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works as thou haft prepared for us to walk in, through Jefus Christ our Lord; to whom with thee, and the Holy Ghoft, be all honour and glory, world without
¶ Then shall be said or sung,
Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will towards men. We praife thee, we blefs thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks unto thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly king, God the Father Almighty.
O Lord, the only-begotten Son Jefus Chrift: 0 Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takeft away the fins of the world, have mercy upon us; thou that takeft away the fins of the world, receive our prayers; thou that fittest at the righthand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.
For thou only art holy, thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Chrift, with the holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Then the priest, (or, bishop if he be present,) shall let them depart with this BLESSING.
The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.
Let this day, O my God, be noted in the book of life.-Forget not my prayers, O Lord, nor let my coldnefs and wanderings, and infinite unworthinefs, turn them into fin. Lord, hear my prayers, and let my cry come unto thee.
Ejaculations and a short prayer when the communion service is ended.
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace ac cording to thy word. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation. Luke ii, 29.
OW, O Lord, refreshed with this heavenly banquet of thy Son's inftitution, I have fealed my repentance, and flee unto thee for pardon for all thofe imperfections that have accompanied me at this time, in my attendance at thy altar; forgive the deadnefs and dulnefs of my affections, the wanderings of my thoughts, and distractions of my mind; let the fincerity of my holy purposes and refolutions be accepted, notwithstanding my weakness and frailty.
O! let this commemoration of my crucified Saviour influence all my thoughts, words, and actions, that my conversation may be as becometh the gofpel of Chrift. Reward me not according to my deferts, but according to my great neceffities, and thine own rich mercies in Jefus Chrift; to whom with thee, O God the Father, and God the Holy Ghoft, be all. honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
Now arising, depart reverently from the Lord's table with a glad heart and cheerful countenance; preserve good thoughts in your mind; bebave with gravity, yet be not sullen or morose; for a Christian's behaviour should not be without innocent alacrity or cheerfulness.
How to live well, after a worthy receiving of the holy sacrament.
The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us, and to our children for ever. Deut. xxix. 29.
1. [F thou wouldst preferve thy faith incorrupt, and thy devotion from diftraction, content thyfelf with reverencing and admiring these holy myfteries; and do not indulge a bufy curiofity, in bold and unprofitable inquiries concerning them, for this is one way to damp a godly zeal, and to perplex thy mind with intri cate and endless doubts.
2. Happy is that meeknefs and poverty of fpirit, which induftriously declines the rugged thorny paths of controverfy and captious difputes; and walks in the plain fmooth way of duty and practical religion; which ftudies God's commands, and labours to understand things of a fize with its own capacity, without troubling itfelf about his doings and decrees.
3. Too many inftances there are of da ring men, who by prefuming to found the deep things of religion, have cavilled and argued themfelves out of all religion. These men miftake their business: for the
the thing required of a Chriftian, is not penetration and fubtility of wit, nice diftinction, or fublime notions, but victorious faith, and an honeft holy life; fobriety and temperance, and chastity, juftice and charity, piety and devotion.
4. Thefe doubts are not always finful, nor always from themfelves, but frequently owing to the temptations of the devil, and induftrioufly fcattered by him, with wicked artifice and malicious defign. Be not, therefore, too anxious upon thefe occafions. Trouble not thyfelf to argue nicely, nor employ thy thoughts upon the matter, nor hold thyfelf concerned to be able to answer every cavil, which he puts into thy head: but keep clofe to Scripture, and do thy duty; and the enemy will foon retreat when he finds thee neglect his attempts.
5. Think not these inward diftractions a fign that thou art forfaken of God. They are rather, on the contrary, a mark of grace. God fuffers them to exercise thy patience, to try thy conftancy, to promote thy fpiritual advantage. Proceed then in thy Chriftian courfe with refolu-. tion and patience; and ftill frequent the facrament with fteadfaft faith, and humble reverence.
6. Whatever there thou findeft to exceed thy understanding, put it to God's
account; and leave him to make it good, tho' thou canst not conceive how it should be done. He will not deceive thee; but they who rely upon their own understanding, are fure to deceive themselves. For,
7. Remember, God hath faid, that he walks and dwells with the humble, and shows his ways to the meek; that he reveals himself to tabes; that he opens the eyes of the honeft and fincere; but hides his grace and knowledge from the proud and wife in their own fight. Human reafon may both deceive and be deceived; but faith hath God for its foundation, and cannot err; because depending upon one who is truth itself, incapable of mistaking, or of impofing upon others.
8. 'Tis therefore highly fit, and, in matters of religion, abfolutely neceffary, that these two principles fhould know their order and refpective ftations; and each contain itself within its proper fphere. Faith (which fuppofes a revelation received and acknowledged) challenges the highest place; and reafon ought to keep her distance, to ferve and follow after, not to fet bounds to, or affume and encroach, and ufurp over the other. For,
9. Faith and charity are the two pillars upon which Chriftianity ftands; the two governing principles of a good man's opi nions and actions. And their authority