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Week's Preparation

For a Worthy receiving of the

Lord's Supper,

As Recommended and Appointed by the
CHURCH of ENGLAND:
Confifting of

MEDITATIONS and PRAYERS for the Morning and Evening of every Day in the Week;

WITH-**.

FORMS of Examination and Confeffion of Sins:

AND

A Companion at the Altar,

Directing the Communicant in his Behaviour and Demotions at the LORD'S TABLE:

ALSO

INSTRUCTIONS how to live well,

after receiving the HOLY SACRAMENT.

To which are added

A Morning and Evening Prayer for the Clofet or Family.

LONDON,

Printed for W. BENT, at the King's Arms, Paternofter Row, and the other Proprietors.

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EORGE the Second, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. To all to whom thefe Prefents fhall come, Greeting: WHEREAS our Trufty and Well be loved Edward Wickfeed, of our City of London, Bookfeller, hath humbly reprefented to us, That he is now Printing a New Edition (with Improve ments) of a Work, Entitled,

The NEW Week's Preparation for a Worthy Receiving

the LORD'S SUPPER, as recommended and appointed by the Church of England, &c. In two Parts.

AND whereas the faid Edward Wicksteed has informed us, that the fait Work has been perfected with great Labour, Study, aud Expence. He ha therefore humbly prayed Us to grant to him the faid Edward Wickfreed Our Royal Privilege, Licence, and AUTHORITY, for the SOLE Printing Publishing, and Vending the faid Work, in as ample Manner and Form a has ever been done in Cafes of the like Nature.

WE being graciously inclined to give all due Encouragement to Work that may be Of Public Ufe and Benefit, and especially to thofe of this Kind, which fo greatly tend to the Advancement of Religion, and the general Good and Benefit of Mankind, ARE pleased to condescend to his Requeft, and DC by thefe Prefents (as far as may be agreeable to the Statute in that Cafe mad and provided) give and grant to the faid Edward Wickfeed, his Executors Adminiftrators, and Affigns, full Power, Licence, Privilege, and fole AU. THORITY, for the SOLE Printing, Publishing, and Vending the faid Work, together with all and all manner of Amendments, Corrections, Alterations, and Additions of or to the fame; and Our exprefs Will and Plea fure is, and We do hereby ftrictly charge, command, and prohibit all and every Perfon and Ferfons whatsoever, within Our Dominions, that they, not any or either of them, prefume in any manner of wife to reprint, abridge, o extract the fame, or any Part or Parts thereof, either in the like, or in any other Form, or Forms, Volume, or Volumes whatsoever; OR to import, buy, vend, utter, or diftribute, any Copies thereof, or of any Part or Part thereof, that are or fhall be printed or reprinted beyond the Seas, without the AUTHORITY, Confent, or Approbation of the faid Edward Wicksteed, hit Executors, Administrators, or Affigns, by Writing under his or their Hand and Seals firft had and obtained, as they and every of them offending herein will incur our Royal indignation and Difpleasure, and fuch other Pains and Penalties as by the Laws and Statutes of Our Realins may be inflicted. WHEREOF the Commiffioners and other Officers of our Customs, the Mafter, Wardens, and Company of Stationers of Londen, and all other Officers, Minifters, and others, whom it may concern, are to take Notice, that a strict Obedience be given to our Pleafure herein fignified.

Given at our Court at St. James's, &c.

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The Preface.

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Eafons for publishing this New
Week's Preparation Page
Keble's week's preparation exceed-
ing faulty, as it abounds with many
lewd and scandalous expreffions.
Such language fitter for a fenfual lo-
ver than a worshipper of the all
pure, and all-knowing God.
Bishop Stilling feet's teftimony a-
gainst that way of worship.
The way of worship made use of in

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Keble's week's preparation has A form of Examination, viz greatly contributed towards the decay of chriftian picty. Many boneft and well-meaning chriftians have been thrown into deSpair by it.

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1 Of our duty towards God,
our neighbour.
towards one's felf.
if a child.
if a parent.

It has ferved to bring Religion into
ridicule and contempt, and to bar-
den the wicked and unthinking
part of mankind against the firft
efforts of reformation.
The love of God, as taught by Ke-

if a fervant.

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ifa mafter or mistress. 29 if a magiftrate.

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Monday evening.
Ejaculations.

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A prayer of refignation to the will of God.

ble's week's preparation, very A profeffion of godly forrow for different from that taught us by Chrift hinfelf, and by St. John. iv The prayers and meditations in this New Week's Preparation are fuch as can be warranted from the word of God. itself. Bishop Fleetwood's teftimony against the manner of worship madc ufe of in Keble's week's preparation.

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The Week's Preparation. Jaculations when we awake. 1 when we arife.

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For Monday.

