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to come to that great feast of thy body and blood, upon the least opinion of my own worthiness; for, when I reflect on my finful life, I am even afraid to come, lest i should eat and drink
my own damnation. But when I consider thy infinite mercies unto mankind, and thy own words calling all men without exception; and knowing that thy crucified body is not only food to nourish, but physick to cure, I, that am but dust and ashes, beg leave to come to thy holy table, and with my imperfect faith to feed upon some crumbs of the bread of life.
I confess, O Lord, my wedding-garments are not without feam, but I come to repair them at thy cross; from thy bitter forrows to derive into my soul a godly sorrow, working repentance to falvation; from thy broken body, a broken heart; from thy warm blood, flowing from thy wounded fide, zealand fervency; that I may admire, love, and serve thee, my God, as I ought to do.
O good God, to whom every thing is poffible, fanctify niy corrupt nature, and let thy gracious aids supply all my. defects, and so help my infìmities, that I may live in thy love and fear, die in thy favour, and be prepared for receiving the great mystery on next Sun
day, and for the great account I am one dayt give, and be received with thy faithful fer vants to the joy of thy kingdom thro’ Jeru Christ our Lord. Amen.
Here observe the directions given on page 8, end more partica larly endeavour to improve your soul ły reading a lejon cut of 11. Few WHOLE DUTY OF May, Sunday 5. Section 1.
The Meditation for Thursday Evening,
On receiving the most holy sacrament. I am the living bread, which came down from heaven : it any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give, is my fleth, which I will give for the life of the world. Join vi. 31.
Will ascend with the blessed Jesus up
to Jerusalem, to eat the pafchal lamb with his disciples, which they made ready in a large upper room ready furnished and prepared: I will intreat him to purge my soul, and to enable me also to prepare a large upper room, wherein to entertain him, clevated from this filthy world, above the empty satisfactions of it.
2. O blefied Jesus ! inspire me with faith, fill me with the love of thee, illuminate me with knowledge, cleanse me by repentance in thy blood, that I may receive thee in the facrament, the lamb slain from the begin
ning of the world, to the joy of my foul, to the establishment of it in all good, and for a protection against all evil.
3. Let us admire, O my soul, the constancy and obedience of the blessed Jesus, who with great desire did desire to eat his passover : tho’he knew that after this feast his passion was then nigh at hand, would nevertheless go up to Jerusalem to the fame, as a faithful fon to his father's house, as a priest to the fanctuary, and a sacrifice to the altar.
4. Let us endeavour to practise according to his pattern, who, after supper was ended, did Thew a miracle of humility, washing the. feet of his disciples with his own sacred hands, to give us the most perfect example of humility, and to extinguish our pride: For,
5. By this means I Mall partake of his graces, and be filled with his abundant love: I shall be washed from error and idle imaginations, my hands from all impure actions, my heart from all vain affections, my senses from all sinful delights and desires : so that thou, my soul, being purged by true repentance, I fhall, both body and soul be cleansed in his blood, and made partaker of all those
glorious fruits which Christ hath given me in this food of life. Dit Durant sus
6. O bleffed Jesus, what madness then is it to set my affections
the perishable things of this world, who may attain the joys even of eternal life by knowing thee! the hour is come O Jesus, wean me from the world, and secure me wholly unto thyself, and give me this life eternal to know and glorify thee. Make me sensible that it is my inte. | rest as well as duty to walk always before thee, and be always mindful of thy presence with me. Let it be my meat and drink to do thyholy will, and my only joy to glorify thy name.
Here observe the directions given on page 8, and more particularly endeavour to impruve pour soul by reading a lefon out of the Set WHOLE DUTY OP MAN, Sunday 6,
A prayer on Thursday evening to implore God's mer. cy and afistance, towards a worthy receiving of the most holy sacrament.
Let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Heb. x. 22.
Rant, almighty and most merciful Lord
Godthat I just indignation upon myself, either by turning my back upon this ordinance, or by going to it without thought and unworthily. May
thy mercy pardon what is past, and give me grace for the time to come to consecrate my life to thee, and to embrace every occasion of i remembering my redeemer's love, and thereby securing thy favour, and my own salvation;, and if it be thy will, grant that I may always find such comfort and benefit in this ordinance, as may encourage me to observe it with joy unto my life's end.
Blessed be thy name, holy father, for the opportunity thou hast this day vouchsafed me of humbling myself before thee. Pardon, I most humbly beseech thee, all my failings and defects at this time. The wanderings of my prayers, the coldness of my affections, and the disproportion of my repentance to the heinousness of those fins which I have committed. O let thy mercy and goodness supply what is wanting in me, and be thou graciously pleased to pity my weaknesses, and forgive my infirmities, through the merits; and for the sake of thy beloved son, and my blessed Saviour, Jesus Christ the righteous; to whom with thee, and the holy ghoft, be ascribed all honour and glory now and for evermore. Amen.
Su the concluding prayer and blessing on page 36 ana 37. |