay, tho' you should not have ended your private devotions, yet break them off, tho' in the middle, and join with the public ones, for that is better, and your duty; and go on with him in heart, till he has made an end.
When all have communicated, the minister shall retura to the Lord's Table, and reverently place upon it what re maineth of the consecrated elements, covering the same with a fair linen cloth.
Then shall the priest say the Lord's prayer, the people repeating after him every petition.
The Minister and People.
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trefpaffes, as we forgive them that trefpafs against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
After this shall be said as followeth :
O Lord and heavenly Father, we thy humble fervants entirely defire thy fatherly goodnefs mercifully to accept this our facrifice of praife and thank fgiving: 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 unwor thy, through our manifold fins, to offer unto thee any facrifice, yet we befeech 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.
Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee, for that thou doft vouchfafe 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 doft 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 bleffed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs thro' hope of thy everlasting kingdom, by the merits of the most gracious death and paffion of thy dear Son. And we most humbly befeech thee, O heavenly Father, fo to affift us with thy grace, that we may continue in thy holy fellowship, and do all fuch good works