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Week's Preparation

For a Worthy receiving of the

Lowd'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 Devotions 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.

GEORGE the Second, by the Grace of God, King of Great Brita France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. To all to who thefe Prefents fhall come, Greeting: WHEREAS our Trufty and Well b loved Edward Wicksteed, of our City of London, Book feller, hath humb reprefented to us, That he is now Printing a New Edition (with Improv ments) of a Work, Entitled,

The NEW Week's Preparation for a Worthy Receiving the LORD'S SUPPER, as recommended and appointed the Church of England, &c. In two Parts.

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

WE being graciously inclined to give all due Encouragement to Worl that may be Of Public Ufe and Benefit, and especially to thofe of this Kin which fo greatly tend to the Advancement of Religion, and the general Go and Benefit of Mankind, ARE pleased to condefcend to his Requeft, and D by these Presents (as far as may be agreeable to the Statute in that Cafe ma and provided) give and grant to the faid Edward Wicksteed, his Executor Adminiftrators, and Affigns, full Power, Licence, Privilege, and fole AU THORITY, for the SOLE Printing, Publishing, and Vending the fa Work, together with all and all manner of Amendments, Corrections, A terations, 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 an every Perfon and Ferfons whatsoever, within Our Dominions, that they, n any or either of them, prefume in any manner of wife to reprint, abridge, extract the fame, or any Part or Parts thereof, either in the like, or in an other Form, or Forms, Volume, or Volumes whatfoever; OR to impor buy, vend, utter, or diftribute, any Copies thereof, or of any Part or Par thereof, that are or fhall be printed or reprinted beyond the Seas, without th AUTHORITY, Confent, or Approbation of the faid Edward Wicksteed, h Executors, Adminiftrators, or Affigns, by Writing under his or their Hand and Seals firft had and obtained, as they and every of them offending herei will incur our Royal indignation and Difpleasure, and fuch other Pains an 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 London, and all other Officers, Mini fters, and others, whom it may concern, are to take Notice, that a strid Obedience be given to our Pleasure herein fignified.

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

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By bis Majefty's Command,

HOLLES NEWCASTLE.

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The Preface.

Eafons for publishing this New Week's Preparation Page i 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 fleet's teftimony gainst that way of worship. The way of worship made ufe of in

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A meditation for the morning. A prayer for the morning. A meditation for the evening. A prayer before examination. a-Directions concerning examinatiii on.

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Keble's week's preparation has A form of Examination, viz greatly contributed towards the decay of chriftian pity. Many boneft and well-meaning chriftians have been thrown into de- 3 Spair by it.

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ble's week's preparation, very A profeffion of godly forrow for different from that taught us by Chrift bin felf, 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 duty of frequent communicat-A prayer for the morning.

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The communion office must be carefully attended to.

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prayer at offering our alms. 105 A morning prayer. rections concerning the prayer An evening prayer. for the church militant.

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106 A general thanksgiving

Published 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 ftated, and finally gerved.

The Two Parts may be had bound together.

The Author to the Reader.

REASONS for publishing this BOOK. THO' I may poffibly incur the difpleasure of those whofe fecular

views may be fruftrated or difappointed by the publication of this NEW Week's Preparation; yet I have the confolation of being fully affured, that this present 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 KEELE'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 reason, much lefs religion, has the chief and fovereign influence. Undoubtedly writers of this caft, have fhamefully fuffered the fofter Paffions to mix too ftrongly with their Zeal for religion t.

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†The following is the APOLOGY of no less an Author than Dr. Isaac Watts himself:

"Let it be observed, 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 Syle of the Song of Solomon; And I must confefs, that "Leveral 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 Language in which Chriftians should discover their warm Sentiments of Religion, 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 fpreads 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 in no fecret Pantings after a mortal Love, in the Language of Devotion and I'

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