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Therefore, aflift me, O Lord, with thy holy fpirit, in the great duty and service I am about to perforin; grant that nothing, during all the time of this holy action, may make me unmindful of that reverence and respect which I owe unto thy divine majesty, or of that attention, which becomes the celebration of these holy mysteries. Fill my heart with such an awe of thy presence, as may fix my wandering thoughts, coinpofe my disorderly affections, and stir up my faint and cold desires, that I may feel the power, and taste of the fweetness of this divine banquet.
O Lord, grant that I may have such a senfe of my Saviour's sufferings, as may fill my soul with love and gratitude towards him for those inestimable benefits he has purchased for me; that I may have such a sight of my sins, which occasion'd all his forrows, as heartily to bewail and detest them; such a faith in that full perfect oblation and fatiffaction made upon the cross for the fins of the world, that I may so iinportunately plead the nierit of it in this commemoration of that sacrifice, as to render thee gracious and propitious to me a miferable sinner; such a conviction of my own weakness and insufficiency, as may procure thy gracious aid and assistance; such longing desires of being made conformable to thy holy will and pleasure, as may transform me into thy divine image, and fix me to continue thy faithful servant all the remaining days of my life; through the merits and mediation of thy fon, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
The COMPANION for the ALTAR,
Directions. It ... I would advise thée, my devout communicant, by all means to read over the following Companion for the Altar, with the di-, rections and prayers, fome time before you go to the facrament, that you may with more readiness and devotion go along with, and bear your part in the communion service; which with very little pains, you'll be able to do; especially after your first communicating: When, if you foculd be at a loss, and under fome disorder and confusion, do not be difiurbed, nor troubled, but resolve to endeavour to amend what
you bave observed to be done amiss, as foon as you have another opportu. nity of receiving again. And tho' after your best endeavours, you fbould always find occasion to lament ycur defects and frailties, in the performance of this, as well as other duties of religion : yet never fear that any involuntary failings, cr infirmities, will ever rise up in judgment against you. Do your duty as well as you can, and tho' it may not be done so exactly as you could wish, my soul for your's, you are certainly safe ; beginning your devotions on this occasion with these following ejaculations.
renew my baptismal covenant, of which this sacrament is a seal.--O heavenly father I come to testify.my sense ofthy love, in soloving the world, as to give up thy only son to die for me.--- blessed Saviour, I come to testify my faith in thee, and my love towards thee, and thankfully to commemorate thy wonderful love in dying for me.-O Lord I come to tel
fredfastness in the communion of thy church, and my charity to all the world. -
Lord, I come to this thy table, out of the sense I have of the want of that spiritual food, to which thou invitest mein this holy sacrament. -I know there is no food can strengthen my foul but thy body, no cordial can revive my drooping obedience, but thy blood;-Ogracious Lord, grant that I and all that communicate with me, may be fed, refreshed and nourished in our souls to life everlasting. Anten.
communion service, and then to the facrament, with as much joy and satisfaction, as a guilty criminal would go to plead bis pardon at an earthly tribunal.
At your approach to the chancel, drop all thoughts of things on earth, and zicve up yourself awholly to the remembrance of the fufferings of our Saviour, lifting up your foril to him in these words:
Willwash my hands in innocence, O Lord,
and so will I compass thy altar, that I may shew the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
When the Minister begins to Let your light so shine be- read the Offertory (which cbiefiy foré men, that they may
relates to the duty of beneficenceto see
all men by ouralms and charitable your good works, and glorify contributions whichare to be disyour father which is in hea-\posed of to pious and charitableuven. St. Matt. v. 16.
fes, at the discretion of the Minif. Layl
Directions. Lay not up for yourselves ter and Churchwardens] you must treasures upon earth, where be very attentive, and with your the rust and moth doth cor-leyė, (nor
' voice) reait along with rupt, and where thieves break bim. and be fure you make what through and steal: but laylort application you can to yourself up for yourselves treafures in of what is read; and aubercin scu heaven, where neither ruft perceive you have been wanting not moth doth
corrupt, and either in charity or justice to any where thieves do not breaklone, and in particular of being just
to those who are your spiritual thro' nor steal. St. Matt. vi, guides, you will resolve to make 19, 20.
up thoje defects for the time to come; Whatsoeverye would that for afure yourself, you will be men should do to you, even highly unjust if you detain from - fo do unto them; for this is them what is their due. the law and the prophets. St. When it comes to your turn Matt. vii. 12.
to make your offering, do not let the Not every one that faith plate or bason passly you without unto me, Lord, Lord, fhall putting fomething into it: for this enter into the kingdom of reason, among f others, that you heaven; but he that
doth the may join in that part of the prayer will of my father which is in in you befrech God to accept your
'for the Church militant, whereheaven. St. Matt. vii. 21. - Jalms, and you may defend upon it,
Zaccheus stood forth and be will accept them as given to said unto the Lord, Behold, bimself, if they bear a proportion to Lord, the half of my goods Il your ability, and are done in obegive to the poot; and if I have dience to his commands, and with done any wrong to any man, an eye to his glory, as a grateful I restore fourfold. St. Luke acknowledgment of his mercies to xix. 8.
yourself, and as a testimony of your Who goeth awarfare ata
dependance upon him for the continy time of his own cost? who
nuance of them. With such reflecplanteth a vineyard, and eat- all your other gifts to the services
tions waar present offering, and eth not of the fruit thereof? of religion, and the uses of chaor who feedeth a flock, and rity ought to be accompanied. eateth not of the milk of the They that are poor
and cannot flock? I Cor. ix. 7. Iflgive as they are disposed in their
If we have fown unto you hearts, must remember that the spiritual things, is it a great alms, given on this occafion, are matter if we should reap your not matter of neceflity, but a freeworldly things? 1 Cor. ix. 11. gift; and that their small contri
butions will, like the poor wiDo you not know, that dow's two mites, be preferred to they who minister about ho- the richest oblations of the weally things, live of the facri-thy. And even be that hath nofice? and they who wait at thing at all to give, is invited. the altar, are partakers with freely to partake of thefe fpirituthe altar? even so hath the al bleffings without money, and Lord also ordained, that they without price. who preach the
gospel, should live of the gospel. 1 Cor. ix. 13, 14.
He that soweth little, shall reap little; and he that foweth plenteously shall reap plenteously. Leteverymando according as he is disposed in his own heart, not grudgingly, or of neceflity; for God loveth a chearful giver. 2 Cor. ix. 6, 7.
Let him that is taught in the word minister to him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived, God is not mocked : for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall be reap. Gal. vi. 6, 7.
While we have time, let us do good unto all men, and especially unto them that are of the houshold of faith. Gal.
Godliness is great riches, ifa man be content with that he hath: for we brought nothing into the world, neither may we carry any thing out. I Tim. vi. G, 7.
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be ready to give, and glad to distribute, laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may attain eternal life.
I Tim. vi. 17, 18, 19: God is not unrighteous, that he will forget your works and labour that proceedeth of love;" which love ye have fhew'd for his name's sake, who have ministered into the faints, and yet do minister. Heb. vi. 10.
To do good, and to distribute, forger not; for with such facrifices God is well pleased. Heb. xiii. 16. Who