A meditation for the morning.
A prayer for the morning.
A meditation for the evening.
A prayer before examination.
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For Tuesday.

A meditation for the morning.

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An account of this work.
The duty of frequent communicat-A prayer for the morning.
A meditation for the evening.

ing.

The obligations for preparing our-A prayer for the evening.
felves for the Lord's fupper.
For Wednesday.

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The communion office must be
carefully attended to.
vii A meditation for the morning.
The usefulness of actual prepara-A confeffion of fins.
viii A prayer for God's mercy.

tion.

Dr. Waterland's commendation of A meditation for the evening.
the Week's Preparation. viii A prayer for the evening.

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if a brother or fifter. 27

if a wife.

if a husband,

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A prayer to conclude our devotions
for every day.
Ejaculations at going to bed.

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For Thursday.

the exhortation.

the confeffion.
the abfolution.

A meditation for the morning.
A prayer for the morning.
A meditation for the evening.
A pri er for the evening.
For Friday.

the humiliation.
the confecration.

A prayer after confecration.

A prayer when the prieft is receiv ing the bread and wine. 74 A prayer before receiving.

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77 A prayer juft before receiving the

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bread.

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A meditation for the morning.
A prayer for the morning.
A meditation for the evening.
A prayer for the evening.
For Saturday.

A meditation for the morning.
A prayer for the morning.
A meditation for the evening.
A prayer for the evening.
For Sunday.

A meditation for the morning.
A prayer for the morning.
Ejaculations when firft come
church.

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A prayer before or after the prayers of the church.

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A prayer after fermon.
Directions before receiving. ΙΟΙ
The Companion for the Altar.
Ejaculations before you leave your
Seat.
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Ejaculations when you approach the

Altar.

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Directions concerning the Offertory.

prayer at offering our alms. rections concerning the for the church militant.

Directions concerning the receiving 83 the bread.

86 A prayer after the bread.
before the cup.

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90 Directions concerning the receiving

the cup.

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91A prayer when you have received both kinds. into A thanksgiving when retired from

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the Lord's table.

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105 A morning prayer.
prayer An evening prayer.
106 A general thanksgiving

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A fhort prayer when the communion-fervice is ended. 126 Inftructions how to live well after a worthy receiving the holy fa172

crament.

A prayer after you have returned home. 131 Directions for a chriftian behaviour in the afternoon on the day we receive the bleffed facrament of the Lord's fupper. 133, 134

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Publifhed by the fame Author,

The New Week's Preparation; Part the Second: Confitting of Meditations, Prayers, and Hymns, fuitable for every Day in the Week, after receiving the Lord's Supper. In which thofe Doubts and Scruples which are apt to disturb and render the Minds of devout Communicants uneafy, are clearly stated, and finally served.

The Two Parts may be had bound together.

The Author to the Reader.
REASONS for publishing this BOOK.

TH HO' I may poffibly incur the difpleasure of those whofe fecular views may be fruftrated or disappointed by the publication of this NEW Week's Preparation; yet I have the confolation of being fully affured, that this prefent undertaking will want no apology to those who have religion truely at heart. Nor am I under any apprehenfion of being condemned for adding one more to the the number of devotional books, already extant upon the fubject of the holy facrament of the Lord's Supper; because the tempers and talents of men are fo different, that what does not affect one may poffibly touch another. I am also perfuaded that the prefent Proprietors of KEBLE's Old Week's Preparation, cannot defire the continuance of a book which has already been found fo injurious to christianity; for it abounds with rapturous and wanton expreffions, and warmth of conftitution, not reafon, much lefs religion, has the chief and fovereign influence. Undoubtedly writers of this caft, have fhamefully fuffered the fofter Paffions to mix too strongly with their Zeal for religion t.

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The following is the APOLOGY of no lefs an Author than Dr. Ifaac Watts himself:

"Let it be obferved, that it was much the Fashion, even among fome Di"vines of Eminence in former Years, to exprefs, the Fervors of devout Love

to our Saviour in the Style of the Song of Solomon: And I must confefs, that "feveral of my Compofures in Verfe, written in younger Life, were led by "thofe Examples unwarily into this Track. But, if I may be permitted to "fpeak the Senfe of maturer Age, I can hardly think this the happiest Lan"guage in which Chriftians should discover their warm Sentimens of Re"ligion, fince the clearer and more fpiritual Revelations of the New Tefta"ment. To this Apology we may add, that in thefe our Meditations and Prayers are no vifionary Senes of wild Extravagance; no Affectations of that Style, which spreads a glaring Confufion over the Understanding. Here are none of thofe incomprehenfible Phrafes which may amufe the Ear with founding Vanity, and hold Reafon in fovereign Contempt. In fhort, here no fecret Pantings after a mortal Love, in the Language of Devotion and P

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