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• hast instituted and ordained Holy Mysteries as Pledges of « his Love, and for a continual Remembrance of his Death ' and Passion, to our great and endless Comfort. Behold I do most affectionately, and with all the Powers.of my Soul and Body, return thee most hearty Praise and Thanksgiving for thy great Mercy and Tender Compassion to me and all Mankind, in sending thine only Son into the World to redeem us from Sin and Misery, and by his meritorious Death and Pallion, to purchase for us eternal Life. Grant, o Lord, that I may always molt gratefully remember this exceeding Love of my only Saviour Jesus Christ, thus dying for me ; and work in me all such holy and heavenly Affections, as may dispose my Heart to be a worthy Guelt at thy - holy Table, prepared for the continual Remembrance of the Sacrifice of the Death of Christ, and of those Benefits which we receive thereby. Praise the Lord, O my Soul, and forget not all bis Benefits, who forgiveth all thy Sins, and healelb all thine Infirmities, who saveth thy Life from Destruction, and crowneth thee with Mercy and Loving-kindness.. See Pjal. cii, 2, 3, 4.
A Prayer for the Grace of Charity.
out Charity are nothing worth ; send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into my Heart that most excellent Gift * of Charity, the very Bond of Peace, and of all Virtues,
without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before • thee;' more especially, when I am going to commemorate the unspeakable Love of my Blessed Saviour in dying for me, let not my Heart be destitute of Love towards my · Brethren; extend thy Mercy and Forgiveness to all mine Enenies, Perfecutors and Slanderers, and turn their Hearts; which I as fincerely beg for them, as I hope for Mercy and Forgiveness at thy Hands. Possess me with Kindness and Goodwill for all Mankind, that my Faith may work by Love, and dispose my Heart, according to my Ability, co administer towards the Wants and Neceflitics of those who are any Ways amicted or distressed in Mind, Body, or Estate, and to do unto all Men as I would they should do unto me; and give
me that Charity which covereth a Multitude of Sins, that by doing Good for Evil, all Men may know that I am thy Dilciple. Grant this for Jesus's S:ke. Amen. See Pfal. 15. 133. 41. 112. Mat. xxv. 34, 41. Mat. xviii. 21. 1 Cor. xiii.
A Prayer the Morning you intend 10 communicate.
all such who are weary and heavy laden to come unto thee by Faith and Repentance, and thou wilt refresh them, In affiance of this thy gracious Invitation, I will come to thy Heavenly Table, not trusting in mine own Righteousness, but in thy manifold and great Mercies; and although I am not worthy so much as to gather up the Crumbs that fall from thy Table, yet since it is thy property always to have Mercy, I will not despair of a kind Reception : Forgive my want of a due Preparation, and accept of my fincere Desire to perform an acceptable Service unto thee : Clothe me with the Wedding-Garment, even the Graces of the Gospel, and then I am sure I shall be a welcome Guest at thy Table, when I shall come thither in the likeness of thy Son Jesus Christ, in whom thou art well pleased. Poffels my Soul with a lively Faith, profound Humility, filial Obedience, inflamed Affections, and universal Charity, that fo I may become a worthy Partaker of those holy Mysteries, 'to my great and endless Comfort. Grant this, o heavenly Father, if it be thy blessed Will, through Jesus Christ. Amen. Our Father, &c. See Psal 23. 25. 26.
See Dr. Meriton's Family Companion; or Forms of Prayers for every Day in the Week, Morning and Evening. Allo Prayers and 'Thankigivings upon several Occasions, as well for the Use of particular Persons as Familics.
Short Prayers and Meditations before the Minister af Church begins the Communion Service,
At going up to the Altar. N the Multitude of thy tender Mercies, O Lord God, do I now approach thine Altar. O pardon my Sins, and look not upon my
Unworthiness (for I am a fine ful Creature, O Lord) but upon these Motives which drew me hither, even my own Miseries and thy tender Mercies ; therefore help me to supply in Humility what I want in Worthiness, and let my bended Knces and contrite Heart Shew that I durft not have adventured hither, had not thy Mercy held out the Golden Sceptre, and said, Come into mo all ye ihat labour and are beavy laden, and I will refresh you.
