Imatges de pÓgina

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 liveft 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 accord ing 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, as 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 :
The Minifter.

O Lord and heavenly Father, we thy humble fervants entirely defire thy fatherly goodnefs mercifully to accept this our facrifice of praife and thankfgiving: 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 unworthy, through our manifold fins, to offer unto thee any facrifice, yet we beseech 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.

Or this.

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 moft 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

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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 end. Amen.

Then shall be said or sung,

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will towards men.. We praise thee, we bless 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.

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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

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 deadness and dulnefs of my affections, the wanderings of my thoughts, and distractions of my mind; let the fincerity of my holy purpofes 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 converfation may be as becometh the gospel 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; behave 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.


F thou wouldst preferve thy faith in

traction, content thyfelf with reverencing and admiring thefe 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 daring men, who by prefuming to found the deep things of religion, have cavilled and argued themfelves out of all religion. Thefe men miftake their bufinefs: for


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