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passion. And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee, that all we, who are partakers of this holy communion, may be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction. And although we be unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service; not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, according to thine abundant mercies in Christ Jesus our Lord; through whom all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.
Then shall the following Anthem be said by the Min
ister and People.
Gloria in excelsis. CLORY be to God on high, and on earth peace,
good will among men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for the various manifestations of thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.
We bless thee for sending thy beloved Son into the world to save sinners; for exalting him unto thy right hand in heaven ; for all the gifts and graces of thy Holy Spirit; and for the hope of eternal life.
For thou only art wise, and holy, and good ; thou only art the Lord; thou only dost govern all things, both in heaven and earth. Therefore, blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto thee who sittest upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Amen.
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the
+ love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
Or this. THE peace of God, which passeth all under
standing, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord ; and the blessing of God Almighty be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.
The following brief Meditations and Prayers may be used as Guides to Private Devotion before and after Communion.
MEDITATION BEFORE COMMUNING.
ACCORDING to the exhortation of St. Paul,
let me examine myself, and so let me eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
Do I approach the table of my Lord as his humble disciple; seeking his spirit and grace ; relying on his word ; remembering his great sufferings, and his shameful death, and his surpassing love for me and for all men, for whose salvation he suffered and died? Do I hate and renounce my sins ? Am I in charity with all my neighbors ? Am I anxious to follow my Saviour in loving and serving God? - I will wash my hands in innocency, O Lord, and so will I compass thine altar.
REHOLD, gracious Lord, I come to thy table,
as one who is sick, to the great Physician. Let me worthily receive these elements of bread
and wine, and fill me, O Lord, with that spiritual food, the body and blood of Christ, of which these are the outward signs; that so evil affections may die in me, and all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in me, and I be preserved in body and soul, and saved from the second death, and nourished unto eternal life, through him who loved me and gave himself for me, thy dear Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
MEDITATION AFTER COMMUNING.
and Saviour according to his own gracious invitation, let me meditate on the meaning of these words of Jesus, when he said, Whoso eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
I trust that in this commemoration of my Lord, I have partaken of his own life, which is spiritual, sacred, and eternal. I trust that his doctrine and example are within me, and that neither things present nor things to come, will dissolve the divine fellowship between him the blessed Master and me his humble disciple.
PRAYER. AND to thee, O God, my Father, do I give
thanks for this holy communion. Grant that it may never turn to my judgment and condemnation, but that it may be, together with my other spiritual privileges, health and recovery under all weakness and infirmities; safety and defence against all the attacks of my spiritual enemies; vigor and strength to all my good purposes and resolutions ; comfort and support under all the afflictions and calamities of life; assistance and direction under all difficulties and doubts ; courage and constancy under all dangers and persecutions, in times of sickness, and in the hour of death. And be thou, O God, my Father, alway with me. Grant me pardon and peace in this life, mercy and favor at the day of judgment, and a never-fading crown of glory in thy heavenly kingdom. These things, for myself and for others, I devoutly ask in the name of Jesus Christ thy blessed Son our Lord. Amen.