At giving your Alms.
cept of this little which I freely offer towards the Relief of any of thy poor Members, Mark xii. 42. When the Priest is setting in order the Elements to be con.
secrated OOK down, O Lord God, from thy holy Habitation, and
When you receive the Bread, 1 thy Table, and yet thou giveft unto me the Bread of Lnie. Evermore give me this Bread, that I may eat bereofa and not die eternally, John vi. 34, 50.
After the receiving of the Bread
Name give the Praise, for thy loving Mercy, and for thy Truth's sake.
Before the receiving of the Cup.
Benefits he hath done unto me; I will receive the Cup of Salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord.
for his unspeakable Gift, in whom we have Redemption through his Blood, even the Forgiveness of our Sins.
When you retire from the Altar.
blefs bis boly Name ; bless tbe Lord, O my Soul, and forget not all bis Benefits ; wbo forgiveth all thine Iniquities, and bealetb all thy Diseases ; who redeemeth thy Life from Deftruction, and crowneth ibee with Loving kindness and tender Mer. cies. O let that heavenly Food, which thou hast fo lately fed me with, transfuse new Life and new Vigour, into my Soul, and into the Souls of all thofe who have been Partakers with me of this Holy Communion, that our Faith, Hope, and Charity, may daily increase, and that we may all grow in Grace, and in ihe Knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen, and Amen. See Psalms 8. 23.
Prayers and Meditations, which may be joined to the former,
where the Communions are large,
Aspirations for a devout Communicant.
the Light of Faith and Wisdom, that I may ever look on thee my Redeemer, as the way, the Truth, and Life, which leadeth unto Eternal Life. What am I, Lord, and what is my Father's House, that thou should'It thus follow me with ihy Bleflings? I was creaced by thee and for thee, and mayst thou ever be the Comfort of my Soul. Good Jefus, my Hope and only Refuge, 1 here render thee hearty Thanks for all thy Sufferings, and I beg that I may find Shelter in thy Wounds against all Enemies, Ghostly and Bodily: Imprint the Memory of them fast in my Heart, that I may love thee, and in all my Sufferings never want thy Divine Afliftance, or forget what thou hast suffered for me. Take from me all Self-Love, and give me perfe& Love for thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou
Be thou my
hast fent, that I may now be more faithful in my Duty; and let nothing for the future put me out of my way: O that
' I could ever remember thee, think of thee, and delight in thee alone, and love thee only, who haft loved us, and, washed us with thy most precious Blood from the Guilt of our Siris. Othac my Senses may ever be shut against all Vanity and Sin, that my Mind being free from all fruitless Solicitude and Fear, I may fix my Heart there were true Joys are only to be found. From henceforth I will only. seek thee, my only Good: my Affections and Defires ihail be fixed on thee, in whose Presence there is Fulness of Jays, and at whose Right-Hand there are Pleasures for evermore. My Will I now resign into thy Hands, desiring that thy Will may be mine, both now and for ever. Instructor and Director in all Things, that I may never do or speak, desire or think, any thing but what is according to thy good Will.--Am thy Servant, O Lord, O give me Understanding
, , according to thy Word, that I may learn thy Commandments, and lay alide all Interest, beside that of Heaven. O sweet Jesus, Fountain of all Goodness, guide my Feet in thy Paths and teach me to do thy Will: Disengage my Heart from all unprofitable Sollicitude and vain Affectation; and tho' I live here upon Earth, yet raise my Affections on Things above. How sweet, O Lord, is thy Spirit, how pleasant to my Lips are the Words of thy Mouth! O that I could ever be mindful of them to fulfil thy Laws! Make me die daily to the World and all its concupiscences, and let the Greatness of thy Love make all that is earthly appear as nothing to me: Protect me against mine Enemies, and in all Dangers appear in my Delence; make haste to help me, O God, and lay unto my Soul, I am thy Salvation. Remember thou art my Father, and have Compassion on my poor distressed Soul, clothe it with all Virtues, and feed it with thy Grace, for it belongs to the Father to take care of his Children. In thee I live, sweet Jejus, for thy fake I desire to die; both living and dying I will ever profess than thou art good, and that iny Mercy endures for ever.
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